Friday, April 29, 2016

Some Joyful Thoughts to End this Month

I sometimes have hymns that play over and over in my mind. This is one of the ones I have had lately.

Freely Freely

One of my favorite hymns

Because He Lives

And all time favorite of mine

The Old Rugged Cross

I love these words.

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

     I pray you enjoyed these gospel hymns. I will begin a new series on May 2, 2016.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Proclaim God’s Love

“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Psalm 92:1-2 (NIV)

               The psalmist writes that it is good to praise the LORD. What does this mean? When we give praise to God, we show respect and thankfulness for all He has done for us. At each church service, our pastor asks if anyone has praise for the Lord. One time in my life, I felt God had turned his face from me. In one Sunday morning worship, I started writing on my worship folder the names of those who gave praise. This act helped me be thankful for what He was doing in the lives of others. I still practice this habit all these years later.
               We see in these verses that we are to declare His love in our morning prayers. We can tell others of God’s watch care over His children. We can ask God to watch over those who go through difficult times, thereby showering His love on each of them.

               In the evenings, we are to affirm God’s faithfulness as we saw it throughout the day. After reflecting on this passage, I vow always to try to remember God’s faithfulness. He is faithful, even when I am not.

Monday, April 25, 2016

God Knows Us Best

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“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:14-16 (NIV)

            This passage gives me pause. David again writes from his heart. Earlier in the chapter, he speaks of God’s presence with him in any circumstance—no matter where he happens to be. He pictures God knowing his thoughts even before he says anything.

            In our focus passage, David gives praise to God because of the unique way God had made him. The shepherd king speaks of God knowing him as God formed him in ‘the secret place’.

            David then makes a statement that causes me to pause. “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Several years ago, a daughter of a woman in our former church lost a child at birth. A friend and I talked about the loss. We tried to understand the why of God’s actions. The family almost lost the mother as well. I referred to the thought that ends our focus passage and still could not come to understand why God took this innocent baby from this family.

            Recently, the church received a prayer request from one of its members. A 17-year-old son of the husband had died in an auto accident. The TV news said he was running an errand for his mother. The pavement was wet and he seemed to be speeding, lost control of his vehicle, and hit a tree. The question “Why” comes to mind. This young man, whom I did not know, had been on a college visit to one of our state schools. He planned to pursue studies in science.

            All we can do in circumstances similar to these is understand that the family grieves the loss and ask God to guide them through this intense hurt.

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