Psalms, The Word

Psalm 86

This is the prayer of a believer who is truly seeking after God. A really cool thing about this passage is how much David addresses God with the word You. David uses the words You and Your 31 times in the chapter. I just thought that was pretty cool. ūüôā

Psalm 86

1 Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy.2 Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long.4 Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And give heed to the voice of my supplications!7 In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You, For You will answer me.8 There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours.9 All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name.10 For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.

11 Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.12 I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.13 For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, arrogant men have risen up against me, And a band of violent men have sought my life, And they have not set You before them.15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.16 Turn to me, and be gracious to me; Oh grant Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your handmaid.17 Show me a sign for good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

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The Word

A King

Something that we as Christians do not normally think about was brought to my attention just this last week at a camp put on by my church. Jesus is not only our God, but He is our King. He is proven to be a King, having been born in the line of David as prophesied in the Bible. Now a thought in reply to this statement maybe something like, “Well that’s a good thought, but how does that change the way I am living my life right now?” Well, we as Christians tend to do the things Christ commanded us to do out of obligation, not necessarily doing them with joy, but rather with a sense of duty. Now take the statement, “Jesus is our King,” and think about my previous sentence in that light. How do the subjects of a good king respond to the king’s commands? They do them with joy, hoping to please the king.

See, now it changes everything. From the things we say, to the urgency with which we do what our King has commanded us. ¬†We should be desirous to do what Christ commanded us to honor Him as King, and we should be drawing others into Christ’s kingdom, that they may serve Him as well. ¬†And there are many people who do not know His love. ¬†Studies show that there are approximately 6 billion people in the world who do not know Christ. ¬†That is our mission as soldiers of the King, to go out and make disciples of all the nations. Christ our King has shown us His extravagant love, and why should we be scared to show it to those whom have not heard? It is our flesh, using pride and fear of what others may think to stop us. ¬†Ah, think of the difference we could make if we even just took the time to share with one person every other day. And we still have trouble doing just that. ¬†Our flesh is strong, but He is stronger. ¬†Though we are weak, wrapped and bound in these chains of flesh, we can through our strong and magnificent King, accomplish anything.

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