Psalm begins with a statement about God, and ends with a prayer to Him.
In prayer, we say our Amen to God. We look into God's Word, and we
learn about God. He is the God of perfect holiness. In prayer, we say to
the Lord, "We want to be more like You."
"I will make music to You in front of the false gods" (Psalm 138:1). We live in an age of pluralism, but we must remain single-minded in our devotion to the Lord. "You made me bold by strengthening my soul" (Psalm 138:3). We come to the Lord in weakness. He give us His strength.
God loves us. He’s always reaching out to us. He’s calling us to return
to Him. He’s inviting us to come and be blessed by Him. When we resist
His call and rebel against Him, we miss out on His blessings – the
forgiveness of our sins and new life in Christ. We receive these
blessings through faith in Christ. Our rebellion against God doesn’t
mean that God stops loving us – He keeps on reaching out to us. He keeps
on calling us to return to Him – but it does mean that we miss out on
the enjoyment of the blessings He’s calling us to receive through faith
need "righteousness" and "joy" - not righteousness without joy, not joy
without righteousness. What is "righteousness", if there's no "joy"?
It's Pharisaism. What is "joy" without "righteousness"? Is it really
"the joy of the Lord"? No! "The joy of the Lord" gives us "strength" to
live for the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10). "The joy of the Lord" is always more
than a nice feeling. The joy of the Lord changes us.
was also called Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23). Emmanuel means ‘God with us.’
This is the great message that comes to us from the first chapter of the
New Testament. God has not remained in heaven. He has come to earth.
Along with the Name, Emmanuel, there is the better - known Name - Jesus.
The Name of Jesus means “He saves” (Matthew 1:21,25). In the two Names -
Emmanuel and Jesus, we have the Good News of our salvation. God has
come to earth - that’s the meaning of the Name, Emmanuel. He has come to
save us - that’s the meaning of the Name, Jesus.
wise men did want to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:2). Herod said that he
wanted to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:8). What a difference there is
between saying that we want to worship Jesus and really wanting to
worship Him. This highlights the conflict between false religion and
true worship. Religion may say the right things, but, if we don’t really
mean what we say, our words will not make any difference to the way we