Seven times a day I praise you. Psalm 119:164
One day when missionary physician Harold Adolph was walking through his house, he saw a verse on the wall of his daughter’s room. It was Proverbs 17:22: “A cheerful heart is good medicine” (NIV). Adolph thought, “If only I could harness the secret of that cheerfulness and share it with my patients, a great deal of physical and spiritual suffering could be avoided.” Another verse came to mind—Psalm 119:164: “Seven times a day I praise You.” That verse, he thought, was like a prescription off a medicine bottle.
Most patients resist taking a medicine seven times a day, which is why pharmaceutical companies develop pills to be taken only once or twice daily. But Dr. Adolph suggests we try the remedy exactly as God prescribed it. You might set your phone alarm to remind yourself to praise God seven times throughout this day. The goal isn’t legalism, but to learn to praise God continuously and to keep our hearts cheerful all day long
Life is a good gift from God and we must treasure it.
If we are praising Him continuously we’ll discover just how difficult it is to keep on complaining. Harold Adolph
1 Corinthians 16:1-4
All of God’s commands have good purpose, and that is certainly true when He tells us to give. It is one way He teaches His children to live as Christ did. Jesus was a giver. In addition to generously feeding the multitudes, healing the sick, and offering truth to everyone who would listen, He ultimately gave up His life on the cross to save all who would believe in Him.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul wrote, “On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come” (1 Corinthians 16:2). This scripture contains two guidelines that can help us become the generous people God wants us to be.
1. Giving is a component of worship. When we gather together each Sunday, we have the privilege of giving back to the Lord part of what He has provided. In doing so, we are reminded of our dependence upon Him and His faithfulness to us. This practice is a way of recognizing God’s kindness, expressing our gratitude, and showing Him honor.
2. Giving is best done systematically. If we don’t purposefully plan to reserve a portion for the Lord, it will probably be spent on other things. Immediately setting a portion aside is a better way to honor our heavenly Father than waiting and giving Him leftovers.
Considering the greatness of our salvation and the continual blessings God showers on us each day, we should delight in being openhanded givers. Generosity shows we’re following in Christ’s footsteps and demonstrating trust for Him in a very practical way.
“And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” (Deuteronomy 4:8)
God has never dealt with any nation as closely and fully as He has with Israel, but He nevertheless is directly concerned with every nation as a national entity. He has actually established each nation Himself (Deuteronomy 32:8), even determining the geographical boundaries of each and the time when each would rise and fall (Acts 17:26).
Every nation has a purpose in history, but Israel had the highest calling of all. God personally gave them (through Moses) the finest governmental and legal system any nation ever had (Deuteronomy 4:5-8), and modern governments would therefore do well to emulate these, in so far as possible. In fact, it is amazing that this Mosaic legal code has since served effectively as the basic legal code for all the greatest nations in modern history. This, in itself, is clear testimony to its divine origin and is therefore justification for retaining and implementing it wherever possible, even today.
Sadly, however, modern political and judicial practices are departing further and further from this divine standard. The philosophies of evolution and relativism dominate our schools of law today, and the concept of absolute principles of righteousness and justice, rooted in the nature of God as Creator and in His revelation, are largely being replaced by legislation based on evolving social policies and preferences. Even the Ten Commandments are banned from our schools, despite the fact that they are engraved in the Supreme Court building itself.
It is sobering to consider that God did not even spare His beloved nation Israel when His people departed from His law. Nor will He spare America if our growing rebellion against His Word goes on much longer. HMM
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Do not let any of the things of the world or past mistakes paralyze your hearts. I believe there are Christians who have allowed some of their past mistakes to paralyze them. You were so bright and cheerful in your spiritual life once, and then you made some tragic mistake or had something happen to you. You got out of it somehow, and prayed and wept your way out of it. But it did something to you, and now you cannot lick it. Past wrongs that have been done to you, past failures, times you thought you were going to win and did not, or present sins or discouragement—these things are not mental at all. They are deeper than that; they are subconscious, and they prevent us from believing.
I most urgently exhort you, and I trust God Almighty to deliver you; to sponge that out of your spirit; to sponge that out of your heart so you are not hindered by unbelief. RRR162-163
I pray for all of my fellow servants who need deliverance, who need to have the past sponged out of their spirits and hearts. Amen.
Nevertheless, I am continually with Thee: Thou hast holden me by my right hand.—Psalm 73:23.
Faith is a grasping of Almighty power,
The hand of man laid on the arm of God,
The grand and blessed hour
In which the things, impossible to me,
Become the possible, O Lord, through Thee.
Anna E. Hamilton.
Nothing is necessary for you in maintaining a triumphant Christian life, but just to stay by the helm, and put yourself in where the power is. Come unto God, unite yourself to God, and the doing power you have is infinite!—and is none the less yours because it is His. Trim your ship steadily to the course, and God’s own gales will waft it.
Gaze intently with the eye of faith at the infinite wisdom and omnipotence of God, to whom nothing is impossible or difficult, and consider that His goodness is unbounded, and unspeakable His willingness to give, hour by hour, and moment by moment, all things needful for the spiritual life, and for complete victory over self, if we will throw ourselves with confidence into His arms.
Whatever God tells us to do, He also helps us to do.
“He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.” Ps. 111:5
Those who fear God need not fear want. Through all these long years the Lord has always found meat for His own children, whether they have been in the wilderness, or by the brook Cherith, or in captivity, or in the midst of famine. Hitherto the Lord has given us day by day our daily bread, and we doubt not that He will continue to feed us till we want no more.
As to the higher and greater blessings of the covenant of grace, He will never cease to supply them as our case demands. He is mindful that He made the covenant, and never acts as if He regretted it. He is mindful of it when we provoke Him to destroy us. He is mindful to love us, keep us, and comfort us, even as He engaged to do. He is mindful of every jot and tittle of His engagements, never suffering one of His words to fall to the ground.
We are sadly unmindful of our God, but He is graciously mindful of us. He cannot forget His Son who is the Surety of the Covenant, nor His Holy Spirit who actively carries out the covenant, nor His own honor, which is bound up with the covenant. Hence the foundation of God standeth sure, and no believer shall lose his divine inheritance, which is his by a covenant of salt.