Posts Tagged ‘One thing I ask’

The More You Know Him

January 8, 2020

Psalm 9:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
10 And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity].

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

  • Those who know[03045]= perceive, understand, recognize – ‘see’, declare
  • name[08034]= reputation, fame, glory, character
  • forsake[05800]= depart from, leave behind, abandon, neglect
  • seek[01875] = to seek with care in prayer & worship, to diligently inquire/follow
  • *in v8 “To know” the Lord’s “name” means to be his follower, recognizing his authority and maintaining loyalty to him.
  • Ps 91:14
    Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
    ** “knowing” the Lord’s “name” is associated with loving him.

Diligently seek to know the Lord Jesus Christ
At His feet in worship and prayer
With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your strength –Deut 4:29;Jere 29:13;Deut 6:5
In Spirit and Truth –John 4:23-24
Listen to and obey His words –John 14:23
Know His “name” –Exodus 34:5-7
The more you know Him
The more you will trust Him –Psalms 9:10
The more you will experience His mercy
– His lovingkindness –Psalms 63:3
The more you will know the love of Christ
– which surpasses knowledge –Ephesians 3:19
And His overflowing joy! –John 15:10-11
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John 15:10-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11 I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.
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Prayer:
Ephesians 3:19-21
New Living Translation (NLT)
19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

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Mary’s “One Thing”

January 2, 2020

Luke 10:40-42 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the best/good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
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One thing is necessary
Choose the “best/good” part
At the feet of Jesus –Luke 10:39
Worship and bow down before Him –Psalms 95:6-7
With wholehearted devotion –Jeremiah 29:13
Behold Him! –Psalms 27:4
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Jeremiah 29:13When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you search for me with all your heart and soul …
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Psalms 95:6-7 AMP … O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and prayer]. For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if {only} you will hear{listen&obey} His voice …

Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 27:4
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.

  • seek[01245] = require, desire, exact, request
    -to search out (by any method, specifically
    in worship or prayer
  • dwell[03427] = abide, inhabit, marry, keep house
  • behold[02372] = to see (by experience), perceive, prophesy
    *Psalm 11:7The 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 Jere 29:13

  • seek[01245] = require, desire, exact, request
    -to search out (by any method, specifically
    in worship or prayer
  • search for[01875] = seek with care, enquire, to follow
    – in prayer and worship

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From NetBible Ps 95:6

  • worship[07812] = to bow down, prostrate oneself before superior[God] in homage
  • bow down[03766] = kneel in reverence, prostrate
  • kneel[01288] = bless, to adore

 

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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Jesus – How Majestic is Your Name

April 26, 2018

Psalm 8:1 AMPC … O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens.
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Majesty .. Majesty
Your grace has found me just as I am
Empty handed but alive in Your hands

Forever I am changed by Your love
In the presence of Your majesty
Forever I am changed
Never again the same …
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Psalm 27:4 AMPC … One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

Behold Him!

November 12, 2015

Ps34_8
Image from 365promises.com

Taste and see the Lord is good –Ps 34:8
The Lord loves righteousness and justice –
Ps 11:7
Behold Him in His sanctuary
Ps 63:2
Gaze upon His beauty
Make your “One Thing” to seek His face 
Ps 27:4
Experience His lovingkindness
Your lips will brim praises like fountains 
Ps 63:3
Blessed is the one who trusts and takes refuge in Him 
Ps 34:8
The upright will behold His face! –
Ps 11:7

Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully. -Ps 24:3-4 AMPC

Word Study
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Psalm 34:8 AMPC … O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.

From NetBible Ps 34:8

  • taste[02938] = to perceive, know
  • see[07200] = look at, inspect, perceive, consider, behold gaze

Psalm 11:7 AMPC … For the Lord is [rigidly] righteous, He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face, or He beholds the upright.

From NetBible Ps 11:7

  • behold[02372] = to see, perceive, prophesy, provide, contemplate (with pleasure)
    =>To “behold” God’s “face” means to have access to His presence and to experience His favor

One Thing

April 13, 2015

Jesus my Savior
He is altogether lovely -Song 5:16
The fairest of ten thousand to my soul -Song 5:10
By His blood I’m cleansed white as snow
Made whole -Isa1:18;Ps51:7
The One above all others most precious to me
Jesus Christ my Lord
His love experienced and revealed
More delightful than wine
Better than life -Song 1:2-4;Ps63:2-3
The fairest of ten thousand
Seek His face
Taste and see -Ps34:8
Life itself
He is altogether lovely to behold.

Psalm 27:4 AMP
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

From NetBible Ps 27:4

  • behold[02372] = to perceive, experience, contemplate(with pleasure), prophesy
  • beauty[05278] = kindness, pleasantness, delightfulness, favor

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Psalm 11:7 AMP
7 For the Lord is [rigidly] righteous, He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold[02372] His face, or He beholds the upright.

Beholding the Lord’s beauty is both individual and corporate
Once you’ve tasted and seen
You can’t help but praise Him and
Want others to taste and see too!

Psalm 63:2-3 AMP
2 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.

From NetBible Ps 63:2

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

The beauty of holiness –2Chr 20:21;Ps 29:1-2;96:9-10
This is what is tasted and seen
Reflected
Drawing others to taste and see and
Reflect the beauty of holiness too!

Prayer:
Psalm 67:1-3 AMP
1 God be merciful and gracious to us and bless us and cause His face to shine upon us and among us—Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!—
2 That Your way may be known upon earth, Your saving power (Your deliverances and Your salvation) among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise You [turn away from their idols] and give thanks to You, O God; let all the peoples praise and give thanks to You.

Psalm 90:17 AMP
17 let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.

From NetBible Ps 90:17

  • beauty[05278] = kindness, pleasantness, delightfulness, favor
  • establish[03559] = confirm, set up, make successful

Related:
The Help of His Presence
Altogether Lovely
One Thing I Ask{article}

Better is One Day!

May 28, 2014

Psalm 84:1-4, 10 NV
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

“Better Is One Day”
Matt Redman

How lovely is Your dwelling place,
Oh Lord Almighty
My soul longs and even faints for You
For here my heart is satisfied,
within Your presence
I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere

One thing I ask and I would seek,
to see Your beauty
To find You in the place Your glory dwells

My heart and flesh cry out,
For You the living God
Your spirit’s water for my soul
I’ve tasted and I’ve seen,
Come once again to me
I will draw near to You
I will draw near to You

Psalm 63:2-5,7 NIV
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 27:4-6 NIV
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Related:
One Thing I Ask

Draw Me Away!

August 15, 2013

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.”

Jeremiah 31:3“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness{unfailing love} I have drawn you”.

Psalm 63:2-3 , 7-8… I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. … Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul follows hard after You; Your right hand upholds me.

Draw Me Away!

[LORD]Draw me, draw me, draw me away
Draw me, draw me, draw me away.

For you have drawn{loved} me with an everlasting love
A love more delightful than wine.

You’ve stolen{captured} my heart
I’ve tasted and seen
And now I run after thee.

The above scripture and song were on my mind again. From the Word Study below we see that the cry “Draw me away!” is figure of speech, a cry to the Lord to be led or captured in His “cords of love”.

  • It is the cry of one who wants to be a willing captive of the Lord’s love, His goodness.
  • It’s the cry of one who has beheld the glory of the Lord in His sanctuary.
  • It’s the cry of one who has tasted and seen that
    • The Lord’s love is more delightful than wine
    • The Lord’s love is better than life
    • The Lord’s love is everlasting and unfailing

It is a desperate cry, an eager desire to experience the Lord’s love once again. A desire to follow hard and run with enough determination to catch the Lord who is being pursued. Once the Lord is “caught” – O what rejoicing beneath His wings!

  • Spin, leap with joy
  • in gladness shine with joy
  • Sing with lips that glorify the Lord!

The Lord reminded me of the best reason to cry out “Draw me away”! The Lord promises to make this place of the King’s chamber, His sanctuary, this place beneath His wings, the throne, the place He rests His feet – GLORIOUS!

Isaiah 60:13The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I will make the place of My feet glorious.

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[LORD]Draw me, draw me, draw me away
Draw me, draw me, draw me away.

To the place of Your feet
What glorious rest  -Isa 11:10,4:5;Ps 66:2
O how I adore You LORD! 

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Word Study
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From NetBible Song 1:4;Jer 31:3

  • Draw[04900] = to lead
    *The verb מָשַׁךְ (mashakh, “draw”) is a figurative expression (hypocatastasis) which draws an implied comparison between the physical acting of leading a person with the romantic action of leading a person in love. Elsewhere it is used figuratively of a master gently leading an animal with leather cords (Hos 11:4) and of a military victor leading his captives (Jer 31:3). The point of comparison might be that the woman wants to be the willing captive of the love of her beloved, that is, a willing prisoner of his love.
  • run after[07323] = to eagerly hurry, chase
  • rejoice[01523] = spin, circle around(dance, leap) in joy
  • be glad[08055] = be merry, to brighten up, shine in joy
  • everlasting love[0160] = God’s love to His people
  • lovingkindness[02617] = unfailing love, goodness, mercy, kindness, faithfulness

From NetBible Ps 63:8

  • follow hard[01692] = a determination to cling, cleave, be joined, to run after with determination to overtake and capture

From NetBible Is 60:13

  • sanctuary[04720] = temple, tabernacle, sacred holy place
    Ezek 43:7, where the Lord’s throne is called the “place of the soles of my feet.”
    Isa 66:1, the Lord’s throne is where He rests His feet – He rests/abides
    “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?”

 

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Related:
Heart Cry{song}
As the Deer
The Place of My Feet

Altogether Lovely

November 2, 2012

Song 5:16His mouth is sweetness itself; He is altogether lovely. This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Jesus my Savior
He is altogether lovely
The fairest of ten thousand to my soul
By His blood I’m cleansed white as snow
Made whole -Isa1:18;Ps51:7
The One above all others most precious to me
Jesus Christ my Lord
His love experienced and revealed
Better than life -Ps 63:2-3
The fairest of ten thousand
Seek His face
Taste and see -Ps 34:8
Life itself
He is altogether lovely to behold.

Song 5:10My lover is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.

Psalm 27:4, 8-9 AMP … One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. … You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word]. Hide not Your face from me; turn not Your servant away in anger, You Who have been my help! Cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!

Oh, to behold the Father’s glory in the face of Christ!
Jesus, please give me eyes for You alone
My heart trusts in You
“Your face, O LORD, I do seek.”

The LORD is my strength and my [impenetrable]shield; My heart trusts in[relies on, and confidently leans on] Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart leaps for joy, and I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. -Ps 28:7

Do not hide Your face from me
O LORD, I plead.

Psalm 135:3 AMP … Praise the Lord! For the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for He is gracious and lovely!

Word Study

From NetBible Song 5:16

  • altogether lovely[04261] = delightful, object of desire, precious

From NetBible Song 5:10

  • radiant[06703] = dazzling, glowing, clear, bright
  • **footnote 4 “outstanding.” The participle דָּגוּל (dagul) functions as a predicate adjective: “My beloved is…outstanding among ten thousand.” The verb דָּגַל (dagal) is relatively rare, being derived from the noun דֶּגֶל (degel, “banner”) which often refers to a military standard which, when lifted up, was conspicuous for all to see (Num 2:3-4; 10:14-15). The verb דָּגַל only occurs three other times, all referring to raising military banners for all to see (Ps 20:6; Song 6:4, 10). Song 5:10 uses the term figuratively (hypocatastasis) to denote “outstanding” (HALOT 213 s.v. דֶּגֶל). This sense is closely related to the cognate Akkadian verb dagalu “to look, contemplate” and the noun diglu “eyesight, view (what is looked at).” Like a banner lifted high, he attracted the attention of all who looked at him.

From NetBible Heb 1:3

  • radinace[541] = reflected brightness, shining forth
    *reflected brightness of Christ in that He perfectly reflects the majesty of God

From NetBible Ps 135:3

  • gracious[05273] = pleasant, delightful, sweet, lovely, agreeable

From NetBible Jn 1:14

  • grace[5485] = that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, thanks, gratitude

From NetBible Ps 28:7

  • My heart leaps for joy[05937] = greatly rejoice, triumph
  • songs of thanksgiving[03034] =songs of praise, confession(acknowledge name of God)

Related:
The Word Became Flesh
One Thing I Ask{article}

Beautiful One

February 1, 2012

Those who know Him, trust and love Him -Ps 9:10; Ps 91:14
Their heart’s desire
The “one thing” they seek is to
Come and behold Him
Bow down before Him
Come and adore Him
The “Beautiful One”
Jesus Christ is LORD! -Ps 27:4-6

Behold Him
Bow down before Him
Open your eyes to see
The beauty of the Lord in His sanctuary
Wonder anew, see the splendor and majesty of the King -1 Chr 16:27
Delight yourself in the Lord, the King of kings
Let your heart adore Him
Jesus Christ is LORD!


Psalm 28:7
AMP … The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.

1 Chronicles 16:27Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy in His dwelling-place.
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Prayer:

Lord, give us hearts to know You, to trust and love You. Help us to make You our “one” desire. Help us to worship in Spirit and Truth. Thank You that as we do this, You, our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings, the Beautiful One will be seen and adored in wonder.

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Word StudyFrom NetBible Psa 9:10

  • “To know” the Lord’s “name” means to be his follower, recognizing his authority and maintaining loyalty to him. See Ps 91:14, where “knowing” the Lord’s “name” is associated with loving him.

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Lift up your eyes to see
The King seated on the throne
Adore Him!
And the train of His robe
Fills His temple with glory
-Isa 6:1;Rev 4:2,8:Rev 5:5-6,13
Grace, grace to it!
-Zec 4:7

“Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” -Rev 5:13

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Related:
One Thing I Ask