Psalm 75

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I love it when snippets of scripture pop out and I get new insight!  Read this Psalm, which is clearly speaking of the tribulation to come.  Focus on the last verse.  I love it!
 

Psalm 75

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph. A song to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

We thank you, O God!
    We give thanks because you are near.
    People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.
God says, “At the time I have planned,
    I will bring justice against the wicked.
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,
    I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude
“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
    I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
    or speak with such arrogance.’”
For no one on earth—from east or west,
    or even from the wilderness—
    should raise a defiant fist.[a]
It is God alone who judges;
    he decides who will rise and who will fall.
For the Lord holds a cup in his hand
    that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.
He pours out the wine in judgment,
    and all the wicked must drink it,
    draining it to the dregs.
But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;
    I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,
    but I will increase the power of the godly.”
 

As I pondered on the last verse, I thought about how we often think of power as having to do with physical strength, but I realized the power given to each one of us may go beyond that.  It may be the spiritual fortitude to stand firm and be willing to die for your faith, even if you know that ISIS is going to take your children and put them in sex slave trade.  Or it could be the power to love in spite of torture from your persecutors.  It might even be power to hold on to our faith and hope, in the midst of the worst of circumstances, refusing to waver from what we know is true in the Word of God.

**For those who don’t know, I no longer believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.  I believe that is a lie that has been fed to the church for many years.  It’s a lie that is going to cause a lot of people to lose their faith in the days ahead.  If you’d like to read more on what changed my mind, please click here.   There is also a very enlightening, and easy-to-understand video teaching on this topic:

In Your Desert Times

In Your Desert Times

Do you ever struggle with guilt, feeling as if you haven’t been forgiven? Do you ever think, “How could God forgive me for what I’ve done?” Do you ever have moments where you feel as if the Lord doesn’t care or couldn’t possibly understand your situation? Do you sometimes feel like you are insignificant?

I want to take you on a little journey and see if I can help you to see things differently.
Let’s begin by taking a look at Hagar. This woman was a strong-willed, Egyptian slave woman. She wasn’t even Hebrew! And this woman also had a mean streak in her when she taunted Sarah for not being able to bear children. In spite of this, God does some incredible things in her life.

Genesis 16:7 – The angel of the Lord found Hagar. Notice it doesn’t say that AN angel found her.  Rather, it says THE angel of the Lord found her. And he did it for an Egyptian. Not only that – but he did it for an Egyptian woman! Women were considered rather low-class citizens back in that time period. Yet the Lord never showed up like this for men like Adam, Noah, and Abram!

Next, God gave Hagar a promise. He told her that her descendants would be too numerous to count. (Genesis 16:10)

Not only does the angel find Hagar once, he finds her twice! (Genesis 21) He searches her out in the desert and promises to make her son into a great nation.

Now, my friend, think about this! If God sends the angel of the Lord to the middle of the desert not once, but twice, to a heathen slave girl, what will he do for you, daughter of the King? He sent his Son to die for you, and he adopted you as his own. His plans are to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Whatever your desert is, God is there, and his promises are for you.

© 2014, Stacy R. Miller