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Make Me Understand

August 25, 2016

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Make Me Understand

Being able  to “understand”  clears up  a whole lot  of problems  and frustrations.     It doesn’t matter  if it’s a do-it-yourself project at home  —  a math problem  —  a social problem  —  or God’s ways  with us,  His children.     We need understanding  in order  to resolve conflicts  in our minds  and come  to the right conclusion.

God allows us  to be confronted  with all sorts  of challenges,  problems,  and frustrations  in this life  —  and these   are  to be seen  as learning tools,  to help us grow  in faith,  hope,  and love.     God is our Teacher  looking to help us be the very best  we can be.

We need  to be willing students  —  willing to accept our Teacher’s discipline  and lessons  in life.     Because life’s lessons are often very hard,  we need  to trust the LORD’s leading.     And  because we come upon situations  where we lack understanding,  we need  to ask  for God’s assistance.

The psalmist did just that  in Psalm 119:27  when he prayed,

Make me understand  the way  of Your precepts,
So I will meditate  on Your wonders.

When we “understand”  why and how  God’s ways  of faith,  hope,  and love  are so very good  for us,  we begin  to think  (meditate)  about all the marvelous things  God does for us  in love.     We see how  all the troubles  He has led us through  have  in some miraculous way  actually been a blessing  in disguise.

God knows how  to work all things  for our good  in the end.     It’s really awesome  —  and we’ll never really figure out how He managed everything  —  but  it sure is pleasant  to “meditate”  on all the good  God has done  for us.     We learn  to trust  and obey.     Understanding this  clears a lot  of confusion.

Trusting God’s loving wisdom,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Oh,  how You do all things well,  LORD!”

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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Whom Have You Reproached and Blasphemed?

August 24, 2016

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Whom  Have You Reproached  and Blasphemed?

Back in Isaiah’s day,  Sennacherib,  the king  of Assyria,  was wanting  to conquer Israel,  just out of greed  and hatred towards  the LORD.    He had already conquered  other countries  and was getting  a very arrogant attitude  towards those  he despised.     He felt the LORD  was no better  than any of the other idols  of the countries  he had conquered.     He also felt  that his chosen idol,  Nisroch,  was more powerful,  and was giving him success.

When Hezekiah,  king of Israel,  prayed,  God had a message given  to Sennacherib.     In Isaiah 37:23,  God asked Sennacherib,

Whom  have you reproached  and blasphemed?
And against whom  have you raised  your voice
And haughtily  lifted up  your eyes?
Against the Holy One  of Israel !

Sennacherib  was nothing  but a mere man  —  born to die.     God is the One  who gave him breath.     It is stupid  to “reproach”  and  “blaspheme”  the Creator  of all things.     Even though Sennacherib  had heard  of the mighty things  God had done  in freeing Israel  from slavery,  he still dared  to challenge God Almighty.     But,  God reminded him  in Isaiah 37:28,

But  I know  your sitting down
And your going out  and your coming in
And your raging  against Me.

There is absolutely nothing  we can hide  from the LORD.     He knows  our every thought.     To put Sennacherib down,  that night  God’s angel killed 185,000  of his soldiers.     Sennacherib  went back  to Assyria  where his own sons killed him,  while he was worshiping his idol.     His haughty raging led  to his demise.

Today,  when we see people  choosing other gods  of various sorts  —  and reproaching Jesus  —  they are making a choice  to despise  their own Creator Redeemer.     They are refusing  their only chance  of salvation  and eternal life.     Let us examine  our reasoning  and find out  how the LORD  has proven  His loving faithfulness,  almighty power,  and desire  to save us.

Then,  with reverence,   we can say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  have mercy.”

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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Sowing and Reaping in Life

August 23, 2016

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Sowing  and Reaping  in Life

Some people are sure  that their lives  of hatred,  jealousy,  greed,  and lust  will reap them  the benefits  of all that is good.     But,  God tells us differently.     Galatians 6:7-8  warns,

Do not be deceived,  God is not mocked;  for whatever a man sows,  this he will also reap.     For the one  who sows  to his own flesh  will from the flesh  reap corruption,  but the one  who sows  to the Spirit  will from the Spirit  reap  eternal life.

Many passages throughout scripture  warn us about the evils  of hatred,  jealousy,  greed,  and lust.     We’re not getting away  with anything  when we live out our hatreds,  jealousies,  greeds,  and lusts.     All  of these evils  will condemn us eternally  in the end.     These evils only show  Satan’s control over our lives  in this world.

But,  God wants every single one  of us  to turn away  from these evils  and allow Him  and His word  to guide all  of our living.     That means confessing our sins  to God  and accepting  the forgiveness  that He lovingly wants  to give us  through faith  in Christ Jesus.     From there  we are to abide  in God’s word  and let that word  teach us  God’s ways  —  the ways  of faith,  hope,  and love.

We need the common sense  of remembering  that weed seeds  produce nothing  but weeds  —  and good seeds produce  the goodness  of grains,  vegetables,  fruits,  and all that is good.     Good seeds satisfy us  in the end.     Weed seeds  bring nothing but frustration  and evils.     We cannot live forever  on evil.

We can be  so thankful  that God willingly helps us  to sow  good seed  to the Spirit.     In thanksgiving,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for giving us  the good seed  in 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

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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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Whoever Exalts Himself Shall Be Humbled

August 22, 2016

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Whoever Exalts Himself  Shall Be Humbled

People  exalt themselves  in all sorts  of situations.     It happens in sports,  academics,  business situations,  leadership positions,  and even in one’s personal daily life.     Some exalt themselves  for being “good,  law-abiding citizens”  as they feel  they are working their way  into heaven.     They look down on others  whom they deem  to be more sinful  than they are  —  and foolishly pride themselves  on what they consider  their good aspects.

When Jesus pointed out this fault  in the scribes  and Pharisees,  He then admonished  His followers  in Matthew 23:11-12,

But  the greatest  among you  shall be your servant.     Whoever exalts himself  shall be humbled;  and whoever humbles himself  shall be exalted.

All those  who are proud  and feel they are above  someone else  “shall be humbled”.     It is God  who brings  the proud  down  to the reality  of what they really are  in the eyes  of the Most Holy LORD.     God disciplines  (humbles)  us  in whatever way  is appropriate  in our situation.     But,  we need  to listen  and lovingly obey,  so that God’s discipline  does us  some good.     We need  to remember Hebrews 12:6,

For those whom the LORD loves  He disciplines,
And He scourges  every son  whom He receives.

It is in love  that God  “disciplines”  and  “humbles”  His children,  so they might  humbly turn  from their sins  and finally be saved  unto eternal life  —  where they will be “exalted”  in God’s ways  in heaven.

The bottom line is to humbly  be God’s “servant”  by lovingly  serving those  around us.     We serve  because we know  God loves us  and those around us.

Happy in God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for loving  and disciplining us  as Your own dear children.”

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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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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A People Who Err In Their Heart

August 21, 2016

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A People  Who Err  In Their Heart

In this world  we see people  who love the LORD  and believe  in His word  —  and we see those  who do not love  or believe  in the LORD.     It has always been that way.     When we read  the Old Testament account  of the Israelites  traveling through the desert,  some trusted God  and others didn’t.     Those who didn’t  trust God  were always complaining  and accusing God  of not taking care  of them properly.     Because of all their unjust complaints,  God says  in Psalm 95:10-11,

For forty years  I loathed  that generation,
And said  they are a people  who err  in their heart,
And they do not know  My ways.
Therefore  I swore  in My anger,
Truly  they shall not enter  into My rest.

That “rest”  was  to receive  the blessings  of the fertile Promised Land.     All the complainers died  over those “forty years”  in the desert  because God saw  that  “they do not know My ways”.     God’s ways  are the ways  of faith,  hope,  and love.     God’s ways  include various testings  that teach  and strengthen us  in the true faith,  hope,  and love.     If we refuse  to accept God’s  “ways”  ( testings )  with us,  we’ll never receive the blessed “rest”  of heaven  found through faith,  hope,  and love.

King David knew that  very well.     So,  when he sinned terribly,  he repented  and prayed  in Psalm 51:10,

Create  in me  a clean heart,  O God,
And renew  a steadfast spirit  within me.

We all need  God’s help  in learning  to “know”  His  “ways”  and trust  His testings  for us.     God will most gladly  “create”  “a clean heart”  within us,  and help us  to have  “a steadfast spirit”  within us.     He was faithful  in sustaining David,  and has promised  to be faithful  in sustaining us, too.

As we learn  to “know” these “ways”  of God,  we can  “rest”  in His grace  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for teaching us  Your ways.”

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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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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There Is No One Like You Among the gods, O Lord

August 20, 2016

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There Is No One  Like You  Among the gods,  O Lord

Because there are differences  between various cultures,  their customs,  and their languages,  some things can puzzle  a different culture.     That is sometimes the case  when another culture  is studying the Bible,  which is  of a Jewish culture.     It is vital  to not have any misunderstandings  or misinterpretations.     We want  to pay attention  to what God Almighty actually said  in His eternal word.

One biblical term  that is often misunderstood  is in Psalm 86:8,

There is no one  like You  among the gods,  O Lord,
Nor are there any works  like Yours.

One might think,  “‘gods’,  are there other ‘gods’  I need  to know about?”      The quick answer is, “No.     There are no other  real gods  with any sort  of power.”     There are idols  and myths galore  for every culture  and religion   —  but there is only  one  real God  over absolutely  all things  —  without exception.

The Jews wanted  to show their reverence  for the one true God  by not using His holy name  too often  or irreverently.     They did this  by using many names  that show  the many aspects  of the one true God.     The LORD is our godjudge,  ruler,   and is mighty  —  so, they called Him elohiym,  which says that  in Hebrew.     In English  that is translated “Lord”.

If they wanted  to refer  to the self-existing One,  the one true God,  they said “Jehovah”  — translated in English,  “LORD”.

If they wanted  to be careful  to not use  that name  too often,  they said,  “Adonay”,  which is translated,  “Lord”,  to emphasize  their submissiveness  and reverence.

There are many other references  to the LORD  in the Bible  that do not say  His name,  Jehovah,  and we need  to be aware  of that  as we study God’s word.     All  of God’s names  describe His power,  love,  and care for us.

Comforted  by God’s  many almighty aspects,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your almighty 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

.

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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All Who Do Wickedness Vaunt Themselves

August 19, 2016

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All Who Do Wickedness  Vaunt Themselves

We see it  clear around the world.     Crimes  of terrorism  killing many  —  and governments trying  to be politically correct  by not bringing about justice  for the innocent.     It has happened  in the past also  for various reasons.     With such evils,  Psalm 94:3-11 asks  and points out,

How long  shall the wicked,  O LORD,
How long  shall the wicked exult?   

They pour forth words,  they speak arrogantly;
All who do wickedness  vaunt themselves.

They crush  Your people,  O LORD,
And afflict  Your heritage.
They slay  the widow  and the stranger
And murder  the orphans.  

They have said,  “The LORD  does not see,
Nor does  the God  of Jacob pay heed.”  

Pay heed,  you senseless  among the people;
And when  will you understand,  stupid ones? 

He who planted  the ear,  does He not hear?
He who formed  the eye,  does He not see?
He who chastens  the nations,  will He not rebuke,
Even He  who teaches man knowledge?  

The LORD knows  the thoughts  of man,
That they are  a mere breath.

So,  here we are  —  having our peace grossly shattered  by “senseless”“stupid ones”  with no understanding  of God’s almighty power  and coming eternal judgment.     Besides the ISIS terrorists,  there are those  who senselessly  defy law  and order,  while they burn,  loot,  and kill  the innocent  —  all so they can  “vaunt themselves”  over their imagined power.

They all imagine  that they have gotten away  scot free  because  “the LORD  does not see”.     That’s  “senseless”  and  “stupid”.     God made them.     The breath God gives  will be  taken away.     God’s power  is eternal.     Man is “a mere breath”.      They will not  “vaunt themselves”  in hell.     The LORD will bring about  eternal justice.

Trusting the LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for being our stronghold  and refuge  in troublesome times.”

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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