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Christ in Psalm 119:113 – Pull Up A Chair

I hate vain thoughts: but Jesus do I love. Today’s picture is so beautiful! I absolutely love evergreen trees and mountains. To top it off, a blanket of pure white snow covers everything! Evergreens remind me that the Lord’s love is forever (Jer. 31:3) – the mountains majestically rise to remind me where to look for help (Ps. 121:1-2) – and the white snow is a reminder that Christ has made our sins as white as snow (Is. 1:18). What a blessing to open our hearts to these promises first thing in the morning! There’s nothing that can cross my path today that will darken my spirits because I started my day with God’s word!!!

Today’s verse talks about vain thoughts. Vain thoughts come from the divided mind. David says he hates this divided mind but he loves God’s law. I believe that David overpowers his divided mind by concentrating on the word of God. Have you been in his shoes, Christian? I know I have! I’ve experienced this divided mind when my husband was sick. I begged the Lord to heal him but it seemed as though my prayers went unheard. I began to feel despair and doubted that the Lord heard me. This was an example of my divided mind. But the Lord did hear me. He sent His love to me in many various forms: a beautiful and rare white squirrel, a Bible verse (Ps. 121:1-2), and a call from my precious friend in Maine which came just at the right time!

Can’t you see, friend? The Lord showed me the remedy for a divided mind! It is to turn to the One Who saved me and promises to be there when I need Him. He’s there to carry me through those difficult times.

Psa 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Isa 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

A young lady I once knew had been through a horrible experience in her church. It left her angry and bitter. So bitter that she lashed out to anyone who tried to help her through this trial. The longer this went on, the angrier and more bitter she became. So much so, there was no talking to her to help her through this. Her own studies revealed to her that she was suffering from PTSD from this experience. I’m not doubting that she suffered from this. But I wanted to encourage her to turn to the One Who could bring the peace that she needed. She had this divided mind. Her thoughts were filled with this bitterness and it ate away at her. She fed this bitterness more than she filled her heart with the word of God and she could no longer get the benefit of His healing power through it. These are the vain thoughts spoken of in today’s verse.

Where are your thoughts, Christian? Are they absorbed with the cares of this world? Are you wrapped up in self pity? Are you dealing with a specific trial and can’t stop thinking of it because it consumes every moment of every day? I can’t get comfort from the word of God when I am always thinking of something else, amen? My mind must be filled with Christ and not the cares of this world. This world will consumer me if I don’t keep my eyes on Jesus. I know that I use Psalm 121 over and over in my devotionals. But these verses are the ones that brought me through difficult times and helped me to feed my spirit rather than my “self.”

Are you consumed with vain thoughts, Christian? Do you have a divided mind or do you rely solely on Jesus to help you through each day? Won’t you read this Psalm with me and let it be the healing balm that will lead you to the refreshing waters of God’s word?

Psa 121:1-8  A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  (2)  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.  (3)  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  (4)  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  (5)  The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.  (6)  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.  (7)  The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  (8)  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

All these beautiful promises are there to help you control your thoughts and keep you on the right path!

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