I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Why isn't the Scripture discardable and why isn't new Scripture being written today?
The people who wrote the Scripture of the New Testament - Lived Abundantly with Jesus. We could argue about Luke and Mark, yet we Know Jesus had 70 or 72 Disciples. Who knows... maybe the other two were standing behind Jesus when the disciples wanted Jesus to call down fire...
The point being, Learn. We see Scripture stories and we grasp them because our lives allow us to suddenly have the ability...
And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized
This is exactly why the Word of God is Living and Active. Read the Scripture and find the portion that leaps to your soul. God is speaking to you. His Word is written just for you.
Perhaps you've experienced this with me; I've been to a Bible Studies when reading the Scripture gives me an entirely different message than the study for reading the Word of God. A Question was answered, a path encouraged, a way forward. One more reason why we have Church and corporate worship.
We read in Scripture how beautiful are the feet of those bringing the Good News. Actually beyond washing Feet off from use, usually feet are ignored. Yep. Because the point isn't the feet of the preacher, but the Message of God. If you have to avoid looking at a tie, or a flaw, look to the feet. Guarantee you will still hear the Message. (I have no idea what Steve's feet look like!)
Today I was privileged to Worship Corporately today. We sang with an orchestra by candlelight. Practiced new songs for Easter visitors with Joy and Hope. Learned about new generations (grandchild) brought forth in suffering of labor. The mercy of trouble encouraging us not to be all about ourselves. Seeing Churches being brought forth in cities needing a Church, back in the USSR.
So God, tests our character? The prayer of Jabez and Jabez, although prosperous, was not heard from again.
And heard Pastor Steve Bradley really connect dots for me about suffering. Using a key word - Produce.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings
~ The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
~ The Lord is near to all who call on him,to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The Lord preserves all who love him.
God put Himself on the Cross to bear our burdens and curses.
Blessed be the Lord who daily carries us. God is our deliverer.
Think on this - if you were given an area of land to grow. Would you invite the worst people you know, perhaps instead, you'd find people you want to develop. You would hope that being with them would propel you forward to better and greater things - to glorify God. Allowing God to say, "Well Done."
2 Thessalonian 1
5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—
God is our Father to our prodigal. Growing us to Come Home to Him.
James is the Brother to Jesus Christ, telling us today -
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
~ My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
When we are part of HIS Plan willingly, we are on His Path.
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.