It’s been said that no two snowflakes are alike. I’m sure you’ve seen one up close. They’re so small and yet the design of each is so complex and beautiful. How amazing is it that God put so much effort into something most people don’t give a second thought to? Now if he’s willing to do that for a snowflake… imagine all the thought and effort God put into creating you. I search for you and when I find you I can’t help but smile and admire God’s handiwork. Better than a snowflake, worth more than the sparrows and priceless beyond rubies. That’s you. I pray you know how valuable you are and how much you have to offer.
|—||Tim Keller (via thou-mine-inheritance)|
Imagine that even a snowflake that is formed and can fade away in a moment, God still has the careful to make this so perfectly.
Now imagine you.
|—||Ronald Reagan (via feellng)|
I wanted to share Psalm 138 with you, my fellow believers. I pray you will find this encouraging.
Look at the first verse. “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the ‘gods’ I will sing your praise.” Remember that there is not a word in the Bible that cannot be backed up by another. “Rejoice in The Lord always. Again I say rejoice!” Php 4:4
In all circumstances sing praise to our King.
"I will bow down towards your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame." (Psalm 138:2) Our God is faithful. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Right now you’re going through many struggles. If God has brought you to such a place he will deliver you out of it as well. It’s easy to get caught up in negative thinking. "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Job was a man of a God who knew what it meant to suffer and yet he said "Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?" (Job 2:10)
"When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me." (Psalm 138:3) Call upon The Lord and he will hear you . It’s become cliche but God does answer all prayers. We are just are not as receptive to hearing "no" or "wait." We know what we want but God knows what we need. I once asked The Lord about a young woman I was interested in. Almost immediate I heard him say "no." That was it. I was surprised to have heard it so clearly but I was so encouraged by it too. No longer would I have to wonder and worry. I became emboldened by his answer because I knew I could continue to move forward.
"May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, when they hear what you have decreed. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great. (Psalm 138:4-5) It’s easy to lose focus of others when are going through hardships of our own. Paul was imprisoned for two years under Felix and remained there until Festus took over as governor. Only then was he allowed to stand trial before Agrippa. With a chance to speak Paul doesn’t complain about the injustice done to him. Instead he shares the Gospel with Agrippa only to be ridiculed but he doesn’t care for his desires is God’s desire. "I pray that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains." Paul wanted Agrippa and all to be adopted to sonship through Jesus Christ. To know the love of God that they too may have their name written in the Book of Life.
"Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. (Psalm 138:6) Look at Matthew 5
-Blessed are the poor in spirit
-Those who mourn
Those who are low in status in this world obtain the kingdom of Heaven.
They are comforted. They inherit the earth. Why? Because they know that it is not this world that is important. It it temporary and their eyes are fixed on that which is eternal. In humility they recognize they are nothing without God, they’re weak. As Christ told Paul, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2Cor 12:9) “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Ps 34:18) Remember that a broken and contrite heart, God will not despise. (Ps 51:17)
Trust in The Lord. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. (Psalm 138:7) We are at war. Whether it be physical, emotional, psychological or a spiritual battle we are fighting daily. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. Take heart, He has overcome the world. The Lord has declared “no weapon forged against you will prevail and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. (Isa 55:17) Remember what David said in the 23rd Psalm. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.
You will come through this. “The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures for ever – do not abandon the works of your hands.”(Psalm 138:8) Thank God for your trials. The testing of your faith develops perseverance. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (Jm 1:12) In the meantime remain confident “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Php 1:6) I pray you focus on his word which will come to pass. “For I know the plans I have for you declares The Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11) You may be going through a great battle but The Lord has already won you the war. You have been made more than a conqueror. Take it to heart, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28) You have been called and with Him you will overcome.
"But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’ Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. But I ask: did they not hear? Of course they did: ‘Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.’" Romans 10:16-18
"They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’" Luke 24:32
"Whoever has ears, let them hear." Matthew 11:15
"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." 1 John 4:12
"This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything." 1 John 3:19-20
"We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:20