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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!!

Psalms 64-66

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In these 3 passages, David praises God.

In Psalms 64, he's appreciative of the fact that God is an every present listener to his troubles. Have you ever been through a long series of trials and felt the need to discuss it with others but realize they're tired of hearing of your concerns. In fact, you feel it's best to just shut up about it. You know they're tired of hearing of the pain you''re feeling, so you stop discussing it. Guess what! There's someone who NEVER gets tired of our concerns. It's God! He's always listening. You'll always find Him ready and willing to hear. However, let me caution you about one thing. When you do come to God, you might consider what you're saying to Him. Is it concern, or is it a complaint? If it's a concern, God will help you find the grace in time of need to get through the trials you're facing. If it's a complaint, He will listen, but will eventually grow weary due to your lack of trust and faith in what He's doing through the use of those trials He's allowed to come your way. If you have to complain, my suggestion would be to ask God for spiritual eyes to see what great things He's doing during your trials. Eventually, your complaints will turn to praise!

In Psalms 65 and 66, I love all of the things King David can find to praise and worship God! Take a look at a few:

1) Though our sins are overwhelming, God still chooses to be near to us!
2) He faithfully answers our prayers!
3) He's made everything in the world and they respond to His spoken word each day!
4) You can find joy in God's creation all over the world!
5) God provides the crops for us to eat!
6) He performs miracles often!
7) He leads us on our journey!

God's glory is everywhere! That's why Paul tells us in the book of Romans that the unbeliever is really without excuse. Nature, by itself, is a testament to the reality of God!

What other things do you receive out of this series of passages?

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