Psalm 77 Day 77: Be blessed If He is wal

Psalm 77
Day 77: Be blessed

If He is walking with you then where are the signs of Him?
Where are His footprints?
Some days you just cannot see Him.
Yet the circumstances see Him.
The waters, the very depths, the clouds, thunder and lightning, they see Him.
Your circumstances are at work even right now, responding to the command of God, just like they did when the Red Sea was parted, when a way was created for God’s people.
He is making a way for you.
He is commanding your circumstances into obedience to Him.
He has your future in His hands even if you cannot see His footprints.
This is blessing.

Psalm 76 Day 76: Be blessed Whatever hap

Psalm 76
Day 76: Be blessed

Whatever happened to inspire this Psalm what is known is that it took place at the centre of the nation. In Salem, otherwise known as Jerusalem, the most important city to the Jew. Out of this place flows the laws, values, culture of the Jewish nation.
It is here that God is known.
It is here that His name is seen as great.
It is here where He is dwelling.
It is here where He shines.
It is here where the enemy is plundered, rebuked and stilled.
It is here where He is feared.
It is here where promises to Him have been made.
Asaph writes this Psalm for the people of this city to remind them of these things.
Today the local church needs to be reminded of the same things. Something has happened, a special victory has been won and the result is in the above for every church, for every Christian.
This is the blessed life.
Look at Asaphs list again and share it today.

Psalm 75 Day 75: Be blessed! What about

Psalm 75
Day 75: Be blessed!
What about you?
What do you say?
Yes you can look at the insecure world around you.
You can pay attention to those who are arrogant and even wicked.
There is so much flexing of muscles.
But let God say and do what only He can.
What about you? What do you say?
Asaph recognises the power of community where:-
They give thanks to God
They recognise His close presence to them
They testify of what God has done.
Asaph also recognises the power of one:-
As for me …
I will declare this for ever
I will sing praise to God.
The key to staying blessed in your difficult world is found in the community of believers who are looking to God positively and also in your own attitude. What about you? What do you say?
By doing this Asaph was able to cut off the strength and effect of the wicked on his life and at the same time saw the strength of himself and God’s people empowered.
These are the keys to being blessed today.

Psalm 74 Day 74: Be blessed! We are give

Psalm 74
Day 74: Be blessed!

We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. v9

We can join the camp of those who say there are no miracles and that God does not speak today.
We can join the camp of those who criticise the church and point fingers for having no miracles and no voice of God.
Or we can join with Asaph in this lament.
How long Lord? How long before we see the signs again? How long before we hear you again?
Perhaps the reason why we do not see and do not hear is that when God revealed His presence we did not recognise Him and when God spoke to us we did not hear Him.
Perhaps God is saying the same thing about us, where are the signs of your worship? Where is your voice towards me?
“We leave our places of worship, and no deep and inexpressible wonder sits upon our faces. We can sing these lilting melodies, and when we go out into the streets our faces are one with the faces of those who have left the theatres and the music halls. There is nothing about us to suggest that we have been looking at anything stupendous and overwhelming. … And what is the explanation of the loss? Preeminently our impoverished conception of God”.
John Henry Jowett in “The Ministry of a Transfigured Church.” Christianity Today, Vol. 41, no. 8.

The poorest people in the world today are those who know they belong to a miraculous speaking God but have not experienced this.
If you hear of His move, if you hear of His voice, don’t stay in poverty, run towards His presence.
How long God?
Yes how long my child?

Psalm 73 Day 73: Be blessed The 3rd book

Psalm 73
Day 73: Be blessed

The 3rd book of Psalms begins.
Asaph, a priest and David’s musical director not only wrote the music for a lot of the Psalms but he also penned 12 Psalms himself.
What do we know of him?
He was also director of music to Solomon in the new temple. He had come through a golden age, this was Israel’s best years and Asaph was experiencing them. But then it all went wrong. Solomon rebelled against God and worshipped his wealth and the foreign gods of his many wives.
The people were oppressed by a heavy taxation system imposed upon them. Yet it was the murder of Asaph’s brother, Zechariah, by Solomon’s ‘police force’ because he had opposed the King that was behind this Psalm 73.
It is a familiar story for us, we know disillusionment, we know how people disappoint. We know the man who started out well but to only fail in the end. We know the feeling when we see these people getting away with actions that are unrighteous and never find themselves judged. We know how easy it is to become angry and even envious of those we do not even want to become like. And we know what it is to almost have fallen ourselves. We nearly lost our way because we took our eyes off God and put them on men.
But almost and nearly is not the end.
Asaph recognises he has no one but God, v25
His God is everything for him, v26
He is near to God, v28.
So although we almost did and we nearly did, we didn’t.
And that’s why we are blessed!

Psalm 72 Day 72: Be blessed So we come t

Psalm 72
Day 72: Be blessed
So we come to the end of Book 2 of 5 arranged books of the Psalms. Mirroring the 5 books of Moses where God is speaking His word to His people the Psalms are the responses to Him, our word to Him. This is shown by verse 20 “this concludes the prayers of David.”
However because it is clearly a Psalm of Solomon it would seem he had heard this prayer of his father and after David’s death penned the Psalm himself.
Solomon was now king by inheritance. But he knew it was more than that, he was God’s appointed one. So he begins “Endow the King …”
Solomon knew the mortality of man as he saw his father die. But he knew the truth of immortality. So he continues “May his name endure for ever …”
Let this be our prayer, our song today.
“Endow me Lord, equip me, empower my life with all I need to live today for you. I will spend my life on righteousness and justice, I will defend and save and crush. I will refresh, rule and defeat my enemies. I will deliver the needy, have pity and rescue the oppressed. But I need you to give to me all that I need for this life. So furnish me with your ability. Endow me.”
“Endure my life. May I continue to live. If I am slain let me rise. “
We should live for today in the light of tomorrow, one eye on this life and an eye on our next life, now and then.
This is the blessed life.

Psalm 71 Day 71: Be blessed v17-18: Sinc

Psalm 71
Day 71: Be blessed
v17-18: Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvellous deeds. Even when I am old and grey, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
Being blessed is to have 3 generations all living comfortably inside of you.
You need to continue to be young, to learn, to be corrected, discipled and to grow.
You need to be a generation who have walked awhile with God to be able to testify of His power.
You need to be old enough to have something to pass on, to mentor and coach those who will come after you.
This is a different kind of 3 in 1 person. It is a blessed person.

Psalm70 Day 70: Be blessed! Is it okay t

Psalm70
Day 70: Be blessed!

Is it okay to ask God to make haste?
More than this, is there any point in asking Him to speed up a bit?
Is He dragging His feet?
Can His moves be described as quick and slow? My slow days are my tired, disinterested days. This cannot be the lifestyle of God.
Surely God appears at just the right time? He acts in your life at the perfect moment.
However, this is not the intention David is trying to communicate.
We all need the emergency services and if we have never used them we accept life is better for having them there.
If we ever used them we would be expected to use words of “come quickly”, if we said “whenever you’re ready, no need to rush” then everyone would know we are not in that place of great need.
David is saying in my hour of need, when the crisis hits, when the enemy has come and gloats they are defeating me, I know who to turn to. I look to my deliverer.
Everyone around me calls their own 999, but I call upon God. I ask for speed not because I doubt Him, but because of my need of Him. It shows my desire, my longing and my intent.
So today maybe in your crisis you cry: I need you now, come quick.
This is acceptable and is encouraged.
Maybe you are outside of a crisis and yet the New Testament encourages us to pray: Maranatha: Come quickly Christ.

Psalm 69 Day 69: Be blessed It has becom

Psalm 69
Day 69: Be blessed

It has become everything.
I am submerged. I cannot think of anything else.
Bored with the trivial. Deafened to the politics. Angered by the waste.
Indescribable, this unsatisfied desire.
I cannot talk of anything else, for it all comes down to this.
When I speak of it the more I realise I am unqualified to do so.
I know nothing of that which has become my all.
It has ruined me.
It has consumed me,
It burns within me.
But I want more of it.
I struggle to find the words.

Others do not understand me.
Even close friends do not share what I share.
Insulted, the butt of jokes and blamed.
Yet I want more of it.

Passion for Your Presence Lord has taken over my life.
Your presence is what I want more than anything.
This is blessing.

Psalm 68 Day 68: Be blessed! God is neve

Psalm 68

Day 68: Be blessed!
God is never dormant.
He is rising v1: There may be a need today to pray “God arise in my situation”. So often people try and get the enemy out when we should focus on getting God in!
He is riding v4-6: the clouds of life are the vehicle for carrying His presence.
The clouds of having no one to guide and instruct you, v5
The clouds of feeling vulnerable and unprotected, v5
The clouds of loneliness, v6
The clouds of feeling trapped, v6

He is marching, v7: He is making a way before us so that we follow.
The march is a walk of dedication. It is a walk only for the desert for determinations is for when it is tough and when you want to give up.

He is a moving God.