Good morning! I woke up to a chill in the air and loving my cozy pink bathrobe and fuzzy fleece throw. These fall days are some of my favorites and enjoyed doing Bible study yesterday in the morning in my comfy warm chair inside and being able to put on shorts and tee-shirt and work in the yard in the sun in the afternoon. Thank you Lord for the blessing of the various seasons we have and the beauty all around us each and every day.
Today I open my Bible to the Psalms again. I love the Psalms and the clear picture we see in them of who our God is. When I started our little journey in the Psalms I intended to just skip around but each and every one of them so far has blessed me so that I continue to just take each as it comes. I love that scripture can be gobbled or slowly chewed…whichever we need at the time. It always restores, renews, corrects and draws us closer to our awesome God. So, what do I see today about who God is in Psalm 11?
- Verse 1 – He is a God I can take refuge in
- Verse 4 – He is in His Holy Temple and on His Heavenly Throne! He hasn’t gone on vacation or taken the day off! Thank you Lord! He observes what is going on and not with just a glance but He examines it. The original for this word is He will try the sons of men. This is all about His justice.
- Verse 5 & 6 – He examines the righteous but the wicked and those who love violence He hates. This goes on to say He will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur and scorching wind on the wicked.
- Verse 7 – Why? For the Lord is righteous. He loves justice. The blessing for us? Upright men will see HIs face.
The Young’s Literal Translation makes this a little more clear in that it really is about the fact that we can seek refuge in our God because He isn’t missing anything in our lives. He sees the unjust things that happen to us and He will take care of it. Thanks be to Jesus my Lord that died on that cross for me which allows God to see me as righteous in Him. I can with confidence count myself as one of the righteous that He shows His face to, not of my own doing but as a free gift of grace to me. Does that get me off the hook in this Psalm? No! For sure it makes it clear to me that God loves justice and hates (strong word but what is said) the wicked and those who love violence. I want to examine my heart before God to make sure I am living a life that is just. Am I loving people the way He wants and do I treat others with justice? Not a condemning justice but being fair to all in my sphere of influence. Think about it. It can go deep. This study is focusing on who God is but we need to always be careful to examine ourselves with the truth it gives.
Have a blessed day and enjoy all that God has provided you! What do you see in Psalm 11 about who God is? I would love to hear about it. Love to you and yours! See you again soon, as we read God’s Word to grow in knowing Him!
We will return to Psalm 8 today to search out who our God is. Though just 9 verses long, Psalm 8 has lots to tell us about our God. Don’t you stand in awe of Him? We looked at verse 1 and His Majesty the last time we were together. I am still thinking about that. We see His Majesty all around us and today we will see some of these things in detail.
Verse 2 – What this verse says to me is God can use even our most fragile beings in His creation to praise Him. Have you ever seen the Majesty of God in a small child or infant? I see it in each one I see. What a praise to Him that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I love that the God who spoke and put this world in place chooses tiny babies to bring Him praise.
Verses 3-8 – David looks at God’s creation of the heavens, the moon and the stars and considers the fact that God set them in place. He is humbled and asks a question I myself have asked my God. How can you the God who spoke and put the world in place be mindful and care about me? David tells of the blessings God gave to man with His prospering him and giving him responsibility for the animals, birds and fish that He had personally created. I am blessed and so very grateful that God loves me, this tiny speck in the grand scheme of things. I will never get over it! Will you?
Verse 9 – David ends this Psalm praising God again for the Majesty in even His name. “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” Yes, Lord, yes!!!
What did you see about our God in this Psalm? Please spend time going over it and share what He reveals to you.
I will be traveling off and on the rest of the month of June and most of the time won’t have computer access so I will miss you! Don’t stop reading God’s Word each and every day. Read it with the intention of seeing what it says about God. Grow, my dear ones, in knowing Him. Much love! Talk to you in about a month!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are Moms. I am blessed to be Mom to my firstborn, Heidi, and my baby boy, Rob. Both are in their 40’s and I love them so. It seems only yesterday they were small and now they are parents and Heidi is a grandmother. I am so blessed to be called mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. My family is a precious gift of God to me. They bless my life daily and are by far my greatest joy!
Today we will look at Psalm 5. This is another Psalm written by David. If you are just joining us, we are looking at God’s Word in the Psalms to help us grow in knowing Him. There are so many things in His Word that give us the many blessings to us but for this study we only want to focus on who He is. I would love to have you study this Psalm and share with us what you see about Him. By sharing we all gain more knowledge and see more clearly who our God is.
Verse 3 tells us that the Lord hears our voice. I love that not only may we lift our prayers to Him and know that He hears but it goes on to say, “I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” He hears our requests and we can expect Him to answer. Though He doesn’t always answer the way we think best we can expect Him to answer with the very best for the situation.
Verses 4 – 6 makes it very clear that He cannot be compromised. Some of the things it tells us about Him are:
- He does not take pleasure in evil.
- The wicked cannot dwell with Him.
- The arrogant cannot stand in His presence.
- He hates all who do wrong.
- He destroys those who tell lies.
- He abhors bloodthirsty and deceitful men.
Verse 10 makes it clear our God judges right and wrong. Verses 11-12 completes this Psalm with wonderful characteristics of our God in relationship with the righteous and those who take refuge in Him. Some of these follow:
- We can take refuge in Him and be blessed with gladness and everlasting joy!
- He brings us joy in Him as He spreads His protection over us.
- He blesses the righteous and surrounds them with His favor as with a shield.
As always, I will remind that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. None of us are perfect and the section on His hating those who do wrong is not talking about those who believe in Jesus as their savior and still do wrong on occasion. This is talking about those who live their lives doing wrong. In the same respect none of us lead a totally righteous life on our own. Those who accept the free gift of grace and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus on the cross for us are seen as righteous through Him.
Take a look at Psalm 5 and see what God gives you about who He is. Share that with the rest of us. The goal of this study will always be to grow in knowing God. I am so grateful you are taking this journey through some of the Psalms with us. Be blessed until we meet again!
I have just finished the wonderful study of James by Beth Moore. She is one of my favorite Bible teachers and this was the second time I did this study of James. She takes this book that can be so convicting on so many levels and makes it not only challenging but inspires us to go deeper and walk the walk not just talk the talk.
Now it is time to open God’s Word on my little blog and see what He tells us about who He is. I have decided I will take a look at some of the Psalms. I love this book of the Bible that allows us to see the very heart of God since so many are written by David, a man after God’s own heart. I am excited to dig into God’s Word in the desire to grow in knowing Him. I hope you will join me and share with us what God reveals to you from the Psalms we look at. I love sharing God’s Word with others and learning more about who He is from what He speaks to your heart too.
We won’t necessarily go through all of them. There will be times we focus on a complete Psalm and times we will only look at parts of a Psalm. They are so very rich with life-giving, life impacting treasures that I don’t want to rush it. Ready? I am so excited to begin! Lets get going!
We are going to look at this Psalm from the bottom up. Since our focus is what it says about who God is I feel we need to start with verse 6. The first 5 verses are really about the results of who He is in our lives. We will also look at that but for right now we will just focus our attention on what verse 6 tells us about God. I love that my God is a God who is watching over. What a blessing that is! He doesn’t miss one thing that is going on in my life! The addition of the word over changes it so from just watching. If He was a God who was just observing what is going on that would be one thing but He is a God who is watching over me and mine. That indicates care and concern to me. I am so very grateful that He is always there taking care and watching over!
There is a qualification of the watching over that He does. It says, “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” God’s watching over is for the righteous. So who are the righteous? Is that only those who are doing everything perfectly? Are they the good ones who seem to have it all together and do it right? No my precious friends. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us, “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Through the death of our precious Lord Jesus on the cross for our sins, we who believe in Him as our Savior are righteous through Him. Not on our own. Not of our doing. Only through the gift of grace given to any who choose to take it. I can barely get my mind wrapped around it but am so blessed and grateful that I can read this Psalm and know I am one of the righteous my God is watching over. If you should have any doubts at all that you are also one of the righteous this talks about, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk about it.
Back to Psalm 1. Though the first 3 verses are talking about a man who is blessed and what his life is like it is still about who God is. Verse 6 starts with the word for. What it says to me is that this man’s life and the life of the wicked in verses 4 & 5 is a result of God’s watching over. Lets spend some time seeing what the result is for the righteous:
- Verse 1 tells us he is blessed and makes good choices. He doesn’t spend time with the wicked, sinners and mockers.
- Verse 2 says he delights in the Word of God and doesn’t just read it but thinks about it day and night.
- Verse 3 gives a picture of his life being like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season and that stays full of life.
- Verse 3 also tells us that whatever he does prospers.
I love this! We have a God who watches over us and interacts in our life to give us abundant life. The God who spoke the world in place loves us and cares about us! He blesses us and enables us to bear fruit for Him. The fact that we are opening His Word to search out who He is so that we can know Him better brings life-giving, life changing, life impacting results that only He can bring.
I am so glad you have joined us on this journey! I so desire to hear what God has given you as you read through Psalm 1. Please share your comments so that we can all learn from each other. The sharing of God’s Word always expands our knowledge of who He is. Until next time keep on opening the Word of God and growing in knowing who He is! Love you guys!