I hope you guys have had a great weekend! We have had quite the jam-packed weekend, complete with adding a new little furry family member! I’ll do a quick introduction before I introduce our guest post today. Meet Sassy! We’re sooooo in love! ❤ I know she looks like grumpy cat, but she totally digs us. 🙂
Loretta Yopp is joining us again this week! You can check out her blog here at www.puttingonthenew.blogspot.com .
————– Loretta Yopp – Psalm 21-22 ——————–
Psalm 21 “The Favor and Blessings of God”
David is taking time to reflect on the blessings and favor of God in this Psalm. He is not only reflecting on the former things, but those things to come which are eternal.
Verses 1-6: These few verses serve to remind us that being a child of God comes with great benefits. The bible tells us that “We are blessed and highly favored.” David is in a sense reflecting on ALL the gifts that God has given freely to him. We must take time to reflect on the gifts (blessings, favor, and benefits) we have been given as a result of being a child of God. We are joint-heirs to the Kingdom of God. Do you want all the blessings God has prepared for you? God desires to pour them out on you, because we know all good things come from above. We should look upon all we have as gifts from God, so we bring Glory to God. Take time today to write down all your “gifts” from God and then tell someone.
Verses 7-13: When our feet are firmly planted on the solid Rock we can not be moved from the favor of God. David trusted God knowing that no matter what, his feet were firmly planted on Christ the solid Rock. David trusted God’s ability to keep him even when people were scheming and plotting against him. David trusted that God would intervene and deliver him from the enemy. God’s promises are still relevant to his children today. Are your feet firmly planted on the Rock or when the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy do you tuck your tail and run? Stand firm and simply trust in God!
This Psalm gives us a clear view of the cross which would take place hundreds of years later. It is as if God allowed David to endure similar suffering and pain that Jesus Christ would endure on the cross. David must have been going through a great trial when writing this Psalm.
Verses 1-6: David is at a point were he feels that God has left him alone to fight the battle. David feels God has deserted and rejected him in his darkest hour. God’s silence has caused David to send forth an urgent appeal to God, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Can’t you feel David’s pain? It is the midnight hour, God is silent and our cries for help go unanswered.
Verses 9-12: David begins to remind us that our hope is in God. God was our hope even in our mother’s womb and remains that hope far beyond our years.
Verses 22-29: After all the pain and suffering that David endured, he declared to worship God openly before others. David would testify of the faithfulness and goodness of God. We each have a life story full of things we have walked through. We must be willing to tell our story to those we come in contact with. The bible tells us “we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.” God has once again shown up right on time.
Verses 30-31: As a mother it is my job to pass on my legacy to my three children. It is our job to plant Godly seeds in our children. Our children depend on us to teach them and instill in them Godly values. To many times we depend on the churches or some else to teach our children about the Lord. God has given you the greatest gift – your children – with that comes a greater responsibility. “Raise up a child in the way he should go and he will NEVER depart from it.” God equips those he calls and parenting is a call from God. Teach your children to read the bible, pray, fast, tithe, forgive, love, respect others, praise and worship and most importantly take them to church regularly. Allow them to experience God’s power through you. God’s legacy lives on in us and it is our responsibility to be an example to our future generation. What are you teaching your children?
Loretta, thank you so much for sharing your heart with us! We truly are leaving a legacy for our children. The question is – what kind of legacy? The best thing we can do for our children is to teach them to walk holy, godly lives. And God will equip us to do just that if we stay firmly rooted in His Word.
Join us tomorrow as Meredith Bernard from www.meredithbernard.com shares her heart with us!
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