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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quote from the NIV Bible

 

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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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In Those Valleys

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It is in those valleys where I can hardly hear You

where my thoughts overtake Your streams,

and worry blinds my eyes

to Your strength already given

it is there Lord God

that I need You to teach me,

to show me how

to let go of the noise

and listen

to the peace

You have already planted

deep within

my being.

Amen.

     

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And You Healed Me

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“O Lord my God, I called to you for help 

and you healed me.”

Psalm 30: 2

One of the great joys of the Psalms is that they often talk to God like we do. Every day average folks like us can relate so well to words like these!

Be encouraged and blessed!

Lord God we thank You for words of encouragement! Help us to look to You and to not be discouraged!

Amen and amen.

    

P.S. If you did not know my wife has been in the hospital. In some ways she is better but there is still an upcoming biopsy and the fear of cancer once again. We are trusting God. 

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A Psalm from My Heart

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Search me oh God, examine my heart, my mind and may You find Your light

living boldly, yet humbly within my frame. I long to walk

in Your ways as You have guided me.

Only in Your strength can I

hike those trails you have given.

Be with me, walk with me

give me courage,

my God I beseech You,

amen.

     

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As We Walk Together

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A slower walk, a quieter heart

a pause

in between pages turning

as I begin to look up,

and forward

I see the gift given

a faith most ancient

and yet

stronger than the mountain

leading me into the confidence

of hope building

firm foundations

as we walk together

you and I,

O Lord my God.

      

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The Statutes of the Lord are Trustworthy

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“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord

are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord

are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord

are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

Psalm 19: 7-9

Many of us love the Scriptures, but do we really think of God’s Word as refreshing, and giving us joy in our hearts? We often think of “law” in a negative sense don’t we? But here, long before the New Testament came along, the law was seen as giving us life, and even light to our eyes.

Let’s think about the Ten Commandments for a moment. This was an amazing time of God teaching His people the difference between right and wrong. It’s a good thing when God says, “do not steal”, “do not commit adultery”, “do not murder”. Yes, God bringing light to our eyes, indeed!

Perhaps another way of looking at this topic, is how we raise our children. We teach them right and wrong because we love them and want the best for them. We say things like, “Don’t play in the street!” or “Look both ways before you cross the road!”. Our children trust us now (hopefully) to guide them.

Yes, there is grace, but He is not a Grandfather politely turning His head, pretending not to see when we sin. He is fully aware of everything we do. Some theologians have noted that we cannot fully appreciate the New Testament, without knowing something of the Old Testament.

Lord God, thank You for Your Word! Continue to guide us, teach us, and lead us. Bring light to our eyes, and joy to our hearts as we learn more about You and Your ways!

Hallelujah (praise be to God)!

Amen and amen.

      

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His Precepts are Trustworthy

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“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow

his precepts have good understanding. To him

belongs eternal praise.”

Psalm 111: 7, 10

Isn’t it amazing that what God does, and what he says are so trustworthy? We may not understand everything, but we can trust in His words!

And when we follow Him, He does help us, He does give us understanding, at least to some degree. And the beginning of wisdom is not the discovery of how great we are, it is being in awe of God, and in following Him.

Let me give you a small example. Many, many years ago before sanitary conditions were known to be necessary, doctors would be in the morgue tending to dead bodies, and then go straight to the hospital, to check on live patients. This included conducting surgery without washing their hands! Yuck! So many died due to a lack of cleanliness practices.

But someone did a study, after much contemplation about certain verses in the Old Testament. And they thought maybe they should try washing themselves after touching dead bodies! And sure enough, fewer patients that had surgery died. The cleaner the hands – the healthier the patients! Ain’t that amazing? It wasn’t until later that germs were discovered.

We can trust in God always.

Lord God help us to follow You! And if we do not understand a given situation, help us to trust in You and give those circumstances to You. Only You know all things.

And You are to be praised eternally! Hallelujah, and amen!

      

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Friday Focus – Faith and Blogging

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So many of you have wonderful sites, and you keep me encouraged! And I love seeing faith based sites grow and do well.

But not all of them do, in fact faith is not always that popular is it? We must not be discouraged if only a few people follow our blog or respond to our posts.

Even though we can modify our blogs, we can do so without losing sight of who we are, or our beliefs.

I like to post a quote from the Scriptures, and write a few lines about it. I think it can be beautiful to share some insight.

And as far as sites in our readers, I’ve learned to keep it light! I do check out other sites but I can’t possibly follow everyone.

When I first started blogging I followed so many blogs I would spend 2 hours everyday going through posts. I can’t do that anymore.

Some bloggers post 8-10 times everyday. If that happens I usually unfollow. And you shouldn’t feel bad about doing that! Make your site the way you want it.

Diversity is always fun, even for us faith based folks! I love travel sites, artists, and photographers. I think my favorite type of faith based site is poetry.

And it’s ok to follow people that are different from us! Bloggers do have different beliefs, and that’s ok, that’s how we learn!

So enjoy your blogging experience, and share a little light!

Thank you for traveling with me. I wish you peace.

    

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