The Lord is Great

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“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who long for your saving help

always say, ‘The Lord is great!’

Psalm 40:16

Here the psalmist is praising God, in a beautiful way, with a heart of trusting Him! Ain’t that so cool?

And in a very real sense he is also praying for other people, which is called intercession. He wants everyone that seeks God’s help to have an answer to their prayers that brings joy and rejoicing! Hallelujah!

And when we all give God credit for the great and wonderful things that happen in our lives, what does that do? People notice that don’t they? And suddenly, within our praise, our faith catches on to others. We can inspire people by simply declaring what God has done!

Lord God, thank you for the great things that take place in our lives. And as we pray for other people, may great things happen in their lives as well! Help us to be filled with faith as we praise you so we can be good witnesses for You. Hallelujah! And amen!

     

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I Desire to Do Your Will

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“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire – but my ears you have opened

burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come – it is written

about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will,

My God; your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 40:6-8

Here we see the psalmist do something very different, at least for his place and time. Remember it was God that set up the sacrificial system, involving animals. Yes, everything is very different now, but the sacrifice of animals in the Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament) was never a man made invention.

Yet the psalmist says in this particular case, God was not interested in that! Instead his ears were opened, meaning he heard God or at least gained an understanding, that what God really wanted was the psalmist, and in particular his heart!

He turned his life, his heart to God. And these last two lines are also amazing. Having heard from God he now wants to turn his life into a life that does God’s will. It’s no longer something external. He even has God’s law in his heart!

Heavenly Father, thank for these verses that show us what Your desire is for us, that You want us to have a heart that seeks to do Your will. Strengthen our faith Lord God, and help us to walk day by day – closely with You! 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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An Everlasting Kingdom

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“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion

endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy

in all he promises and faithful

in all he does.”

Psalm 145:13

Aren’t you glad God’s kingdom is eternal and everlasting? Me too! You see this sets God apart from the rest of us. And his kingdom never ending is not only inspiring, it helps us to understand more of Who He is. He sees the big picture!

And that’s why we see the next piece of this verse, He is trustworthy throughout all generations. From the most ancient of times, His promises have been faithful. When we look throughout history we can see His working in the universe, and closer to home, in our lives. He has been there, even in the tough times, hasn’t He?

Lord God we trust in You! We know that Your Kingdom is eternal, and that we are a part of Your plan in this big universe. Help us to look beyond what we can see. Continue to be there with us, in the tough times.

Thank you, that you are so trustworthy! Amen.

     

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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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At Night His Song is With Me

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“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song

is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.”

Psalm 42:8

Have you ever prayed and had the prayer shape itself into a song? Or maybe you’ve been singing, and a prayer or two escapes from your heart.

Praise and prayer often go together. Both seem to start within our being and are launched through our minds and spirits.

One thing to keep in mind about this psalm is that the psalmist is trying to cheer himself up! “Why so downcast o my soul?” He knows exactly how we often feel!

Ever had a tough year? Prayer can often lift us, and praising Him is often the answer for being down in the dumps. I know! I know this isn’t easy, but look at what took place in this verse. The psalmist dwells on God directing His love!

And he remembers that God is the God of His life, in spite of everything. That’s the beauty of surrender.

Lord God Almighty, encourage us when the tough times hit us hard. Help us to stay encouraged, and remind us how You love us. You are truly the God of our lives! Amen.

    

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Trust in Him

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“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still

before the Lord and wait patiently for him….”

Psalm 37: 5-7a

Isn’t it wonderful how God rewards us for following Him? And yet sometimes it doesn’t seem like that in this life. Maybe there are family members, or people on our jobs that really don’t understand us, or even want to!

Here, and in many other verses, God encourages us that He sees us, and He knows our hearts. And in these verses, He encourages us that we will be rewarded for following Him.

And there is the exhortation to commit our way to Him. That’s another way of saying to trust in Him, which He mentions again further along in this portion.

So your reward is waiting, and your vindication, is just around the bend! The tough part for us is the waiting! Trust in Him……and He will do this!! Hallelujah!!

Father God, help us to trust in You, for each and every circumstance we face! Amen. 

    

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Angels

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“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”

Psalm 34: 7

Did you know God has assigned angels to us? Now is that cool or what? And not only that, but they are “encamped” around us! Wow.

I have never seen an angel, but it is amazing to think about isn’t it? Why does God do this?

I believe He has placed this verse in the Psalms in order to encourage us! This is one of those verses that God gives us to say, “I’ve got your back!” In other words, He is showing his love and concern for us. Indeed, He is protecting us!!

And this verse continues with, He delivers us. Another way of looking at this verse, is that God sees everything we face and go through, He is right there, and He will take us through to the other side.

The terrible things that happen, do not last forever! He will make a way for us! Remember Israel standing at the Red Sea? They thought there was no way out…..but God…….Hallelujah!! Do I hear an amen? Praise You Lord God.

Thank you Heavenly Father, for this verse and so many others that encourage us, and lift us up, and beyond whatever we are facing! Continue to protect us and deliver us, according to Your will. Amen.

    

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Love and Justice

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

I will sing praise.”

Psalm 101:1

We often sing of God’s love, but did you know we can praise Him for His justice? Does this sound odd to you? Why would the Psalmist say such a thing?

Well for one thing, it is comforting to know that no bad people get away with anything! God, the Lord Almighty, is not some sweet Grandfather in heaven winking at all that goes wrong down here. Everyone is accountable.

And you know what? This confirms to us that God is completely trustworthy!

Lord God, we know that You see everything. Thank you for Your love and justice. Keep us walking with You, and help us to trust in You each day! Amen.

   

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