Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;[and not we ourselves]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Matthew Henry Commentary
An exhortation to praise God, and rejoice in him. - This song of praise should be considered as a prophecy, and even used as a prayer, for the coming of that time when all people shall know that the Lord he is God, and shall become his worshipers, and the sheep of his pasture.
Great encouragement is given us, in worshiping God, to do it cheerfully. If, when we strayed like wandering sheep, he has brought us again to his fold, we have indeed abundant cause to bless his name.
The covenant of grace set down in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, with so many rich promises, to strengthen the faith of every weak believer, makes the matter of God's praise and of his people's joys so sure, that how sad soever our spirits may be when we look to ourselves, yet we shall have reason to praise the Lord when we look to his goodness and mercy, and to what he has said in his word for our comfort.
Some days you have to see the humor to go on with Grace. In the 1930's, Frank Adams wrote a long children's story about 'pig not going to market' i.e. "Stick won't beat pig, fire won't burn rope and pig won't go to market." In the early 60's, perhaps Marilyn wrote 'The Munsters'. But in 1995 Elizabeth Bennett rode again in "Cold Comfort Farm" made a great movie, the long version of the book is very good.
Flora, who is an aspiring writer, decides her way forward is to live, while writing, with relatives. Her city-based relatives show no interest, so she sends letters to her country, country relatives.
Seed parables of rural life, the family includes, among others, an insane matriarch locked in her room, a love-mad and graceless granddaughter, a grandson who plays quite a lot, an antique manservant who fails to notice when a cow's leg falls off. And a suitor Fiora is having to fob off as she weaves life.
Flora soon realizes she can resolve the situations once she has assessed and solved each person's problems. In the process of her endeavors, the multitude and complexities of the farm expose the family and Flora.
Highly-educated Flora Poste, intelligent, wittish, fashion-addled, aimless, and seemingly shallow ascends upon her rural family. As life progresses, more of the family sees Fiora has a nack. Flora contrives to marry off the granddaughter to a local grandee, seals the deal for the grandson to go off to Hollywood, and generally manages life with precision and cheerfully. All not only lives Happily Ever After, with improved Good Manners and better haircuts.
All seem faintly ridiculous, as time progresses affections for ALL these characters grow. By the end, we are actually happy to see all happily settled. And.. Flora no longer seems like a conniver but a clever and sympathetic heroine-more Elizabeth Bennett.
All the while. unlikely becomes the impossible, then all things are fairly possible, but with a growing Love, they are resolved in the end.
+ So really, the story is not about Fiora. In fact, Fiora just might be the path, the rocky places, the sun and the root, thorns and good soil. + +
The Hand of His providing Blessings and Woa
The Lord Himself promoted David, and Solomon. They knew that not all of life was smooth and easy. Solomon made his own life difficult and spent a vast number of his years trying to get the Lord God Almighty to talk to him. Going to the less than holy places of other gods' to just get God to speak to Solomon again.
The point being this - is - life Cold Comfort Farm? All people could say that. And as David and Solomon grew in maturity, they both recognized the Lord of Lords and King of Kings brings us both sorrows and great joys. The point of life is the Prodigal Son - this is my soul to God the Father - interweaving all things for good for those who love the Lord God.
I once heard a CEO say that trouble was fun. It gave you a seat of drama, paraphrasing here, and the squabbles and the fuss - the solution was going to be interesting to watch. Maybe a sense of adventure is needed, with life being so transitory.
If God is going to interweave, and Jesus says what we do to the least of our brothers - is what God sees in us. It seems that interweaving and bring seeds of encouragement, joy, hope, faith and Love would be what God would want - with complete sincerity - working towards Love. Rebuke, be steadfast, stand firm - for the Joy of the Lord.
Now what idea is this. When we hold firmly to Jesus. We are not going to let Him pass by without reaching out to touch Jesus :
Billy Graham had the idea. "I've read the last page of the Bible, it's all going to turn out all right.”
Because this long road is this: The Prodigal Son grows up and sees His Father running to him, a long way off.
You are Good, Your Hope and Future is in Your Plan for our lives. Your willingness to walk upon the waters, brought us into Your strength and goodness. Being carried over the water, the shock of cold, the warmth of rescue. The solidness of Jesus' Love as the foundation, stronger than any rocking ship.
In Jesus, we will be this:
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kind.
Believe in Jesus and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory
A joyful heart is good medicine
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
This is the day the Lord has made. My mother has reoccurring Pneumonia, this is how we woke up today. And many phone calls found this to be an antibiotic tablet and continued Physical Therapy with a good appetite. The Specialist said rest. In Jesus we will put our trust. Believing Jesus will work this for my mother's good. Not lightly, not without days of tears. The cost for all of us is great worry. Weeks out of town.
We will not stop believing in Life. We know from where our lives come. Jesus the LORD.
Asking He will cover my mother fully with His Loving Name, Jesus. Asking for health for Edward - he came in third in his recent Tournament. And finished second last night, we have not seen this in some time, when it was very regular before. An eagle on a 1,000 foot hole. Finding goodness from each day. Believing the Lord God has good plans for us all.
Doing like the Catholics do, be with us this day and in the hour of our death. Asking suffering to flee, for ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, Churches believing in Jesus the Lord and His Word, for this Nation. All of us, believers, calling on Jesus around the world.
The night my Aunt Clarice passed on, I greeted the phone call announcing her passing, saying she had visited me. I got a glimpse, a tiny glimpse of God's Temple and the Gates of Heaven. I would say Thank You, To Father God Almighty. And say in Heaven, the the Hill is the Temple, The Temple is raised High and Towers - the Magnitude - Vast - Announcing the Majesty of God. What we see in this life - is just a glimmer, a glimpse of what God in His Strong Love has prepared for us to walk in.
Let us have hope, faith and Love.
Jesus is God. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †