Date: July 05, 2016
Chapters: Psalms 141-145
Message: Happy People Whose God Is The LORD
Hello My Friend,
Worship, The reverence and homage paid to God in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like. We who are saved by the Lord, Jesus Christ know that there is only one God that we worship, but oddly enough not everyone who worships God is worshiping the one true God, who is the Lord, Jesus Christ Himself. People might find temporary happiness from time to time as they worship a god they believe to be the LORD, but there is no true happiness unless we worship the LORD, even through trials we find happiness in the LORD. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” - Romans 15:13.
Worshiping God has nothing to do with kneeling and bowing yourself to God, chanting some repetitive words or prayers, it is about making Christ a part of your life. It is not just about getting saved, it is about Christ being active in your life, and living your life in a way that pleases God. The first step is salvation, we must know Christ as our Saviour, meaning admit we have sinned and that Christ alone, by His death, burial, and resurrection is the only one who can save us from hell, and ask Him to save us. The second step, start confessing and removing sin from our lives. God does not expect us to be perfect, He does expect us to seek His help in getting rid of things that are displeasing to Him. We are to daily ask God to search our hearts for any sin and ask His help in removing them.
“A Psalm of David. LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” - Psalm 141:1-5.
“Let the righteous smite me;” This means we are not to get offended by those who correct us, there is a difference between judging someone with harsh criticism and making good judgment. If someone comes up to us and says they believe what we are doing is sin, do not get offended or defensive, doing that just means the Holy Spirit has placed some conviction in our heart about something, it may not even be about what they are confronting us with. Now, the only judge is God, it is Him that we have to face, so if we are feeling convicted about something we need to ask God to help us figure out what that is and let Him help us deal with it. If we are walking with Christ daily and are not happy there is something going on with us deep inside and only He can help us draw it out and help us.
“Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.” - Psalm 143:7-11.
“for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.” When our spirit is sad everything else will be as well, we may appear to be happy on the outside, but it is only a visage. The third step to being happy in the LORD is talking to God, praying, supplication, asking Him to help you through your troubles. True happiness does not mean we do not get sad, mad, or upset about things, it does mean that we can find joy in the comfort of the Saviour when our soul is troubled. Christ wants to be in every part of our lives, even when we are troubled about something we did long ago, He will help us through everything, but we must talk to Him if we want to find happiness in the LORD.
“A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away. It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” - Psalm 144:1-4,10,15.
“that thou makest account of him!” Do you think that happiness comes from doing and getting everything we enjoy? Stuff and people are not what make us happy, if our heart, soul, or spirit are not right nothing will make us happy. Once we receive Christ we are His, that means we belong to Him and a very valuable to Him, He does not want us wallowing in our sorrows, but trusting Him. We are going to fall down, we are going to mess up, we are going to take things into our own hands and make some bad decisions, God knows all of this, yet He loves us and never leaves us. We can do all these things, confess, pray, praise, and give thanks to God, but the key that opens the lock to being happy in the LORD is trust. We must trust Him at all times, that includes while we are waiting for Him
“The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.” - Psalm 145:14-20.
“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him,” God never leaves us, we cannot always see Him, but He is always there, and will answer our calls to Him. Keep in mind, God does not hear the prayers of those who are living in sin, we must confess sin in order for God to hear our cries. Happiness in the LORD comes with A.C.T.S. to God, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication, true happiness in the LORD comes when we trust Him as we serve Him, even when we are troubled. You are preserved by Christ, trust Him, not your circumstances, let Him be your reason for happiness and He will take care of the rest.
“And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” - I Peter 3:13-16.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.” - Psalm 142:5. Jesus is our refuge and all we need in the land of the living to give us happiness.
Today's Prayer: God, I admit that in my troubles I have not always prayed and have even lost faith in You changing my circumstances, but know when I called You You heard me. You truly are the only way to happiness no matter what we are going through, I know what You have done for me and brought me through, I know that nothing is too hard or impossible for You. When we base our happiness in stuff or people we always come short, we must be right in our heart, spirit, and soul to find true happiness, which comes from our realtionship with You. Lord, search my heart, reveal any iniquites in me, give me Your power and strength to endure every trial, keep me trusting only in You, and fill me with Your joy so that I can tell those who ask that You are my hope, my joy, and my salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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