“The fool saying in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even on. Will evildoers never learn—-those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the Lord? There the are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge. Oh, hat salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!” (Psalm14:1-7)
Psalm 14 contrasts the wickedness of scorn for God with a thoroughgoing righteousness of regard for God in Psalm 15. The extreme evil derives from lack of faith.
Unbelief is foolish because the skeptic never learns (Verse 4) or never experiences God’s presence. The prayer is given in worship or instruction (Verse 7), revealing that prayer not only speaks to God but also instructs the congregation.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, those who lack biblical instruction, may never know God’s presence. As sad as that is, there are those who do not feel that instruction or belief in God is important and this robs others of a relationship with God. People buy Bibles, but never open them; they are just another item of a lost relationship with God through Christ. Abba, there are some who claim to know You but do not. They put themselves in risk of an encounter with Satan, because He does know you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God’s ability is not limited by our inability.”
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, Will the evildoers never learn—-those who devour my people as men and eat bread and who do not call on God? There they were, overwhelmed with dread,, where there was nothing to dread. God scattered the bones of those who attacked you; you put them to shame, for God despised them. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!” (Psalm53:1-6)
Ok, by now many of you are thinking, I’ve lost my mind and repeated the words from Psalm 14, but some of you will notice that when you get to verses 5 and 6, there is a difference. Beloved, some prayers may teach us lessons that restore our hope. God’s salvation is restoration and renewal. It produces joy. Zion is Mount Zion in Jerusalem where God’s Temple was located. Salvation came from Zion because the God who saves His people revealed Himself to His people and was worshiped there.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, tolling for food to eat—-for he grants sleep to those he loves. Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” (Psalm 127:1–5)
Beloved, prayer expresses confidence in God’s direction in all life’s activities is also instruction to the congregation about the very nature of life with God. It is also a witness of our relationship with God through His Son, Jesus. Our prayers honor our Father. As I’ve said many times before, I have seen people doing their best to work their way into heaven, which is a waste of time. They will not get you into the kingdom. It is our relationship and communication (through prayers) that get us into the kingdom, and then and only then that our works honor our relationship with Him
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance.” (Acts22:17)
It is not uncommon for people while praying to be given a vision of what they were praying about they received through the vision, the answer to what they began to pray about in the beginning.
Quite often in my own prayers, I have asked God to forgive me for things specifically and also those things that could not recall. I ask Him to show me what it is that I’m not recalling, and He has. Some were not unusual, others were surprises! You?