Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Psalm 102

 Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home... 

Psalm 102 is a about the long journey of Israel following an unseen God. But the threads that weave the tapestry of Israel are individuals who long to know God while living in the realm of "the Prince of the power of the air" (Eph 2:2). I am focusing on one verse, 
Psalm 102:23a "He has weakened my strength in The Way..." 
At first I thought this would be about faithfully walking The Way and how lonely this path can be. But as I kept asking the Almighty to open the eyes of my heart (Eph 1:18-21) the more I began to focus on Strength instead of The Way. 

Strength here is not 'oz, but the Hebrew word KO'-AKH which has to do with our vigor and the ability to continue at something (in Ps 102:23a it is to continue on The Way). The singer complains that it was God Himself who weakened him. Why? Romans 8:31 boldly proclaims "if God is for us, who can be against us?" It isn't personal strength He supports.

Why is a believers life compared to a path? Why must we trudge forward when we hardly have strength to take a single step? Moses said... "You shall remember all The Way which YHVH has led you... to humble you, to know what is in your heart, whether you would keep his instructions or not." Deut 8:2 ...what is in your heart... ?

A fool looks into her (his) heart and knows that God is not there (Ps 14:1) but what is Moses asking in Deut 8:2? The primary question would be "is He there? Have you been born again" First you need Salvation! But maybe you say that you have invited him into your heart and there has been no change in your life. This is a different problem, one of trust. In Hebrews, the encouragement is to keep your eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:1-2) I bet you have talked to him about your trouble, but have you listened? Often I have to focus on Him to hear him. Otherwise all I see is my trouble, and it tends to fill all my senses.

God keeps His own on the path BUT it is not our strength but His we walk in. ...not by my strength but by His Spirit (Zech 4:6 + Is 40:28-31) It isn't those who help themselves, but we who realize that we are helpless whom He helps. Tell him you are helpless & need HIS strength! Put your gaze on Him, not the problem.
Debs in Everett, Washington, December 12, 2017... praying for those who feel helpless this holiday season.

Psalm 76

 Psalm 76 Stand on your faith
Just as the body is not the legs or the eyes, so the Word of the Almighty is not psalms or epistles cut off from prophcy or Torah (Law). Do you know the Word of your God well enough to realize who is king of Salem (76:2... Melchizedck) or the importance of Zion? 

In the reign of Judah and Israel, in the city of Salem (later, Jerusalem) on Zion, on the mountain of God, the flaming arrows were broken. Flaming arrows? Where have we heard about that?

Ephesians 6:10-20 The weapons of our warfare. We fight an unseen war, not against "flesh and blood" but against ruthless spiritual powers. It is the Almighty who broke their flaming arrows. Our job is to "stand firm" but stand on what? 

Hebrews 11:1 Faith (A'men in Hebrew) means "to stand firmly on God's Word". Before Paul introduces any of our weapons, He implores us three times, "stand firm" Eph 6:11-14. Faith is the firm ground of our hope. We do what we do because we believe (also an aspect if a'men). God stops the flaming arrows, we stand with Him. 76:3b with the shield (Eph 6:16 faith), the sword (Eph 6:17 the Word of God) and the weapons of war (Eph 6:13 the full armor of God)

Psalm 76 goes on to tell us of our need of the Almighty in the days to come. The battle belongs to Him, our part is to stand with Him! 

76:12 The Almighty will cut off the Prince of the power of the air (the spirit of... ) Satan will lose all access to earth. On that day, the day of reward at the White Throne, will The Almighty's testimony of you be that you were faithful? Stand firm my sister's and brothers!

Debs in Everett, Washington, November 16, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Psalm 101

 ...choose for yourselves today whom you will serve... But as for me and my house, we will serve YHVH. Joshua 24:15 
I will sing of lovingkindness (grace) and justice, to Thee O YHVH (LORD) I will sing praises. #Psalm 101:1
I love the pretty words of the valiant warrior, King David. These are the phrases that are easy to file away in the memory box of my heart. When shared with other believers they provide an almost patriotic feel for the Kingdom of Heaven. It isn't until the first shots of the enemy go hissing past my ear that the realization that they are not just pretty words snaps to the center of my soul. We are in a war with powerful and wicked beings whose food is hate. 

"You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you then He who is in the world. 1John 4:4
The call of the warrior is to hold the line, to stand firm against the unseen enemy. The bulk of Psalm 101 is a list of what that will look like, given in a series of "I will... " statements. Of first importance is to pay close attention to The Way. The physical instructions of Torah that can only be accomplished by the Life of the Son of God in your heart.
101:1 Give heed to the blameless Way.
How? Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of Truth. 2Timothy 2:15

101:2 walk (live) with integrity in the privacy of my own home.101:3 protect my eyes from visual evil101:4 not participate in what is evil101:5 destroy those who slander my neighbors 
The voice seems to change from that of King David to the Almighty at verse 101:6 with statements of a warriors reward.

101:6 His eyes are on you (He never leaves us Matt 28:20)101:8 He will daily destroy the wicked of the land 
But be careful how you live. 101:7 Speaking falsehood or decite will cause you to destroy yourself before the God of Truth (John 8:44)
Knowing myself, how is this life possible? Y'shua- Jesus Himself said, "...with God all things are possible." Stand firm dear warrior!
Debs in Everett, Washington

Psalm 75

 Psalm 75
Where does your strength, your power come from? Maybe, like Hannah in the book of Samuel, you do not think you have any power at all. Psalm 75 is for you. Don't take my word for it, open your Bible and read it.
Psalms 75:1 For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song.We give thanks to Thee, O God, we give thanks,For Thy name is near; men declare Thy wondrous works. 
75:1 The primary activity of believers is thanksgiving. Why? Thanksgiving acknowledges YHVH's will and control of your life. Please don't skip this important element of prayer. 
Psalm 75:2-82 "When I select an appointed time, it is I who judge with equity. 3 "The earth and all who dwell in it melt; it is I who have firmly set its pillars.    Selah4 "I said to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn; 5 Do not lift up your horn on high, do not speak with insolent pride.' "  6 For not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation; 7 But God is the Judge; He puts down one, and exalts another. 8 For a cup is in the hand of the LORD, and the wine foams; it is well mixed, and He pours out of this;Surely all the wicked of the earth must drain and drink down its dregs. 
 Powerlessness is thinking you are in control. 
75:2-8 Power and judgement.
Power is not found in achievements we may boast about, pride is not where power is found. Nor is it discovered in an indulgent life of wickedness. On a personal note, I am tempted to feel despair when I hear about the wickedness of American political figures and the powerful abusers in Hollywood. Why are they constantly given a pass for their evil crimes, their sin? How can they leave a trail of broken lives, how can they be so wealthy while the righteous are shot down as they come together to worship the Almighty or as the innocent listen to a band?

Psalm 75:7-8 The Cup 
A cup is in the hand of YHVH. It is the cup of judgement. I do not understand much about this cup, except that the contents are deadly. The wicked are not getting away with anything at all. 
All of us have sinned and sinners must drink from the cup as the penalty of our sin... but God 

We who come to Jesus--to Y'shua, have an empty cup. Y'shua drank it for us. 
John 18:11b "...the cup which the father has given me, shall I not drink it?" 

This is the cup of Psalm 75:8. He had no personal sin to pay for, so He was qualified and willing to pay for yours. His life for yours, your life for his. (Take a look at Matt 20:22-23; 26:39, Mark 14:36, Luke 42:22)
Psalm 75:9-109 But as for me, I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. 10 And all the horns of the wicked He will cut off, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.  nas
75:9-10 The horn of the righteous is Y'shua. When you read 1Samual 2:1 you will see that Hannah declared her power was exalted in YHVH (The LORD) because her joy, her rejoicing is Y'shua (Salvation). The same as all believers. You think it doesn't say that in your Bible? The English word Salvation has been translated from the Hebrew word Y'shua! That is Jesus.

Feeling powerless? Call upon Y'shua. Tell me what happens next.
Debs in Everett, Washington.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Psalm 100

 ROO-AH! (The victory cry of the warrior)

Why do we spend time studying Scripture if it is written on our heart? (Ps 119:11) What is the point of memorizing passages if it is already in us? Here is what I think; We own what we study.

I own a yard but I did not really interact
with the yard before I planted a vegetable garden. It fed me as I tended it through the seasons. But this time of year, in winter, I can rest and rejoice in the harvest. ROO-AH

Sprouting seeds thrill me year after year. The beauty of blooms captivates me. The teeny-tiny beans and peas that come from those flowers fill me with hope, but until the garden is mature, until the harvest is put up, only then I can laugh at the coming winter (#Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet.). ROO-AH
Shout joyfully (ROO-AH) to YHVH, all the earth.
Psalm 100:1 is the victory cry. 
Serve (to work for the benefit of another) YHVH with gladnessPsalm 100:2 

We are His. ROO-AH
Why do we learn? The kingdom of heaven is the believers home. The entry password is our THANKSGIVING (100:4a) and the security code is our PRAISE (100:4b)
For YHVH is GOOD.His LOVINGKINDNESS (grace) is eternal.And his faithfulness is for every generation. (He is my hope for my children)
What do you seek from the Word today? The ALMIGHTY is seeking your heart.
Debs in Everett, Washington, December 10, 2017

Psalm 73

 Psalm 73
Envy and bitterness are like a train going straight to the heart. David saw "The pure in heart" and knew his heart was not pure. I suspect that conclusion is common, no matter who you are. Our goodness or lack of goodness is not what makes us children of the Almighty. David gives one sentence to his thoughts on the pure in heart, then writes 11 more verses about how easy life is for the wicked (have a look, 73:3-12)
Psalm 73:3-123 For I was envious of the arrogant, as I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no pains in their death; and their body is fat. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; nor are they plagued like mankind. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; the garment of violence covers them. 7 Their eye bulges from fatness; the imaginations of their heart run riot. 8 They mock, and wickedly speak of oppression; they speak from on high. 9 They have set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue parades through the earth. 
10 Therefore his people return to this place; and waters of abundance are drunk by them. 11 And they say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?" 12 Behold, these are the wicked; and always at ease, they have increased in wealth. 
Draw near to God
David's perception changed as he turned to the Almighty. Bitterness (73:21) made him senseless and he did not even know it (ignorant, 73:22) But hallaluja! God did not give up on him or toss him to the curb (73:23-24). Y'shua is the Way, the TRUTH and our Life. When I draw close to Him, He is all I want (73:25). When I look at the world and wonder, "why do I bother?" It is my Abba, my Pappa in heaven who holds as tight to me as I once did my children as we walked through crowded places with all sorts of evil around us. The wicked should "eat, drink, and be marry" if they refuse to turn to Y'shua, because today is the only ease they get before terror descends upon them (PLEASE! turn to Jesus! 73:27) 
Make the Almighty your safe place, He will keep your eyes open to truth (73:28)
Ps 73:21-28
21 When my heart was embittered, and I was pierced within, 22 Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before Thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with Thee; Thou hast taken hold of my right hand. 24 With Thy counsel Thou wilt guide me, and afterward receive me to glory. 
25 Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 For, behold, those who are far from Thee will perish; Thou hast destroyed all those who are unfaithful to Thee. 
Debs in Everett, Washington, November 12, 2017
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made YHVH my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works. Psalm 73:28 nas

Friday, December 8, 2017

Psalm 98

 Psalm 98 is a simple song celebrating the most complex spiritual transaction in the history of history. 
"O sing to YHVH (The LORD) a new song, for He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him." Psalm 98:1
And He came , and He took (the scroll) out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each One a harp and golden bowels full of incense, which are the prayers of 'those who have dedicated their lives' (saints). And they sang a new song, singing, "Worthy art Thou to take the scroll and break its seals; for Thou was slain, and did purchase for God with Thy blood (men) from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. And Thou has made them a kingdom and intercessors (priests) to our God; and they will reign upon the earth." The Revelation 5:7-10

Sin has been fully paid for. Y'shua paid the price. Because of our sin, the price we owe is our life, the draining (shedding) of our blood. Y'shua, the Son of God, never violated the Torah of God. He did not owe his own life for sin. Because of His love for you, He gave up everything to pay your bloody, excruciatingly painful, humiliating price. He gave YOU His life. You get to choose what to do with that gift. You can reject it (it makes me ill to even think of that option), you can accept it and still live for yourself (1Corinthians 3:15) or, in gratitude, you can invite Him to live His life through you. The new song (Psalm 98:1), will be your song. You will know His victory, His righteousness, His lovingkindness, and His faithfulness (Psalm 98:1-3), because you know Y'shua (Jesus our Salvation). Y'shua is coming back (Psalm 98:9). When he returns there will be joy for those who have dedicated their lives for Him. They will be judged "good." The rest will be judged according to how they followed Y'shua. It will not be about more good deeds then bad, in fact deeds are for reward, not for salvation. If you reject the gift of His life for yours then your only option is to pay what you owe. Live for Him! Your only other options involve fire, either the fire of removing dross (1Corinthians 3:15) or of the fire of eternal death. I say it again, Live for Jesus, by giving Him daily sovereignty of your life through prayer.