My Spirit and My Times

Today’s reading is Psalm 31.

“Into your hand I commit my spirit,” David says in Psalm 31:4. That sounds beautiful. I want to do that. But what does it mean? Practically, how do I commit my spirit to the Lord? Perhaps Psalm 31:15 gives us some insight. David also says, “My times are in your hand.” That is, my circumstance, my life events, my days, my nights, my seasons, my weeks, my years. If “my times” are in God’s hands, doesn’t that imply my behavior during those times is in God’s hands? Paul provides a great example of this in 2 Corinthians 12:10. Having become convinced of God’s grace in his life through a thorn in the flesh, he says, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” In other words, “My circumstances are in the Lord’s hands. If He decides to make me sick, if He decides to make me go through a shipwreck, if He decides to put me in prison, if He decides to make me abound in prosperity, I’ll trust Him that He is doing what is right; and I’ll just obey Him no matter what.” Of course, Jesus demonstrates this on the cross. He even quotes it (Luke 23:46). Even if God puts me on a cross. Even if I’m thrown in a fiery furnace or a lion’s den. Even if the fig tree doesn’t blossom, there is no fruit on the vine, the produce of the olive fail, the fields yield no food, the flocks and herds get destroyed, I will rejoice in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:17-18). He’ll get me through. I trust Him. My job will just be to do whatever He says and rejoice in Him no matter what. I know in the end, He’ll work it out for His glory and my good. My spirit and my times are in the Lord’s hands. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 31.

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And You Thought You Were the First

Today’s reading is Psalm 13.

Four times David cries “How long?” Most believe this is David’s question during the rather lengthy period between Samuel anointing David as king (1 Samuel 16:13) and Judah or Israel anointing him as king (2 Samuel 2:4; 5:3). This was a period of about 15 years. It definitely fits what David was thinking in 1 Samuel 27:1 when he decided to escape to the Philistines. “How long, Lord?” How long until You do what you’ve promised? How long until You bless me like You said? How long until You do something about my enemies? You can hear an almost despair in these first two verses. Especially in that first line, “Will You forget me forever?” And you thought you were the first one to have ever felt like this. Nope. Here is David, the man who ended up being king of Israel, right in the midst of this kind of angst, depression, and even despair. It felt like the Lord had abandoned him. I bring this up simply because one of the devil’s tools is for us to get in this interim period between when God gives His promises and when God actually grants His promises, and use that period to make us believe God has reneged. Or worse, that God isn’t really there and the promises were a hoax. We get into this sad position and then believe we are the first and only to have ever been there. We feel like we’ve been lied to, and we give up. We’ll have more to say about overcoming this place later in the week. Today, I just want us to see that the Bible is absolutely, 100% honest. It lets us know there will be these times. Even the greatest and most blessed of God’s saints faced these times. You aren’t the first of God’s people to face times like this. You won’t be the last. Don’t give up on God.

Today’s reading is Psalm 13.

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Life is Hard; Build on the Rock

Today’s reading is Matthew 7.

If life were easy, we wouldn’t need Jesus. But life is hard. We have an enemy attacking us, alluring, us, seducing us. It happens in small, subtle ways we hardly recognize. He parades around acting like it is just life, leading us to believe each situation is an exception at least for us. And he has already beaten us too many times. The whole thing is a vicious cycle. Satan tempted the first couple to sin which led to hard lives, then uses those hard lives to provide more temptation for everyone. There is only one way out for us. Build on the rock. In the face of the hard life, listen to Jesus. Heed His Word. No matter how hard life gets, it will always go better in the long run when it is built on the truth of Jesus instead of the lies of the devil. Jesus didn’t give His Word to make our lives harder, but to bless us. No matter what, build on the rock.

Tomorrow’s reading is Matthew 8.

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