Jesus’ enemies a footstool for His feet


Verse for Today

“The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭110:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • The Lord
  • Says
  • My Lord
  • Sit
  • Right hand
  • Until
  • Enemies
  • Footstool 
  • Feet

Reading for Today

Psalm 109 – 110

“My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; 

they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. 

In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. 

They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship. 

Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may blot out their name from the earth. For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted. He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him.
May this be the LORD’s payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me. 

But you, Sovereign LORD, help me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.
Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, LORD, have done it.

May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.

For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭109:1-9, 15-17, 20-22, 24, 26-27, 29, 31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.” – Psalm‬ ‭110:1, 4-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Prayer fot Today

Lord of my Lord I praise you this morning. The apostle’s quoted Ps 109 when they replaced Judas with Matthias. This is a really scary psalm Lord. It is intense what You will do to Your enemies who false accuse You. 

They basically will wear their curses as a cloak, how intense is that and totally wicked (not good as we would say nowadays and have made sin good). 

God I know how it feels to be falsely accused and it makes you insecure at times. When you want to do a good job people will see it as meaningless and a poor effort to cover their shortcomings. 

God I do know that You uphold the cause of the righteous and fight their case. May it be to them what this Psalm prophesied. 

The awesome thing is that they will be Jesus’ my Lord footstool. Praise God, Father I am glad that they are in Your hands and I will not pay retribution. 

It really challenges me God that this guy was a guy of fasting and he saw himself as a man of prayer. Seems like he saw that as his weapons of choice, a truly spiritual man. 

The challenging thing is also that this guy was a friend to his accuser still.
I pray that I might help the helpless and be kind to the broken-hearted.

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All people will see His Glory !!!


Key Verse for Today

“The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.

The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭97:1, 5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Reigns
  • Glad
  • Rejoice
  • Mountains
  • Wax
  • Lord
  • Earth
  • Heavens
  • Proclaims
  • Righteousness 
  • All people
  • See His Glory


Today’ Reading


“The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.” – Psalm‬ ‭97:1, 5-6, 10-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭98:1, 3-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.
LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.” – Psalm‬ ‭99:1, 5, 8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm‬ ‭100:1-2, 4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Today’s Prayer

Morning Father. When I look at the intracacies of the human body I am truly astounded !!! By that a small spider can bite you and upset this system. It comes to show me what balance there is in our bodies. You are in control of everything and I praise you for that. I saw a landslide yesterday with a house perched at the top of it saying “relocating”. That mountain was truly like wax the way it moved across a double highway, and the Bible says the mountains is like wax before you, wowww. The heavens declare your righteousness, looking at the start just blow me away as well. Here on earth we have gone to the moon and it was quite a thing. Now there is plans to go to the next planet on our solar system, what plans goes into that and you have created billions of galaxies 🌌 In my worship I want to do it in gladness of heart, thanksgiving, praise and with shout for joy, burst into jubilant song, make music to the Lord with harp, singing, trumped and rams horn before God the King. Sounds like one big party, does it. I pray that I will always have a party before you God cause You are good news, my life, my purpose my everything!!! Amen


Key Verse

For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’  – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭95: 10-11 NIV


Key Words

  • Fourty years
  • Angry
  • Generation
  • Hearts go astray
  • Not known my ways
  • Oat in My anger
  • Never enter my rest


Reading for Today

Psalm 94 – 96

“The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth.

But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.” – Psalm‬ ‭94:1, 22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice, “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,


For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’  – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭95:6-8, 10-11 NIV

“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.


For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.

Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭96:1-3, 5-6, 9-10,13 Niv

Prayer for Today

Father shoe, You are God and what you decide stands. The Israelites kept going astray even while you showed them your miracles. In your oath you send them to hell because they did not want to repent. I had a vivid dream last night where I struggled, but God you are the one who works in our hearts to keep us close to You. Father being falsely accused is not nice, I dont know what it is like being falsely accused and being condemned to death because of it. It is like I said yesterday to the bus driver, there is situations in the world and then there is God. The the guy on God’s side will win in the end. Help me to cling to you and not see the waves of the sea going up and down. I am in your life jacket that will take me to the secluded island where God’s and His people live. Amen

Who is your shepherd ?


Verse of the day

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” – Psalm‬ ‭23:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key words 

  • Lord
  • Shepherd
  • Lack
  • He makes
  • Leads me
  • He refreshes
  • He guides

Did you spot the pattern?

Reading for today

Psalm 68-71

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” – Psalm‬ ‭68:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me; deliver me because of my foes.” – ‭Psalm‬ ‭69:16-18 Niv

“But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.” – Psalm‬ ‭70:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭71:20-21‬ ‭NIV

Rejoice, happy and joyful we can be in God, not in the world. Like the bible says the world and it’s pleasures will pass away. God’s goodness of his love and great mercy, wow I fall so short of that. Can I say I have great mercy when someone pursues you with or without cause to your detrement. Amazing heart of David, his resolve was that God will always come to his rescue be his deliverer even though he had his 30 mighty men, God was no. 1 mighty Men in his world. What comforts you, God? David was comforted by God through his prayer being open, how open are you with God in your prayers?

Prayer

Morning Father thank you for sending Jesus so He can be my redeemer so that I can have a relationship with You again. Being accused falsely for trying to do your job is not nice. In the end we still have to be righteous because God in the end we are accountable before you. Help me to love people unconditionally and see them as sheep that is lost and share the good news with them. Disappointment in the world will happen but help me to love people as You do taking me back every day even when I have sin grieviously. Thank you God that heaven can be our home and we are just appassing through. Theangels  becon me from the heavens open door and I can’t feel at home in this world any more … O Lord you know I have no friend but You, if heaven is not my home then Lord what will I do. Amen

Who is your shepherd ?


Verse of the day

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” – Psalm‬ ‭23:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key words 

  • Lord
  • Shepherd
  • Lack
  • He makes
  • Leads me
  • He refreshes
  • He guides

Did you spot the pattern?

Reading for today

Psalm 68-71

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” – Psalm‬ ‭68:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me; deliver me because of my foes.” – ‭Psalm‬ ‭69:16-18 Niv

“But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.” – Psalm‬ ‭70:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭71:20-21‬ ‭NIV

Rejoice, happy and joyful we can be in God, not in the world. Like the bible says the world and it’s pleasures will pass away. God’s goodness of his love and great mercy, wow I fall so short of that. Can I say I have great mercy when someone pursues you with or without cause to your detrement. Amazing heart of David, his resolve was that God will always come to his rescue be his deliverer even though he had his 30 mighty men, God was no. 1 mighty Men in his world. What comforts you, God? David was comforted by God through his prayer being open, how open are you with God in your prayers?

Prayer

Morning Father thank you for sending Jesus so He can be my redeemer so that I can have a relationship with You again. Being accused falsely for trying to do your job is not nice. In the end we still have to be righteous because God in the end we are accountable before you. Help me to love people unconditionally and see them as sheep that is lost and share the good news with them. Disappointment in the world will happen but help me to love people as You do taking me back every day even when I have sin grieviously. Thank you God that heaven can be our home and we are just appassing through. Theangels  becon me from the heavens open door and I can’t feel at home in this world any more … O Lord you know I have no friend but You, if heaven is not my home then Lord what will I do. Amen

A ray of the sun


Verse of the day

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭67:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Key memory phrases

  • Gracious
  • Bless
  • Face
  • Ways
  • Salvation
  • Nations

Todays reading

Psalm 64-67

“The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him!”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭64:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • See what comes out of our hearts when we are close to God, rejoicing and glorifying Him. Have you been focussing on the wrong things? The only way to turn that around is to spend time with God.

“When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭65:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • Do you know why you are overwhelmed? Yes it is sin, doing what I want and not what God wants. No wonder. You see closeness to God is always a choice, what will your deeds reflect today about your faith? What would you qualify as good things? Material possessions or being with God?

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭66:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • Struggling with the same sin over and over? Dont I cherish that? Do you feel God is not listening?

Prayer

Morning Father. I come this morning before you humbled most times by my sin and lack of cherishing you over the world. I pray that you will always be my first priority in my life. I pray for our country that it might live in peace, so that we might glorify you and live peaceful lives. Jesus thank you for dying on the cross for me, I am truly an undeserving sinner that has been forgiven and can stand with confidence before you Lord. I pray for my new friend that he might be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth and spend his eternity with you. So true that scripture that we will have many troubles in this world (my computer and printer) I did not anticipate but God with your strength I will overcome. Help me God to love your church and encourage them daily. I pray for our move that it will go well and that we have chosen the right company. I pray for my wife to complete not one but two tenders today and if it is your will that we will get it. I dont know your plans but I do know they are good, help me to keep on trusting you even when it hurts. Love you my Lord.


One Thing I do

What is the one important thing that you do ?

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (Philippians 3:13 NIV)

Inspection


Who has gone to the army ?

That is where you get up at 5 am to make your bed, clean the floor and make sure your clothes and “trommel” is neat.

That inspection will have one of two outcomes. If there is a lot of cutlery flying through the air on the first guy you will run a lot that day, if not you will still do a lot of running that day (smile).

Do our preparation in actions have an effect in our daily lives, even so at work?

So what is in my heart (emotions/soul) and mind (thoughts) about God. Those emotions and thoughts will determine my actions. 

What does my daily conduct say about my faith? What does my deeds deserve ?

The two most obvious choices are; living for the world which 95% of people do or living for God that fills the rest.

So living for the world; what does that encapsulate? What is that saying “Money makes the world go round and round.” 

What does Solomon the richest guy who ever lived say about money?

“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” – ‭Ecc‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Do you have enough money? Are you happy with your salary? Wow, convicting hey!!!

Am I thankful in all circumstances ?

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thes‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Living for God starts the day by focussing on our most important relationship and that is love for God.

What is your prayer life like? Consistent, deep, meaningful? 

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” – ‭‭Heb‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Man, what is my submission before God like ?

Why submit to God in this way? 

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” – ‭Phil‬ ‭2:12-13 NIV

If I am close to God He will work and act through His Holy Spirit in my live. 

So if you were to rate your prayer life and give it a point out of 10, what will it be ito the following criteria?

  • Time spend
  • Petitions, loud cries & tears.
  • Consistency
  • Randomness
  • In situations
  • Structure
  • Priority

What or who strenthens you ?

““Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 

  • Many a times we cause the difficult circumstances that makes us suffer (Pr 19:3) but then we blame it on God instead of repenting and doing God’s will.

The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 

  • Do I use the talents God has given me ?
  • We dont need super powers in ourselves but realize God will do it through us.

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”” – ‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:13-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • We doubt ourselves whether we can do it.
  • If God is with us, we can accomplish anything, because nothing is impossible with God.

Do you see being humble as a good thing ?

“Until a humility which will rest in nothing less than the end and death of self; which gives up all the honour of men as Jesus did, to seek the honour that comes from God alone; which absolutely makes and counts itself nothing, that God may be all, that the Lord alone may be exalted,—until such a humility be what we seek in Christ above our chief joy, and welcome at any price, there is very little hope of a religion that will conquer the world” – Andrew Murray