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Joy Bombs in the Psalms | DECIDE Edition | Psalm 25

You and I have been making decisions all week and have decided to trust God, to believe what he says in His Word. We’ve decided to obey Him and we’ve decided to listen with an open heart and with open ears. I hope that you decide to follow Jesus, if you haven’t yet… You will never regret it!

Okay, there’s so much to celebrate today because it’s Friday, which means it is time for Joy Bombs in the Psalms! Join me now in Psalm 25.

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You and I have been making decisions all week on the Bible for Busy People. I’m Erica, your host. You and I have decided to trust God, to believe what he says in his word. We’ve decided to obey him and we’ve decided to listen with an open heart and with open ears. There’s an old hymn that says, I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back. Though none go with me, I still will follow. No turning back, no turning back. The world behind me, the cross before me. No turning back, no turning back.

Trusting Jesus was the best decision I ever made in my life. I made it when I was 16 years old and I will tell you my life has not been trouble free, but there hasn’t been a millisecond that Jesus hasn’t walked beside me through the fires, through the floods. He has been faithful to me, to my family, and he will be faithful to you and your family. I encourage you, if you have never made that critical decision in your life to follow Jesus Christ, today is your day. The Bible says today is the day of salvation. Choose life. That’s what it means to follow Jesus. Choosing life means you’re choosing abundant life in the here and now. Peace regardless of your circumstances, that only Jesus can give you, an eternal life. You’re choosing life forever in heaven with the God who gave his life for you. You are exchanging your mistakes and messes for God’s love and forgiveness. He died for you on that cross. If you had been the only one, he would’ve died for you to pay the penalty for you and for me. And then he rose again. Three days later, he said yes to us on that cross. Yes, I will love you forever, unconditionally for all time. And so it’s my joy to say yes to Jesus, and I invite you to do that today. It can be a simple prayer. You can just say,

Lord Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and that you rose again three days later. And I accept your free gift of love and forgiveness. Jesus, I believe in you and I want to make you the Lord of my life. It’s in your name, Jesus I pray. Amen.

It’s that simple to say yes to God, to decide to follow Jesus. And I promise you, you’re not going to want to turn back. You’re going to be like that hymn writer. You’re going to say no turning back. No turning back because God is now going to hold your hand for the rest of your life and then forever.

Alright. There’s so much to celebrate today because it is Friday, which means it is time for Joy Bombs in the Psalms. Join me now in Psalm 25. This is a Psalm of David, King David. Yes, the guy who defeated the giant Goliath with the help of God. God helps us in all the things he asks us to do, including deciding to follow him. Psalm 25 verse one now.

O Lord, I give my life to you. 2 I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. 3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. 4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. 5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. 6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. 7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord.

I want to pitch a small tent here and say, if you are in a dark room and you turn on a light, the room changes, doesn’t it? Jesus remembers you when you say yes to him. When you decide to follow him in the light of his unfailing love. You look different in that light because of his mercy, which he pours out on you. Verse eight, now.

The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. 9 He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. 10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands. 11 For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. 12 Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. 13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. 14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. 15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. 16 Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. 17 My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! 18 Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. 19 See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! 20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. 21 May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you. 22 O God, ransom Israel from all its troubles.

That is such a beautiful Psalm, and quite frankly, a very practical prayer that we can take into our lives. Do you realize that you can take refuge in the Lord if you are dealing with problems that are going from bad to worse like David was when he wrote this Psalm? If you feel surrounded by enemies who hate you, you can take refuge in Jesus, in the peace that he so readily offers and in the comfort of knowing that this world is not all there is. He’s providing a perfect place for you and I to live forever. A place where Kleenex is out of business. There will be no more tears. There will just be joy. The Bible says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes. Isn’t that wonderful? Oh, I hope that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, to take refuge in Him, for you are loved.

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