Psalm 150: Grand psalmic finale…

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You did it! 150 Psalms in 153 days; we made it through together. The final psalm, so filled with all the places and ways in which to praise the Lord is fitting for such a celebration. Know His word does not go out and come back void. The reading you have done has changed you, whether you yet see it or not. Trust His hand in your heart and life. He has done and will continue to do a great work in you.
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Psalm 149: For His pleasure…

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For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” –verse 4

You are not a checklist item to God. Not a pet project, a developmental goal, or a pain in the tuckus. He sees you, and He takes pleasure in you. It was for His delight that He gave you salvation, and His pleasure that He has given you a calling. Not an assignment to be finished, but a life to be made complete.

He seeks not that you grovel. He is pleased by you.

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Psalm 148: All creation sings…

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Imagine standing outside and reading this Psalm to the creation. Praising the Creator, each one of His creations. Imagine the symphony of sound, the joyful noise. Imagine the recognition and honor given to God by the ones who would not have come into existence without His creative hand.

Re-read the psalm and let your heart praise the Lord.

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Psalm 147: Endless understanding…

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“…His understanding has no limit.” –verse 5

Compromise, appeasement, and an attempt to calm people battle for priority. Sympathy, empathy, and trying to put yourself in another’s shoes in an attempt to try and understand their behavior, perspective, or requests play games with our minds as we interact with the world.

Where human understanding stops, God’s understanding continues forever. He knows the circumstances, the hearts of those involved, and the way that will draw them every closer to Him. Take comfort that you do not know. Tie closely to Him, follow His guidance for a situation, and trust that His compassion out-reaches yours.

His understanding has no limits. Rely on that truth.

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Psalm 146: The place of trust…

1200502_83427322“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” –verses 3-5

The new year creeps closer and closer around the corner. That new year morning will shine with ideas for new resolutions, new ways of life. Where will you put your trust? Will I choose to continue trusting in my own power or will I actively see Jesus working in all things? Will I question what the day brings, or will I welcome it with open arms, trusting that God was serious when He said He would work all things out for good?

Daily choosing where to put your hope will clarify your goals and transform your life.

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