All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalm 25:10)
As God's path is both mercy and truth, no one can walk on His way without being truthful and honest. It is only when we bring our sins to Him that He shows mercy. However we need to do it in truth. Are you a lover of truth, or a person that hides from the truth and spread lies and rumors about others? Those that speak such, follows their own father, the deceiver of the nations.
One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. (Ps 27:4-5)
There are many things that people wish and desire for. However, David states that he only have one desire that he will seek. That is to dwell in God's house all his days and to hide in Him during difficult times. Everything not fastened on Him, will be shaken. Are you shaken with the world, or do you know of this secret place within Him, where you can hide.
Praise the Lord, o Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For HE has strengthened the bars of your gates... (Psalm 147:12-13)
Jerusalem symbolizes God's universal church. It brings God's people great joy when He strengthen the bars of our gates. When there is the temptation to look at pornography, and you find that God has strengthen the gates of your eyes to say "no!" When you are tempted to slander, and God has strengthen the gates of your mouth, and you speak something that bless others. When you hear the gossips of this world, and God has strengthen your gates, that filthy thoughts did not enter you heart, as God has strengthen your gates. If you find your own gates destroyed, He is the great restorer of all ages.
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy. (Psalm 147:11)
Our human nature strives for self-importance and strength. Within ancient combat, the strength of the legs of man was of great importance. Even the Mosai have their jump-sessions in which they compete. Yet God delights in none of these. His eyes are on those who fear Him and hope in His mercy. It is all about Him and not about us.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God (Psalm 147:7)
Thankfulness creates within a heart contentment and deep joy. There are daily so many reason to thankfulness. Maybe you have also some reason to thankfulness, that you need to take note of.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds (Ps 2-3)
Within this text, the Father heart becomes evident. It is His purpose to build up, and to gather and not to destroy. To gather the outcasts and to heal the brokenhearted. Those, who have never been in grief of their own sin, cannot be build up, gathered and healed. Once the soul has met with his Creator in truth, there are the promises of being build up, being gathered and being healed. Have you entered through this narrow gate?
I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent. (Luke 4:43)
It is our human nature to care after our own comfort and wellbeing. Yet, here Christ had a passion to go to other cities also. Have you grown complacent or do you still have this urge within you, driving you to tell others about Him?
Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. (Luke 5:4)
These words of Jesus, He addressed to Peter. Peter has lent his boat as a platform for Jesus to preach. Peter gave what he had for Him. Then Jesus addressed him, to go to the deep waters and to let his nets down. Have you not maybe listened so many times to Him, and not acted when He commands you to go to the deep waters, on His command and lower your net for His catch?
He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels. (Rev2:27)
Within these words, we have a promise. God has the final say as Ruler. Herein lies great comfort knowing that He has the ultimate authority.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Rev 1:8)
We humans often may think ourselves important. Yet, we are mere dust, today here and not tomorrow. More important is He, who is the Beginning and the End. How wonderful that He is in control, and that every knee will bow before Him on that great day!