“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
~ Psalm 127:3
One of my greatest enjoyments and gifts are my children. God was good to bless this undeserving, selfish and rough-around-the-edges man, with not only an incredible wife, but four amazing daughters and each married awesome guys. Now we have the thrill of grandchildren . . . WOW. So far, we have been blessed with 7 . . . three are awaiting us in Heaven, four are here. I love my Grandkids. Just as beautiful is seeing my girls accept the roles of mother and aunt.
There are many happy times with children, as well as some heartaches. Looking back, there is incredible Read More
“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.”
~ Psalm 33:11
Some people love to give advice . . . even when no one is asking. Advice is only as good as the advisor. It’s value is based on the advisor’s expertise and experience.
The psalmist praises the counsel of The Lord, and in turn the Wonderful Counselor. (Is 9;6) The counsel of The Lord is timely, as well as timeless. It is eternal direction with everlasting design. It is His holy input leading to Read More
Detroit Tigers. Green Bay Packers. Los Angeles Lakers. These are my teams. (I know I have offended a number of my friends. I’m really sorry. NOT.). I’ve never been on any of these teams (Really?) I’ve seen some of them play. And, I’ve met some players. We often choose our team based on home town affinity, players that we like, or history of a team. For whatever reason . . . we say, “It’s my team.”
In distress and despair, David need to be reminded of his dependency and destiny. He writes, “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God,'” (Psalm 31:14)
Burdens are relieved when we recognize to Whom we belong. Obstacles and struggles can be surrendered to the Owner of our souls. We are His and He is ours.
David identifies other incredible benefits of our new birthright with The King Immortal and Invisible. (1 Tim 5:16). God is . . .
Our Refuge. God is our defense and deliverer. His righteousness becomes our refuge. He hides, He shelters, and In Him we are never disappointed. “In You, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in Your righteousness deliver me!” (Psalm 31:1)
Our Rock. God is our solid foundation and secure fortress. He leads with love and guides with grace. “For You are my rock and my fortress; and for Your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;” (Psalm 31:3)
Our Redeemer. God is our faithful redeemer . . . a redeemer Who lives. We can confidently place our life in His care. “Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.” (Psalm 31:5)
Oue Rescurer. Our enemy pursues and persecutes and God pulls us under His care. When we are lost, He finds. He saves. He ransoms. “My times are in Your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!” (Psalm 31:15)
We are His and He is ours. Be calm. Be confident. Be courageous. “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for The Lord!” (Psalm 31:24)
“Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but One, that is God.”
Many have misinterpetd this comment of Jesus. In this passage, He is not claiming to be God, although He is God, The Son. In fact He is illustrating His humanness by teaching about God’s greatness, goodness, grace and glory. His honors The Father exclusively and while humbly expressing His own divinity.
Jesus was the only person who could claim the adoration and accolades of all creation. Yet, the God-man affirmed all attention to the God-Head.
There is a consistent thread woven throught the life and teaching of Jesus . . . not to recieve glory for himself, but redirect it to The Father. Someone has said, “This divine humility and unbending insistence on God-exaltation is one of the clearest indicators of Jesus’ deity.”
Someone wrote, “If there is one root cause behind every sin, it’s pride.” Every one of us grapples with self-centeredness, self-promotion and self-exaltation. We wrestle with our need for others to speak well and think well of us. We strategize for compliments and admiration. It is in this battle that our perspective is lost and pride wins. Only in reverence to Him do we recognize ourselves.
Only God Recievs Glory. The psalmist writes, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.” (Ps 115:1). In Latin, the phrase Soli Deo gloria has been used by artists like Johann Sebastion Bach, George Fedrick Handle and Christoph Graupner to signify that the work was produced for the sake of praising God. There is no One else Who is Worthy.
Only God Is Great. Over and over, the psalmist proclaims it: “God is great”. (Ps. 48:1; 86:10; 95:3; 145:3). His greatness is complete and no one else compares. His greatness is matchless and no one else measures up. He is unequaled, unrivaled, unparalleled . . . He is the Utmost. “For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” (Ps 96:4)
Only God is Good. David writes, “The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” (Ps 145:9). His goodness provides new life, new meaning, new purpose and new significance. His goodness is partnered with grace. The Measge sheds light on this verse, “God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace.”
Aaron Shust recorded a song that captures this most captivating thought,
“To God alone be the glory
To God alone be the praise
Everything I say and do
Let it be all for You
The glory is Yours alone
Our greatest action, our greatest accomplishments, our greatest achievement is to confess our praise to Him and confirm His glory. It is His alone.