You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,
foreigners cower before me;
as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
Losing hope is something that can happen very easily, especially when we need it the most, ie when we are submerged up to our necks in deep trouble or when we have fallen so low that we hit the bottom. In those moments, when analyzing our situation, our mind tells us that there is no possible solution and that all is lost. Have you ever felt that way? It has happened to me several times. When problems relentlessly overwhelm us and conflicts arise from all directions there is very little time to focus on how we can escape the situation. Panic overwhelms us and the prospect that our life will soon cease to be becomes very evident. Even for an outsider, one that is not directly the subject of the difficulties, the situation will look like something inescapable and inevitable failure is soon to follow.
A couple of examples from the word of God come to mind. One is the case of Joseph, the son of Jacob. After being sold by his brothers into slavery, he ended up landing with his bones in prison. Everything was going from bad to worse, from free to slave, from slave to prisoner and if things continued like that, suddenly he would go from prisoner to cadaver. However, in due time God took him out of the terrible situation in which Joseph was placed and elevated him to nothing less than the second position of power and authority in the reign of Pharaoh. If that’s not an impressive and successful comeback, I don’t know what it is. The author of today’s passage, King David, also went through something similar. From being a fugitive in constant flight he became a powerful and successful king who conquered vast territories and amassed great fortunes. Can’t you see that for God nothing is impossible? No matter how large the problem that you find yourself in, you can be sure that God will always be able to bless you with a stunning comeback. You can trust him. Only to God be the glory!
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
The Lord’s people have many enemies. These enemies are always lurking, threatening, scheming, plotting and preparing to do as much damage as possible to the chosen people of God. But just as the people of God have so many enemies, so they too have strength and protection from the Creator. He who formed the universe by his word and to whom all the forces of nature obey promptly and without question takes care that nothing wrong happens to his people and that they can always stand on their feet despite the many obstacles of all kinds that come up on the road.
Do you know the strength of the hurricane and its capacity to destroy everything that comes its way? Have you seen the river waters cover vast plains of what once looked like solid and safe ground? Have you noticed how solid concrete and steel structures come crumbling down when the earth’s crust trembles? Have you seen the glowing lava flow from the mouth of the volcano at high speed to burn and raze everything that gets in its path? The same destructive power is used by God to prevent evil forces reach beyond where they have been allowed to go. Nothing can resist the power of God. Let us trust, then, in the immense power of God that enables us to live in peace and security according to his perfect will. To God alone be the glory!
Therefore the LORD was angry with his people
and abhorred his inheritance.
He gave them into the hands of the nations,
and their foes ruled over them.
A well-known phrase that who knows why, of all possible sources, came out of the famous comic Spider Man (Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben said it), says: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Another way of saying it is: “A great privilege implies a great responsibility.” Regardless of where this phrase comes from, it is the whole truth and it is something that we must take into account at all times. The people of Israel received without deserving it, the greatest privilege that God could bestow upon any nation. They and they only were called “my people” by God. Despite their stubbornness and obstinacy, God treated them with grace and mercy at all times. However, Israel failed to appreciate the great privilege that came with being God’s chosen people and they maintained an attitude of rebellion and discontent towards their heavenly Father. God is love but he is also justice and truth, and as a loving father who disciplines his children, he put them under the dominion of pagan empires, who exercised over the people of God a fierce rule.
We, as children of God, must learn from these lessons brought to us by the word of God. Remember that these things happened “to serve as examples and were written for our warning, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”  Let us not imitate the bad example of the people of Israel, which by their stubbornness and rebellion were subjected to the discipline of God. Let us serve God with obedience and humility and let us always practice justice and compassion for our neighbors. To God alone be the glory!
 1 Corinthians 10:11
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.
For the vast majority of Christians ─ if not for all ─ persecution by the world begins as soon as we identify ourselves as children of God. As soon as this happens society, with maybe the notable exception of some cultures that were formed in the light of Protestantism, begins to stereotype the son of God as being intolerant, religious, judgmental, bitter, bigoted, pompous and old-fashioned. We must recognize that some who profess to be children of God fit perfectly with this unfortunate description of the personality of the child of God and because of this they have given Christianity a very bad image. Many spiritually immature Christians assume an extremely legalistic position that can only reinforce the stereotype described above. In any case, as soon as we identify ourselves as people of God the attacks, the scorns and the insults start. For many this attitude of the world towards the children of God is daunting and frightening. Many can not stand the pressure of society and family and return overwhelmed to the world and its passions. They do not understand that God protects and guides his people through storms, disturbances, riots, conflagrations, plagues, floods, droughts or any other natural disaster.
The strength of God’s people is the LORD. He is our Shepherd and Leader. Under his watchful eye we will be safe because he does not rest or sleep. His love is bigger than the universe and he has demonstrated it through the work of His Son Jesus Christ. It is he who guides us in paths of righteousness to take us to our heavenly destiny, ie his presence. He only expects of us to show him respect, recognition and obedience. He only wants us to act with justice, mercy and humility. If the Master was rejected, how much more we will be rejected, but not for who we are but for what we represent. Being aware of the protection we have, let us meet our commitment to be witnesses of his love and the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest. Only God can save us, bless us and guide us. To God alone be the glory!
The LORD detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
If we could understand how abominable lying is to God we would make sure that we always walk through the paths of honesty. No one can refute that lying is something that is much displeasing to God . Especially when our Lord Jesus Christ is the truth and not acting honestly becomes a direct affront against him. But our adversary has done a good job convincing us that lying can easily bail us out and that it brings no serious consequences. Our carnal nature loves anything that does not require some kind of effort. We willingly accept everything that is easy to do, light, not compromising, not a cause for responsibilities or anything that will not complicate our lives . We avoid anything that requires effort, commitment or sacrifice thinking that acting this way will keep us away from anyone who would demand our accountability. Honesty requires commitment, effort and sacrifice, which is why it’s so difficult for our sinful nature to remain in it.
A simple way to avoid falling into the snares of falsehood is to always act with integrity. Do nothing that you can not justify. Let us always act according to the precepts and instructions of God and we will see no need to lie about what we have done because everything will be justified by the word of God. To do otherwise means that we will be exposed to shame when the truth is revealed ─for nothing will remain hidden─ and also that our relationship with God will be affected by the presence of what is abhorrent to him in our lives. Let’s keep ourselves as far away as possible from deceit and hypocrisy and our life will be blessed. Remember that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. Let us be God’s delight.To God alone be the glory!
The LORD is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
When we find opposition or adversity in our path we raise our countenance to our Lord to seek his protection and help. This should be our immediate response to any challenge. However, oftentimes we engage in trying to resolve things by ourselves and we ignore the great opportunity that we could be giving our Lord to manifest himself in power and make his name to be exalted. Taking things upon our hands is like telling him: “I do not need you” and that’s a snub. Let us take notice of the rather large number of attributes that God shows in relation to our needs for protection. Let’s take a look at the word of God.
God is my light and my salvation, my fortress, my shelter, my refuge, my rock, my hope, my protection, my help, my strength, my shield, my shepherd, my fortress, my refuge, my strong tower, my righteousness, my God! As the sons of Korah said: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”  So when faced with adversity may our reaction be automatic and immediate. let us seek shelter under the loving protection of our Lord Jesus Christ, our beloved Savior. To God alone be the glory!
 Psalms 42:11
The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Stupid thing is that the people try to prosper and progress, leaving God aside. We are not talking about that governments should be religious. History is replete with instances in which these governments based on religious views (or atheistic views for that matter) have resulted in political and economic failure. What is important is that society as a whole maintains a high moral position supported by a faith and a blameless doctrine. Values such as integrity, honesty, excellence, service and respect should be an integral part of the social fabric so everybody can enjoy freedom, welfare and progress. Some countries prefer government styles that temporarily allow them to reap some success in the social and economic spheres but those eventually end in total failure because they can not be self-sustaining. Iron dictatorships and excessive centralization can give the impression that everything is under control but over time people begin to resent the authoritarianism and its inseparable companion, corruption. When the rigid structures of political and economic control crumble down, the people goes on a rampage to try to recover what it had long missed and freedom degenerates into licentiousness.
The principles and teachings available on the word of God can be of much help to those who have dedicated their lives to public service. All values needed to constructively lead a state administration are outlined in its pages with taste and wisdom. Do you work in public service? Do you want to do it with excellence and justice? Seek God and find support for your calling in the lessons that you can only receive from an analytical and assiduous reading of the Word of God. You’ll see how soon you will stand out above the others who only act viscerally and based on their corrupt understanding. To God alone be the glory!
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The poor will see and be glad—
you who seek God, may your hearts live!
The LORD hears the needy
and does not despise his captive people.
Many people desperately seek wealth but are unaware that riches may generate more harm than good. The risk is evident; when one has much it is more likely to depend entirely on what we have at hand and to forget who made sure that such riches were at our disposal. There can be many reasons why God has not endowed us with money to spare. The first thing that comes to mind is that it’s very possible that we are not spiritually prepared to avoid becoming slaves to money. Wealth, like fame and power are the weapons used by the world against our souls. Through them, the world controls humanity.
When a child of God is entrusted with the task of managing the money that belongs to God, he/she becomes a commando. A commando is a soldier that integrates a special operations unit and is trained for operations behind enemy lines. These commandos are selected from among the most able soldiers and they receive special training that allows them to successfully fulfill their mission to infiltrate enemy territory. Not just anyone can serve as a commando. So is wealth, not everyone can act as good stewards of them.
Another reason why God has not given us a lot of money is because he will use us as witnesses. God wants children to depend on him and only on him. God wants us to be examples to the world that we can live without being affected the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Let us learn to live content with what we have because he who has been faithful with little, God will give him much. Many soldiers of God shall carry out this testimony. Chances are that you and I are part of this regular group. Whether we perform as elite commandos or as regular soldiers, we must always rely on God and not on wealth because riches are vain and elusive. To God alone be the glory!
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Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
For some time now a fiery debate between environmentalists and industrialists on the way in which human activities are harming the ecological balance of planet Earth has been going on. On one side there are those who think that the industrial and technological revolution is the catalyst that will accelerate what to them looks like a certain extinction of all life as we know it. On the other side there are those who think that advocates of environmental rights are just a deluded and romantic bunch of pantheistic hippies. To further complicate the issue and fishing in troubled waters, some theorists of socialism, please forgive the redundancy, have seen in the industrial and technological revolution, a weapon of imperialism to subjugate the people. It is evident that it is very difficult to find the truth on the extreme positions; a truth that has been retouched and obscured with a multitude of arguments, some false, some true, from both sides. Especially now that postmodernism has undermined the foundations of certainty and has created a world where everything depends on the eye of the beholder. It’s hard to tell who is right.
As children of God we must seek the answer to these dilemmas in the revelation that God has given to man, with the caveat that we must be careful not to taint the interpretation of this revelation with our own opinions, as there are those who use the biblical text as a pretext to justify one or the other position. God placed all animals of the earth under man’s dominion. Of course, this does not mean that man has the task of ending the existence of animals or display irresponsible behavior when exercising that domain. Man is expected to manage what has been trusted to him with stewardship criteria. On the other hand, God cares for both people and animals. God has absolute control of the universe and notwithstanding how much man strives to manage the creation one way or another, at the end the plan of God will prevail. Let us act responsibly and let God continue to do His part as master conductor of the universal symphonic orchestra. To God alone be the glory!
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Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
and sing for joy on their beds.
There is nothing that fills our lives with more joy than to know that God is on our side, or rather, to know that we are on God’s side. The mere consideration of the attributes of God and the wonders he has achieved by his powerful hand is reason enough to rejoice and feel the need to release our emotions through praise. God is always acting for our benefit, but most of the time we don’t even notice because our attention is focused on the things of the world and not on the glory of God. Sometimes, we even complain to God that it seems that He has forgotten us when in fact, it is we who have forgotten Him. This is the typical attitude of a spoiled child whose egocentrism is nourished and strengthened by clumsy parents who do not realize that by bringing him up in such a way may only bring regrets later.
The life of a child of God should be a life of constant growth and learning, whose goal is spiritual maturity. This maturity is only achieved through submission to the learning plan that God has established for each of us according to our personality traits. Not everyone learns the same way but everyone can learn. This also applies to the children of God. Our goal is maturity and this can only be achieved by paying attention to the Master in the classroom of life. Let us prepare ourselves, then, with joy to live in the world of considering the work of God and rejoicing in the praise of His name. Thus, the joy will spring from our pores in a supernatural way and will never run out. To God alone be the glory!