Today we are reading Psalm 149. In this psalm we read about the people of God giving praise to God. “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds.” Psalm‬ ‭149:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ I love the idea of the godly singing for joy from their beds. I often think of the day ahead when I wake up in the morning. I pray about each detail of the day and ask God to bless it. In reading this psalm I think of those recovering from illness or surgery and confined to bed rest. Praise God from your bed! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 148. In this psalm we read about all Creation praising God. “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭148:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Have you ever stood and viewed a beautiful panorama? Sometimes words just can’t adequately describe what we see and how we feel. When we view such things they praise God who created them. I find it very therapeutic to ponder God’s creation whether it’s the happy sounds of birds in the morning or some dramatic vista. It gives me peace. Where is your favorite place to take in God’s Creation? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 147. In this psalm we read about God’s power and love for His people. “The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭147:2-6‬ ‭Isn’t it wonderful to know that God heals the broken-hearted? How has this been true for you? It’s important for you to tell your testimony and encourage others. Who can you encourage today? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 146. In this psalm we read about what happens when we put our trust in people.  “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,” Psalm‬ ‭146:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ We get very concerned about who is in office. The most important thing is that we trust in God and pray for those that serve. We should speak against and vote against those who enact sinful laws and policies. We should defend the weak and powerless. We should love those who are hurting and have mercy on everyone. Above all, though, we should trust in God. May God strengthen your faith and give you His Spirit and wisdom. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 145. In this psalm we read about the wonderful ways that God takes care of us. “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.” Psalm‬ ‭145:15-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ What are the desires you have that you would like God to fulfill? Notice the condition—“those who fear him”. What does it mean to fear God? I believe it means that we honor, respect, submit to and obey God. May God bless you to walk with Him in all your ways. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 144. In this psalm we read about the majesty and power of the Lord. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke! Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them!” Psalm‬ ‭144:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ God created all things. Nothing is equal to Him in power. And yet, He is concerned for us. Small and insignificant as we are, God loves us. Nothing in all Creation can prevent Him from doing good for us. Trust Him to watch over you and be with you always. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 143. In this psalm we read about David pleading with God to rescue him from his enemies. “Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭143:7-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ A friend of mine nearly died from COVID-19. In the midst of his life and death battle I prayed and pleaded with God. Today he is doing pretty good! Sometimes it goes like that. Other times God rescues them from the struggles of this life and gives them eternal life. How about you? Have you ever struggled with God in prayer? How have you felt God leading you on level ground? May God comfort you as you walk with Him. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 142. In this psalm we read about David calling out to God when he is hiding in a cave. “I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low! Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me! Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name! The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.” Psalm‬ ‭142:5-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Have you ever found your self in a metaphorical “cave”? David was running away from Saul who pursued him with an army. What were you running away from? God is able to protect us from every enemy who would destroy us. May you find Him to be an ever-present help in your time of trouble. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 141. In this psalm we read about David asking God to guide him in life. “O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!” Psalm‬ ‭141:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬ David’s prayers focus on God helping him overcome his sinful tendencies. He prays for his words—that they may be pleasing to God. He prays for his heart—that he will not allow himself to be led astray. He prays for his work—that he will not get caught in the works of evildoers. David struggled in all these ways. We struggle in these ways too. Being diligent in prayer helps us to face our struggles and bring God’s help into our fight. May God strengthen you today to be victorious in Jesus’ name! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Psalm 140. In this psalm we read about David’s fear and pleas for help. “I say to the Lord, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord! O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭140:6-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Have you ever been so caught up in a conflict that your every thought was consumed with your opponent? David was consumed with his fear and anxiety about his enemies. He wrote these words from a place of fear. God does not abandon us when evil is all around us. When we are weak then he is strong. When we fully depend on Him instead of our own strength, then he comes through in a beautiful and glorious way. May this be your experience today. Pastor Tim