Psalm 117

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Praise the LORD, all nations;

Laud Him, all peoples!

For His lovingkindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the LORD is everlasting.
Praise the LORD!

Two verses, the shortest Psalm, yet so rich and full of praise for our God.

To laud, to extol = to praise

No matter the word, we are to praise our Creator, the Lover of our soul.

Paul reiterates verse one in Romans 15:11

And again:

“Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!”


Father, may my voice be heard with praise and glory unto Your Holy Name.  You love me.  You comfort and hold me.  You grow me.  You created me and made me the girl, then woman who I am.  I am Your daughter who loves You so.  I praise You for all of the beauty that surrounds me no matter where I stand.  Open my eyes that I would see it all.  Open my ears that I will hear the birds call.  Open my heart that I will know the profound love that is only from You.  You sacrificed Your Son for me.  He tore the veil upon the Cross that I would be able to talk with You, be near to You.  Oh, how grateful I am.  I pray this prayer in the Wonderful Name of Jesus.  Amen.

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Why the Crucifixion Matters – GMG Study

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“This week focus on what Christ’s crucifixion means to you and how you are going to honor Jesus with the new life, the second chance, you have been given.”  (Good Morning Girls)

This is the week’s memory verse – Isaiah 53:5:

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My prayer is my answer to the question above ~

Blessed Father, You knew me always.  You saw my sins, my fears, my guilt, my iniquities.  You still sent Your One and Only Son for me that I would be forgiven should I accept the sacrifice that You made for me.  I did accept and know that You loved (and always will love) me so very much.  Your Son died a terrible death upon the Cross and I am sorry.  He fulfilled it all and now I live forgiven but not forgotten.  Jesus was the Only Sacrifice needed and tore the veil between You and me.  I can turn to You in all ways for all things.  I want to live this earthly life in Your hands as You mold me.  I was a decrepitated woman who needed Jesus.  I am now being presented as holy, blameless,, and above reproach before the Very One Who died for me.  You, LORD.  You died for me.  Thank You.  

I desire to be available for Your call upon my walk.  I want to be ready to help someone in need, to feed another, to give a drink of water, to feed and water them with Your Word.  Father, guide my steps for I know that Jesus died for me.  May I open my eyes to You each morning and close them with You on my heart.  I pray I hear Your call.  May my life be Yours.  In the Name of Your Son.  Amen.

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~ As I am being woven ~ I sing this wonderful old hymn from 1875, “Hallelujah! What a Savior” by Philip P. Bliss ~

“Man of Sorrows!” what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

AMEN!

 

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Palah – פָּלָה – Wondrous Love

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פָּלָה

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The Hebrew word, palah, means to be distinct or marked out, to be made separate or set apart, to be distinguished.

A few other verses that use palah with one of the above words:

But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
the LORD hears when I call to him.  Psalm 4:3

“For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”  Exodus 33:16

‘But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’  Exodus 11:7

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Palah is worded: to show wondrously, to show wonder, show wonders, to show marvelously, to show…in wonderful ways:

“You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.  And my people shall never again be put to shame.”  Joel 2:26

God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.  Job 37:5

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God’s love is like no other love.  It is distinct, unique, a wondrous love which only God can give.  It is full and rich and complete in itself.  He loves because that is Who He is.  He loves those who trust in Him and seek refuge in Him.

Matthew Henry comments about this word, palah, in his Commentary on Psalm 17:  “It is the character of God’s people that they trust in him; he is pleased to make them confidants, for his secret is with the righteous; and they make him their trust, for to him they commit themselves. Those that trust in God have many enemies, many that rise up against them and seek their ruin; but they have one friend that is able to deal with them all, and, if he be for them, no matter who is against them.”

I have One friend in Whom I can trust.   I also know that He can handle all that confounds or confronts me.   God hears and is near.  His wondrous love is great and all I need.  He is Love.


May we hum one or both of these hymns for the rest of this day! ~

Amazing Love by Chris Tomlin

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.
(Repeat x2)

(Chorus)
Amazing love,
How can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love,
I know it’s true.
It’s my joy to honor You,
In all I do, I honor You.

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.

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What Wondrous Love Is This

(a Christian Folk Hymn from 1811)

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What wondrous love is this,
O my soul! O my soul!
What wondrous love is this!
O my soul!
What wondrous love is this!
That caused the Lord of bliss!
To send this precious peace,
To my soul, to my soul!
To send this precious peace
To my soul!
(5 more verses-see reference below)

Father, I may not always do right by You, yet my heart desires to see Your wondrous ways in all areas of my earthly life.  Open my spiritual eyes and ears that I may see and hear You and know Your marvelous love that is meant for me and know Your ways that I would walk in Your way for me.  You have loved me since before I was born of my mother.  You  wove me in her womb.  You brought me forth to the special people I have called my parents.  Thank You for them each and both.  I loved them while they lived on this earth and still do as they sit with You in Heaven.  Hold me near for tomorrow would have been Mama’s 100th birthday.  She almost made it there, but You had a more wondrous life for her with You.  How glad I am to know she is there.  She loved me and still loves me for You gave her love from which to love others.   I love You, dear Father.  I pray in the Name of Your Son.  Amen.  

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Rejoicing in Hope

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Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  (Romans 5:3-5 ESV)

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  
(Ephesians 4:4-7 ESV)

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  (Romans 12:12 ESV)

May my walk with You, Father, be overflowing with the hope that You have given to me by pouring Your Holy Spirit into me.  I have this beautiful hope running through me and over me.  I am blessed for I have life in You.  That truly is the only life and the one I desire to live each day.  Guide my steps for they are fragile.  I need Your hand upon me, Father.  I pray in the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

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Why Easter Matters – Week One

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I am studying God’s Word with “Good Morning Girls” for the next 4 weeks, this being Week 1.  This first week is entitled Why the Last Supper Matters.  Spending time in God’s Word, reflecting upon a particular passage, observing what God is pointing out to me through it, applying it’s truth to my life, and then spending time in prayer is what I am doing by being a part of this community study over at Good Morning Girls.  Concentrating upon this period of Jesus’ life as He approaches the Cross makes Easter relevant and serious and fills me with truth of His walk.  I am desiring to walk with Him and this particular timeframe is always difficult as it leads to His death.  BUT…it also leads to His resurrection and eternal life.  Hallelujah!  

The five Scriptures for the week gave me insight into all that Jesus did for me.  He gave His all to save me from myself.

  • God separated His children from death and plagues by blood from an unblemished lamb over the doors.  It was a sign.  Jesus’ blood, the unblemished Lamb’s blood, is my sign today that God is caring and watching over me.  It is a sign to me that I receive salvation from One and Only One…the unblemished Lamb, Jesus the Christ.  Exodus 12:1-14
  • Service to others should be my priority.  With Christ as my example, He shows me how to serve and to humble myself before others.  I am never to feel superior to anyone nor to any task that He calls me to do for it is His voice that asks of me to serve others.  John 13:3-5, 14-15
  • Jesus is heading towards His death in this passage, but He calls on me to never betray Him.  He wants my faithfulness and my trust in Him, in all ways.  Matthew 26:21-25
  • Jesus gave His all for me.  Should I give Him any less?  The Last Supper tells me so clearly that His Body and His Blood were given for me.  What I also saw in this reading is that Jesus began with a prayer of thanksgiving upon taking up the bread.  Praising my LORD.  Luke 22:17-20
  • I must hold true to Jesus for I cannot drink from His cup or eat of His bread if I am living in idolatry, living with the devil.  1 Corinthians 10:14, 21-22  

Trusting in Christ alone is what I am called to do.  I am not to rely on myself or my own resources.  I am not to depend on anything the world offers.  I am not to depend upon anyone but Jesus for He can handle anything I must bear and can hold me up through the storms.  I want to trust in Him, and Him alone.  I pray for this, Father.


If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
 John 13:14-15 ESV  Week’s Memory Verse

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Father God, thank You for this week of study.  As I walk with Jesus at this time in His life here on earth, I want to know Him so that I may serve this lost world in ways that You desire of me.  Guide me in the way that I should go.  Humble me so that I may wash my sisters’ and brothers’ feet, thinking nothing about myself.  I have much to learn, but am willing, LORD.  I am grateful for this time with You and these other women.  I pray in the Name of Christ Jesus.  Amen.

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No Firm Root

“Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm rootthey believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.”  Luke 8:13

 

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Charles Spurgeon writes of this Scripture in “Morning and Evening/January 11th”…

“My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very soul is quite another; superficial feeling is often joined to inward hardness of heart, and a lively impression of the word is not always a lasting one.

“In the parable, the seed in one case fell upon ground having a rocky bottom, covered over with a thin layer of earth; when the seed began to take root, its downward growth was hindered by the hard stone and therefore it spent its strength in pushing its green shoot aloft as high as it could, but having no inward moisture derived from root nourishment, it withered away. Is this my case?

“Have I been making a fair show in the flesh without having a corresponding inner life? Good growth takes place upwards and downwards at the same time. Am I rooted in sincere fidelity and love to Jesus? If my heart remains unsoftened and unfertilized by grace, the good seed may germinate for a season, but it must ultimately wither, for it cannot flourish on a rocky, unbroken, unsanctified heart. ….”

I pray with Mr. Spurgeon ~

“O heavenly Sower, plough me first, and then cast the truth into me, and let me yield thee a bounteous harvest.”

 

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A Humble Heart

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HONOR ~ my word for 2014.

I honor my Holy Father by wanting to glorify Him as I walk this earth.  My want is my desire to please Him in all that I am and all that I do.

Part of pleasing Him is to come to Him with a humble heart.  He has molded my heart and holds it.  The humility which it bears brings glory to Him only when I allow my self to bow before Him and to trust in Him in all ways.  This self called Linda needs to be on her knees, knowing that God is Almighty and she is not.

For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; 
You are not pleased with burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; 
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Psalm 51:16-17 NASB

Contrite:  broken, crushed  

Having this contrite heart may be painful, may be hard, but it also may come with trusting and having faith in my Creator.  It may happen when I let go of the stuff of me and be one of His.  Growing to be more and more like Christ brings humility.  I want that.  Very much!  


With what shall I come to the LORD 

And bow myself before the God on high? 
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, 
With yearling calves?

Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, 
In ten thousand rivers of oil? 
Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, 
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has told you, O man, what is good; 
And what does the LORD require of you 
But to do justice, to love kindness, 
And to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:6-8 NASB

Humbly:  modest, lowly, to be submissive

Taking the me out of the child of God gives me back the beginnings of my creation.  I was made for Him by Him.  I want to find that creation amidst the stuff of me.  And then I want to shed that stuff once I know it is not of God.  As I do that, I stand lower and modestly before Him without human fear, only reverential fear.  I am submissive in a positive way because He made me this way.  This kind of submission is a readiness to conform to the authority and will of God.  I would be meekly obedient, passive, yet not afraid.  He is my God and I am His to guide.  I want to yield to Him.

Father God, I am Yours and want to honor You in all ways, in Your way.  Continue to mold me into the child that You made me over six decades ago.  I want to be wholly Yours who honors You.  I love You and am Yours.  I lift this self up to You and know that as I seek Your face, I can become new once again.  Praying in Your Son’s Name.  Amen.

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Giving thanks for:

  • running into J @ local grocer
  • crisp clear morning
  • all three children I tutor were so glad to see me after their Spring Break
  • and all three did well in their sessions
  • keeping in touch with some of the precious caregivers of Mama’s
  • rain on Sunday
  • sisters
  • new growth on trees

Willingly I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.  Psalm 54:6

Thankfully counting: 1729 – 1736

Be Strong and Courageous

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Throughout Joshua 1, the LORD is giving Joshua orders for taking the land that He promised Moses.  Over and over, the LORD tells Joshua to be strong and courageous.  He tells him that He will not leave him nor forsake him.

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life.  Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.  I will not leave you or forsake you.  
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.  Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.  Joshua 1:5-7

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

God reminds Joshua just exactly what this precious promised land is for…a place of rest.

“Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’”  Joshua 1:13

When Joshua tells the people of Israel the words of the LORD, they respond as one, as God’s children, with strength of one voice:

And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.  Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses!  Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”  Joshua 1:16-18

We know that the Israelites had much to deal with as they moved into this land.  So no matter what our own circumstances may be, trials of health, provision, relationships, etc., we are to be strong and courageous in the LORD.  He is our Strength.  The land of our lives is ours to take under God’s strength and direction.  Remembering His love and power over us brings faith and trust into our lives and our hearts.  That is the way we walk across the Jordan and into this land.

“Faith is this unwavering trust in the heart if God in the hurt if here.”  Philip Yancey

Father, You know my heart and know that I want to trust You in all ways.  But I am human and forget, or think I can do something in my own strength, without You.  I am sorry.  I want this unwavering trust while I walk in this world of hurt.  One day, there will be no more hurt, but, for now, please lift me closely to Your heart that I will feel You near and know that being strong and courageous comes through You and You alone.  Thank You for Your Word, my Abba Father.  In Jesus, Your Son, I pray.  Amen.


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His Ways, His Thoughts

A week ago, I shared my pondering on the Scripture Proverbs 16:9.  I had not yet received permission to use this photo graphic and when Beatrice Teo granted me that, I decided to use it and ponder this Word a bit more.

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from various versions of Proverbs 16:9

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.  KJV

A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.  NKJV

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.  NLT

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.  NIV

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.  ESV

The mind of man plans his way, 
But the LORD directs his steps.  NASB

A man’s mind plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.  RSV

A man’s heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps.  ASV

The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step.  YLT

As I plan my way, I know that my ways are not His ways.  I may take a turn that leads me astray.  I may wander hither and yon with no goal in mind or wander even when I thought I had a goal.  I may become lost in the midst of a plan.  But…if I step out with the wrong foot, I want my God to stop me, to interrupt me, to send me on His way.  I know that I tend to be focused on my determined path, yet I want, I truly want, to have my eyes fixed upon Him, the One Who directs, the One Who establishes my ways.  I want to be willing to be disturbed and have my course changed.  I want to follow the way of the Cross.  Jesus called to many, “Follow Me.”  I am one of His followers, making it even more important for me to follow the path of the Cross that took Him to die for me.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, 

Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts.

 Isaiah 55:8-9

He is the God of all and I am His.  Hallelujah!

“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country.  I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it. “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off, and my salvation will not delay; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory.”  Isaiah 46:8-13

Father, You teach me and try me and love me and call me Yours.  How very blessed I am.  Show me Your way for my life.  Keep my feet planted firmly on Your way, my heart pointed in the direction of the Cross, and my eyes focused on Jesus.  I want to be teachable and trainable, LORD.  You are my Stronghold and my Refuge.  You are my Comfort and my Salvation.  Thank You, Abba Father.  I pray in Your Son’s  Name.  Amen.

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With gratitude I praise You Father ~ 

+ tenderness of Kenneth towards me

+ kind words

+ little yellow flowers all across areas of the yard

+ new Spring growth beginning on the trees

+ prompted to make chocolate chip cookies to give to our new neighbor

+ the right urn for a 15 month old child who is with her Creator now

+ ability to work

+ answering prayers for B & A

+ family

+ a friend who told me that I would be the sister she would ‘choose’ : )

+ laughter

+ peace in our home

+ sharing a meal with friends

[Thankful and counting: #1716-1728]

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My Steps

This week I have been pondering Proverbs 16:9… The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

The LORD has led me besides other gurgling brooks filled with His life and wisdom.  The direction of my steps through my feet and in my heart are His.

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Steadfast in my heart ~

Eyes focused upon my LORD ~

Grounded in the Truth ~

Obedient ~

Honest ~

May I be this to You, my Abba Father.

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I am Yours, my King.  You are the One and Only One Who can set my feet and heart aright.  I thank You, precious Father, for You know what Your plans are for me and You know what is best for me, for my life.  Guide me always.  I pray that my heart is right with You, that is set upon You.  I pray in the Wonderful Name of Jesus.  Amen.


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