The Daily Nugget
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
As we travel this journey here on earth as a Christian we have a desire to be in the will of the Lord. Even though our carnal side tends to lean us away from the Lord’s will, our spirit has a yearning crave to serve in the Lord’s will. Our verse here in Psalm 32 contains a promise of great encouragement as we fulfill this desire. Dear friend, if you want to be in God’s will then you can be in His will. It boils down to the matter of wanting to please the Lord with our life. Notice three important words in our verse. The Lord says I will “instruct’ thee, I will “teach” thee, and I will “guide” thee. What a powerful promise. My Pastor said something to me once and his words of wisdom have embedded into my memory. I was toiling with a vital decision in my ministry and had asked his advice. He said, “God is so big, He’s hard to miss”. Wow, what truth. Even though I was toiling with this vital decision, deep within my spirit, I actually knew exactly what to do. The Lord promises us here that He will “instruct” us. This word actually means to provide the intelligence for good success. Oh Hallelujah! The person who is saved has access to great spiritual success if they are willing to listen to the guidance of our Heavenly Father. Then the Lord promises to “teach” us. This word means to throw an arrow or to point out with the finger. Now might I admit, many times for me to make the right decision someone has to put their finger on the situation as to say “this way”. Well, our Lord has promised to point us in the right direction. If we really want to follow His will then He will make things so clear that His direction will almost be easy. Amen! And our third form of wisdom here is to “guide” us. Our word guide here means to advise or consult. You see we have to be willing to follow. The powerful eye of the Lord is honed in on His children. He is beaming wisdom in our direction. The big question is; are we willing to follow? Dear friend, the wisdom to live in God’s will is all over us. I think many times we try too hard. Actually, to be in God’s will is easy if we are willing to go with the flow of God. There is a second meaning to our word “teach”. It is (to flow as water). Child of God, go with the flow of the Lord’s leading. He is so big, He’s hard to miss. Amen.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
My, my what a comforting verse the psalmist left us with here in chapter 32. As we travel in this world of sorrow and sin we need a spiritual lift every once in a while. Let’s take a look at this verse this morning for a spiritual lift. He starts off with some words that cause us to kind of give a spiritual sigh of relief. “Thou art my hiding place”. Oh yes! The Lord is my hiding place. When we feel like the enemy is closing in on us and he is about to pounce on us we can turn to the hiding place of the Lord. I remember when we were young we would play hiding go seek. As we hid from the seeker we would always have one eye on the seeker and one eye on home base. We would stay put until the seeker was about to catch us and we would run with all our might toward home base. As we arrived at home we would shout with a loud voice; “home!”. My friend, the lord is our hiding place or our “home base”. Feeling an attack from the enemy? Run to the refuge. The Lord is our help in time of trouble. “Thou shalt preserve me from trouble”. Hallelujah! Our Lord is not gonna leave us to ourselves. He is not gonna hang us out to dry. He is the God we can depend on. I love that comforting word in this phrase; “shalt”. What a promise! Then lastly, we have a comforting promise that is an encouraging lift from the Lord. “Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance”. In times of discouragement we can stop and seek the Lord’s presence and if we listen closely we can almost hear the songs of home. The songs of Zion! Oh how comforting are the words from the home base. Oh Lord, thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. The Lord is faithful. Amen!