Thursday 21 May, 2015

Psalm 126

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion, we were like those who dreamed. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

Lord please teach me to have an inclusive faith. A life that is so full of You that my neighbours and friends say…

“What amazing things the Lord has done for him.”

Help me live a life that displays Your love but that’s not “showy”. May all those precious lives that are looking at me somehow only see You.

And use it all Lord. Help me not to hide my tears and brokenness; my humanness. Your laser light of hope and joy and gladness and restoration will be seen so much clearer. May my tears bring others a harvest of joy. Let all the world see how really great You are!

Amen

Written by Boudy vanNoppen

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Wednesday 20 May, 2015

Psalm 125

1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore. 3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. 4 Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. 5 But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.

How people would have cried out this psalm to God during ancient Israel’s history, during the times of wicked rulers and false prophets! “Don’t let the wicked rule this land God, show the godly that it is worth trusting in you and doing right!”

What about when foreign armies came up against Jerusalem, again they would have cried out this psalm, “May the Angel of the Lord’s armies surround us”!

May well have many Christian’s cried out this psalm, as they have faced persecution or even wolves in sheep’s clothing. We see the end of the story, we see the victory of our King against all his enemies. We see that no one can snatch us out of the grip of the Almighty (John 10:28-29). We see that death is not the end.

Our playing field is eternity, and on that playing field God wins and his children rule forever!

“Lord, establish our trust in you and your Kingdom. Help us see that you will establish it and we have a share in it that will never be taken from us. There is no enemy we need fear, we are safe forever! Amen”.

Written by Andrew Mellor

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Tuesday 19 May, 2015

Psalm 124

1 If the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say— 2 if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, 3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; 4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, 5 the raging waters would have swept us away. 6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. 7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

In reading this Psalm, I realise that my belief regarding God’s favour does not entirely line up with scripture at this point. I admit that for a long time my subconscious sense of the world has been based predominantly on the science of chance and probability in the majority of circumstances. I have always had a sense that God is able to rarely interfere with my existence through miracles, but I admit that I have been walking by sight rather than faith in this.

The view presented by the Psalmist David in this passage clearly shows his understanding of God as being overtly providential- meaning that He is in charge and in control of situations, glad to grant favour on those who He loves and those who love Him.

Not just in this scripture but I believe across the whole of the Bible, there is a theology that is consistently presented that suggests that God grants favour on certain people.

I find that this can be an abrasive perspective to accept, particularly in a society that encourages egalitarianism and equal treatment and equal opportunity for all people!

Lord, help me to reconcile my experiences of life with what Your Scripture teaches, but most of all, help me to truly submit all my beliefs to the authority of Your Word.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

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  1. Lainy Samperi says:

    I am constantly reminded and grateful for those around me who pray for me. I am aware that many circumstances have been averted by the hand of God because of your prayer. Thank you.

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Monday 18 May, 2015

Psalm 123

1 I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. 2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy. 3 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt. 4 We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.

This very short Psalm of just 4 verses repeatedly focuses on where a person’s eyes are looking. It begins with “I lift my eyes to You (God)”, implying that his eyes had been focused somewhere lower.

How easy it is to let the circumstances and busyness of life keep our eyes focused on problems and temporal things instead of lifting our eyes to the One who is enthroned over all.

When a person is covered and protected by a powerful king, that is a secure place. As followers of Christ, we are under the protection of the King of all kings and nothing is more secure and safe than that!

Today I am reminded that I am under the covering of the One “whose throne is in heaven” and I lift my eyes to see what a powerful and secure place I am in. I am His and nothing can stand against Him!

Written by Shelley Witt

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  1. David Newton says:

    This is a great reminder.
    Looking to others for our provision (there are many different types of provision) is a great temptation.
    Just so you know, I have been guilty of this in the past but thankfully this is changing.
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    Thanks Shelley!

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Sunday 17 May, 2015

Psalm 122

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. 4 That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the Lord— to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel. 5 There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.

Psalms 120-134 …..these 15 songs were sung as the worshippers made their way up to the Temple. They would stop to worship & sing the corresponding psalm as they went up higher into the worship and Presence of God.

This Psalm we are reading consists of the song King David wrote to be sung as the worshippers entered the gates of the city Jerusalem.

What a joyous exciting procession it must have been. David expresses this at the beginning of the Psalm. “I rejoiced with those who said to me , “Let us go up to the house of the Lord””.

He goes on to say, “now at last, we stand here, inside the very gates of Jerusalem.” They would come from far and wide to celebrate and worship Jehovah God. One translation puts it beautifully: Jerusalem, a city of praise, where God and man mingle together. [The Passion Translation, Poetry on Fire p.236]

Someone observed that more people worldwide gather to celebrate in the house of God than to engage in any other activity! As we stand to worship in His Presence the Holy Spirit moves over us to empower and inspire us to live for Him.

Sunday may be the highlight of the week for many people, but we need to remember that we, our bodies, are the temple of the Holy Spirit. So the same joy of worship is ours everyday of our lives. Let’s rejoice in the privilege we have to be united in our praise and worship; and let our daily lives be a continuous expression of that worship in every situation.

Father we cherish the privilege which is ours to spend our lives in praise and worship of You, our magnificent Lord.

Written by Keith Bennett  

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Saturday 16 May, 2015

Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

A simple statement of the nature of God. He is our HELP. A helper supplies us with things we need but are unable to do for ourselves. Here God is our protector, He keeps us from harm and He keeps us from stumbling, He shades us from harm from the sun by day and the moon by night. Our protector doesn’t sleep, he watches over us all the time, He watches our coming and going, he stands beside us. He watches over our life.
We can’t protect ourselves or control all our circumstances, but God is the help who can do this for us.
I find it very comforting to have an image of God watching me. Not in judgement, just in being aware of what I am up to and where I am headed. Clearing the way ahead of me as I career down dangerous paths. That sense of God’s supervision gives me a lot of courage. It reminds me of aspects of my nursing job. I have oversight of my patient, encouraging their independence and confidence, but thinking ahead of them. Keeping trip hazards out of their way, turning lights on so they can see where they are going, making sure they are comfortable and not injured in my care, I don’t leave them alone beyond my quick response. How much better than this is our God, He is infallible. He doesn’t get really busy and slow to answer our call, like I do.

The hard part is to keep this in my mind when things do cause me to stumble, it doesn’t mean that God is not there watching or that He doesn’t care. I don’t understand why many things happen but I do know that God is watching over me all the time, that he loves me, that he is powerful and that he is mitigating circumstances for me all the time.  I want to lean on his strong arm more this week, even though I will come across obstacles.

Thank you God for your vigilance, your power and goodness to me. Watch over me always and help me to rest knowing that you never sleep.

Written by Dimity Milne

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Friday 15 May, 2015

Psalm 120

1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. 2 Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. 3 What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? 4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. 5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! 6 Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. 7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

* God answers us when we cry out to him in times of trouble.

* There are consequences for being deceitful and telling lies.

* The inhabitants of Meshech and Kedar were haters of the Lord . Unlike the   Psalmist, these folk were bent on war rather than peace.

The gem in this Psalm is the first verse. We serve a God who hears us when we cry out to him. Not only does he hear but he answers! This is both comforting and reassuring ie. we are not alone, we are heard and help is at hand. This Scripture encourages me to confidently take my troubles to the Lord.

The psalmist, probably David, also speaks of his dislike of living amongst those who do not love the Lord. How he earnestly desires peace yet when he speaks of it those around him want to fight. I can sympathise with this in terms of sharing and living out my faith in that it can sometimes be confronting for those that don’t believe in Jesus. It can push buttons for people!

Dear God, thank you that you hear and rescue us in times of distress. Amen.

Written by Ainslie Woods

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Thursday 14 May, 2015

Psalm 119

1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— 3 they do no wrong but follow his ways. 4 You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. 5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! 6 Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. 7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. 8 I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me. 9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. 17 Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word. 18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. 19 I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. 20 My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. 21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands. 22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes. 23 Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. 24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. 25 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. 26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. 27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. 29 Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law. 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. 31 I hold fast to your statutes, Lord; do not let me be put to shame. 32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. 33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.[b] 34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. 35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. 36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. 37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.[c] 38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. 39 Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good. 40 How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life. 41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise; 42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. 44 I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. 45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. 46 I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, 47 for I delight in your commands because I love them. 48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees. 49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. 50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. 51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. 52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them. 53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law. 54 Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. 55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. 56 This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. 57 You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. 58 I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. 59 I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. 60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. 61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. 62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. 63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. 64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord; teach me your decrees. 65 Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. 66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. 68 You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. 69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. 73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. 74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. 75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. 76 May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. 77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. 78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts. 79 May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes. 80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame. 81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. 82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?” 83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees. 84 How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors? 85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law. 86 All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause. 87 They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts. 88 In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth. 89 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. 91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. 92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. 94 Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts. 95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. 96 To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless. 97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 98 Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. 100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. 106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. 107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. 108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. 109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. 110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. 111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. 112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. 113 I hate double-minded people, but I love your law. 114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. 115 Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! 116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. 117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees. 118 You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing. 119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes. 120 My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws. 121 I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors. 122 Ensure your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me. 123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise. 124 Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. 125 I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. 126 It is time for you to act, Lord; your law is being broken. 127 Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold, 128 and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path. 129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. 130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. 131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. 132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. 133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. 134 Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts. 135 Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees. 136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed. 137 You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right. 138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. 139 My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words. 140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. 141 Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. 142 Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true. 143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. 144 Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live. 145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees. 146 I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes. 147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. 148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. 149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws. 150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law. 151 Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true. 152 Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever. 153 Look on my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law. 154 Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise. 155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees. 156 Your compassion, Lord, is great; preserve my life according to your laws. 157 Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes. 158 I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word. 159 See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love. 160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. 161 Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word. 162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. 163 I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law. 164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. 165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. 166 I wait for your salvation, Lord, and I follow your commands. 167 I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. 168 I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you. 169 May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word. 170 May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise. 171 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. 172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. 173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. 174 I long for your salvation, Lord, and your law gives me delight. 175 Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. 176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.

The verse that struck me the most, and bears being re-quoted in this epic Psalm is verse 118: You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing. This struck me, in a Psalm that so eloquently and beautifully declares the power, significance, value and richness to be found in God’s word. The Psalm declares that we are blessed of God and are empowered to do no wrong when we live by His word (verse 2-3). The word of God sets our hearts free (vs32, 45), brings us delight (vs35), is sure (49), gives us access to God’s goodness (68), gives us understanding and wisdom (73, 97-99), is fully trustworthy (86), is eternal and firm (89, 152, 160), is boundless (96), is true (151), and brings us enduring peace and stability (165). Is not living outside of all that this offers, and I have barely skimmed the surface of this Psalm, a delusion?

And yet I think to myself, how much are my days meditations on this rich and immeasurable bounty? Why do I get so easily drawn away? I think, perhaps, it is rather because the world we live in has tended to flip verse 118 on its head – those who live the word of God are delusional. The world around us does not seem to encourage resting upon an ancient document that some say is full of myth and legend and something we have well and truly moved on from in our “modern age.” At least, that tends to be my experience when I’m under pressure, under stress, under the pump, with deadlines due, and troubles around me.

This Psalm calls me to one central assurance – there is no richer, more peaceful, more resourceful, more empowering, more life-giving, more vision inspiring place I can turn to than the word of God. Even the greatest ideas and purposes of man have come and gone. But this book in my constant possession is eternal – established, tested and true. The word of God will endure. I must remember that the temptation is to move from this enduring stability, into delusions and notions of this world that in reality elevate the pride of man. All the different offerings of the word of God I have listed above I need on a daily, if not hourly, basis. I am helped by God today to say no to the temptation to move from the assurance of the word of God to vain delusions that will come to nothing.

Lord, help me to remember this powerful revelation not simply today, but everyday. Help me to meditate upon, and base my life and daily operations, upon your word. In Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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  1. Andrew Mellor says:

    Rob, you got the epic!!! Love what you’ve drawn out of this massive text. The Ol’ matrix situation, red pill vs blue pill. Reality vs delusion. Love it bro, give me your Word Lord, and make me see the real from the fake

  2. David Newton says:

    I also am impressed with your observation of this text. Well done Rob!
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    Although not exact with regard to word count I have always considered Ps 119 to be the very centre of the Bible. The Psalm is an acrostic poem and stands as unique because of its length. The subject matter also makes it a good centre piece for the Bible; Simply put this psalm is about a righteous man’s relationship to God’s Word.
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    My favorite verse and one I pray often is Verse 18 – “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

    Thanks
    Rob

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Wednesday 13 May, 2015

Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” 5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. 6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. 10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 11 They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my defense[a]; he has become my salvation. 15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! 16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” 17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. 18 The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. 19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. 22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 23 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. 25 Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.[b] 27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up[c] to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

The goodness of God is worthy of my praise, my attention, my repetition.

I love the Psalms – because they put into words all manner of emotions and situations and trials and celebrations – and they always lift up the name and the goodness of God. Ps 118 starts with “Give thanks to the Lord, because He is good. His faithful love endures forever.”

The Psalmist goes on but I am staying here at v1 Lord – reminded again that You are good and Your loves continues, it endures forever. Enduring love – love that survives ALL difficulties and ALL manner of let downs. Enduring love – that is not frozen or captured or overcome or diminished by any failure on my part.

Charles Wesley – a great Hymn writer from the 1700’s wrote these words:

And can it be that I should gain

An interest in the Savior’s blood?

Died He for me, who caused His pain—

For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

My psalm of thanksgiving and praise to you today Lord is to echo Charles Wesley’s words: Amazing love! How can it be, that You my God, should die for me?

Thank You Lord.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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  1. Richard Botta says:

    His love endures forever is the refrain of this Psalm. A powerful reminder that God is continually engaged in our lives.

    I love the words endures and forever.

    Endures conjures up for me a stability and strength that is solid, God’s love has a sticky quality that never gives up, it keeps turning up.

    Forever evokes that longevity that means without end. It is a simple yet powerful word that also gives the sense of stability.

    The Psalm tells us of situation after situation of where God’s love never fails and it is clear to the Psalmist that God is actively working on their behalf.

    Like the Psalmist it is good for me to look out for the activity of God in my life and to remind myself of His love and goodness. I need to see His enduring love and grace everyday.

    Father help me to keep my eyes open to all you are doing that my refrain may also be “Your love endures forever!”

  2. Andrew Mellor says:

    Amen! Enduring, everlasting, incomparable, imdomitable Love. What and whom shall I fear with eternal love like that for me!

  3. Justin Ware says:

    “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone…”
    As I reflect on this particular verse, I consider how Christ himself referenced this passage in Matthew chapter 21- that it was a prophetic statement about Jesus being rejected by the Jewish people of the first century.

    Reading this section of scripture here in the context of verses 21 to 27, I am not sure that the Psalmist had full insight into theIr prophesy at the time of writing!

    For me, this has two applictions:
    1) when I am building something in my life, I need to be careful not to reject something just because it seems odd in its shape or doesn’t seem to fit. God throws me curve balls and it is a challenge to me when there seems to be disorder, but the better I get at working with Godly disorder, the stronger my buildings (figuratively) will be.
    2) Prophesy is only a narrow insight from God designed to strengthen and encourage me. I need to be careful not to assume that because God has revealed something, that everything will be peachy right along the path to his revelation. I need to be aware that although the long term will indeed be awesome, there might be significant discomfort and disorder along the way.
    Lord, help me to embrace your goodness and trust you, even when I might unexpectedly walk through the unexpected.

  4. Travis Holgate says:

    The writer was outnumbered in a battle against the odds. The enemy was defeated in spite of the apparent unlikelihood of that outcome. The knowledge that God was with the writer in that victory has revealed God’s eternal and amazing love to the writer.

    With God on your side you can achieve anything. If you have faith, follow God, and yet you don’t succeed, it means that it wasn’t God’s plan for you at this time. So how do we know whether God wants us to persist or to change direction? We know that our God teaches patience, plus in Psalm 34 we are reminded that if we delight in the Lord, he wishes to give us the desires of our heart. So maybe victory in that particular battle is still in God’s plan for you, but just not right now. Conversely, it is possible that victory isn’t set out for you in that particular conquest, and you have to shift direction. I think it comes down to drawing close to God and listening for his voice, and his influence on your heart. If God continues to give you the desire for a particular outcome, but you struggle to get there, maybe he’s not turning you away from the task/project/goal, but he’s saying “Try again, but try a new approach”.

    The life habit to master is to always have faith in God in spite of what the world is showing you, follow him, and have comfort that your failures are not failures, but God’s hand influencing your life.

    Father, always remind me to look to you for direction in the battles and my path in life. Give me the desire for the direction that you have laid out for me, correct me lovingly when I step away from that direction, show me your amazing and eternal love.

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Tuesday 12 May, 2015

Psalm 117

1 Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.

This is a short psalm that says one thing beautifully. God is worthy of PRAISE. Verse 2 says:

For His unfailing love for us is powerful: the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.

Some awesome words here – UNFAILING LOVE, POWERFUL, FAITHFULNESS, ENDURES, FOREVER. Aren’t they all ideas you want to have in your life more than you do?

Unfailing love is something we want from lots of people in our lives but no one is good enough at the unfailing bit. God is!

It is a powerful thing when we are loved. It gives us wings! When we feel loved it gives us confidence and helps us take risks.

God is faithful. He is trustworthy and reliable. And we can rely on that for our entire lives and forever.

These are all great reasons to praise God today. Get out your favourite worship song and put it on in the car or at home today and sing along.

Thank You Lord for Your unfailing love, the power that love brings into our lives and that You are faithful forever. Help us to remember these ideas and to turn to You in awe each day.

Written by Therese Manning

2 replies
  1. David Newton says:

    You are so right Therese.
    It is the ‘love’ we want but it is the ‘unfailing’ part we actually need. – Sure foundations can only be built on the unchanging nature of that foundation.
    Thanks

  2. Kim Fleming says:

    Thanks therese & God! Its great to be reminded that we are held by someone who has unfailing love!

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