Greetings my brothers and sisters. I trust that you are all doing well. I am so thrilled that you are visiting my blog. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will greatly encourage your heart as you reflect and ponder on my thoughts and these scripture verses today.
Today is the last day of the month of May and I am truly grateful to be alive. God has given me so much to be thankful for, if I only choose to take the time to recognize them.
What am I thankful for this past month?
Truly my heart is full of thankfulness because I am a Child of the King. Nothing can dissuade me from this fact. I cannot thank the Lord enough for the many blessings he has given me!
In Jeremiah 15:16, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Your words were found and I ate them, And your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.”
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
This verse places us into two categories.
1. Doers of the Word
2. Hearers only
The question this morning is, “Which category am I in”?
The admonition before us in this verse is that every believer must be a hearer and a doer of the Word. James reminds us that simply hearing the word is nothing without actually living it out.
To be a “doer of the word” is of utmost importance, and should be a constant habit with the child of God. Just hearing it will not do. The Bible is not written merely to educate us, but to teach us how to live our everyday lives.
Today is a very special day… It is my mother’s birthday.
On this day, 14th May the best person entered this world and later she became my lovely mom. I’m so grateful to you my dear mother. Mom, I want to thank you for all the care and love you have given me throughout my life.
Psalm 34:8 says, O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
This verse means that you have to get to know God and see what he is really like.
David yearns for us to experience and enjoy what he has experienced and enjoyed. He is excited and has a passion and desire to bring others into his deep personal experience of God’s goodness. And so he is inviting us to experience what he has experienced with God. With assurance and confidence David knows and can testify about God and what he is like. He can tell us every day repeatedly about the goodness of God but until we actually experience that for ourselves we will not fully appreciate it.
Take for example the taste of sugar: What does sugar taste like? You can describe it, but until someone actually tastes the sugar for themselves they will not fully know. If you ask me if sugar is sweet, I will tell you, “Yes.” If you ask me if I am sure, I will say “Definitely.” Why? Because I have tasted sugar several times and every time it is sweet.
David encourages us to try out God. He wants us to experience His provision as he have. If we will only place our trust in God, we will find by experience that He is faithful and He is good. There is really no other way of knowing how good God is. David challenges us to put to the test what he affirms about God by trusting and serving God. Taste and see and experience the benefits of a personal relationship with God.
Until next time thank you for reading.
Psalm 46:2-4 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
Verse 2 of the Psalm says “will not we fear” – this is a strong affirmation of trusting God in the most troublesome situations. In spite of the fact that there will be trouble God is an ever present help willing and able to shield us, protect us, lead and guide us in and from the trouble that will come. The Psalmist said that even if the world was turned upside down he knew that God would take care of him. We should not fear because God is the one who takes care of us. We don’t need to rely on our own strength, but we can rely on God who will protect us.
Further in verse 2 and verse 3 David speaks of the instability of the world, saying “…though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof”, God is there; in all of the situations in life God is present. No matter what our circumstance, He shelters us from the troublesome issues of this life, provides us a shelter in the time of storm, friendship in times of loneliness, light in the midst of our darkest of days. This gives us great confidence in perilous times.
It is the presence of God that moves the earth from the shaking of the mountains and the roaring of the waters to a river and streams that make glad and a city that is not moved. With this realization there is no situation that is so daunting that I cannot get through it. I am assured of this: God is all powerful and as His child I need not fear. However painful or difficult our circumstances might be, there is a place we can go to for safety, protection and comfort. God is our refuge and shelter, we are safe under his care.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Verse 1 of the Psalm declares some things about God, they are comforting, reassuring reminders. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. It is a great reminder for today and every day.
God is our refuge – a place of safety and shelter and is also our strength, the one who gives us strength when we are weak. As well as those emergency times, this verse reminds us that God is also a very present help in trouble.