He Helps My Heart

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.” (Psalms 28:7)   20130908-072924.jpg

In many Psalms, the writers often transition from despair to delight, from tragedy to testimony or from heartache to hope. The defining moment comes when God is recognized as Sovereign and the psalmist relinquishes his struggle.

When David expressed his concern by crying out to God, he experienced a calming confidence. David’s heart trusted, he was heard and he was helped. “Blessed be The Lord! For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.”. (Psalm 28:6)

In Psalm 28, God’s provision is illustrated by the psalmist’s praise.

He is our Strength. “The Lord is the strength of His people;” (Psalm 28:8) The all powerful God is all ours. The Read More

Without Him Is Nothing

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
—John 15:5image

Do something or do nothing. At any decision point, there are are usually two choices . . . action or apathy. Action is working, walking or possible waiting . . . there is some type of action. Action sees value and engages. Apathy sees no value and exerts no effort. Action is what now . . . apathy is whatever.

Jesus’ description of the “fruit” bearing process requires a response from each of us. Apart from Him, we can accomplish nothing that will impact eternity.

We can work hard, sacrifice our resources, give time . . . but, doing it without Jesus is simply doing it for ourselves. Here are some thoughts . . .

I do it for Him. This is purpose. If we remain in Him, our reward is Jesus being revealed. Refuse Him Read More

One Thing

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.” (Ps 27:4)  image

The psalmist understood that the devastating realities of war often lead to discouraging results. The discouragement of a prevailing fight can detour the primary focus.

David countered his enemies strategic opposition by defining his sole objective . . . he appealed to his Commander for just “one thing” . . . to reside in His presence, to regard His beauty and to request His wisdom.

In facing hardships as good soldiers in Christ Jesus (2 Tim 2:3), we must wholeheartedly embrace the same request and experience the same results.

Confidence: David faced his fear with faith. He rested in the security of His Savior. He writes, “The Lord Read More

Trust?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”  Trust
—Prov 3:5-6
TRUST:  the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others; complete confidence in a person or a plan; a trustful relationship; having confidence or faith in.
In the New Testament, trust is synonymous with faith.  Both require a process of belief and a person to believe in.
Trusting is not always easy.  Paul wrote to Timothy, “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10 KJV)
Trust is a fragile concept.
We can build trust or we can break trust.
Trust can be sacred to us, but once it has been lost, it becomes shattered.
It takes a long time to earn trust and a split second to lose it.