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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He Delivered Me

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“Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, 

and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him

are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame.”

Psalm 34: 3 – 5

Here the psalmist exalts God, remembering the great things He has done!

When we remember what God has done, several things happen within us. Fear gets pushed aside as our faith becomes stronger! 

Our trust also becomes stronger because we know with confidence that God has been faithful to us in the past. Hallelujah!

Notice that this section begins with praise and exalting God! If there is a sure fire way to beat fear and being down, it is by praising the One who made us all! Hallelujah!

And I love the phrase of “those that look to him”. Look what happens when we keep our focus on Him. We become radiant!!

Hallelujah my King!

Lord God You are so awesome! Help us to keep our focus on You, and deliver us my God, from all that tries to hinder us in our daily lives!

Amen! Say amen somebody!

 

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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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Rejoice in the Lord

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“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing all you who are upright in heart!”

Psalm 32: 1, 2, 11

Lord God, thank You for working in our lives. Thank You for Your forgiveness! We rejoice in You and all that You have done. Hallelujah!

My wife came home from the hospital today. Even though she is still recovering, and we are still waiting for test results, we are sure glad she is home!

Thank You God!

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And You Healed Me

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“O Lord my God, I called to you for help 

and you healed me.”

Psalm 30: 2

One of the great joys of the Psalms is that they often talk to God like we do. Every day average folks like us can relate so well to words like these!

Be encouraged and blessed!

Lord God we thank You for words of encouragement! Help us to look to You and to not be discouraged!

Amen and amen.

    

P.S. If you did not know my wife has been in the hospital. In some ways she is better but there is still an upcoming biopsy and the fear of cancer once again. We are trusting God. 

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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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The Statutes of the Lord are Trustworthy

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“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord

are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord

are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord

are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

Psalm 19: 7-9

Many of us love the Scriptures, but do we really think of God’s Word as refreshing, and giving us joy in our hearts? We often think of “law” in a negative sense don’t we? But here, long before the New Testament came along, the law was seen as giving us life, and even light to our eyes.

Let’s think about the Ten Commandments for a moment. This was an amazing time of God teaching His people the difference between right and wrong. It’s a good thing when God says, “do not steal”, “do not commit adultery”, “do not murder”. Yes, God bringing light to our eyes, indeed!

Perhaps another way of looking at this topic, is how we raise our children. We teach them right and wrong because we love them and want the best for them. We say things like, “Don’t play in the street!” or “Look both ways before you cross the road!”. Our children trust us now (hopefully) to guide them.

Yes, there is grace, but He is not a Grandfather politely turning His head, pretending not to see when we sin. He is fully aware of everything we do. Some theologians have noted that we cannot fully appreciate the New Testament, without knowing something of the Old Testament.

Lord God, thank You for Your Word! Continue to guide us, teach us, and lead us. Bring light to our eyes, and joy to our hearts as we learn more about You and Your ways!

Hallelujah (praise be to God)!

Amen and amen.

      

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world…….

Psalm 19: 1 – 4a

Have you ever noticed how the sky has no limits, and covers the earth in an unlimited and beautiful way? I think we all have. Sometimes it’s called the expanse. No matter the time of day or night, the beauty of the sky can be clearly seen somewhere on our planet.

And here God says the magnificent sky is a sign to us. The sky is indeed a declaration to the magnificence, the very glory of God! The sky declares that God made everything, and knows everything! Hallelujah!

What I love about these verses too is that the sky speaks volumes and yet says no words. So cool! Sometimes the silence within the beauty of nature, can say more spiritually than any words, even more than a beautiful poem!

H’mmm it makes a blogger think, maybe they should place the word “sky”, or “skies” in the title of their blog! 😊 Hallelujah!

Heavenly Father thank you for the beauty of nature, and in particular, the magnificence of the sky. Help us to worship You, including as we look up and dwell on all that You have made! Speak to us in the silence.

Amen and amen.

       

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Friday Focus – God and Nature

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“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…..”

Psalm 42: 1, 2a

Many of us have been to the beach and received the calm and peace of ocean waves finding their rhythm. Or we have walked through a cool mountain forest listening, to water gently falling over rocks soothing our minds and hearts, as birdsong lifts our spirits.

And yet as people of faith we know that God made everything. We need to be careful to not confuse the created with the One who is the Creator. Can we say that nature brings us healing? Or that there is peace in nature? I believe we can and without offending God.

We know that doctors, nurses, counselors, and medicines help us in tremendous ways. On many different levels they can bring healing and even peace. So, in the same way God can use nature as a balm for easing our wounds.

I remember one poem I wrote about cherry blossoms caused a reaction and a negative response from a “Christian” who challenged my theology. To be honest I think he misjudged the poem because he could not see into the deeper meaning, that spring can free us from being discouraged, and from the oppression many of us can feel during the difficult weather of winter. But that’s ok, because I’m not always right about everything!

Some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen though are from nature. They include my children being born, and before that – my wife walking down the aisle on our wedding day. I was stunned.

And yes, I love my wife more than words can tell. It’s ok to say that. In fact, God works through her to minister to me in so many different, and beautiful ways.

And that’s what God does, with nature. He has blessed us for sure.

I wish you peace.

    

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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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