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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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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The Lord is My Light and My Salvation

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life

of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27:1

Here, in such a beautiful way, the Psalmist encourages us to not be afraid. In other words He seems to say, “Don’t worry about that tough situation I’ve got your back!” Hallelujah!

Too many times others do or say things that are just devastating to us. But our confidence can be in the One who knows everything. Fear can often try to grab a hold of us, and words like these can bring us the freedom and confidence we need.  It’s not always easy though, is it?

Notice that light and salvation are placed together here. I think this means God reveals himself to us and our response should be one of loving Him and following Him. And the word stronghold here means He is our strength! Hallelujah!

I love how these words seek to inspire us and give us confidence!! Yahoo! So what areas do you need to trust God for?

Lord God Almighty, King of the Universe, we trust in You!! As Your people, we ask that You walk with us, through the tough circumstances. Thank You Our God, that we don’t have to be afraid.

Strengthen us as we follow You. Hallelujah (praise be to God) and amen!

     

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Most Worthy to Be Praised

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“Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among

all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise….”

Psalm 96: 2-4a

Hallelujah! (which means praise be to God!) This is some of that high praise of God the Psalms are so famous for! Have you ever thought about our need to praise Him, proclaiming His salvation day after day?

Well when we do so it’s difficult to fall into the shadows of bad attitudes. Praise helps us to keep our focus positive and moving forward! Hallelujah.

And notice the middle section here about “among the nations” and “among all peoples.” Did you ever think that since the beginning of all things, God wants all people to know Him, and to be involved in praising Him? Ain’t that something?

You see faith did not begin in the year 1500! God loves people everywhere and the idea began with God and His working among the people of God thousands of years ago. It was never meant to be for Israel only, or for Europe only or etc……..

“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise…” Hallelujah! (I was trying for 3 Hallelujahs today!)

Lord God we praise you, and may all the earth praise You Our God, every tribe, language and nation! 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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Hearts Filled with Praise

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“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits –

who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases…..

Psalm 103: 1-3

Praise the Lord! We are to love God with all of our internal being, meaning with all our heart, soul and mind. These beautiful words remind us, of God’s will for our spiritual lives. Yes, doctrine is important but praising Him from our hearts is #1.

And in praising Him we are to remember who He is, that He forgives our sins. Hallelujah! The Psalms so wonderfully bring out how we should focus on Him and His greatness.

Now with healing some take these words, and others in the Scripture to mean that if we have faith enough we will always be healed. That’s not actually the meaning, because if that was the case, we would always stay young, never aging, and never die.

There is not only a natural order to the world God has created, but these words are speaking of God’s overall power. He has power over everything doesn’t He? The point is He is so great he has power over illnesses and if he chooses to, He will bring about healing. So whether or not someone is healed we can still praise God because of His unsurpassed greatness. Hallelujah!

By the way did you know that the actual meaning of the word, “hallelujah” means “Praise be to God?” It’s true!

Lord God, may we always praise You, Our God! May we focus our hearts on Your power and on Your love for us! Amen.

   

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In Every Heart

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Lord God, You know what’s in every heart,

every need, all our wants,

every fear, all our courage

our lack of faith, our strong belief.

May You watch over us, guard

our hearts, keep us

under the shadow

of Your wings.

Be our strength

when we call to You.

I praise You My God,

may You be glorified,

forever and ever.

Amen.

    

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Your Love Lord

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“Your love Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.”

Psalm 36: 5, 6a

Here is some of that beautiful language the Psalms are so famous for. Do we think of God this way?

You see our faith is so much more than dry words or obscure concepts. These words are so filled with love, so filled with life.

God is so unlimited that when we follow Him, He can cause our spirits to soar! And if we allow Him to, He will fill us with faith. Hallelujah!

Lord God thank You for Your beautiful words, that encourage us. Please continue to fill us with a strong faith and love for You!!

Amen and amen.

    

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My Strength and My Defense

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“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:

The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”

Psalm 118: 14-15

Are there shouts of joy and victory in your tents? There are times the Psalms are quiet and reflective, and then there are verses like these, that celebrate the greatness of God and the wonders He has done! Another way of saying this is – make some noise! Wahoo! Because God is amazing.

Now if you don’t have a church like that, you can always make some noise at home, or even in your heart. But the point is, that our worship should at some point have a praise element.

We are to focus our minds on the greatness of God, and dwell on the wonderful things He has done. And you know what? When we do this, it’s almost impossible to feel down or blue.

Heavenly Father we praise You, and thank You for Who You are, and the amazing things You have done in each of our lives! Continue to guide us and strengthen our faith, with a sense of joy. Hallelujah! And amen.

     

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Friday Focus – India

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One of the reasons I picked the Psalms, when I began this blog, is so many people around the world have read them or do read them. This includes many people of different faiths. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and many others, enjoy these beautiful Scriptures which were originally sung as praise songs.

India has been on my heart for many years, even though I have never been there. Ok so ready?

India has about 1.3 billion people now – that’s billion! It’s the second most populated country in the world. When I was growing up we were always told that 1 out of every 4 people in the world is from China.

Well guess what – 1 out of every 5 people in the world is from India. That 20% of the people alive on the earth right now, are from India.

Even though most people are Hindus, there are many religions there. And it’s wrong to think of the country as having only one ethnic group, or language. Depending on how you count them there are more than 300 languages, and some say there are as many as 1,000 languages.

Now you might ask what is the Sikh religion? Well they are actually, monotheistic, worshipping one God, they have a holy book, and their services include a lot of singing praise songs, while sitting on the floor. Some say Sikhism is a blend of Hinduism and Islam, but Sikhs don’t like that at all.

Are there Jews in India? Yes, there were many more, but most of them have emigrated to Israel. To all my Jewish friends it’s Friday night so, Shabbat Shalom!

Besides having anthropology as a serious hobby, I shared this tonight because many of us in the west become sheltered, and wrapped up in our own world, seldom thinking about Asia. So this is a very brief overview.

I know I have readers from all over the world, and some I believe are from India. If you are from India, I’m so glad you’re here!

I wish everyone peace.

    

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