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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King of the Universe

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“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

their starry host by the breath

of his mouth.”

Psalm 33:6

Do you ever think about the stars? So many billions and trillions of stars, and those are just the ones we can see! There are some so far away, not even the strongest telescopes can spot them.

And yet the same God, so magnificent, so much the King of the Universe, knows about every detail of our lives. Isn’t that amazing?? He even knows every hair on our head! What??

And so, this verse wants us to think about how infinite our God is. It’s meant to inspire us, and yes to even bring forth praise from our hearts. Praise the One who made everything!

I’m reminded here of Genesis and the creation – God spoke, and it was!

Heavenly Father, You are amazing. Help us to focus on what You have made, and also, how You care about every detail of our lives! We praise You and thank You, amen!

       

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Songs of Joy

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“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;

where morning dawns, where evening fades

you call forth songs of joy.”

Psalm 65:8

One of the most amazing things about being a faith based person, is that God gives us such wonderful joy!

When we are at peace, and grateful to the Lord, there is a fountain or the beauty of the mountains within us.

Think for a moment. What wonderful things has God done in your life?

Lord God, help us to remember Your goodness, and the joy You give us regardless of our circumstances!

Help us to praise You this weekend. Hallelujah!!

You are mighty and awesome Lord God!

    

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Because He Loves Me

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“Because he loves me, says the Lord I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him….”

Psalm 91:14-15a

Have you ever read this before? It’s rather astounding if you think about it. But think about this……the God of the universe will protect us simply because we love Him. Oh wow!

Now this doesn’t mean we should love God or serve Him simply to get benefits, but it does make good sense to place Him in charge.

Lord God, King of the Universe thank you for protecting us. Help us continue to have a strong faith that focuses on You, and yes, we do love You! Amen.

    

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Under His Wings

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“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day….”

Psalm 91:3-5

Ain’t this so cool, God protecting us under His wings, and covering us with His feathers?!! This beautifully poetic language is so encouraging and uplifting. This is the Psalms at their finest.

And notice there is further exhortation that we don’t have to be afraid at night, or day time or any time! His faithfulness will be our shield. Can someone say amen?

And what is a fowler? It used to be person that caught birds, and the snare is the trap to catch them. But we are safe in God’s care and under His protection.

Now this doesn’t mean that no bad will ever happen to us. But these verses are here to uplift our spirits, and to help us to trust in Him, no matter what our circumstances are.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for watching over us and protecting us. Help us to trust in You more, realizing we are under Your wings! Hallelujah!

    

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God with Us

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“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:

the virgin will conceive

and give birth to a son,

and will call him

Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14

Savior. Redeemer. God is with us truly, each day!

Isn’t that so cool?!

Lord God thank You! Amen.

Have a wonderful Christmas day!

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You Will Seek Me and Find Me

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“Then you will call upon me and come and pray

to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek

me and find me when you seek me

with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29: 12, 13

Continuing with Jeremiah from yesterday, after His wonderful words of giving us hope and a future, God declares He will do a work in us!

And not only that He will hear us when we call out to Him. Now that doesn’t mean that all of our prayers will be answered with “yes”, but He will hear us. In a very real sense we will find Him!

In this beautiful portion it is very clear, that our Heavenly Father wants us to have a loving relationship with Him.

Lord God thank you that You care about every detail of our lives, and you want us to seek You. In every sense, You truly are……..our Heavenly Father. Amen!

    

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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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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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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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