Oh boy! 2016 is coming! Just a few hours left in 2015. Maybe Jesus will come first!
What a privilege to live life for the One who gave His life for me!
Only one life to offer--
Praise the LORD!
I had to print the whole Psalm. I love it! All of it! His work is great! To be studied. To be remembered. His works in creation. His works in redemption. His works in the future. I don’t know what you study and remember. I hope it’s God’s works found in the Bible! I love that He wants us to come to know Him and remember the great things He has done and will do! There is nothing better! Nothing!
David was a man who was hated without a reason.
That reminded me of Jesus!
For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without cause.
In return for my love they act as my accusers;
But I am in prayer.
Thus they have repaid me evil for good
And hatred for my love.
This is David’s testimony about people hating him and accusing him of things he didn’t do, while he was actually doing good to them and loving them. We’ve probably all had that experience. It makes me appreciate and love the Lord Jesus more!
Listen to this about Jesus!
While being reviled, He did not revile in return;
while suffering, He uttered no threats,
but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross,
so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness;
for by His wounds you were healed.
For you were continually straying like sheep,
but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
1 Peter 2:23-25
Oh how He loves! Thank you, Lord Jesus for love like that!
On another note, starting January 1st Craig and I and some other friends are reading the New Testament in a year. Would you like to join us? Wouldn’t that be fun? Of course we will be posting thoughts. And you could share your thoughts with us! Come along!
A Song, a Psalm of David.
My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing, I will sing praises,
even with my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre;
I will awaken the dawn!
I will give thanks to You,
O LORD, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the skies.
David’s heart is steadfast to sing praises. Steadfast means firm and unwavering. In the dark before dawn, he calls his soul to give thanks. To people not like himself, he sings God’s praise. Why? God’s mercy is great and His truth reaches to the skies. It’s all about God! He is praise worthy! I'm looking forward to going to break bread with believers today and praise Him!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! My most precious gifts this Christmas are in the form of memories. What a precious, precious time! Today (and every day) I’m most thankful for the greatest gift of all, God’s Son!
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so!
I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus!
I am giving thanks to His name.
What about YOU? Have you received the Lord Jesus?
I am redeemed, but not with silver,
I am bought, but not with gold;
Bought with a price, the blood of Jesus,
Precious price of love untold.
James M Gray
I love Psalm 104. God in wisdom made the world and keeps it running. This psalm is an amazing description. I especially enjoy the note the psalmist ends on…
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD.
Amen! When one meditates on God's doings, one has to burst out in song!
Last night the kids came for our Bible study and Christmas party. I'm praising God for each one of them and what God is doing in their lives. My camera gets passed around and at the end of the night there were about 300 pictures! So many moments to remember! So many reasons to bless the Lord!
I haven’t posted for a few days because I’ve been so busy! There have been parties and programs and caroling! Today I come to a wonderful psalm and time to write! This psalm is a call to bless the Lord. So I asked myself, what do I have to bless the Lord for? So many, many things! I love the whole psalm… but this! Wow!
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it,
and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,
to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Thank you, Lord! Here are a few of my blessings in pictures.
Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me... Bless His holy Name!
The psalms I’ve been reading have caused me to look ahead to the Lord’s righteous reign. What will it be like when the Lord takes His place and reigns?
The LORD reigns,
let the earth rejoice;
Let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
Fire goes before Him
And burns up His adversaries round about.
His lightnings lit up the world;
The earth saw and trembled.
The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples have seen His glory.
Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images,
Who boast themselves of idols;
Worship Him, all you gods.
Zion heard this and was glad,
And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced
Because of Your judgments, O LORD.
For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.
God is holy! He’s not the mamby pamby God people make Him out to be. Do you know what mamby pamby is? It is a person who engages in acts of cowardace, shyness, or stupidity. Did you read the above verses? Not God!
What should our response be?
Hate evil, you who love the LORD,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown like seed for the righteous
And gladness for the upright in heart.
Be glad in the LORD,
you righteous ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
Prepare for the future! God is long-suffering, not wanting any to perish, but for all to come to repentance. Turn to Him and be saved! There are exciting days ahead!
Let the heavens be glad,
and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
Before the LORD, for He is coming,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples in His faithfulness.
Psalm 96 is all about singing. And there are many reasons to sing, but this is my favorite of them all today. He IS coming! Jesus is coming to rule to world in righteousness. Have you read the news lately? We live in a terrible world, but He is coming. Even the earth itself will rejoice. What a relief! A righteous reign!
I’m living for the future today! Jesus will return for His own first. Are you ready? He is coming! Yay!
O Lord Jesus, how long, how long
Ere we shout the glad song,
Christ returneth! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Amen. Hallelujah! Amen.
How does one have a soft heart? From my psalm today I would say, sing and be sober!
O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
I’m noticing the names of the Lord every where because that is the theme of our Christmas program this year. There were a bunch in the psalm. This is a reason to sing!
The rock of our Salvation
A Great God
A Great King above all gods
I also noticed the warning at the end of the psalm.
Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,
"When your fathers tested Me,
They tried Me, though they had seen My work.
”For forty years I loathed that generation,
And said they are a people who err in their heart,
And they do not know My ways.
The Lord loathed that generation! Very sobering! A generation that didn’t know God’s ways, even though He was right there doing amazing miracles every day. Wow! I don’t want to be like them!
Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture
and the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you would hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts…
I want a soft heart today! I want to know the Lord in such a way that it breaks out of my heart into my singing! I want to know His ways! I want to see what He's doing around me and in me, and respond in gratefulness!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!