Archive for December, 2019

One Thing – Nothing More Beautiful!

December 23, 2019

Psalm 27:4-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek[01245]
That I may dwell[03427] in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold[02372] the beauty of the Lord and to meditate[01239] 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.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek[01245].”
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Your face, O Lord, I seek –Ps 27:8
My “One Thing” is to behold the Lord’s beauty –Ps 27:4
In the place where His “glory” dwells –Ps 26:8
Jesus – He is altogether lovely to behold –Song 5:16
The fairest of ten thousand to my soul –Song 5:10
Sing, sing, sing to the Lord
A new song of victory/deliverance –Ps 96:1
Sing to the Lamb who stands in the center of the throne –Rev 5:6
Midst the springs where living water flows –Rev 7:15-17
Sing and celebrate the King –Ps 63:7
Taste and see His goodness –Ps 34:8
Experience His power and glory in His sanctuary
Nothing more beautiful to behold! –Ps 63:2
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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 27:4

  • dwell[03427] = abide, inhabit, marry, keep house
  • behold[02372] = to see (by experience), perceive, prophesy
    *Psalm 11:7 The LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold[02372] His face.
    ** To “see” God’s “face” means to have access to his presence and to experience his favor
  • meditate[01239] = seek, inquire, consider, contemplate, examine

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From NetBible Ps 27:4, Ps 27:8

  • seek[01245] = require, desire, exact, request
    -to search out (by any method, specifically
    in worship or prayer

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From NetBible Ps 96:1

  • * A new song is appropriate because the Lord is constantly intervening in the world as its just king in fresh and exciting ways.. See also Pss 33:3; 40:3; 98:1.
  • Psalm 118:15Songs of joy and victory/deliverance are sung in the camp{tent} of the godly. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!

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From NetBible Ps 63:7
For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.

  • sing for joy[07442] = rejoice aloud for triumph, celebrate

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From NetBible Ps 63:2
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory

  • seen[02372] = to see (by experience), perceive, prophesy
    *same as behold in Ps 27:4
  • see[07200] = to cause to be seen/provided
    * same as Gen 22:14And Abraham called the name of the place, The–LORD–Will–See/Provide[07200]; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of The LORD it shall be seen/provided[07200]“.

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Christ’s Strength and Power Pitches a Tent!

December 17, 2019

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2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
10 So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).

From NetBible 2Cor 12:9
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

  • rest/dwell[1981] = to fix a tent or habitation on
    – to take possession of and live in the houses of the citizens
    – of the power of Christ descending upon one, working within him and giving him help
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    From [4637] = to fix one’s tabernacle, have one’s tabernacle, abide (or live) in – to dwell: to tent or encamp, i.e. (figuratively) to occupy (as a mansion) or (specially), to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion)

=>The strength and power of Christ pitches a tent over and rests/dwells upon the one who is utterly dependent upon Him!
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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord
Bow down in His presence
Admit your dependence on Him –James 4:10
Seek His face/presence as your “One Thing” –Psalms 27:4
=>He will lift you up in due time –1Peter 5:6
=>Set you high upon a rock
=>Covered/hidden in the secret place of His tent –Psalms 27:5
=>Where Christ’s strength and power dwell. –2Cor 12:9
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Now offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle
In the shadow of His wings –Psalms 27:6,63:7
Let your heart say “Your face, LORD, I will seek!” –Psalms 27:8

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Psalm 26:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.

From NetBible Ps 26:8

  • habitation[04583] = dwelling, lair, refuge
    -an abode, of God (the Tabernacle or the Temple)
  • dwells[04908] = tabernacle, residence, tent

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From NetBible Ex 15:2
The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him{prepare Him a habitation}; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

  • prepare Him a habitation[05115]
    – to celebrate with praise, to beautify, adorn
    – dwell, abide, rest(as at home)

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Prayer:
O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house
And the place where Your glory dwells. …
… Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge{trust} in the shelter of Your wings. Selah. …
… For You[Lord] have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy!

Psalms 26:8,61:4,63:7 AMP

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Pitch a Tent and Dwell in Hope

December 14, 2019

Acts 2:25-28 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
25 For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state].
26 Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope [will encamp, pitch its tent, and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection].
27 For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death].
28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence.

From NetBible Acts 2:26
NASB … Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope
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NKJV … Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.

  • live/rest[2681] = to pitch one’s tent, to fix one’s abode/dwell
    – figuratively, to remain: lodge, rest
    *From [4637] = abide (or live) in
    a tabernacle (or tent), tabernacle/dwell

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Pitch a tent
Dwell in hope
Rest
With and in the presence of the Lord
In His presence is fullness of joy!Psalms 16:8-11
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Dwell in hope
Be of good cheer = have courage 
John 16:33
In the land of the living!
Psalms 27:13-14
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Psalm 27:13-14 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
13 [What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

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John 16:33 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
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