Both righteousness and sinfulness are results of our posture to God, our attitude to the Almighty. The depth of our desire to serve God determines whether we walk in righteousness or stumble in sinfulness.
Waiting for God to respond to our urgent petitions is often a challenging experience. We pray to Him hoping for a quick answer. But things rarely happen as quickly as we would like. Therefore, we must wait.
Psalm 13 captures the emotional and spiritual strain that Believers often experience while waiting on God and gives us insight on how to cope.
Brothers and sisters, thanksgiving is not an arbitrary concept. Thanksgiving is a consequence of our faithful response to God, Himself.
“Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” ~ Psalm 100:3 The placement of our text, verse three in the hundredth Psalm, is peculiar because its content appears to be the premise upon which the two preceding verses are established. “1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord He is God…” ~ Psalm 100:1-3a In other words, one would assume that knowing “that the Lord He is God…” is the reason for making “a joyful noise” (Psalm 100:1), for serving “the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2a), and for coming before His presence with singing (Psalm 100:2b). In (yet) other words, it would appear to make more sense that vs. 3 came before verses 1 and 2. However, the placement of v. 3 in the Psalm is part of its message. Specifically, there is …
This call to intimacy, is crucial: God already knows us; this is our opportunity to get to know Him, to know Him deeply, to know Him intimately.