Tag Archives: Psalms

16 Sep

Heavenly Communication

Today communication is possible through many different means. How many times do we communicate with others throughout the day? God the Creator of communication desires to communicate with us. This is possible through prayer and the Bible. God speaks through His Word, the Bible, and we speak to Him through prayer.

The Bible is no ordinary book. Its author is God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (II Timothy 3:16)

The Bible contains sixty-six books recorded by a variety of men, yet it has a unity that can be explained only by the fact that its writers were all inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible’s purpose is to give God’s message to the world. The Bible’s theme is the redemption of man.

This Book is a precious, perfect, powerful book of history, law, poetry, wisdom, and prophecy which engages its readers with stories of love, adventure, wars, suffering, heroes, friendship, greed, dedication, sacrifice, and much more.

Word pictures give insight to personal testimonies of what the Bible is:

In John 4:14, Christ presents the Word as SEED, which when planted in the heart of unbelievers and is received, will result in that person’s salvation.

In Jeremiah 15:16, Jeremiah says that the word is the “JOY and rejoicing of the heart.”

In Psalm 119:105, the writer declares: “Thy Word is a LAMP unto my feet and a Light unto my path.” In other words, the Word gives understanding and shows the way to journey through this life.

In Jeremiah 20:9, Jeremiah describes the Word as a FIRE that cannot be hidden but must be shared with others.

Volumes may be written about the Bible, but only when its pages are opened and its words read, will the reader understand the life changing power of God’s Word, the Bible.

“The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others are of minor importance and which in all my perplexities and distress has never failed to give me light and strength.”
Robert E. Lee

21 Aug

The Dominion Mandate

To have dominion is to rule. At the highest level, it means that man understands that he has a free will and a measure of power delegated to him by God and that he is charged with using that free will and power responsibly.

Psalm 8:6-8 6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

But some men fail to recognize that.

John 19:10-11 10Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?   11Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 

Even though man has repeatedly failed to exercise dominion well, that doesn’t mean that God failed in His design. The way one rules is determined by the character of the one ruling.

When Adam sinned, he forfeited dominion to Satan who became the prince of the power of the air. The Dominion Mandate is still in force even though it has been greatly affected by man’s sin. The mandate came from God, and God will never cede total dominion to Satan, although Satan certainly has the power to influence man to use the mandate for fleshly, carnal purposes.

While most fail to recognize the biblical basis for the mandate, it is still in effect and indirectly authorizes all honorable occupations – science, technology, medicine, commerce, government, education, the arts, etc. God’s intent was for it to benefit mankind and to honor Him.

We are God’s stewards. He has charged us to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (fill) the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Genesis 1:28). May you and I as believers do our part well.

01 Jul

America


Celebrating two-hundred and forty-four years of independence!

Anthem of freedom

Monument of truth

Emblem of faith

Resource of beauty

Independence for all

Courage in adversity

Anchor of justice

The foundation of a nation will determine its future. “In God We Trust” has been an influence in America’s greatness. The truths set forth in the Bible have given wisdom, strength, courage, and a code for morality. Psalm 144:12-15 gives reasons why a nation’s faith in God is important.

“That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store; that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten-thousands. That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets. Happy is that people that is in such a case; yea happy is the people whose God is the Lord.”

As we fly the flag, may we be reminded of the sacrifice of the brave men and women who have given their lives for freedom’s cause. May its colors give a personal interpretation of their meanings as we pause to honor a nation whose foundation is strong, whose purpose is pure, and whose hope is in God.

“Long may our land be bright with freedom’s Holy light.
Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!”

15 Jun

Be Acceptable!

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

As a child of the Lord one of the most difficult tasks that you will face is to keep your tongue (your words) and your thoughts under control. It is difficult because you constantly have to guard against saying that which will not please the Lord and the devil constantly bombards your mind with wicked thoughts.

However, this verse gives you great encouragement. In this ongoing battle, your Redeemer, Jesus Christ, is the One who gives you the strength that you need to be victorious. Will it always be easy? NO! But you can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth you!

13 Jun

Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow

It has come to my attention these past few weeks and months that I’m not giving God the credit He is due. I find my prayers are generally directed to Jesus Christ with barely a mention of God the Father or God the Holy Spirit. In the early 13th, 14th and 15th centuries the prayers were directed solely to God and not to Jesus or the Holy Spirit, I believe this too was erroneous. But in this 21st century our prayers are devoid of God the Father.

After all my friends, it was God who determined to set us apart to have fellowship with Him even before He created the world.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Eph. 1:4)

It was God who was grieved in His heart that because of sin in our lives He could not have that sweet fellowship that he so desires.

Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Gen 3: 23,24)

It was God who sent His only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sin, that that sweet fellowship might be restored.

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Rom.3:25)

It was God to whom Jesus prayed when his disciples asked Him to “teach us to pray”. “Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be Thy Name”. It was God to whom Jesus promised His disciples that when He was no longer walking the earth with them He would pray the Father and He would send the comforter (Jn. 15:26). It was God to whom Peter referred to when he said “because it is written be ye holy for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). It is God who is now already sitting on the throne invites Jesus to join Him when He says “The Lord said unto My Lord sit thou at my right hand” (Ps 110:1).

So you see my friends, it is important to honor the entire Trinity: God the Father, God the Son who God the Father sent and God the Holy Ghost who indwells us. Let us work at realizing what great things He has done. As the song writer says “Praise God from who all blessing flow. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost”.

03 Jun

Great Truths for Times Like These

One of the hardest things in the Christian life is to reconcile God’s involvement in life-threatening illness, tragedies of all types, the impacts of the evil acts of other people, and in general, bad events or situations that occur in life. The current pandemic is one of those situations. However, regardless of circumstance, the Bible assures us of God’s love and care and continual working in our lives. The following eight foundational truths are for times like these.

God’s love for us is indisputable.
He loved us so much that he sent His only begotten Son to die for us that we might have everlasting life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

God is interested in us personally.
He knows every sparrow that falls. He knows every hair on our heads. He has told us to come to Him with literally our every need. He knows and He cares about the details of our lives.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.(Matthew 10:29-30)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

God is not surprised by the things that happen to us.
He is omniscient or all-knowing. He is never caught off guard.

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? (John 18:4)

God does not promise to deliver us from all the bad.
That includes evil and suffering and the impact of the choices of others. But He does promise to give us the ability to endure, and the grace, and the peace, and the strength that is needed to meet the situation.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (1 Peter 2:21)

God will never leave us nor forsake us.
His way is perfect. In return, He asks us to place our faith and trust in Him, regardless of the circumstance.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. (2 Samuel 22:31)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

God is working to conform us to the image of Christ.
He is a sovereign God, who will work the tiniest blessing and the greatest evil to our eventual good.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:28-29)

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)

God is good, every day, all the time.
His love for us and watch-care over us are ever present.

Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. (Psalm 119:68)

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)

God’s secret things are beyond human understanding.
We must be content to leave those with God.

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

Regardless of what may come our way, we can stand firm on these rock-solid, sure foundational truths.

13 May

Praise Be to God

I was reminded today about the Washington Monument that brought me much insight. The Washington Monument towers above our nation’s capital and that bears his name, serving as an awe-inspiring reminder of George Washington’s greatness. The monument, like the man, stands in no one’s shadow. It is my understanding that it is designed to capture the 1st rays of sun as it rises in the mornings. Inscribed on the aluminum cap, notable names and dates in the monument’s construction are recalled, and on the east face, facing the rising sun, the Latin words “Laus Deo,” which translate to, “Praise be to God.”

As a nation as well as personally, it is hard to remember to “Praise God” when we are amidst trials like many are facing during the COVID 19 pandemic. The word of God is filled will “Praises to God” while individuals were going through multiple trials.

The word “Praise” is mentioned about 261 times in our English Bible, as I read through these references just soaking up the truths my eyes stumbled on a verse that caught my attention…

Psalms 28:7: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

Like the Washington Monument that absorbs the 1st rays of light reflecting “Praise be to God,” so may my life reflect Praises to the Lord most high that is worthy of all praise. As I praise the Lord the trials are easier to bear as my focus is on the one that is going to see me through the trial.

27 Apr

Come Away, My Beloved

In Song of Solomon chapter 2 we see a beautiful picture of the Savior’s love for us

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2: 10)

In Psalm 119:71, the Psalmist understands that sometimes God takes drastic measures to get our attention.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. (Psalm 119:71)

We read in Ephesians 1:4 that God chose us to spend eternity with Him before He even created the world!

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Ephesians 1:4 )

So my friends let’s not be selfish with our relationship with God. As we go through our present situation, let’s determine to come away with my Beloved.

18 Apr

God is Still in Control

In these trying times, we are reminded of the blessings that The Lord has bestowed upon us in this wonderful nation that we have. Oh how much we take for granted!

Now that we have been restricted from going the many places that we like to go and from doing the things that we want to do, we have been forced to ponder the fact that these freedoms can and may be taken from us. What about worship? Did you ever think we would or could be told that we are not allowed to gather together and worship God?

Thankfully, we know these restrictions are only temporary and that God is still in control. He has certainly given all of us some things to think about. Maybe we should stop and consider anew the many blessings that God has given us and be thankful.

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord ; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

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