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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT TRUSTING GOD WHEN BEING PERSECUTED”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT TRUSTING GOD WHEN BEING PERSECUTED”

Psalm 31:14 “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.””

Psalm 31:15 “My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. We are given a great example in how King David responded when he was being persecuted.

Psalm 31:14 “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.””

Psalm 31:15 “My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.”

Please notice what David did.

#1. He trusted in God.

#2. He realized the LORD is the “Existing One”

#3. He spoke and said, “You are my God”

#4. He realized his times, i.e his life was in God’s hands.

#5. He asked God to deliver him from the hand of his enemies

#6. He asked God to deliver him from his persecutors.

Some additional thoughts:

1. David had trouble upon trouble through his life.

2. David was a man after God’s own heart.

3. David would become discouraged, but God helped him to have faith in God.

4. David experienced the help and deliverance that comes only from God.

A prayer:

Father in heaven, may we be like King David was. May we find ourselves trusting You, resting in You, and responding to You as You speak to us and guide us. Thank You that our relationship with You is a very personal and intimate one. You know Your sheep, and they hear Your voice. We also are grateful to be reminded that nothing will ever happen to us that does not first pass your approval. You are in control Lord and we take great comfort in this truth. We love You, in Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT TWO GREAT BLESSINGS FROM OUR LORD”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT TWO GREAT BLESSINGS FROM OUR LORD”

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. Here David two major blessings we have from Jesus our shepherd.

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”

#1. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

We notice here that David was certain of what he was saying.

He said, “Surely” which comes from a word meaning to be good, be pleasing, be joyful, be beneficial, be favorable, be happy, be right.

David had been taught by the Lord about these blessings.
The goodness and mercy of God follow all of God’s children, all the day’s of their lives as well.
God’s lovingkindness follows us.
God’s mercy, I.E His not giving us what we deserve, follows us daily as well.

#2. Psalm 23:6 “And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”

Whereas, the previous blessings of goodness and mercy were what was following David, here David is looking to the future and what was waiting for him.

David was assured that once this life was over, that God had a dwelling place for him forever.
We know that David is talking about heaven.
Heaven is God’s house.
Houses are where people live.
In this case, God’s people are going to live in God’s house forever and ever.

Some additional thoughts:

1. God has “unfailing love” for us.

2. God’s goodness and mercy are said to be pursuing the people of God all the days of their lives.

3. God is to be thanked for His relentless pursuit of our lives, wanting to bless them with goodness and mercy.

4. God assures us that He has this house, i.e heaven, and once we arrive their, it’s our eternal residence.

A prayer:

Our Father in heaven, thank You for Your goodness, and Your mercy. We do not know how many days we will live on this earth, but we do know what is following us day by day. And, what hope You have given us Lord. There is no one like You, and there is nothing that is greater than the salvation and future hope we have in You. Thank You.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD’S RESPONSE TO THE AFFLICTED SOUL”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD’S RESPONSE TO THE AFFLICTED SOUL”

Psalm 22:24 “For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. We see three wonderful truths about God.

Psalm 22:24 “For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.”

#1. God does not despise nor abhor the affliction of the afflicted.
The simple truth here, is that God does not “ignore” the suffering of the needy.

#2. Nor has He hidden His face from the afflicted.
Additionally, God does not turn and walk away from the afflicted.

#3. When the afflicted cry out to God He hears them.
What the Lord does do, is to listen to their cries for help.

Some additional thoughts:

1. God loves the world, period, there is no question about that. He proved it by sending Jesus who died for us while we sinners. He has proved His love for each and every person.

2. In particular, He would never not care for, nor never ignore the sufferings that people go through.

3. God will not turn away from the person who is suffering and crying out to Him.

4. When a suffering person calls out to God, they can be positively sure, He is listening to them.

A prayer:

Our Father who art in heaven, we hallow Your name this very day. We honor You, we look to You and we thank You Father for Your grace, Your mercy, Your peace, and also for the living hope we have in Jesus Christ.
Thank You for caring for the hurting, and would You please help us to have the mind of Christ, when it comes to our being able to care for, love and offer real help to those who are suffering. We ask this in Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia.

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD”

Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;”

Psalm 19:8 “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;”

Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”

Psalm 19:10 “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

Psalm 19:11 “Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. Here we are given a detailed description of the blessings and power of God’s Word to us in the Bible.

#1. God’s Word, or Law is perfect, converting the soul.

#2. The testimony of the LORD is sure making wise the simple.

#3 The statutes of the LORD are right rejoicing the heart.

#4. The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

#5. The fear of the LORD is clean enduring forever.

#6. The judgements of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

#7. They are more to be desired than fine gold.

#8. They are sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

#9. Moreover by them Your servant is warned.

#10. And in keeping them there is great reward.

Some additional and closing thoughts here.

1. God has spoken to us, and His Word is so effective as this Psalm shows.

2. Here’s the list again in one word descriptions. Perfect, Converting the soul. Sure, making wise the simple, Right, rejoicing the heat, pure enlightening the eyes. Clean, enduring forever. True and righteous, More desirable than fine gold. Sweeter than honey. Warning us, and a great reward in keeping His Word.

A prayer:

Lord, thank You for this Psalm, and it’s explanation to us of how You use Your Word to minister to us, and helping us to know how to follow Jesus. This 19th Psalm is so filled with encouragement, so, thank You again Father.
We pray for a hunger in our souls for the Word of God. We love You Lord, in Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia.

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD BEING OUR SHIELD AND RESCUER”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD BEING OUR SHIELD AND RESCUER”

Psalm 18:16 “He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.”

Psalm 18:27 “For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.”

Psalm 18:28 “For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”

Psalm 18:29 “For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall.”

Psalm 18:30 “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

(David wrote this Psalm in the day that God delivered him from all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And, here is what he said)

1. God sends from above in heaven to help His people.

Psalm 18:16 “He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.”

In this case, David describes himself as being drawn out of many waters, no doubt a metaphor and illustration of the a time when he was in a lot of danger from those who wanted to kill him.

But, the Lord was faithful, He reached down from heaven and rescued David, and He will do the same for any of His children.

2. Here are two things that God will do.

Psalm 18:27 “For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.”

He will save the humble people, but He will bring down or humiliate the proud.
God gives grace to the humble, but He resists the proud.

3. God gives us light, especially when we are in darkness from the enemy.

Psalm 18:28 “For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”

God Himself is light. And, God gives us light, i.e understanding and truth.
David declared that God would light his lamp. In other words, God would enable David to see what he needed to see when he was in this difficult situation.
Darkness in the Bible is a symbol of sin, Satan’s domain, etc.
God will bring us light when we are being attacked.

4. Here are a number of blessed truths about our God and how He acts towards His people.

Psalm 18:29 “For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall.”

Psalm 18:30 “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

#1. God will enable you to crush an army.

#2. God will enable you to scale a wall.

#3. God’s way is perfect, and His Word is proven, or all of His promises prove to be true, and He is a shield of protection to all those who put their trust in God.

Some final thoughts:

1. God is in heaven, and we are here below, and He acts on our behalf. Heaven sees and knows what is happening in the lives of God’s children.

2. God is able to rescue His people, even from the worst of situations.

3. God will see to it, that His people have light to guide their way.

4. We can trust God’s Word completely.

5. God is, and will be your shield as trust is placed in Him.

A prayer:

Father in heaven, we exalt Your name, we acknowledge with joy, that You have created us to know You, and You have provided that way through Jesus to deal with our sins. Lord we also know that any trial is designed to help us grow. Please help us to embrace them, knowing You will use them to give us strength and to help us grow. We also thank You that it’s You we look to for shelter and deliverance when under attack. We love You very much, in Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD SAVING US FROM OUR ENEMIES”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD SAVING US FROM OUR ENEMIES”

Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 18:3 “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. About God, His nature, and strength to save us from our enemies.

Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 18:3 “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”

David gives us a very detailed look at, and understanding about our great God and Savior.

#1. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.

What David said about God is true for us today.
God does not change in His nature and character, He always remains the same, now and forever.
Here we see three truths about God, “Rock, Fortress, Deliverer”.
He is all of that and more for all of His children.

#2. My God, my strength in whom I will trust.

David called the LORD, “My God”
We can do the same thing.
Whoever puts their trust in God can say “My God”

David understood that God was his strength, and that He could trust in Him.
God can be trusted and believed in completely.

#3. My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Here are another three truths about the Lord.
He is our shield.
He is the horn or the strength of my salvation.
He is our stronghold, or place of safety

#4. I will call upon the LORD who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Here David expresses what he would do, i.e “I will call upon the LORD” etc.
David saw the LORD as worthy of being praised, and who would argue that truth.
David had, and so can we, the confidence that God will save us from our enemies.

Some final thoughts:

1. The God that David spoke about is our God, He has not changed, nor has the need man has for God changed.

2. The Lord is so much more than spoken of here.

3. The Lord will be all of these things to whoever will ask Him, or want Him to be.

A prayer:

Heavenly Father, You alone are above all, and there it truly no one even close to who You are. Thank You for revealing Yourself to us, and helping us understand who You are, and how we can come freely to You and find the shelter, the strength, the blessings of God upon our soul. We love You and ask that You compel each of our hearts to share Christ with any and all who need His saving love in their lives. In His name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US”

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. Here we see God’s plan for each of His children.

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”

Of course, this was King David speaking about himself and the hope he had in the Lord.
But, what is said here is for each of God’s children.

So, what is it?
Well for you as a believer in Jesus Christ, you will one day see the face of God.
How amazing is that?

Each of us will see Him in righteousness.
That is, we will no longer have a sin nature to deal with.
We will be in the light, and there will be no darkness.
Everything will be as right as it can be.

Also, along with a sure steady hope, and the fact of seeing Him face to face, there is something else as well.
We will be satisfied as never before.
We will awake as it were, in the likeness of God.
We will be given a glorious body like His.
We will know even as we are known.
We will never be apart from our Lord.

Some additional thoughts:

1. What is said here is for each of us who know Him.

2. One day, and only the Lord knows when we will see His beautiful face.

3. We will also here His voice with our new glorified ears.

4. Think of all the people we will meet in heaven.

5. There are no doubt billions of people there, and think of all the angels.

6. But, Jesus will be the focus forever and ever.

A prayer:

Father, thank You for the glorious eternal future we have with You. You have promised to finish what You have started with us. What do you look like in person? We will find out one day. What does Your voice sound like? We will hear it one day. What an eternal future we have. Thank You God for making this all possible for us.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia.

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“SHARING TRUTH AND GRACE FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT TRUSTING GOD AND WHAT HE PROMISES”

“SHARING TRUTH AND GRACE FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT TRUSTING GOD AND WHAT HE PROMISES”

Psalm 16:1 “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.”

Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. We can put our trust in God.

Psalm 16:1 “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.”

King David was praying, and asking God to preserve him.
To be preserved by God is to be kept safe by God, that is the idea.
David prayed in faith, and then he acted in faith by putting his trust in God.
In other words, he came to God for refuge and found it.
God is our refuge, and can be trusted anytime, but especially during storms.

2. What God promises us.

Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Here we see several promises from God, let’s take a quick look at each one.

#1. You will show me the path of life.
Or, You will show me the way of life.
Death is all around.
So is life.
God takes us from death to life when we turn to Him, and place our faith in Jesus Christ to save us.
So, the promise, is that God will show us the path of life.
And, we could add, that in times of trials and such, that God is there with us to show us where to walk, when, and why etc, etc.
He is life, and He shows us the path of life, which is in Christ.

#2. In God’s presence is fullness of joy.
How wonderful is that to think about,
Another way of looking at this, is that God will grant us the joy of being in His presence.

#3. At God’s right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Of course we know that Jesus is at the Father’s right hand.
And, in Jesus are all the blessings of God that He has for us.
God promises us that we will not only live with Him forever, but we will live in Divine pleasure, unlike anything we have ever known here on this earth.

Some additional and final thoughts:

1. God can always be trusted, no matter what the situation and circumstances are.

2. God is trustworthy, and He is faithful to always do as He promises to do.

3. God has more blessings waiting for us than we can imagine.

4. Before we know it, our faith will become sight.

A prayer:

Father, thank You for being our preserver, and thank You that we can trust You completely and without fail.
You are so generous, and You have such an eternal future planned out for each of us. Lord, we sometimes can’t wait, but we wait in confidence and joy, knowing that You will finish the good work that You have started in our lives. In Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT FOOLS AND THOSE WHO OBEY GOD”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT FOOLS AND THOSE WHO OBEY GOD”

Psalm 14:1 “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; no one does good!”

Psalm 14:5 “Terror will grip them, for God is with those who obey him.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. The sad truth about fools and those who obey God.

Psalm 14:1 “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; no one does good!”

Here we are told that only a fool would say such a thing.
What thing?
“There is no God.”

The other truth God gives us about fools is stated here as well.
“They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; no one does good!”
Also, God says this, Psalm 14:5 “Terror will grip them.”

As to those who “obey God”.
Psalm 14:5 “for God is with those who obey him.”
What a comfort to know that our God is with His people who obey Him.

Some additional thoughts:

1. Sin is so powerful as to blind men to the truth about God.

2. Sin and it’s effects are why God sent Jesus to deal with the issue of sin.

3. We also were once foolish and disobedient, but God in His mercy has saved us.

A prayer:

Father, we thank You for the Bible, and in particular the Psalms, they are loved and read by so many, and they are used by You to comfort and encourage, to teach and to warn etc. We pray for those we know who are like the fools described in this verse. Lord please pour Your grace into their lives, and lead them to repentance and salvation. And Father, thank You that You are with those who obey You and they are with You. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE PURITY OF GOD’S WORD”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE PURITY OF GOD’S WORD”

Psalm 12:6 “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. About the wonderful purity of God’s Word.

Psalm 12:6 “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.”

Please notice the specifics that are given to us here about the Word of God.

#1. God does speak to us.

#2. God’s Words are pure words.
The word “pure” here comes from a word meaning clean, purge, to be clean.

#3. God’s Words are like silver tried in a furnace, purified 7 times.
Furnaces are how precious metals are brought to purity.
The heat causes the “dross” to separate from the actual silver, and the dross rises to the top, and is removed.
The more times silver is put through this process, the purer it is of dross.
Seven in the Bible speaks of completeness, thus, God’s Word’s could not be any more pure. They are completely pure.

Some final thoughts:

1. Since God’s Word is pure, then all of His promises are pure. That is they are true and can be trusted.

2. God does speak, and so many of the things He says to us are in the form of promises.

3. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. Therefore His Words are the same.

4. God’s Words stand above all other words by all other men from the start of this world. Nothing can compare.

A prayer:

Father thank You that You do speak to us. And thank You that what You say to us is pure and without any defect at all.
Your Words are the words of life, and they not only bring us life through faith in the Living Word of God Jesus Christ, but they wash us, they give us faith, direction, correction, encouragement and hope for today and eternity to come. Thank You Lord for Your Words. In Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT PUTTING YOUR TRUST IN THE LORD”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT PUTTING YOUR TRUST IN THE LORD”

Psalm 11:1 “In the LORD I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?”

Psalm 11:7 “For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. David an example of trusting God when faced with an adversary.

Psalm 11:1 “In the LORD I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?”

Psalm 11:7 “For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.”

David was no stranger to being hunted by his adversaries.
Thus, David’s experiences are a great learning example to us.

Let’s look at what happened here, and what David said.

#1. David was actively walking with God in this time of trouble.
He was putting his trust in God.

#2. David asked a question about his adversaries.
He wanted to know how they could say what they were saying to him.
They wanted him to run away from where he was and was supposed to be.

#3. David knew and declares several wonderful truths about God.
Psalm 11:7 For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.
The LORD is righteous.
The LORD loves righteousness.
The LORD beholds the upright.

So, what can we learn from these verses?

1. God’s people do have an adversary like David did.

2. Our adversaries would like nothing more than for God’s people to run away, and not keep trusting God.

3. The truths is, our God is able to help us during times of attack and difficulty.

4. If you are being attacked, God will help you, David kept trusting God and found peace and victory

A prayer:

Father thank You that we can trust You at any time just like David did. Thank You also LORD for who You are, and what You are like. You can be trusted. You are righteous LORD. You love righteousness and You keep Your eye on His people.
Help us LORD to benefit from David’s example. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel of Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE HOPES OF THE HELPLESS”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE HOPES OF THE HELPLESS”

Psalm 10:16 “The LORD is king forever and ever! Let those who worship other gods be swept from the land.”

Psalm 10:17 “LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them.”

Psalm 10:18 “You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. The Lord knows the hopes of the helpless.

King David was crying out to God in this Psalm because of his enemies.
We learn several truths about our God from these verses.

#1. The LORD is king forever.
Imagine these three things said here.
First of all there is someone called the LORD.
Secondly, He is the king of kings.
Thirdly, the LORD is king forever and ever.

#2. The worship of other gods and it’s consequences are stated here.
There are those who worship what they think are gods.
They are called other gods.
Those who worship these so called other gods will be swept away in judgement by God.

#3. The LORD knows the hopes of the helpless.
God of course knows all things.
And here we see that He knows about the hopes of the hopeless.
What a verse this is. “The hope of the hopeless”
No doubt there hope was that God would help them when they were without hope at all.
But the Lord knows their situation and circumstance, and He knows Your’s as well.
And, we are comforted in knowing that “Surely You will listen to the their cries and comfort them”.
Thank You, Lord.

#4. The Lord will bring justice.
God cares deeply for orphans and for those who are oppressed.
And He will bring justice to these two groups of people
We are promised that God will deliver His people, and they will no longer be terrified.

Some final thoughts:

1. Isn’t it wonderful to know that our leader is the LORD, and that He is LORD forever and ever?

2. There is only one God, and He is the true and the living God. All other gods are non existent.

3. Hopelessness can find comfort in the Lord, in His Word, in Fellowship with other believers.

4. Vengeance belongs to the Lord.

5. One day, none of God’s people will ever be terrified again.

A prayer:

O God our King who has always been, and will always be, we praise Your High and Holy name. The name which is above all names. There is no God but You Lord. Thank You that You know what we have need of before we even ask. And, thank You that in reality, Your children are not really hopeless. But, it’s also true Lord as You have told us, that in the world we will have tribulation, but we are to be of good cheer because You have overcome the world. You hear us when we talk with You. You listen to us Lord, and for that we are thankful. We pray for those we know who are either truly orphans, or are orphan like, i.e they have no one to care for them. They are alone. And Lord there are the helpless, the widows, and such.
Oh God deliver them in their need we pray, amen. In Jesus’ name.

Pastor Bob Grenier
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“SHARING GOD’S GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT”

“SHARING GOD’S GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT”

Psalms 10:1 “Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble?”

Psalms 10:16 “The LORD is King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land.”

Psalms 10:17 “LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,”

Psalms 10:18 “To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. When God seems silent to your circumstances and prayers.

Psalms 10:1 “Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble?”

Please notice that David asks God 2 questions.

#1. Why do you stand afar off O LORD?

#2. Why do You hide in times of trouble?

David was wondering why God seemingly was standing afar off.
Please remember that this is merely what he was thinking about God.
To David, it seemed that God was there, but standing very far away from him.
And, it appeared to David that God was hiding from him, at a time when he needed the Lord the most.

Perhaps the take away here, is that God was neither far away, nor hiding from David. It just seemed that way to David.
And, there is no doubt that anyone who has been a Christian for anytime has experienced a similar experience as David.

2. What David said at the end of this Psalm.

Psalms 10:16 “The LORD is King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land.”

Psalms 10:17 “LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,”

Psalms 10:18 “To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.”

As a matter of fact, many times David would pen a Psalm that starts out with him being do discouraged and troubled, yet by the end of the Psalm he is praising God.

Thus, we see a different David at the end then he was at the start.
Why is this?

Well what comes to mind is the faithfulness and love of God for His people.
God is never standing far away, nor is He hiding from His children.
We see through a glass darkly now.
God’s plan and purposes for our lives are always on His mind, and He is always at work.
God is with us, and promises never to leave us.
In fact, we will be with Him forever.

So, if God seems silent, it only seems that way.
He is aware, He is listening, and He cares deeply for you.

Some additional thoughts:

1. Trials are common to all Christians.

2. There are many, many times when God seems silent, but it only seems that way.

3. Anyone who has known the Lord for awhile, will testify to the wonderful faithfulness of God.

4. If you are in trouble right now as David was, please be encouraged that God will bring something good out of this trouble and trial you are in.

A prayer:

Father in heaven, we turn our thoughts and prayers to You right now. Thank You that You are here, You live in us, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit who also lives in us, along with Jesus Christ. Lord You never change, and You always will be faithful to Your children. Thank you in Christ’s name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia.

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE LORD BEING YOUR REFUGE IN TIMES OF TROUBLE”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE LORD BEING YOUR REFUGE IN TIMES OF TROUBLE”

Psalm 9:9 “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.”

Psalm 9:10 “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Psalm 9:12 “When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.
1. The Lord is our refuge.

Psalm 9:9 “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.”

David was declaring many truths about the Lord.
Here in verse 9, he tells us that “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed”
The word refuge speaks of a shelter.

To be oppressed is to be in a place of affliction, and where one feels crushed.

The LORD is also a refuge in times of trouble.
He is the shelter in times of trouble.
What does trouble mean exactly?
It means to be distress, in affliction, adversity, anguish and tribulation

2. The Lord has not forsaken those who seek Him.

Psalm 9:10 “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

David gives us another truth about the LORD.
The people who know “Your Name” will put their trust in You.
Why?
Here’s the reason.
It’s because the LORD has not forsaken those who seek Him.
God will never abandon anyone who is searching for Him.

3. God does not forget the cry of the humble.

Psalm 9:12 “When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.”

Here we are told about what does not forget.
He does not forget the cry of the humble.
He will not ignore those who cry to Him for help.

Some additional thoughts:

1. Shelter is something we need in times of trouble, and God is that refuge.

2. Times of trouble come to all of God’s people, and He is there for each and everyone of them

3. Knowing the Lord and actively putting our faith in Him, is His desire for all who belong to Him.

4. God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.

A prayer:

Father thank You for showing us so many truths about Yourself in this particular Psalm. Lord thank You for being what You are to us, a refuge, a shelter, someone who can be trusted without reservation. Thank You also Father that You have not and will not forsake anyone who seeks after You, and do not forget the cry of the humble. Thank You Father, in the name of Jesus. In His name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE THROUGH SCRIPTURE FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD BEING MINDFUL OF YOU”

“SHARING GRACE THROUGH SCRIPTURE FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD BEING MINDFUL OF YOU”

Psalm 8:3 “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,”

Psalm 8:4 “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. God is mindful of you.

Psalm 8:3 “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,”

Psalm 8:4 “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?”

Please notice what the Psalmist says about the Lord.

#1. He considered the heavens, or when he would look up at the night sky and see the work of God’s fingers, the moon, the stars etc, which God had set in place.

#2. He also expressed a question about man and God. He wondered what are mortals like us, that God would think about us, and that He would care for us.

Some additional and applicational thoughts:

1. Can you remember the last time you had the opportunity to pause and really look up into the night sky?

2. Isn’t amazing to see with your own eyes the vastness and the beauty of the heavens at night?

3. When one thinks about how grand the heavens, stars, planets are, it is amazing that God really thinks about us, and that He truly cares for us.

4. The question posed by David, is really worth thinking about. “What is man that You are mindful of Him?”

5. There was another question/statement that David made, “And the son of man that You visit him?

A prayer:

Lord, we like David, say the same thing. What are we to You? We are loved by You. You tell us that we are the apple of Your eye. In all that You have created, we humans are the ones that are made in Your image. You love, You care, You guide, You forgive, You restore, You give grace and power to our lives. O Lord how wonderful is Your name indeed.
Thank You God. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD BEING YOUR DEFENSE”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD BEING YOUR DEFENSE”

Psalm 7:10 “My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart.”

Psalm 7:11 “God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. God is your defense.

Psalm 7:10 “My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart.”

King David wrote this Psalm during a time of great distress.
David’s enemies were all around and out to get him, and kill him.

David declares a truth about God that he had come to know and understand.
What is it?
That God is his defense and shield in life.

What does defense mean exactly?
It means shield, buckler, armed.
So, the Lord Himself is the shield and defender of His own people.
Imagine for a moment what the value of a shield is to someone in David’s situation, or in your situation.

Here is how this verse reads in the NLT.
Psalm 7:10 “God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right.”

2. God is also a just judge.

Psalm 7:11 “God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.”

Not only does God defend His own people, but He is also the judge of the wicked.
Interesting to look at the word “judge” here, as it means, to avenge, execute, govern, vindicate, and punish.

Also, we are told here, that God is a “Just” judge, meaning He judges fairly and honestly.
And, this verse tells us that God is angry with the wicked every day.
He loves them, but He also is angry with them.
Wicked people cause so much trouble for the rest of society.
God does not like to see the destruction brought about by the wicked.
He is angry with them, every day.

Some additional thoughts:

1. Like David, we can have enemies also.

2. And, like David we are not left defenseless against our enemies.

3. God Himself stands between you and your enemies.

4. God both loves and is angry with the wicked, and will judge them unless they repent.

A prayer:

Our God and Father, we hallow Your Name. Thank You Father for being our defense. You do a much better job at it then we could. Lord You are the one who saves the upright in heart. Help us to be upright Lord. You judge people in perfect fairness. Lord we see the wicked growing in leaps and bounds in this world. We hear the threats of world leaders, declaring their hatred for and desiring to kill them. Thank You Father for what You are for us, and what You do in our lives. We love You Lord, in Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE LORD HEARING YOU”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT THE LORD HEARING YOU”

Psalm 6:8 “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.”

Psalm 6:9 “The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. God hears our prayers.

Psalm 6:8 “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.”

Psalm 6:9 “The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.”

This Psalm was written by King David.
He wrote it during a time when his enemies were hounding him ferociously.
Let’s look at what he said.

First of all, he wanted all the workers of iniquity to depart from him, to go away from him, and leave him alone.

Secondly, he gives a reason for what he just said about his enemies.
It’s because the LORD had heard the voice of his crying.
God was hearing him cry out and pray.

Thirdly, he repeats that God had heard his prayer.
And, he adds that the LORD will receive my prayer, or answer my prayer.

What might we learn from these two verses by way of application in our own lives.

1. God listens to His children.

2. God’s children have enemies.

3. God’s children can turn to God in these times of adversity.

4. God will not only hear your prayer but will answer your prayer.

5. God loves You, and will see you through your trial, He only wants You to trust Him in the trial.

A prayer:

Father in heaven, thank You for telling us the truth about life in Your Word. The Psalms don’t pull any punches, this book i filled with the experiences of God’s people, and loaded with Godly advice for us. Lord we also ask as David did that our enemies may go away. Who wants them. Lord we pray for them, and ask that Your grace would be poured into their lives.
You are our protector and great Shepherd. In Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia.

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT WHAT GOD WILL DO FOR YOU”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT WHAT GOD WILL DO FOR YOU”

Psalm 5:11 “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.”

Psalm 5:12 “For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. God defends His people.

Psalm 5:11 “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.”

Here we are being taught about those who are rejoicing.
Those who are rejoicing are taught to put their trust in God.
And, to ever shout for joy.
The reason?
Because God is our defense.
And, all who love His name are said to “Be joyful in You”

So, for the person who takes refuge in the Lord are to rejoice and sing with joy forever.
A prayer is being made here at the end of verse 5:11
Psalms 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Protect them, so all who love your name may be filled with joy.” NLT Version.

2. God blesses His people, surrounding them with favor as with a shield.

Psalm 5:12 “For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

Here is how this verse reads in the NLT:
Psalm 5:12 “For you bless the godly, O LORD, surrounding them with your shield of love.”

God blesses the godly, or the righteous.
God surrounds His people with His shield of love.

Some additional thoughts:

1. God can be trusted, because He is light and there is no darkness at all in Him, and He is faithful

2. We have so much to sing about down here, and wait till we get to heaven, what singing we will do.

3. God is our defender. He will let us defend ourselves if we choose to, or we can let Him be our defense.

4. God loves us so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son, to die for our sins, and provide eternal life to us.

A prayer:

Father, thank You for the truths about You in these two verses. You can be trusted, and we want to trust You, and we ask that You would help us to trust You. Thank You that we are going to be singing joyfully for all eternity, what a glorious future awaits us Lord. And thank You Father for protecting us. You are truly a shield about us. In Jesus name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia.

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“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD HELPING YOU IN TIMES OF DISTRESS”

“SHARING GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT GOD HELPING YOU IN TIMES OF DISTRESS”

Psalm 4:1 “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.”

Psalm 4:2 “How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah”

Psalm 4:3 “But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. We see what David did in a time of distress.

Psalm 4:1 “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.”

First of all, what does distress actually mean?
Distress means, adversary, trouble, affliction, foes, narrow, tight, hard.
It’s speaking of being in great difficulty, and being under much pressure.

What did David do in his time of distress? He prayed, and asked God to hear Him.
He recognized that God was his righteousness.
David also remembered what God had done for him in the past, i.e “You have relieved me in my distress”
He asked the Lord to have mercy on him, and hear his prayer.

2. David expressed his troubles to God in great detail.

Psalm 4:2 “How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah”

Here is how this verse reads in another translation.

Psalm 4:2 "How long will you people ruin my reputation? How long will you make these groundless accusations? How long will you pursue lies? Interlude” NLT

So David’s reputation was being ruined.
He was the victim of false and groundless accusations.
Additionally, David was being lied about.

3. David states a wonderful and comforting truth about God and His people.

Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

Here is something that God through David wanted people to know.
It’s about what God has done for His own people.
There are actually 2 truths that David shares here.

#1 The LORD has set apart for Himself him who is Godly.

#2 The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

So we can be sure of these things, and take comfort in them, especially during times of distress.

A prayer:

Father, thank You for the Psalms. They are truths that we so enjoy. You speak so clearly to us about life and how You are with Your people during their time here on earth. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia

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“SHARING GOD’S GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT BEING WISE”

“SHARING GOD’S GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT BEING WISE”

Psalm 2:10 “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.”

Psalm 2:11 “Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.”

Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”

Taken from Today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. God graciously calls us to be wise.

Psalm 2:10 “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.”

We see here the word “Therefore” and it’s there because of what the Psalmist had said in verses 1-9.
These verses have to do with man’s foolishness and God’s coming wrath upon the world.
The verses direct us here in 10-12 to be wise in light of what is coming.

These verses are also directed towards kings and judges.
They are the one’s with power and authority.
God loves these rulers and wants them to be wise, and not foolish.
God is asking them to allow Him to instruct them, and thus they could become wise, instead of foolish.

2. God explains how men can become wise.

Psalm 2:11 “Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.”

Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”

Two bits of instruction are given right off the bat.
#1. Be wise.
#2. And rejoice.

A closer look reveals that the call to service is to the LORD, and it’s to be accompanied with a reverent fear of the God.
Also, the rejoicing is to be accompanied with trembling.
Going on, the call is to submit to God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
All judgement has been committed to Christ.
He will judge the world in and with the wrath of God.
By submitting to Jesus, one can avoid His righteous anger.
Not submitting one’s life to Jesus means they will receive His anger, and they will be destroyed in the midst of their pursuits.

God’s wrath when it comes, will come suddenly.
But, what a joy to find protection in Christ.
Now that is wisdom for sure.

Some additional thoughts:

1. These verses are a warning from God who does not want to see men perish.

2. When God gives us warnings, they are for our good, and ought to be heeded if one is wise.

3. Serving God is sure a bette way to spend one’s life, then being unwise, and subject to His wrath.

4. No matter how far away a person has gone from the Lord, or no matter how dark someone has lived, Jesus will welcome them with arms wide open.

5. Jesus is our rock and our shelter, and our eternal peace.

A prayer:

Father, our Father whom we love because You first loved us, we rejoice in hope of the glory of God, and rest in Your unchanging faithfulness to us Lord. Thank You for the joy of entering into a New Year, when we enjoy looking ahead, and seeking to walk in the ways of the Lord and the specific vision and guidance that You have been giving us.
In the name of the King of Kings, and Lord of Lord’s, Jesus Christ

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia.

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