Psalm 150 ends with a crescendo of praise to the Creator.
As we grow in believing this truth of God’s delight for us, the insecurities that we face and the need for others’ approvals become less attractive and loses its grip on us because we have all the acceptance we need in God.
We praise God when we see His greatness. Maybe you find yourself in a time of apathy towards your relationship with God.
In this psalm, the writer reminds us of our insufficiency to hold up our own lives and God’s total sufficiency to sustain all He has made.
Maybe during these days, you are looking to people, pleasures or pursuits to save you from the the chaos in your life.
God’s goodness and greatness is meant to be experienced and shared from one generation to another.
Because the Son of David won the war, we engage in everyday battles against our flesh, the worldly system that is against God and Satan as victors in Christ.
In this psalm, we are instructed to fill our minds with God-thoughts.
From David’s prayer, we learn how to respond when we are in our lowest moments in life.
Don’t run away from God with your struggles but run to Him with it.
So in your affliction look to God for comfort and hope.
As humans beings, we have been created in the image of God to know Him personally and represent Him beautifully to the world.
Maybe you are at a low point in your life. Perhaps as a follower of Jesus you are experiencing difficulties in the workplace, challenges in building
In exile, God’s people ask, “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?”
As you reflect deeply on the steadfast love of the Lord, let it fuel your love for God and your neighbor.
The Lord alone is God. Let’s look to Him today for all of our needs.
Yesterday, we had the opportunity to bless the Lord at our in-person Sunday service and online, but the worship of God doesn’t end on Sunday.
We live in a time where the reflection of this unity between followers of Jesus is being challenged on multiple fronts.
When we read chapters like this one in the psalms, it’s a fresh reminder that the Bible is not a book about us.
Like a weaned child, we go through events in our lives that we don’t understand.
As we grow in marveling at the Lord crucifixion and resurrection, let us say to others like the psalmist, “Hope in the Lord!”
Because of God’s faithfulness, we who are followers of Jesus, can trust Him to preserve us to the very end.
We can trust that His ways is intended for our joy in Him.
Because God accomplishes all that He wants, we are free to work hard for Him.
In your sowing and in your weeping, don’t forget that God is purposefully using this season to prepare you for the joy that is to come.
Although God allows hardships and suffering into our lives, His promise to His people is that every single one of them is purposeful.
“God’s power, provision, mercy, and wisdom—everything we need—in order to do what he wants us to do five minutes, five weeks, five months, five years, and five thousand years from now.”
To “lift up one’s eyes” is to place dependence upon the person looked at.
But for those of us who received the Messiah, we gather together, not in a physical temple, but as a group of redeemed rebels to worship the Risen King who lived, died and rose again.
What keeps you up at night? What circumstances in your life cause you to shudder?
In his “feeling out of place,” the psalmist looks to the Lord to bring him home safely.
Perhaps you sense our hunger and joy for His word has diminished. What should you do?
For it was through the rejection of His own people and their decision to crucify Him, that Son would display His love towards rebels like you and me by giving His life as a substitute for ours.
Because of His unstoppable love and faithfulness towards us, let us praise Him today for who He is and what He has done.
When it comes to God, there is no way we could ever repay Him for His saving grace.
God is unlike us. He rules from heaven, and we are on earth.
When we think of the word tremble, we may tend to associate negativity to it.
Today, think deeply about His great power and His great compassion towards you, and praise Him!
The good news is bad new does not have to dictate the state of our hearts.
READ PSALM 111 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. (Psalm 111:1) We are created to live in and worship God as a community. The very first humans lived life in the presence of God together in the...
Like the New Testament authors, treasure deeply the references of Christ in the Old Testament.
Have you ever cared for someone only to have them turn on you?
Glorifying God isn’t a duty to fulfill, or another chore to check off a list.
This is the verse that provided us with the name for our church fifteen years ago.
God’s commitment to His people is seen in the covenants He makes.
If God is near to everything and to everyone, why do we need to “seek his presence continually?”
Creation is like an arrow pointing us to its Maker, a quiet voice whispering and sometimes roaring the name of the Creator.
As we wind down to the end of another work week, maybe you feel discouraged and weak?
Go to God with your broken heart, and the good news is you need not leave the same.
As we enter into the opportunities today, instead of asking whether an activity is “bad” or “good,” ask yourself, “How will this nourish my soul?” “How will this fuel my love for Jesus and my neighbors?”
Live life from your identity as God’s child.
The right response to God’s holiness is stand in worshipful awe or who He is.
Have you ever read a novel or watched a movie where the “good” guy or woman delays in coming to fix everything?
God’s rule over everything should lead us to be stoked. F
We too sing a new song.
If you have yet to fully trust in Jesus as your Savior King and you “hear his voice” calling you to respond, do not harden your heart, but respond by genuinely believing in the work of Jesus.
God gives us his comfort in difficult circumstances, but He also allows difficult circumstances to open our hearts to receive his comfort.
What waves are crashing into your life right now? It’s probably not literal water, but maybe the waves of anxiety, fear of the
God’s works are seen throughout history as He promised His savior to defeat sin and death despite many failures and hardships for God’s people.
Maybe you’ve read this psalm and came away confused. Does knowing God exempt you from harm?
As we make the most of the life God has given us, let’s remember to serve Him out of the joy and satisfaction that He gives to us.
When God promises to never forsake you, He won’t no matter how you feel.
There is something attractive when you read psalms like this one. It’s not because we want his circumstances
As we anticipate the heavenly Jerusalem, let us continue to share the love of Jesus with the people God has put in our lives.
Because God is great, we don’t have to be in control.
Have you ever felt ashamed to come to God because your joy and enthusiasm for Him was dead? Perhaps it was your sin that dulled your desire for Him.
The dwelling place of God is not ultimately lovely because of it’s decorations and decor. Nor is it because of it’s size.
Although many Christians may feel uncomfortable with this type of Psalm, Christians pray imprecatory-type prayers all the time without realizing it.
In this heavenly council, God makes known His judgements on the gods (those given authority by the One True God). Although these
Have you ever prepared a dish for your friend or family member, where you labored hours over it? You were so excited for them to try it because
What does it mean for God to shine His face upon His people?
READ PSALM 79 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake! (Psalm 79:9) From the Old Testament to the New Testament, all throughout the Bible, God's word makes clear that we are saved from the...
READ PSALM 78 With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand. (Psalm 78:72) The psalm begins with an encouragement for adults to teach their children, so that their keiki would have the knowledge of God (v1-8). From there, the psalmist...
What keeps you up at night? Perhaps over the past week, you have been consumed with social media and the news.
When we think about the attributes and qualities of God, we tend to focus on His mercy, love or faithfulness. However,
God’s judgements are always timely and fair.
Have you ever felt God was distance? That He was no longer near you.
As Tim Keller put it, ““Live for beauty — but beauty fades. Live for money — but money fades. Live for success — but success fades,…If you don’t have God
READ PSALM 72 May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed! (Psalm 72:17) Solomon, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, looked forward to a day that a king would come who is deserving of all nations and people to serve Him. Although this...
READ PSALM 71 But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. (Psalm 71:14) In life, there are times where difficulty and discouragement overwhelm you. Like a massive set of waves, you feel the hit of each wave taking away strength and...
Whether that’s deliverance from the effects of COVID-19, justice for all who have been oppressed and dehumanized or a Gospel-peace for our country, we continue to pray, “Your kingdom come” because
The church is not a building but a covenant people
Your trust in someone grows as you look at their track record.
The grace of God shines upon us so that others may experience the saving power of God in their lives
There are times in life when we need someone to talk to and when we call that trusted family member or friend, they were not there for us.
The storm stiller became the sin bearer.
God wants to hear your voice. He desires for you to bring your cares and concerns to Him. The first verse of this psalm begins with
The well-known Ravi Zacharias put it this way, “I came to Him because I did not know which way to turn. I remained with Him because
In a time where our state is experiencing great financial need, it is natural to think money is the ultimate solution.
matter how far your seem or feel from God, you can call out to him. “The end of the earth” is the furthest parts of the earth, where a person may be.
Life as we know it seems to be entering another phase of change. As businesses, activities and public venues slowly continue to open more and more,
Charles Spurgeon once said, “The music of the sanctuary is in no small degree indebted to the trials of the saints.”
n this challenging psalm, the writer is invoking God’s divine judgment on his enemies. These people are wicked leaders who are devising evil plans,
It is the greatness of God’s love that causes us to go public in sharing the good news of God (v10). The heart of God has always been global,
David was not oblivious to the dangers around him, nor does he take them lightly when he writes that “he I shall not be afraid.” In fact, he acknowledges that he was afraid
Maybe you are experiencing a flood of anxious thoughts as you think about the many worries during this pandemic. Like the psalmist
God does not promise a trouble-free life for His people. In fact, followers of Jesus will experience trouble for their faith. Also, living
The Bible show us where we fall short, but then points us to our solution.
We can trust God’s faithful love in abundance and in pandemics.
Often times we tend to stop at forgiveness. We remind ourselves of the cross and the price that Jesus paid for our sins, but we can forget that
During this pandemic, there’s a lot of agencies and organization one can call for support and help. The likelihood often depends on how well resourced that program is, and
READ PSALM 49 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. (Psalm 49:15) Growing up, you probably had a great vision for your life. Whether that's making a lot of money, playing professional sports, or making a name for yourself by...
READ PSALM 48 He will guide us forever (Psalm 48:14) We all look for guidance sometime in our lives. During this pandemic, our community is looking to government officials to lead the way in protecting the people while seeking the overall flourishing of all. We hear...
What if you don’t feel like singing due to the hardships and challenges during this pandemic. You feel the weight of the past few months, and you are disheartened. Jesus Himself
Life got crazy for the psalmist. The ground and the mountains, both pictures of stability, were being removed from their place. In those moments of chaos, one thing that is certain i
As this pandemic continues, perhaps you have witnessed, read about or watched on social media injustice and wickedness locally, nationally or globally. You ache to see righteous actions by authority figures and citizens. You wonder if justice will ever be done.
There is some suffering that can clearly be connected to a decision we make. If we blow up at a friend because of stress from our current situation, we may destroy that friendship. If we become negligent
Perhaps in this present time, your heart feels far from God. The challenges of this current pandemic and the struggle with sin have left you feeling
What do you do when depression and anxiety flood your heart? How do you respond when you feel that you can barely get out of bed, to absorb whatever the day has for you?
The famous preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Be not surprised when friends fail you: it is a failing world.” Maybe you’ve recently
Sharing God’s work is the result of experiencing His love. Perhaps during this pandemic you have had opportunities to share the hope you have in Jesus with others around you but
Today, we are experiencing the devastating truth of our mortality. Young and old have lost their lives to the COVID-19. Countries are being
David was in excruciating physical and emotional pain, which he associated with his sin (v3-4). Instead of hiding his sin or excusing it,
You’ve probably seen this verse on coffee mugs or t-shirts. Maybe this is a verse you have memorized. At first reading it appears
When people think about God, words like holy and powerful often come to mind. When it comes to God’s intentions towards humanity
Loving our enemies is impossible on our own. The good news
One of the joys you may miss during this stay-at-home order is sharing a good meal with friends or family. Sure, ZOOM calls
As the month of April comes to a close, and we are still experiencing stay-at-home orders, it’s easy to focus on what we don’t have or experience. It may have been
As you experience life with many freedoms removed, there’s a greater freedom that we need. It’s the freedom to
To “fear” the Lord is not the fear of uncertainty that a pandemic brings. Rather it’s
Sometimes the night seems to last so long, but regardless of how we feel, we can know that
Sometimes the hardships in our lives seem to eclipse God’s greatness.
In difficult circumstances, we have the opportunity to respond to God in trust or distrust.
What do you want right now? David asked God for
From the beginning, God’s plan for humanity was to
Maybe as you have been stuck at home, you’ve found yourself doing a lot more introspection of your life, even unearthing past sins. When you feel guilty and ashamed,
Come worship the King. Who is this King of Glory?
The Good Shepherd leads us through difficult times. In those moments we have the opportunity to
Jesus took God’s righteous judgment, so that we could experience God’s nearness.
The deep joy of the King is available for you.
Trust in God does not result in passivity. It’s active obedience.
Creation sings the glory of God, but what do you do when you are not able to enjoy the beach or take that hike to experience it?
In this life where change happens at a fast pace, we need someone steady and reliable.
What does it mean for God to keep you as the apple of His eye?
God has secured for his children an inheritance that cannot be taken away.
How good is good enough? The standard is higher than you think.
There is one disease that no one is immune to.
One of the deepest pains is to feel forgotten by those who you care about. It’s not that they stop remembering who you are, but…
With so many lies in the world, we need truth to depend on.
When the foundations of life and society crumble around us, how should we respond?
David began Psalm 10 with questions. Where are You when we need you? Why are you uninvolved? After witnessing the oppression of the vulnerable, David cried out to God for justice. Maybe that’s what you feel
A “stronghold” is a fortress, a place of refuge from invading armies and natural disasters.
Sometimes we fail to see the greatness of God in times of hardship. Like rain clouds that blanket the Koʻolau mountains,
God is the righteous judge, which means He will punish all evil doers giving to each person what they deserve.
How long, O Lord? Maybe that’s what you have been thinking over the past few weeks. As stories of tragedy break on social media like towering waves crashing on your heart,
When suffering and threatened by enemies, what did David do? He praised God (v11). He’s not the only one.
God gives peace that is immune to your circumstances. David experienced it as he wrote this psalm.
Do you feel vulnerable? God is your shield. He’s defending you 24/7 from whatever comes your way (v6).
READ PSALM 2 The LORD said to me,“You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,and the ends of the earth your possession. (Psalm 2:7-8) Even in chaotic circumstances, Jesus is king. When nations rage, people plot,...