Friday, November 17, 2017

Praise God for His Steadfastness, etc.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:25-26 (ESV)

A Psalm of Asaph: The writer of this Psalm found himself envious of those who were ‘full of themselves.’ Those whom he looked up to were prideful, violent, profane, mouthy, and wicked.

The writer sees, God for who He is, his protector, his guide. He realizes God holds his right hand and He will receive this person into glory.

In our focus verses, the writer gives God praise that He is the only one in heaven and that he desires nothing on earth but to please the LORD. He attests to God’s place in his life, everything else may stop working as before, but God is where the psalmist’s strength lies and the psalmist knows that God has given him a share of heaven eternally

God does not give up on us. We give up on Him and we have to learn when we feel God is far away, it is us who have moved. We need to recognize we are the ones who stray from God.

Let’s praise Him for His tenacity and his great love for us. He loves us even when we happen to mess up.

I am taking a blog break until November 27th. We had a wedding anniversary on the 9th. This past Sunday, (Nov. 12) our small Drama Ministry gave a play entitled, “Thanksgiving.” I wrote the script and directed the drama. On the 16th, I received my hearing aids. Tomorrow, I will participate in an Artisan Fair at our local library where I will be signing books.  My previous book signings have been learning experiences for me. Actually, I am posting this a week ahead of time. That means I can start my break earlier and, hopefully, get more things done. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to each of you.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Give Praise

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all and his mercy is over all he has made.
Psalm 145:8-9 (ESV)

David gives praise to God in this passage. Let’s see what he says about our heavenly Father.

 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
 We have scriptures that tell of the Father’s grace, His granting things we don’t deserve. He gives us evidence of showing His people His mercy, the withholding of what we do deserve.
Slow to anger,
 Have you even know anyone who never seems to get angry? Or it takes a lot for them to become irritated? God’s strength lies in His capacity to not be caught off-guard by anything we do. He can handle anything we ‘give Him’, even our own anger.
The Lord is good to all,
As children, we were taught the table grace, “God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for our food . . . .” When we take the time, we see that goodness in our world. Right now, we see the leaves change colors as He prepares the trees for their winter’s rest. I believe He does this to protect those trees and to ultimately shield us, His children, from harm.

His mercy is over all he has made.
God watches over all his children. He tries to keep those children safe from harm. I say He tries.  Because sometimes, He can’t due to the strong will of certain of His children.

As we celebrate the season of Thanksgiving, let’s all seek to give praise to the LORD for all he has done for us.

Monday, November 13, 2017

He Is God

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Psalm 90:1-2 (ESV)
This psalm is a prayer of Moses.  He gives praise to God for being present with the Israelites forever. Moses reminds us that God was present before the land was dotted with mountains and even before God formed the earth. (See Genesis 1:1-2) He gives praise to God for being who He is throughout all eternity.

Do we praise God enough for who He is—our Creator, the Sustainer of all things, the Father of us all? In searching for graphics to accompany these posts, I saw a meme that really spoke to me.

            “There are two times to praise the LORD- when you feel like it and when you don’t.”

I believe Moses had times when he didn’t feel like praising God. When he heard the Israelites grumble about being in the desert and what he saw when he came down the mountain where he met with God and saw that idol the people had made come to mind.
As I compose this the words of Mother Teresa come to me. She listed several scenarios we are faced with in life, her response to each instance is we are to “do it anyway.” In each circumstance she gives us, she tells us to follow Jesus’ example to remedy the problem. Yes, due to our humanity, we have times when we don’t want to give God praise.

However, we are told to praise the Lord for everything. I know what that means to me, what does that mean to you? 

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