Friday, October 16, 2009
This morning I read the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapters 60-66. These words from 66:1-6 in particular moved me:
1 "Thus says the LORD: 'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? 2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be,' declares the LORD. 'But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
"3 'He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers pig's blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations; 4 I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring their fears upon them, because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.'
"5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: 'Your brothers who hate you and cast you out for my name's sake have said, "Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy"; but it is they who shall be put to shame.' 6 The sound of an uproar from the city! A sound from the temple! The sound of the LORD, rendering recompense to his enemies!"
Oh that I might learn to be a man who humbles myself before God by trembling at his Word. As it is I'm so arrogant. Oh Lord, please help me to humble myself before you that I might know your great joy! For you oppose the proud but you give grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5ff).
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Our church holds an annual men's retreat every year up in northern Minnesota and that's this week. So I'm off in a couple of hours to enjoy some relaxation, some extended time with Jesus, and some quality time studying, praying, and playing with some awesome guys--I can't wait to be there!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Our church, Glory of Christ Fellowship in Elk River MN, loves to memorize portions of the Bible together. Right now we're working on Psalm 19 which celebrates the goodness of God in revealing himself through creation and the Bible (although the writer of Psalm 19 had only the first five books of the Bible in mind--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy).
I just finished memorizing the 14 verse Psalm this morning so here it is in the English Standard Version (the numbers correspond to the verses). I wrote it from memory and then checked it carefully to make sure it was correct. I hope this Psalm blesses you today:
1. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
3. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
4. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun
5. which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8. the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9. the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
10. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I so look forward to having a more normal week this week especially because it means that I will be able to sleep well all week--Lord willing. It's amazing how much sleep effects ones desire to eat well or not, and I can use some improvement in that area right now. So I'm up now to go eat a great breakfast and get my week started on the right track!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wow, was I surprised to see the white landscape this morning! I haven't been watching the news lately and, though I had heard about the possibility, I wasn't thinking much about snow--after all it's only Oct 12! But there it is. I think we must have got 1-2" here in the NW suburbs of the Twin Cities.
It won't last long but it is making me long for the colder weather and deeper snow so that I can get out on the cross-country ski trails! I wasn't in very good shape last year and I'm excited to see what I can do out on the trails this year having trained pretty consistently since January.
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