Manna for Today

 

Thank God for Hearing our Prayers (Psalm 34:15-18)

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

    and his ears are attentive to their cry;

16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

    to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;

    he delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Learn it:

            Psalm 34 is all about focusing on how good God is and how he protects his people.  David is calling us to trust God because he knows what we need, and he will always be with us.  In this section of the Psalm David describes how the LORD is aware of our needs.  How he is watching us and always there to listen.  He is waiting for our prayers and he wants to be in a relationship with us.  He is on our side.  Those who are evil the face is against them and will wipe them out. 

            In verses 17-18 he moves to how we, the righteous, should act.  We need to cry out to God!  We need to share our needs and struggles with him.  God will deliver us from all our troubles if we come before him in humility.  The Lord is close to those who are brokenhearted.  When we pray to God, we should be totally vulnerable with him.  He knows everything anyway!  Why do we hide our true feeling from him?  If we share with God what’s going on, he will lift us up.

Live it: 

            How is your prayer life?  Is it something you do just before meals and maybe in the mornings?  It’s easy to get into routines and for passion to fade away.  We must remember that God hears everything we say to him.  We have to enter into his presence with confidence that he is going to respond to our prayers.  We must be willing to bare our souls and know that God is going to comfort us.  God will not reject us.  He will pour out his mercy and grace. 

            What do you need to share with the Lord today?  Is there are struggle or temptation you need to let him take control of?  Or are you in the middle of a rough season and you need him to give you the strength to get through it?  No matter what the situation God will hear your prayers.  Thank God for hearing them and trust that he is going to move in your life.


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Thank God for His Word and Protection (Psalm 56:10-13)

In God, whose word I praise,

    in the Lord, whose word I praise—

11 in God I trust and am not afraid.

    What can man do to me?

 

12 I am under vows to you, my God;

    I will present my thank offerings to you.

13 For you have delivered me from death

    and my feet from stumbling,

that I may walk before God

    in the light of life.

Learn it:

            David wrote this Psalm during a dark time in his life where King Saul was hunting him down to kill him.  If you read the beginning of this Psalm you will read how terrified he was.  He is begging and pleading to God that he would protect him.  He also wants God to pour out his anger on his enemies.  He feels like he is in a position of no hope.  Darkness is all around him.

            It is from that position where David is still able to praise God.  His eyes are focused on him and his words.  David trusts that God is going to come true on his words.  Where God has promised David that he will be king of Israel.  David was not feeling very kingly hiding in caves from the current king trying to kill him!  Yet David is confident that God is going to protect him. 

            David submits his life to him and is still able to bring a thank offering to God.  He knows that God is not going to let him die.  God is going to deliver his and give him the strength to continue one.  He wants to live a life that glorifies God and he is the one that lights his path.    

Live it:

            Are you currently going through a season of darkness?  Where you feel that every day is a struggle to get through.  If you are currently in something like that, then I encourage you to focus your attention on God.  Read his Scripture and see the promises that God has given us.  That he has given us his Holy Spirit to dwell within us.  He will never leave us.  He has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power, love, and self-discipline.  He has given us so many tools to get through the tough times of life. 

 

            It is up to us to lean on him and use His Spirit that dwells within us.  I pray that you are able to keep your eye on Jesus.  That he will continue to light your path and you would run towards him with everything you have.  Pray this Psalm to God.  That he would protect you and guide you in your life.  


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Thank God for Creating You (Psalm 139:13-17)

For you created my inmost being;

    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

    your works are wonderful,

    I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

    when I was made in the secret place,

    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

    all the days ordained for me were written in your book

    before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

    How vast is the sum of them!

Learn it:      

            In today’s Psalm, we are looking squarely at the fact that God created each and every person.  He knew every person from when they were in their mother’s womb.  What an awesome thing!  This alone is reason enough to worship God.  By our very existence, we are wonderful in the eyes of God. 

            As the author continues in the Psalm, he writes about how God sees everything.  Nothing is hidden from his presence.  Even in the womb, God knows everything about that life.  We get a glimpse of how precious life is and how much love God has for humans.  His love for us began at the earliest stages of life.  Praise God that he cares so much!

Live it:

            My wife Abby is currently pregnant, so this Psalm has a special meaning to me right now.  God is currently performing a miracle within her.  He is creating life and he knows the future of that baby.  He knows what color the eyes will be, he knows the character and personality of the child.  God already loves our baby and wants to be in a relationship with them.  I pray that our child will one day but their trust in Jesus Christ!

 

            God has a deep, deep love for his creation.  He knows what the future holds for all of us and he wants us to follow him.  God thinks about us and wants to help us!  How crazy is that to think about!  Take time today to praise God for creating you and giving you breath.  Then thank him that he wants to have a relationship with you. 


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Worship God with Thanksgiving (Psalm 100)

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

2     Worship the Lord with gladness;

    come before him with joyful songs.

3 Know that the Lord is God.

    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];

    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving

    and his courts with praise;

    give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Learn it:

            Psalm 100 is a wonderful Psalm about thanksgiving.  Verses 1-2 focus on how we worship God.  We “shout for joy”, we “worship” or some translations say “serve” the Lord, and thirdly we “come before” him.  There are many ways we show our thankfulness to God.  We can make a joyful noise to the Lord!  We show thankfulness to God by serving other people.  We also show thankfulness by drawing near to God. 

            Why is God worthy of our praise?  Well, the author tells us in verse 3.  We are called to know that the Lord created us, and he is our shepherd.  That means he provides for our needs and he protects us.  He is the only thing worthy of our praise!  We are then invited to enter his presence with thanksgiving and praise!  Because he is good, and his love endures forever!

Live it:

            This hymn has been used by the church for generations to sing praises to God.  It tells us how to worship and why we should worship.  It is a short psalm, but it is packed with such great truths that we need to remember and act on.  When we go to church on Sunday mornings, we should be joyfully singing praises to God.  We shouldn’t restrict that to just on Sunday’s but even throughout the week!

 

            During our week we should be serving other people out of thankfulness for what God has done in our lives.  We know that God’s love is always with us, we know God is a faithful and loving shepherd.  This should allow us the freedom to live a life sacrificially and know that God is always with us.  That is how we display our thankfulness to God!


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