“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Psalms 100:1
God should make you want to shout. He has done such awesome and almighty things. Just some amazing miracles he did in the Bible like David, Gideon, Joshua, and Moses, whoa! He is not here to do things simply or logically. He does out of the ordinary and spectacular things. I serve on a prayer chain and used to get discouraged by so many needs. So many times I just think man are you in trouble. Defeated before I even pray, but I have seen some amazing miracles and I know my God is worth shouting on the housetop.
God is mighty, look at all that he has made, on the earth and in the sky. Things we can’t even see with our eyes. The galaxy goes on forever and only God himself knows the extent of it. Just look at the things we can see, and I’ve only seen a fraction of what is out there. Then he made billions of animals and takes care of them making sure they have food and water and keeping them alive from birth till death. His masterpiece, man, made in his image, to be like him and to dwell with him. He is always doing stuff for man. His mercy and grace to those that will never be perfect or have it all together. Sometimes, a lot of times, I just start sobbing when I think how amazing he is, praise God.
“I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part of it. The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil.” Psalms 101:3-4
Covid had me locked in my room and it really bothered me but I enjoy my solitude now. I rule over my space and I can control my environment. I don’t miss all the negative drama that goes on out in the world. I prefer my safe space because it’s my peaceful place. If it doesn’t bring peace I have eliminated it from my life.
“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all of their heart-.” Psalms 119:1-2
No I am not perfect, but I am forgiven. I seek the Lord always, wanting to do all he has for me. My relationship with him is more precious to me than bars of gold. Those who love the Lord and have put their trust in him know they don’t deserve anything, but Christ gave it freely to anyone who would accept it. It takes great faith to accept it. God respects faith and rewards it.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.I am a stranger on the earth; do not hide your commands from me.” Psalms 119:18-19
I’ve been blind before and I didn’t realize it. It was not a good time. But God has opened my eyes so much in the last few years to his truths and I read so much about him and his ways. Anything to stay strong and clear. Keeping his commandments is important because I strayed when I tried to fulfill life by myself not trusting him.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow his righteous laws.” Psalms 119:105-106
God’s word is faithful and true. Being in his word every day keeps us straight. We have to read it over and over till it illuminates are paths brightly. Memorizing his words helps us to put it in our hearts.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” Psalms 127:1
We can spend all of our time and money to get ahead. But if we are not seeking the Lord and his plans then it is in vain. It will not bring happiness or contentment. He wants us happy and successful but we need to seek him first. Then these things follow. If God is not the King of your life, then you are on your own and that’s a dangerous place. God takes care of his own.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, keep a record of sins, Lord, who could stand ? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.” Psalms 130:1-4
There are times that I have realized I sinned and my heart grows heavy and I feel awful. Saying something bad, reading something inappropriate, thinking wrongly about someone. Go right to God and ask forgiveness immediately. That weight will not lift till you do. It can turn instantly peaceful because God does forgive the minute you ask, he won’t hold on like we tend to do. His mercy is never ending.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people dwell together in unity.” Psalms 133:1
I had to completely turn my thinking around. I asked God a long time for eyes to see as he sees. Everyone is a beloved child of his made with a unique purpose. Everyone! We are on one team, all of us. We need to do everything we do to support our team. Strive for peace and unity.