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.

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No One Can Touch You Like Prayer from Jesus Himself

The High Priestly Prayer

Joh 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 

Joh 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 

Joh 17:4  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 

Joh 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 

Joh 17:6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 

Joh 17:7  Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 

Joh 17:8  For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 

Joh 17:9  I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 

Joh 17:10  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 

Joh 17:11  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 

Joh 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 

Joh 17:13  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 

Joh 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 

Joh 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 

Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 

Joh 17:18  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 

Joh 17:19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 

Joh 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 

Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 

Joh 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 

Joh 17:23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 

Joh 17:24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 

Joh 17:25  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 

Joh 17:26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. 

 

Sweet Sound 

May the sound of our praises be a sweet sweet sound in Your ear…

Psalm 63:5
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

COMMENTARY 

Lord God, we praise You! Many of us find ourselves in difficult times, whether it be financial, emotional, health, or otherwise. Lord, help us have the courage to praise You especially in these times of great need. You hear us and You know our needs perfectly! You have promised to provide for us, to not leave us alone. Help us to continually lift up our prayers to You fervently and with authentic hearts, expecting great things from You. Lord God, You are our sustenance and our portion. With You we have all we need and we give You thanks and glory forever. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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God, I Still Trust You Even Though…

Through hard times in my life I have learned this.

1 THESSALONIANS  5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.☺

SO…giving thanks for EVERYTHING,  in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.   That is a hard concept. The first several times I was experiencing something seemingly bad BUT, chose to get on my knees and pray and thank the Lord for ‘this’ thing that was happening.  I had to laugh when thanking Him for it.  It sounded ludicrous.  Because God knows our hearts I didn’t pretend I was thinking this was great.  I talked to the Lord & would say that I thanked Him and trusted Him that it is for the best even if I couldn’t see it right then.  I quoted His word back to Him.
I am to give thanks in ALL things…this means not JUST THE THINGS WE THINK ARE GREAT and make us happy.  ALL things means all things. 

ROMANS 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. AND

HEBREWS 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

All of these scriptures go hand in hand in my mind. Our faith is built not be having everything always working out just the way we think or want, easily.  BUT Instead by having things that throw us a curve ball.  Things that try our faith with trials and hardships.  And EVEN THOUGH we go through the fire, we grow stronger in our faith when we thank Him and trust Him and keep walking with Him expecting the best.
When it is the hardest to do, I usually CRY exceedingly before the Lord as I am in real distress, but nevertheless will trust in Him.
Praise the Lord God!

No Matter What May Come

Keep looking up! Praise Jesus because the victory has already been won!  If we die today,  we live.  Are you ready? 

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2 Corinthians 4:7-10

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

Prayer For the Day

Psalm 119:169-172
May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word. May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise. May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.
COMMENTARY
Today, let these verses be your prayer. Our God is present in our lives and has made His home with those who believe in Christ. We were built to praise Him, to come to God and lay our burdens, our troubles, our hopes and dreams; everything we are and need at the throne of grace. Best of all – our God hears us and responds in a way that is for us, and not against us. Remain in the love of Christ! (John 15:9-10)

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I Thank You in my Weakness

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Matthew 11:25-26
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
COMMENTARY
God the Father does not work as the world works. When picking sports teams on a playground the strongest, fastest, and most skilled individuals get picked first. Yet, God chooses David to face Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:37 is part of David’s response to King Saul, reluctant to send David against Goliath, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Living for God is not about proving your own strength, it is living life counting on God’s strength. This is the child-like faith that we need.

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Is this Important?

Lately I’ve been going back and looking at wording in the KJV.   This morning as I was looking at some scripture the word CRIED leaped off my Bible page.

I went back and looked at the Greek text to get a better look at the original translation.   There were a couple of things mentioned.  Shout out, speak loudly or yell it out, or to croan like a raven.  What about when we today. …just you and I.  If we feel passionate about something important and don’t think those we love understand the importance of that which we are trying to get them to hear, do we then cry out?   Speaking only for myself I know I  do both, I cry out maybe with tears and a louder voice.  When I do this it is because of a sense of urgency!   Are you listening?   Please hear me because this is SO VERY IMPORTANT.   So, could the Lord Jesus Christ have meant this in such an urgent way?  I believe so.  

John 7:37-38
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

We all ought to listen up when Jesus speaks but maybe pay even greater attention to when He, our King,  our Savior and our Lord of Lords CRIED out when He spoke certain things.  Search the scriptures for other instances when Jesus Christ cried out when speaking.  You might want to search the KJV first and then compare to another bible translation if it is easier for you to understand.  Just remember to keep in mind He cried out and the some translations might downplay that word with one not quite as urgent.

God bless each of you as you search the scriptures.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

1 Peter 5:8-11
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Lift your Spirit!

Praise the Lord! Sing a song to The Lord God Almighty! Your spirit will surely be lifted up! “Days of Elijah ” sung by Twila Paris!