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God is over all authority!

Scripture reading for June 18th: Psalms 73-77

We live in a land where democracy and the rule of the people have clouded our understanding of authority and how it is obtained.  We tend to think that we work our way into positions of authority.  We campaign hard and make a case and the votes place us in office.  In the church, we elect a pastor and then elect board members and deacons to fill positions of authority.  We think that the power is given to the church body to place someone in position.  In our world, promotion comes with political power and influence.  It’s who you know that can get you where you want to be.  Or it might be your education or degree that opens doors for position and power.

God is the one who rules all the earth and mankind. (Psalm 75:2-3)  He sets the appointed time for judgment and is the one who holds all the earth together.  He will shake the pillars of the earth at the time He sets!  The wicked are warned not to “lift up your horns”.  Horns in the Bible refer to power or authority. Wicked people mistakenly think that they have all power and deny God’s authority.  They will be sadly shocked when God arises to shake things up!

The psalmist stated that no man can really exalt another man.  God alone is the judge of all.  He places those He wants in authority and can remove them at any time He desires!  He raises up one and brings down another.  (Psalm 75:6-7)  He is able to judge the wicked and make them drink a cup full of foaming wine, representing His wrath against sin.  This truth will be declared by the psalmist forever as praise to the Lord!

God is truly in charge!  Even when it appears that the wicked are prospering, God will judge them in His appointed time.  (Psalm 73:15-20)  We are to fear God and serve Him alone.  Declaring God’s power and authority to our generation is a duty and priviledge of the righteous!  Share these truths with someone in your life today!  Make it a practice to view life and promotion from God’s perspective!  Look to Him alone for the position that you desire!

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Promotion comes from God alone!

Scripture reading for June 18th: Psalms 73-77

We live in a land where democracy and the rule of the people have clouded our understanding of authority and how it is obtained.  We tend to think that we work our way into positions of authority.  We campaign hard and make a case and the votes place us in office.  In the church, we elect a pastor and then elect board members and deacons to fill positions of authority.  We think that the power is given to the church body to place someone in position.  In our world, promotion comes with political power and influence.  It’s who you know that can get you where you want to be.  It might be your education or degree that opens doors for position and power.

The psalmist gives us insight into the true source of authority in Psalm 75.  God is the one who rules all the earth and mankind. (Psalm 75:2-3)  He sets the appointed time for judgment and is the one who holds all the earth together.  He will shake the pillars of the earth at the time He sets!  Arrogant man boasts of his own power and achievements.  The wicked are warned not to “lift up your horns”.  Horns in the Bible refer to power or authority. Wicked people think that they have all power over heaven and deny God’s power and authority.  They will be sadly shocked when God arises to shake things up!

The psalmist states that no man can really exalt another man.  God alone is in charge and is the judge of all.  He places those He wants in power and authority and can remove them at any time He desires!  He raises up one and brings down another.  (Psalm 75:6-7)  He is able to judge the wicked and make them drink a cup full of foaming wine, representing His wrath against sin.  The psalmist states that this truth will be declared by him forever as praise to the Lord who is all powerful!

God is truly in charge!  Even when it appears that the wicked are prospering and have no cares, God will judge them in His appointed time.  (Psalm 73:15-20)  We are to fear God and serve Him alone.  Declaring God’s power and authority to our generation is a duty and privilege of the righteous!  Share these truths with someone in your life today!  Make it a practice to view life and promotion from God’s perspective!  Look to Him alone for the position that you desire!

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Will the Lord Reject Forever?

Scripture reading for June 18th: Psalms 73-77

“Will the Lord reject forever?  Will He never show His favor again?  Has His unfailing love vanished forever?  Has His promise failed for all time?  Has God forgotten to be merciful?  Has He in anger withheld His compassion?” Psalm 77:7-9

When we are in trouble and seeking the Lord,  it sometimes seems like the heavens are brass and God is nowhere to be found.  The psalmist had been crying out to God and has only questions without answers.  Satan likes to tempt us with suggestions of rejection, vanished mercy and love.  What is a person to do when these negative thoughts assault us?  Do we have a pity party, break out the bottle and drown our sorrows, or throw in the towel?

“Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:  the years of the right hand of the Most High.”  I will remember the deeds of the Lord, yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:10-12

When our minds are renewed by the word of God, we can go back and meditate on God’s past deeds.  God is faithful and has always been faithful to His people.  He has delivered them again and again from situations that looked impossible.  God is able and willing to save and deliver His people when they call on Him.  The psalmist decided to appeal to the years of faithfulness demonstrated by God to His people by remembering miracles and mighty deeds.  As the psalmist meditated, new faith and confidence began to arise in his heart!

“Your ways, O God, are holy.  What god is so great as our God?  You are the God who performs miracles;  you display your power among  the peoples.  With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.” Psalm 77:13-15

God is holy and righteous, performing miracles.  His mighty arm,  Jesus Christ, is the holy and righteous one who came demonstrating God’s mercy and miraculous power.  He will redeem all who come to Him in faith!  He has displayed His mercy and power among all peoples through the cross of Calvary!  The ultimate display of power was raising Jesus from the dead!  Praise the Lord that God has not rejected us, but saved us through His Son!

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Promotion comes from God alone!

Scripture reading for June 19th: Psalms 73-77

We live in a land where democracy and the rule of the people have clouded our understanding of authority and how it is obtained.  We tend to think that we work our way into positions of authority.  We campaign hard and make a case and the votes place us in office.  In the church, we elect a pastor and then elect board members and deacons to fill positions of authority.  We think that the power is given to the church body to place someone in position.  In our world, promotion comes with political power and influence.  It’s who you know that can get you where you want to be.  It might be your education or degree that opens doors for position and power.

The psalmist gives us insight into the true source of authority in Psalm 75.  God is the one who rules all the earth and mankind. (Psalm 75:2-3)  He sets the appointed time for judgment and is the one who holds all the earth together.  He will shake the pillars of the earth at the time He sets!  Arrogant man boasts of his own power and achievements.  The wicked are warned not to “lift up your horns”.  Horns in the Bible refer to power or authority. Wicked people think that they have all power over heaven and deny God’s power and authority.  They will be sadly shocked when God arises to shake things up!

The psalmist states that no man can really exalt another man.  God alone is in charge and is the judge of all.  He places those He wants in power and authority and can remove them at any time He desires!  He raises up one and brings down another.  (Psalm 75:6-7)  He is able to judge the wicked and make them drink a cup full of foaming wine, representing His wrath against sin.  The psalmist states that this truth will be declared by him forever as praise to the Lord who is all powerful!

God is truly in charge!  Even when it appears that the wicked are prospering and have no cares, God will judge them in His appointed time.  (Psalm 73:15-20)  We are to fear God and serve Him alone.  Declaring God’s power and authority to our generation is a duty and priviledge of the righteous!  Share these truths with someone in your life today!  Make it a practice to view life and promotion from God’s perspective!  Look to Him alone for the position that you desire!

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