Are you in the valley today? Are you on the mountain top? Are you on your way down from the top of the mountain and feel yourself heading at a high rate of speed into that valley of weeping that we all detest? Maybe you are climbing out of the valley after a season, and you have been strengthened and are hiking back up the mountain and you are feeling strong and happy and healthy! Wherever you are, God is with you!
 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:1-12 KJV
How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them .
 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Commentary taken from my study bible.
84:1, 4 The writer longed to get away from the bustling world to meet God inside his dwelling place, his holy Temple. We can meet God anywhere, at any time. But we know that going into a church building can help us step aside from the busy mainstream of life so we can quietly meditate and pray. We find joy and strength not only in the prayers, music, lessons, and sermons but also in fellowshiping with other believers in a special place.
84:5-7 The pilgrimage to the Temple passed through the barren Valley of Weeping. No specific valley has been identified. The “weeping” may have been a symbolic reference to the times of struggles and tears through which people must pass on their way to meet God. Growing strong in God’s presence is often preceded by a journey through barren places in our lives. The person who loves to spend time with God will see his or her adversity as an opportunity to experience God’s faithfulness even more deeply. If you are walking through your own Valley of Weeping today, be sure your pilgrimage leads toward God, not away from him.
84:11 God does not promise to give us everything we think is good, but he will not withhold what is permanently good. He will give us the means to walk along his paths, but we must do the walking. When we obey him, he will not hold anything back that will help us serve him.
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(Mat 5:45 KJV)
We have all seen them. The horrible pictures. The rain that came so fast. They expected some rain yes but THIS?
So much loss. So much tragedy. So much pain. If you did not lose a loved one then the rest is just stuff right? Sure, as long as it was not your stuff. Right? We know that is the truth. Be thankful. While it might be the truth, when you are in the middle of this you are sad. Maybe you lost all your family photo’s. Maybe you lost everything except your life, like Job.
So, again we ask why?
By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
(Job 37:10 KJV)
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:
(Job 37:11 KJV)
And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
(Job 37:12 KJV)
He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
(Job 37:13 KJV)
(Here the Lord gives us 3 possible reasons. ‘I personnnally found for his land interesting’.)
Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
(Job 37:14 KJV)
Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
(Job 37:15 KJV)
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
(Job 37:16 KJV)
I see these last 3 verses and think… Do we notice when the sun shines on us and the temperature is that perfect 75 degrees? Do we notice when everything is going perfect? Do we notice when we buy and buy more and more things? Do we give thanks in all of the good things ALL of the time?
God is good ALL the time. When it rains it comes on the just and the unjust. We all should look within and see if we have any house cleaning to do. I for one know I always so. After taking a personal inventory and doing some personal repenting, maybe just maybe it would do us some good to notice all of the beauty that surrounds us most days. The butterflys that we watch land on a beautiful flower. The hummingbirds looking for some sugar. Sit in a quiet place and listen to the birds sing. Go to a park and watch children play. Learn to enjoy some of the simple things God surrounds us with on most days.
Thank you LORD God! Thank you for helping us to look up into the heavens. Look up and just shout THANK YOU JESUS! For you are an Awesome God and YOU are so very worthy of more than all of our complaints. Thank You!!! We praise your Holy name!
In the days of my youth I thought truth was pretty clear.
Today, all I can say is WOW. The world is so messed up. Truth, something that should be easy to distinguish has become so twisted that most are totally clueless to what “truth” actually is.
How did it become so murky? Now I hear that “truth” is depending upon who’s truth you are speaking about. It can be different if it is my truth. If it is your truth it might be something else. Then your coworkers may have even another truth.
WHAT??? See how messy this has become? How senseless it sounds? How can you go into a court of law and swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth and in doing so expect for a jury to use each persons “different truth” to decide on a persons innocence or guilt?
When anyone asks a question of me and I know if I answer how I personally think I know it is time to say, let’s go to the word of God and see what the word tells us. Do the scriptures say anything about truth? Truth is mentioned in the KJV 237 times. Here are just a very few verses.
Jer 5:1 KJV Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
This next verse should cause each of us to open our eyes and look around. How fast has America gone down hill? How fast are we watching this nation transition from one horrid sin into yet one more and then one more and we are sitting in utter shock wondering what is going on. Is God trying to get the attention of any? Yet, are we refusing correction?
Jer 5:3 KJV O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
This next verse pretty much sums it up.
Jer 7:28 KJV But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Jer 9:3 KJV And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
Dan 7:16 KJV I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
Dan 7:19 KJV Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
Dan 8:12 KJV And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
Dan 9:13 KJV As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
Dan 10:21 KJV But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
Dan 11:2 KJV And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
Then of course we have this. (Climate change? I don’t think so.)
Hos 4:1 KJV Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
Hos 4:2 KJV By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
Hos 4:3 KJV Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
Blame? We only each have to look within ourselves. Stop blaming everyone. REPENT, turn to the LORD GOD now.
Hos 4:6 KJV My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Jer 8:7 KJV Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
Jer 8:20 KJV The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
Not sure what is wrong. Seems a little worse than normal. When I read the picture I posted I think people who have battled depression might actually be able to look back on a time when they were happy.
I read it and I immediately thought that I don’t remember when that might be. I remember when I was 11 and sitting on my bed in my room alone and thinking there was something wrong with me and I just wanted to sit in there all alone. I am 52 and I still feel like that most of the time.
Happy days? I have had them. One here, one there. Days I have spent crying or simply lonely even though people are around are far more easy to remember.
I am happier left to myself. Is that ok? It seems like the world tells you that you must be surrounded by others to really be happy. Then again, why listen to this world? I cut myself off from this world because I do not feel apart of this horrible and wicked place. I don’t see a future for myself. No family around. Most people my age are wrapped up in grandchildren. Mine live far away and don’t even know me with the exception of hoping for $$ from that lady who always sends it at my birthday and at Christmas.
I know…I know….don’t go quoting scripture. I won’t go and kill myself. I have hope in Jesus Christ. If I had no hope then I certainly would not still be here. I assure you it would be pointless. I have hope. I am currently having a really hard time showing that hope right now. That distresses me even more because I don’t want to disappoint God. I know this is not His desire for me. Yet, this world is sick and it sickens me. It vexes my soul to the core. Should I not be full of joy of the Lord?
I really don’t even know what to say.
Pray for me please.
Even so come…Lord Jesus come!
But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
Our Father in Heaven wants us to depend upon Him! Recognize that it is the Lord who protects us from danger, it is the Lord who is our refuge, strength, and strong tower. The very sovereignty and prerogative of God is good, even if the results of that sovereignty do not prevent a loved one from dying, or heal a sickness of a close friend. Our God is not a stranger to our struggles and the real pain we feel in this life, He is with us. Lord God, hear our prayers as we go through terrible pain and troubles! Holy Spirit, intercede for us and teach us to trust the Lord! Amen!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Oh, to worship the One true God!
To honor the only One true God!
To glorify God!
He is holy!
Hear and SEE the voice of God!
His power is unmistakable!
Do you know Him?
A Psalm of David.
Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:
The God of glory thundereth:
The Lord is upon many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars;
Yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
He maketh them also to skip like a calf;
Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;
The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,
And discovereth the forests:
And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
The Lord sitteth upon the flood;
Yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
The Lord will give strength unto his people;
The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.
If you are a Christian, battles are coming your way. You will experience trials that tempt you to sin and renounce your faith in God. The spiritual realm is at war for your soul, and this impacts the decisions you make every day. All of these battles belong to the Lord and it is our job recognize this truth and live accordingly. Live like God will deliver you. Live like He works to protect you from harm. Cry out to him and put your hardships on display before the Lord. Crisis does not come to your life only to steal and cause pain, it is also a birthplace of the miraculous.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
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WARNING. ..WARNING. ..WARNING
Are you a proclaimed atheist? What will you say when you stand before your Creator? 7 minutes…watch, listen, take a chance. Ask God the Father in Heaven to lift the veil from your eyes if He is real!
What have you got to lose if I am wrong?
What will you gain if I am right?
Just as I cannot see or know your good or your bad thoughts, there is one who already knows everything about you. More than even you know yourself.
Why does God open our eyes on one day and yet you cried out many times before and got crickets? I asked that same question many times in my own life. Sometimes we don’t know that answer. I don’t fully understand it concerning my own life. Maybe I really wasn’t ready when I cried out in need before. Maybe for me it was more of a process of getting to the place where you know that you know that you know. Some people seem to just be changed immediately and others like me need a slower molding process. Mold put on the fire and heat me up and mold me a little more and heat me up and mold me a little more.
I don’t have to know why because I trust the Lord God knows way more about what He is doing than I do. I clearly screw things when left to my own devices.
No one can do it for you. No one can force you. No one an brainwash you into believing.
You can be a pretender but God knows.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Dear Father in heaven,
I am so sorry for the ugly that is consuming this world. I am even more disturbed with the church in this late hour. Yet we cannot blame the church buildings filled with the believers that allow and accept the disgust and lack of real biblical truth creep onto the pews with each one. We are each to blame in one way or another. I pray Your word back to You Lord. I humbly ask You to have mercy on us, on this nation. We are not deserving of it. Begin a new work in each one of us who are your children, don’t give up on us but take us by the hand and raise us up.
Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God
Psalm 123 A Song of Ascents.
To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.
Hear our prayers oh Lord and have mercy. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen
I am afraid that no matter what I say here I could have an argument with many. Why? I suppose because so many are lost and confused. That is because of the evil that is in this world. Not all lost people are evil people. Not all unbelieving people are evil people. All lost people are unsaved people.
Some will agree with me and some will say, “saved from what?”
Truth to me may not be truth to another. In that case then just what is truth? Is there even such thing as truth?
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
So, I say to seek the Lord with all your heart and soul and He will reveal the truth to you. The evil one has come to steal and kill and to destroy. Don’t be fooled by smooth words. Measure everything by the word of God. When you hear those who lead this world and say that we are all following the same God and we should all come and worship together I pray that you will really look at and listen to what is being said. One group may believe Jesus was a man and a prophet but not believe that He is God and that He came and He died for you and me and for our sins so that we might have life. So that cannot be the same god that I worship and believe in. We must be on guard. We must seek truth. Be careful and be not deceived.
I will end with what I know to be my truth.
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.