Encouragement For You

O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things; his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. (Psa. 98:1)

We are called to sing a new song unto the Lord; “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne” (Rev. 14:3) It is a wonderful song, an everlasting song, a song of redeeming love, a song of trumphant grace, a song of praise. All the nations of the earth especially the redeemed are to sing this song together.

As Christians, we have a new song; the song of Christ’s love for us.

By His grace He has given us a new heart, and we will always have a song of praise and thanksgiving unto God for His almighty grace.

“For He has done marvelous things.” if all we knew concerning God was from our own experience, we still would know that the work of our salvation is a marvelous work. I could not have saved myself, you could not have saved yourself; Only Christ can save! Therefore it is marvelous in our eyes.

“His right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” Our saviour, our Redeemer overcame all the difficulities that were in the way of our salvation. He subdued all the enemies that opposed Him. He won the victory for us so that we, through Him, are more than conquerors. “Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors though Him that loveth us” (Rom. 8:37).

Christ overcame by His own power with no one to help, no one to uphold. But by His right hand and His holy arm, HE won the victory!

Sing to Him a new song and you and I will find encouragement today sing!

Encouragement For You

The Lord is my strenght and song, and he is become my salvation; he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation ; my father’s God and I will exalt him.(Exo. 15:2)

There are precious words to the child of God. They were part of Israel’s triumpant song after her deliverance out of Egypt. And we know that God is the same – yesterday, today, and forever. Because of Adam’s sin, man has to work by the sweat of his brow to earn his livelihood. Also because of Adam and Eve, temptations are all around us every day, and we must resist them.

It’s comforting to know that God will give us strenght for our journey, for the work wherein He has called us. God also will give us strenght to withstand all the fiery darts of the enemy. We can depend on Him to strengthen us with all might by His Spirit in the inner man. His grace is our strength, and that grace will be sufficient for us.

“…..and song.” Not only is God our strenght but He is also our song. It takes a certain grace to sing in the midst of back-breaking labour. It takes even more grace to sing in the face of temptations – especially those temptation that the carnal man within us really has trouble with anyway. Sometimes we can say no! But the grace of God gives us the strenght to say no with a song! And God even gives us songs in the night. Everything is more difficult in the night. The hours are longer, more tense; the situation more desperate. But God is our strenght and our song. “He is become my salvation.” God is our strenght and song, and certainly these are great help in life. He become our salvation. In Him we find rest and peace and security forever.

“He is my God.” If He is our God, we are His children. As His children, we can depend, daily upon His mercy and grace to help us and guide us.

The habitation He desires is our hearts, and He inhabits the praises of His children. So let us exalt our God, who is our strenght, our song, and our Salvation. Praise His name! for truly this is encouragement for you and I!

Encouragement For You

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psa. 23:5,6)

You and I live in a world opposed to God. Even in Christian America, the world by and large doesn’t understand us either. We’re surrounded by enemies – spiritual, demonic enemies. Satan wants us destoryed – he steal, kills and destroys. (John 10:10) But in the midst of this wicked world, the psalmist David says that God will prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies. He will be our protector and take care of us.

God will also anoint our heads with oil. Oil represents healing – anointing that flows down upon us and gives joy. In James 5:14, the Bible exhorts us to pray for the sick, anointing them with oil. This oil, this anointing of God breaks the yokes of the devil’s bondage (Isa. 61) The child of God has been set free from sin and death through the gospel of Jesus Christ (Gal. 5:1)

David then said that the Lord causes his cup to run over. God give us so much that we have no room to contain it. Have you ever felt the joy of the Lord filling your heart until it overflowed? That’s what the psalmist was talking about. The Bible says, “In thy presence is fulness of joy” (Psa. 16:11)

We need to let our joy flow out and touch others for the Lord.

Goodness and mercy, claimed David, will follow us continuously everywhere we go, all the days of our lives. The goodness of the Lord never run out; His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:23).  And with the problems and difficulties we often face in this life, we need God’s daily merices!

David looked forward to that day when he would be with the Lord for eternity. We all look forward to that moment when sin will be finished, sorrow and heartache will be over, death will be swallowed up, and there will be no more enemies. We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever! And that is encouragement for you and I!

Encouragement For You

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

(Deut. 8:3)

To encourage the Children of Israel to keep all the commandments, Moses reminded them that while they were in the wilderness, their heavenly Father cared for them and supplied their every need. God allowed them to hunger, and then He fed them with manna. Surely the extremity of their want made the supply more valuable and God’s goodness to them more remarkable.

Very often God brings His people to the point of dire extremities in an effort to prove His love to them in a tangible way. He knows our indivual needs and physical and emotional makeup.

In a spiritual sense, can’t we say that the manna of heavenly comfort is given to those who hunger and thirst after righteousness? “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6)

The Bible is the revelation of God’s will for man, and when we receive it by faith, it becomes food for ones soul.

Manna was a type of Christ, the Bread of Life. Just as the bread we eat is the staff of life, Jesus Christ is the staff of our spiritual life. “This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” (John 6:58)

Just as the manna was freely given to Israel, Christ is freely given to all who will ask him to come into their lives! As there was manna enough for all people there is fullness of grace for all who will seek after God!

As Israel lived on the manna until they came into Canaan, so we too will live on Christ, the eternal Word of God, until we come into the heavenly Kingdom.

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4)