Psalm 72

This Psalm describes the righteous king. It tells us about the type of ruler God wants for His people. We should pray for our leaders.

But we should also give praise and thanks to God. He does wondrous, miraculous things. God’s people praise Him forever.

Psalm 46

This Psalm was the inspiration for Martin Luther to write the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” God is our refuge and our strength. We can turn to Him for shelter in the storms of life. We can find strength from Him to face the challenges¬† of the day. Why? Because we know the Lord is with us.

Psalm 45

This is called a Messianic Psalm that describes the Promised Messiah King. The promised is fulfilled by Jesus. The Church is the bride of Christ. This glimpse into the future will be fulfilled when Jesus returns and brings all of His people, His Church, into His Kingdom.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. Christians throughout the world will gather together to worship Jesus the Christ, the Promised Messiah.

Psalm 23

This is probably the most well known Psalm. The Lord is my Shepherd. Sheep would be lost without a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gave up His life for us, His sheep. We are lost without Jesus.

The Lord gives us everything we need. He is with us to guide us through the darkest days of our lives. We can count on Him.

This life is just the beginning. Jesus has opened eternity for us where we will live with Him forever.

Psalm 2

There is no comparison between temporary and eternal power. The rulers of this world only have limited power for a¬† short period of time. God’s unlimited power is eternal.

It is a wasted effort for a ruler to fight against God. It is futile for people to turn their backs on God, reject His ways and try to go in the opposite direction.

God’s rule is eternal. Jesus is God’s Son who rules forever. What joy for those who put their trust in Him.

 

Psalm 1

For the rest of December I plan to read selected Psalms. Most of them are Psalms praising God. Closer to Christmas my goal is to read the accounts of Jesus birth and events surrounding it.

Today we begin with Psalm 1. This Psalm begins with the life of the people who take God’s Word to heart and spends time thinking about it every day. These are the people who try to do what God’s Word tells us to do.

Those who mock God’s Word and disobey God stand in sharp contrast. The faithful are blessed and live fruitful, productive lives. Those who mock God and do their own thing are headed for destruction.

The options and the results are clear. Which path are you taking?

 

Malachi chapter 4

Bad news for those who reject God: the fire of judgment.

Good News for those who honor God: The Sun (or Son) of righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. (Verse 2). This is one of my favorite verses in the Old Testament.

John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus. December is a great time for us to prepare the way for Jesus and to celebrate the gift of God’s Son.

Malachi chapter 3

This chapter is loaded with things we need to hear and respond to.

First we have the promise that God will send a messenger to prepare the way for The Messenger. God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus. Jesus is the final living Word, the Promised Savior. Are we using this time of the year to prepare for Christmas celebrations or to receive Jesus.

Despite their sinful, self serving lives, the people didn’t think they had deserted the Lord. They saw no need to repent and turn back to God. We cannot afford to make the same mistake.

We need to return to God and offer Him our best in response to His love for us.

God promises to remember, redemption and restore the people He treasures. That is why Jesus came. God always keeps his promises.

Malachi chapter 2

Faithfulness! God is always faithful to His promises. He expects the priest to be faithful in their personal lives and to faithfully lead the people to know and honor the Lord. They didn’t and were going to be judged for their unfaithfulness.

God created marriage and expects His people to be faithful to their spouse. Too many were not. They were trading one model in for another. God told them to guard their hearts, avoid temptations and remain faithful in their marriages.

God speaks to our day through the prophet Malachi.

Too many religious leaders want to compromise God’s Word today. That never works. We should all do everything we can to defend and support marriages according to God’s plan.

Malachi chapter 1

Malachi is the last of the Old Testament prophets who calls the people of Jerusalem to be faithful to God. Malachi begins by telling the people that God loves them. He choose their ancestor Jacob to be the line of the promise. He did not choose Esau.

Malachi challenges the Priest for accepting defective animals for sacrifice. God deserves our best, not the left overs or second rate offerings. Do we seek first the Kingdom of God or do we give little attention and our leftovers to God?