Power and Passion

“You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence.” (Psalms 21:6)

Having strong arms and a big heart is a great combination. In Psalm 21, David relies only on God’s power, rests only in God’s passion and rejoices only in God’s presence.

He is the only source for any prosperity. “You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.” (Psalms 21:3)

He is the only source for any preservation. “He asked You to preserve his life, and You granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever.” (Psalms 21:4)

He is the only source for my protection. David writes, “For the king trusts in the Lord. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.” (Psalms 21:7)

God’s power is unequal, unbeaten and unyielding. Admitting my weakness promotes His strength.
God’s passion is unearned, unending and unfailing. Affirming my trust provides His stability.

“Rise up, O Lord, in all Your power. With music and singing we celebrate Your mighty acts.” (Psalms 21:13 NLT)

We serve a powerful God . . . be confident in His strength.
We serve a passionate God . . . celebrate His love.

Trust Him Alone

There’s a great sense of satisfaction when our plans, programs and personnel are all in sync. The point where they intersect becomes our ministry “sweet spot”. Trusting soley in the success of the sweet spot could result in misplaced priorities.

Our strategies and staff may be a comfortable preference, but trusting in our Savior must be our convicting passion. Relying on Him is my absolute decision of abandoned dependence.

In Psalm 20:1-5, David delivers a sweet blessing . . .

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May He send you help from the sanctuary.
May He give you support from Zion!
May He remember all your offerings!
May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!”
(Psalm 20:1-5)

The psalmist continues by declaring the sole basis of the blessing, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Ps 20:7)

Have you ever wondered what we would consider “chariots and horses”?

Some trust in tried methods and some trust in talented men . . . but we trust in the true Messiah.

May we find our deepest joy by depending on Jesus.

iThink and iSay

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship.” (Psalms 19:1)

The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” (Psalms 19:7)

God’s glory is revealed and resonates at every grace point of our lives.

Ministry or misery . . . triumph or tragedy . . . Leading or lonely . . . energetic or exhausted. Our utterance of praise always leads to an understanding of His promises, His provision and His presence. He is my salvation and He is my security.

In Psalm 19, David captures the essence of God’s glory and the essentials of His grace. Through the illustration of His creation work and the illumination of His convicting Word, the psalmist shows us the greatness of God.

While neither is a result of our actions, they require our awe. His grace is the game changer.

God’s work and Word are our only remedies for transitioning feelings and transforming thoughts.

The psalmist locks in the key, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

Let’s be consumed with His thoughts and communicate His truth.

Because of Who He Is

We spend a good deal of time on the components of ministry. We know how to plan, program, promote, perform and even pray. Just as critical is the celebration of praise . . . not just praising God for what He has done, but for Who He is.

A friend once told me, “Praise Him until the worship comes. Worship until the Glory comes. Then, stand in the Glory.”

David captured this thought in Psalm 18, “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Ps 18:3 ESV)

Loving the work of God is different than loving the God Who works. Again, the psalmist highlights who God is, “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalms 18:1-2 ESV)

We praise God because we need Him, not just when we need Him.

I love God . . .
. . . He is my strength because I was weak,
. . . He is my rock because I was unstable,
. . . He is my fortress because I was unprotected,
. . . He is my deliverer because I was captured,
. . . He is my refuge because I was alone,
. . . He is my shield because I was unarmed,
. . . He is my salvation because I was lost,
. . . He is my stronghold because i was defenseless.

That’s who He is . . . that’s why we love Him and that’s why He is worthy to be praised.