Psalm 31:9-24

I am not going through a hard time necessarily but I got up and sang Psalm 31 from the new Psalter this morning and this Psalm just hit a bone in my soul.  What a blessed encouragement to sing my heart back to God.  Oh I am saddened for those who don’t know about Psalm singing.  It is singing God’s thoughts and Purity back to Himself.  He wrote these words for us to sing.  Why would we not sing them?  He is the best music writer.

http://www.crownandcovenant.com/The_Book_of_Psalms_for_Worship_s/117.htm141

Psalm 31:9-24

Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.

Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

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Sometimes the most simplest of things say the most profound…

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Jesus Loves Me this I know,

For the Bible Tells me So

Little Ones to Him Belong

They are weak but He is Strong.

“Jesus Loves Me” was a poem written back around 1860.  It was a poem written in a Novel  called Say and Seal by Susan Warner and used to comfort and dying child in the setting.  It was simplistic and quite profound.   It was the favorite hymn of one of America’s finest Biblical Scholars named Francis Schaeffer.  He realized that the simple truth conveyed in this song applied to the intellectual adult as well as the youngest child who could comprehend the comfort of a hug.  Also the great Irish missionary to India, Amy Carmichael, was converted to Christ after hearing this hymn at a children’s mission in Yorkshire, England.

Sometimes the most simplest of things can convey the most profound.

Preach the Gospel all the Time.  Use Words because they are necessary.

I learned about some of this tonight while driving home from Dayton, Ohio.  I was listening to an audio series that Focus on the Family puts out called Adventures in Odyssey.  I am always amazed at some of the things we can learn in some of the strangest places.

(Mat 18:1) At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

(Mat 18:2) And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them

(Mat 18:3) and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

(Mat 18:4) Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Be Very Encouraged, Jesus Loves us!

Randy

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Just thought this was interesting and I was blessed knowing that something so simple can be so profound.  Sometimes I complicate things more than they need to be.  Oh that I had eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit says to the church.  It would definitely ring loudly with his Word and the simplicity found in Christ.

Saturday Morning’s Dream

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When one awakes the hero life is good

To hug the down and out and not play a fool

Reaching and holding those who because of hurt repel

Just trying to eliminate and dispel

The disease and fodder from war of the soul

On which the dark one seems to have a hold

But there is the light that is more powerful

And it is more wonderful and dismisses the sorrowful

Its power is as the light overcoming darkness

Chasing away the putrid heartlessness

As the sun comes over the horizon

It kills all of that horrid poison

Giving a Loving Hug is a wonderful Thing

Getting a Loving Hug …. Well,… is healing in His Wings

 

Malachi 4:2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.  English Standard Version

The Psalter: Smartphone of the Soul

I am stealing this from my Pastor James Faris since I uploaded the sermon. Anyways here is a very cool partial blog he did and the sermon that he preached on this.

You can read the whole blog post here.  http://gentlereformation.org/2011/12/22/the-psalter-smart-phone-of-the-soul/#comment-3677

Be very Encouraged,

Randy

Apple used to use that catchy phrase “there’s an app for that.” Need to send flowers to mom? there’s an app for that. Need to know the name of the constellation of stars in the sky overhead? There’s an app for that. Need supper? There’s an app for that.

Well, whatever your circumstance of life, there’s a Psalm for that:

Contemplating origins? Think Psalm 33.
Considering the consummation of the age? Think Psalm 149.
Rising from bed? Think Psalm 5.
Going to bed? Think Psalm 4.
Awake at night? Think Psalm 63.
Ready to eat? Think Psalm 145.
Thirsty? Think Psalm 42.
Going to work? Think Psalm 104.
Celebrating the Lord’s Day? Think Psalm 122.
Checking your genealogy? Think Psalm 16.
Your beginning? Think Psalm 139.
Your birth? Think Psalm 71.
Celebrating a birthday? Think Psalm 104.
Enjoying childhood? Think Psalm 34.
Need motivation to study well? Think Psalm 111.
Gazing at the stars? Think Psalm 19.
Maturing as a youth? Think Psalm 119.
Ready to pop the question? Think Psalm 45.
Bringing children into the world? Think Psalm 128.
Questions about parenting? Think Psalm 103.
Playing with your grandchildren? Think Psalm 71.
Harvest time here? Think Psalm 65.
Seasons changing around you? Think Psalm 147.
Traveling? Think Psalm 121.
On the water? Think Psalm 107.
Remembering history? Think Psalm 78.
Talking with your financial planner? Think Psalm 49.
Tempted by the world? Think Psalm 73.
Disappointed by life? Think Psalm 77.
Weeping over your sins? Think Psalm 51.
Engaged in evangelism? Think Psalm 96.
Overcome by fear? Think Psalm 91.
Angered by the wickedness of men? Think Psalm 94.
Disappointed by civic elections? Think Psalm 2.
Rejoicing in the incarnation? Think Psalm 113.
Prone to worry? Think Psalm 130.
Growing old? Think Psalm 92.
Butchering or preparing meat? Think Psalm 8.
Going to war? Think Psalm 18.
In the process of dying? Think Psalm 6.
Mourning the death of a loved one? Think Psalm 116.
Anticipating eternity? Think Psalm 73.
Of course, you can add other life experiences to the list. Why is the Psalter the smartphone of the soul? Rowland Prothero notes: “The Book of Psalms contains the whole music of the heart of man, swept by the hand of his Maker. In it are gathered the lyrical burst of his tenderness, the moan of his penance, the pathos of his sorrow, the triumph of his victory, the despair of his defeat, the firmness of his confidence, the rapture of his assured hope. In it is presented the anatomy of all parts of the human soul. In it, as Heine says, are collected ‘sunrise and sunset, birth and death, promise and fulfillment – the whole drama of humanity.’”
Thus, we carry the Psalms in our mental pockets daily. Our minds race here to check for truths, to hear from God, and see our decisions and emotions governed when we cannot access the rest of Scripture. This has been my experience of life…from birthdays, to emergency room visits, to maternity wards, to the graveside, and beyond.

Smartphones are great, but they only go so far. They may reveal where you are in a building, but they cannot reveal what is in your building. They may map the stars in the sky, but they cannot unite you to the maker of the stars. They may point you to bread on earth, but they cannot feed you bread from heaven. The Psalms do all of these things and more. Phone programs fail, contracts expire, and phones are dropped in toilets. The Psalms hidden in the heart will never fail you. They will cause the peace of Christ to rule in your heart. They will order your life. But the Psalms only function this way in the hearts of those who own them.

Waxng Poetic on a Sabbath Day. Just a clutter of words that might have meaning somewhere. Who Knows? LOL

Darkness comes with a smile. But Light overcomes it when it appears. We can bask in the heat of it or just watch it disappear. The cup is half empty or half full, but to each his own. Our connectedness has consequences beyond our zones. May blessing arise in your heart when aesthetics fail as they inevitably will. For we all go the way of the grave but it will even pale when the true Light arises and restores what is behind the veil.

As the old foundatonal book states,
“Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

Be Encouraged,
R. Martin Snyder

True Vison

True Vision

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I peer at Emmanuel’s Land as I draw closer to crossing the river Jordan. I pray to Jehovah that my eyesight of faith is not growing dimmer as my physical eyes are wearing out. This world is but a fleeting glance of darkness but He is Light Eternal burning bright and fair. I pray His whole beauty consumes me and mine. For he has given me an heritage of loving physical and spiritual children that I desire to see cross that river safely as Pilgrim in the Progress. 

There is a King and He has all might and authority.
He is most loving and the whole Earth is full of His glory.

Semper Reformanda

Philippians 2:5-11

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Romans 5:8-10

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.