Archives For Psalms

Faith like an Anvil

Chilly —  November 1, 2014 — 3 Comments

October was a really tough month (emotionally, physically and spiritually)! It had some awesome highlights, like the “10 Year Anniversary” of Courage Church; but whoa, October was filled with some of the toughest blows of my life and ministry – which means, October was an awesome month! Yeah, I’m getting hammered by the enemy! But, the he is NOT winning! It’s in our most difficult times that we often become aware of how GREAT our God truly is!!

We ALL get pounded!

anvil and hammerHits can come from anywhere!  Physical attacks, unexpected disappointments, harsh & careless words, family drama, mind games, tough finances, suffering of others, lies, hate, poor choices, jealousy and straight-up meanness! Never forget, the devil hates you. He doesn’t back off when  you’re down or weak — he grabs a sledge hammer!

Ha! But, I know something…

The anvil outlasts the hammer.

God has built us to endure and overcome every blow of the enemy…

What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmed us. Yes, the raging waters of their fury would have overwhelmed our very lives. Praise the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:2-8

What if the Lord had not been on my side? Whoa, that’s a terrifying thought!! But, He was (and is)! I’m unbreakable through His power & might! So swing the hammer – this anvil will outlast every hit!

Questions:

1. How do you handle the pounding of unexpected pain, hate, drama or attacks?

2. Share a time when you were weak but HE was strong (see: 2 Corinthians 12:10).

3. When you get knocked down (spiritually, emotionally, etc) do you whine or win? Explain.

I’m praying, today, that God gives you (and me) faith like an anvil!  ~ Chilly

What I Do Late at Night

Chilly —  August 5, 2014 — 7 Comments

Come, praise the Lord, all his servants, all who serve in his Temple at night.  Raise your hands in prayer in the Temple, and praise the Lord!  May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Zion! Psalm 134:1-3 (read again… and, again)

I must admit, these three verses intrigue me! Yes, obviously, because I am one who finds myself night after night seeking the Lord while others are sleeping peacefully. It encourages me to know blessings are promised to those called to the night-shift of servanthood…

latenight-1But, I am also drawn to this verse on a broader scale. I believe that the “night” (v.1) not only pertains to late, late in the evening but also to those seasons in our lives when things seem hopeless, scary, uncertain and lonely – yes, very dark. Few are willing to serve when things get bad and people lose hope.

I desire to be a servant of the Almighty in the darkest, most ominous, and utterly hopeless times. The light shines brightest just before dawn! Our culture has abandoned truth and believes in nothing… can’t get much darker than that. This is our time to be found serving in the “night”!

Light shines on the godly, and joy on those who do right. Psalm 97:11

The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5
~ note: this verse pertains directly to Jesus (who lives & shines in us)!!

Read Psalm 134:1-3 (at the top) one more time. Here’s the applicationyou can’t have the blessings (v.3) without late-night serving (v.1) and dead-to-self worship (v.2). BOOM!

Turn Insomnia into Intercession.

… up late on purpose, Chilly

 Q: Are you in a ‘night’ or ‘dark’ season of life? How do you keep the light ON?

Absolute Truth

Chilly —  June 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

A Study of Psalm 52

For the choir director: 52 A psalm of David (regarding the time Doeg the Edomite told Saul that Ahimelech had given refuge to David).

TruthSunsetYou call yourself a hero, do you? Why boast about this crime of yours, you who have disgraced God’s people? 2 All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you’re an expert at telling lies. 3 You love evil more than good and lies more than truth… You love to say things that harm others, you liar! 5 But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and drag you from the land of the living… The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say, 7 “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.” 8 But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will wait for your mercies in the presence of your people.

Revenge, vindication, retribution, vengeance, justice, and more… ugh! Ahhhh, we’ve ALL wanted it, asked for it and dreamed of it!  No one should be allowed to get away with hurting people, being insensitive, lyin’ like a rug, cruelty to kids and, especially, messin’ with God. Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know, we all want to act like we only speak those “praiseworthy” statements found in Psalms but IF we’re honest, we get frustrated, ticked off, upset, hurt, heartbroken, bitter (and worse) – and when we do… LOOK OUT! Can you imagine IF others could hear our thoughts? Ouch.

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Sweet 16

Chilly —  June 5, 2014 — 3 Comments

Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. 2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Master! All the good things I have are from You.” 3 The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them! Psalm 16

Kings HwySo many times we try to get an instant insurance policy from God when we are in a self-made mess. Come HERE we cry out! But friends, IF you want unshakable safety, come to God for refuge. Yes, learn to come to Him rather than insist on Him coming to you.  And what happens when you come to Him??

Boom! Like a brick to the cranium, you are again reminded “All”, yes ALL, “good things I have are from You!” 

What’s the key to this discovery? Acknowledging: God, “You are my Master!”

Now, as you come to God and declare Him as your master, you will discover amazing earthly heroes who resemble your King of Kings! In a insecure world desperate for “role models” – we must raise up in Godliness – showing the way to truth. We must also fight to link arms with those warriors “ahead of us” that are leading a revolution of holiness with passion and purpose! YES, HEROES! Ask yourself a few questions…

– Who are the “godly people in the land” that are your “true heroes”?
 Do they measure up to the eternal standards set by God? now, think about …
 How have they blessed you? and, more importantly…
 How have YOU blessed them recently?

… Yes, you’re very perceptive, homework comes with this study!! Continue Reading…