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What song are you singing?

Posted in Devotional Thought, God's Word, Psalm, Psalm 16 with tags , , , on January 30, 2010 by Lee

Have you been watching American Idol? My family and I are not necessarily die hards. However, we try to avoid the trash of the opening auditions and watch the top 25 compete. It’s fun to watch the talent develop over time and see the cream of the crop rise to the top (in most cases).

As I have watched, I have discovered there are many threads that weave a good performance together. One key thread is song selection. A contestant choosing the wrong song will find themselves under a barrage of comments from the judges – “that is not the song for you.” Picking the right song becomes as important has singing it well.

Life is a song. (Can I say with out it sounding like a cliché?) But this song is sung with the way we live life. The lyrics are written by behavior not just words.

King David sang songs. He recorded several of those songs and they are found in the book of Psalm. One on my top 20 countdown list is Psalm 16. The inspiration for the lyrics in the psalm appear to be life itself. It is not uncommon for song writers to find the words for a song from the life they live. David expresses that here.

“Preserve me, O God,”; “You are my Lord, I have no good apart from you.” David found his life in the person who gave him life. He knew anything good in him did not come from him but from God.

“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” David knew the good things from life, the ‘blessings’ were from God.

So he “set the Lord always before” him so he would not be “shaken” or beat down by life. David sang about God “making known to him the path of life” and finding “joy” and “pleasures” from God.

I wonder what song you are singing today? Do the lyrics reflect the grand presence of God in your life or does your song fall flat?

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Traveling through the Psalms – Psalm 16:8

Posted in Devotional Thought, Psalm on March 1, 2007 by Lee

Psalm 16:8

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

The word “set” is a verb meaning to focus on someone. David has focused his life upon the Lord. The demands of everything around him were not his drive. The Lord was the drive of his life.

The right hand is a place of honor, prestige and defense. God at the right hand is honored, in a place of prominence and a place of protection.

Our focus is not to be on everything that pulls for our attention. (Although we must attend to the responsibilities of day to day life.) The focus and attention of our hearts must be upon the Lord.

What is to be on my right hand? Too often my life honors and puts in places of prominence other people, my job, even leisure activities. At my right hand should set God.

Father – help me to focus my life upon you and your purpose and may I honor you above all others and all things. Amen

Thirsty

Posted in Personal Updates, Psalm on July 13, 2005 by Lee

O God, You are my God;

Early will I seek You;

My soul thirsts for You;

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land

Where there is no water.

So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,

To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,

My lips shall praise You.

Thus I will bless You while I live;

I will lift up my hands in Your name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,

And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.”
Ps. 63

Powerful words. My spirit is often thirsty. But often I am quenching with my own plans or to do list rather than the seeking of God.

God help me earnestly seek you. The thirst my spirit feels help me to satisfy it with you and no other substitute.

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Summer is flying by. I am not sure I am accomplishing all I should be. It will be a busy 6 weeks to be ready for the fall. I better get to work.

God’s Comfort in the midst of His Wrath

Posted in Devotional Thought, Psalm on May 20, 2005 by Lee

First chapter of Nahum

The prophet speaks against Nineveh. He speaks of God’s coming wrath, his jealousy for the people, and of His confronting his enemies. In the midst of this confrontation is this comfort: verse 7,

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.

In the midst of God confronting the unfaithfulness of the people of Nineveh God offers comfort for those who take refuge in Him.

In the midst of a world that lives as if there is no God, in the presence of trouble I can take comfort in God who is a stronghold for me when I take refuge in Him.

What a great promise.

God today – when the enemies of you take siege upon me remind me of my opportunity to find refuge in the stronghold of your presence. Amen.

Ps. 18:2; 91:2; 144:2

My Delight = My Desire

Posted in Devotional Thought, Psalm on May 17, 2005 by Lee

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
– Ps 37:4

I think this is a great promise of God. But the outcome of this promise is not quite what I think it is. You see, I have many desires. Some are bad and some are good. However, most of the time I think I should get all of my desires. After all that is the promise isn’t, getting all that I desire?

It is the delight part I have an issue with. More often than not my desire is to delight in myself. Therefore all my desires are about me. But the verse says to delight in the Lord. Instead of delighting in me I should delight in God. This is why I do not get the desires of my heart (all the time). Because if me delight is in me my desires are not good for me. Sometimes, by God’s grace, I get something I want. Sometimes by God’s justice, I get justice for my ungodly desire. But when I put my delight in the Lord my desires will change to be about Him and I will receive everyone of them.

What I delight in will always produce desire in me.

God help me to delight in you and you alone.