Give Thanks to the Lord

20171028_150456

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

His love endures forever.”

Psalm 118: 29

Now we all know and can rejoice that God loves us. But we can also rejoice in the fact that He is good! Yes, and for sure.

Even more astounding is that His love endures forever! If there is anything stable and true in this world, it is that His love endures forever, and ever, and ever……times infinity! Yay!

Lord God You are good! Forgive us for doubting this sometimes. Help us to trust in You more, and to walk in Your ways filled with faith. Amen!

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

Advertisements

I Will Sing of Your Love and Justice

100_5613

“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord I will sing praise.

I will be careful to lead a blameless life……”

Psalm 101: 1, 2a

Sometimes we have the wrong impression about God don’t we? We can often think of Him only as a loving God, where is like a doting Grandfather, winking kindly if we do wrong. Nope, that ain’t it!

But sometimes well-meaning people can be too harsh! They can almost sound glad that God will judge those wicked sinners! That ain’t it either.

We are each accountable for the things we do in this life. God is both love and justice, in fact, the perfect balance of the two.

Here’s an example: What parent would be a good parent if we allowed our children to play in a busy street, where there are cars going back and forth? We keep them safe by giving them parameters to live by.

And notice the response of the psalmist here. He praises God and wants to live a blameless life. He is very much connected in his relationship to the Lord God.

Heavenly Father, help us to live for You, remembering You want the best for us! Amen, and amen!

    

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

His Love Endures Forever

100_5418

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:29

This very famous verse is so powerful, because it reminds us to give thanks to Him, and that He is good! In our crazy, mixed up world, this portion refocuses our minds on the goodness of God, and on the goodness of His love enduring forever, and ever, and ever!!!

Ain’t that so cool?!!

We praise You our God, help us to always dwell on Your goodness, especially in the tough times. Amen!!

 

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

Whoever Claims to Love God

20170915_164727

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.

For whoever does not love their brother or sister,

whom they have seen, cannot love God,

whom they have not seen.”

I John 4:20

   

Strong words indeed! Yet it is clear that with this illustration God is telling us that loving each other is an essential part of our faith. If we do not love our brother or sister, then we are not following the faith, because we can’t possibly be loving God.

However, I have seen folks debate though, who is actually our brother or sister. Are they only people we know, that go to our church? Or do they have to belong to the same type of church?

I don’t think so, in fact when I read this I think of the Good Samaritan. Do you remember how he helped a man by the side of the road, that had been beaten and robbed? It is true he was called the good neighbor, not a brother, but the spirit of these Scriptures is the same.

And remember we are all descended from Adam and Eve. So, in that sense, we are all related! One things for sure, hate is never an option.

Heavenly Father, please help us to love people, and truly reflect Your love here in the earth, even when the other person is much different than we are. In Christ’s name, amen.

     

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

In Giving We Receive

20170503_162924

“…for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning

that we are pardoned; And it is in dying

that we are born

to eternal life.”

from the Poem of St. Francis

 As we give our lives to serving God it is indeed a surrender. In that sense, we let go of ourselves, and we truly receive so many spiritual blessings in return. This also reminds me of the phrase we reap what we sow. A farmer plants seeds, and in return those seeds grow, and hopefully one day will produce food.

And we are to forgive others, the way we have been forgiven, unconditionally. Not that we agree with the wrong done to us, but we let it go and trust God to work it all out.

Heavenly Father, help us to be forgiving of others and giving of ourselves – first and foremost to you, and also to others. Amen.

P. S. See you on Monday!

   

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

 

Bringing the Refreshing

100_1296

“One person gives freely, yet gains even more;

another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

A generous person will prosper;

whoever refreshes others

will be refreshed.”

Proverbs 11: 24, 25

Have you ever noticed how stingy people lose out on so much joy? And it not only is it a joy to give, but how humbling and refreshing it can be when we are on the receiving end!

Years ago my wife and I went on a missions trip overseas. We stayed in an empty house, which also served as the meeting place for a church. And yes we were roughing it with no beds, but we slept in our sleeping bags on the tile floor.

One day a refrigerator made an appearance, and soon there after we found food in it, and we were told it was all for us. Talk about humbling! We were so blessed and wondered where it all came from. This was a poor country and the people did not have much at all.

It wasn’t until the end of our time there, we found out the refrigerator belonged to one of the pastors, and they were the ones that had stocked it with food. They had taken from their own house, and their own family, and had given it all to us.

We were so humbled we cried, and it still brings me to tears.

Heavenly Father, thank you that in this mixed up, crazy world there are still people that love You, and care about others. Thank You for all those that give and bring refreshing to others. In Christ’s name, amen.

     

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

Note: Enjoy your day of rest! I will be too and will see you, Lord willing, on Monday.

Proverbs 17: 17

100_5421

“A friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for adversity.”

    

Heavenly Father, thank for the people you have placed in our lives,

both friends and family. Thank you for the strength

and encouragement they give to us.

and help us to be a blessing 

in return.

     

Prayer and Image © Copyright 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible