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The Hungry

December 9, 2016

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The Hungry

As human beings,  we get  “hungry”  —  eat something  —  and our stomachs  are satisfied.     That’s a physical body  eating table food  to satisfy  a physical hunger.     But,  even a person  with a full stomach can still feel  “hungry”  and unsatisfied.     There is a need  not being met.

When the virgin Mary  went to visit Elizabeth,  who was pregnant with John the Baptist,  Mary sang a song  of praise  to God.     In Luke 1:53,  Mary sang  about God,

He has filled  the hungry  with good things;
And sent away  the rich  empty-handed.

Mary was not talking  about physical food.       She was speaking  of our spiritual hunger  for righteousness  that can only be satisfied  by God.     We all have a soul  —  and deep down inside,  we know  there is a God  and that everyone  will be judged  by Him  in the end.     The souls  of people can be  “hungry”  to get  to know  the true God  and desire to live  righteously  in fellowship  with the true God.     They are not satisfied  with myths  and false doctrines  that they know are not true.

“The hungry”  are  “hungry”  for the truth  about the real God.     Here’s the good part.     God knows  when a person honestly wants the truth  about Him  and is willing  to live according  to God’s truth.     God has promised  to fill these spiritually  “hungry” people  “with good things”  —  that is the truth  about full salvation  through faith  in Jesus.

But,  God also sends  “away the rich empty-handed”.     Those who imagine  they are spiritually  “rich” with man-made religions  and traditions  will not become satisfied  with God’s  “good things”.     They don’t want God’s  “good things”  —  only their myths and traditions.     So,  they will remain  “empty-handed”.

All this is why  Jesus says  in Matthew 5:6,

Blessed are those  who hunger and thirst  for righteousness,  for they shall be satisfied.

Getting satisfied  with the “righteousness”  Jesus freely gives all  who believe  in Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for filling us  with Your “righteousness”,  satisfying our needs.”

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 Guide Our Feet Into the Way of Peace

December 8, 2016

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To Guide Our Feet into the Way of Peace

When John the Baptist was born,  his father,  Zacharias was filled  with the Holy Spirit  and prophesied  about the babe  in Luke 1:76-79,

“And you,  child,  will be called  the prophet  of the Most High;
For you will go on  BEFORE THE LORD  TO PREPARE HIS WAYS;

To give  to His people  the knowledge  of salvation
By the forgiveness  of their sins,

Because  of the tender mercy  of our God,
With which  the Sunrise  from on high  will visit us,

TO SHINE UPON THOSE  WHO SIT  IN DARKNESS  AND THE SHADOW  OF DEATH,
To guide our feet  into the way  of peace.”

All of John’s preaching  prepared the hearts  of the people  to receive Christ Jesus  as their Savior.     We also need prepared hearts  to accept Jesus  as our one-and-only Savior.     All of God’s word  prepares people’s hearts.     At this time  of year,  it would be good  to pay special attention  to John the Baptist’s preaching  as recorded  in the New Testament.

There,  John’s preaching will  prepare our hearts  by showing us  our sins  —  pointing out the forgiveness  that God wants  to give us  —  show us  that our sinfulness  darkens our hearts  and leads to eternal death  —  and then showing us how  to have “peace”  with God  through repentance,  faith,  and a godly life.

None  of the sins  that plague us  are ever able  to give us  “peace”  or true happiness.     Living  “in darkness  and the shadow  of death”  only gives a dark foreboding  of the eternal judgment  to come.     That’s why  it’s so important  to pay attention  to all of God’s word,  so we can allow God  “to guide our feet  into the way  of peace”.

It’s as Romans 10:17 says,

So faith comes  from hearing,  and hearing  by the word  of Christ.

Glad for the “peace”  of God’s promises  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are our Prince of Peace.”

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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It Was Troublesome in My Sight

December 7, 2016

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It Was Troublesome in My Sight

The ways  of this world  really get pushed upon us  during this time  called Advent  —  or the Christmas season,  in which one is supposed to be honoring  the Christ Child,  our Savior.     We can be wanting  to direct  our attention  to the reality  of celebrating  the birth  of Jesus  —  but the world  is strongly pushing Santa,   expensive presents,  and songs  that do not  honor Christ  —  not to mention those  who seek  to push  their agendas  to take Christ down.

Those who object  to honoring  our Savior  seem to be  much more powerful  in pushing their agenda,  than Christians are  in respectfully praising  the LORD.     This sort  of thing  is not only “troublesome”  during the Christmas season,  but in every other time  in which the world  seems to be  more popular  and powerful  in their set goals  than Christians are.

The psalmist, Asaph,  in Psalm 73,  mentions  that those who oppose God  seem to be successful  in their every endeavor.     They openly mock God  and seem  to get away with it.     Asaph says  he wouldn’t dare  to speak  so disrespectfully  against God’s  eternal truths.     Asaph points out  in Psalm 73:15-19,

If I had said,  “I will speak thus,”
Behold,  I would have betrayed the generation  of Your children.
When I pondered  to understand this,
It was troublesome  in my sight
Until I came  into the sanctuary  of God;
Then I perceived  their end.
Surely  You set them  in slippery places;
You cast them down  to destruction.
How they are destroyed  in a moment!
They are utterly swept away  by sudden terrors!

This thought  struck Asaph.     He sadly realized  all those  who reject  God’s salvation  through faith  would be paying the price  of eternal  “destruction”.     To follow the ways  of this world  will only betray God’s “children”  in the years  to come.     Nobody should dare  do such a thing.

When troubled  by this world,  we turn  to God’s eternal truths,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for staying near  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

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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

.

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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This Is What Has Been Written by the Prophet

December 6, 2016

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This Is What Has Been Written by the Prophet

On a recent TV show,  an interviewer  went out  to ask a number  of people  where Jesus was born.     Quite a few  had no clue  —  some thought Jesus was born  in Jerusalem  —  and some said Jesus was born  in Bethlehem.     That interview revealed  how little people know  about our Savior.

The correct  and important answer is  that Jesus  was born  in Bethlehem.     What is so important  about that?     It is just one more little detail  that the LORD  had prophesied  around 700 years  before Jesus’ birth.     If Jesus had not been born  in Bethlehem,  then He could not claim  to be the long-promised Savior.     Being born  in Bethlehem  is one more proof  that Jesus is who He said He is  —  and that God truly is almighty.

God’s prophecy is found  in Micah 5:2,

But  as for you,  Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little  to be among the clans  of Judah,
From you  One will go forth  for Me  to be ruler  in Israel.
His goings forth  are from long ago,
From the days  of eternity.

To show  that all the Jewish religious leaders understood  this prophecy,  when the magi came  to worship  the “King of the Jews”  they asked where He was  to be born,  the religious leaders replied  in Matthew 2:5,

In Bethlehem  of Judea;  for this is what has been written  by the prophet.

Joseph and Mary lived  in Nazareth,  but  to make His prophecy come true,  God led the emperor  to take a census,  and everybody had to go  to their home town  to be registered.     Joseph and Mary’s home town  was Bethlehem,  so they had  to go there  to be registered  —  and there Jesus was born.

All things are possible  for God Almighty  —  and He gives testimony  to that  by having Jesus born  in Bethlehem.

In awe  of God’s power  in the details  of many prophecies,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Blessed be the LORD God Almighty.”

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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An Acceptable Service

December 5, 2016

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An Acceptable Service

We all know  that whatever our job  in life,  we do need  to do  “an acceptable service”.     Store clerks need  to ring things up correctly  and politely  —  managers  need  to see  that the customers  are served rightly  —  business owners need  to see to it  that customers get a good product  for a fair price,  etc.     Those who don’t provide  “an acceptable service” will soon enough  lose their job.     It won’t be anyone else’s fault,  but their own.

In a way,  that’s sort of how it is  with our responsibilities  as a Christian.     We have the “job”  of really listening  to God’s word  —  accepting all  of it  with “reverence”  —  and living according  to it  in “awe”  of God’s eternal authority.     Why?     Because we are  in the end days  —  and our lives are  relatively short.     An end day  has been promised.

Every worker  should be thankful  for the job  and wages they have.     That thankfulness should be  what leads them  to want to give  “an acceptable service”  —  in whatever line  of work they are.

As Christians,  we have accepted  the job  of serving God  in whatever capacity  He has placed us.     Whatever our earthly job,  in that capacity,  we should be serving God.     Our service  to God  needs to be  done  in keeping  with all that God Almighty  has done for us  in Christ Jesus.     That is why Hebrews 12:28  reminds us Christians,

Therefore,  since we receive  a kingdom  which cannot be shaken,  let us show gratitude,  by which we may offer  to God  an acceptable service  with reverence  and awe;  for our God  is a consuming fire.

The kingdom of heaven  “cannot be shaken”  on Judgment Day.     We should be grateful  for the promise  of an eternal  heavenly home  —  so grateful  that we gladly  “offer to God  an acceptable service  with reverence  and awe.”

Realizing how important  our daily jobs are  to our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  lead us  in acceptably serving you every day  with reverence  and awe.”

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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God Saw That It Was Good

December 4, 2016

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God Saw That It Was Good

As God created  all things  in creation,  at the end  of each day,

God saw  that it was good.     Genesis 1:10

Then,  at the end  of six days  of creating,  Genesis 1:31 records,

God saw all  that He had made,  and behold,  it was very good.

That’s something  to remember.     And then,  we recall  how Adam and Eve fell  into sin  ( Genesis 3 ).     But,  in God’s judgment  He also promised a Savior from sin.     That is love and mercy.     And that is something  to always remember.

For this reason  —  for God’s love  and mercy  that is often given  in so many ways  in our personal lives  —  King David sang  in Psalm 34:1,

I will bless  the LORD  at all times;
His praise  shall continually be  in my mouth.

God saved David  in many dire situations  —  and David praised Him  for that.     But,  first of all,  David was thankful  for God’s eternal salvation,  that would come  in our Savior,  Christ Jesus.     That is why he blessed  “the LORD  at all times”  —  just as we should.

God’s immediate plan  of salvation  for all mankind  in the Garden  of Eden  “was very good”  —  just as all  of creation  was “very good”.     His plan  of salvation  is perfect  in every way.     It couldn’t be better.     It’s complete  and free  to all  who trust  in the eternal word  of God.     Realizing  the goodness  and truth  of that,  we should all say  with David,  “I will bless  the LORD  at all times;  His praise  shall continually be  in my mouth.”

As we remember  the power  of God’s creative love  and mercy  in sending the Christ child  into our lives,  let us always  “bless the LORD  at all times”.

In the awesome wonder  of our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for creating  in us clean hearts  and right spirits,  to serve You  with our whole lives.”

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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Your Fear, Dread and Sanctuary

December 3, 2016

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Your Fear,  Dread  and Sanctuary

The undisciplined show  that they are not happy  or at peace.     Instead,  they are always showing rebellion,  fears,  suspicions,  complaints,  and hatefulness.     With no peace  or desire for righteous guidance,  they unthinkingly plunge  into all sorts  of sins,  trying to satisfy  their lost condition  —  but only feeling more out-of-sorts  and wanting  to blame someone else  for their problems.

The Israelites were that way  as they rebelled  against Isaiah’s preaching  regarding their sins.     It was a troubling time.     So, God comforted Isaiah  by saying  in Isaiah 8:13-15,

It is the LORD  of hosts  whom you should regard  as holy.
And He shall be  your fear,
And He shall be  your dread

Then  He shall become  a sanctuary;
But  to both the houses  of Israel,  a stone  to strike  and a rock  to stumble over,
And a snare  and a trap  for the inhabitants  of Jerusalem.    

Many will stumble over them,
Then they will fall  and be broken;
They will even be snared  and caught.

Isaiah was not  to “fear”  the behavior  of the Israelites  —  just as we should not “fear”  those who belligerently oppose Christianity.     Much rather,  we need to  “fear”  and  “dread”  the  “holy” authority  of “the LORD”,  who will judge  everyone  in the end.

When we  “regard as holy”  all that the LORD is,  we will see  that He actually is  “a sanctuary”  for all  who put their trust  in Him.     God’s love for us  in Christ Jesus  is “holy”,  because in it  God has proven  His almighty power  to keep His word  over thousands  of years.

Unbelievers hatefully  “strike”  at Jesus,  as they  “stumble over”  His truths  in scripture.     They become trapped  by their  stubborn refusal  to believe God’s promises  of salvation  through faith.

As we remain  in our “sanctuary”  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for becoming  our righteousness  through faith.”

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

.

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

.

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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