Praises: Psalm 93

I’ve been working a lot recently, so much so I haven’t felt I’ve had much time for writing.  I was barely getting by reading my bible every day.  After a while that starts to take a toll on you, especially if you don’t particularly enjoy your job.  I kept finding myself getting discouraged and angry almost every day.  Then one day, my dad had me listen to a podcast.  I don’t remember who it was or what the podcast was (if I find out I’ll put a link in the comments), but it really brought my focus back to where it should be.  The speaker was a woman pastor, and she was talking about worshipping God and how important that is throughout all aspects of life.  It was so very encouraging and reminded me that I needed to be focusing on God, because He is my King and my strength.  He’s the one that will get me through every day, not me.

 

Almost a week later I read Psalm 93 in my daily reading.  You can almost hear it as a song, someone singing praises to God and putting fully their trust in their King.  It describes Him as being established on His throne, robed in splendor, and around His belt is the strength that holds all things together.  And All things join together to praise Him.  And then it concludes that because of His kingship, strength, and worthiness of praise, we can trust that what He decrees is good, and He will be a good King forever and ever.  Reading it just makes my heart swell with praise!

I hope this Psalm encourages you today!

 

1             “The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;

The LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

2              Your throne is established from of old;

You are from everlasting.

3              The floods have lifted up, O LORD,

The floods have lifted up their voice;

The floods lift up their roaring.

4              Mightier than the thunders of many waters,

Mightier than the waves of the sea,

The LORD on high is mighty!

5              Your decrees are very trustworthy;

Holiness befits your house,

O LORD, forevermore.”

Lean on the LORD, He will help you through today.

Happy Father’s Day Dad!  Thanks for encouraging me to focus on God!

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Proverbs: Love Shown

Once again, sorry for the delay.  Hopefully life won’t keep getting in the way like this too often this summer 🙂 But in any case, I hope that you are still being mindful of our LORD and that you will still be blessed as I continue through Proverbs.

“9Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. 11My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, 12because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” ~Proverbs 3

I will boast in the LORD

My Father

Lift Him up

To the sky

Honor Him

My Father

Be the apple of His eye

.

Just as He commanded

So I shall do

But LORD God please don’t crush me

In Your anger

I still falter and fall

I still want to rebel

LORD God

My Father

Please forgive this child

.

I will boast in the LORD

My Father

Lift Him up

To the sky

Honor Him

My Father

Be the apple of His eye

.

Oh to think

I’ve been adopted

Marked by the seal

Of Spirit Grace

And one day I’ll see Your face

Oh to think

I’ve been reprimanded

By the One who loves me

Oh so dearly

I’m so thankful for this

That You’ve forgiven me

That You love me so

You love me

.

I will boast in the LORD

My Father

Lift Him up

To the sky

Honor Him

My Father

Be the apple of His eye

~

“14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

~Romans 8

Hebrews 12:5-6

And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, or lose heart when He rebukes you. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son.”

Job 5:17

“Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Revelation 3:19

Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent.

Deuteronomy 8:5

“Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.

Psalm 94:12

Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD, And whom You teach out of Your law;

Proverbs 13:24

He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

Proverbs: Sweet Word of God

Sorry this is a day late.  I hope you’re still able to read and think on God’s word!

“1My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. 3Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3

Let me meditate

Let me think on it

Let me keep it hidden

Deep in my heart

Let me greatly desire

To do all in my power

To do it

Live it out

Speak Lord speak

On Your words

I will meditate

.

I will meditate

Day and night

.

Your words Lord

Are my strength

Protecting me

Throughout the day

Your words Lord

Are my treasure

They give me hope

Of the coming reward

Reward of Your presence

Your words Lord

They are my strength

.

They are my strength

Night and day

.

Rejoice oh my soul!

The Lord speaks to you

Rejoice oh my soul!

The Lord has not abandoned you

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Meditate on the words

Rejoice! Rejoice!

He is your courage

He is your hope

He is your strength

And shield

.

He is your shield

Forever

~

1 Kings 3:14

“If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.”

Psalm 91:16

“With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”

Psalm 119:165

Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.

Deuteronomy 29:9

“So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 23:6

“Be very firm, then, to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left

2 Chronicles 15:7

“But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”

“9How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. 13With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” ~Psalm 119

Shekinah: Love

We couldn’t fulfill it

We didn’t fear Him

We refused to remember Him

All He’d done

To have mercy on sinners

We scorned His law

We went our own way

And yet still He had promises

And He promised to fulfill them

For His Name’s sake

.

Pillar of cloud

Pillar of fire

Shekinah

.

He humbled Himself

Came as a man

He lived and breathed

And walked among us

He spoke words amazing to us

And we were amazed

And yet we despised Him

We did not believe Him

And so we crucified Him—

If indeed He was God,

Why didn’t He save Himself

From such a shameful death?

.

Jesus

The Christ

King of the Jews

Shekinah

.

He was laid in a rich man’s tomb

The stone was sealed

The guards stood watch

So no trickery would befall his body

And yet the earth shook

The stone rolled away

The guards became as dead men

And the angels did say

“He is not here! He is risen!”

And all the women were amazed

Jesus said “Mary.”

Jesus came into the locked room

Jesus rose up into the heavens

Jesus is alive!

.

Cloud in the heavens

Took away my Savior

Shekinah

.

God had mercy because of His love

God humbled Himself because of His love

Christ said nothing because of His love—

He was the sacrifice of love.

Death could not hold Him because of His love

He appeared to many because of His love

He ascended to Heaven because of His love—

He will indeed return.

His Spirit dwells in us now because of His love

How much more ought we to love?

Shekinah, His glory dwelling, is all around us

Indeed in us

Let us love every person we meet

Even if they aren’t so sweet

Remember God…

Sermon on the Mount: Salt of the Earth

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” ~Matthew 5

Faith

Encourages faith

Hope

Gives way to more hope

Joy

Fills the heart with songs

Peace

Helps endure the wrongs

Love

Makes all things new

Love

Surrounds the chosen few

.

Iron sharpens iron

One against one

Not to harm or hinder

But to help and save

One can warm another

It’s better not to be alone

A cord with three

Is stronger than two

.

Encourage one another

Faith to faith

Remind one another

Of the hope you share

Never give up singing

Joy fills the air

And lean on one another

Peace endures well

And above all else

Love one another

The greatest thing

Is love

Love saved us

So we can love now

Spur one another to it

Spur one another to love

.

Let’s spread it out

Over the face of the earth

~

Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

17As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” ~Proverbs 27

9Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  11Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?  12Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” ~Ecclesiastes 4

11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”  ~Romans 1

“13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~Romans 15

“Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5

“11But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” ~Psalm 5

“6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4

“13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13

“23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~Hebrews 10

Sermon on the Mount: Persecuted

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” ~Matthew 5

The servant

Is not

Greater than his Master

If they accept

His Word

They will accept

You too

But they insult

They kill

They have since the beginning

Those the Master has sent

They treated shamefully

How much more

His Son

~

But you

Count it as joy

For you are counted worthy

Of the suffering of Christ

As He came to be sacrificed

He did not open His mouth

That many might be saved

So come

His children

Count it all joy

For the Lord remains the same

He will bear you up

And save you

~

Philippians 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,

1 Peter 4:14
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

“41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” ~Acts 5

Isaiah 51:7
“Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart: Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults.

“4Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” ~Isaiah 46

18“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’b If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’c ” ~John 15

Sermon on the Mount: Comfort

4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” ~Matthew 5

Are you weeping?

Are you sad?

There’s great torment here

To be had

Earth keeps spinning

In circles

And eyes cry tears

That cripples

.

But listen you here

That weep

When it seems there’s no hope

To keep

The Lord Jesus is here

Calling you blessed

The Lord Jesus is here

Calling gold what is tested

The pain is here

It is that time and season

But I promise

There is a reason

And the pain gives birth

To joy

And the tears will give way

All depression destroyed

.

Revelation 7:17:

“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'”

John 16:

19Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Sow In Me a River

13Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” ~John 4

Sow a river

Of life In me

Sow a river

Of love In my heart

Life everlasting

Wraps around You

And I long to

Drink

A love of truth

Fills Your mouth

I long to

Kiss You

.

Sow a river

Of peace In me

Sow a river

Of joy In my heart

Peace that passes

All understanding

You hold out

Joy that rests

In Your lap

You offer

To me

And I long to

Embrace You In my heart

.

Sow

Sow

Sowit in me

And I will be free

To be Yours alone

Sow

Sow

Sow deep in me

When the flesh rises up

Don’t let it steal You

Away from me

Please

Stay with me

Rushing waters

Of Spirit fall

On me

Blood that washes me clean

Sow faithfulness Inside of me

.

Sow me a river

Of holiness

Perfectly

Til Christ

You see In me

.

.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” ~Galatians 5

5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires… 14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.f And by him we cry, “Abba,g Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children…29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” ~Romans 8

Food For Thought: Praise the LORD

1Praise the Lord.a  Praise the Lord, you his servants; praise the name of the Lord2Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore.  3From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”  ~Psalm 113

This week, I didn’t really feel like praising God.  I was tired from work and several times felt to be in a bad mood.  After snapping at my sister, I felt guilty, and I started wondering, ‘Why am I like this?’  Sure, I could use the excuse of being tired, but that really meant nothing.  In all actuality being tired was partially my fault because I was staying up too late, even though I knew I hadn’t been sleeping well.  So why was I so grumpy?  Was it really just lack of sleep?

No, it wasn’t.  Because the other thing I’d been neglecting was real bible reading and true prayer.  I’d been avoiding real intimate time with God, and therefore I wasn’t being fed the way I should.  So I read the bible.

The first passage I read was Psalm 112.  In the very first verse it says, “1Praise the Lord.b  Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.”  It says that we are blessed who take delight in the Word of the LORD.  And the rest of psalm talks of the benefits of following and trusting in Him.  I was encouraged that I can indeed follow Him.

The next day I read Revelation 5.  This day I grew especially excited.  This is the chapter where an angel asks if there is anyone who can open the scroll, but no one is found who can.  John weeps because of this, but then he is told that the lion of Judah is here who can open the scroll.  So he looks and there is a lamb who was slain who is worthy to open the scroll.  And then the rest of the chapter is of everyone singing praises to Him.

Now I’ve read this chapter before, but this time something new jumped out at me.  It was the progression of worship.  The first to sing are the four living creatures and the elders, and we’re told that they sing a new song.  The song begins like this: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain,”.  Suddenly, a huge crowd of angels appears.  It’s like they heard the song and grew excited by it, because they sing a song of their own that echoes the first.  It goes like this: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” And then we are told that all the creatures on earth sing, excited by the song of the angels.  “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”  And this final song causes the four living creature to say “Amen!” and the elders to fall down and worship.

Can you sense it?  The excitement, the worship?  Can you see how one song was bounced around, causing more and more to lift their voices in praise to God?  I can, and it fills my heart with joy.  I want to be among those who praise Him forever from no matter where I happen to be, as the passage in Psalm 113 says.

Will you join me and all of creation?

Food For Thought: Joy

1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4We write this to make oura joy complete.” ~1 John 1

I recently read through 1 John with a friend, and something he brought up when we got to the above passage was that he wasn’t sure he knew what joy meant.  What is joy?  What in this passage is there to be joyful of?  I thought about this, and what came to my mind was that the disciples knew Jesus as the Savior, and it was their joy to proclaim it.  They wanted everyone to have a relationship with the Father and Son.  And whoever has fellowship with God has fellowship with one another, unity of spirit and mind, and that would make their joy complete.

So what is joy?  It usually thought of as an excessive happiness, an overwhelmingly good feeling.  But that would mean, wouldn’t it, that when things go bad in our lives, we cannot be joyful, either in one another nor in God.  Joy would be fleeting, so what would be the point in looking for its completion?  And so often, when I read in the psalms, I see that the authors had such a horrible time with enemies or feeling like they were being ignored by God.  Yet they prayed to Him anyway, asked for His salvation.  Why should they bother if they had no hope or joy in Him at the moment?  But as it says in Psalm 42, “11Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”  It is a choice to believe what you know to be true, and to put your hope in God is to find joy in Him.

But what is complete joy, lived out to the full?  Again, I look to the Psalms.  Psalm 63 has been a favorite of mine ever since I read it.  It begins with these words: “O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”  That is what I think joy is.  An earnest seeking, a thirsting, a longing for the object of your affection.  It is desire, devotion, deep love and strong commitment.  That doesn’t change with circumstances.

It isn’t easy, that’s for sure, to remain in hope and joy in the Lord.  There are days I don’t feel like praying to God, don’t hunger for His word.  There are days when I don’t feel like loving the people around me or I feel alone and ignored by the world and God.  And I know how difficult it can be for people who have lost loved ones, who might lose loved ones soon, who don’t have that assurance of hope in God to care of them.  But God isn’t changed by fears or feelings, He remains faithful.  Choosing to trust God anyway bears the fruit of peace.

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4

Have a blessed week!