I Got This

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

“I got this.”

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. Translated it means, “thanks for offering to help, but I think I can handle the situation.” Often we can, but sometimes we need just a little more help than we originally thought.

So it is with the Christian life. I fear that casting our cares on the Lord is something we seldom do because we think we can solve them on our own.

  • What cares do you have today?
  • What is keeping you up at night?
  • What burdens do you bear that no one in the world knows?

Did you hear that? It was Jesus saying to you, “give them over to me. I got it.’

What are you waiting for?

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Friend For a Reason

20 My companion attacks his friends;
    he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter,
    yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
    yet they are drawn swords. Psalm 55:20-21

I believe David was still referring to Ahithophel, who was once his advisor. King David had trusted him, and upon hindsight realized how “slick” his advisor actually was. It has been said that people are not against you so much as they are for themselves. Ahithophel saw “the writing on the wall”, and when David’s reign was about to end, joined up with Absalom.

It’s apparent that Ahithophel was in it for himself. Not much has changed over the years. We still see that type of behavior today, though we would wrap it in a euphemism such as “looking out for number one.” There’s a lot of that today, but there are also a lot of people who will befriend you because you are you.

Today as you consider these words, give a friend a call. He’s/She’s your friend for a reason.

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One Who Does Not Change

19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
    who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God. Psalm 55:19

How would it be if the Lord changed as cultures and societies change? Societies come and go; nations rise and fall. And so do their cultural fickleness. Think about what is promoted in the public square that would never have been promoted just 40 years ago. It’s actually amusing to see people promoting behaviors that the Bible condemned 4000 years ago. And people say we’ve evolved in our thinking. How arrogant!

As the end of this verse points out, the Lord will hear them all right, but He will certainly humble them as well.

Sometimes, though, we become frustrated that the Lord doesn’t change the way we think He should change. Thankfully He doesn’t nor should we expect Him to lest we too are humbled.

Today, thank God that He doesn’t change. It’s just one of many characteristics that makes Him God.

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War Being Waged

18 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me. Psalm 55:18

There is a war being waged against Believers in the spiritual realm. I don’t think we fully understand the scope or the stakes of this war. Satan and his minions oppose everything we stand for.

  • Why else is there such opposition to the church and all things Christian?
  • Why else is there such a battle for the hearts and minds of kids and adults?
  • Why else do we find it difficult to pray?
  • Why else does the culture continue to push and push us to believe things that are not biblical?

It should not be a surprise that these things are happening. Why? Because this is what enemy is supposed to do.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

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Her Simple Faith

16 As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
    I cry out in distress,
    and he hears my voice. Psalm 55:16-17

When I was still in Alaska many years ago, I asked Janet, one of my 11-year-old bus kids, where she had been because I hadn’t seen her the previous week.

“Well, I was sick, but I prayed to Jesus and he healed me, and now I’m better.”

Lord, help me to have THAT kind of faith.

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