1634.) Psalm 46

August 6, 2015

Psalm 46 (ESV)

God Is Our Fortress

1God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
Selah


from This Day with the Master
by Dennis F. Kinlaw

One of the characteristics of human personhood is that we never find our fulfillment in ourselves.  We must look beyond ourselves if we would ever really know fulfillment.  As human beings we need purpose and meaning in our lives.  We need something of which we can boast, something that gives us some confidence, self-esteem, and inner joy.  But the effect of sin on us is such that we naturally look in the wrong places to find this fulfillment.  We look for something when we should be looking for Someone.  Our true fulfillment, the only ultimate fulfillment, is in God himself.

As we look for fulfillment, we also seek security.  We seek it in creatures, institutions, possessions.  Again, our sin blinds us and deceives us.  All things other than Christ are only temporary refuges.  David learned this and said, “God is our refuge.” He is the haven to whom we should all flee.  Peter was sensing this when he said to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

Are you looking for a refuge today?  A place not only of security but also of fulfillment?  Run to Jesus.  He is the One you seek.

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.

Cairo has the Nile.  Paris has the Seine.  Washington has the Potomac.  My hometown of Independence, Iowa has the Wapsipinicon (pictured here).  But Jerusalem’s river is beyond compare.

Revelation 22:1-2 (NIV)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah


2 Corinthians 1:21 (NIV)

It is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.


10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

Tenacity!

from My Utmost for His Highest,
by Oswald Chambers

“Be still, and know that I am God.” — Psalm xlvi.10

Tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire.  Tenacity is more than hanging on, which may be but the weakness of being too afraid to fall off.  Tenacity is the supreme effort of a man refusing to believe that his hero is going to be conquered.  The greatest fear a man has is not that he will be damned, but that Jesus Christ will be worsted, that the things He stood for—love and justice and forgiveness and kindness among men—will not win out in the end; the things He stands for will look like will-o’-the-wisps.  Then comes the call to spiritual tenacity, not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately on the certainty that God is not going to be worsted.

If our hopes are being disappointed just now, it means that they are being purified.  There is nothing noble the human mind has ever hoped for or dreamed of that will not be fulfilled.  One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.  “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience.”

Remain spiritually tenacious.

11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah

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Music:

Will God be worsted?  Absolutely not!  As Martin Luther wrote, “God’s truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever.”

One of the truly great hymns of the faith — “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” — written in 1529 by Martin Luther — performed  HERE  by GLAD.

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English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Images courtesy of:
Psalm 46:1-2 with waves.    http://media.photobucket.com/image/Psalm%2046/glorifing/Bible%2520Scripture/psalm46_1-2.jpg
Cry out to Jesus.     http://media.photobucket.com/image/jesus,%20refuge/pinkyfan17p/Various%20Myspace%20Stuff/cry_to_jesus.jpg
the Wapsipinicon River, Independence, Iowa.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wapsipinicon_River_Bridge.jpg
Stand firm.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/46-stand-firm-gif.gif?w=450
Psalm 46:10 with a candle.    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/ee/9a/c0/ee9ac014c6314613ecf69ecd9dee91a9.jpg
rock climbing.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/46-rock-climbing2.jpg?w=450

1633.) Psalms 42 and 43

August 5, 2015

Ibex drinking in En Gedi, Israel.

Psalm 42 (NIV)

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

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Music:

HERE  is “As the Deer.”  Lyrics and tune by Marty Nystrom in 1984.

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3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while men say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.

from Daily Readings from Luther’s Writings,
edited by Barbara Owen

And here the advantage is that when Christians thus come together their prayers are twice as strong as otherwise.  One can and one really should pray in every place and every hour; but prayer is nowhere so mighty and strong as when the whole multitude prays together.  Thus the dear patriarchs and matriarchs gathered with their families, and anybody else who happened to be with them, under a tree, or put up a tent, and erected an altar, and this was their temple and house of God, where they talked about Christ, the coming seed who was promised to them, sacrificed together, called upon God, and gave thanks to him.  And thus they were always glad to be with the multitude whenever they could, even though they also meditated upon God’s Word and promise and prayed by themselves in private.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

6 My  soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

Mount Hermon is the highest point in Israel and the only place in the country to snow ski in the winter.

7 Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”

from Morning and Evening,
by Charles Spurgeon

“Why go I mourning?” — Psalm 42:9

Canst thou answer this, believer?  Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing?  Why yield to gloomy anticipations?  Who told thee that the night would never end in day?  Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed from snow, and ice, and hail, to deeper snow, and yet more heavy tempest of despair?

Knowest thou not that day follows night, and that spring and summer succeed winter?  Hope thou then!  Hope thou ever!  For God fails thee not.  Dost thou not know that thy God loves thee in the midst of all this?  Mountains, when in darkness hidden, are as real as in day, and God’s love is as true to thee now as it was in thy brightest moments.  No father chastens always: thy Lord hates the rod as much as thou dost; he only cares to use it for that reason which should make thee willing to receive it, namely, that it works thy lasting good.

Thou shalt yet climb Jacob’s ladder with the angels, and behold him who sits at the top of it — thy covenant God.  Come, sing in the midst of tribulation.  Rejoice even while passing through the furnace.   Cause the desert to ring with thine exulting joys, for these light afflictions will soon be over, and then “forever with the Lord,” thy bliss shall never wane.

10 My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

In many Hebrew manuscripts,
Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.

 

Psalm 43

1 Vindicate me, O God,
and plead my cause against an ungodly nation;
rescue me from deceitful and wicked men.

2 You are God my stronghold.
Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?

3 Send forth your light and your truth,
let them guide me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.

Mount Zion  is a hill in Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City. The term Mount Zion has been historically associated with the Temple Mount, but its meaning has shifted and it is now used as the name of ancient Jerusalem’s so-called western hill. In a wider sense, the term is also used for the entire Land of Israel.

–Wikipedia

4 Then will I go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

Ps43 Be-Kind

So be looking for opportunities to pass on a cheerful, encouraging word!

Proverbs 12:25 (NLT)

Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.

Psalm 94:19 (ESV)

When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.

John 16:33 (KJV)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
42:1 and ibex at En Gedi.   http://www.bibleplaces.com/newsletter/hr/Ibex_drinking_in_Nahal_David,_tb100503600.JPG
praying together.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/42-pray-together-clip.jpg
Mount Hermon.    http://www.hermon.com/mt_hermon/16.jpg
red rose.    http://beautifulwallpapers.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/red-rose.jpg
43:3 and man on mountaintop.    http://www.4catholiceducators.com/graphics/Psalm43_3.jpg
Mount Zion.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/43-mt-zion.jpg
Be kind.     http://www.self-willrunriots.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Be-Kind-for-everyone-you-meet-is-fighting-a-hard-battle.jpg

1632.) Psalm 41

August 4, 2015

Ps41 v4
Psalm 41   (NIV)

O Lord, Have Mercy on Me

1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.

Proverbs 14:21 (NASB)

He who despises his neighbor sins,
But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life;
he will bless him in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness.

4 I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

Ps51 v1-2

5 My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die and his name perish?”

6 Whenever one comes to see me,
he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
then he goes out and spreads it abroad.

7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,

8 “A vile disease has beset him;
he will never get up from the place where he lies.”

9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted,
he who shared my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.

Mark 14:17-21 (NLT)

In the evening Jesus arrived with the twelve disciples. As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”

Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”

He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is eating from this bowl with me. For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”

10 But you, O LORD, have mercy on me;
raise me up, that I may repay them.

11 I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 In my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.

Psalm 23:6 (ESV)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

13 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.

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Music:

HERE  is a peaceful piano solo — “What a friend we have in Jesus,” played by Greg Howlett.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
I said, God, be gracious.   http://www.christasterken.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/DSC_0419-767×1024.jpg
Mother Teresa and child.    http://www.markdroberts.com/images/Mother-Teresa-3.jpg
from Psalm 51.    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/83/c4/75/83c475ebe1fca06637838363245cb93c.jpg
DaVinci’s “Last Supper.”    http://media.photobucket.com/image/last%20supper/thecathoderaychoob/Blog%2520Pics/last_supper_davinci.jpg
sky with light.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/cloud-with-light.jpg

1579.) Psalm 35

May 21, 2015

Psalm 35 (NASB)

1Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
Fight against those who fight against me.
2Take hold of buckler and shield
And rise up for my help.
3Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me;
Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

1 Thessalonians 5:9 (ESV)

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us.

4Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life;
Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.
5Let them be like chaff before the wind,
With the angel of the LORD driving them on.
6Let their way be dark and slippery,
With the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7For without cause they hid their net for me;
Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.
8Let destruction come upon him unawares,
And let the net which he hid catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall.

9And my soul shall rejoice in the LORD;
It shall exult in His salvation.

Ps35 v910All my bones will say, “LORD, who is like You,
Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him,
And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”

11Malicious witnesses rise up;
They ask me of things that I do not know.
12They repay me evil for good,
To the bereavement of my soul.

13But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled my soul with fasting,
And my prayer kept returning to my bosom.

enemies_love_

Here’s a great verse to help you pray for your enemies.

Psalm 35:13 says:  “But as for me when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth.  I humbled my soul with fasting and my prayer returned into my own bosom.”

Praying for people you do not like, or people who hate you, is not the most inspirational thing to do—I must admit. But there is great benefit in doing so.

David is saying here that his prayers did not benefit his enemies due to their sin and rebelliousness toward God. Yet God rewarded him for his prayers and for showing mercy and grace toward them in their time of trouble (“my prayer returned into my own bosom”).

David fasted and prayed for his enemies. He showed compassion toward them.  He treated his enemy as a friend. He returned good for evil, as he would to his own brother or mother. What a great heart!

Jesus told us to turn the other cheek.In Matthew 5:44 he said: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” He not only taught it, he lived it.

On the cross he prayed “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Do you need to pray a prayer like this?

–Lui Ponifazio

14I went about as though it were my friend or brother;
I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.
15But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together;
The smiters whom I did not know gathered together against me,
They slandered me without ceasing.
16Like godless jesters at a feast,
They gnashed at me with their teeth.
17Lord, how long will You look on?
Rescue my soul from their ravages,
My only life from the lions.
18I will give You thanks in the great congregation;
I will praise You among a mighty throng.

19Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me;
Nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously.
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For they do not speak peace,
But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
21
They opened their mouth wide against me;
They said, “Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!”
22You have seen it, O LORD, do not keep silent;
O Lord, do not be far from me.

Genesis 16:13 (NLT)

Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.”

23Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right
And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
24Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness,
And do not let them rejoice over me.
25Do not let them say in their heart, “Aha, our desire!”
Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up!”

26Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress;
Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me.

27Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication;
And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified,
Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”
28And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness
And Your praise all day long.

My lips will praise you, for you are holy.
My voice will ever rise before your throne.
My heart will love you, for you are lovely,
and you have called me to become your own.

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Music:

All together, now!  HERE  is “O for a thousand tongues to sing,” written by Charles Wesley (who visited the island where I live, St. Simons Island, GA, in 1736). The hymn was placed first in John Wesley’s A Collection of Hymns for the People Called Methodists published in 1780. It appeared first in every (Wesleyan) Methodist hymnal for the next 200 years!

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New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Images courtesy of:
flower and 35:23.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/35-flower-and-v27.jpg
Jesus died for me.    http://www.gospelgifs.com/art_pages_12/images/jdfm01.gif
35:9.    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/4c/97/db/4c97db607b20b3e666c595093e3a1f40.jpg
Love your enemies.     http://luiponifasio.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/enemies_love_.jpg
Hagar and the God who sees her.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/hagar2bund2bel2broi.jpg
heart and notes.    http://www.stevesternberg.com/images/heart_q5ct.gif

1578.) Psalm 31

May 20, 2015


Psalm 31 (NIV)

1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.

3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

4 Free me from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.

5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

from Whispers of His Power,
by Amy Carmichael

Psalm 31:5 — Into Thine hand I commit my spirit:  Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

Do you ever find prayer difficult because of tiredness or dryness?  When that is so, it is an immense help to let the Psalms and hymns we know by heart say themselves or sing themselves inside us.  This is possible anywhere and at any time.

We can’t be mistaken in using this easy, open way of prayer, for our Lord Jesus used it.  His very last prayer, when He was far too tired to pray as He usually did, was Psalm 31:5.  Every Jewish mother used to teach her child to say those words as a good-night prayer.

Hymns, little prayer-songs of our own, even the simplest of them, can sing us into His love.  Or more truly, into the consciousness of his love, for we are never for one moment out of it.

6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
I trust in the LORD.

7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.

“Hagar and the Angel in the Desert,” by James Tissot, 1896 (The Jewish Museum, New York)

“Hagar and the Angel in the Desert,” by James Tissot, 1896 (The Jewish Museum, New York)

Genesis 16:7, 13 (NIV)

The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur . . .

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me.”

8 You have not handed me over to the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.

9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and my body with grief.

10 My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
and my bones grow weak.

11 Because of all my enemies,
I am the utter contempt of my neighbors;
I am a dread to my friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.

12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.

Psalm 31:12 (Contemporary English Version)

I am completely forgotten

like someone dead.

I am merely a broken dish.

13 For I hear the slander of many;
there is terror on every side;
they conspire against me
and plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”

Faith and prayer must go together.  He that believes, let him pray—I believe, therefore I have spoken; and he that prays, let him believe;  for the prayer of faith is the prevailing prayer.

–Matthew Henry

15 My times are in your hands;
deliver me from my enemies
and from those who pursue me.

16 Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.

17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD,
for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
and lie silent in the grave.

18 Let their lying lips be silenced,
for with pride and contempt
they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

19 How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you,
which you bestow in the sight of men
on those who take refuge in you.

Ephesians 3:16-19 (New Living Translation)

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
from the intrigues of men;
in your dwelling you keep them safe
from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the LORD,
for he showed his wonderful love to me
when I was in a besieged city.

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Music:

So many stories in the Bible of God answering the prayers of desperate people! Are you feeling trapped in a “besieged city” now? Call to the Lord for help.  HERE  is “You Are My Hiding Place” by Selah.

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22 In my alarm I said,
“I am cut off from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry for mercy
when I called to you for help.

23 Love the LORD, all his saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful,
but the proud he pays back in full.

24 Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD.

Ps31 v24

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
verses 14-15.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/preview_psalm31_14-15.jpg
face of Jesus.    http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/Stations/images/hface.jpg
Tissot.    http://oneyearbibleimages.com/hagar_desert.jpg
“Broken Dishes” by Jean Cannon.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/31-brokendishes.jpg
prayer and faith.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/31-prayer-and-faith-umbrella2.jpg
“Deep Roots”  oil painting by Jimmy King.   http://fineartamerica.com/images-medium/deep-roots-jimmy-king.jpg
He shall strengthen your heart.    http://alittleperspective.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/psa-31-24-ww-wall-900×600.jpg

1549.) Psalm 33

April 9, 2015

Ps33 new song
Psalm 33 (New International Version)

1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

2 Praise the LORD with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

Ancient Greek marble statue of man playing a harp (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)

3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.

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Music:

HERE  is an easy song to keep in your head all day — “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”  by Sonicflood.

Over the mountains and the sea
Your river runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart
And let the healer set me free
I’m happy to be in the truth
And I will daily lift my hands
For I will always sing of
When Your love came down

I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever

Oh, I feel like dancing
It’s foolishness, I know
But when the world has seen the light
They will dance with joy like we’re dancing now

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4 For the word of the LORD is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.

5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.

6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

The Orion Nebula is bright and close to the Earth (relatively speaking!). It is estimated to be 24 light years across. Picture from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Genesis 1:3 (New International Version)

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (King James Version)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

Romans 8:28 (New Living Translation)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Psalm 138:8 (New International Version)

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever—
(Thank you that you) do not abandon the works of your hands.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance.

13 From heaven the LORD looks down
and sees all mankind;

14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth-

15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.

17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.

18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

Ps33 18

19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.

21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.

22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
new song.    http://media.salemwebnetwork.com/ecards/scripturecards/cc_psalm33_3.jpg
Ancient Greek statue.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/6a00d8341c66f153ef0105362f0b3a970c-800wi.jpg
Hubble Telescope image.    http://brotherpeacemaker.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/orion-nebula-hubble.jpg
purpose and cross.    http://philarmsministries.com/_Images/Home-Elements/home_purpose.jpg
Psalm 33:18.    http://wallpaper4god.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Psalm-33-18.jpg
Psalm 33:22.    http://www.4catholiceducators.com/graphics/Psalm33_22.jpg

1548.) Psalm 32

April 8, 2015

Ps32 forgiven
Psalm 32 (New International Version)

1 Blessed is he
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.

2 Blessed is the man
whose sin the LORD does not count against him
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Ps32 Sin Runes

from This Day with the Master,
by Dennis F. Kinlaw

The Hebrew language is rich in vocabulary for moral realities, and particularly for describing sin. Interestingly, neither English nor Greek contains so many words to talk about the reality of sin. Hebrew has a word for willful transgressions, when a person knows the Law and knows not to break it, yet breaks it anyway. It has another word for a sin when one sees what one is supposed to do and attempts to do it, but fails, or falls short. A third word describes the perverseness of the human heart. We know what is right, but there is something inside of us that wants to do the opposite. Finally, there is a word that is used for deceit, guile, or duplicity — when one wears a face that is not true to who one really is.

The psalmist says the person is blessed who is clean on all of these accounts. If a person reaches the place where trespasses are removed, short-comings covered, perverseness and iniquity cleansed, and duplicity gone, that person is the model for other men and women. That person should be the standard — the one who on all accounts is clean of sin.

Does your understanding of sin include all that the Scripture includes? Is there any rebellion in your heart? Any shortcomings? Any perverseness? Any deceit? If there is, you need to let Christ cleanse your heart.

3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night
your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
Selah

Ps32 sapped

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD “—
and you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
Selah

Psalm 119:71

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.

7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Selah

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Book / movie:  The Hiding Place

If you have never read or seen the story of Corrie ten Boom, you owe it to yourself to rectify that!  Corrie and her family, in obedience to Christ, sheltered Jews from the Nazis in the Netherlands, and were sent to concentration camps when it was discovered.  Her true story is told in the book The Hiding Place (1971), which was later made into a movie; see the trailer  HERE.

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8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.

9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.

10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!

“We know by experience that music has a secret and almost incredible power to move hearts.”

John Calvin

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Music:

HERE  is a treat for you — “The Yearning”  by Craig Courtney.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
“Seven Deadly Sins” runes, by Jeff Carlisle.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/32-sinrunes.gif
Stushie — sun with verse 4.    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/3233305626_41fa5d9693.jpg
Psalm 119:71.    http://merc.tv/img/art/DP1Affliction.gif
music notes.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/32-music-notes.gif

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