Focus Verse: Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. (2)
God takes time to listen to us; shouldn’t we take time to talk to Him?
Focus Verse: He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord. (9)
God looks out for His people. He is near to the poor and the needy and the despised. He hears their prayers. He sees their tears. One day, he will turn their mourning into laughter and their grief into joy. He will give them all the good things that their hearts desired.
Story Scripture: But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24
Story Saying: Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Behind the Story: John was faithful to the old king all of his days. As he lay dying, John promised to become foster-father to the old king’s young son and show him all the castle except the room that held the picture of the princess of the golden dwelling. Well, John did not exactly keep this promise. After being repeatedly pressured by the prince to do so, John opened the door to the room that held the princess’ picture and the prince immediately fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. So began their trip to find her.
Focus Verse: Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known. (8)
Yet is a conjunction meaning: but at the same time; but nevertheless. This word is mentioned twice in this psalm. First, after verse 7:
When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet…
Second, after verse 43:
Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. Yet..
In spite of the forgetfulness, rebelliousness and sinfulness of His people, God still saved them and the same can be said for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We were disobedient and unbelieving toward God, but in spite of our degenerate state, God showed us love. We were in sin, yet God sent us a Savior.
Focus Verse: You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth. (9)
God has command over all of nature. The winds and the waves obeyed Him when Jesus was in a boat in a storm with a group of scared disciples. The winds and the waves still obey Him today. After the Flood, God promised that the waters would never cover all the earth again. It hasn’t yet and it never will.
Focus Verse: Lord our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds. (8)
Moses, Aaron and Samuel all called on the Lord and were answered by Him. This brings me much comfort. As much as I would like to think that I am perfect and not in need of forgiveness, I know I fail daily and each day need to ask God for His help and mercy. Just as He answered the people of Israel with forgiveness, I know He will answer me too.
Focus Verse: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. (14)
All that God is and all that surrounds Him and emanates from Him is light, goodness and truth. There is no darkness about Him or in Him – nothing evil or vain or selfish. There is no one like Him in all the universe. Even the words we use to describe Him and the images our minds produce of Him do little justice to His awesomeness.