Overcome my Distress & Sorrow ?



Verse for Today

Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭116:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Return
  • Rest
  • My Soul
  • Lord
  • Good
  • To me


Reading for Today

Psalm 115 – 116

“Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. All you Israelites, trust in the LORD — he is their help and shield.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭115:3-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • How do we fool ourselves so easily? Do we honestly believe that god we made with our hand will save us? What we are really saying we are a god because we made a god!!! What are some god’s in our lives today? Our feelings, our car, our houses, our friends, … Will they save you in the end? Will you spend eternity with them ?

“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

  • What is your anchor in life when things get really tough? Alcohol, drugs, something to easy the pain and make you forget or ignore the situation. Or do you run to God?

Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

  • You see you will only find rest for your soul in God. Did the other “solutions” really work for you?

What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.” – Psalm‬ ‭116:1-3, 7, 12-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • How can we show our thankfulness to God? Or should I say how can I make my wife radiant? It is just my being the best version of me when I am with that person!!! That which is not Godly I deny myself off. It’s like me when I was at varsity, (on my way driving to write a test) and feeling like I want to be in an accident so I don’t have to write the test. If I make an accident will the test go away? No, I still have to face it anyway. Pray and trust God He knows what He is doing, in the end it is His Story.


Prayer for Today


God truly You are my refuge in times of trouble. Help me always to make You my anchor and not anything else. My peace lies in You and You being in control of life. I still have to do my part in being righteous. Help me to envision what is the best version of me through Your scriptures today and live my life to make it an reality. Discarding the dross and clinging to the good. Solomon said he testes folly and that also seems to be meaningless. You are the only one that give my life meaning!!!

Thanks You for standing by me through times of trouble. For really carrying me through it. Lord I praise Your name. I pray that I will share Your goodness with people today, to make You known. You are the rock they are looking for. You have places eternity in their hearts, I pray that I might help them to find You. Love you my Lord and Saviour, my rest for my soul. Amen

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A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by

Verse of the day

“A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” – Psalm‬ ‭90:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Thousand
  • Years
  • Like a day
  • Just gone by
  • Watch in the night

Reading for Today

Psalm 90 – 93

“You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

God knows everything about us even our secrets. Put your heart before God and your struggles He wants to help you and lead you to peace.

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Wow God has given us 70 to 80 years to live. It is reassuring that God says they are but trouble and sorrow. So if I have an unrealistic expectation of life I will be disappointed most of the time. 

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Your days are numbered whether you accept it of not. Almost sounds like a project manager gantt chart with project duration and relationships on it. I think if we view it like that we will use our days so much more effectively.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Do you have an emotional connection with God. How real is God to you?

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭90:4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Amazing to think God establishes us in our work. So if you are having problems at work, take it to God through prayer. 

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Almost sound like the umbrella of Santam protecting you. God is our insurance policy forever.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Have you seen a mother hen cuddling her chicks under her wing. And all the girls go, ahhhhh. It is quite a cute scene. As men we would say that is for women, but don’t you appreciate a nice hug from a loved one. It is pretty much like that with God caring for us. It is intimate and reassuring.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

The battle is really the Lords, just give it to Him.

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” – Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2, 4, 7, 9-10, 14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”” – Psalm‬ ‭92:1-2, 4, 6-7, 12-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the LORD on high is mighty.” – Psalm‬ ‭93:4‬ ‭NIV

How does ut feel when you swim in the sea, quite humbling. That is how we should approach God.


Today’s Prayer 

Lord we are but a mist that appears, then is gone. Father I do trust that you will work out things according to your Glory. Helpme to be thankful and at peace of what You are doing. I pray that I will make today count. The world is so fleeting and empty. How awesome is Your nature, I stood in awe of the mountains yesterday missing my turnoff to work in Ellisras. Lord I am encouraged by my friends heart that after our bible study‬‬ he already invited a lady to join us. God you are at work in people’s hearts, I pray that I might be a good instrument to guide them to You, not a faulty one. Father I do know that people will lie and tell false truths about us. But like Jesus we should most probably just keep silent and let Your will be done.

Are you blessed ?

  • Blessed means happy (superlatively happy) Do you feel blessed?
  • Happiness is not the goal of one who seeks God but the “by-product”
  • To seek God you must do it with all your heart. Are you seeking God with all your heart or do you worry constantly?
  • Seeking God means to “keep His statutes” Do you know what God’s will for your life is ?

Do you have the secret of happiness and peace with you ?

“And now just think a moment what a blessed life that must be—the presence of Jesus always abiding. Is not that the secret of peace and happiness.” – Murray, Andrew

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.


Love, Love, Love, Love…

Verse for the day

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”

‭‭1 Cor 13:6-8 NIV‬‬ (substitute your name with love)


Key Words

  • Delight
  • Rejoices
  • Always
  • Protects
  • Trusts
  • Hopes
  • Perseveres
  • Fails


Daily Reading

Psalm 60-63

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭63:1-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Isn’t this a heartfelt psalm and letter to God. How often do we tell God how we feel about him or does He only hear our problems, frustration and plea for goods that we do not have. David truly understands that he needs God and cannot function without him, a true reflection of what a marriage should be like. How often do you tell your wife that you need her and like in a movie “you complete me”. Is God’s love better than life for you, does it show up in your schedule, your meetings, your relationships, your money and your time spent with God? How is your praising of God?

Prayer

Lord truly you are the light of my life, I will praise you everyday singing in the car rather than put on the radio. On my bed at night I remember your. When I share the gospel with people I will long for you you and hope to introduce You to them. Please fill me with your zeal that I may represent you as a true ambassador of Christ. Help me to have a clear conscience by confessing my sin not just to You but people because that brings healing as the scriptures says. I long for you sincerely and look forward every day to spend time with you reading your love letter to me and praying and sharing with people what you mean to me. God help me to depend on your strenth and not to be self reliant because that is just pride in my heart. I love, love, love, love You and the gospel in a word is love. Amen