Archive for October, 2015

Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness

October 24, 2015

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O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, His glory proclaim;
With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
Kneel and adore Him: the Lord is his Name!
John Samuel Bewley Monsell, 1863

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O worship the Lord
Bow down before Him –
Ps 95:6
In the beauty of holiness! 
1Ch16:27-29;Ps29:1-2;Ps96:6-8;Ps145:10-11
Ascribe to the Lord greatness
Proclaim the glory due His name –
Deu 32:2-3
Kneel and adore Him
Bring an offering
A sacrifice of praise –
1Chr 16:29
O come magnify His Holy name! –
Ps 34:3

Hebrews 13:15 AMP … Through Him[Jesus], therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.

Word Study
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Psalm 29:2 AMP … Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty and majesty of His holiness [as the creator and source of holiness].

From NetBible Ps 29:2

  • ascribe[03051] = give, bring, acknowledge
  • glory[03519] = honor, splendor, reverence
  • name[08034] = reputation
  • worship[07812] = bow down, prostrate oneself in homage to royalty
  • * beauty of holiness = holy attire, properly dressed for the occasion

1 Chronicles 16:29 AMP … Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name; Bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him; Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

From NetBible 1Chr 16:29

Psalm 34:3 NASB … O magnify the Lord with me! Let us exalt His name together.

From NetBible Ps 34:3

  • Magnify[01431] = praise, glorify
    • Tell/boast of His greatness
    • Consider Him great – Let the Lord be magnified
      -Ascribe greatness to the Lord and His name –Dt 32:3
  • Exalt[07311] = lift up, set on high
    • The LORD is great{elevated} in Zion, and He is high{exalted} above all the peoples. -Ps99:2
    • I will exalt You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. -Ps145:1

 

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Deborah and Honey

October 22, 2015

Deborah: the name means bee

From NetBible Jdg 4:4

  • Deborah[01683] = bee
    • 1. the nurse of Rebekah who accompanied her from the house of Bethuel
    • 2. a prophetess who judged Israel

* same as [01682] = bee(in the sense of orderly motion)

  • * from [01696] = to speak, declare, converse, command, promise, warn, threaten, utter, sing
    * to subdue:-answer, appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, promise, pronounce, rehearse, be spokesman, teach

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Song of Solomon 4:11 AMP … Your lips, my [promised] bride, drip honey [as the honeycomb]; …

Song of Solomon 4:3 NASB … Your[bride] lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate behind your veil.

Song of Solomon 5:13 AMP … … His[bridegroom] lips are lilies dripping sweet-scented myrrh.

Deborah the bee, knew how to draw honey from the Word
From the Word in her heart, her mouth spoke –Lk 6:45

The words of Christ flowed sweet as honey –Song 5:13
As honey dripping from the honeycomb –
Song 4:11
How beautiful – the scarlet thread upon her lips! –
Song 4:3

High praises in her mouth, a double edged sword in her hand
The Lord’s judgement was executed! –
Ps 149:6-9

Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake and utter a song! –Jdg 5:12
Bubble up, overflow like an inexhaustible spring –
Ps 45:1
Awake and see the beauty of the King in victory –
Isa 33:17
See chariots overwhelmed as the river overflows –
Jdg 5:21
Arise Deborah, arise like the Son in all its might –
Jdg 5:31
Arise and shine for your light has come! –
Isa 60:1

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Deborah is a picture of the bride of Christ
Who the Lord speaks/sings/prophesies through

Deborah{bride}, with the scarlet thread{Christ} upon her lips
Christ, speaking through the white lily{bride} upon His lips

The scarlet/crimson blood of the Lamb upon the brides lips
And the white lily upon the lips of Christ

Anointed lips, how beautiful!

From NetBible Song 4:11Song 4:3, Song 5:13

  • lips[08193] =  language, speech, shore, bank(as river)
  • drip[05197] = prophesy, preach, discourse by inspiration
  • as the honeycomb[05317] = flowing honey dropping/dripping down
  • His lips are lilies[07799] = a lily from its whiteness; also a straight trumpet from the tubular shape; Shoshannim =>those that shall be changed
    lilies, a testimony, Song 2:2 => the bride
    *from [07797] = to exult, rejoice, display joy, to be bright

Scarlet thread => the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ –Is 1:18
Rahab’s scarlet thread was a type –Jos 2:18
The sacrifice of praise is only thru the blood- Hos14:2;He13:15

Related:
Lilies Dripping Liquid Myrrh{Article}

Breathe Apples of Gold

October 20, 2015

Proverbs 15:23 AMP … A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

Proverbs 25:11 NASB … Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time.

Apples of gold
Apples of gold
Lord I desire apples of gold.

Oh to breathe in Your sweet scent
The fragrance of Your breath like apples –Song 7:8
The sweet smelling scent of life –2 Cor 2:15
Lord blow upon Your garden –Song 4:15-16
Oh to breathe in and out Your apples of gold
Refresh me with apples of joy! –Song 2:5

Apples of gold
Apples of joy
An incense so sweet
A living sacrifice – 
Eph5:1-2; Ro12:1-2; Ps45:11
In the place of apples
In the fragrant place of praise
Lord, You are my praise! – Jer 17:14;Ex 15:2;Ps 132:13-14

These apples of gold contain a fragrance that can be breathed in and out!

Apples of gold are breathed by the Holy Spirit. They contain the fragrance of Christ, bringing life. These apples “breathe” – refresh, quicken, revive and restore from sickness, discouragement, faintness, and/or death. They bring joy. Isn’t it interesting that the “place of apples”, the place where these apples are “breathed” is in Judah, assigned to the tribe of Judah = praise/He is to be praised?!

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Related:
An Incense So Sweet{Article}

Word Study
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Proverbs 25:11 NASB … Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time.

From  Prov 25:11

  • apple[08598] = apple associated with fragrance
    *From [05301] = to breathe, cause to breathe out
    and [01054] = place of apples located in Judah[03063] = praise/He shall be praised (assigned to the tribe of Judah Josh 15 v53)
  • spoken[01696] = to declare, converse, command, promise, warn, threaten, prophesy, sing

=>These apples of gold contain a fragrance that can be breathed in and out!

Job 33:4 AMP … [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].

From  Job 33:4

  • spirit[07307] = breath, wind, to inspire prophetically
    *From [07306] = to smell, scent, perceive odor
  • breath[05397] = spirit, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421] = revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

Song 4:16 AMP … (The Shulammite Bride)“Awake, O north wind, and come, south wind [blow softly upon my garden]; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, [for the one in whom my soul delights], Let its spices flow forth. Let my beloved come into his garden and eat its choicest fruits.”

From  Song 4:16

  • blow[06315] = to cause to exhale or breathe out/utter
    *to kindle (a fire)
  • breathe out[05140] = flow: running water/stream, drip/drop
    =>very similar to drip/prophesy[05197] honey(Song 4:11)
  • eat[0398] = consume (consuming fire Dt 4:24)

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The Hand of the Lord Came Upon

October 18, 2015

Psalm 139:5 NIV … You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

I was thinking about the Lord “hemming me in” and looking at the above image. The image looks like the secret place of Psalm 91 beneath the wings of the Lord. The secret place on high before the Lord’s throne from my previous post (Flying Soaring Wings)

Then I remembered Ezekiel 40:1-2, where the Lord brought Ezekiel to a “very high mountain”! Again this made me think of the secret place on high before the Lord’s throne. Notice below, before the Lord brought Ezekiel to this high mountain – the hand of the Lord was upon him. It’s from this high mountain that Ezekiel receives a vision from the Lord. In Ezekiel God’s hand being on the prophet Ezekiel is regularly associated with communication or a vision from God. Ezekiel 40:1-2 is especially interesting because it shows that this communication from God takes place on Mt Zion, the place where the Most High dwells, the secret place in the shadow of His wings. A place that you can only go to if God’s hand lifts you up and places you there(Ps 40:1-3)!

Ezekiel 40:1-2 NASB … In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was taken, on that same day the hand of the LORD was upon me and He brought me there. 2 In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, and on it to the south there was a structure like a city.

From NetBible Ezek 40:1

  • *Hand upon in the OT can refer metaphorically to power, authority, or influence. In Ezekiel God’s hand being on the prophet is regularly associated with communication or a vision from God
    =>Ezekiel 1:1-3; 3:12-14, 22; 8:1; 37:1; 40:1

From NetBible Ezek 40:2

  • In the visions of God = By means of divine visions => The expression introduces the three major visions of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:1; 8:1,3; 40:1,2)
  • a very high mountain = harmonious with Isa 2:2
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    Isaiah 2:2 NASB … Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.

    • * The image of Mount Zion being elevated above other mountains and hills pictures the prominence it will attain in the future.
    • * Mt Zion = the place where the Lord dwells = the secret place (Ps 132:13-14; Ps 91:1)

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Related:
Standing on the Rock{article}

Flying Soaring Wings

October 15, 2015

Thinking about the wings of the dove and the wings of an eagle soaring through the clouds. The Lord reminded me of something He inspired me to do in the past. I made the following image. (See the Lion of Judah behind the clouds?)

A beautiful eagle is lifted high, soaring in the clouds. The royal Lion of Judah is in the background, supplying the wind (the roar), the power, the breath of the Spirit beneath the eagle’s wings.

The soaring eagle, it’s the eagle of (Is 40:28-31), the promise that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength and not grow weary. They will soar on wings like eagles. Placing all hope and trust in the Lord, waiting on Him, this is how one soars. This is also a key step in worship, in entering the Lord’s courts, His sanctuary, the secret place, His manifest presence (Ps 100; Ps 91:1-4). He inhabits, is enthroned on the praises of His people (Ps 22:3;Ex 15:2;Rv 5:6,9-13;Ps 40:1-3). The Lord himself guides those who trust in Him to this place where He dwells (Ps 43). The Lord prepares and draws those who have clean hands and pure willing hearts to this secret place (Ps 24).

The secret place is also the place of rest, the dove longs to fly away to. The place before the throne where prophecy happens(Ps 55:6;Ps 68:8,13). A place of spiritual wisdom and vision seen in the eyes of both the eagle and dove(Is 40:28;1 Cor 2:7-10;Ps 32:7-8). A place of double portion(Is 61). A place of freedom in the Spirit of the Lord! (2 Cor 3:17) SOAR!!!!!

Isaiah 61:6-7 – Double Portion
You will be called the priests of the LORD;
You will be spoken of as ministers of our God.
You will eat the wealth of nations,
And in their glory{honour} you will boast.
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

Persist – God Isn’t Finished Yet!

October 13, 2015

No matter what happens
No matter how impossible things look
Persist –
Lk 18:1, 11:8
Remember all things
ARE possible in Christ –
Mk 9:23;Mt 19:26;Mt 17:20;Phil 4:13

Do not be afraid! Only believe! –Mk 5:35-36
Keep confidently trusting in the Lord
Persist – God isn’t finished yet –
Phil 1:6
Wait on His timing
Everything(including you) is in His hands –
Ps 31:15
He is able! –Eph 3:20-21


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Lord, when things seem impossible, help me to wait on You and pray bold persistent prayers that won’t give up or let go. Praise You Lord Jesus, with You, all things are possible. Your timing is perfect and You are able! Amen.

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Hebrews 10:35-37 NLT …  So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.

From NetBible Heb 10:36 and Rom 5:3

  • patient endurance – hupomone [5281] = steadfastness, constancy, perseverance, steadfast waiting for
  • *in the NT the characteristic of one who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings

Luke 18:1 AMP … Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart …

From NetBible Lk 18:1

  • always pray and do not lose heart (NET)
  • always pray and NEVER give up (NLT)
  • pray consistently and NEVER quit (MSG)
  • always pray and do not faint (KJV)

Luke 11:8 AMP … I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything just because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence and boldness he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

From NetBible Lk 11:8

  • *Persistence here refers to a combination of ideas, a boldness or audacity that persists over time. Some translate the term shamelessness or importunity. It’s a refusal to give up or let go.
    =>bold persistent prayer that won’t give up or let go!

Psalm 31:15 AMP … My times are in Your hands …

From NetBible Ps 31:15

  • You determine my destiny (NET)
  • My future is in your hands (NLT)
  • Hour by hour I place my days in your hand (MSG)

Deborah and Gold

October 12, 2015

Deborah = a prophetess and judge
She used prophecy to apply the law and govern –
Jdg 4:4-5

Psalm 19:9-10 AMP … 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether. 10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

From NetBible Ps 19:9

  • * The phrase “fear of the Lord” probably refers here to the law, which teaches one how to demonstrate proper reverence for the Lord.
  • * The Lord’s commands/judgements accurately reflect God’s moral will for his people and are an expression of his just character.

From NetBible Ps 19:10

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The law/judgements of the Lord in Deborah’s mouth
Proclaimed on her lips =>more desirable than gold

Her mouth a fountain of life
Her mouth a tree of life
Producing apples of gold => the fruit of wisdom

Apples of gold fitly spoken
Breathed in and out
The sweet fragrance of life
Sung in the “place” of apples
In Judah the place of praise –Prv 25:11

Awake Deborah and utter a song!Jdg 5:12

More desirable than much refined gold …

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Psalm 119:72 AMP
The law from Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Psalm 119:127 AMP
Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, Yes, more than refined gold.

Deborah Prophetess and Judge

October 11, 2015

Judges 4:4-5 AMP … Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to sit [to hear and decide disputes] under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment.

Deborah = a prophetess and judge
She used prophecy to apply the law and govern

From NetBible Jdg 4:4

  • prophetess[05031] = feminine of prophet[05030]; a prophetess or (generally) inspired woman; by implication, a poetess; by association a prophet’s wife:-prophetess.
    • ancient type endowed with gift of song (Miriam)
    • later type consulted for a word (Huldah)
    • false prophetess (Noadiah)
    • wife of Isaiah the prophet
  • judging[08199] = rule, govern, vindicate, punish
    -to decide controversy
    -to execute judgment/pronounce sentence

From NetBible Jdg 4:5

  • judgement[04941] = act of deciding a case, decision in law

Psalm 19:7-10 AMP … The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul;The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart;The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

God’s law reveals His will and brings life
God’s law brings wisdom and spiritual vision
God’s law brings sound judgement

From NetBible Ps 19

  • * The psalmist praises God for his self-revelation in the heavens and in the Mosaic law. The psalmist concludes with a prayer, asking the Lord to keep him from sinning and to approve of his thoughts and words.
  • v7: Here the point seems to be that the law preserves the life of the one who studies it by making known God’s will. Those who know God’s will know how to please him and can avoid offending him.
  • v8: enlightening the eyes = honey gives spiritual vision{1Sam 14:27(Jonathan)}
  •  * v9: The Lord’s commands accurately reflect God’s moral will for his people and are an expression of his just character.
  • v10: The Lord’s judgements =

 

Everlasting God

October 3, 2015

EverlastingGod
Image from 365 promises

From everlasting to everlasting You are God! –Ps 90:1-2

You are my safe dwelling place; My protector

You are my refuge –Dt 33:27

You are my everlasting, unchanging Rock –Isa 26:4

Jesus Christ – who never fails!
Great is Your faithfulness! –He13:8;Ja1:17;Lam3:21-23

You are my everlasting strength –Isa 40:28-31

You are my King eternal –1 Tim 1:17

King of ages
Immortal/ever-living
The only wise God

My everlasting God

One thing I know that I have found
Through all the troubles that surround
You are the Rock that never fails, You never fail

One thing I know that I believe
Through every blessing I receive
You are the only One that stays, You always stay

Chorus
You never change, You’re still the same
You are the Everlasting God
You will remain after the day is gone and the things of earth have passed
Everlasting God

Rest in the Shadow

October 1, 2015

Rest in the shadow
In the shade of the Almighty
Image from pixgood.com

Rest in the shadow
In the shade of the Almighty
The shade of a great Rock
A great Rock in a thirsty land –
Is 32:2,25:4-5

The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. -Ps 121:5 NLT

Come rest secure
In the shadow of His wings
In the shade – the canopy of His glory
Rest, glorious rest!
Is 11:10

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Isaiah 4:5-6 AMP … And the Lord will create over the whole site, over every dwelling place of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be a canopy (a defense of divine love and protection). And there shall be a pavilion[tabernacle] for shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge and a shelter from storm and from rain.

From NetBible Isa 4:5-6

  • dwelling place[04349] = established place, habitation
  • canopy[02646] = divine protection, defense
    =>”over all the glory, a canopy.” This may allude to Exod 40:34-35, where a cloud overshadows the meeting tent as it is filled with God’s glory.
  • pavilion[05521] =tabernacle, booth
  • shade[06738] = shadow, protection, defense

Psalm 91:1-2, 4 AMP
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
… He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

From NetBible Ps 91:1

  • dwells[03427] = abides, remains, have one’s abode, to marry (give a dwelling to)
  • shelter[05643] = covering, hiding place, secret place
  • rest[03885] = abide, dwell, lodge{all night}
  • shadow[06738] = shade, protection, defense
  • *  In this psalm an individual (perhaps a priest) addresses one who has sought shelter in the Lord and assures him that God will protect him from danger (vv. 1-13). In vv. 14-16 God himself promises to keep his loyal follower safe.
  • * The Lord is compared here to a bird who protects its young under the shadow of its wings (see v. 4).
  • *  The divine name used here is “Shaddai” (שַׁדַּיshadday; see also Ps 68:14). Shaddai (or El Shaddai) is the mighty king (sovereign judge) of the world who grants life/blesses and kills/judges. In Genesis he blesses the patriarchs with fertility and promises numerous descendants. Outside Genesis he both blesses/protects and takes away life/happiness.