Category Archives: grace

The Profound Truth of God

My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your salvation all day long;
For I do not know the sum of them.
Psalm 71:15 NASB

I will always speak about Your righteousness and Your salvation because they are so great, so profound that I cannot truly understand how profound they are.

God is righteous. He saves. His ways are beyond ours – our finite minds cannot fully understand them.

We are not capable of completely understanding the depth of the God’s righteousness, His rightness. We cannot fully comprehend the depth, the power of His salvation. These truths ought to be so profound, so overwhelming, that I can’t contain them.

We are called to speak out about God’s righteousness and salvation, to let their true depth, power, profoundness become so real to us that we’re unable not to speak about them.

When we forget this, we neglect our mission as disciples of Christ to share the gospel. Or perhaps we feel that our sin is unforgivable, or we even minimize our sin.

We need God’s salvation. We need to recognize His profound otherness, and we need to be redefined by the love He has shown us in light of that otherness.

His grace must change us. We cannot.

Pray this way:

God I want to be a witness. I am in awe of Your righteousness and salvation. Please give me the boldness to share it. So overwhelm me with the profoundness of Your nature that I can’t help but share it.

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He Has Proven Himself

For You are my hope; O Lord GOD,
You are my confidence from my youth.
Psalm 71:5 NASB

God is the source of hope, and we can trust Him always. If we have trusted Him in the past, we can trust Him today and tomorrow.

He provides hope when circumstances appear hopeless. No matter what is happening to us, He has already proven His trustworthiness to us. He has always been and will always be faithful.

We have seen God’s provision and protection in our lives. We should trust Him more because He has already proven Himself.

Hope in God. Trust His faithfulness.

He is the source of hope. He is trustworthy and faithful. When we forget this truth, we often fall to fear, self-sufficiency, or hopelessness in the face of difficult circumstances.

We need God’s protection, provision, hope. He offers it to us. We must simply trust this One who has proven Himself eternally worthy of trust.

Pray this way:

I need faith, Lord. I need to trust You enough to give up the things I cling to – my sin, worldly security, my fleshly desires. Please God give me faith.

He’s proven Himself trustworthy and faithful by His gracious, sacrificial work on the cross. He will give us faith to trust Him. Then we will find hope in the Lord and not look for it in worldly things that do not provide it.

He Is Faithful

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Psalm 55:22 NASB

If we trust God with our burdens, our trials, our suffering, He will take care of us. If we trust Him in difficulty, we still face difficulty, but it will not destroy us.

God will destroy those who are deceitful, those who seek to destroy His people – namely Satan, though this will apply to the unrepentant in the end. He defends and protects those who trust in Him. He brings us peace. He saves us when we call on Him. He hears the prayers of the righteous.

Those who trust God, the righteous, His children who truly believe will not be shaken, will not be destroyed by trial, difficulty, suffering. We will be made more like Christ – His strength is perfected in weakness.

Trust God at all times. Truly put your faith in Him. Then, when you call out to Him in need, Your trouble will be temporary, a refiner’s fire. It will strengthen you and not destroy you.

God protects His children, those who truly trust Him. He defends them, brings them through difficulty stronger, more Christlike. He answers their prayers. He saves those who call upon Him.

Ultimately, He is victorious over our enemy.

Are you afraid that true trial would shake you? Do you long to trust God more but know deep down that you yourself are limiting your faith.

(If we have even the tiniest faith, God will use it to do seemingly impossible things.)

It’s only by His grace that my faith can increase. If we received this truth, we would trust God in all things. We would not worry. We would face trials with courage because we would always remember that God can be trusted. He is faithful.

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.

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>

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.

The Good of the Church

For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.
Psalm 122:9

David sought the good of Jerusalem because within it was the tabernacle, the place which the presence of God Himself inhabited.

We should seek the good of the Church because God Himself inhabits her. We should seek the good of our communities because the Church – God’s people and the very vessel of His presence – resides in them.

God cares about peace and unity within His church and within our cities. He expects from His children reverence for the Church because it is the body and bride of Christ. It is the instrument of His redemption and authority in the world.

The Church should be a source of gladness for us because it is the gathering of His people for His glory.

For the sake of God, we must seek the peace, unity, prosperity of the Church. For the sake of the church, we should seek the peace and prosperity of our community and the world.

Sometimes, we struggle to respect and love the Church. We forget, because of her many shortcomings – and because of our many shortcomings – that she is the instrument of God’s work, power, glory, authority, and redemption in this world. She is the vessel in which His presence resides.

She belongs to Christ and should be loved and respected as His body and bride.

We resent the church when we are hurt by her. We lose hope for her when she or a part of her (especially her human leadership) fails. We separate her completely from the world, though she exists in it for its good.
I should remember, too, that as a member and leader in the Church, I have a need for all her members to seek the peace, unity, and prosperity of the Church.

Let’s pray this way:

God renew my love for the universal Church and for my church, because Your presence resides in her. Give me a love for my community because Your church resides in her. Give me a love for the world because You love the world and placed Your Church in it for its good.

Imagine if there were no resentment, anger, hatred toward the Church in your heart or mine ever again. Because she is the body of Christ, we’d work tirelessly for her good and the good of the communities and the world in which our churches reside.