Saturday, July 27, 2013


But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
   My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
 I cried to the LORD with my voice,
      And He heard me from His holy hill.
        I lay down and slept;
       I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
Psalm 3:3-5 NKJV

I read the other day on a Health Website that “One in 10 Americans have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and 42 million prescriptions for sleeping pills were filled last year, an increase of almost 60 percent over only five years.” A lot of issues are troubling our minds.

While for some people a medical condition may be the cause of their sleep problem – for others sleeplessness is caused by worry and fear. Their minds are filled with “what if questions.” What if – the economy keeps getting worse - I lose my job – we lose the house – this lump under my arm turns out to be cancer – and on and on.  The enemy of our soul doesn’t run short of ideas with which to torment our minds and rob us of peace and sound sleep.

David wrote Psalm 3 when he was fleeing from his son Absalom who was out to kill him and take over the throne. That sort of situation could cause sleepless nights for most anyone. In utter humiliation he is running for his life from his own son. But, instead of focusing on his problem - ten thousand men who were determined to cut off his head - David chose to fix his thoughts on the Lord and cries out to Him. Remarkably it’s not a plea for help, rather it’s an acknowledgment of who God is. “Thou, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” With that confession he laid down and went to sleep. In the morning he woke up safe and sound. The Lord had been his shield of protection. In another Psalm David says, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”

David’s focus on God’s provision instead of the danger he faces, gives us a good clue as to how we can overcome the doubts and fears that at times threaten to rob us of sleep. Isaiah agrees and testifies, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Paul joins right in and exhorts us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Not surprisingly, Peter agrees with David and Paul and says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation.”

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Sunday, July 7, 2013


“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT

A faithful person can be relied on and trusted in every situation. The closer the relationship, the more faithfulness is valued. While the faithfulness of a friend or business partner is greatly appreciated, and causes deep disappointment and pain when betrayed, it cannot be compared to a marriage relationship - where a man and a women have promised - “to love and to cherish from this day forward, until death do us part”. The betrayal of such a relationship must be absolutely devastating!
Our LORD will never betray us and cause us such pain. His unconditional love never ends!! Even before we believed in Him, and were hostile toward Him, He loved us. And now as believers, we have to admit that we are not always entirely reliable and trustworthy. Yet He continues to love us. Paul writes, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.” When we admit our shortcomings and repent, the Holy Spirit makes us aware that His faithful love has been there all the time!
In addition to our LORD’S faithful and unending love, “His mercies never cease.” If we stop to think, His mercies are all around us - too numerous to count. Besides the mercies we are aware of, there must be countless more to which we are totally oblivious. All through life He has been graciously and faithfully pouring mercies into our lives because the faithful love of the Lord never ends!
Our LORD’S mercies begin afresh each morning. Even when we ignore Him or are asleep His mercies keep flowing into our lives. He never runs out - every morning there is a new supply, perfectly designed to meet the needs of that day! Every morning when the alarm goes off and we put our feet on the floor – our LORD is ready with fresh mercies! Great is His faithfulness!!
“Great is Thy faithfulness,
O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning
with Thee;
Thou changest not,
Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been,
Thou forever wilt be.”

                     T. O. Chisholm

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