Archive for July, 2011

The Secret Place of Thunder

July 29, 2011

Psalm 81:7In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

Psalm 50:15,23

  • NASB … Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me. … He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.
  • NLT … Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. … But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.

Showers of Blessing

July 23, 2011

Hosea 10:12Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unploughed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.

Proverbs 16:15In the light of a king’s face is life, and His favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.

Ezekiel 34:26I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing.

O Lord, send out Your light and Your truth to guide us to Your holy hill. Refresh us that we may blossom full with the dew of Your presence causing righteousness and praise to ‘flower’ before the nations. -Ps 43:3; Isa 61:11

Perfected Praise Awaits in Zion

July 22, 2011

Psalm 65:1
NASB … There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God, And to You the vow will be performed.

Young’s … To Thee, silence — praise, O God, is in Zion, And to Thee is a vow completed.

Does this mean praise is silent? Or silence is praise?

No, rather it refers to a state where heart has made itself ready, it is still, in a state of expectant peace, at rest – where nothing would meet it’s needs but praise full of the expression of God’s goodness and majesty.

Psalm 76:2 His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion.

In Zion praise is perfected; arising from perfect peace and rest in the Lord.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. -Ps 50:2

How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah. How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion! When they walk through the Valley of (Baca)Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs, where pools of blessing collect after the rains! They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. -Ps 84:4-7

Oh Lord, give us a longing, a yearning for Your courts. Let our hearts be highways of praise that lead straight into the refreshing of Your presence, Your beauty. Let this fullnees of joy in Your presence be our strength, allowing pools of blessings to collect, resfreshing us as well as others.


Word Study

From NetBible Ps 65:1
*It would be wrong to keep silence when praise is due, so praise awaits(befits) God in Zion

  • There will be silence[01747] = still waiting, expectation
  • Zion[06726] = parched place
  • vow[05088] = offering
  • performed[07999] = to be in a covenant of peace, be at peace

From Ps 65:1 Commentary

  • Barnes’ Notes
    “Praise is silent.” The Hebrew is, “To thee is silence-praise,” – a kind of compound phrase, not meaning “silent praise,” but referring to a condition where everything is ready; where the preparations have been entirely made; where the noise usually attendant on preparation has ceased, and all is in readiness as if waiting for that for which the arrangements had been carried forward. The noise of building – of preparation – was now hushed, and all was calm. The language here would also denote the state of feeling in an individual or an assembly, when the heart was prepared for praise; when it was filled with a deep sense of the majesty and goodness of God; when all feelings of anxiety were calmed down, or were in a state of rest; when the soul was ready to burst forth in expressions of thanksgiving, and nothing would meet its needs but praise.
  • Gill’s Exposition
    Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion,…. Who dwells in Sion, as Jarchi interprets it; and so the Targum; whose Shechinah, or glorious Majesty, is in Sion; see Psalm 76:2; … the saints are continually praising the Lord here, giving thanks to him always for all things, Psalm 84:4; some render the words “praise is silent for thee” (e); because there is no end of it, as Jarchi observes; or, because of the greatness of the works of the Lord, praise cannot reach him, as Ben Melech expresses it. The greatest shouts, and loudest acclamations of praise, are but silence in comparison of what ought, if it could be expressed, on account of the nature, perfections, and works of God.
  • Matthew Henry
    All the praise the Lord receives from this earth is from Zion, being the fruit of the Spirit of Christ, and acceptable through him. Praise is silent unto thee, as wanting words to express the great goodness of God.

From NetBible Ps 76:2

  • Salem[08004] = peace
    the place of which Melchizedek was king
    Melchizedek[04442] = King of right, righteousness
    see [08003] = made ready, peaceable, perfect(-ed)
  • tabernacle[05520] = protective covering, sacred place of worship
  • dwelling place[04585] = habitation, refuge – resting place
  • Zion[06726] = parched place

Nothing Impossible

July 20, 2011

Matthew 17:20 AMP … He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

Living faith is
Abiding vitally untied to the vine.

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. -Jn 15:4-5 AMP

To him who believes
… who has a living faith
… who has faith, confidence and a firmly relying trust in Jesus
All things are possible!

All things are possible to him who believes. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” -Mk 9:23-24

Live in Me, and I will live in you
that My joy will live and endure in you,
and that your joy may be full, complete, perfect, lacking nothing.

Living faith produces the fruit of joy; everlasting joy. -Jn 15:16

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. -Ps 16:11

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. -Jn 15:11

Don’t be afraid; just believe. -Mk 5:36

Word StudyFrom Netbible Mt 17:20

  • little faith[3640] = trusting too little,
    lacking confidence (in Christ)
    unbelief[570] = weakness of faith, trust

From Netbible Jn 15:4

  • abide[3306] = remain, dwell, tarry, endure in a condition of waiting

From Netbible Mk 9:23

  • who believes[4100] = who has faith, confidence, trust in Jesus

From Netbible Mk 9:24

  • believe[4100] = faith, confidence, trust in Jesus
  • unbelief[570] = weakness of faith, trust

From Netbible Jn 15:11

  • remain[3306] = remain, dwell, tarry, endure in a condition of waiting
  • full[4137] = complete, perfect, lacking nothing

From Netbible Mk 5:36

  • Don’t be afraid[5399] = put fear to flight
  • believe[4100] = faith, confidence, trust in Jesus

Tears Reaped with Songs of Joy

July 18, 2011


Lamentations 2:18 … Their heart cried out to the Lord, “O wall of the daughter of Zion, Let tears run down like a river day and night; Give yourself no relief; Give your eyes no rest{let not the apple of your eye cease}.

Psalm 126:5-6Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

Let not the apple of your eye cease —
Never let your passion for the lost grow cold
For those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy beneath His wings.

One who has the LORD’s heart for His people is
Kept as the apple of His eye beneath His wings.
-Ps 63:7, 17:8

King of Righteous King of Peace

July 14, 2011

Genesis 14:18-20Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” He[Abram] gave him a tenth of all.

… First, his name(Melchizedek) means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace”. Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually. -Heb 7:2-3

King of righteousness, King of peace, Jesus Christ our priest perpetually!

… Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. -Heb 7:24-25

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. -1 Cor 10:16-17

The cup of blessing: His body the bread, His blood the wine.

Interesting question: Does “the cup of blessing” mean the cup that blesses us or does it mean the cup that we bless God with?

  • The word study below shows both are true! 🙂

Wow! Look at the blessing above it too goes ‘both’ ways!

The King of righteousness, King of peace, Jesus Christ our perpetual priest thru the cup of blessing(His body and blood) blesses both us(with the cup of salvation) and the God most high(with the cup of thanksgiving).

Hebrews 13:15Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Word Study 

From NetBible Gen 14:18

  • Melchizedek[04442] = King of right, righteousness
  • Salem[08004] = peace

From NetBible 1 Cor 10:16

  • bless[2127]
    to praise, celebrate with praises
    to ask God’s blessing on a thing
  • From Jamieson-Fausset-Brown
    The cup of blessing-answering to the Jewish “cup of blessing,” over which thanks were offered in the Passover. It was in doing so that Christ instituted this part of the Lord’s Supper (Mt 26:27; Lu 22:17, 20)

In Your Lovingkindness Wrap Me

July 9, 2011

Psalm 31:16 NASB … Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness.

Save me in Your lovingkindness. This line made me think of being wrapped in His lovingkindness, His mercy, His unfailing love as with a warm blanket. When I was little I had a pink blanket that I always carried around. I would wrap it around me if I was scared or afraid. It provided warmth and comfort; a place of safety. Just thinking of it makes me smile. The Lord is like this!

Psalm 103:2-5Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits—

  • who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
  • who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion,
  • who wraps you in goodness so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Wrap yourself in His lovingkindness(tender mercy, deep affection),
forget not all His benefits-
and trust in Him.
This is your shield, your protection and your crown!

Psalm 5:11-12 But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. For surely, O LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favour as with a shield.

When I looked up what shield means, this prayer made me smile even more. It means to be guarded by prickliness – the opposite of a warm blanket! To His people His shield of lovingkindness is warm and safe but to enemies the shield pierces and guards with prickliness like a barb.

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Word Study
From Netbible Ps 31:16

  • shine[0215]= to illumine, light up
    cause your face to shine = smile
  • lovingkindness[02617] = goodness, faithfulness, unfailing love, mercy

From Netbible Ps 103:4

  • crowns[05849] = grant honor, protect
  • lovingkindness[02617] = goodness, faithfulness, unfailing love, mercy
  • compasion[07356] = tender mercy, the womb
    (as cherishing the fetus), deep affection

From Netbible Ps 103:5

    • The expression your youth is renewed like an eagle’s may allude to the phenomenon of molting, whereby the eagle grows new feathers.

From Netbible Ps 5:11

      • protection[05526]= to cover, defend, overshadow

From Netbible Ps 5:12

    • shield[06793]= to guard by prickliness, also cold (as piercing)
      … from [06791] = to be prickly like a barb or thorn

Just Believe!

July 8, 2011

The Lord has been encouraging me with the resurrection of Jairus daughter Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 along with this scripture:

Mark 16:18 … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

It’s not a coincidence that this was the plea of Jairus for his daughter to Jesus, to come lay hands and make her well –Mk 5:23

Remember also, Jairus daughter looked already dead. Because of this many tried to discourage Jairus from asking Jesus to come. Jairus did not stop – he brought Jesus anyway.

Don’t listen to the “world” or be discouraged that things look dead
– focus on Jesus.
Don’t be afraid; Just believe!  –Mk 5:35-36

Trust Jesus to come and bring life where it looks like death has already won. –Mk 5:41

Get ready to be completely astonished! –Mk 5:42

Word Study

From Netbible Mk 5:42
they were completely astonished with great astonishment

completely[1611]= to be thrown into a state of blended fear and wonderment

great[3173] = surprising on a large scale

astonished[1839] = amazed, throw into wonderment, completely baffled

The Altar Place

July 4, 2011

Genesis 12:7-8 … Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, I will give this land to your posterity. So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, Who had appeared to him.

8From there he pulled up [his tent pegs] and departed to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.

The Altar Place

The altar place
A place of grace
To evermore seek the Lord’s face.

In the secret place
From His holy hill He answers me
His light and truth, they guide me
To the altar of God
My God, my Jesus, my exceeding joy. -Ps 43:3-4

As the deer pants
So my soul thirsts
For the living God -Ps 42:1-2
Behold the beauty of the Lord!
Rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory! -1 Pe 1:18

The altar place
A place of Christ
Thru the blood of the Lamb
A place of grace
A place of rejoicing
To evermore seek the His face.

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually!

Psalm 27:4-7
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD
And to meditate in His temple.
5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.

Hebrews 13:15
Through Him[Jesus] then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

Christ is both our altar and our sacrifice, our High priest.
Make Him known, wherever you go – make an altar place …

Cling to Me

July 3, 2011

Isaiah 27:2-5 (The Message)

“At that same time{in that day},
… a fine vineyard will appear. {a vineyard of red wine}
… There’s something to sing about!
I, God, tend it.
… I keep it well-watered.
I keep careful watch over it
… so that no one can damage it.
I’m not angry. I care.
… Even if it gives me thistles and thornbushes,
I’ll just pull them out
… and burn them up.
Let that vine cling to me for safety,
… let it find a good and whole life with me,
… let it hold on for a good and whole life.”

Come to Me
Know my unfailing love
I have called you by name
My love is everlasting
Be drawn to Me
-Jer 31:3
Cling to Me, cling to me like a vine
Like the true vine clings to the Father
-Jn 15:1
I will keep you safe
My love is eternal
Forever I am yours and
You are mine.
-Isa 43:1

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never
come to an end. –Lam 3:22 NRSV

Word Study

From NetBible Isa 27:5

  • cling[02388] = to fasten upon, bind, cleave, take hold
  • safety[04581] = a place of protection, refuge, stronghold (to prevail)
  • good and whole life[07965] = completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
    • from [07999] = to be in a covenant of peace

From NetBible Isa 27:3

  • keep[05341] = to guard with fidelity, preserve

From NetBible Jn 15:1
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

  • vinedresser[1092] = husbandman
  • The imagery of the vine underscores the importance of fruitfulness in the Christian life and the truth that this results not from human achievement, but from one’s position in Christ. … To some degree the figure is similar to the head-body metaphor used by Paul, with Christ as head and believers as members of the body. Both metaphors bring out the vital and necessary connection which exists between Christ and believers.

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