Praying with Psalms

It is assumed David wrote Psalms 61, 62, & 63 during a time of refuge. Perhaps when he escaped during Absalom’s rebellion or when he was hiding in the wilderness after Saul tried to kill him. Regardless the reason, David shows us how to trust God, worship God and pray to God no matter our circumstances.

Remember the saying, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”? Well, an idle man can be an enchanting playground for Satan as well. In Psalm 63, David demonstrates how to draw close to God; how to turn lonely moments into prayerful worship.
I want to encourage you to find solace in the Word of God and through prayer to God. No matter what you are going through, what stage of life you are in, you find direction and peace within His Word and through prayer. If times are good, give praise God, and thank Him for those times; reflect on how He helped you through the bad times, give Him praise. If you are going through a hard place right now, pray. Talk to God. He wants to hear it all and He will see you through it all.
I hope you find peace and joy in the Lord today:
Psalm 61

“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah  For you, O God, have heard my vows;  you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations! May he be enthroned forever before God; appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day.”

Psalm 62

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. How long will all of you attack a manto batter him like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah    For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah 

Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion;in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery;  if riches increase, set not your heart on them. Once God has spoken twice have I heard this that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.”

Psalm 63

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; they shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

How to Stop Gossiping

 Gossip is such an appealing sin. The enemy takes the problems, misfortunes and even losses of others and transforms them into tantalizing ‘need to know information’ and dangles it in front of our ears and minds. And if we are honest, most of us are guilty of gossip.

It is up to us how we respond to the sparkling information. Our best response is to heed God’s word and then pray for the person and situation. Not only is this the best response, it is also a wage against our enemy. Satan does not like prayer in Jesus’ name. The name of Jesus is power, lovely, beautiful, wonderful, and Satan’s most feared.

What happens if we do not heed the Holy Spirit?

Eventually, Satan has us thinking about this person’s situation, not with compassion, but with judgement. And through that judgement comes the desire to communicate our knowledge with others. Even when the information is shared to you from another, Satan is working. He is using you and your friend for evil.

But what about sharing our own problems with our friends?

That is not gossip. If I am talking about myself and no other person, it is my personal choice to share my personal information; it’s about me and up to me. However, it becomes gossip if the person I confided in shares my problem without my consent; know your friends. (Proverbs 16:28)

How can we stop gossiping?

  1. Pray! Ask God to take away your desire to gossip.
  2. Know the ways and walk of your closest friends.
  3. Never repeat the problems of others. They trusted you; honor their trust.
  4. Do not engage in gossip instigated by others. Exit the conversation or change the subject.
  5. Do not add a person to a community prayer list without consent. And with consent, just add the name, not the problem.
  6. Focus on your own walk with God, your family, and your home; you will not have time for petty gossip. (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12)

Pray about it, don’t talk about it!

Boldness for Him

Ridicule. Slander. Harassment. Contempt. Mockery.

These are just a few of the deep cuts a servant’s heart can experience while serving God and others.

Not everyone is going to celebrate what we are called by God to do for the expansion of His kingdom. And that is okay. Our suffering is nothing compared to how Jesus suffered for us. When we are fully surrendered to God, we can suddenly see new dreams and ambitions born within our hearts by Him. And we can accomplish those dreams through Him.

As a Christ follower, it is my heart’s deepest desire to serve Him and others as He leads me. When we ask God to show us how to serve Him, the ways and places He reveals are amazing. In the different seasons of my life, God has led me to serve in very different roles: children’s ministries, teaching, choir, serving seniors, etc. None of which I was pre-qualified to do!  Now I serve full-time in my home as a stay-at-home Nana and wife, and my outreach service is sharing Jesus with others through writing and speaking.

Where ever God has called you and I to serve, He has a specific responsibility for each of us. He never promised it would be easy. There will be naysayers, imitators, and the ones who will try to discredit us and our purpose. But, He did promise He would equip us with what we need to get the job done and He would be with us every step of the way.

We must remember it is not about us; it is about HIM. We must trust Him. And, we must be bold in love toward others, and in our service for Him; asking the Holy Spirit to guide us each moment of the day so that all we do, honors and glorifies God.

“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” – 2 Timothy 1:7-9

Worth the Wait

Everywhere we go, there seems to be a time of waiting: car line at school, at the bank, at the grocery store, doctor’s office, etc.  For me, waiting during some of those times can be very hard (especially a doctor’s office). I tend to think about all the other things I could be doing or other errands I could be on. As a result, I become irritated and impatient which will no doubt affect my overall experience.

Sound familiar?

I have prayed about this and I have asked God into all the details of my life. So now when I consider my day’s schedule, I realize I will probably have to wait at certain times. What better time to talk to God? Pray through the wait! If we wait with joy and patience, when it’s finally our turn, the experience will be much better.

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him to the soul who seeks him.” – Lamentations 3:2

But what about when we’re waiting for God? Maybe you’ve been praying about something and you’re still waiting for God to answer that prayer. I’ve been in that season of waiting, also. And it’s hard. But God’s timing is not of our timing, just as his answers are not of our thinking. It may take 6 months, or it may take years, for God to answer a prayer. Just like waiting in line at the bank, we must be patient with God and we must continue doing His work. Ultimately, as He promised, we will inherit the blessings.

“Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land” Psalm 37:34

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