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I Chronicles 16...  David's Psalm

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

23 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

28 Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

29 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth.

32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth.

34 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.

...Wow!! So many GREAT reminders to GLORIFY the Lord! I love reading this each morning as a reminder to Glorify God throughout my day.  Seek the Lord! Remember all He has done! Sing to Him!! Talk about Him to those around you each day. He is great and deserves our words of praise! 

Leave a comment below to share with others which psalms are a blessing to you in your walk with God!!

 
 
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          We have been blessed with a busy summer around here! I would love to blog more, but as the mother of 5 and a pastor’s wife I have decided to keep the blogging on the lower portion of my priority list. As a result, I have a whole list of things I would like to sit and write about! (Yes, I’m keeping a list!) But today, I sat in on the last service for teen camp. It truly blessed my heart, and our oldest daughter assured me that every service this week has been just as good. I would like to share some of the Scriptures, along with the preacher’s three points, and hope that it is a blessing to you as well. If you’d like to hear the sermon for yourself just click or tap here to open the camp’s sermon page. 
It Is TIME to Trust God!
Proverbs 3:5,6
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
 



The Command  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;”

Psalms 62:8 “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: 
God is a refuge for us. Selah.”

Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: 
but whoso putteth 
his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” 

Psalms 4:5 “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.”


The Caution “lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Psalms 146:3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, 
in whom there is no help.”

Isaiah 5:21 “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent 

in their own sight!”

Proverbs 28:26 “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, 

he shall be delivered.”


The Covenant (Promise) “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Proverbs 16:20 “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth 
in the LORD, happy is he.”

Psalms 40:4 “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust,

Psalms 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”


Final Thoughts: God’s way is always the BEST way.

Psalms 9:10“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, 
LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

Psalms 37:5“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; 
and he shall bring it to pass.”


Thank you Bro. Brubaker for this great challenge!! May God bless all of you serving the Lord and being such an example at Servant’s Heart Camp!
 
 
So much is going on in this world we live in. One minute we are tucked away in our cozy homes, raising our children, building our marriages, striving to please the Lord with each day- and before we know it the world is crumbling all around us. Tragedy strikes and we stand in the aftershock wondering where it came from. This may come by a loss of health, the death of a loved one, or a nearby act of terror we didn’t see it coming or going. All we know is somehow we need to find a new normal and figure out how to move on from here. Do we bury our head in the sand? Do we live in denial and act like nothing has happened? Do we leave the firm foundation of our faith in God and get washed away on the shifting sands of this world’s philosophy?  How are we, as Christians, to respond when our world is tossed about on the raging seas of life? (When all we really want is to just live a quiet and peaceable life!)

Well….  I really don’t have the answer for you. (Other than to say turning our back to God is definitely NOT the answer.) But I do have a biblical example to follow. Job lost everything. And Job even had something that we don’t. Job verse one says that he was perfect and upright. Now, I am not trying to speak for you, but I can firmly say that I am neither perfect nor upright! I wish I could say that I was. And someday I hope that I am, by the grace of God. If it weren’t for all the times I continue to cave in to the desires of my flesh I would be a lot farther along than I am today.  Nevertheless, we can see the example of Job- who lost more than we can ever imagine without even a moment’s notice!!

First, let’s get some facts straight. God cares about Job. He knew what Job was going through. He loved Job. So, does it occur odd to us that when the Lord answers Job after so many chapters of silence he ends up spending an entire chapter talking about Leviathan, the great sea monster!! I’m talking about 34 verses!! I am being polite and holding myself back from using CAPS LOCK here… but take a moment to breathe this in! God Himself. Answering Job. Out of His Infinite Wisdom. And He’s talking about a dinosaur?

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This may be a bit cliche’ but, has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God? God knew exactly what was going on. In fact, He knew before it happened. He also knew the outcome. That is not to say that the way was easy for Job. Times were tough and he endured such grief that cannot be explained. Yet, God also knew exactly what Job needed to hear. Sometimes we tend to make God so personal that we lose sight of His Mighty Power!!

This great sea monster that man cannot tame, cannot subdue, cannot even hunt for its meat- God has made to play in the waters for His enjoyment! Psalm 104:24-26 “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.”

So, to all of the naysayers that tell me that this is not an important point… (you know, those “sincere Christians” who insist that we stick with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ) I would like to just point out that when God spoke to Job in his trials and hardship, he spent an entire chapter explaining, in detail, the greatness of leviathan. That was not an accident. Job saw. He got the message. Job got his eyes back on the Lord and His greatness!

How about us? I know it’s hard when tragedy strikes a little too close to home. We can so easily become consumed. Maybe it is concern for our fellow man, our country, our safety- until we become glued to the next news headline popping up on our screen. ...What will it be next? ...Where will it be next? But let me tell you this. This world is not getting any better. And it isn’t going to. Now more than ever we need to take a step back and fix our eyes on our Lord. Draw close to Him. See His mighty power! I am not suggesting that we bury our head in the sand… but it would not hurt any of us to skip the nightly news for once or give our facebook page a rest and take a look at the night sky or get up to see the sun rise in the morning. Sit a while and read through Job 41. Verse by verse. Think about those knights trying to slay the dragon, only to have their spears fall like blades of grass. Yet, the Lord watches him play in the water. And He is the same Lord Who watches over us.

"Sea Monsters … More than a Legend?"  I found this article interesting from Answers in Genesis. Go to their page here.
 
 
Psalm 23 has been read, written, memorized, recited… on and on… sometimes until it seems almost like it is being said in rote. (rote: a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure)  Growing up many years in church- I have heard many analogies and illustrations. One that always stuck with me is a story of 3 people reciting the 23rd Psalm. One was a great orator, who spoke so magnificently and perfectly accented every line. One was an influential preacher, who had no doubt spoke to crowds all over this world to share God’s Word. And the third was an older gentleman, poor, humble… he didn’t understand why he was asked to join them on the stage, yet was honored to accept.  As he spoke Psalm 23 he needed no paper to remind him of the words, for he spoke them from the heart. Slowly, tears began to fill the eyes of the room- and for the first time that night the people understood the words of that precious Psalm.

Personally, my favorite phrase is right at the beginning. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Can I truly say that in my daily living? I shall not want.  Is His grace sufficient for me? Can I be content in whatsoever state I am? If the Lord is my shepherd- do I really have lack or need of anything this world has to offer? Or is my day filled with so much “I want...” and “I wish…” that I fail to see the hand of my Shepherd leading, restoring, comforting, preparing, and strengthening me day by day.
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I was 18 when I used all of my graduation money to buy an airplane ticket to the mission field. I was blessed to spend 6 months with Teddy & Ligaya Fulfer at Subic Bay Children’s Home in Olongapo City. I left at home a little brother and sister, so naturally as there was a boy and girl about the same age as my siblings back in Iowa I became very close with them.  The boy was born with a severe cataract covering one eye. We made several trips to the eye specialist until the day of surgery finally came. I spent a night I will never forget in a Filipino hospital with an unconscious boy tossing and turning from surgery after having the eye removed. After that, he would come to my little room every night at bedtime to get his eyepiece cleaned. He would lay his head on my lap and though he spoke Tagalog, and I English, together we would softly quote Psalm 23 until his nerves were calm and I could gently remove the plastic to be cleaned and put back in place.  “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”


 
 
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I have an opinion about judgmental people. I have opinions about a lot of things actually. I also have a belief that we do not need to share every opinion we have- likewise we don’t need to get upset if other people’s opinions differ from ours.

In example, here are some groups of people I have not found to be overtly “judgmental” even though in most cases we may live or believe differently:

I haven’t had a problem with my neighbors- yet they all know that I am a Christian. We openly display Scripture signs at the road, tell them about Jesus, let them know we are praying for them, and every year invite them to church to see a Chalk Art Evangelist.

I haven’t had a problem with complete strangers as I go to town. Weekly, even sometimes daily, as we go about to gas stations, stores, or restaurants- we encounter many people on a mainly friendly basis.

I also have sweet fellowship with many many Christians I meet.  Some are old friends, some are new, some I meet in passing and will most likely never see them again till we reach the other side.  Yet there is always a special kinship between two people who love and serve the same great God!  The Holy Spirit dwells in us both- and we have a common bond in the sincerity of love towards our Saviour.

 
 

I will extol thee, my God, O king;
and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; 
and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

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Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise thy works to another,
and shall declare thy mighty acts.

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I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty,
and of thy wondrous works.
And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts:
and I will declare thy greatness.

We hope you are taking some time to enjoy God's beauty!

 

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