God’s plan is not just to forgive our sins, but to lead us to a life of true freedom.
Though the night is dark, the watchman is confident that the sun will rise just as it has countless other times. And it is that hope that gives him the energy to outlast the night.
If God kept a record of sins, who could stand? The implied answer to this rhetorical question is clear: no one.
Prayer is a pilgrimage: a journey from where we are to the place of God’s presence.
These verses should serve as a reminder to ask ourselves the question: what (or who) is our source?
God’s past faithfulness should give us confidence when we face trials on the pilgrim road.
Yesterday we looked at the first two verses of this psalm, which explained that the person who fears the Lord will be blessed. In these verses the psalmist explains just what that blessing will be.
A healthy, biblical fear of the Lord actually leads us closer to God. And when we are close to him we will be blessed.
These verses are, of course, speaking of the blessing of having children, but they’re not just speaking of that. They are speaking of transcendence: living a life that is not in vain (see verses 1-2) and makes a difference even after our lifetime.
Anxious toil (overwork) comes from a place of thinking that the results depend on us. God has called us to work from a place of trust. From a place of confidence in his love and care for us.
It’s horrible to realize that you’ve been laboring in vain. To think that hours, days or even years of hard work have been completely useless. That’s how Psalm 127 describes the person who works apart from God.
Sometimes God’s deliverance comes suddenly, but other times the only thing moistening the dry ground is the tears we shed as we wait for God to bring rain. Either way, although we mourn we can have hope.
Psalm 126 is considered a song of lament, but strangely enough it begins on a very positive note.
Just following “what feels good in the moment” will not lead us to life. That’s what Psalm 125 describes as a “crooked way”: a path that changes direction so often that you expend a lot of energy but don’t get very far.
Whatever enemy we may be facing, we have the advantage because the Lord is protecting us. And it is a fearful thing to fight against the Lord.