Things We Learn About God from Psalm 89

Loving

Kind

The Lord

Eternal

Faithful to His promises, constantly reliable

In the heavens

Made an unconditional “royal grant” promise to a chosen person (David) that one of his descendents will be King over all generations*

Does wonders

Praise goes to Him from the heavens

Faithfulness among the angels

Nothing in the skies compares to  Him

Even angels are not like Him

A God greatly feared among the angels

Awesome above all

God over a host of angels

None is like Him

Rules and stills the sea and waves

Conquered Egypt to free His chosen people

Scatters His enemies by His strength

Owns the heavens

Owns the earth

Founded the entire world and all it contains

Even the mountains shout for joy at His name

Strong

Mighty

Exalted

Righteous

Just and Fair

King on a throne

Truthful

People are blessed who praise Him

His countenance gives light

People rejoice in His name

People are exalted by God’s righteousness

By His favor, He gives people strength

The King belongs to God

He has spoken to people

He found, helped, anointed, established, strengthened, protected, and exalted David His chosen king, the highest of all earthly kings*

He gave David firstborn status/privileges *

Will give Israel the land between the Red Sea and the Euphrates River

The Father

The rock of salvation

God promised that—If David’s descendents forsake God’s commandments—He would punish them

But He will never break His promise to David’s family overall: some descendents will live forever*

As sure as the sun and moon are in the sky, God will keep His promise of an eternal kingdom*

David’s descendents would rebel and be disciplined by God—through broken-down walls and strongholds

To some, it appeared God had rejected David’s dynasty: they were subject to plunder, reproach, shame, lack of victory in war, and loss of splendor and kingship

The Psalmist ends with, “Blessed be the Lord forever!*

*The Son of David is Jesus, Eternal Savior, Lord, and King

 

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Warning to the Wicked

Psalm 50:16-23  
16 But to the wicked God says, “What right have you to tell of My statutes To hypocritical teachers, God says, “You have no right to teach My Word. You have usurped authority from My true shepherds and receive undue honor from saints.
And to take My covenant in your mouth? You have no right to say You are in covenant with Me. It is absurd, and a great affront to Me, to hear you preaching My Word while not obeying it yourself.
17 “For you hate discipline You love to feed your pride by telling others what to do; but when you are corrected, you summarily dismiss it.
And you cast My words behind you. You disregard any of My rules you are resolved not to be ruled by. And you take it a step further, teaching others that your rules are more important than Mine.
When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you associate with adulterers. You chastise only those who dare to cross you. But you overlook sins of anyone who might come in handy or profit you later.
19 “You let your mouth loose in evil Your arrogant tone and dogmatic opinions are far from an example of My love and grace.
And your tongue frames deceit. And you are calculated liars. One lie begets another, and one fraud requires another to cover it.
20 “You sit and speak against your brother; You slander, abuse, misrepresent, censure, and judge people—as if you were their master to whom they stand or fall.
You slander your own mother’s son. You forget that these people are just as good as you are; they are on the same level as you. You should be loving, vindicating, and standing up for them if they get hurt. Instead, you abuse them yourself. You should be, in love, covering a multitude of sins and hoping all things—but in reality you sit on your judge’s bench, falsely and unjustly charging, deriding, and backbiting those you should be respecting and showing kindness to.
21 “These things you have done and I kept silence; For years, I’ve sat quietly while you’ve carried on like this, letting you alone to take your course. I hate it, but I am patient, giving time for repentance—so that if you never stop this behavior, you will have no excuse. My patience is all the more wonderful because some sinners make such ill use of it!
You thought that I was just like you; Mistaking my silence for agreement, you began to think your behavior represents Mine. You think I’m like you: denying things previously stated, not keeping your word, disregarding sin when convenient. And the longer you go on, the harder your heart gets. ……. No. You are wrong. I am not at all like you.
I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes. The day is coming when I will convince you of what you’ve been doing, and your mouth will be stopped: you won’t find a single word to defend yourself. What confusion you’ll have when I set your sins in order before your eyes!   You covered it up and would not listen to your conscience. You will have shame and terror when I lay it all out for you to finally face.
“Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear  you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver. Do pay attention to this warning today, you who have gone your merry way without truly acknowledging Me and My Words. If you disregard what I’m telling you, be warned: I’ll rip you apart and nobody will be able to help you.
23 “He who offers a sacrifice of thanks-giving honors Me; But there is GOOD NEWS! Anyone who stops the madness and acknowledges Me and all the wonderful things that I have done—with true thankfulness—is giving me honor.
And to him who orders his way  aright
I shall show the salvation of God.”
Yes, anyone who heeds this warning, sees his terrible error, and changes his ways—that person I will show the way to the Savior, who took the deserved punishment on behalf of sinners. To that repentant sinner I will show the salvation of God.
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These Birds Have Flown

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I love my firstborn,

Emily Grace—

With two little kids,

She keeps quite a pace!

Staying in touch

Can be a rat race,

And it takes many hours

To drive to her place.

= – =

Things aren’t the same

Since they moved away,

And jobs and obligations

Forced us to stay;

Mostly my moods are

Droopy and gray:

I miss all four of them

Every. Single. Day.

= – =

Plus, to double this trouble,

Lily is gone too:

The daily silence pierces—

I’m very sad and blue.

She’s busy with her husband,

And a ministry or two:

There’s not much overlapping

In the many things we do.

= – =

I miss our late-night visits,

And silly hanging out,

Her wisdom and candor,

And all that she’s about.

And my new son-in-law

Isn’t directly on my route:

All the kids are busy,

So, yeah, I tend to pout.

= – =

Since I quit my office job,

It’s become increasingly hard:

So I organized the garage,

Started working in the yard;

Sending things to the grandkids,

Visiting, and crafting cards.

But with time alone, I tend to cry;

I must keep up my guard.

= – =

How do I cope with

This big empty nest?

What is my agenda?

What do I do next?

Instigate some luncheons?

Make myself a pest?

I suppose that’s okay,

But likely not God’s best.

= – =

So I’m trying to be more active,

Taking care of my body:

It’s gotten pretty shabby,

Sore, and sick, and sorry.

And I’m studying and writing—

Lest  I fall to folly—

And I’m reaching out to others

Who are also melancholy.

= – =

I’ve finally come to realize

I can’t go where the girls went.

I’ve resolved to get over

This sinful discontent.

So I pray in the meantime

For a more positive bent,

New ministry of my own,

And time to be well spent.

= – =

And to cherish the days

When I do hear from the kids,

Making the most of the time

With a smile, a hug, and a kiss.

These birds have flown—

They were made for this—

May God bless and keep them:

They’re not mine—they are His!

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The Battle Rages On!

My EYES have seen the wretchedness

Of all my awful acts.

There are TIMES when I deceive myself,

But THEN I must face facts:

It’s a STRUGGLE of the flesh;

I must do MORE than just react!

The BATTLE rages on!

 

Yes, IN our flesh we justify

ANGER, disputes, and strife,

With JEALOUSY and enmity,

DISSENSIONS, factions, fights.

But if we LIVE by the Spirit,

That should NEVER be our life!

The BATTLE rages on!

 

NOR are we immoral,

Or CAROUSING or impure;

And we DON’T have things we idolize

MORE than GOD, that’s for sure.

For SEDUCERS, drunks, or pagans

Will NOT see heaven’s door.

The BATTLE rages on!

 

RATHER let us walk instead

In the SPIRIT of the Lord,

Who DEMONSTRATES the greater things

Like LOVE, joy, and patient words.

And TRY some kindness and loyalty,

Being GOOD, and self-controlled!

The BATTLE rages on!

 

Let’s RESTORE each other from error,

BEARING one another’s load,

In HUMILITY and wise discussion

Of the SAVIOR who paid what we owed.

God’s not MOCKED, don’t trample His Savior:

Yes, we’ll REAP just what we sowed.

The BATTLE rages on!

 

 

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SOAP

My pastor introduced me to the Life Journal.* I love it. It’s a few chapters a day, completing the Bible in a year. As I read, I notate references of an inspiring verse or two. After done reading, I handwrite my chosen verse. That’s “S”, for “Scripture.”  Then “O” is for Observations, “A” Application, and “P” Prayer.  [I figure they meant it to spell “SOAP” (“the washing of water with the Word”).]  No worries, it’s only a half-page of handwriting, and including reading it’s 30-40 minutes total. I highly recommend getting a Life Journal.

But… because I’m me—every once in awhile I shift to the computer and do a deeper study. Today was one such day. With a few turns of phrase from Matthew Henry, I hope you enjoy the washing: it’s quite “sudsy.”

S Deut. 4:29-31   There you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice. For the Lord your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.
O Wherever Israel was, physically or spiritually, if they sought God sincerely, He promised they would find Him. When in trouble (even by their own doing), God knew they would return to Him and listen to Him—because He is compassionate and would not let them down, would not destroy them, and would remember His sworn promise to their forefathers.
A Wherever I am, physically or spiritually, there is nowhere that has a gap between me and God.  I will find him, because He will set me back to my right mind: He will cause me to earnestly desire God’s favor and plead with Him—and I’ll find Him. When in trouble (by my own doing, or by affliction sent by God to quicken me), God brings me to the place where I return to Him and listen to Him. This is because He is compassionate; He won’t reject me, won’t let me down, and won’t destroy me. If I, at length, remember that God made me a promise, yes: He’ll remember the promise too. [John 3:16    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.]
P Ah, Lord, God! You are amazing: You know me inside and out, and You know every minute where I am and what I’m up to. Every time I become preoccupied, confused, distracted, discontented, or even disgruntled, You keep drawing me back. When it comes right down to it, Dear Lord, “You’ve really got a hold on me.”  I can count on You to remember the promise You made: that if I truly desire You, and return to You (sincerely, like a little child), I will find You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

* http://www.liferesources.cc/life-journal-express-classic/

 

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A Little Bit On Love

LOVE…

is patient bearing provocation, annoyance, delay, etc., calmly and without complaint or anger; forgiving, understanding
is kind  good disposition, benevolent, charitable, sympathetic, tolerant, considerate, helpful, humane, gentle, mild
is not jealous Not envious, resentful, or suspicious of someone because of their success or advantages
does not brag  Not boastful or swaggering, does not blow one’s own horn
is not arrogant Not self-important; does not presume superiority or entitlement; unassuming; not cocky, aloof, or pompous
does not act unbecomingly Does not behave in ways that are unseemly, vulgar, indecent, or in poor character
does not seek its own Not a selfish person; not defensive or self-focused
is not provoked Does not get angry easily; does not become incensed or exhibit rage; is not easily irritated or frustrated
does not take into account a wrong Has a forgiving heart; does not even take notice of offenses or hurts; certainly does not keep an accounting
does not rejoice in unrighteousness Does not enjoy abusing others and discourages such; does not want to practice dark deeds; does not collaborate in corruption or deceit; does not enjoy watching evil media
rejoices with the truth Is happy in the Savior; does not resent being corrected; finds pleasure in the Bible; practices honesty; not a liar
bears all things Protects & shields relationships through trials and storms; endures infractions, keeping them from being exposed
believes all things Trusting; strains forward, not giving up on people; believes the best in every situation
hopes all things Expects good in others rather than assuming a bad result
endures all things Abides under a heavy burden without surrendering defeat, keeps going because of the commitment; staying put

John 3:16   God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son

Matt 5:44    love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

John 13:1   He loved them to the end.

John 13:34 love one another

John 15:9   abide in My love

Eph 2:4-7   God…because of His great love… made us alive

Php 2:2      being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit

Col 3:14     put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity

Heb 10:24  consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds

 

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Fake News

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What did you hear

That you took as a fact?

With all due respect,

Are you maybe off track?

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What you see as reality,

If you take proper stock,

Could you find, my Friend,

Is… well… poppycock?

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…I know about me.

And you know about you.

But what others say:

Are you sure that it’s true?

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What is demonstrated?

Environment controlled?

Logical experiments…

Is something being sold?

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You’re told it was repeated,

Over and over again:

But the same source in re-runs?

Really, Dear Friend?

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Take time to test it—

Check sources, motive, cause.

You should seek empirical proof.

If not, please give pause?

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The article was posted;

You shared; then re-tweeted.

When this happens next,

Find the truth that is needed.

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If it doesn’t pass muster,

Verify it! Repeat it! Check it!

If it fails any test,

Don’t be foolish, just chuck it.

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Think of people around us,

And the stuff of every day:

Don’t perpetuate propaganda,

Truth: the better way.

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