The Start of a Great Day (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 5:1-3:
-1:  GIVE ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditations.
-2:  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
-3:  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

David in praying to God says, “consider my meditations.” He is asking God to take notice that he has meditated.  His meditations were his thoughts on the Scriptures and his belief in the promises of God. Then he further asks God to hear the “voice of his cry.” This does not mean that King David was a “cry baby” but a man in need (as we all are when we look to God’s help and deliverance throughout the day). David’s voice was humble, solemn, and constant in the morning for God to hear his prayer.

Prayer in the morning, putting God first in our lives can set the pattern for the whole day, a day to live within the blessings of God upon our life. “And I will look up” has a twofold meaning, first David would look to God Who answers prayer. Secondly, because David prayed he would be looking out for the blessings of God that he prayed for throughout the day to return to him. You may recall in a previous byte or from the Word that Jesus looked up; he looked to God in the same manner as David did, he looked in believing to see his prayer answered.

Taking the time to start our day with God, taking a moment to perhaps read a verse or two, and meditating on them before we enter out into the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to also pray in the morning will indeed bring great things to pass in our lives. You and I can expect to have a great day when we take time to acknowledge our God by reading His Word and in our prayer life.

Mark 1:35 – And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he {Jesus} went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus “a great while before day” took the time to be alone with his thoughts, to be alone with God, and to pray for his day. This set the pattern for a wonderful day because he allowed God into his life at the very start. When we follow the example of Jesus and David, we will increase our believing trust in our God, and this will also help us to recognize that God is always with us. Remembering that we are God’s children is easier when we allow Him and His Word into our hearts early. David in summing up the 5th Psalm shows to us the joys and blessings that can travel with us throughout the day as we allow God into our life. This is the Start of a Great Day.

Psalms 5:11-12:
-11:  But let all those that put their trust in thee {God} rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them {God covers and protects us with grace}: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. {In this one verse alone we have rejoice, joy, and joyful –  this is the result from permitting God and His healing Word into our lives.}
-12:  For thou, LORD wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. {The “shield” that compasses us is God’s loving favor watching over us.}

Send Now Prosperity!

Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity– Psalms 118:25. Save now is referring to this day that the LORD hath made, and in this day, the Psalmist is beseeching the LORD to send now prosperity. This passage is referring to the necessities that we need today, and thanking God for those things that we now have. Then, beyond the basics, what further abundance would bless our lives today? When we recognize that God indeed cares for us and we trust in Him, then the daily prosperity that we receive will cause our hearts to rejoice as it draws gladness out from our very souls.” ~LMJ~

The Furtherance of the Gospel

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Philippians 1:12 – But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Here in Philippians the Apostle Paul wanted his brethren, the believers, to understand that the things that had happened to him, his being incarcerated and bound with chains, had actually helped the furthering of the Gospel. We may think that because Paul, the leader of the Christian movement was imprisoned, that many people would refute whatever his teachings were. However, the opposite happened. The Gospel, the good news became even more saturated in the societies where they were preaching Christ.

Philippians 1:13-14:
-13:  So that my bonds in {for} Christ are manifest {made clear} in all the palace, and in all other places;
-14:  And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing {growing, working} confident by my bonds {to witness the Gospel}, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Paul’s “bonds in {for} Christ” had very little to do with his imprisonment, but rather related to the truth that Paul was bound in love for his Savior. “The palace” refers to the palace guards who watch over Paul. The truth that Paul taught, believed, and lived began blessing the guards who were in charge of watching over him. The Gospel also became manifested and clearly understood in many other places, although Paul was out of the way, because “wherein I {Paul} suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound” (II Timothy 2:9). The Word of God can make people free regardless of any circumstance. Other believers were also beginning to preach Christ without any fear as Paul had taught them.

However:

Philippians 1:15-17:
-15:  Some indeed preach Christ even of envy {of Paul’s following} and strife; and some also of good will:
-16:  The one {ones who preach in envy and strife} preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
-17:  But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

This kind of sounds like today, for some are preaching Christ insincerely for money, and there are others who preach out of good will, who preach for the love of God and His healing Word.

Philippians 1:18 – What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Because God’s Word cannot be bound, one person or even one group of people cannot solely own it. That Christ is preached around the world is worthy of our rejoicing – it does not matter so much who is preaching it or exactly how they preach it – because God can then work in our hearts once the seeds of truth of His Word are planted (I Corinthians 3:5-9). When Christ is preached, then God’s Word can take root in our hearts and bring men and women, young and old into the salvation of God producing the furtherance of the Gospel.

Forever is…

I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil {a great treasure} Psalms 119:162. The Word itself in the Bible is called a great treasure, a treasure that is not only priceless but lives and abides forever. By believing the everlasting Word, we will be enjoying rewards for eternity, and eternity will last longer than we can imagine forever is!” ~LMJ~