Daily Inspirational Thoughts
to bless your life.
A Daily Devotional
Monday through Wednesday
by Beth McLendon
Last Week - Psalm 121
The topic this week is:
Let's Celebrate GOD!
Monday April 9, 2018
Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
God likes singing.
God likes NEW SONGS!
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Let's don't sit around like a bump on a log. . .
Let's sing praises to God
play praise to Him on an instrument,
clap our hands in praise,
do a little dance
God wants us to show him
energy and exuberance!
4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
It pleases God
to hear us and see us
When my son was growing up, I'd look high and low to find the things on his Christmas list.
Shouldn't we be as determined and excited about pleasing God?
he will beautify the meek with salvation
This verse draws our attention to the word "meek."
People often have a misunderstanding about the word "meek."
The definition of "meek" does not include "weak."
Jesus was meek -
and there was nothing weak about Jesus!
The true meaning of
strength under control
(the control of God).
It means power without undue harshness.
It is gentleness mixed with strength.
In this verse, God reminds us that the meek are given blessings and rewards.
Many verses in the Bible teach us
to pursue meekness and humility
while rejecting pride.
An example is James 4:6 (b) ERV
“God is against the proud,
but he is kind to the humble.”
God blesses the humble
but puts a stumbling block in front of the proud
- not for meanness -
is hindering them
from so many wonderful things!
Thought to Consider:
Remind yourself today to praise God and sing to him!
Tuesday April 10, 2018
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
God is teaching us to joyfully praise him -
this verse reminds us to praise him & sing to him
right before we go to sleep.
Psalm 92:2b TLB is a related verse that says:
in all God's faithfulness.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
We read here about:
Praise from the mouth and a sword in the hand.
What does that mean?
First let's see what the phrase "two-edged sword" means.
is a famous Bible verse
that talks about:
The Word of God
is like a two-edged sword -
an amazing and supernatural
For the Word of God
is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder
of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Here God is revealing that
Words of the Bible
are like a weapon
- a sharp sword -
that can used to bless us
and change our situation.
Reading the Bible
POWER on our behalf.
If you want to become a stronger Christian,
then choose to:
read the Bible more
speak out-loud Bible verses regularly.
Ephesians chapter 6
reveals to us
that our enemy is not people
but spiritual foes.
We beat spiritual foes with spiritual weapons.
This Psalm 149 verse reminds us
that as believers
we should use our mouth
to speak out
high, uplifting praises to our God.
this psalm pairs
"Praise" with "our Sword"
Praise IS a weapon.
PRAISE is POWERFUL!
So.... that makes the
that Praise God
God doesn't want us to praise him
just for power.
He wants us to praise him out of love.
Thought to Consider:
Tell the Lord that you love him.
for something you have never
praised him for before.
Wednesday April 11, 2018
We now follow-up with the last group of verses:
Verses 7-9 of Psalm 149
give us additional understanding
of the POWER and Purpose
of our Praise and our Sword!
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
Verses 7-9 describe the POWER of our Sword.
Under the guidance and authority of God,
believers will do Amazing things in this world.
God intends for us to speak out Scriptures that will change the world!
We can bind
the power of the enemy
by putting on
The Full Armor of God and speaking Scriptures.
Prayer is speaking to God.
We can speaking Scriptures to God makes a great impact on the world.
Speaking Scriptures also makes a great impact on our personal world.
God's word is Powerful.
This psalm reminds us that Praising God is a weapon.
When we praise God
for who he is
and what he HAS done,
we are doing powerful things in the spiritual realm.
We can do
because we serve
Ephesians 6 tells us that the weapons of our Spiritual Warfare are mighty and with them we pull down strongholds.
weapons come against the evil spiritual forces which are the devil and
his demons. They are spiritual kings and rulers of evil.
And you may be amazed that
as the above verses tell us,
God will use
this weapon to
execute vengeance and punishment.
It will be used to bind evil rulers,
and execute judgment.
This assignment from God is not just a command of God it is also an honor from God.
Just the simple reading
of a psalm
brings Powerful Forces to bear in our world.
We often wonder about the psalms
that speak so harshly about judgment.
Take note that
as we speak them out,
God directs the words
to the appropriate places for his purposes.
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