Of Cedars and Palm Trees

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:12-13

It’s encouraging to read verses like this. For all the negativity that the news brings us each day, it’s nice to read uplifting, empowering words.

Many reading this may not feel like you’re flourishing. Life has beaten you down. The enemy has lied to you and you’re beginning to believe the lies. It’s a struggle just to hang on.

Thankfully, the Lord of Hosts is as close “as the mention of His name.” We can call on Him, lean on Him, stand firm on Him, and rest in Him as needed, which in most cases should be daily.

As verse 13 notes, since you were planted in the house of the Lord, you will flourish. The palm tree and the cedar didn’t get to be strong and mighty overnight. It took years and years of steady growth through all the harsh seasons. They didn’t grow in the sunshine alone.

Take a few minutes to meditate on these two verses. The words are powerful and life-changing.

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The Fate of Our Adversaries

My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes. Psalm 92:11

When we think of heaven, we don’t often consider the fate of our enemies. We know a bit of what awaits them but for the most part, they are “out of sight, out of mind.”

We know they will be defeated in a big way but are unsure how that will happen. Should we be cheering on their ultimate defeat or sad that they didn’t listen when presented?

Today as you read these words, consider the plight of your lost family member, friend, or neighbor. When we put names or faces with these “enemies of God”, it’s a little more sobering, isn’t it? When you think of these people, pray for them.

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Of Sludge and Oil Changes

10 You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me. Psalm 92:1

Recently I was watching a YouTube video of a mechanic changing the oil in a car with only 135,000 miles. The oil had only been changed three times from the time it was new. The sludge build up was thick and really attached to engine parts that it should never attach to. Had the owner simply changed the oil every 5000 miles, he would be looking at a $2000 bill to manually clean out the goo from the engine. “Changing the oil regularly,” the mechanic said, “was the single best way for a car owner to maintain his vehicle.”

In the Scripture above, the horn denotes power, and fine oils probably refer to freshness.

Just like oil being changed in a car regularly, so should Believers in Christ be experiencing the fresh power of the Holy Spirit regularly. As the sun comes up so should our reliance on the Holy Spirit to fill us, empower us, and renew our strength. Otherwise we won’t be at our peak.

I am convinced that the Holy Spirit, in fact, wants to fill us and empower us. He realizes our tendencies to rely on our own strength.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- John 14:16

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No Equals

For surely your enemies, Lord, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered. Psalm 92:9

  • What is it like to live in a world with no evil, no evil doers, or enemies?
  • What is it like to have no one equal in power, strength, wisdom, and character?
  • What is it like to be able, at a simple nod, to vanquish enemies?

We must destroy the notion that God has a semi-equal counterpart. All of God’s enemies are created beings. He has no counterparts. It doesn’t mean that His enemies don’t have power; they are just not in the same universe as the Lord Almighty regarding power and authority. All such comparisons fall miserably short.

Today would you acknowledge that God is the supreme God over the entire universe?

Would you acknowledge that His name is higher than any other?

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A Little Louder Please

8 But you, Lord, are forever exalted. Psalm 92:8

While touring with the Men’s Glee Club along the West Coast, we would occasionally sing an “a capella” song, a song sung without piano or musical instruments. In order to get the starting note, someone would sound a note from a small pitch pipe. The time interval between the pitch being played and us starting to sing was about 4 seconds.

In one small church, the pitch was blown and before we began singing, a voice rang out in the back from a hard-of-hearing elderly lady, “A little louder please!” She had no idea what we were doing up front, but to her we weren’t loud enough.

Currently there are millions of saints assembled around the Throne of God worshipping. As people exit this life and enter eternity the number of people around the throne grows. Can God tell the difference between 1.2 billion people worshipping Him and 1.2 billion plus you? Absolutely.

But this chorus is growing day by day. Some have even suggested that the praise we give down here makes it up to the throne room as well and is combined with the worship of the saints already there. Who knows?

We do know this: the Lord God Almighty will be exalted forever and ever and ever and ever. I’ve checked on my calendar for eternity, and there is no end to forever.

With that knowledge, have a great day!

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The Encroaching Corruption

6 Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand,
7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed forever.

When you consider all the corruption in both business and politics throughout the world, it makes you want to scream. Very few are caught and are held accountable. That’s because they have people in place to help them in their corrupt scenes. So, while the main players are corrupt, there’s an entire subset of people who knowingly are enablers. They’re corrupt too.

So, what are we to make of all this corruption and deceit? Do we as “ordinary Joes” throw up our hands and lament the horrible cultural decline? We could but it would be pointless.

Instead we should realize two things:

1) what we see in this world is not the end of it. There will be a judgment.Those who appear to get away with a lot of things will be held accountable with a perfectly fair Judge.

2) While it’s quite easy to point out the corruption in the public arena (let’s face it, politicians provide us with hundreds of case studies in corruption), we should be careful about the encroaching corruption in our own hearts: cynicism, slander, wicked thoughts about someone, petty bickering, gossip, “white” lies, and a discontented heart. Any of those can “snowball” and lead to outright corruption and deceit.

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Thinking Out Loud

5 How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts! Psalm 92:5

What are the thoughts of God? Do we know? We know some of them.

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count. Psalm 40:5

O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? Psalm 144:3

“How precious are Your thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand! When I awake, I am still with You!” Psalm 139:17-18

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11.

The Bible is clear that God thinks about us. Then God spoke those thoughts, and the result was the Word of God.

That’s who and what God thinks about.

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What Your Hands Have Done

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:4

It would be easy to think that “what your hands have done” is a reference to the physical creation but I think it extends beyond that. Each of us have been changed by the power of God. In essence, we are what God’s hands have done because I believe we are much more significant in God’s eyes than all of His physical creation.

Take the time today to consider what He’s done in your life this week.

And then, sing for joy because of it.

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A Heart Yearning

to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. Psalm 92:3

Many of the Psalms were written as lyrics and poems to God. The instruments the music was played on was insignificant. Whether it was harp, drums, tambourine, lyre, flute, or any other instrument mentioned, the emphasis was on making music.

It’s no different in our worship services. I have seen some very interesting instruments being played in church.

The point is there are thousands of ways to “make a joyful noise,” as they say. All that is needed is a heart yearning for God. The rest is immaterial.

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