Strength for today… Bright hope for tomorrow! (Psalm 30)

Bright hope for tomorrowSomeone needs to hear this summarized message of Psalm 30 today! … “With the Lord involved there is always HOPE for tomorrow!!!” (My personal paraphrase/summary of the Psalm).

Now here’s a taste of what the Psalm says…

“I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.

“Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

“As for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.’ … You hid your face; I was dismayed!

“To you, O LORD, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy: ‘What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!’

“But you have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (From Psalm 30 ESV)

One more time – it’s true! … “With the Lord there is always HOPE for tomorrow!”

I Wonder Have I Done My Best for Jesus?

Kneeling at the crossThis morning during “coffee with the Lord” I got just a taste of Apostle Paul’s philosophy of ministry in my Bible reading… Here’s what he said…

“We endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ! … If I preach the gospel that gives me ground for boasting! Necessity is laid upon me! Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I do this of my own will I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them!” (From 1 Corinthians 9:12-19)

I want Paul’s declaration to be mine! I never want to simply be a “hireling” – someone that simply does “ministry” or Christian service for money! It’s a divine calling! I’m doing what I do for the Lord! He redeemed us, He gives us the gifts we have, the call we have is a divine call! I want to do my best for Him!

As I reflected on this today, the probing words of an old gospel song came to mind…

“I wonder have I done my best for Jesus,
Who died upon the cruel tree?
To think of His great sacrifice at Calvary!
I know my Lord expects the best from me.

“The hours that I have wasted are so many
The hours I’ve spent for Christ so few;
Because of all my lack of love for Jesus,
I wonder if His heart is breaking too.

“I wonder have I cared enough for others,
Or have I let them die alone?
I might have helped a wanderer to the Savior,
The seed of precious Life I might have sown.

“No longer will I stay within the valley
I’ll climb to mountain heights above;
The world is dying now for want of someone
To tell them of the Savior’s matchless love.

Refrain:
“How many are the lost that I have lifted?
How many are the chained I’ve helped to free?
I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus,
When He has done so much for me?

“Have I Done My Best for Jesus?”  -Ensign Edwin Young, Harry E. Storrs, nd

 

On getting (and keeping) your values straight as a follower of Jesus…

I’m always impressed by the value people place on things… It’s telling…

An unnamed women comes to Jesus with an alabaster bottle filled with very expensive ointment and pours it on Jesus’ head as he reclines at table with His disciples…

“When the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying “Why this waste? It could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor!”

Jesus rebuked them and said, “Why trouble the woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me! You always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial… wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her!” (From Matthew 26:6-13)

In the very next verses we read about Judas and the value he assigned to the Savior (what a contrast!)…

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver Him over to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.” (From Matthew 26:14-16)

What value do you place on your relationship with Jesus – the Christ? I see the value the broader culture places on Him (and I’m appalled!). I also see the value some who claim to be His followers place on Him (and I’m concerned!). I want to be like the unnamed woman in this story! I want to remember, “I was not redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold from the futile ways inherited from my forefathers, but with the precious blood of Jesus!” (1 Peter 1:18-19). I’ve got tell you… I want to keep my values straight as one who claims to be a follower of Jesus!

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