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Wisdom from the Psalms

Friday, April 20, 2012

April 20

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

The cross I wear around my neck is not there for show, nor is it the object of my worship. I would not be lost without it, though I do like it. I do not believe it has some mystical power, nor does it protect me. The cross that I wear reminds me of the great love that God has for me. Christ's gift of eternal life is made real to me each time I look down at the cross or feel it lightly resting on my chest. In difficult times, I look at the cross and feel warmth and comfort. From its gentle reminder I draw strength when I am weary, refuge when I need to rest. Whether I wear my cross or not, God is with me, but sometimes it is nice to have a small reminder.

Prayer: I run to You when I need rest, Lord. You take me in Your arms and protect me from the pressures of the day. In every time of trial, You are the source of my help. Thank You. Amen.

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Psalm 116 & Psalm 117

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Psalm 116 (NKJV)

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

1 I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.

2 Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

3 The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.

4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.

6 The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.

7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.

9 I will walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.

10 I believed, therefore I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted.”

11 I said in my haste,
“All men are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?

13 I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.

14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people.


15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.

16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant;
You have loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call upon the name of the Lord.


18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people,

19 In the courts of the Lord’s house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!


Psalm 117 (NKJV)

Let All Peoples Praise the Lord

1 Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!

2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord!

  
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FLEMIDG 4/20/2012 12:47AM

    I love reading the Psalms. They are so comforting. Thanks for sharing.

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RGEETING 4/19/2012 9:52PM

    I love what I call the "choice" phrases in the Psalms... and there a some in this one, too.. (116)

v.4 - THEN I CALLED upon the name of the Lord - a past choice...

Choices I determine to make!
v.9 - I WILL WALK before the Lord... - a choice...
v. 10 - I BELIEVED... a choice
v. 13 - I WILL take up the cup of salvation... - a choice
v. 14 - I WILL pay my vows to the Lord... - a choice
v. 17 - I WILL offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving... a choice
v. 17 - I WILL call upon the name of the Lord... - a choice
v. 18 - I WILL pay my vows to the Lord... - a choice.

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What a Difference a Day Makes :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hi All,

Hope everyone is having a great day, today the weather is a far cry from yesterday, we had hail with icy snow mixed with rain and then just before supper we had the sunshine come out in full. Wow, quite the day for us all.

Today has been much calmer, very still, no rain and no hail, yay...I have had a busy day already, been out for a Tenant's Meeting held at Starbucks, those meetings are always great, I get to have the best of both worlds, had my favorite, a Tall non-fat Tazo Awake Black Tea Latte`with a little swirl of caramel on top..I usually have a Caramel Marciato Biscotti but went with a mini shortbread cookie instead. Was at the meeting for over an hour but much was accomplished!

After the meeting I had several errands to do, pick up a prescription and pick up a couple groceries. Now I'm home for a little rest then its some cleaning and will spend some time here catching up with you my spark friends..

That should bring to the dinner hour, this evening will be quiet as tomorrow will be a long day, have my grandson from 7:30am to 4:00pm or as late as 5:00pm....He leaves in time for me to have supper and then I definitely will be resting for the remainder of my evening.

Hope you all have a great day and enjoy your coming weekend..

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FLEMIDG 4/20/2012 12:49AM

    You had a busy day today. Have a good rest tonight, you will need it. Enjoy the time with your grandson. I know what you mean about needing a rest after they go home. God bless you.

Darlene

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RGEETING 4/19/2012 9:56PM

    Sounds busy, busy! :-)
Enjoy grandma time tomorrow!
We're taking our newest grandson (3 mo) with us to a conference in Chicago this weekend. :-) It's been awhile since I've traveled with a baby!

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Wisdom from the Psalms...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19

Psalm 45:17
I will make thy name to be remember in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

The sculptor looked at the piece of stone and thought. His mind whirled at the possibilities the stone presented. He could make anything he wanted. He could carve out great beauty. He could create a monument to himself. He could immortalize a great figure from history. He could sculpt a statement of power and dignity. His mind danced with imagination. He began to dream of the ultimate statement he could make. He looked into the sky and saw the glories there. He looked at the trees and flowers. He watched people walking past. He thought of waterfalls and rainbows and beautiful music. His heart swelled full, then sank. What could be possibly carve into stone that would do justice to the world of wonder he lived in? He set about his carving, working with great care and determination. After days of labor and love, he unveiled the greatest work his life could offer. Three letters, finely shaped, lovingly created. The greatest legacy the artist could give. The name was GOD.

Prayer: Make my life a symbol of Your love and a sign of Your grace. I live my life in Your will, trying to be the best person I can be. Accept my life as an offering of love. Amen.

  
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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/19/2012 10:26AM

    Thanks so much, Judith. You keep our heads and hearts in the right direction--toward GOD!

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He Refines Them...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 18

He Refines Them

"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Gal. 6:14).

They were living to themselves; self with its hopes, and promises and dreams, still had hold of them; but the Lord began to fulfill their prayers. They had asked for contrition, and had surrendered for it to be given them at any cost, and He sent them sorrow; they had asked for purity, and He sent them thrilling anguish; they had asked to be meek, and He had broken their hearts; they had asked to be dead to the world, and He slew all their living hopes; they had asked to be made like unto Him, and He placed them in the furnace, sitting by "as a refiner and purifier of silver," until they should reflect His image; they had asked to lay hold of His cross, and when He had reached it to them it lacerated their hands.

They had asked they knew not what, nor how, but He had taken them at their word, and granted them all their petitions. They were hardly willing to follow Him so far, or to draw so nigh to Him. They had upon them an awe and fear, as Jacob at Bethel, or Eliphaz in the night visions, or as the apostles when they thought that they had seen a spirit, and knew not that it was Jesus. They could almost pray Him to depart from them, or to hide His awfulness. They found it easier to obey than to suffer, to do than to give up, to bear the cross than to hang upon it. But they cannot go back, for they have come too near the unseen cross, and its virtues have pierced too deeply within them. He is fulfilling to them His promise, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32).

But now at last their turn has come. Before, they had only heard of the mystery, but now they feel it. He has fastened on them His look of love, as He did on Mary and Peter, and they can but choose to follow.

Little by little, from time to time, by flitting gleams, the mystery of His cross shines out upon them. They behold Him lifted up, they gaze on the glory which rays from the wounds of His holy passion; and as they gaze they advance, and are changed into His likeness, and His name shines out through them, for He dwells in them. They live alone with Him above, in unspeakable fellowship; willing to lack what others own (and what they might have had), and to be unlike all, so that they are only like Him.

Such, are they in all ages, "who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth."

Had they chosen for themselves, or their friends chosen for them, they would have chosen otherwise. They would have been brighter here, but less glorious in His Kingdom. They would have had Lot's portion, not Abraham's. If they had halted anywhere--if God had taken off His hand and let them stray back -- what would they not have lost? What forfeits in the resurrection? But He stayed them up, even against themselves. Many a time their foot had well nigh slipped; but He in mercy held them up. Now, even in this life, they know that all He did was done well. It was good to suffer here, that they might reign hereafter; to bear the cross below, for they shall wear the crown above; and that not their will but His was done on them and in them.

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