One Day At A Time Lyrics

Writer(s): Kristoffer Kristofferson, Marijohn Wilkin

One day at a time, sweet Jesus
Thats all I′m asking of You

Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do

Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
God help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

I′m only human
I’m just a woman
Help me believe in what I could be
And all that I am
Oh, show me the stairway
That I have to climb
Lord, for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That’s all I′m asking of You
Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do
Yesterday′s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

Oh, do you remember
When You walked among men
Well, Jesus, You know
If You’re looking below
That it′s worse now than then
Oh, there’s pushing and shoving
And it′s crowding my mind

So, Lord, for my sake
Teach me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time, sweet Jesus

That’s all I′m asking of You

Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do
Oh, yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

Lord, help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

One day at a time

The Spiritual Insanity of Envy

Psalm 73

Well, one of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 73. I’m amazed by the content of this Psalm, the practicality, and how it does speak into our experiences in ways that have a ring of familiarity. I would entitle this Psalm “The Spiritual Insanity of Envy.”

It’s easy to look around and keep score, and this is what this song confronts. Let me read the first few verses of Psalm 73:

Truly God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
    my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Now notice the contrast here: God is good; but I was lost in envy.

Let me give you a definition of envy. Envy is a focusing more on what others have than what God has graciously provided for you, causing you to want what they have and to question the goodness of God.

Let me say it again. Envy focuses more on what others have than it does on what God has graciously provided, causing you to want what they have and to question the goodness of God.

Envy distorts your vision. Let me read.

For they have no pangs until death;
    their bodies are fat and sleek.
They are not in trouble as others are;
    they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
    violence covers them as a garment.
Their eyes swell out through fatness;
    their hearts overflow with follies.
They scoff and speak with malice;
    loftily they threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against the heavens,
    and their tongue struts through the earth.
Therefore his people turn back to them,
    and find no fault in them.
And they say, “How can God know?
    Is there knowledge in the Most High?”

(and it goes on.)

Envy always distorts your vision. It always causes you to ask the question, “Is God good? Does he have favorites? Is he really caring for me?” Because what envy is able to do is always find somebody in your life who’s doing better than you; who has it easier than you.

And here’s the devastating question of Psalm 73, “All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.” The psalmist says, “This is what I’ve obeyed for? This is why I followed you? This is why I’ve made these sacrifices? I’m being hammered, and these people who mock you are doing well.”

You will never properly understand the goodness and grace and presence and promises of God by comparing what you have to what others have. It only leads to an embittered heart.

When my soul was embittered,
    when I was pricked in heart,
I was brutish and ignorant;
    I was like a beast toward you.

(That’s a picture of anger in case you didn’t figure it out.)

What Psalm 73 then does is say, you can only ever make a proper evaluation when you look at life from the vantage point of eternity. From the vantage point of eternity, the wealth and pleasure and comfort of people who don’t know the Lord, the Psalm says, is like a dream. You awake in the morning, and it’s vaporized–it’s gone!

I would ask you: Are you looking around too much? Are you keeping score too much? Are you better at announcing what you don’t have than what God has graciously given you? Have you allowed yourself to doubt God’s goodness? Maybe envy is too much of a habit in your life. You’ll never ever build your confidence in the goodness of God by comparing what you have to what someone else has!

Author: Paul Tripp
https://www.paultripp.com/psalms/posts/psalm-73-the-spiritual-insanity-of-envy

Holiness Is Christ In Me

Holiness is woven through the Bible’s story line. And the Bible fundamentally equates holiness with God.

https://www.thenivbible.com/blog/what-is-holiness

What Is Holiness?

“Holiness” is commonly defined as being separate or set apart. God is holy in that he is set apart from everything that is not God, and God’s people must be holy by being set apart from sin. Holiness according to this definition is separateness that entails moral purity. Beyond that, how do we describe the essence of holiness and distinguish different senses in which people and things can be holy? And while only God is holy there is also a sense in which others can be holy.

God Is Holy

“Holy” in its most focused usage is an adjective uniquely associated with God such as in the Bible verse, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). Surely this loses something if rendered “Separate, separate, separate” or “Moral, moral, moral.” Saying “God is holy” is like saying “God is uniquely God” or “God alone is God.” In this context, the word “holy” becomes almost an adjective for God. That God swears by his holiness (Psalm 89:35; Amos 4:2) is like saying that he swears “by himself.”

God is supremely and exclusively God. He has no rivals. As uniquely excellent, he is his own category – “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you” (1 Samuel 2:2). The Bible calls God “the Holy One” over 50 times and calls the Spirit of God “the Holy Spirit” over 90 times.

People and Objects Are Holy in Relation to God

While God alone is innately holy and His name is holy, the use of the word “holy” stretches out in widening circles to apply to people and things. If human beings or things are holy, they are holy only derivatively – not because they are divine or moral but because God restricts them for his special use. Everything belongs to God, but in a narrower sense some things and people belong exclusively to God in a special way. For example, heaven – God’s dwelling place – is holy (Deuteronomy 26:15). God also refers to angels as his “holy ones” (Psalm 89:5 – 7) and “the holy angels” (Mark 8:38).

Israel Was Responsible to Be Holy

God commanded Israel, “You are to be my holy people” and “You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own” (Exodus 22:31; Leviticus 20:26). Israel was responsible to regard God as holy by obeying his commands regarding rituals and morality. They were to keep God’s Sabbaths holy and the priests were to “distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean” (Leviticus 10:10). But because Israel continually profaned their holy God who judges unholy people, God graciously met the need of sinful humans with a holy Savior.

Holiness Embodied and Accomplished: Jesus

Who can stand in the presence of the Lord, this holy God? Only one can stand on his own merits: Jesus. He is holy and true (Revelation 3:7; 6:10). Jesus is the one whom the Father set apart as his very own (John 10:36). The angel Gabriel announced to Mary, “The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35) and an unclean demon recognized Jesus as “the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34). Jesus made unclean people clean by touching them, and he never became unclean because he is inherently holy. Peter called Jesus “the Holy One of God” (John 6:69), “the Holy and Righteous One” (Acts 3:14), and God’s “holy servant” (Acts 4:27,30).

Jesus Makes People Holy

Jesus is both the Holy One and the one who makes people holy (Hebrews 2:11). He is our righteousness, holiness and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). His perfect life and sacrificial death satisfied God’s holy wrath against sinners: We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Hebrews 10:10).

To serve in God’s presence, Old Testament priests were made holy by a consecration ritual involving atonement, purification, and eating a special meal. These same elements also underlie the Passover ritual, by which God consecrated Israel as a holy nation. This pattern continues in the New Testament. Jesus brings about a new exodus that consecrates believers as holy. God is uniquely present with the church, composed of both Jewish and Gentile Christians, because it is a holy temple in the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:17). God has chosen Christians to be a holy priesthood, a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s special possession (1 Peter 2:5,9).

Christians Are Holy

When the Bible refers to Christians as “holy” or “sanctified,” it usually refers to definitive or positional sanctification not progressive sanctification. In this sense, every Christian is a saint; every Christian is holy; every Christian is sanctified. For example, Paul addresses the church at Corinth as “those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people” (1 Corinthians 1:2). They were already “sanctified” even though they were failing to be holy in several areas.

Christians are Responsible to Be Holy

God commands Christians, “Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ ” (1 Peter 1:15 – 16, quoting Leviticus 11:44 – 45). Christians must worship God by offering their “bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). Since Christians belong exclusively to God, they must reflect God’s moral character with holy and godly lives. “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable . . . For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life” (1 Thessalonians 4:3 – 4,7).

Holiness Consummated: Glory

Paul prayed, “May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones” (1 Thessalonians 3:13). A day is coming when Christians will fully become what they already are positionally. The Old Testament anticipates the time when all of God’s people “will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord” (Isaiah 62:12). Before God created the world, he chose his people in Christ to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4). With pure hearts God’s people will worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness (1 Chronicles 16:29) like never before, joining the heavenly hosts who never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,” who was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8).

Psalm 64 – A Prayer, A Problem, A Prophecy

Written By Scott Jones

Have you ever been surprised by someone who talks about you behind your back, or who plots against you, perhaps while feigning friendship? This type of experience inspired David to write Psalm 64. David was a warrior who had stood courageously against spears, arrows, and wild animals. But in this Psalm he tells us how he dreaded those who used their tongues as arrows and attacked from hiding, without fear of reprisal. David was acquainted with the depraved heart of man and the conspiracies and injustices that emanate from it. He experienced the treachery of Saul and the betrayal of Absalom. More than once he was mocked by those who were pleased with David’s misfortunes. In this Psalm his response was not to take up shield and sword, but to cry out to the Most High for deliverance. 

A Prayer

David began this Psalm by pleading with God for protection from his enemies. 

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
    protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

(Psalm 64:1)

David was not afraid to complain to God about the injustice he experienced. He sought God’s protection from evil people who counseled secretly and who plotted iniquity against him. David was confident that he had an ally in God Almighty. He knew that God’s character is righteousness and justice, and that He would eventually make things right. David was confident that a day will come when all deeds will be exposed, and when God will punish every injustice.

A Problem

David’s enemies had tongues like swords and speech like arrows. Though David was blameless, they secretly plotted to pierce him with their words. They took counsel together to wound him with gossip and accusations. They feared neither man nor God. Notice that David did not describe physical harm; his wounds were inflicted by the words of his enemies. Because they plotted in secret, David’s enemies believed that their schemes would not be discovered and exposed. They were arrogant – confident that their plots were well-conceived. They believed that no one could see.

 For those of us on the front lines of politics and civic engagement, this is not unfamiliar territory. If you stand for righteousness and justice, you will be attacked by adversaries who plot in secret and use words, tweets, and threats to intimidate you into agreement with their beliefs – or at least into silence. While they rarely use violence, the wounds of their words are humiliating and can be intimidating.

A Prophecy

Although David’s adversaries used their tongues like arrows, David realized that God will shoot and wound his enemies with arrows of His own. He will turn their clever arguments against them, and they will stumble because of their own words. The righteous will see this and will praise God for what He has done. The righteous will be glad because God, in whom they take refuge, vindicates them. All those with upright hearts will praise and glorify God. This is as true in our time as it was in David’s. 

Application

There are a number of ways to apply this Psalm. First, examine yourself. Do you have a log in your eye? Are you engaging in gossip? Plotting secretly against another? Devising injustice for the blameless? If so, it is time to repent and seek forgiveness from those you have harmed. If you harbor secret sin, the blessings of God will elude you. Yes, Jesus died for those sins, too, but James tells us: 

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 
(James 5:16)

If you have sinned against another, seek forgiveness from the Lord, and from the person you harmed. The Lord is gracious and will forgive you.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)

Second, if you are the victim of gossip, plots, injustice, or oppression, you can take refuge in the Lord. You can cry out to him in prayer about the injustice; you may even complain about it. God sees everything and he knows the pain others have inflicted. No wrong is hidden from His sight. Make no mistake, He will make the injustice right, either based on the cross of Jesus or on the Day of Judgment. He will vindicate you. Your job, then is to revoke revenge and to forgive your oppressor, for vengeance belongs to the Lord alone. 

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. 
(Romans 12:19)

While waiting for justice, you can take heart in the knowledge that we serve a God who is good and trustworthy, who is righteous and just. In the last days, He will wipe away every tear from the eyes of those that love and serve Him. As David tells us:

The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him;
    all the upright in heart will glory in him!

(Psalm 64:10)


https://christiansengaged.org/blog/psalm-64-prayer-problem-prophecy


Psalm 64

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
    protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
    from the plots of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords
    and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
    they shoot suddenly, without fear.

They encourage each other in evil plans,
    they talk about hiding their snares;
    they say, ‘Who will see it?’
They plot injustice and say,
    ‘We have devised a perfect plan!’
    Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

But God will shoot them with his arrows;
    they will suddenly be struck down.
He will turn their own tongues against them
    and bring them to ruin;
    all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
All people will fear;
    they will proclaim the works of God
    and ponder what he has done.

The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him;
    all the upright in heart will glory in him!


Thirsty?

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1

Why Are You Thirsty?

Psalm 63 is about being thirsty. It’s not talking about that in a physical way, but physical thirst is a good word picture for something that God has placed in every human being. Every human being, even the most irreligious person, is spiritually thirsty. Now, God wired that thirst inside of us to drive us to him.

Many of the things that we anxiously or frenetically pursue, we do so because we are trying our best to satisfy the thirst that’s in our hearts. So, we think, a relationship with this person, if only this person loved me, or if only I could marry this person, then my heart wouldn’t be hungry anymore. Or only if I could have this material thing, fill in the blank, then I’d be satisfied. Or if only I could achieve this level of success, maybe I wouldn’t be thirsty anymore. Or if only I had this power, if only I had this control, if only I had this size of bank account, if only I could have sexual satisfaction. None of these things has the power to quench your thirst. Earth will never be your savior. Earth will never satisfy your thirst.

So, what do we do to satisfy that thirst that we have inside of us? Well, you first have to understand it will never be satisfied horizontally. If you’re looking to your marriage, or to your friendship, or to your job, or all those other things that I mentioned, to give you happiness, to satisfy your heart, it will never happen. I would sit in counseling and a wife would say to me, “All I ever wanted was a man who would make me happy.” I think, “That poor man’s cooked,” because he didn’t have a prayer of producing what you hunger for.

So, David says this, do these four things: run to the sanctuary. Go to where God is. Go to his word. Go to fine Christian literature. Go to wonderful Christian music. Go to those public gatherings of worship. Go to your small group. Go to where God is because he is where your thirst is going to be satisfied.

Daily meditate on the Lord. When you’re meditating on the Lord, you may not realize this, but your heart is taking a big cool drink, 64 ounces of God washing through your heart.

Remember that only he can quench your thirst. You just have to keep preaching that to yourself. The things we look to for happiness won’t make us happy. They only frustrate, they only discourage.

Fourth thing he says is: stay near to him. Stay inside his boundaries. Stay where God can be found.

Run to the sanctuary. Meditate on the Lord. Remember that only he can quench your thirst. Stay near to him.

Well, I have got good news. There will be a day we won’t thirsty anymore because we will be in his presence forever. And we will be satisfied!

https://www.paultripp.com/psalms/posts/psalm-63-why-are-you-thirsty