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Remember God

Psalm 42:5-8
Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you…Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.

We all have times during which we get downcast.  Confusion, weariness, and depression all come knocking at our door from time to time.  If we give in, we lose without a fight.

There is one bright hope through it all – that is if we can remember to place God into the equation.  When we merely focus in on the problem, it is easy to forget what God is able to do on our behalf.

It seems that whenever I meditate upon what the Lord has done for me in the past, I once again realize how good God really is.  In this mindset I am aware of His presence to a greater degree than at any other time.  It is very easy, then, to put God back in control of my situation.

Don’t waste the opportunity that your time with the Lord offers for the refreshing of your spirit.  Use this time to strengthen your fellowship with Christ.  Remember the victories He has brought you through in the past.  He is still on the throne.  He is well able to meet your need today.

Take those things that are burdening you down and turn them over to the One who can truly meet all your needs.  Then you will be able to leave that downcast spirit at the foot of the cross and come away with a fresh and healthy new attitude.

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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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People of Vision

What is your view of God?

Isaiah 6:1
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.

Isaiah is an interesting Old Covenant prophet.  He lived during uncertain times.  In this passage he tells of a life-transforming vision he had of the Lord.  It causes me to take a step back and ask myself how I view and serve God.

Probably the most important point is when this encounter took place.  Isaiah said that it happened in the year king Uzziah died.  Uzziah was a great king.  He served God with all his heart.  He renewed the temple worship of Judah.  Because of his devotion to God, he was victorious in his battles against the enemies of Israel.  The borders were secure and their cities and towns were returning to their former glory.  It was a wonderful time.

Then one day, because of pride, Uzziah tried to worship God in a way that was only reserved for the priesthood.  At that point he was struck with leprosy until the day of his death.  Now the future of Israel was in the balance.

This was a turning point in their history.  The people were slipping back into complacency.  Their devotion to God was waning.  It’s in this climate that Isaiah saw this vision.  He got a glimpse of the majesty of the Lord – enthroned in the heavenlies.

We live in uncertain times.  The economy, politics, weather, and a host of other issues scream for our attention.  What is your stability in all of this.  We need the same vision as Isaiah.

GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE!!!

Don’t let the events around you, rob you of your peace and joy.  We are the children of God.  Nothing is beyond His knowledge or ability.  As a matter of fact, He knows what is going to happen before it does.  Nothing takes Him by surprise.

See the Lord on the throne today.  Lay your burdens and cares at His feet.  Trust Him to guide you through these days in victory and joy.  Then we can truly be people of vision.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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