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Every Sunday A Psalms: Change 2017

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 118:1-29 KJV
(1) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
(2) Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
(3) Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
(4) Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
(5) I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
(6) The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
(7) The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
(8) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
(9) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
(10) All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
(11) They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
(12) They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
(13) Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
(14) The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
(15) The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
(16) The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
(17) I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
(18) The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
(19) Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
(20) This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
(21) I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
(22) The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
(23) This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
(24) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
(25) Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
(26) Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
(27) God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
(28) Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
(29) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

One can not grow until one gets rid of the old. One can not grow until one is willing to change. This is 2017 are you ready for change. The Psalmist in this Psalms loved His Lord, but he recognized he walked through times of trouble with God has his protector. He had even been chasten by the Lord for his own sin, but found God to still be Lord. The Psalms talks about toward the end about the builders and the one that is rejected as King becomes the builder. Jews would have to reject Christ in order for him to become king. Yet this Psalm is not talking about Christ but about David who Israel rejected as king only to reestablish as king after a time of chastisement from God. The sacrifice would be brought and tied to the altar for sin. A purging taking place in the life of David. In the life of every believer who ever been chastised for sin. The replacement of sin is a new beginning and time to learn to follow God more closely. The value of God is his blessings, no it is his salvation which is the greatest blessings of them all. If we can live through trusting in God in obedience in times of trouble and also through chastisement then we know there will be times of blessings. Yet it not about blessings of God but about that relationship the Psalmist had to continue to trust God despite all he gone through with God.

One has to decide in every relationship if they will continue to walk within the confines of the relationship. There is times of rejecting Godís word, yet also times of obedience. Rejection is not hard to understand. For not everything we read in scripture is easy to say okay Lord let be as you say. Not everything the Holy Spirit speaks to the heart can say let it be as you declare unto me. Sometimes it takes time. It takes learn God will have his way for his purpose and glory. He does have our best interest at heart. His changes in our life is for the good and not the bad.

Each of Godís servants life is a sacrifice unto Him. Christ is our sacrifice for sin. As servants of God and Christ Jesus we see changes do to His correction. God is not all about correction, He is about enabling our lives. David started out being a shepherd watching his fatherís flock only to become a warrior for Israel overnight but one battle won for Israel against Goliath. It would take time for the David to take the role of his anointing to be a great king. He learn to be a king of compassion and not just war. God wants to teach us how to fight and how love. How to fight for the army of Lord and how to serve Him in victory, not in defeat as long as we obey Him.

This New Year think about how you want your life to change for the better. How can God change your life for the better? I am not talking about necessarily making you rich, but with personal life changes that will change you for your future. That will shape you were you are now. Can you give God the praise for what He will do in your life this coming year and the years to come as you make a resolution for God to prepare you for His service in this world and the world to come as joint heirs with Jesus. God will prepare you, if you will allow.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the New Year and the changes I desire you to make in my life for your glory as I yield to you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV (17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

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