Trust His Pure Words

The words of the LORD are pure words;
As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
Psalm 12:6 NASB

While men may deceive and betray and lie and flatter for their own advantage, the words of the Lord are always perfectly pure, true and holy. His words can always be trusted.

God is trustworthy, faithful, and honest. He is not deceptive or treacherous. He comes to the aid of the suffering and the needy.

Think about yourself for a moment, are you one of these who is deceitful? Are you treacherous? Do you deceive to give yourself the advantage? If we’re honest, all of us would admit that sometimes we do.

It’s easy to call on God when we feel we have been the victim of deception or treachery, but it’s just as easy – if not more so – to deceive for our own benefit.

Trust the faithfulness of God, of His word. Never deceive to gain an advantage or make yourself look good. Let your own words be as pure, as refined as those of God.

We often feel the pressure to make ourselves look good, to play for our own advantage without trusting God to take care of us. You may feel, like the deceivers in this psalm, that you are the only authority over yourself. Therefore you can say what you want, but this is never true.

Each of us needs the humility to know that God is in authority over us, that we are not free to say whatever we want for our own advantage, but that we will be held accountable by Him for what we say. We need to trust that He is faithful to take care of us so it is never necessary to sin in order to gain some advantage.

Be people of honest integrity, never deceptive.

It is fear that motivates this type of deception and treachery. Love drives out fear. God has not given us a spirit of timidity (fear), but of power, love, and discipline. When we live by that Spirit, He takes care of us.

If we really absorbed this truth, we would never fear enough to lie. We would never fear the treachery of man. We would always trust in God’s faithful honesty, and we would always be faithfully honest.

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Hear Him in the Morning

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning;
For I trust in You;
Teach me the way in which I should walk;
For to You I lift up my soul.
Psalm 143:8 NASB

He is loving, kind, and merciful. He hears and answers His people’s prayers. He is faithful and righteous. He has done great things for His people. His presence is life-giving for those who trust Him. He is our Deliverer, our Refuge, our Guide. He teaches us His will. He protects us. He defeats our enemy.

No one is righteous. We only receive the benefits of God’s lovingkindness if we trust Him. It is good for us to meditate on His works, to remember them, so that we remember to take refuge in Him.

Do you long for Him as the psalmist does?

Reach out for God, long for Him, trust Him. For when we trust Him, He teaches us how to live, to walk in His ways, and He delivers us from our enemy.

We forget that He protects us by teaching us the way to live. We forget that walking in His way, trusting Him, is protection from the enemy. We forget that He is good to His people and shows us mercy by teaching us His ways, so we don’t trust Him. We trust ourselves instead. And then we lose hope.

Trust God, long for Him, seek Him, remember His works and His word. Then receive His protection, His deliverance.

Pray this way:

God give me faith and desire for You and Your ways. Let me trust in Your love, kindness, and mercy enough to learn to walk in Your ways because that is how You look our for me – by showing me the way to walk.</p>

Give Thanks

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 136:26 NASB

Give thanks to God who has worked immeasurably for the good of His people and His creation, for His lovingkindness, His mercy has always been and will always be.

God is good. He’s eternal. He is merciful, full of lovingkindness. He is above all other gods. He created the heavens, the earth, the seas, the sun, moon, and stars. He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, divided the Red Sea, destroyed pharaoh and his army. He delivered Israel from many enemies. He gave the nation of Israel the Promised Land. He provides food for every creature that needs it.

All of these things that He did for Israel, He does for us. He provides for us, shows us mercy, delivers us from our enemy – Satan. He loves us. He is always faithful to us.

He is faithful to keep His covenant, the new covenant in Christ’s blood that seals our salvation. He will transform us. He will take care of us.

Too often, we don’t trust Him as we should, as He has proven Himself beyond doubt to be worthy of. We are afraid – afraid that we will not have what we need. Maybe we’re too attached to worldly things – we look to them for delight and security – because we don’t delight in God. Maybe we become resigned to our current level of spiritual maturity. Or we are not thankful for what we have.

His grace is sufficient for us. We need to trust and delight in God because He provides for all our needs. He has already done so much for us that it cannot be measured, and He is faithful to continue to care for us.

Christ’s grace, the Holy Spirit in us, can transform us into children of God who live lives of faith and of gratitude.

 

 

The Peacemakers

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 NASB

God desires that His people, His children, be unified. He blesses unity greatly with His presence, with anointing, with refreshing, with life. He wants peace among His people.

Unity in the church means that we can be effective in God’s work. It also means that being part of the church is refreshing, pleasant, life-giving, rather than draining, exhausting, frustrating. Unity means we all treat one another with love. It means we all do our part. It means we submit to one another’s needs. It means we encourage and hold one another accountable. It means we, as a body, are focused on a singular purpose. It means we work to make peace with one another.

Each of us needs unity with our brothers and sisters because it brings life-giving blessing from God. When we forget the significance of unity in the church, we become frustrated, exhausted, selfish.

When we are frustrated with others, how much of our frustration is our own selfishness? We must work harder for peace and unity. Submit. Release selfishness. In truth, thought it’s only His grace that can overcome our selfishness so that we become peacemakers, unifiers.

Then each of us, personally, could be more at peace.