Monthly Archives: February 2016

Deadly Poison in Your Mouth

Meditation Journey Day 30                             

“Even before a word is on my tongue, BEHOLD, O LORD, you know it altogether.” Psalm 139:4

Hi Friend,

This verse says our LORD knows what we are going to say before we even think it! The LORD God not only observes all we do and examines everything we experience; He also knows what we are thinking! David responds to this revelation with “O LORD!”  I am not sure if his response was grief or joy! Our first response to this truth could be either too. Your reaction to this may be uncomfortable because you like me probably think and sayMouth many words we know are wrong and destructive. Our malicious and hurtful words can cause great damage to others and ourselves. How many times have words passed my lips that I regretted saying.

The Apostle James wrote: For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. …So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

So being aware that God knows what I say can cause me to feel very defensive towards Him. The fact is we need to totally rethink any negative reaction we may have to this truth! We who are loved of God are able to thank Him for knowing everything! His knowing my personal individual confidential thoughts, dreams and fantasies means that He is able to lead me out of the sinfulness of my life into the joy and peace of His. That means My Savior can help me get rid of all the wicked, hurtful and negative stuff I can easily ponder over. We can trust God to help us to “get rid of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from our lips and do not lie to each other…” Colossians 3

Now, thank God, I have a great ally in the control of the nasty mean spirited thing in my mouth!!! Now, I can trust Him to live, love and even speak through me to bless, encourage and inspire others!

We can, like David, pause and behold the joyful wonder that our God can help us with the uncontrollable tongue!

Our embracing of this Psalm’s revelation about God is essential, yet it is incomplete unless we engraft its truth into our lives. We must participate in the process of controlling our tongues by yielding to the Holy Spirit’s rule of peace and letting the word lavishly live in our minds. (Colossians 3) We must receive His word and reflect on it, yield to its truth and allow the Holy Spirit to speak life through us!

I like David’s prayer about my words from Psalm 19:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

 Observation: Knowing that God knows what we think before we say a word can be uncomfortable. David’s response can be of extreme embarrassment for his shameful words or excited joy from realizing God’s care is so complete.

Interpretation: David calls out “Behold, O LORD” because he is realizing he is loved and forgiven. He is realizing that this intervention of God is a gift of grace and love that is transforming his character.

Application Prayer: Father God you know me! You know how mean spirited my words can be if I do not submit my mind and heart to feed on Your word and think Your thoughts. I am so grateful that you see me so worthy that you want to help me evaluate my thoughts and words before I speak them. O LORD I need You. I want the words of my mouth to bless not curse others and for Your Spirit to love others through me.  …in Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your take away?

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an amazing view of your life

Meditation Journey Day 29        

Hi Friend,

Psalm 139:2-3 reveal an amazing view of your life through God’s eyes….

“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139:2-3

These two verses emphasize the depth of The LORD’s knowledge of our mood swings.Anxiety 1 Sitting down, rising up and lying down can be literal too, but when we perform each of these actions our attitude is most important. Sitting down and lying down is figurative of giving up and quitting! Rising up symbolizes the times of hope and faith in our lives. What sweet assurance to know Our Shepherd is able to discern and detect our thoughts, emotions and moods even when we think He is far away! We may feel like He is “a far off”, but remember He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Heb.13) He is NEVER far off from you! No matter what it may seem like to you!

The word “search” used in this Psalm implies a personal examination and a close scrutiny of our lives. The Examiner is looking clearly into every part of our being. The King James Version translates “You search out my path” with the words “You compass my path”. I like how the word “compass” conveys the picture of Him encircling my entire life from the womb to the tomb! He is all around us knowing us from every angle and protecting us. The next phrase “and acquainted with all my ways.” makes my eyes tear when I think of Him being that familiar with me and loving me. It does not shield me from the consequences of my bad behavior, but it does assure me that my worth does not diminish in His eyes. His being “acquainted with ALL my ways” means nothing I do will surprise Him. NOTHING! Nothing in my past shocked Him. Nothing in my present astonishes Him and nothing in my future will be unknown to Him. He knows me in EVERY way and He loves me in every way! This is how your Savior and Shepherd, The Great I AM, loves you and is ever present in your life.

His knowing us to this depth and loving us to this extent adds great impact when we think of God’s forgiveness. When we trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior we believed He had paid the full price for all our sins; past, present and future. Therefore, when we do make sinful choices and grieve the Holy Spirit, it is critical for us to keep in mind He has already paid our debt in full. He may allow us to experience the consequence of our choices, but He is still with us. He is not angry with us for He knows what we will say and do in advance of our actions! We do not surprise or shock Him with our bad behavior. We should not allow the shame and guilt of sinfulness to produce fear in our minds leading us to think He is against us or wants to punish us. He is for us; He is with us. This knowledge should encourage us to not hide or run from God. You and I are extremely valuable to Him! As His richesbeloved Children, we may come to Him quickly with our pain and shame. Remember He exchanged His Son’s life to purchase ours. Christ died for us so we can be free of sin and guilt. He loves us and is leading us out of the darkness into His glorious light.

Therefore, when we do make sinful choices and grieve the Holy Spirit, it is critical for us to keep in mind He has already paid our debt in full. He may allow us to experience the consequence of our choices, but He is still with us. He is not angry with us for He knows what we will say and do in advance of our actions!

Observation: The LORD who is ever present and knows all has personally examined each of us individually. He is never far away and there is nothing about us that has been or will be a surprise to Him!

Interpretation: His knowledge of us should enable us to trust Him more and empower us to quickly turn to Him when we sin. His knowledge is complete and His forgiveness is absolute! He never chooses to punish us. He is not against us, but He may allow us to experience the consequences of our choices. Rest in His love as He values us more highly than we can ever imagine!

Application Prayer: LORD Jesus Thank you. I choose to rest in Your loving kindness and not hide in my shame and guilt. I am so blessed to know My Savior is always for me and never against me. I am humbled by knowing You sent You son to die in my place. That thought, Father, helps me understand my worth to You! …in Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your take away?

Who Loves You?

Meditation Journey Day 28

Hi Friend,

We have learned the name “LORD” that David calls out in Psalm 139:1 (“O LORD you have searched me and known me”) means I AM that I AM; I am the Self-Existent, Uncreated One. The importance of this name is magnified in the New Testament when Jesus Christ describes Himself as “I AM” to the religious rulers. In a fierce discussion with them, Jesus stated, Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.” John 8   After Jesus revealed the truth that He was the “I AM” to the religious rulers they wanted to kill Him for the sin of blasphemy. Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, is one and the same. It is He who searches for us as The Good Shepherd seeking His lost sheep.

Jesus also used the same phrase “I AM” in seven pronouncements about Himself. In all seven, He combines I AM with tremendous metaphors which express His saving relationship with the believer. Keep in mind seven is the number of completion. The seven I AM statements undergird the fact God knows you completely and loves you perfectly. The seven declarations are:

 I AM the Bread of Life (John 6) I AM the Light of the World (John 8); I AM the Door of the Sheep (John 10:); I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10); I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11); I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14); and I AM the True Vine (John 15).

 The One that was personally searching out David and knew David intimately was the eternal Son of God! Friend, the One that knows you and is searching for you is Jesus Christ the lover of your soul.

He is The Bread of Life that we need to feast upon every day for spiritual nourishment.

He is The Light of the world that guides us to truth and away from sin.

He is The Door into God’s Presence and the haven of hope.

He is The Good Shepherd that lays done His life for the sheep and leads us to still water and green pastures.

He is The Resurrection and the Life of God that infuses us with hope.

He is The Way, the Truth and the Life that leads us to Father’s House.

He is The True Vine and as we abide in Him we receive His life.
God lovesAs you read through Psalm 139 please keep in focus that Jesus Christ is the Great I AM. Draw near to Him for He has died for you. Jesus is The Friend that sticks closer than a brother. He knows every time you fail, every time you rise-up and your every thought. He is there when you lie down and when you rise up. He knows everything about you and still loves you!

Observation: “O LORD” is the Old Testament’s name for the “I AM”. Jesus Christ was the “I AM” incarnate. He loves us in a complete way.

Interpretation: All that David experienced in Psalm 139 is how Jesus Christ knows and loves you today! As we engraft this Psalm into our hearts and minds we will understand the cherished way Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, loves us.

Application Prayer: Lord God Jehovah, Thank you for coming in the flesh as Jesus Christ to be like us. Thank you for taking away the brokenness between you and me so I can know you. Thank you for searching me out and knowing me so well. Your grace is amazing and your care for me is overwhelmingly kind.  …in Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your take away?

As we begin to journey through Psalm 139 please continue to pray for the people receiving these daily instructions.

Let’s Get Personal…………..

Meditation Journey Day 27

Hi Friend,

When David addresses God in Psalm 139 the name by which he identifies God is very important. David cry’s out O LORD you have searched me and known me” The name LORD is a personal name of God. The English Standard Version translates the name Jehovah or Yahweh as “LORD” with capital letters. Jehovah means the “God who is” or the “I AM that I AM”. In the Old Testament this name is the most personal name of God. Jehovah was the name God used to identify Himself when Moses was at the burning bush. Here is the exchange between Moses and God from Exodus 3:

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

 Jehovah/Yahweh means: I AM that I AM; I am the Self-Existent, Uncreated One.

When David cries out “O LORD you have searched me and known me” he is saying, Yahweh the GREAT I AM is with me. Yahweh knows me. He has chosen me. He has taken the time and interest in my life to dwell with me.

David’s joy comes from the fact that God in a very personal way is with him and truly God breathing into Adam the breath of lifeknows Him. David realizes he is not alone, nor is he unknown. The searching of David by God was an intimate, personal examination of David’s life. It was not David who sought out God. It was God who sought out David! David is realizing the wonder and joy that the GREAT I AM would take such interest and care to want to know Him! It is amazing that Yahweh would value David so highly as to personally know Him.

Friend, David was not a super saint. The LORD loves you in the same way as He loved David. When God choose us it was to be with Him and Him with us. Each person called by God is chosen and known in a personal special way. I hope that you come to the realization that your Heavenly Father has sought you.

It was not your choosing of Him. It was His choosing of you.

He loves you, really loves you! He wants to be with you. You are a treasure to Him! I pray your heart can cry out with joy… “O LORD, you know me.”

Observation: The name David identifies God as is Jehovah/Yahweh. Jehovah/Yahweh means: I AM that I AM; I am the Self-Existent, Uncreated One. God loves us in the same way He loved David.

Interpretation: David’s amazement is that the Great I AM is interested in him personally enough to seek David and take the time to know him. We too should be amazed that God choose us and calls us to be with Him.

Application Prayer: Father God, open my eyes to the gift your Presence is in my life. Your closeness to me is amazing. Your desire to know me is beyond my comprehension! Your choosing of me surprises me with joy!  Thank You for knowing me. …in Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your take away?

As we begin to journey through Psalm 139 please continue to pray for the people receiving these daily instructions. Let me know of anyone you want to add to the list to receive the emails. Also, please tell me if you want to take a break from the process and not receive the emails.

pause for a moment

Meditation Journey Day 23

Hi Friend,

We need to pause for a moment on our Journey to remember that this passage, Proverbs 2:1-5, is basic instructions in learning to meditate or abide in Christ. Our meditative journey through Proverbs 2 is finished for now. I am sure there is much more to learn from this passage, but I will leave that to the Holy Spirit to accomplish in your life.

DiggerI trust you have gained several tools for your spiritual toolbox from Proverbs 2:1-5. Depending on the metaphor you choose these may be mining tools that you will use to dig into the to seek His precious gold and silver. They may also be gardening tools to break up the hardness of your heart so that the precious seed of life can be planted and tended to produce an abundant harvest. Either way, when we humbly use these tools to seek Him, we are properly reverencing the Lord and walking in the “fear of God”.

However you think of these verbs: receive … store/hide … incline/turn… apply … call out … cry aloud … seek/look for … search I trust Proverbs 2:1-5 becomes a continual companion to remind your heart what it actually takes to dig into God’s word.

Ps 139The next passage we will explore is Psalm 139. This very personal Psalm is a transformational Word in my life. It was the first portion of scripture I meditated through, and it continues to be a rich mine of precious truth to me. In 1974, when I began to memorize and meditate on it, I never dreamed it would have so much impact on my life. I am amazed I am still regularly reciting it now over 40 years later. I pray that you too will experience the sweetness of God’s word and began to engraft a passage of scripture into your soul.

Perhaps Psalm 139 will touch you deeply too. I pray it may one day produce an eternal spring of life giving nourishment in your heart.

Observation: We are finished with our meditative journey through Proverbs 2:1-5. The next passage will be Psalm 139.

Interpretation: Please continue to view the verbs in Proverbs 2:1-5 (receive … store/hide … incline/turn… apply … call out … cry aloud … seek/look for … search …) as tools that you will use from this time on in your life.

Application Prayer: Father, thank you again for the privilege of engrafting Your nature into my life by learning to meditate on Your word. Please empower me by You Spirit to seek you daily. Thank You… in Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your take away?

As we begin to journey through Psalm 139 please continue to pray for the people receiving these meditative instructions.