Oh, To Praise Our God

Psalm 107:8-9

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Commentary

Lord God, we praise You today for Your incredible faithfulness and unfailing love. It is You Lord who has made it possible for us to know You, and to be in relationship with You – our loving Father. When we thirst, we can run to You with great confidence and sure hope. Thank You Lord, that I thirst for You. Thank You Lord, that when I am weak, You are strong enough to lead me back to You. No words are great enough to describe Your goodness. Thank You for choosing to be our God.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

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Valley of Weeping

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!

Psalms 84:11

[11] 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!

[2] My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

[3] 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.

[4] Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

[5] Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them .

[6] Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

[7] They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

[8] O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

[9] Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

[10] 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.

[11] 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.

[12] 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.

Tired and Can’t Take Another Step?

Stress has a way of taking its toll on all of us. Do you ever wish you were the ever-ready bunny? You know, the one that takes a beating but just keeps on going?

Well, I have to be re-charged! Only my King of Kings and Lord of lords can do that for me. He and He alone gives me strength when I have no strength left. Just as I think I am toast, done, stick a fork in me done, that is when I am at the end of ME and the beginning of Him who created me!

Thank You Jesus for all You provide for me. I am not worthy of the hope that You continually allow me to see, and that strengthens my faith and my spirit and my walk with You! Thank You Jesus for never letting go of me even when I am certain that this just might be the time that You do.

Thank You Jesus for always being faithful to Your word! We are so used to the lies of this world, being told we are nothing, hearing whispers saying we are NOT good enough. BUT, GOD, my Creator, Sustainer, Great Physician, Judge, Saviour, Protector, Mighty One, Fortress, First and the Last, Beginning and the End, Alpha and the Omega! The I AM! You and You alone strengthen me and cause me to soar on the wings of eagles! Your name will I praise forever and ever! Amen!

Philippians 4:13 KJV

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Season’s

  • Some are GREAT.
  • Some are ok.
  • Some are tough to get through.
  • Some are sunny and warm.
  • Some are breezy yet warm.
  • Some are frigid with harsh wind.
  • Some days are long and dark and cold.
  • The animals agree.
  • Some seasons the birds are singing and building nests.
  • The bee’s are buzzing around the beautiful flowers that continue blooming.
  • Some animals spend a season hid away in a cave sleeping.

So, what season are you in? Hold onto the verses below. If you are in a season filled with sorrow (heaviness), because of a manifold (a whole bunch of trials) of temptations, REJOICE! Be thankful that the LORD God is perfecting our faith which is worth so much more than gold! Why? So that we might be found ready at the appearing of Jesus Christ!

STAY STRONG. ..these are hard days.

1 Peter 1:6-7 KJV

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: [7] That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

“The improbable Victory, not by our strength…Run to JESUS! HE is the Finish Line!” 

Who Are We To Watch For?

First I want to say we are to pray ALWAYS  and to watch.   Not watch TV, but watch the things happening in the world around us.   Compare our news to scripture.   We can easily know the closeness of the coming of Jesus Christ. 

We need to be looking for Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope,  and the glorious appearing of tge great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

This video started out with me thinking,  ok, here is someone telling us who the antichrist is.  I am not saying everything he says is absolutely riggt, but I prayed about it and I did find a lot of what he said to at least be very interesting and especially the last part to be very humbling and should make us all more repetitive.   It did me. So, watch it, take or leave the first part, but heed the last part of it for sure.  We can take away example of living on these last days.

God bless all of my brothers and sisters in the Lord Christ Jesus!   

Middle – East Prophecy Update – April 23rd, 2017 Pastor JD Farag 

Shhh… Did You Hear?

Even so come…Lord Jesus come! 

Sept 4, 2016 John Haller’s Prophecy Update – “The Foolishness of God”

People Get Ready! 

Ready?   Ready for what?   Ready to go home!   I am longing for that moment! 

The song is ‘People Get Ready -Jesus is coming! ‘ by Avalon 

Middle – East Prophecy Update – March 13th, 2016

Should Christians always be Joyful?

This resonated with me when I recently  listened to a study on Daniel.  It is funny how you can read the same thing many times and suddenly someone else is reading it or you might be again and for some reason it is as though it is the first time you heard it or you understood it a little differently.  Maybe it is because God knew I needed it right now?

Daniel 7:28

Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

So,  after Daniel had the vision and had the interpretation given to him he was basically freaked out!   

Cogitations much troubled me. – Means he thought on it and he meditated on its meaning , which in turned troubled him. I might say it also caused him some anxiety. (My words -anxiety – not the bibles.)

Countenance changed in me. – Normally we see this when you might try to act cool and like everything is all good BUT, your facial expressions say what you are really thinking and feeling.  Daniel says his countenance changed IN ME.  That seems to me like it is even deeper than just a change in your facial expression. This seemed to effect his whole being.  Then the verse says,  but I kept the matter in my heart.

I suppose that I can relate to this so much is because the last 2 to 3 years have been tough and yet amazing.   Amazing to see the word of God happening in many ways right before our eyes.  Yet, troubling because so many people are oblivious to any of it and even those who say they are Christians.  I feel the Lord reveals things almost daily and much of it is a little sobering to say the least.  I feel myself pulling away from everyone and from this wicked world. My heart feels heavy,  feels sad,  feels emotional.  I  want to yell, CAN YOU NOT SEE?  ARE YOU NOT LOOKING OR WATCHING?   I have done it in emotional ways and in subtle ways.  Same outcome,  nothing. No response.  A look that says ‘get a grip’.  An email from a  son in the military who says ‘stop sending me emails and trying to convert me because I just delete them all’.  (Those were the subtle ones and would have a news clip and simply say…we all better make sure we are right with the Lord because we never know if today is our last day or not.)  Not trying to convert him, maybe WAKE HIM.  I say all this to say it is really hard to just pretend I am happy that many are asleep.  My family and strangers.  It is heavy on your soul.

Daniel had a hard time with the information he was given such a long time ago.  Now that this scripture resonated with me I no longer feel so guilty about having a heavy heart for the lost in this world.  A burden for those who cannot see or hear.  Doesn’t make it easier but only let’s me realize it is probably normal and ok that I am not bouncing off the walls with joy about it. I am continuing to look up as I do believe the end of the road is approaching at a high rate of speed and that is a joyous thought for our minds and hearts.

God bless you all and may the Lord God have mercy on each one of us.

Middle East Prophecy Update – December 6th, 2015

Thank you Pastor JD Farag
You are an encouragement to fear not but to stand firm in faith and love and truth!

In a Dark Place – Can Jesus Christ be Found

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Look for part 2.

Middle-East Prophecy Update-November 29th, 2015 (SILENT NO MORE)

Must watch!
Fear not!
Stand firm!
Why?
Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.