Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
who walks in his ways!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
Psalm 128:1, 2
I love this…. so many thoughts today… it reminded me of Jesus seeing the fruit of His labor and being happy!
But the LORD was pleased To crush Him,
putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
Isaiah 53:10, 11
What a Savior! We are the fruit of His labor. He is satisfied! Lovely!
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Psalm 127:1, 2
Two repeated concepts struck me today.
Unless the Lord (repeated twice)
Vain (repeated twice)
If the Lord doesn’t build the house, if the Lord doesn’t watch the city,
no matter how hard we dry, it is vain! But if He does, Blessing!
Lord, we seek your blessing! You guard and protect and bless.
We simply can’t do it!
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
I love these verses! It’s talking about farming but the spiritual truth is rich. You sow God’s word with tears, but keep working and sowing, and eventually there will be shouts of joy as the harvest comes in. A shout of joy came for me last night as we were at the campfire and Uncle Bill was sharing John 1. I was sitting with some dear campers who I have given my life to… and one of them turned to me and said, “You mean God the Son created the world, not God the Father?” Yes! (You read John 1) I had a shout of joy! Oh, I can’t express the joy. The joy of seeing kids saved is wonderful. And the joy of seeing them interested and going on for God is wonderful too! Joy! Shout it!
There is joy in serving Jesus
As I journey on my way
Joy that fills my heart with praises
Every hour and every day
There is joy, joy
Joy in serving Jesus
Joy that throbs within my heart
Every moment, every hour
As I draw upon His power
There is joy, joy
Joy that never shall depart
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.
Oh, how I love this verse. God surrounds us. He protects us on every side. Even the blind side. It reminds me of Psalm 23. The Shepherd is before, behind, beside us! Oh, how I love this God!
We are at Story Book Lodge this week sharing the gospel with girls. Please pray for us. Thanks!
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side…
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side…
Psalm 124:1. 2
The difference a word makes. IF! If the Lord wasn’t on Israel’s side, they would be long gone. But He is! I’m thinking of a random variety of times He was on their side. You think with me…
Moses in the basket.
The 10 plagues.
The Red Sea.
Crossing the Jordan.
God hurling hailstones in battle.
The 6 day war.
Do you like that jump I made to modern history?
The list is endless.
It’s good to recount these miracles.
The same is true for me. Miraculous deliverances and protection.
I can say with the psalmist:
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Well, didn’t I need that reminder today! Thanks, Lord!
I love this Psalm. This is one of my life psalms. Watch the eyes!
A Song of Ascents.
To You I lift up my eyes,
O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the LORD our God,
Until He is gracious to us.
Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us,
For we are greatly filled with contempt.
Our soul is greatly filled
With the scoffing of those who are at ease,
And with the contempt of the proud.
This is my reminder (and yours) to fix our eyes on the Lord until He is gracious to us. I don’t fix my eyes on others. I don’t fix my eyes on my circumstances. I look UP! He is on the throne. He is gracious! Wonderful!
This struck me today.
To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD-- An ordinance for Israel--
To give thanks to the name of the LORD.
Why were they going up to Jerusalem. To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
We have so much to give thanks for. We don’t make the trek to Jerusalem, but daily should make the trek into the throne room to give thanks! Giving thanks changes lives. I needed that reminder today!
I love this whole psalm! Look at everything the Lord does!
A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.
The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.
He is my HELP!
He doesn’t sleep.
He is shade.
Who wouldn’t want this God! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!
He loves, He saves , He keeps, He satisfies
This longing heart of mine;
He fills my life to overflowing
With His joy and peace divine.
He guides, He guards, He watches over me,
He slumbers not nor sleeps,
For He is my glorious Savior,
And He loves, He saves, He keeps.
David’s troubles in Psalm 120 were people lying about him. This is one of the hard experiences of life. It is a good opportunity to be like the Lord Jesus…
…And while being reviled, He did not revile in return;
while suffering, He uttered no threats,
but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
1 Peter 2:23
Such a good reminder today! Help me to be like Jesus.
Let thine hand help me;
for I have chosen thy precepts.
Do you need a helping hand?
It is a lovely picture—the nail-scarred hand of Omnipotence reaching down from heaven to rescue a mere man but one who had deliberately chosen the Lord's precepts as his rule of life.
I love this today!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!