How Precious His Mercy!

April 24, 2014

Psalm 36:7-9 AMP … How precious[03368] 

priceless
excellent
exquisite
valuable
prized
rare

is Your steadfast love [lovingkindness[02617]], 

Your mercy
Your unfailing steadfast love
Your goodness
Your faithfulness

O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures{living water}.
9 For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.

 

Psalm 36:10-11 AMP
10 O continue Your loving-kindness to those who know You, Your righteousness (salvation) to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride overtake me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Psalm 103:17 AMP … The mercy and lovingkindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.

From:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-103-17.html

Blessed! But, how vast the contrast between the fading flower and the everlasting God! How wonderful that His mercy should link our frailty with His eternity, and make us everlasting too!

Related:
Precious Mercy
Everlasting Mercy

Limitless Love

April 23, 2014

Psalm 36:5 AMP
5 Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, extend to the skies, and Your faithfulness to the clouds.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky. -Fred­er­ick Leh­man hymn

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Image from 365 Promises

You are loved with the limitless love of the Lord. An everlasting love that reaches to the heavens!

Jeremiah 31:3 AMP
3 … Yes, I[the Lord] have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.

Related:
Limitless Love{ODB}
The Love of God{hymn}

Hoping with Patient Endurance

April 21, 2014

Hebrews 11:1 AMP
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].


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Hoping for what we cannot see means awaiting it with patient endurance.

Hebrews 10:37-39 AMP
37 For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One will come and He will not delay.
38 But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.
39 But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul.

Indescribable Gift

April 20, 2014


2 Corinthians 9:15 AMP
15 Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!

From NetBible 2Cor 9:15

  • Thanks[5485] = grace which affords joy, gratitude
    *From [5463] = be glad, rejoice exceedingly
  • *Let us thank God for his gift which cannot be described with words
    –a gift too wonderful for words! NLT
    –No language can praise it enough! MSG

Romans 6:23 AMP
23 For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 17:3 AMP
3 And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.

 

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Related:
Overflowing Gratitude

Good Friday

April 18, 2014

Luke 23:34 AMP … And Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Luke 23:43 AMP … And He answered him, Truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

John 19:26-27 AMP … So Jesus, seeing His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, said to His mother, [Dear] woman, See, [here is] your son!
27 Then He said to the disciple, See, [here is] your mother! And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own [keeping, own home].

Matthew 27:46 AMP … And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?—that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]?

John 19:28 AMP … After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished (ended), said in fulfillment of the Scripture, I thirst.

John 19:30 AMP … When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Luke 23:46 AMP … And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit! And with these words, He expired.

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God Can Be Trusted

April 16, 2014

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV … Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 56:3-4 BBE … In the time of my fear, I will have faith in You. In God will I give praise to His word; in God have I put my hope; I will have no fear of what flesh may do to me.

Fear can be powerful, but we don’t have to let fear rule. Fear can be over ruled by trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Like the above psalm, we can declare, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You, Lord!”

God can be trusted! The is no limit to His understanding and wisdom(Isaiah 40:28). Trust in the Lord, for His perfect love casts out all fear(1 John 4:18).

Psalm 147:5 AMP
Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless!


Trust in the Lord
Soar on wings like eagles!
-Isa 40:31

Hosanna in the Highest

April 13, 2014

Zechariah 9:9 AMP
9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Mark 11:8-10 NIV
8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

PalmSunday

The new testament word hosanna[5614] is the greek spelling of the hebrew words yasha’[03467] na’[04994] found in the old testament in only one place. It means ‘Save now, I pray’. It’s a cry for help.

Psalm 118:25-26 NIV Save now[03467] , I pray, O LORD; O LORD, grant us[04994]  success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

Over the years hosanna changed from being a cry for help to a form of praise – a shout of hope and exultation. So Hosanna to the Son of David means “The Son of David is our salvation! Hooray for the king! Salvation belongs to the king!” And Hosanna in the highest means “Let all the angels in heaven join the song of praise. Salvation! Salvation! Let the highest heaven sing the song!”

Do we greatly rejoice like this – that Jesus is in our midst?

Look at the following verse – do you wear your salvation around your neck – as a “garland of hosannas” ? As songs of great rejoicing and deliverance?

Psalm 32:7 MSG  GOD’s my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.

Psalm 32:7 NASB  You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

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This Palm Sunday Let’s rejoice greatly as they did on the first Palm Sunday, that Jesus is in our midst. Let’s celebrate the King of kings.

Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

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Related:
Hosanna by John Piper
Garlands of Hosannas
Don’t Let the Rocks Cry Out{article}

God’s Good Hand

April 12, 2014

Ezra 8:22 AMP
22 For I was ashamed to request of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy along the way, because we had told the king: the hand of our God is upon all them for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.

2 Chronicles 15:2 AMP
2 … The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, craving Him as your soul’s first necessity], He will be found by you; but if you [become indifferent and] forsake Him, He will forsake you.

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Quotes:
… and now all this being said to the king, after this, to desire a guard to protect them, it would look as if they had not that favour in the sight of God, and did not believe what they had said, but distrusted his power and providence towards them; therefore, rather than reflect any dishonour on God, they chose to expose themselves to danger, seeking his face and favour, and relying on his goodness and power. -Gill

It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone. -Spurgeon

Those who seek God, are safe under the shadow of his wings, even in their greatest dangers; but those who forsake him, are always exposed. -Matthew Henry

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Remember
– God’s hand IS there upholding you –
Even if you can’t see it right now.

Seek Him as your soul’s first necessity!

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Today Lord, help me to seek You as my soul’s first necessity. Thank You that those who earnestly seek and rely on You are under the protection of Your mighty right hand.

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Related:
Upheld – Led by His Hand{prayer}
Spurgeon – Ezra 8:22
Ezra 8:22 Commentary

God Chooses the Weak

April 9, 2014

From 365 Promises

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1 Corinthians 1:27-31 AMP
27 [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.
28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,
29 So that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of God.
30 But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].
31 So then, as it is written, Let him who boasts and proudly rejoices and glories, boast and proudly rejoice and glory in the Lord.

Let him who boasts- boast in the Lord!
He chooses the weak to confound the world.

Jeremiah 9:24 AMP
24 But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

Righteous and Full of Mercy

April 8, 2014

From 365 Promises

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Psalm 116:5 NKJV
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful.

From NetBible Ps 116:5

  • merciful[07355] = to love deeply, be compassionate, have tender affection

In view of the LORD’s great love and mercy through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ His Son:

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. -He 4:16

It only takes a mustard seed of faith – use the faith you have!

Luke 17:5-6 AMP
5 The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God).
6 And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.


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