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Weekday devotionals for Christians

The Apple of His Eye

Psalms 35:1 A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
Psalms 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
Psalms 35:3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

 

Have you ever been attacked?  If you are living and breathing right now, then the probability is very high.  Have you ever felt like you were being attacked?  I feel like I can write about this topic, because I have been the attacked many times!  Although I believe I am not being attacked now, it will only be a matter of time before I feel like I am being attacked or will be attacked.

Don’t attacks seem so vicious and brutal?  They seem to hit us in the most vulnerable and week spot…don’t they?  They usually catch us off guard and we get to mix in embarrassment with our pain…….I HATE being attacked!  A lot of things come to my mind: why? who? what did I do?….all are questions that usually come off of my tongue when this happens.  Let me encourage you and myself and remind us all of what the Psalmist did when he got attacked.

1. He went to God.  Wow, I could spend all day on this.  God does not want us to be attacked, but is ready for us to come to Him when we do get attacked.  Because God gives everyone free-will, He chooses not to control some things, which at times are evil attacks from one person to another.  Don’t blame God for another sinner attacking you, but rather run to Him and let Him deal with it.  He longs to be the One to whom you run to when hurtful and hateful things are done to you.  He wants to be there to catch your tears (Psalms 56:8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?)  God catches all of your tears.  They mean a lot to Him.  They are precious to Him.  If you have children, you understand what I mean by that.  We are God’s children (if we are saved), and the apple of God’s eye (Psalms 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,).  He loves you!  He cares about your broken heart and hurts when you hurt.  Some people do not realize this because they don’t run to God when they hurt.  When they do not run to God in their hurt, they don’t feel His love and realize that He hurts with you.  They are truly depriving themselves of God’s love all because they do not go to God when they get hurt.  What will your first action be when you get hurt?  Will you run to God?  Remember you are the Apple of His Eye!

–To Be Continued Tomorrow

 

 

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April 25, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s OK to Cry

 

Psa 34:5  They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

Psa 34:6  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psa 34:7  The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

 

     We serve a Wonderful God!!  It never ceases to amaze me how much He loves me and cares for me.  It also is amazing to me how such an  Awesome God really cares about me and what I go through.  Today, know that God really, really, really, really, loves you and cares about what burdens you carry, and the things that cause you sorrow!

Just a quick note from verse 5, when they looked unto Him, they were lightened.  This word mean to be cheerful to the point that you feel lightened.  This is a HUGE benefit of looking unto Jesus.  He will settle, calm, and deliver you when the world around you is crashing in.  Also notice that is finishes with, “their faces were not ashamed.”  Their focus was on their Saviour and not themselves.  Therefor they did not have the pride issue that I talked about yesterday.  When pride is out of the way; I won’t be ashamed.

I can relate with verse 6!  This POOR man cried…OK, OK, the word “poor” is referring to the state of his circumstances & spirit.  The Psalmist is referring to his situation, not his financial portfolio.  OK, back the devotional…it is OK to cry.  Notice who the Psalmist is crying to.  He is crying to the Almighty God.  Even though he was keeping his focus on God in verse 4, the devil was trying to cause his focus to turn to something other than God.  The devil in this case, and in a lot of our cases, will try to use outside circumstances to scare you into looking away from God and doing something other than what God wants you to do.  Satan doesn’t care what you do, as long as it is not what God wants.

The Psalmist is showing us by example what every Christian should do when it seems like life is crashing in.  He looked unto Jesus and then cried unto Jesus.  Don’t fall for the lie that only babies cry.  God gave us tears to use and He always takes notice when we cry…

Psa 56:8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Notice what God did when the Psalmist cried to Him.  He heard him.  God hears you when you cry.  It always gets God’s attention.  But that is not all, He also saved him out of all his troubles…troubles that the Psalmist did not start.  The Psalmist could not have changed the king’s heart or what the king (the one who was jealous of him and tried to kill him) was going to do, but please don’t forget that while the king had some power, God has all power!!!

Today, are there things in your life that are happening that you cannot control?  Pour out your heart to God.  It is OK to cry to God.  When you go to God like the Psalmist is doing in verse 6, you are re-affirming your faith in the Almighty…

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Tears have an amazing way of grabbing God’s attention.  Remember, God is in the “Saving” business!  He loves to show how mighty and powerful He is!  So go ahead and cry out to God, you just might be amazed at what He does!

November 10, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment