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Day by Day

 

By Bart Nelson

 

 

 

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The word gives us some powerful statements about our choices. I am amazed how much God puts in our hands! We should be so careful what we do with it. Moses, "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live." Dt. 30.19 Joshua, "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Jos. 24:15 David,  "Who is the man that fears the Lord? He shall teach Him in the way he chooses." Ps. 25.12 Solomon, "Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Pr. 1.29  Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his ways." Pr. 3.31 Isaiah, "If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; Is. 1.19 For thus says the Lord: "To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant, even to them I will give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give *them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off." Is. 56.4-5

 

David made some mighty declarations of his will. By doing that, he helped determine the path his life would take. As we look through these, let’s see if any apply to us and if we should make them our own….

 

Ps. 2.7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. What decrees do you need to declare today? Ps. 45.17 I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever. Ps. 51.13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. Ps. 66.13 I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows, 14 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Ps. 89.1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. Ps. 118.17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. Ps. 122.8 For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.” 9 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.

 

Ps. 3.6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Are you afraid of anything? Ps. 4.8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. It's amazing what we can decide to do! Ps. 16.8 I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. What moves you? Should it? Ps. 23.4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Ps 27.1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? 3 Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. Ps. 57.1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by. 8 Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. 9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.

 

Ps. 5.2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. Ps. 18.1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Ps. 23.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Ps. 26.6 I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O Lord, 7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works. 8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells. 11 But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful to me. Ps. 27.4 One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. Ps 28.1 To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: do not be silent to me, lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Ps. 32.5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.  Selah Ps. 34.11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Ps. 38.18 For I will declare my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin. Ps. 39.1 I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.” Ps. 42.6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar. What things have God done for us or attributes that He has that we need to remember? Ps. 52.9 I will praise You forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good. Ps. 54.6 I will freely sacrifice to You; I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good. Ps. 55.17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice. Ps. 61.8 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.  Selah Ps. 71.14 But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. 16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Ps. 77.10 And I said, “This is my anguish; but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” 11 I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. 12 I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. Ps. 85.8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Ps. 86.11 Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. Ps. 91.2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Ps. 101.2 I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. Ps. 116.9 I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living. 17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. Ps. 145.5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. 6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness.

 

Ps. 5.4 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; in fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. What things about your relationship with God to you need to decide? Ps. 7.17 I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. David declares over and over again that HE WILL praise the Lord, much more often than shown here. How often have we declared the same? Ps. 9.1 I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 3 That I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation. Ps. 26.12 My foot stands in an even place; in the congregations I will bless the Lord. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me. Ps. 27.6 Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Ps. 30.1 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me. 11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever. Ps. 31.7 I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities. Ps. 34.1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Ps. 43.4 Then I will go to the altar of God to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. Ps. 56.10 In God (I will praise His word), in the Lord (I will praise His word). Ps. 59.16 But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. Ps. 63.4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 7 Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. Ps. 69.30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. Ps. 86.12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore. Ps. 92.4 For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. Ps. 138.1 I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You. 2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Ps. 144.9 I will sing a new song to You, O God; on a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You.

 

Ps. 119.8 I will keep Your statutes; oh, do not forsake me utterly! 15 I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. 16 I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. 32 I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. 45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. 46 I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. 47 And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. 48 My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes. 69 The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart. 93 I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life. 95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Your testimonies. 106 I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments. See what commitment David had toward the word!

 

The word 'day' is has some major importance in the word. Along with this study on our the importance of decision, I think this concept of a day fits well. A day – if I have  a week, a month, a year or several, I will just put things off. Sometimes I really don't know how much time I have, but I imagine that waiting longer won't hurt, until sometimes it is too late! We don’t know how much time we’ll have, so we must take advantage of today! Another key concept here -- you can do almost anything for one day! Thinking about doing something for years, day after day, week after week, etc. we think. "I am bound to blow it, to fail. I can't keep this up with a perfect record." This kind of thinking just allows defeat, because we then think, "Since I can't be perfect, I might as well give up!" We need to wake up realizing this is a new day, a new start, then live as though it is my last.

 

That seems to be the idea of Jesus: Mt. 6.31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous-ness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

And Paul… Eph. 5.15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled (literally continually as in day to day) with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and mak-ing melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The following verses show the importance of today:

 

Ex. 16.4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. 13 So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. 14 And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of per-sons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’ ” 17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gath-ered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need. 19 And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.” 20 Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 21 So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted. Manna is a type of the word and blessings of God. We are to get fresh manna each and every day. We can’t live on yesterday’s manna, because it will be full of worms. What new thing is God doing and saying today?

 

Josh. 1.8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

Ps. 25.5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

 

Ps. 55.17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.

 

Ps 63.1 O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. 7.When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Seeking God early each day begins the night before, meditating on Him in my bed.

 

Ps. 119.164 Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments.

 

Prov. 8.34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. This is spoken of Wisdom, a figure of Christ, who is made unto us wisdom…

 

Prov. 27.1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

 

Lk. 9.23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 1 Cor. 15.31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

 

Acts 2.42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. 5.42 And daily in the tem-ple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. 17.11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

 

2 Cor 4.16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

 

2 Cor. 6.2 Now is the day of salvation – Greek soteria – health, preservation, safety, deliverance from the molestation of enemies, the sum of benefits and blessings, saved from the penalty, power, presence and the pleasure of sin. 

 

Heb. 3.12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. 4.1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.” 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.