He is The River

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“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Psalm 46: 4

I often turn to this Psalm. There are so many famous verses within it, and yet placed all together, the 11 verses are even more powerful. But what exactly is this river that makes the city glad?

Well if you think of a city, there are people that live there. And yet there is something very unique about this city because it is holy and God lives there. Historically this was probably talking about Jerusalem, but I think it goes beyond that, and what about today……right now?

Where does God dwell right now? Isn’t He with you and I? He is with His people! So, my friends I think that those who follow God are the city, here on earth today. And what makes us glad is not a what…….but God Himself! Hallelujah!

The river is God Himself, His presence with us as we seek Him! I’m so glad He is real, and with us. He is right here with you and I right now! He strengthens us, encourages us, and yes even makes us glad!

The River not only is for refreshing us though. The River brings life to us! This is shared with us again and again in the beautiful poetic language of the Psalms. Hallelujah!

Ain’t God amazing?!!

Heavenly Father thank you for the beautiful verses of Psalm 46. We praise You Our God, and thank You, that You bring life to us as we follow you. Strengthen us, continue to be with us with Your presence. You are indeed The River, Our River.

Amen and amen! Hallelujah (which means praise be to God)!

      

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A Prayer for Wisdom

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I thank You My God that You know all things, even making the concept of time.

I can’t see the future, so I ask that You guide us, lead us, and help us to make the right decisions. In our following You, guide our steps, teach us wisdom.

You know that we are not perfect, and yet neither are we stone. We are Your people so give us wisdom, Lord God Almighty, as we trust in You.

Amen and amen. 

     

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He Delivered Me

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“Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, 

and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him

are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame.”

Psalm 34: 3 – 5

Here the psalmist exalts God, remembering the great things He has done!

When we remember what God has done, several things happen within us. Fear gets pushed aside as our faith becomes stronger! 

Our trust also becomes stronger because we know with confidence that God has been faithful to us in the past. Hallelujah!

Notice that this section begins with praise and exalting God! If there is a sure fire way to beat fear and being down, it is by praising the One who made us all! Hallelujah!

And I love the phrase of “those that look to him”. Look what happens when we keep our focus on Him. We become radiant!!

Hallelujah my King!

Lord God You are so awesome! Help us to keep our focus on You, and deliver us my God, from all that tries to hinder us in our daily lives!

Amen! Say amen somebody!

 

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Blessed is the One

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“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, 

and blessed is the one 

who trusts in the Lord.”

Proverbs 16:20

Do you ever think of yourself as being blessed because you trust in the Lord? Well it’s true!

It can be tough to realize how blessed we are, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances. But over the years I’ve seen God do some amazing things in my life, and in my family’s lives!

These types of faith boosters can actually strengthen us when we consider them.

And you know what? When we give heed to God’s instruction, we not only learn but experience first hand God’s faithfulness to us. And our faith is increased. Ain’t that so cool?

Lord God thank you so much for teaching us, building our faith and our trust in You!

Help us to continue to love and follow You! Hallelujah!

Amen.

 

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Where You Are Standing is Holy Ground

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“Do not come any closer, God said. Take off your sandals,

for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Exodus 3:5

God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, but why was Moses told to take his shoes off? Well some of the answer can be found in Asian culture. What?? Nico, have you lost it? Flipped your lid? No my friends, lets think about this for a second.

Many in Asia will take off their shoes at the door. You see, shoes are considered for outside. The home is held as being very special indeed, and the dirt from outside is to be kept outside. We do this at our house too, and it is a wonderful way of having a cleaner home.

So Moses’ sandals were not clean and to meet with God, he needed an awareness of the holiness of God. Remember all the verses about clean and unclean throughout the Old Testament? And the beautiful lesson that Moses learned that day, holds an illustration for us when we meet with God through prayer.

When we meet with God let us make sure that we have clean hearts, for God is holy. Yes, He is love also, but God never gave up His holiness. He is not one or the other, He is both at the same time!

Were the rocks and sand of that mountain holy? Probably not. The place was holy, simply because God – was there.

Are your shoes placed outside the door?

Heavenly Father, help us to be holy, to live holy lives. Thank You My God that You are both holy, and You are love. Thank you that we can each meet with You through prayer. Hallelujah!

Be with us and bless us with Your presence when we pray! Amen and amen.

     

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In This Trusting

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A sense of wonder prevails, rolling through the white,

descending from beyond the blue,

releasing a prayer

as my heart searches

for courage

I learn more of faith

here in this moment,

in this trusting,

so I am grateful

O Lord my God,

my rock.

     

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Sing for Joy to God Our Strength

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“Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud

to the God of Jacob!

Begin the music,

strike the timbre,

play the melodious harp and lyre.

Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,

and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival….”

Psalm 81: 1-3

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Do you have breath? Well then praise the Lord!! Psalm 150

Do you think of God this way? That He is our strength? He is you know.

I think in today’s language this portion could be called “Crank it Up!” or perhaps, “Make Some Noise!” What a beautiful depiction of the high praise of God.

And throughout the Scriptures, God mentions that He is the God of Jacob. It seems to add a living history, showing us that our Creator is real, and involved in our world.

And you know what? God did give his ancient people specific celebrations. Perhaps those festivals are not only spiritually important but they seem to paint a picture also of what heaven must be like!!

We praise You Lord God. Help us to remain focused and confident in You! Amen!

 

P.S. These posts have been running later in the evening than intended. Hopefully next week we will be back to a more normal schedule.

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Like an Eagle

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“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,

like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.”

Deuteronomy 32: 10, 11

I love this portion and the way it speaks of God caring for us. Sounds like the Psalms – doesn’t it?

But what does it mean to be the apple of His eye? Well I think it means we are lovely in His sight.

But notice we didn’t start out this way! He redeemed us from the wasteland of not following Him!

And I love the illustration of God being like an eagle. Can’t you just picture Him spreading His wings over us? So cool!

Lord God thank You for redeeming us and caring about us.

And thank You for these beautiful words that encourage us! Thank You my God!

Amen and amen.

    

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One Single Prayer

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One single prayer from a broken heart is worth more than

the most articulate sermon, as the shattered reaches

into the heavens for some hope, and a reason

to believe, looking even beyond the scars

being washed

with wholeness.

    

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