Archive for October, 2011

Why Downcast, O my Soul?

October 26, 2011

Psalm 42:6 AMP … O my God, my life[soul] is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; therefore will I [earnestly] remember You from the land of the Jordan [River] and the [summits of Mount] Hermon, from the little mountain Mizar.

What do you do when you find that your soul is downcast? When it seems your life is burdensome – more than you can bear?

Studying this psalm gives an answer and hope. Look what the psalmist does:

I will earnestly remember You

The Lord my Rock(from xref)
From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. -Ps 61:2

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe(set safely on high). -Prov 18:10

  • *From NetBible Prov 18:10
    “running” to the Lord refers to a whole-hearted and unwavering trust in God’s protection

I will remember and
Run to You with whole-hearted, unwavering trust.
I will run to You the Lord my God, my Savior
My Strong Tower
My everlasting Rock!

Daily I will run to You.

For each day You bear my burdens
AND carry me in Your arms!

Blessed be the Lord, praise God our savior! Day after day He bears our burdens and carries us in His arms. -Ps 68:19

Isaiah 26:4 AMP … So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]].

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After I wrote this, I heard this song on the way to work!
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Diligently Seek

October 23, 2011

Hebrews 11:6Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Diligently seek!

In prayer and worship
With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your strength -Deut 4:29;Jere 29:13;Deut 6:5

Let your whole being follow hard after Me -Ps 63:8
The more you seek Me with your whole heart
The more you will find Me
And know experiencing My love is better than life! -Ps 63:3

I AM a shield of protection
… to those who love Me
… to those who know My name
… to those who earnestly wait in hope for Me
-Ps 33:20-21

In the shadow of My protective wings
… they sing for joy
… rejoice with gladness
… celebrate in joyful triumph!
-Ps 63:7; Ps 91:14; Ps 5:11-12

Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You. -Ps 9:10

Word Study

From NetBible Heb 11:6

  • diligently seek[1567] = seek carefully, crave, seek in order to find, strive after

From NetBible Deut 4:29;Jere 29:13

  • seek[01875] = seek with care, in prayer and worship
  • *“You will seek me and find [me] because you will seek me with all your heart.”

From NetBible Ps 63:8

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves, pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination

From NetBible Ps 63:3

  • *experiencing – The psalmist does not speak here of divine loyal love in some abstract sense, but of loyal love revealed and experienced.

From NetBible Ps 5:11

  • rejoice[08055] = make glad, brighten up with whole disposition :: also from Ps 33:21
  • sing for joy[07442] = celebrate aloud in joyful triumph, to joyfully overcome :: also from Ps 63:7
  • joyful in You[05970] = jump for joy, exult, celebrate triumphantly

Be of Good Courage

October 21, 2011

Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Be strong
Be of good courage
For it is the Lion of Judah who goes with you
Wherever you go.

He goes before you
He makes a way
He will not fail you or forsake you. -Deut 31:6-8

Do not be afraid
It’s the King of Glory
Strong and mighty
Mighty in battle
-Ps 24:8
Who fights for you and
Gives you victory.
-Deut 20:4

It pleases the Lord to make
Those who fear{reverently worship}
Those who hope and expectantly wait for His mercy
Strong.
-Ps 147:11;Prov 14:26

Lean on Him
Be of good courage
For in your weakness
The Lion’s strength is revealed.
-2Cor 12:9

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD! -Ps 31:24 NKJV






Come Hungry

October 21, 2011

Come hungry
Come thirsty

WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. -Isa 55:1 AMP

Come empty waiting to be filled!

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
… so pants(longs & crys out for) my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
… When shall I come and appear before God?{see the face of God?} -Ps 42:1-2 NKJV

As the deer pants

The deer longs for, crys out for the water
… because it KNOWS
… the water satisfies and fills
… the water brings life
… the water is GOOD!

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! -Ps 34:8

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. -Rev 22:17

The Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. -Rev 7:17

Let the Lamb lead
Follow the Lamb
Follow hard

My soul follows close behind You(hard, hard enough to overtake); Your right hand upholds me. -Ps 63:8

Draw me away! THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM

We will run after you. THE SHULAMITE

The king has brought me into his chambers. THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM

We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will remember your love more than wine. THE SHULAMITE

Rightly do they love you. -Song 1:4 NKJV

Be Strong and Courageous

October 19, 2011

Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.



Psalm 31:24
NASB … Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 31:24 NKJV … Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 31:24 MSG … Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect GOD to get here soon.

Victory in Surrender

October 15, 2011

There is victory in surrender
… when we are conquered by Christ!

Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble or distress or persecution or famine? Or nakedness or danger or war? 36 It is written,

“Because of You, we face death all day long.
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” —(Psalm 44:22)

37 No! In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him{Christ} who loved us. -Rom 8:35-37

In this world you will have tribulation
But take heart, take courage
Be of good cheer.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. -Josh 1:9

I AM has overcome the world!
In Me you have victory
In Me you have peace. –Jn 16:33

Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. -2 Cor 2:14

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. -1 Cor 15:57

Lord Jesus help me to surrender all to You as a living sacrifice(Rom 12:1). Help me to love You with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength and with all my mind(Lk 10:27). Thank You that nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. Help me to rest in and display that love. Help me to bring the sweet aroma of Christ every place I go. I give to You, my Lord Jesus Christ, all honor, glory and praise.

Poured Out Mercy

October 8, 2011

Everlasting Mercy

October 6, 2011

Psalm 103:15-19 AMP … As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.

The grass withers and the flowers fade …

17But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, and His righteousness is to children’s children–

18To such as keep His covenant [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it] and to those who [earnestly] remember His commandments to do them [imprinting them on their hearts].

19The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.

… but the word of our God stands forever. -Isa 40:8

 

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

The mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him.

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!

His Servants Know

October 2, 2011

John 2:1-11On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

When there is NO wine ….
Do WHATEVER He tells you!

Only His servants will see the water turned to wine.
Only His servants will know where the wine came from,
for they have drawn it at His command.

This wine tastes like no other that came before.

According to Your Mercy – 2

October 1, 2011

From According to Your Mercy

I AM the One who sets your feet on the Rock
… making your footsteps firm –Ps 40:2

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Look what the other part of having your feet firmly on the Rock is …

Psalm 40:3 And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.

Lord thank You that it’s Your hand, Your mercy and faithfulness that keeps us firmly on Jesus Christ our Rock. And that as we sing Your praises from this position where You have placed us – Your hand will be visible drawing others to put their trust in Jesus Christ also. Praise You Lord Jesus, thru Your compassion – Your mercy/lovingkindness and truth(faithfulness) preserve us!

Psalm 40:11Withhold not Your tender mercy(compassion) from me, O Lord; let Your loving-kindness and Your truth(faithfulness) continually preserve me!

From According to Your Mercy

Beloved, fear not
Your steps are ordered, kept and established
For it’s not by might that one prevails –1Sam 2:9
I AM the One who sets your feet on the Rock
… making your footsteps firm –Ps 40:2
Tho you stumble, you will not fall
For I AM holding your hand –Ps 37:23-24
Trust Me
I AM faithful –1Thess 5:24
I AM good. –Ps 100:5

Trust Me
Thru My mercies you are not consumed
My compassions NEVER fail! –Lam 3:22
My hand preserves you
It brings and keeps you where you need to be
My promises are true
Not one will return void
They will accomplish all I intend
All My purposes will prevail and be fulfilled. –Prov 19:21;Isa 55:11

Word StudyFrom NetBible Ps 109:26;Ps 40:11;Ps 100:5;Lam 3:22

  • mercy[02617] = goodness, lovingkindness, kindness, faithfulness, loyal steadfast unfailing love
  • tender mercy[07356] = compassion, to love deeply, tender affection
  • (Your) truth[0571] (continually preserves me) = firmness, faithfulness, stability, continuance, trustworthiness
  • continually[08548] = always, evermore, perpetual, to stretch(as indefinite extension)
  • preserve[05341] = to guard, watch over, keep secret/hidden
  • (His mercy is) everlasting[05769] = continuous existence, perpetual, evermore, eternity
  • truth[0530] = firmness, faithfulness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness
  • (His truth[0530]) endures to all generations[01755] = period, generation, habitation, dwelling, forever

From NetBible Prov 19:21

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

  • Many plans are in the human heart/mind/reasoning BUT only those which God approves will succeed.
  • The point of the proverb is that the human being with many plans is uncertain, but the Lord with a sure plan/purpose gives correct counsel.