The Lord Bless You and Keep You

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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine

upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord

turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”

Numbers 6: 22-26

In countless churches and Jewish congregations, around the world this beautiful and timeless prayer is recited each week.

God bless you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

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The Lord Your God Will Be With You

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“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them,

because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”

Deuteronomy 20:1

So how does this apply to us today? Well not too many of us have horses or chariots, and fortunately the majority of us (thank you God for our military) do not have to fight wars, at least not physically.

But all of us face battles, every day, and many different types! And you know what? We’re not really fighting people, even though we may disagree with them, no our battles are different.

We battle against the anger, fear, frustration, etc., and sometimes these enemies can be great! So, God is encouraging us here not just to hang in there, but that He, the Creator of the universe is with us! Hallelujah!

And notice also that God reminds His people of a great victory in the past. He is the One that set them free. Again hallelujah!

Heavenly Father thank you for the freedom You have given us! And be with us in the battles we face each day. Give us the victory over the issues of fear, anger, frustration, or whatever we face, so we can continue to follow You! Amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

Let the Earth Be Glad

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“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.”

Psalm 96: 11

Did you know the creation praises God? For sure it does, time and again the psalmist speaks of things like the trees clapping their hands, the fields being jubilant, the ocean rejoicing, and why?

Because God is in charge of everything, and He is good to us. I think the creation is also a symbol of our hearts, fruitful, thriving, and praising the One who made us all.

Praise the Lord of all! Heavenly Father, thank you that we can have joyful hearts, as we look to all that You are doing in our hearts and lives! Thank you for the beauty of creation. Help us to rejoice, even when times are tough. May all creation praise You. Amen!

    

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His Great Love

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“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness

of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 117

So much in a few short words! This is the entire psalm, and is so packed with good things for us to dwell on.

When we think of God’s love toward us, it should spark us to celebrate!

And notice that the psalmist says for all nations to praise Him. Does that really mean all? Yep, regardless of where we are from. God is the God of all of us.

And the word extol, means to lift him up, another way to say praising Him. And I love the fact that His faithfulness lasts forever, and ever, and ever, and ever.

Heavenly Father help us to remember that your faithfulness lasts forever, and that we are safely in your hands. Help us to focus on praising You, in good times, and in the tough times. Amen!

    

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Worship the Lord

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“Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord

glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;

bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship

the Lord in the splendor of his holiness….”

Psalm 96: 7 – 9a

Here the Psalmist is caught up in the praise of our God! The word ascribe here means to give Him credit or impute to Him that he is the Lord. All credit is due to Him!

And notice here, He mentions all the families of nations. God has never been, and never will be for only one group! Ain’t that cool?? When we all stand before Him there will be so many tribes, languages, and nations. May we all worship Him!

Heavenly Father we lift up Your name and give You credit for being at work in our lives. We worship You and praise You!

Help us to remember You are the God of everybody! Amen.

    

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The Victory of His Majesty

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In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth,

humility and justice; let your right hand

achieve awesome deeds.

Psalm 45: 4

Aren’t the Psalms amazing in how they praise God? The words chosen by the Psalmist lift up God so high, and so beautifully. And frequently we see prayers asking God for protection, and victory over His enemies.

When we read the Psalms, we are drawn into the praise and rejoicing. And we focus on how majestic God is, how amazing, how far above this messed up world He is.

And do we have enemies today? Yes, but not people. Our enemies are fear, hate, anger and so many other things that are destructive.

Lord God, thank you that when we focus on the Psalms, our hearts can be drawn into Your majesty, your victory! Continue to work in our hearts, and help us to praise you, even in difficult times. May there be victory in praising You!

     

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It is Good to Praise the Lord

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“It is good to praise the Lord and make music

to your name, O Most High,

proclaiming your love in the morning

and your faithfulness

at night…”

Psalm 92: 1, 2

      

When our hearts are filled with praise, it suddenly becomes easier to look forward to the future, and to be hopeful. 

Lord God help us to praise you, remembering Your love and faithfulness! Amen.

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