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Day Three Serving - Mangiamo!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Good Afternoon! It's that time again. Let's gather around the table and break bread together. Time to have good conversation and enjoy a good meal! Our God is an Awesome God who has an unconditional and agape love towards us! He is the Host and He serves us. ( I am merely His vessel sharing the work He has already done.) He does this being LORD, and King, and God! He is Amazing! Who better to eat with than the King of Glory! Today we feast from the New American Standard Bible (NASB). As always, if this version does not whet your appetite, go to for a version that appeals to you. Mangiamo is an Italian phrase that translates "We eat.". Let's eat.....

A moment of Grace: Heavenly Father, we come as Your children hungry for Your Word. Some may join us that don't know You. If that is so, I pray they feel welcome in joining us. LORD, I pray these sense the great love You have towards them wooing them into Your Presence. I pray that if they hunger and thirst for something but know not what that they would find what they are seeking in You. I pray that if they have questions, they won't feel shy to ask.
As for Your children who know You, may this be a time of intimacy with You that deepens and stretches us. Open our spiritual eyes, ears, and hearts to receive what You have to speak to us this day. LORD, if these guests and friends feel a stirring in their heart/spirit to do something You ask as a result of reading this, I pray we will be obedient. I pray You bless each one who visits here. Season this meal with Your mercy and stead fast grace. May these moments with You bring You glory! In Jesus Name I pray, Amen!

Psalm 24
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The King of Glory Entering Zion.
A Psalm of David.
24 The earth is the Lord’s, and [a]all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers.
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul [b]to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive a blessing from the Lord
And [c] righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 [d]This is the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face—even Jacob. [e]Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, O gates,
And be lifted up, O [f]ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
8 Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O gates,
And lift them up, O [g]ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory. Selah.

Footnotes:a.Psalm 24:1 Lit its fullness
b.Psalm 24:4 Or in vain
c.Psalm 24:5 I.e. as vindicated
d.Psalm 24:6 Or Such
e.Psalm 24:6 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude

Psalm 54
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Prayer for Defense against Enemies.
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A [a]Maskil of David, [b]when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is not David hiding himself among us?”
54 Save me, O God, by Your name,
And [c]vindicate me by Your power.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;

Give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers have risen against me

And violent men have sought my [d]life;

They have not set God before them. [e]Selah.

4 Behold, God is my helper;

The Lord is [f]the sustainer of my soul.

5 [g]He will recompense the evil to [h]my foes;

[i] Destroy them in Your [j]faithfulness.

6 [k] Willingly I will sacrifice to You;

I will give thanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good.

7 For [l]He has delivered me from all [m]trouble,

And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.

Footnotes:a.Psalm 54:1 Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
b.Psalm 54:1 1 Sam 23:19; 26:1
c.Psalm 54:1 Lit judge
d.Psalm 54:3 Or soul
e.Psalm 54:3 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
f.Psalm 54:4 Lit as those who sustain
g.Psalm 54:5 Lit The evil will return
h.Psalm 54:5 Or those who lie in wait for me
i.Psalm 54:5 Or Put to silence
j.Psalm 54:5 Or truth
k.Psalm 54:6 Or With a freewill offering
l.Psalm 54:7 Or it; i.e. His name
m.Psalm 54:7 Or distress

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Psalm 84
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Longing for the Temple Worship.
For the choir director; [a]on the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
84 How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O Lord of hosts!

2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;

My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

3 The bird also has found a house,

And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,

Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,

My King and my God.

4 How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!

They are ever praising You. [b]Selah.

5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,

In [c]whose heart are the highways to Zion!

6 Passing through the valley of [d]Baca they make it a [e]spring;

The early rain also covers it with blessings.

7 They go from strength to strength,

[f]Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;

Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.

9 Behold our shield, O God,

And look upon the face of Your anointed.

10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.

I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God

Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

The Lord gives grace and glory;

No good thing does He withhold [g]from those who walk [h]uprightly.

12 O Lord of hosts,

How blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Footnotes:a.Psalm 84:1 Or according to
b.Psalm 84:4 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
c.Psalm 84:5 Lit their
d.Psalm 84:6 Probably, Weeping; or Balsam trees
e.Psalm 84:6 Or place of springs
f.Psalm 84:7 Some ancient versions read The God of gods will be seen in Zion
g.Psalm 84:11 Lit with regard to
h.Psalm 84:11 Lit with integrity

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Psalm 114
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God’s Deliverance of Israel from Egypt.

114 When Israel went forth from Egypt,

The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

2 Judah became His sanctuary,

Israel, His dominion.

3 The sea looked and fled;

The Jordan turned back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams,

The hills, like lambs.

5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee?

O Jordan, that you turn back?

6 O mountains, that you skip like rams?

O hills, like lambs?

7 Tremble, O earth, before the Lord,

Before the God of Jacob,

8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water,

The flint into a fountain of water.

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Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman

Psalm 144
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity.
A Psalm of David.
144 Blessed be the Lord, my rock,

Who trains my hands for war,

And my fingers for battle;

2 My lovingkindness and my fortress,

My stronghold and my deliverer,

My shield and He in whom I take refuge,

Who subdues [a]my people under me.

3 O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?

Or the son of man, that You think of him?

4 Man is like a mere breath;

His days are like a passing shadow.

5 Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down;

Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.

6 Flash forth lightning and scatter them;

Send out Your arrows and confuse them.

7 Stretch forth Your hand from on high;

Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters,

Out of the hand of aliens

8 Whose mouths speak deceit,

And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

9 I will sing a new song to You, O God;

Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

10 Who gives salvation to kings,

Who rescues David His servant from the evil sword.

11 Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens,

Whose mouth speaks deceit

And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants,

And our daughters as corner pillars [b]fashioned as for a palace;

13 Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce,

And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our [c]fields;

14 Let our cattle [d]bear

Without [e] mishap and without [f] loss,

Let there be no outcry in our streets!

15 How blessed are the people who are so situated;

How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

Footnotes:a.Psalm 144:2 Another reading is peoples
b.Psalm 144:12 Lit cut after the pattern of
c.Psalm 144:13 Lit outside
d.Psalm 144:14 Lit be laden
e.Psalm 144:14 Lit bursting forth
f.Psalm 144:14 Lit going out

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Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

And finally, to end our meal, another slice of Wisdom:

Proverbs 24
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Precepts and Warnings

24 Do not be envious of evil men,
Nor desire to be with them;

2 For their [a]minds devise violence,

And their lips talk of trouble.

3 By wisdom a house is built,

And by understanding it is established;

4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled

With all precious and pleasant riches.

5 A wise man is [b]strong,

And a man of knowledge [c]increases power.

6 For by wise guidance you will [d]wage war,

And in abundance of counselors there is victory.

7 Wisdom is too exalted for a fool,
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
8 One who plans to do evil

Men will call a [e]schemer.

9 The devising of folly is sin,

And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

10 If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.

11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death,

And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.

12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”

Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?

And does He not know it who keeps your soul?

And will He not [f] render to man according to his work?

13 My son, eat honey, for it is good,

Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;

14 Know that wisdom is thus for your soul;

If you find it, then there will be a [g] future,

And your hope will not be cut off.

15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;

Do not destroy his resting place;

16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,

But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,

And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

18 Or the Lord will see it and [h]be displeased,

And turn His anger away from him.

19 Do not fret because of evildoers

Or be envious of the wicked;

20 For there will be no [i] future for the evil man;

The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

21 My son, [j] fear the Lord and the king;

Do not associate with those who are given to change,

22 For their calamity will rise suddenly,

And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

23 These also are sayings of the wise.

To [k] show partiality in judgment is not good.

24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”

Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;

25 But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,

And a good blessing will come upon them.

26 He kisses the lips

Who gives [l]a right answer.

27 Prepare your work outside
And make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.

28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,

And do not deceive with your lips.

29 Do not say, “Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me;

I will [m]render to the man according to his work.”

30 I passed by the field of the sluggard

And by the vineyard of the man lacking [n]sense,

31 And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;

Its surface was covered with [o] nettles,

And its stone wall was broken down.

32 When I saw, I [p]reflected upon it;

I looked, and received instruction.

33 “ A little sleep, a little slumber,

A little folding of the hands to rest,”

34 Then your poverty will come as [q]a robber

And your want like [r]an armed man.

Footnotes:a.Proverbs 24:2 Lit hearts
b.Proverbs 24:5 Lit in strength
c.Proverbs 24:5 Lit strengthens power
d.Proverbs 24:6 Lit make battle for yourself
e.Proverbs 24:8 Or deviser of evil
f.Proverbs 24:12 Lit bring back
g.Proverbs 24:14 Lit latter end
h.Proverbs 24:18 Lit it is evil in His eyes
i.Proverbs 24:20 Lit latter end
j.Proverbs 24:21 Or reverence
k.Proverbs 24:23 Lit regard the face
l.Proverbs 24:26 Or an honest
m.Proverbs 24:29 Lit bring back
n.Proverbs 24:30 Lit heart
o.Proverbs 24:31 I.e. a kind of weed
p.Proverbs 24:32 Lit set my heart
q.Proverbs 24:34 Or a vagabond; lit one who walks
r.Proverbs 24:34 Lit a man with a shield

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Well, my friends that ends our meal for today but stay awhile if you like and let these words seep for awhile. Feel free to share any insights you may have. Ask questions if you would like. If I don't have the answer, I know the One Who does. You can always sit quietly or in prayer (or both!) before the LORD and inquire of what He has to say. May peace be yours this day and in your days ahead. Hope to dine with you tomorrow !

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    I'm glad your faith gives you strength.

    How is your nephew doing? I am sorry you have a blister. I had a huge one when I was in Italy. Tough to get exercise that way!

    Hope your stomach feels better too. Ten pounds is ten pounds! Keep up the good work.

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