Our True Defender

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In the most sacred parts, of our everyday hearts,

lives our True Defender,

ready to guard us,

walk us through

to safety.

If only

we will let Him in,

and walk with Him

each day.

 

Poem and Image, Copyright © 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

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Teach Me Your Way

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“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;

give me and undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;

I will glorify your name forever. For great

is your love toward me……”

Psalm 86: 11-13a

Here we see the Psalmist with a humble heart, praising and beseeching the Lord God. The Psalms so often flow easily in a beautiful way, the words seeming to speak directly into our hearts. We can often ask ourselves quietly – is my heart like this? Am I this humble?

Part of our walk of faith is asking God to teach us. In our prayer times, as we read the Scriptures, God can guide us, teach us really – about His ways. This is such a beautiful part of our relationship with Him.

And when this verse speaks of an undivided heart, this means we will have a heart for God instead of our own selfish ways, or the ways of the world that would lead us astray. Another way of saying this is He does not want us to have one foot in heaven, and one foot in hell!

Now does this mean we have to be absolutely perfect, in every way? No!! Only God is perfect. But look again at the heart of the Psalmist in these verses. Can you describe it in one word, or in one phrase? How about the word “humble”? Or the phrase “a heart that loves God”? And there it is – the key to us following Him.

Lord God Almighty – King of the Universe we praise You and thank You for working in our hearts and lives. We love You God, teach us Your ways, help us in every way to have undivided hearts.

Amen, and amen.

 

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quote from the NIV Bible

Happy Easter

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I will be one of the millions of people around the world filling churches this weekend, celebrating the atonement and resurrection. From our house to yours, we wish all those that celebrate this day, a blessed Easter!

Yet my faith is somewhat different than it used to be, and different than many celebrating this day. My confession to you is that my faith has taken a huge hit the past few years, mostly due to circumstances beyond my control (mostly).

For example I’m not a right winger like many are, like I used to be. We absolutely need gun control, affordable health care for everyone, and so on.

But there’s more that goes much deeper. I feel very uncomfortable in some churches! Now how do you explain that one?

Some things don’t seem right to me. So part of my starting this blog is asking God to guide, to lead me, through this path He has for me. I believe my faith is strong and yet…..I’m different. 

I have a great appreciation for the Old Testament. In fact I contextualize the Scriptures, like using the term “atonement”.

I try to draw out meaning from the Old Testament. I believe it is part of what I’m supposed to do. I think Jesus did that, and explained it so wonderfully in the Sermon on the Mount.

Thank you for being here! I appreciate you traveling with me. I ask for your prayers.

Peace.

    

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A Fountain of Life

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“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,

but violence overwhelms the mouth

of the wicked. Hatred stirs up dissension,

but love covers all wrongs.

Proverbs 10: 11, 12

So, are the things we say a fountain of life? Or do we bring others down? Now none of us would believe that we speak of violence, but what happens when we focus on issues like welfare fraud, or people not working, and our tax money wasted? Don’t we become angry? Our hearts can easily become encased with a harshness against the poor. Do we blame them perhaps?

I only ask these questions because I have seen it many times, including on television. A reporter making oh lets say, about $500, 000 dollars a year, doing an investigative story on our tax dollars being misused. And well-meaning people of faith can do the same. Of all people, we should be the givers. We should be the builders with our words. How about a story on the wonderfully amazing good things our tax money can do, like paying for an elderly Grandmother to have food, and medical care?

Now no one wants our tax money wasted, but we should use our talents, our speech to lift people up. We should be sharing life giving encouragement, instead of criticizing others. Ever heard of a music artist called Toby Mac? He has a great song called “Speak Life.” I highly recommend watching it.

And we are to speak of peace and pursue it, not division and strife.

Heavenly Father please lead us in our speech, and in our hearts. May we have right attitudes towards people that may not do, or may not say, the things we agree with. Help us to be the peacemakers, with kind hearts, bringing life to others with the things we say. Help us to be encouragers. Amen Lord God, amen.

      

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quote from the NIV Bible 

In the Shadow of Your Wings

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“How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low

among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house

you give them drink from your river of delights.”

Psalm 36: 7, 8

Being under the shadow of His wings means to be under His protection, under His care. And when times are tough we can seek refuge in these wings!

And God provides for us in so many wonderful ways. We can drink from His fountains.

Years ago, I saw the bill from Johns Hopkins Hospital for my wife’s cancer treatment and transplant. It was over $400,000.

And yet God provided because we had good health insurance. I’m convinced she’s alive and doing well now, because of the care she received. The Lord God covered us – with His wings!

God we praise You and thank You for all that You provide. Thank You for protecting and caring for each of us. Hallelujah!!

   

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quote from the NIV Bible 

Be Still and Know that He is God

20170628_172231.jpg“He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth'”.

Psalm 46: 10

When we read this well known verse, we usually think of it on a personal, even internal level. And God does want us to!

But there is an additional meaning here. The verses before this one, speak of God stopping all wars. Bows are broken, swords are turned into plowshares, spears are shattered.

You see God does want peace on the Earth, and He promises that through all the conflict – He will, in the end be exalted. There will be peace.

For us these verses assure us that even in the chaos and mayhem of our world, God is still on the throne.

Heavenly Father, we may not understand why things take place, but help us to trust in You more. And to remember, that in the end good triumphs over evil!

Wahoo! Hallelujah and amen.

      

Prayer, Commentary and Image, Copyright © 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms quote from the NIV Bible 

 

 

To Love Mercy and to Walk Humbly

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“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6: 8

Sometimes we complicate faith too much, don’t we? We often see faith as a set of rules, a religion where we do this or that. Now let me say that having rules can be very good for our health! For example, there are many reasons God says – “Don’t steal!”. And for our safety, we have traffic laws.

And yet here, and in other places in the Scriptures, we see a heart attitude, of doing right, and loving God. In this portion doing right means in His eyes, and includes how we treat others.

What does this remind you of? Well, I think of the verses about the Two Greatest Commandments, which are to love God, first and foremost, and then loving our neighbor as ourselves, which we are told is a lot like the first commandment. When we love God, we will want to do what is right, and will have humble attitudes.

If you want to see the world changed in a hurry – love your neighbors! And we must not forget to love God. Isn’t that beautiful? It’s so simple and yet so profound!

Lord God, help us to love You, and to love our neighbors! May we love mercy, and walk humbly with You! Amen and amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

God Meant it for Good

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“His brothers then came and threw themselves down……..But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good……’”

Genesis 50:18, 20, 21

So many horrible things take place in our world, things we will never understand. War, poverty, shootings in schools, and the list goes on endless. And then there are those things that happen to us, deep things, we are so unbelievably hurt by.

We should never tell others that they are suffering horrible pain because they have sinned. That’s called judging them. But can God use the tragedies of our own lives somehow for our own good?

In Joseph’s case he did nothing wrong, (well maybe he was a little too proud when he was young) and yet he was hated by his brothers, was nearly killed…. but was sold into slavery instead. He ran away from temptation, was falsely accused of attempted rape, and then imprisoned!

You would think he might seek revenge, but you know what? He could see the big picture, he had a view of life that helped him to see that somehow God was at work. God used Joseph in powerful ways to save many lives.

Heavenly Father, help us to see the big picture when we are hurt by others, or by circumstances. Please bring healing to us, and help us to turn bad circumstances around. May You turn all those terrible circumstances of our lives into something better – somehow for good. Amen.

      

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quote from the NIV Bible

In the Silence of the Heart

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Lord God when I was seventeen, I didn’t find You in the church,

I found You in the woods,

and in the silence of the heart.

Now that I’m older, I do read

the words sent down,

but I find Your presence in the woods still,

in the silence of the heart.

      

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