Archive for March, 2009

When The Lord Stoops

March 29, 2009

Genesis 6:8   But Noah found *favor{grace} in the eyes of the LORD.

If you look up the meaning of the word *favor{grace} in this verse, it is from a primitive root meaning “to bend or stoop.” It has the idea of humbling oneself to come down to a lower level. Kind of like when an adult stoops down to communicate with a child, right at eye level, face to face. Just think! The Lord does this with us! The Lord dwells on high, yet He stoops down and communicates with us on our level.

Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? –Ps 113:5-6

Though the LORD is on high, yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. –Ps 138:6

It’s only by the Lord’s pouring out His spirit of grace(Zech 12:10) and supplication that we can see Him on our level. Praise the Lord that when this happens we also receive His favor. When the Lord stoops down, the humble are lifted up!

You give me Your shield of victory; You{O LORD} stoop down to make me great. –2 Sam 22:36

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will{stoop down to} lift you up. –Jam 4:10


*favor/grace – chen [02580]
  Origin: from chanan [02603]
a primitive root (compare 2583); properly, to bend or stoop
in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to
implore (i.e. move to favor by petition):-beseech, X fair,
(be, find, shew) favour(-able), be (deal, give, grant
(gracious(-ly), intreat, (be) merciful, have (shew) mercy (on,
upon), have pity upon, pray, make supplication, X very.
see HEBREW for 02583

A Thank Offering

March 26, 2009

Jonah 2:7-10    “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.
8 “ Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of *thanksgiving;
I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation{Deliverance, Victory} is of the LORD.”

10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

After Jonah prayed and offered a sacrifice with the voice of thanksgiving to the Lord, he was freed from the belly of the whale. What does it mean to offer a sacrifice with the voice of thanksgiving?


tn Heb “voice/sound of thanksgiving.” The genitive תּוֹדָה (todah, “thanksgiving”) specifies the kind of public statement that will accompany the sacrifice. The construct noun קוֹל (qol, “voice, sound”) functions as a metonymy of cause for effect, referring to the content of what the voice/sound produces: hymns of praise or declarative praise testimony.


*thanksgiving – towdah [08426]

1) confession, praise, thanksgiving
1a) give praise to God
1b) thanksgiving in songs of liturgical worship, hymn of praise
1c) thanksgiving choir or procession or line or company
1d) thank-offering, sacrifice of thanksgiving
1e) confession

     from 3034; properly, an extension of the hand, i.e. (by
implication) avowal, or (usually) adoration; specifically, a
choir of worshippers:-confession, (sacrifice of) praise,
thanks(-giving, offering). 


A sacrifice offered to the Lord with a voice of thanksgiving, a thank offering includes giving thanks, hymns of praise, declarative praise testimony … making a joyful sound to the Lord!

So if you find yourself in the belly of a whale today, why not pray and surrender all to the Lord? Cease striving and offer up a sacrifice unto the Lord with the voice/sound of thanksgiving. Salvation, deliverance and victory is of the LORD!

Psalm 100 AMP
A Psalm of thanksgiving and for the thank offering.

1MAKE A joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!
2Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!

3Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!
5For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.

Psalm 95:2 AMP   Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!


Let’s come before His presence{meet His face} with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise{melody} to Him with with songs of praise{celebration}!

Surrender As Clay

March 26, 2009

Jeremiah 18:6    Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand …

Isaiah 45:8-12 AMP    Let fall in showers, you heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness [the pure, spiritual, heaven-born possibilities that have their foundation in the holy being of God]; let the earth open, and let them [skies and earth] sprout forth salvation, and let righteousness germinate and spring up [as plants do] together; I the Lord have created it.
… Woe to him who strives with His Maker!–a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with His Maker]! Shall the clay say to Him who fashions it, What do You think You are making? or, Your work has no handles?
… Woe to him [who complains against his parents that they have begotten him] who says to a father, What are you begetting? or to a woman, With what are you in travail?
… Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Would you question Me about things to come concerning My children, and concerning the work of My hands [would you] command Me?
… I made the earth and created man upon it. I, with My hands, stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.

Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him. In Hebrew, “Be silent in God, and let Him mould thee.” Keep still, and He will mould thee to the right shape.
… Martin Luther

Surrender completely to the Sovereign Lord
… who holds all in His mighty hands. –Job 12:10

Let Him have His way; as the Potter with the clay.



This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” … –Isa 30:15

Place yourself completely in the hands of the Sovereign LORD
Be crucified with Christ –Gal 2:20-21
Turn to Him
Wait on Him
Let your striving cease
Rest in quietness and trust in the palm of His hand.

He will mould you
Fill you
And transform you into the right shape.

Isaiah 64:8    But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we are all the work of Your hand.

Philippians 3:20-21    Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

We are the clay in the Master Potter’s hand

He is moulding us –
But remember for clay to be useful it must go through the fire – then it becomes a beautiful masterpiece!

Lord, help us surrender as clay to be moulded, shaped and brought through the fire by Your hand – for You are the Master Potter and we are the clay.


Surrender completely as clay in the Master Potter’s Sovereign hand-He will mould&transform U-Pleasing in His sight!

For clay to be useful it must be shaped&go thru the fire–By the MasterPottersHand-Becoming a beautiful masterpiece!


Tender Hearted{prayer}

Like a Tree

March 24, 2009

Jeremiah 17:7-8    Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.


Like a tree planted by the water
Like trees by the water we shall stand
Tho the storms may come
We will not be swept away
We will trust and not be removed.


Together by the water we will stand
Raise your arms, sing for joy, clap your hands
We will not be swept away
We will trust and obey
Together by the water we will stand.

Proverbs 10:25    When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

Psalm 125:1-2   Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.

Job 11:13-19    Yet if you devote your heart to Him and stretch out your hands to Him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.

Never Abandon Where God Planted You!

March 21, 2009

This really encouraged me!

Never abandon the post God has placed you in. Never. He has you there for a reason, and whether you know the reason or you never know, it’s not yours to abandon. When God is finished with the work He placed you there for, He’ll move you.

And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent;”    –Acts 18:9

Trust the Lord, the Master gardener,
to know how to make you bloom where you are planted!


John 15:1
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things
God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called according to His purpose.

Psalm 138:8
The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your love, O LORD, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of Your hands.


Turn Back the Battle at the Gate

March 20, 2009

Isaiah 28:5-6    In that day the LORD of hosts will be
For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people, for a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

2 Chronicles 31:2  And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites according to their divisions, each man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to serve, to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the camp of the LORD.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

March 20, 2009

Isaiah 64:8    O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And we all are the work of Your hand.

Psalm 139:14   I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 

O Lord, … You are the potter … I am the clay

You’ve laid Your hand upon me

I’m fearfully and wonderfully made

Made to praise and glorify Your name.

O Lord I thank You
O Lord I praise You
I’m fearfully and wonderfully made
Made to praise and glorify Your name
Made to praise, made for You

O Lord I thank You
O Lord I praise You
I’m fearfully and wonderfully made
I was made to praise.
I was made for You.   


1 Peter 2:9   But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

Psalm 145:10   All You have made will praise{give thanks to} You, O LORD; Your saints will extol{bless} You.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Even in the Darkness, His Hand Holds

March 20, 2009

Psalm 88:1-2,6    O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.

If ever there was a song of sorrow and a Psalm of sadness, Psalm 88 is one. Psalm 88 is a desperate cry to the Lord from a very dark lonely place. It’s overriding theme is one of being lost in impenetrable thick darkness; a darkness which envelopes and gradually draws the life out of the one engulfed by it.

Psalm 88 mentions darkness three times, stressing the seeming distance of God, the feeling of being beyond the care or reach of the Lord. Also missing from Psalm 88 is any declaration of the Lord’s steadfast love.

Psalm 88:6    You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.

Psalm 88:10-12   Do You show Your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you?   Selah
Is Your love declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Destruction?
Are Your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

Psalm 88:16-18   Your wrath has swept over me; Your terrors have destroyed me. All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.

Psalm 139:11-12 seems to be an answer to this desperate impenetrable darkness. So if you find yourself in a place where darkness seems to be your closest friend, remember to declare the Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness. There is no place so dark or so far where the Lord’s hand cannot reach or that His all seeing eye cannot find.

Psalm 139:9-12    If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”   …   even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.

Psalm 18:28   You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. 


If I fear that the thick darkness will over take and engulf me
Or that all light will be swallowed by the dead of night 

Dear Lord help me to remember
the darkness will not be dark to You
and that the night will shine like the day
for darkness is as light to You. 

Lord help me to remember , there is NO place
that Your hand cannot reach
or Your all seeing eye cannot find.

Your right hand will hold me fast!


Hem Me In LORD!

March 19, 2009

Psalm 139:5
You hem me in—behind and before;
You have laid Your hand upon me.


I was desperately seeking the Lord’s guidance yesterday, the Lord’s hand to lead me and show me the way that I should go. So I was praying:

Lord hem me in, thank You that You go before and behind me to prepare the way. Lord lay Your hand upon me, guide me, HEM ME IN!

I was then prompted to look up Psalm 139:5, the verse this prayer comes from. The Lord really encouraged me! Maybe if you need encouragement or hope today this will lift you up also. Here is where I was led. 🙂

To be hemmed in means to be enclosed, encircled, surrounded on all sides.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people both now and for evermore. –Ps 125:2

Who does the Lord hem in, enclose and surround?
–His people, those who trust and abide in Him. The righteous, the upright.

Those who trust in the LORD are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. –Ps 125:1

But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go as fugitives; For the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. –Isa 52:12

Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. –Isa 58:8

Righteousness goes before the redeemed
When the Lord moves His people forward
The Lord and His glory follow behind as a rear guard.

It’s Lord’s glory cloud, His presence that separates, distinguishes His people. -Ex 33:16

How do we bring the glory of the Lord in behind us hemming us in?

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. … (then) … angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. –Ps 34:3, 7

Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him! –Ps 64:10


Psalm 125
1 Those who trust in the LORD
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the LORD surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.

3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
On the land allotted to the righteous,
Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.

4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
And to those who are upright in their hearts.

5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways,
The LORD shall lead them away
With the workers of iniquity.
Peace be upon Israel!


The Lord is moving His people forward
To move forward His people must move with His glory cloud.
It’s His glory, His presence
… that will be the dividing line between the wheat and the tares.
This will be done by His mighty hand,
… for He has laid His mighty hand upon His people
… His praising people
… a dwelling place, a home for His presence.

Isaiah 57:15    For this is what the high and lofty One says—
He who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”






The Lord is Never Late

March 18, 2009

Psalm 31:9   Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.

Waiting is one of the hardest things for me to do. Especially if like David I am in distress crying out to God for mercy and deliverance. Why does it seem as if God delays in answering our cries at times? Why would the Lord make us wait?

I was in this place of distress recently, trying to remind myself that the Lord’s timing is perfect, He’s never late and never seems to be early, always right on time. That’s when the Lord used the following to encourage me.

Psalm 31:14-16    But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love.

It was as if the Lord told me that my times were in His hands, my ups and downs, my whole life. He was asking me to surrender ALL of my times into His mighty hands. He was asking me to trust and acknowledge Him in ALL my ways and believe that He was working out ALL things for good.

Proverbs 3:5-6   Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Romans 8:28   And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 

Psalm 31:23-24   Love the LORD, all His saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud He pays back in full. Be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.


May the Lord’s face shine on you today
For our times are in His hand.

May He save and preserve you in His unfailing love.

Be of good courage and trust in the Lord
He will strengthen your heart!



AS I PRAYED … By D. McFalls

God looked down on me as I prayed 
My heart broken 
My eyes filled with tears 
God looked down on me as I prayed 
He saw my hopes 
He saw my dreams 
God listened as I prayed 
On my knees 
Hands lifted up, all my hopes cast upon him 
God said, it is enough 
You have prayed long and I have heard you, 
You have held fast and I will answer you. 
But the answers will come in my time 
I know you want it now 
Just as unripe fruit makes you ill 
Some things must mature before they are ready 
If you have it before it’s time 
It will only cause you grief 
Trust me to know when the time is right 
Hold fast, have faith and wait 
For one by one your requests will be granted 
Yes I could send them all at once, 
But they would be more than you could handle 
You would be overwhelmed 
Sit still and wait for I have heard you 
Make yourself ready to receive my blessings 
Rest in my promise for you have not been forgotten 
Be at peace daughter, dry your tears 
You are bowed down under your burdens 
But I will lighten your load 
You are wandering though the desert 
I will reach down with my right hand and lead you out 
I know the storm is raging all around you 
Look away from it… Keep your eyes on me 
Trust me 
Be not afraid, only believe.