Psalm 6

I am continuing on with praying the Psalms and I’m now on Psalm 6. It has been awhile since my last one but when I write I don’t force myself, I wait on the Lord to direct me. So, it may have been awhile since my last one but it’s not because I have abandoned my idea. I always try to write what I hear God saying to me.

Psalm 6 is dealing with trouble. Trouble that may be caused by people, evil in spiritual realms and the kind of trouble that you ensue on yourself through thoughts you may have that aren’t life giving. David goes through a process of recognizing his troubles and figuring out the answers to these troubles. I want to go through them as they present themselves from verse 1.

In verse 1 David is asking God to not discipline him in anger. David must be experiencing some kind of difficulty and knows that some trials are brought on by God for discipline. God disciplines His children because He loves them. Discipline isn’t punishment but a time for learning. This learning brings about the character of Jesus in us. We should follow God’s teaching and accept whatever discipline we are experiencing.  In verse 2 David is recognizing his weakness and his need for God. When we go through trouble or trials we want immediate comfort and consolation. We recognize we are weak and we need God. Sometimes this is what God wants, for us to see we need Him. Even in favorable times we should know and recognize our need for God. Verse 3 is about God being silent. David not only has trouble in his circumstances but he doesn’t have peace inside either. Having trouble can make us feel distant from God but He knows everything and sometimes He is silent to test our faith. These are the most important times to trust God and believe. We should embrace the silent moments to prove our faith. God says that we can not please Him without faith. In verse 4, David is pleading for relief. He wants to see God’s love and mercy in his situation. In hard times it’s easy not to see or to overlook the goodness of God. In these times is when we have to choose to experience God’s love and mercy. We have to look for it more intently. I read something the other day that said we need to make a list of what we are thankful for because as we make the list we become more aware of what we do have to be thankful for. This leads us into verse 5 which is about being thankful. We need to thank God for what He has done, is doing and will do. In other words thank Him always! Verse 6 addresses the trouble that we have within ourselves. Things like worry, fear, anger, sadness, anxiety. These are troublesome things that if they are focused on can bring great turmoil and there can’t be any peace. Instead of focusing on the negative feelings we are having we need to shift our focus to God’s presence. It’s another choice again. We have to choose right thoughts and choose to be in God’s presence. We do this through reminding ourselves that we aren’t alone. He has promised us that we are not on this journey alone. Believe it! Verse 7 tells us we can communicate with God whenever we need to or want to! We don’t have to feel hopeless when we have the Holy Spirit to commune with.  Verse 8 expresses confidence in God’s protection. I take “workers of iniquity” referring to people but I also see it in the spiritual realm . We should address them when we feel their attacks and remind them who is in control. When we pray prayers of trust and belief, God hears us and acts according to His purpose for our lives. When we feel attacked we should be praying for His protection. Verse 9 is also referring to having faith in God. By David saying that God has heard his prayer and receives it, shows he has faith and confidence in God. When we pray, God is on alert to answer us. We have to do our part in believing that He will do it. Lastly in verse 10, David knows he has to give his enemies to God. He is asking God to be on his side. We should always leave vengeance in God’s hands. He will take care of whoever is coming against us. When we are living in accordance to God’s ways, He works on our behalf because we are His.

Prayer: No one likes trouble, plain and simple but Jesus has told us that we will have trouble in this life so we have to face it head on with a plan in place. Jesus is the answer to our trouble. I thank you for Jesus. I thank you for discipline that makes me more like Jesus. Help me remember that I am not alone in my trouble and I can access Your presence by the Holy Spirit. Help me remember that no weapon formed against me shall prosper and no good thing is withheld from the upright. I am the upright because of my faith in Jesus. Thank you for showing me ways to deal with trouble, so the next time I am faced with it I can find peace in Your presence, Amen.

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Pray The Psalms With Me, Psalm 5

Psalm 5 has a lot to do with prayer and how we should be walking with God. Like I have said before prayer is most effective in the morning before you start the day. This way you have the rest of the day to watch and wait to hear God’s voice. But before we pray we need to acknowledge God for who He is and give Him reverence and worship. Remember the only way we are able to enter into the house of God is through His Son, Jesus. Be thankful for His love and mercy. Our prayers should be passionate and never taken for granted that we can communicate with God. We need to ask for God to lead us and guide us into His righteousness and make the way of the path plain to see. We don’t receive unless we ask.

There are some guidelines we should follow that lead to being and living right. We shouldn’t boast or practice evil. Be trustworthy, truthful and not let any deceit come from our tongues. We should resist evil and not seek revenge. Live, speak and be the Truth! Continue to be in right standing with God and experience His favor and blessing. Remember our ways lead to destruction. We should be in high spirits singing and shouting for joy because we belong to God!

Prayer

Father, I come to You in reverence and in awe of who You are. I acknowledge that You exist and You are over all creation including me. I am thankful that through the blood of Jesus I can come into Your house and dwell with the Almighty! Show me your path of righteousness today and every day in every circumstance and choice that presents itself to me. I am overjoyed that I belong to You. I’m passionate about You and love You. Thank you for Your blessings and favor on my life. Help me continue to live right before Your eyes. I want to walk in Your ways, not my own because they lead me into destruction. Help me remember Your ways. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit living in me, leading and guiding me. I invite You to be my life. I am Your vessel, make Your glory shine through me in all I do, Amen.

 

Pray The Psalms With Me, Psalm 4

This Psalm was written by David and has 8 verses. I believe it is about prayer, spending time with God and choices.

Prayer and choices have been very significant in my life lately. Following Jesus is not easy because it’s all about choosing Him. Our first choice in choosing Him is in our salvation moment. When Jesus is presented to us as Savior it is a choice to receive and believe Him. So, first I choose to believe Jesus is my sacrifice for my sin. I trust Him for this. I am then considered godly in God’s eyes because of my faith in Jesus. I have to choose to believe I am godly through my faith in Jesus. When I believe this I then will have faith that God hears and heeds my call. I will choose to spend quiet time with God to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading and correction. This is the way to live a Spirit life and not the fleshly one. When I have thoughts in my head I will choose Truth over lies. Satan tries to get us to believe his lies over God’s Truth. We have to know and believe God’s Word and His promises over Satan’s lies. I will choose to give God the glory and honor and not seek my own. Vanity is evil, stay away from it. Choose to be searching for God’s goodness in my life and look for His shining face. Choose to make myself aware of God’s presence in my life and I will be joyful and rejoice over the abundance of goodness that He gives. I can rest and sleep in His peace when I really choose to trust Him with my life.

Prayer

Thank you for free will to choose. Help me stay aware of this fact so that I can always choose You. I only want a life that includes You and I only want the life that You have planned for me. Help me to live it out. Thank you for Your abundant goodness in my life and I value Your peace, I can’t live without it. You are my life! I will listen to You in quiet moments to be able to follow You. Amen.

Prayer Fills Us With God’s Presence

Today’s reading is a poem written by Augustine of Hippo as a prayer to the Holy Spirit. He is asking for the Holy Spirit to be present in him, to act in him, draw his heart, strengthen and guard him, all to be more holy himself. This is a great prayer for us to pray as well. I found something he also said about prayer from this website.

Here is what I thought was good and true:

St. Augustine on Prayer

According to St. Augustine, we need not pray for what we need because God already knows what we need before we even ask. Instead, we ought to pray, he suggests, to increase our desire for God, and so that we might be able to receive what He is preparing to give us.

“The deeper our faith, the stronger our hope, the greater our desire, the larger will be our capacity to receive the gift, which is very great indeed. …. The more fervent the desire, the more worthy will be its fruits. When the Apostle tells us: Pray without ceasing (1 Thes5:16), he means this: Desire unceasingly that life of happiness which is nothing if not eternal, and ask it of him alone who is able to give it.”
(Letter 130)

Trail to the Tree

The scripture reading is about when Jesus was on the cross and He was in total separation from God and asked, ” Why have You forsaken Me?”

Ann says: Today, repent. Name the ugly sins that crucified Him. Write down your idols and angry heart, your lies, your gossip, your envy and pride. See what caused His stripes. Nail the paper to a tree. Die to the old you. Feel His wounds. Touch His pain. Be washed in His blood.

Are you prepared to be crucified with Christ?

When I was first saved I watched Jesus of Nazareth, The Gospel of John and The Passion of The Christ many times even after my salvation experience with The Gospel of John. I wanted to understand everything Jesus said and did so much. One thing that hit me during one of the times watching was the darkness that fell when He was on the cross. I didn’t understand His words for awhile but one day I heard Him say, ” Why have You forsaken Me?” and I realized God was away from Him for the first time in His life. The darkness was what Jesus felt because He was dying for all the sins of humanity. God being sinless cannot be in the presence of sin.  Jesus was experiencing what it’s like to be out of God’s presence. He knows the hell that comes from the absence of God. Anyone who has not received Jesus’ sacrifice is in this “hell”. I was there, I know what it’s like. I described it in my journal as a long dark tunnel and at the time I only saw glimmers of light. I felt hell in my mind. It’s hard to explain unless you have experienced it but when I saw Jesus on the cross in darkness, I knew God left Him. I knew Jesus felt what we feel. He is a Savior who can relate to our sufferings as it says in Hebrews 2:18,  Because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted, He is able to help and provide immediate assistance to those who are being tempted and exposed to suffering.

This is why prayer is so important. It connects us to God. When we aren’t connecting we feel a sadness, an emptiness inside, we feel forsaken. We think it’s a void to be filled with things but I have learned true fufillment is in God’s presence. I have also learned something else the past couple days about prayer. The Holy Spirit has revealed to me that when I pray for something like protection, I have been saying, protect me in this car, protect my kids at school. These are 2 examples that He has shown me where the prayers are fearful, they aren’t based in trust. I realized this when I read in my Jesus Calling book to trust Jesus deeply. I also paid attention to how I feel when I say, ” Protect us in this car.” There is a level of fear there. But when I say,” I trust You, Jesus. Thank you for getting us there safe.” Even before we have arrived if I pray this, I’m trusting Jesus to do what He said He would do. He said He would never leave us. When I say this prayer I feel a sense of relief and comfort. The first prayer is living in darkness, the second prayer is living in the light. God is pleased with our faith and trust. He knows we really believe when our prayer reflects this to Him. I pray for the Holy Spirit to show me when my prayers are fearful and to help me change them into trust, Amen.

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Praying Connects To God’s Presence

Prayer is something I know “works” but also I am finding prayer is what keeps me connected to God. Through the practice of counting God’s gifts it is a form of prayer because I am thanking Him for my life continually. Doing this enables me to pray without ceasing like the Bible says to do. I have also learned that by learning scripture it enriches my prayers and my prayer life. When I know God’s character and what He wants from me then my prayers are more meaningful. I ‘m learning that prayer isn’t asking for things but just asking to be in God’s presence. Something funny but true I learned from the movie Bruce Almighty is that a prayer focused on self isn’t really a prayer.  A prayer becomes alive and powerful when it’s about God and others.

God’s Word Speaks Life!

 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life]. John 6:63

Back in October 2010 I had a dream. This was shortly after I had my encounter with Jesus, I was going to a non denomination church. I was in church listening to the sermon when a woman spoke out saying,” It’s just words.” I said,” It’s not just words, it’s GOD’S WORD and it’s the TRUTH! His WORD speaks life! Live by His Word and you will live forever! ” Then she began singing Amazing Grace.

Do you know what empty words are?  In my opinion empty words are words with no love. Just as it says in First Corinthians 13:1-3, If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not [a]love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [b]to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all. 

So many preachers today want to send the message but people aren’t hearing it because there is no LOVE! I left that church I mentioned above because I never felt wanted. I served in the church out of my love for Jesus. I cleaned. I felt more wanted and loved from the woman in charge of cleaning than I did the pastor! Then another church I went to I told the pastor, we are looking for love. His response was, aren’t we all? I went to another church also but none of them could hold me there. What’s missing from our churches today is REAL LOVE.  Real love is explained in  First Corinthians 13.  When I was filled with the Holy Spirit the Bible became a love letter to me from God. He only speaks with love, purpose and meaning. This is why we can trust what God says in the Bible. Ever notice that Jesus never said words to just hear Himself speak? He always had a purpose, a meaning, a teaching. He portrayed love with every word He spoke. I could feel His love in the Gospel of John, that’s how I got saved. When you get a revelation that God’s Word is written for YOU, and I mean that present tense because the Bible is the living word, you begin to live in the supernatural.

When I first began reading the promises of God, I wanted to believe them for myself. I started praying with God’s Word in my prayer and suddenly I felt a change in my spirit. Instead of saying a natural minded prayer like this: God, please supply some money, it’s getting low and you know we have to eat, please send some money, Amen. Your prayers become like this: God, it says in Your Word that I am more valuable to You than the sparrow and You will supply all my needs according to Your riches in Glory. I know I belong to You because I have faith in Jesus, I have received Your gift. You said not to worry and put You first and all these things shall be added unto me. So, thank you God, for supplying my need and I know You are working already to answer my prayer because in Your Word it says that You hear the prayers of the righteous. I am one of the righteous through Your son Jesus Christ. Amen.  With God’s Word infused in your prayers they become powerful. You can feel the difference in your soul because you know you are agreeing with what God says. Our agreement and faith in Him is what activates it. It also says in the Bible that we can not please God without faith. Hebrews 11:6,[ But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. ]  But Jesus looked at them and said,“With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26.  When God finds people that are thinking His Word, speaking His Word and doing His Word, life becomes supernatural!