Long enough, GOD — you’ve ignored me long enough. I’ve looked at the back of your head long enough. Long enough I’ve carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain. Long enough my arrogant enemies have looked down their noses at me.
Take a good look at me, GOD, my God; I want to look life in the eye, So no enemy can get the best of me or laugh when I fall on my face.
I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms— I’m celebrating your rescue. I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers. (Psalm 13:1-6 MSG)
I find myself feeling the way the Psalmist does in this passage on occasion. It is NOT appropriate for me to feel sorry for myself and to exhibit these negative thoughts. God has blessed me beyond anything I deserve! I have found that He is absolutely faithful…sometimes, even when I am not!
Prayer: LORD…Help me to keep my attitude
Right. Thank you for loving me and intervening in my life. I love you for that!
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Collosians 3:23-24 NKJV
I use Praise Music to alter my mood, when I need an uplift. Sometimes, just any tune will not do! Therefore, I have identified a “Go To” praise tune, for those very times when just any tune will not do.
My “Go To” praise tune is from the Psalms. This would delight our 20th century friend and reformer, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, who believed that the Book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the Bible. Consider:
The law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean,
The judgments of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
*More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey
and the honeycomb.
*Use as chorus, after every stanza.
A very fine version of this tune is recorded by Hosanna/Integrity Music in their “Shouts of Joy” album.
This praise tune always mends my spirit, raises my mood and causes me to come into an attitude of worship. We should all have a “go to” praise tune!
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2 SAMUEL 7:29 NIV – Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord , have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”
Responsibility of Family
Apart from religious influence, the family is the most important unit of society. It would be good if every home were Christian, but we know that it is not so. The family and the home can never exert their proper influence while ignoring the biblical standard. The Bible calls for discipline and a recognition of authority. If children do not learn this at home, they will go out into society without the proper attitude toward authority and law. There is always the exceptional child, but the average tells us that the child is largely what the home has made him. The only way to provide the right home for your children is to put the Lord above them, and fully instruct them in the ways of the Lord. You are responsible before God for the home you provide for them.
Father, keep me from any word or deed that might hinder a child from loving You.
SHARING THE TRUTH IN LOVE
TALKING TO GOD
Ask God to give you a loving attitude toward people who are different from you and for the opportunities to share His love with them.
Place a dab of toothpaste on your lips. Ask your family members to suggest how they would tell you that you had toothpaste on your lips if you were a famous actor. Have someone else put on the toothpaste and ask the family to address him or her as if that person were your pastor. Continue changing roles to tell a good friend, a school bully, a stranger and a grouchy teacher about the toothpaste on their faces.
Just as it might be hard or awkward to tell a famous actor or a stranger that she has toothpaste on her lips, so sharing God’s truth can feel difficult. But authentic, biblical tolerance allows you to treat others well, even when you have something to share that they may not want to hear. Think about the way you role-played talking to someone you respected, such as a pastor or a famous person. You were probably careful to show respect and kindness as you shared the truth. By treating all people, including those who are different from you, with the same kindness and respect, you can more effectively share the Gospel with them. In Luke 10:27, Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Rely on God’s love when sharing His truth.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– Is it difficult for you to share God’s truth with nonbelievers? Why?
– How could you show God’s love to a friend who doesn’t believe in Jesus?
– What kind words could you use with someone whose opinion of God is different from yours?
EPHESIANS 4:15 NIV
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
PROVERBS 16:2 ESV
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.
TALKING TO GOD
Thank God that you can trust Him, even when things seem to be going wrong, because His goodness and His love for you never change.
Take turns hiding behind a door. The person hiding can wear any expression he wants — silly, sad, angry. But when another family member opens the door, the hider must quickly put on a big smile. Then, see if other family members can guess what the person’s expression looked like before it changed.
You try to look and act your best in front of others, but what about when no one’s watching? Your goodness is not determined by how you appear to others, but by who you really are on the inside. Psalm 44:21 says God knows the secrets of the heart. He knows what you think, do and say — even when you’re alone. God is always with you, and He helps you stay strong and make good decisions.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– What are some ways you try to put on your “best face” in front of others?
– How does knowing that God is always with you make you feel?
– How does this help you make good decisions when you are with others and when you are alone?