If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it? Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
We are in the eye of a prophetic storm. This is especially relevant for the church, especially the western church. Many evangelicals have expressed a belief that Donald Trump’s election was the hand of God and that he was specifically chosen; some have even likened him to Cyrus. Many are even more convinced of this after his proclamation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and plans to move the US embassy there by the end of 2019. There is no doubt that Trump’s election has brought about a season of emphasis on Christendom, the Gospel, Israel, and the Person of Jesus. News outlets have been airing series on “Finding Jesus” and a variety of daytime TV shows have delved into topics that include the Ten Commandments, Christian values, and other Gospel teachings. Does this support their argument?
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.” (Psalm 18:25-27)
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes shrewd “as having or showing a practical cleverness or [sharp powers of] judgment.” Did you notice how David constructed these words? The merciful, the blameless, and the pure receive an equal reaction from God but the devious is treated very differently. (more…)
Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things, who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?” “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.” The wicked prowls on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men. (Psalm 12 1-5, 8).
Have you found yourself saying “Help, Lord” more frequently of late? Well, you are not alone! Verse 8 of Psalm 12 says that when vileness – highly offensive, unpleasant, or objectionable behavior – is exalted (placed at a high or powerful level; held in high regard), the wicked will prowl on every side. Look at where society is today and tell me if you think we have heeded this warning? (more…)
” I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill” (Psalm 3:4).
Do you pray knowing that God hears your prayer and has already given a response? One of David’s many gifts was his ability to pray with confidence that the Lord had already answered him. The Psalms can appear to contradict itself but what we see as contradictions are the writers’ confidence that God hears and has answered their prayers.
A number of years ago, Psalm 3 brought me much comfort during a time when it felt like the whole world was against me. I prayed this Psalm with great desperation and anguish as I sought the Lord and his deliverance from life’s piercing arrows. There are times when the troubles of this life seem to have no end; time when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. (more…)