Posts Tagged ‘Follow hard’

Trail of Seeds

April 5, 2019


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Jeremiah 31:3“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness{unfailing love} I have drawn you”.
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Song 1:2-4 … Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth — For your love is better than wine. Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you. Draw me away after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.” “We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. The upright love you.”
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I was thinking of being drawn away by the Lord Jesus again. This prompted me to look up the word “draw” in the above verses. One of the meanings for draw is to trail seed as if sowing! Remember the Sower Parable?

I love this image of Jesus scattering the seeds of His word in a trail, to draw His bride after Him. The Bride is so drawn through His words of love that she “runs swiftly” – “follows hard” after Him!

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Psalm 63:8My soul follows hard after{clings to} You; Your right hand upholds me securely.

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Word Study
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From NetBible Jer 31:3
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness{unfailing love} I have drawn[04900] you
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From NetBible Song 1:4
Draw[04900] me away after you and let us run{swiftly, making haste} together! 

  • draw[04900] = drag along, lead along, lift out
    to trail (seed in sowing)

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From NetBible Mt 13:3
And He[Jesus] spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower[4687went out to sow[4687]
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From NetBible Mk 4:14
The sower[4687] sows[4687] the word.

  • sower[4687] = sows, scatters seed
    *from greek [4685] = to draw

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From NetBible Ps 63:8
My soul follows hard after{clings to} You; Your right hand upholds me securely.

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves, pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination
  • * “follow hard” The expression means “to pursue with determination” (see: Judg 20:45; 1 Sam 14:22; 1 Chr 10:2; Jer 42:16).
    => stay right on the heels

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Related:
The Sower, the Seed and Four Soils{blog}

Follow Hard after the Good Shepherd

October 11, 2018


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Follow hardPs 63:8
Keep the Good Shepherd in your sight –Jn 10:14-15
His sheep lack no good thing –Ps 23:1;Ps 34:10
In paths of righteousnessPs 23:3
The Good Shepherd leads to
Rest in green pastures
Beside still watersPs 23:2
He lays His life down for His sheepJn 10:15
He restores my soul.Ps 23:3

Follow hard and surely you will see
His goodness, His mercy
All your days
Ps 23:6
In His presence as He leads.

Your life upheld Ps 63:8
In His presence eternally Ps 23:6
Fullness of Joy forevermore. –Ps 16:11

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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 63:8
My soul follows hard after{clings to} You; Your right hand upholds me securely.

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves, pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination
  • Your right hand upholds[08551] = supports me, secures me
  • * “follow hard” The expression means “to pursue with determination” (see: Judg 20:45; 1 Sam 14:22; 1 Chr 10:2; Jer 42:16).
    => stay right on the heels

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Follow Hard

November 26, 2017

Psalm 63:1,8 AMPC … O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. …
… 8 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.

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Faint with longing
In a dry and weary land …

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Don’t give up!
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The Lord rewards those who earnestly seek Him –Heb 11:6
He will help you 
Ps 63:7
Only BELIEVE
Mk 5:36
Follow hard!

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Luke 13:24 AMPC … Strive to enter by the narrow door[force yourselves through it], for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 63:1
O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh{body} yearns{faint with longing} for You, in a dry and weary{thirsty} land where there is no water.

  • seek earnestly[07836] = seek diligently, painstakingly, early
  • yearns[03642] = long for, faint, faint with longing
  • weary[05889] = thirsty, faint, exhausted

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From NetBible Ps 63:8
My soul follows hard after{clings to} You; Your right hand upholds me securely.

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves, pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination
  • Your right hand upholds[08551] = supports me, secures me
  • * “follow hard” The expression means “to pursue with determination” (see: Judg 20:45; 1 Sam 14:22; 1 Chr 10:2; Jer 42:16).
    => stay right on the heels

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From NetBible Heb 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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

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From NetBible Lk 13:24
The door to heaven is narrow. Work hard{strive} to get in, because many will try to enter and not be able to.

  • strive[75]= Exert every effort, labor fervently, literally (to compete for a prize)

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Keep in Step

December 31, 2016

A Song:
Keep in step, keep in step
With the Lord your God
Keep in step, keep in step
Follow hard
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Not by power
Nor by might
But by His Spirit –Zec 4:6
Follow behind –Phil 4:13
Walk by faith not by sight –2Cor 5:7
Fix your eyes on Jesus Christ –Heb 12:2
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Keep in step, keep in step
With the Lord your God  –Gal 5:25
Keep in step, keep in step
Follow hard Ps 63:8
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Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step{be guided, live in accordance with} with the Spirit. –Gal 5:25

Philippians 2:13 AMPC … [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

Dance of the Hart{Heart}

February 24, 2016

Song of Solomon 8:14 AMPC … [Joyfully the radiant bride turned to Him, the one altogether lovely, the chief among ten thousand to her soul, and with unconcealed eagerness to begin her life of sweet companionship with Him, she answered] Make haste, my beloved, and come quickly, like a gazelle or a young hart [and take me to our waiting home] upon the mountains of spices!

Beloved make haste 
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus –Rev 22:20
Draw me away –Sos 1:4
Lift me from the depths to the heights –Ps 30:11
Upon the mountains of spices
An incense so sweet –
Eph 5:2
Clothe me with joy –
Ps 30:11
To dance the dance of the hart{heart}.

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee –Sos 4:6, 2:17
Songs all thru the night –Ps 42:8
To dance heart to heart with the King
Around the throne keeping in step –
Gal 5:25
With the feet of a deer on the heights
Hart to hart to rejoice
Forevermore, eternal delight. –
Ps 16:11

Habakkuk 3:17-19 KJV … Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice[05937] in the Lord, I will joy[01523]  in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places.

From NetBible Hab 3:18

  • rejoice[05937] = to jump for joy, exult, triumph
  • joy[01523] = spin around in joy, gladness, celebrate
  • * these words are often associated with dancing in joy
    =>Do you see the dancing feet of a deer? Of the bride(Sos 1:4)? Enabled to go on the heights?

 

Related:
Dance of the Hart{article}
Follow Hard: The Passion of the Hart{article}
An Incense So Sweet{Article}

Follow Hard – Cling After

November 3, 2015

Psalm 63:7-8 AMP … For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy. 8 My soul[my life, my very self] clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63:8 AMPC …My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.
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Keep going! Don’t give up!
Follow HARD – Cling after
Cling to the Lord like a vine
Like the true vine clings to the Father –
Jn 15:1,4
Press on to know and acknowledge Him –Hos 6:3
Jesus as your King
Experiencing His love, His Rain/Reign
Is better than life! –
Ps 63:3
My soul longs for, even faints for
The courts of the LORD! –
Ps 84:2

Keep going! Don’t give up!
Follow HARD – Cling after – Press on!
And be upheld by His right hand

Protected under His wing
Sing for joy in His presence
O how good it is! –
Ps 34:8
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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 63:8

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves, pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination
  • Your right hand upholds[08551] = supports me, secures me

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From NetBible Ps 63:2

Psalm 63:2-3 AMPC … So I have looked upon[02372] You in the sanctuary[06944] to see[07200] Your power and Your glory. 3 Because {experiencing}Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

  • behold[02372] = to perceive, experience, contemplate(with pleasure), prophesy
  • sanctuary[06944] = holiness, holy place
  • see[07200] = perceive, experience, discern

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From NetBible  Hos 6:3 , Ps 32:8 & Ps 86:11

Hosea 6:3 NASB … So let us know{acknowledge}, let us press on to know{acknowledge} the LORD. His going forth{coming to rescue} is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering[03384] the earth.

  • rain watering/teach[03384] = to shoot arrows, to throw water, rain, to flow as water, to instruct, to point out (as if by aiming the finger)
    => To those who press on to know and acknowledge the Lord with an undivided{pure} heart, He will come like rain to water/teach personally. They will see “eye to eye”, with “the eyes of His dove”(Song 4:1, 1:15,5:12;Ps 32:8;Ps 86:11)

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From NetBible Psalm 84:2
Psalm 84:2 NASB … My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

  • soul longs[03700] = desperately wants, yearns, pines after
  • faints[03615] = desperately wants, yearns

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Upheld Forevermore

March 4, 2015

Psalm 63:8 AMP
8 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.

From NetBible Ps 63:8

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

My favorite reason to follow hard after the Lord
==> to be in His presence with fullness of joy
Upheld by His mighty right hand forevermore!

Psalm 16:8-11 AMP
8 I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety,
10 For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption.
11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Other good reasons to follow hard:

  • you will not be moved, He helps you stand firm -Ps16:8
  • you will find rest and safety -Ps16:9
  • you will find eternal life -Ps16:10-11
  • you will see the Lord’s power and glory –Ps 63:2
  • you will experience the Lord’s love and know it’s better than life! –Ps 63:3
  • your soul will be satisfied –Ps 63:5
  • you will experience His help and deliverance –Ps 63:7
  • your enemies will not triumph over you –Ps 63:9

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Psalm 63 AMP
1 O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.
2 So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
4 So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips
6 When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.
7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.
8 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek and demand my life to ruin and destroy it shall [themselves be destroyed and] go into the lower parts of the earth [into the underworld of the dead].
10 They shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a prey for foxes and jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him [that is, who binds himself by God’s authority, acknowledging His supremacy, and devoting himself to His glory and service alone; every such one] shall glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

Following Hard

March 2, 2015

Psalm 63:3 AMP
3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

MSG … My lips brim praises like fountains glorifying You!

A Song:
Following hard after You
Lord I cling to You

For I’ve tasted and seen You are good –Ps34:8
And Your love is better than life
So I sing, yes I sing for joy
In the shade of Your wings – I sing

Following hard after You
Lord I cling to You
In the shade of Your wings – I sing
Lord I cling to You

Psalm 63:3,7-8 AMPC … Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. …
… 7 For You have been my help(my deliverer), and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice. 8 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.

 

Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 63:3

  • lovingkindness[02617] = loyal love, goodness, kindness, faithfulness
  • *experiencing – The psalmist does not speak here of divine loyal love in some abstract sense, but of loyal love revealed and experienced.
  • praise[07623] = to soothe, still, stroke, calm, glory triumph
    *MSG … My lips brim praises like fountains glorifying You!

From NetBible Ps 63:7

  • rejoice[07442] = sing for joy, celebrate, triumph, overcome
  • NET … You are my deliverer(help)
  • NLT … I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings.

From NetBible Ps 63:8

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves, pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination
  • Your right hand upholds[08551] = supports me, secures me

Diligence Brings Rewards

February 20, 2015

Hebrews 11:6 AMP
6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

Diligently seek the Lord!

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

Diligence brings rewards!

Proverbs 8:17 AMP
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.

Diligently seek His face!
Follow hard and be upheld
You will find Him and
Know experiencing His love is better than life!
In the shadow of His wings sing for joy! –Ps 63

 

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 Prov 8:17;Ps 63:1

  • seek diligently[07836] = seek earnestly, painstakingly, early

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.

 

HIs Footsteps = Our Pathway

August 10, 2014

Psalm 85:10-13 NKJV
10 Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed. 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

From NetBible Ps 85:10-13

  • Righteousness{Deliverance} and peace greet each other with a kiss. The psalmist personifies these abstract qualities to emphasize that God’s loyal love and faithfulness{truth} will yield deliverance and peace for his people.
  • The psalmist already sees undeniable signs of God’s faithfulness{truth} and expects deliverance to arrive soon.
  • “and it prepares for a way his footsteps.” Some suggest emending וְיָשֵׂם(vÿyasem, “and prepares”) to וְשָׁלוֹם (vÿshalom, “and peace”) since “deliverance” and “peace” are closely related earlier in v. 10. This could be translated, “and peace [goes ahead, making] a pathway for his footsteps”

The Lord Jesus Christ goes before
His footsteps are our pathway.

Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ
He is faithful and true
To keep the one who follows close behind

Peace and deliverance are in His footsteps!

Psalm 63:8 NKJV
8 My soul follows close behind You{follows hard after You}; Your right hand upholds me.

Follow close{follow hard} behind the Lord Jesus Christ
Place your feet in His footsteps
And be upheld by His MIGHTY right hand!

Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me on magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after You

To know and follow hard after you
To grow as your dicsiple in your truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you, my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after you
Lead me on and I will run after you

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After I wrote the above I went to church and the bulletin had
“Walk by Faith” on the front…
with the image of footprints in the sand!

WalkByFaith
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Related:
Established Steps{blog}