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Psalms 73-75

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The grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence, doesn't it? This thought has passed through a lot of minds - most of which has been for the worst. For King David, he admits that he, too, was almost swayed by this thought. He looked out and saw a great injustice in this world. While he lived a life striving daily to remain Godly, he looked out among those who could care less about God and how happy they were. He saw how rich they had become. While he lived in pain and misery due to challenges in his life, all he saw in the lives of these "fat cats" was a life of happiness and continued success.

He admits his guilt in 73:3 - "For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness." Living for Christ isn't easy. And to look out among the crowds and watch people who lived carelessly both morally, ethically, and spiritually find success and happiness was almost more than what David could bear. He goes on to say, "They seem to live such a painless life...they aren't troubled like other people or plagued with problems like everyone else."

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever just wanted to give up trying to live a Godly life? Have you made the decision that it's just not worth it? King David even asked the question (vs.13), "Was it for nothing that I kept my heart pure and kept myself from doing wrong?"

If you feel like giving in or giving up - DON'T! David eventually came to a sensible conclusion. In fact, it jolted him into reality!  He said in 73:17 - 'Then one day I went into your sanctuary, O God and I thought about the destiny of the wicked." Once David got an eternal perspective on things, he didn't feel so bad after all. For the unbeliever, this world is all they have. It's money, it's parties, and it's trappings - it's all they have. Once this life is over, the destination for those who don't live for God is eternal pain and torment in Hell. Wow! You talk about getting your mind to shift into reality.

King David also said something else that's very important for all of us to remember. He said (vs.21) "How bitter I had become, how pained I had been by all I had seen. I was so foolish and ignorant."

Once David came to his senses he realized he had the most wonderful gift of all - God! He said, "My health may fail, and my spiriti may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever." David saw what each of us needs to see. God is the prize! Having Him is everything. Having His love and a close relationship with Him is all you and I need. And, we will spend an eternity in Heaven rejoicing that we never gave in or gave up!

Psalms 74 is a chapter that shows the heart of King David in his zeal to see God do a mighty work in Israel, just as He did in the days of Moses. He laments in verses 9-10, "We see no miraculous signs as evidence that you will save us. All the prophets are gone; no one can tell us when it will end. How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to mock you?" In this psalm he reminds God that He is powerful and split the sea down the middle for Israel and set the boundaries of the entire earth. David is begging God for a display of His power. David is hungry for the supernatural hand of God to move in Israel. What about you?  When was the last time you begged God to move mightily, miraculously in your life?

To end today's scripture reading, we are reminded to thank God in chapter 75. But note, if you will, the incredible statement King David makes about God in verse 7 - "It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall."

As I read verse 7 - it reminds me of the last presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The nation was divided and still is. So many people were worried as to who was going to occupy the White House. America became divided over it. But, the fact is, God alone decides who will rise and who will fall.  In one of my Facebook Live videos I shared this very topic. We don't have to worry about anything - God is in control. No matter who became President - God was and is in control. That's exactly the message we need to be reminded of today. Then, we need to pray for our leaders as the Scriptures teach us - "pray for kings and all those in authority that you might lead a quiet and peaceable life."

Now, it's your turn! What do you see in this passages?

Psalms 70-72

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David is now old and gray. His once powerful strength that defeated hundreds of enemy soldiers is waning. As he reflects on his life, there are three things from this passage that he considers:

1) His frailty and need for God. Sadly, when we're young and strong, we tend to have less of a dependency on God. We think we're going to live forever and we can accomplish almost anything. However, as we get older, reality tends to settle in. We come to an undeniable truth that no matter how strong or smart we think we are, we are no match for the things life can throw at us.

In Psalms 70, David reflects on that reality. Now that he is old, he realizes he still has a lot of enemies out there that continue to attack him verbally. He begs for God's protection and he begs for God to hurry.

Can you relate?

2) His testimony of God's faithfulness.  In Psalms 71, David says, "My life is an example to many,
because you have been my strength and protection."  As a result, David asks God to allow his life to be a lighthouse showing all people of the greatness of his God. David has experienced many of life's challenges and tragic events, but God has delivered him from them all.

Listen to what he says here, "You have allowed me to suffer much hardship but you will restore me to life again  and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor  and comfort me once again. Then I will praise you with music on the harp,  because you are faithful to your promises, O my God."

No matter how bad it gets, God isn't through with you until He calls you home. Keep looking for what He's actively doing in your life and join Him in it!

3) Let others benefit from his Godliness.  Psalms 72 is a prayer that God will bless others, his nation, and the harvest of the land as a result of his Godly walk with the Lord. It can also happen through your life too! Maybe your prayer today should be, "God let others benefit from my walk with you."

God can and will use you if you let Him! The question is, "Will you let Him?"  What do you want God to accomplish through your life today? Who can benefit from the power of God working in you and through you today?

Psalms 67-69

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Like King David begins this song in Psalms 67, my prayer each night before I hit the sack is "God, be merciful to my family and I. May you smile with favor upon us as we live out our lives here on earth!" I don't know how to go a day without praying that prayer. And, quite honestly, how could anyone else?  David felt the same way.

As we move through the rest of the chapter, David prays a prayer that he knows is the answer for the world today:

First, it's the pivotal point he makes - "May your ways be known throughout the earth." Once God is known, the rest of what he speaks about in this chapter will be the natural by-product of simply knowing God. Notice what he says will follow:

- The world will find something to be really joyful about!
- Their will finally be justice in this crooked world!
- People will understand and know what to do, their purpose in life, and be guided by His Spirit!
- Praise will go up before the King of Glory!
- The earth will bring forth it's harvest and everyone will be blessed!

That's all it takes!  The world must know about Him.  However, the key to that happening is you and me. We must let the world know about Him. Are you doing your part to share His good news?

In Psalms 68, David recounts God's power as He destroyed the nations who would not serve Him and gave Canaan to the descendants of Abraham. As David recounts God's glorious power of the past, he prays that God will do it again for all who hate God.

Have you ever prayed what David prayed in Psalms 69?  Wow...I have! It's the prayer that is common to all of us who've ever been overwhelmed with life's tragic events. Meditate on this chapter. And, please keep in mind that you're NOT the only one who's ever felt alone, afraid, and that God seemed a million miles away. King David, God's incredible servant, surely did. The good news is - when you read the rest of the story of David's life - you see how God took great care of him despite the many challenges he faced in life! Today, he enjoys Heaven and the glory of his Savior...and so will you!!

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