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Praise Is Becoming

September 25, 2016

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Praise  Is Becoming

As a psalmist lists many  of his reasons  for praising the LORD,  he says   in Psalm 147:1,

Praise the LORD!
For it is good  to sing praises  to our God;
For it is pleasant  and praise  is becoming.

We sing honest praises  when our hearts  are thankful  and in wonder  over all the marvelous things  God has done.     It is truly good  for us  to have hearts  of thanksgiving  and love.     We need  to see  and realize all that is wonderful  in creation  and in our salvation.     They consist  of one miracle after another.     There is no way  anyone can explain  how God is able  to do all  that He has done.     Unable to explain anything,  we just  naturally  “praise the LORD”.

That true “praise”  is the “praise”  that is so  “becoming”  in God’s eyes.

God’s word  tells us more  about “praise”  that we need to be aware of.     Psalm 33:1  says,

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.

God’s word specifically mentions that  “praise is becoming  to the upright.     The “righteous”“upright” ones are those who honestly believe  and trust  in the LORD.     Their praise is not  in the least bit  insincere  —  they love and respect the LORD  for who He is.

Contrast that  with Psalm 50:16-17,

But  to the wicked  God says,
“What right have you  to tell  of My statutes,
And to take  My covenant  in your mouth?
For you hate discipline,
And you cast  My words  behind you.”

There are those  who make out  like they’re Christians,  but they  “hate discipline”  and refuse  to trust God’s  “words”  about repentance  and salvation.     God calls them “wicked”  for their hypocrisy.

That is why  “praise  is becoming  to the upright”.     “The upright”  are sincere  in their faith  and “praise”.

As we rightfully  “praise”  God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You have done all things well  in holiness,  righteousness,  and an eternal love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Shaken From Your Composure

September 24, 2016

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Shaken  From Your Composure

Over the years,  there have been many false prophets  who have predicted  the end day  for this world.     Their false prophecies  and preaching  have “disturbed” many,  leading them into  other false teachings.     But,  Jesus has specifically told us  in Mark 13:33,

Take heed,  keep on the alert;  for you do not know  when the appointed time  will come.

We have already been told  in the New Testament  that there will be wars,  natural disasters,  false prophets,  and that the hearts  of the people  will be cold.     People have seen these signs  ever since Jesus’ resurrection  and have been keeping on “the alert”.     But,  Jesus has told us  that absolutely no one  will know  exactly  when or how  the end will come.     So,  we must not pretend  that we know.

As “alert”  as we must be,  we still are not to believe anyone  who claims  they have evidence  that the end  is actually here  or will be here  in short order.     Instead,  we are to look  to Jesus  in a quiet,  calm faith,  and live our lives  for Him.     And,  we listen  to Paul  in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3,

Now  we request you,  brethren,  with regard  to the coming  of our Lord Jesus Christ  and our gathering together  to Him,  that you not be quickly shaken  from your composure  or be disturbed  either by a spirit  or a message  or a letter  as if from us,  to the effect  that the day  of the Lord has come.     Let no one  in any way  deceive you…

Our  “composure”  must be  of a sure faith,  joyfully looking  for Christ’s return  —  knowing we are  in His tender care.     As ready as we keep  our hearts,  we do not let anyone “disturb”  our peace  in Jesus.     They may claim visions,  prophesies,  an interpretation  of God’s word,  or whatever  —  but we are  to only look  to our Savior.

In the joy  of salvation through Christ Jesus alone,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for the peace  of Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Those Are the Things That Defile

September 23, 2016

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Those Are  the Things  That Defile

The Jews have many laws  about their daily lives.     Most all  of their laws  were made up  by their teachers  and are not a part  of the Old Testament.     There are laws about washing their hands,  washing dishes,  eating,  and just about every activity.     Since their laws were a very important part  of their lives,  they were concerned  with anyone who did not follow their laws.

The Pharisees  of Jesus’ day  criticized the fact  that His disciples  did not wash their hands  before eating.     But,  Jesus showed them  their hypocrisy  in disregarding God’s word,  in order to keep  their man-made laws.     Then Jesus quoted Isaiah,  saying in Mark 7:6-7,

‘This people honors me  with their lips,
But their heart  is far away  from Me.
But  in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines  the precepts  of men.’

Then Jesus pointed out in verse 8,

Neglecting the commandment  of God,  you hold  to the tradition  of men.

The Pharisees  made up laws  about washing hands  and eating,  in an effort  to keep the inside  of their bodies  absolutely pure  in their imagination.     All their man-made laws  were a great  and most unnecessary burden  to the people.     They were not honoring God  with all their rules.

We honor God  by living according to His actual word  in the Bible,  according to the gospel  that emphasizes living by faith  in Christ Jesus.     Man-made  “precepts”  and  “tradition”  are not God’s word.

There are churches today  that have rules  about eating.     But,  Jesus teaches us  in Mark 7:15,

There is nothing  that enters a man  from the outside  which can defile him;  but the things  which come out  of him,  those are the things  that defile  a man.

What we eat  does not make anyone unclean  in God’s eyes.     But,  the garbage  and false doctrines  in our hearts  and minds  grossly “defile” us.     Let us “honor”  and “worship”  God with a pure  “heart”.

Loving God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for leading us  in Your word  that we may rightly honor You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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To Revive the Spirit

September 22, 2016

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To Revive  the Spirit

We all get down  at times.     Life can be  a real mess  as we face temptations,  let-downs,  the guilt of our sins,  the realization of our weaknesses,  and on and on.     We know  that we are unimportant  in the scope  of all creation.     Besides being unimportant,  we’re totally incapable  of leading a life  that would be pleasing  in the most holy LORD’s eyes.

God’s ways  are beautifully  and most perfectly  good  and right.     They deserve  to be followed.     But,  we fail  to do what is good  and right,  even when we want to do  what is good  and right.     We are sorry  that we are always offending  our Lord and Savior.     It would be nice  to be able  to stop sinning  against God Almighty  —  and always do what is right for a change.

God has something to say about that  in Isaiah 57:15,

For thus says  the high  and exalted One
Who lives forever,  whose name  is holy,
“I dwell  on a high  and holy place,
And also  with the contrite  and lowly  of spirit
In order  to revive  the spirit  of the lowly
And to revive the heart  of the contrite.

That’s most awesome!     God Almighty lives  (dwells“with the contrite  and lowly  of spirit”.     God wants to stay  in our hearts  to revive the spirit  of the lowly”.     He wants to lift us up  —  realize that we are His beloved  —  and that He cares for us.

He knows  we are sorry  about our sins  —  and He’s glad and pleased  that we realize them.     He’s most glad  that we want  to live according to His ways.

Who could ask  for anything more wondrous?     God revives us  through a humble faith  in Christ Jesus.

With God living  in our hearts,  we are strengthened  to joyfully live  in His ways  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for stooping low  to revive us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Like a Weaned Child

September 21, 2016

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Like a Weaned Child

We love small children.     They trust their parents  and God.     They might wonder what makes a car go.     We answer,  “The engine.”     That answer satisfies them  without further asking details  of all that makes the engine go.     Their young minds cannot comprehend  the complexities of mechanics.     So, they are happily satisfied  with pushing their toy car  and going,  “Vroom!   Vroom!”

In many things,  we need to be “like a weaned child”.     We wonder how can God the Father,  God the Son,  and God the Holy Spirit be one God.     It’s too complex  for our small,  worldly minds.     We shouldn’t try  to imagine we do know.     So,  we don’t try to explain  what we don’t really know  and accept God’s word  that there is one God,  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We wonder how God created all things.     God answers  in Psalm 33:9,

For He spoke,  and it was done;
He commanded,  and it stood fast.

That’s all we need  to know,  so we trust His truth  and leave further details  in His hands.

We wonder about the meanings  of the apostle John’s visions  for the end days  in the book of Revelation.     God says  in general  that evils will increase  and the hearts  of the people  will grow cold.     So,  we accept that  and know  that we need  to keep our hearts close  to the heart  of God  by trusting  in His word.

Down  through the ages,  God’s children have trusted Him  “like a weaned child”.     David spoke of that  in his heart  in Psalm 131,  when he wrote  in peace,

O LORD,  my heart  is not proud,  nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself  in great matters,
Or in things  too difficult  for me. 

Surely  I have composed  and quieted  my soul;
Like a weaned child  rests against  his mother,
My soul  is like a weaned child  within me.  

O Israel,  hope in the LORD
From this time forth  and forever.

In peace,  may our “quieted souls” say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for comforting us with Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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That You May Be Feared

September 20, 2016

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That You May Be Feared

These days,  there are instances  when teachers,  parents,  police,  and others  in positions  of authority  are not respected  for their position.     There are even those who arrogantly refuse  to respect  and fear  the LORD God Almighty,  denying the fact  that He alone  is our Creator,  Redeemer,  and Judge for all eternity.

But,  the psalmist did respect  and fear the LORD  for His almighty love  and authority.     He wrote  in Psalm 130:1-4,

Out  of the depths  I have cried  to You,  O LORD.
Lord,  hear my voice!  

Let Your ears  be attentive
To the voice  of my supplications.  

If You, LORD,  should mark iniquities,
O Lord,  who could stand?  

But  there is forgiveness  with You,
That You may be feared.

Instead of depending  on mankind  to be his help,  the psalmist  totally looked  to the LORD  for help.     He had no doubts  about God’s authority  over every single bit  of his life.     God allows us  to live  from day to day.     He alone  has the authority  to judge  our every thought  and action  —  and then either forgive our sins  or send us  to eternal damnation.

That authority needs  to be respected  and feared.     It is awfully foolish  to refuse  to confess our sins  and ask for forgiveness,  when God has the power  to forgive  according to our faith  in Jesus Christ.

God’s loving forgiveness  deserves our love  in return  —  and our respect and fear.     In joyful love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for washing away all our sins  in the shed blood  of Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Tattoo Marks

September 19, 2016

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Tattoo Marks

Whether one is shopping  down town  or just watching some sort  of media  ( TV,  Internet,  videos )  it’s getting very common  to see people  with tattoos  of various sorts.     Such a thing  was very rare  50-60 years ago.     It makes one wonder  if these people  honestly know much  about what they have done.

In Leviticus 19:28  God says,

Do not cut your bodies  for the dead  or put tattoo marks  on yourselves.     I am the LORD.

God wasn’t  just trying  to be bossy  or overbearing.     He has  a very valid reason  for giving this instruction.     We need  to be aware  of what we are copying  —  especially if we honestly want to be  God pleasing.

Throughout history,  there have been all sorts  of idol worship practices.     Idol worshipers often sacrificed  their own children  and other people  to pacify their angry gods  —  they practiced witchcraft  —  they worshiped the devil  and all his demons  —  they cast magic spells  and carried charms  to ward off evil spirits  —  they practiced sexual abominations  in their idol temples  —  they practiced  all sorts  of superstitious ceremonies  at funerals  in an attempt  to make their gods friendly  towards the dead person  —   and this list could go on.

One of the ways  idol worshipers tried  to make their gods friendly  towards the dead  was to cut their “bodies”.     They also put “tattoo marks”  on their “bodies”  to honor their idols  in hopes  that their gods  would approve  of them.     These practices  still exist today  amongst idol worshipers  and the superstitious.

Christians  need to be aware  that the love  of God  in Christ Jesus  has shown us  that all these idolatrous practices  are grossly repulsive  and worthless.     We are not  to honor idolatrous practices  in any way  because they glorify the lies  of idolatry.

As we give all  honor and glory  to our Lord Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for freeing us  from all worthless superstitions.     Keep us pure within  for Your name’s sake.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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