23
Oct

Psalm 103

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My servant David begins by commanding his soul to praise Me.  He then rehearses the great reasons for the motivation of praise.  And you see that there are all these things which I have done in dealing with and blessing those who are truly Mine.  Then My servant David goes on to recount My character in the ways I manifest who I am to those who fear Me.  Then he declares the everlasting nature of My love, not only to those who fear Me, but even to their children’s children.  And he acknowledges My heavenly kingdom and My rule over all.  He then declares that all in heaven above, in earth beneath and he himself are to give Me praise.  Thus you see that for David praise is like a belt that girds his life completely.  He understands that for which I should be praised.  Now you know that David was not a perfect and sinless man, and that his life was full of conflicts.  And you see in other Psalms that he wrote the expressions of these things.  But here you see the underlying attitude and perspective of My servant David that enabled him to deal fruitfully, effectively with all that was negative, harmful and conflicting in his experience.  Do you think that these words were written and preserved just so that you can admire David?  Do you not recognize that what he declares here is also My way for you to deal with your conflicts, your sins, with all that is negative and dark that touches your life?  David commanded his soul and even the angels in heaven and all that I have made to praise Me, to remember who I am, what I have done, and who you are to Me.  This is My way for you in the face of all your difficulties even as it was for David.  But even more so can you exercise praise and remember all of My benefits, for has not My Son granted you all of these and even more?  And has not My Holy Spirit brought these blessings to your attention so that the spirit of praise may truly possess your heart, your thoughts, and the words of your mouth?

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23
Oct

Psalm 88

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In the other words that I have given you on this portion I mention the difference between the perspective of the Psalmist who wrote these words and your perspective as those who know Me through My Son.  I mentioned the limitations of what had been revealed to him in contrast to what has been revealed to you in My Son.  Now I want you to take a closer look at those differences, for I want you to appreciate by contrast what has been given to you that he did not have.  And this is not only the difference of your perspective from his, but the difference of the blessings.  I want you to recognize that this is also a difference that pertains between all those who truly know Me in My Son and many of those who just know about Me.  First of all you know and are sure that I hear your cry.  You know that My ear is ever inclined towards you.  And while you may like the Psalmist feel at times that you are without strength, you know that you will never be forsaken, never cut off from My hand, never consigned to dark places.  Through My Son you have been brought into the light and I have promised never to leave or forsake you.  You know that My wrath has not and will never rest upon you, for there is no condemnation because you are in My Son.  He has borne away all wrath and condemnation.  You do not need to question Me concerning My loving kindness and My faithfulness as did the Psalmist.  You know that My loving kindness is ever with you, and My faithfulness has been proven over and over again, even in those days when you did not know Me as you now know Me.  You are able to look back and recognize how faithful I have been.  There is no need for you to think for even a moment that I have rejected you or ever will reject you, for have I not declared that you are accepted in My Son?  There is no trouble that can come against you, however severe it may be, that I will allow to do you real harm or to separate you from My love.  You need not struggle as the Psalmist did about doubt of My faithfulness, of My love, of My kind intention towards you.  Does not My Word declare clearly that nothing in heaven above or earth beneath shall separate you from love in My Son?  And is not my invitation to you to come boldly to Me with the confidence that you will always find grace to help you, especially in times of great need?  Can you see the enormous contrast between the condition and position of the Psalmist and what he expresses in the midst of his troubles and your position and condition in My Son?  And while he declared in the midst of his troubles that his friends had forsaken him and darkness had become his close companion, can you not say truly that you will, with the Psalmist of Psalm 89, sing of My love forever and declare “Blessed be the Lord forever!”

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23
Oct

I John 2:1-11

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My Son declared “I am the light of the world.  He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.”  Here My servant John reminds the believers that if they will truly follow My Son they are called to obey His commands and to walk, that is to live in the same way that My Son walked.  This means practically that there will be a deep and abiding desire to obey His commands, to avoid sin and to live in love.  But My servant John recognized that unlike My Son you have a sin nature which must be constantly overcome.  Therefore he recognizes the potential and possibility of sinning.  But there is a remedy, as is declared here, since My Son is the atoning sacrifice for sin.  So to walk in the light doesn’t mean that the possibility of sin is excluded, but rather if it occurs you can, out of a heart of true repentance, confess your sin and desire to renounce it and turn from it.  And if you do you can be assured that I am faithful and just to forgive you and purify you from all unrighteousness. But also, walking in the light, walking as My Son walked, means walking in love.  And as it declares here, that excludes hating your brother.  Not only that, but since My Son gave the commandment to love one another as He loved you, it means much more than not just hating but loving in a way that you willingly lay your life down for your brother even as My Son laid His life down for you.  You may wonder how you will do this in any and every circumstance.  But the key to knowing how to express such love does not lie in a list of rules and directions that cover every conceivable circumstance.  Rather it requires that the desire of your heart is to fulfill this command.  If that desire is truly resident within your heart, you can be confident that My Spirit will indeed show you how to fulfill it in any given circumstance.  My Son did not just lay His life down for His friends; He also laid it down for His enemies.  So in order to walk as He walked, you also must be willing to love your enemies, for did He not so command you?  But you may say, “Oh how impossible this is; who can fulfill it!”  Yet I would have you understand that the fulfilling of it does not depend on what is naturally in you.  Rather it depends upon the truth that My Son is in you through the Holy Spirit who has been given to you.  And if it is your desire to fulfill His command, He will empower you to do so, especially in those circumstances which are beyond your natural powers.  It is indeed His life within you that even stirs you to want to fulfill His command, to want to walk in the light.  These words are given so that you as sons of light may reflect His life to others so that they may be drawn out of the darkness and into the light.  Was it not such a reflection of the light in others that helped to draw you of the darkness to My Son?  And as you observe the world around you becoming even darker, know how very important will be the fulfilling of these words in you.

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