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Guard What Has Been Entrusted to You

August 4, 2015

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Guard  What Has Been Entrusted  to You

Absolutely every single Christian,  who has accepted Christ  as their Savior  from all sin,  has a precious treasure  within them.     Their treasure  is worth more  than anything  on earth.     That is why  we must “guard”  it  with our whole lives.     This treasure  has been  “entrusted”  to each of us.     We are  to keep it safe  —  not allowing it  to be altered  in our lives,  hearts,  or minds.     Of course,  it is the treasure  of salvation  through faith  in Jesus alone  —  according to God’s promise  in the Bible.

The young preacher,  Timothy,  had this treasure  in his heart,  and Paul wrote  to him  in 1 Timothy 6:20-21,

O Timothy,  guard  what has been entrusted  to you,  avoiding worldly  and empty chatter  and the opposing arguments  of what is falsely called  “knowledge”,  which some have professed  and thus gone astray  from the faith.     Grace be with you.

Even in the very beginnings  of Christianity,  there were false prophets  and teachers  of every kind.     They all  were proudly  and belligerently proclaiming  some special  “knowledge”  that only they possessed.     Their  so-called  “knowledge” was contrary  to the given word  of God in the Bible  —  so it really  was not “knowledge”  at all  —  it was deception,  lies,  and blasphemies.     And those  who did not take the time  to learn God’s word  straight  from the Bible  would not realize  that they were being deceived.

God’s word  has been  “entrusted”  to us also  —  and we are  to “guard” the truths  of God  by studying the Bible  and applying it  to our daily lives.     Then,  whenever anyone tries  to convince us  to accept  a false doctrine,  we will not be led  “astray  from the faith”.

In the joy  and freedom  of God’s truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your salvation  is our greatest treasure.”

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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Why Do You Call Me, “Lord, Lord”?

August 3, 2015

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Why Do You  Call Me,  “Lord,  Lord”?

We all need  to truthfully examine  our life’s  actions  and motives.     If we don’t,  we could be deceiving ourselves.     To teach us  the importance  of our beliefs,  actions  and motives,  Jesus said  in Luke 6:46-49,

Why do you call Me,  “Lord,  Lord,”  and do not do  what I say?    

As for everyone  who comes  to Me  and hears My words  and puts them  into practice,  I will show you  what they are like.     They are  like  a man  building a house,  who dug down deep  and laid the foundation  on rock.     When a flood came,  the torrent struck  that house  but could not shake it,  because it was well built.

But  the one  who hears  My words  and does not put them  into practice  is like a man  who built  a house  on the ground  without a foundation.     The moment  the torrent struck  that house,  it collapsed  and its destruction was complete.

Some people  will go to church all their lives  —  but never live  the way God’s word tells us  to live  —  in faith,  hope,  and love.     They hear the words  of the gospel,  but easily dismiss them.     They don’t think  their sins  could possibly  condemn them eternally.     They imagine  that just knowing something  about Jesus  and going to church  is enough  to get them  into heaven.     They don’t grasp  the absolute necessity  of Jesus’ birth,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection.     Consequently,  they don’t  “practice” living  according  to God’s word.

They don’t build their lives  on faith  in Christ.     They don’t care  to study  the Bible.     Prayer is not important  to them.     They don’t know  how we can be very sure  that Jesus  truly is the promised Savior,  who actually takes away  all  our sins.     They think their own goodness is good enough…….

As we look  at ourselves,  just what do we believe in?     Do we gladly accept Jesus  as our Savior  and the only way  to eternal life?     Are our lives built  on Jesus,  the solid rock?

Living according to  Jesus’ words,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for suffering  and dying  to save us  from our sins.”

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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Search Me, O God, And Know My Heart

August 2, 2015

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Search Me,  O God,  And Know My Heart

Some people think  they are hiding  from God  all that is  in the very depths  of their hearts.     But,  truth be told,  absolutely nobody  can hide anything  from God Almighty,  our Creator and Redeemer.     And,  that’s actually  a very comforting truth.     King David loved this truth  because it means  that God is able  to help us  even before  we realize  how desperately  we need help.     Better yet,  God desires  to help us  through our trials  and temptations.

Thankful  for God’s intimate concern  for our souls,  David wrote  in Psalm 139:23-24,

Search me,  O God,  and know  my heart;
Try me  and know  my anxious thoughts;
And see  if there be  any hurtful way  in me,
And lead me  in the everlasting way.

What a wonderful invitation  to God.     This is just how God wants us  to be.     Our Creator,  who knows our thoughts  before we even think them,  wants us  to share those thoughts  with Him,  so that  He will be invited  to lead  and guide us  through this life.     Hint,  hint  —  hint, hint, hint.

God knows our sinful thoughts  —  agonizing thoughts  —  loving thoughts  —  hateful thoughts  —  depressing thoughts  —  fearful thoughts  —  angry thoughts  —  and He wants  to help us  to see life  through His perspective,  so we may live victoriously  through a real faith  in Christ Jesus.

We know  David’s love  and understanding  of the LORD  was very much  on track  as he prayed,  “See if there be any hurtful way  in me,  and lead me  in the everlasting way.”     David did not want  his sinful thoughts  to lead him  into more sin.     He knew  that only the LORD God Almighty  can truly  “lead me  in the everlasting way”.

We shouldn’t dare  to trust  in mere people.     We are all sinners  so apt  to stray.     We all need  to trust God our Savior.

Recognizing our weaknesses  and need  for help,  we say,   “Hallelujah!     Search our hearts deeply  and intimately lead us  to our home  in heaven.”

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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Your Thoughts Toward Us

August 1, 2015

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Your Thoughts  Toward Us

We tend  to go through times  when we feel  that God  has forgotten us.     But,  as we patiently wait  for Him  and trust  in the truth  of His eternal love,  we see  that He lovingly  brings us out  of our trials  and temptations.     It is God  who brings us relief  in all our troubles  —  makes us happy again  —  and makes us joyfully wonder  at His power  to save us  in any  and every situation.

That is the kind of stuff  King David was talking about  when he wrote in Psalm 40:5,

Many,  O LORD  my God,  are the wonders  which You have done,
And Your thoughts  toward us;
There is none  to compare  with You.
If I would declare  and speak  of them,
They would be  too numerous  to count.

David is astonished  at God’s loving power  and all the wonders done  in his behalf.     That is why he declared  in Psalm 40:4,

How blessed  is the man  who has made  the LORD  his trust,
And has not turned  to the proud,  nor to those  who lapse  into falsehood.

Our trust  and faith  in the LORD  lead us  to not turn  “to the proud,  nor to those  who lapse  into falsehood”.     It’s useless  to trust in  “proud” people or any “who lapse  into falsehood”.     They don’t have any real power.     They just puff themselves up  to appear daunting  and fearsome.     They do that to intimidate others  into following them,  instead  of God.

We need  to trust  our Creator and Redeemer,  who has promised,

I will never desert you,  nor will I ever forsake you.       Hebrews 13:5

God’s  “thoughts  toward us”  are so constant  and loving.     God never forgets us  and knows our every thought  and feeling.     David simply had  to tell God,  “There is none  to compare  with You.”     How true.     There is absolutely nothing that can honestly be compared  to God.     We can rest  in His almighty love  and truth.

In the wonderment  of God’s faithful love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You  for blessing us with Your faithful 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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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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Guard Yourselves From Idols

July 31, 2015

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Guard  Yourselves  From Idols

1 John 5:21  simply says,

Little children,  guard  yourselves  from idols.

We might nonchalantly  dismiss that verse  thinking  that we are not the kind  of person  to ever want  to bow down  to a silly statue  of any sort.     But,  the apostle John  is thinking  about much more  than a hunk  of wood  or metal.     People make “idols”  out of false doctrines  and man-made traditions.     Their  “idols”  might include riches,  clothes,  popularity,  porn,  power over others  —  anything  that they secretly hold  as more important  than God Almighty  and the truths  given us  in God’s word  in the Bible.

Anything that influences us  to not live  according to God’s given word  in the Bible  is being set up  as something more important  than God.     The whole book  of 1 John  is about staying away  from false teachings  and the things  of this world.     John repeatedly emphasizes  believing in  and totally trusting  in the truth  about Jesus  —  in every part  of our lives.

Accepting  the truths  about Jesus being God our Savior,  who takes away the sin  of the world  are what lead us  to learn  to love  as God has loved us  in Christ.     It’s that love  that strengthens us  and makes us willing  to  “guard yourselves  from idols.”     Love makes us get rid  of the falsehoods  in our lives  —  whether they be falsehoods of doctrine,  man-made tradition,  riches,  power,  popularity,  or any other worldly thing.

When Joshua led  the people  of Israel  into the Promised Land,  he knew  that some  of the people  had idols  of all sorts.     So,  he reminded them  of God’s patient leading  over all their years  and said  in Joshua 24:14-15,

Now,  therefore,  fear the LORD  and serve Him  in sincerity  and truth;  and put away  the gods  which your fathers served  beyond the River  and in Egypt,  and serve  the LORD.     If it is disagreeable  in your sight  to serve  the LORD,  choose  for yourselves today  whom you will serve:  whether the gods  which your fathers served  which were beyond the River,  or the gods  of the Amorites  in whose land  you are living;  but as for me  and my house,  we will serve the LORD.

As we serve God our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for patiently leading us  to serve You  in truth.”

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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The Testimony Is This

July 30, 2015

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The Testimony  Is This

Court cases  review all sorts  of testimonies.     Some of them can be trusted  —  others not.     All people are sinners,  so it’s only discerning  to be careful  in believing  what mere people say.     Every jury  must examine  all the details  and evidence  in a case  to determine  which is the true  “testimony”.

God’s  “testimony” is given  to us  in the whole Bible  —  the declared  eternal word  of God Almighty.     It has proven itself  to be true  and trustworthy,  through all the fulfilled prophecies,  that were written over thousands  of years.     We also need  to examine  God’s  “testimony”  to come  to a knowledge  of the truth.

Studying  God’s word  (God’s testimony)  teaches us  the truths  of God  —  and leads us  to a true faith.     Therefore,  1 John 5:10-12  says,

The one  who believes  in the Son  of God  has the testimony  in himself;  the one  who does not believe God  has made Him  a liar,  because  he has not believed  in the testimony  that God  has given  concerning  His Son.     And the testimony  is this,  that God  has given us  eternal life,  and this life is  in His Son.     He  who has the Son  has the life;  he who does not have the Son  of God  does not have  the life.

When we study  God’s  “testimony”  in the Bible,  we see  and are repeatedly assured  “that God  has given us eternal life,  and this life is  in His Son”.     “Given”  is the key word.     Nobody can earn  “eternal life”.     It is the gift  of God  that has been “given”  to us  “in His Son”.

Without accepting  the gift  of forgiveness  through Jesus,  we do  “not have  the life”.     We accept  God’s gift  as we “believe” God’s full  “testimony”  in the Bible.

Rejoicing  in our salvation  as found  in God’s  “testimony”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your word is truth!”

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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And Now, LORD, For What Do I Wait?

July 29, 2015

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And Now,  LORD,  For What Do I Wait?

We “wait”  for a lot of things  during our life time.     If someone is sick,  we “wait”  for healing.     If we’re applying  for a job,  we “wait”  to hear  if we’ve been chosen.     If we’re facing  a challenge  of any sort,  we “wait”  for God’s leading.     That’s how it was  for King David  as he faced  wicked enemies.     In Psalm 39:7-8  David wrote,

And now,  LORD,  for what do  I wait?
My hope  is in You.
Deliver me  from all  my transgressions;
Make me not  the reproach  of the foolish.

David’s enemies  were evil  in their every intent,  but David realized  something important.     Everyone’s life  is very short  in the scope  of all time.     In the very short time  we have  on earth,  we need  to watch ourselves  so that we  do not fall  into sin  —  whether it be the sin  of not trusting God  —  the sin  of doing something sinful  in unjust retaliation  —  the sin  of doing things our way  instead  of God’s way  —  the sin  of foul,  blaspheming,  ungodly language  against our enemies.

Any  of these sins  could make us  “the reproach  of the foolish”.     Those  who do not love God  are only too glad  to see  God’s children  fall  into some sin  in their frustration.     That is why  they often try  to provoke  God’s children  into sin.

And,  that is why David pleaded  with God,  “Deliver me  from all  my transgressions.”     David greatly desired God’s will  to be done  in every situation  he had  to face.     Our main focus  in life  needs to be  like David’s  —  “My hope  is in You”.     It is good  to “hope”  in the LORD,  instead of trusting  our sinful tendencies.

Waiting  for the LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  help us  to humbly  let Your will  be done.”

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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.

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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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