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Your King Is Coming

March 29, 2015

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Your King  Is Coming

In ignorance  of who Jesus  really is  many despise Him  with irreverent disdain.     They cannot believe  that Jesus is anything but  a poor preacher, who was followed  by uneducated people,  and finally got  the crucifixion  He “deserved”.     They are ignorant  of the fulfilled prophecy recorded  in John 12:12-15,

On the next day  the large crowd  who had come  to the feast,  when they heard  that Jesus  was coming  to Jerusalem,  took the branches  of the palm trees  and went out  to meet Him,  and began  to shout,  “Hosanna!     Blessed  is He  who comes  in the name  of the Lord,  even the King  of Israel.”     Jesus finding a young donkey,  sat  on it;  as it is written,  “FEAR NOT,  DAUGHTER  OF ZION;  BEHOLD,  YOUR KING IS COMING,  SEATED  ON A DONKEY’S COLT.”  

The prophecy  of Zechariah 9:9  was fulfilled  as Jesus rode  the donkey’s colt.     It’s telling us  that Jesus  is our King.     In arrogant pride,  many don’t want  a humble King.     They don’t want  to admit  that their sins  are so condemning  that they need  Jesus  to pay  for their sins  by giving up His life  on the cross.     And,  they don’t want  to think about  the absolute power  of God’s word  in making  that 520 year old prophecy  come true.

For those  who are  somewhat ashamed  of Jesus’ humbleness,  one needs  to consider Revelation 19:11-16,

And I saw heaven opened,  and behold,  a white horse,  and He  who sat on it  is called Faithful  and True,  and in righteousness  He judges  and wages war.     His eyes  are a flame  of fire,  and on His head  are many diadems;  and He has a name written  on Him  which no one knows except Himself.     He is clothed  with a robe dipped  in blood,  and His name  is called  The Word  of God.     And the armies  which are  in heaven,  clothed  in fine linen,  white and clean,  were following Him  on white horses.     From His mouth  comes  a sharp sword,  so that with it  He may strike down  the nations,  and He will  rule them  with a rod  of iron;  and He treads  the wine press  of the fierce wrath  of God,  the Almighty.     And on His robe  and on His thigh  He has a name written,  “KING  OF KINGS,  AND LORD  OF LORDS.”

This is a picture  of what everyone will see  as they learn  the identity  of their King.     He is more than awesome  and we need  to respect that now.

Jesus is much more  than human words  can tell,  so we say,  “Hallelujah!     Come into our hearts  King of kings.”

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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He Turned Himself to Become Their Enemy

March 28, 2015

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He Turned Himself  to Become  Their Enemy

So many people  think they are saved  just because  they go to church,  take part  in church activities,  and generally feel okay  about their daily lives.     But,  they literally pay absolutely  no attention  to God’s word.     They are so absorbed  into themselves  that they don’t care  that they are constantly grieving God,  our Savior.     How so?

Isaiah 63:8-10 says,

For He said,  “Surely,  they are My people,
Sons  who will not deal falsely.”
So  He became  their Savior.
In all their affliction  He was afflicted,
And  the angel  of His presence  saved them;
In His love  and  in His mercy  He redeemed them,
And He lifted them  and carried them  all the days  of old.
But  they rebelled
And grieved  His Holy Spirit;
Therefore  He turned Himself  to become  their enemy,
He fought against them.

God chose Israel  to be His special people  —  the people  who would bear His name  and witness  of salvation  to the whole world.     “So  He became  their Savior.”     God saved Israel  in many dire situations  and battles.    The Old Testament witnesses  many circumstances  of God’s presence  with Israel  to save them.     That is why  Isaiah says,  “He lifted them  and carried them  all the days  of old.”     That was wonderful.

But sadly,  “they rebelled  and grieved  His Holy Spirit”.     How did they do that?

They copied the heathen traditions  of the peoples  around them  —  they worshiped idols  —  they sacrificed their children  to idols  —  they lived  in adultery  —  in their corruption,  they lied,  stole,  and murdered.     In general,  they became  loveless  and faithless.

Therefore  He turned Himself  to become their enemy,
He fought against them.

Israel’s problems started  when they began  to copy  heathen traditions.     That led them  to disregard God  in so many ways.     History seems  to be repeating itself.     Today,  with our risen Savior,  people who call themselves Christian  are copying  the heathen traditions  of the world.     On the day  of Christ’s resurrection,  they celebrate  with the Easter Bunny  and all sorts  of myths  that have nothing  to do with salvation  through Jesus Christ.

Maybe we should  knock off  our heathen traditions  and get  to worshiping  our LORD  and Savior  with a true respect,  honor,  and faithfulness.     Then God  won’t want  to fight  against us.

Glorifying Christ  in all His resurrection glory,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for choosing us  to be Your people.     Strengthen us  in Your truths.”

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

.

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

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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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The Proof Of Your Faith

March 27, 2015

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The Proof  Of Your Faith

There are no words  to fully describe  the blessing  we have  in coming  to realize  God’s love  and mercy  to us  through Jesus Christ.     There simply  is no way  to be eternally saved,  except through faith  in Jesus’ merits  for us  on the cross.     And,  it’s awesome  to know  that God’s power  has chosen  to protect  and save us.     But,  even though we know  we are headed  for heaven,  we still have many harsh trials  to go through  here on earth.     So,  we’re happy  and distressed  all at the same time.     1 Peter 1:6-9  says this  about our situation,

In this  you greatly rejoice,  even though now  for a little while,  if necessary,  you have been distressed  by various trials,  that the proof  of your faith,  being more precious  than gold  which is perishable,  even though tested  by fire,  may be found  to result  in praise  and glory  and honor  at the revelation  of Jesus Christ;  and though  you have not seen Him,  you love Him,  and though  you do not see Him now,  but believe  in Him,  you greatly rejoice  with joy inexpressible  and full  of glory,  obtaining  as the outcome  of your faith  the salvation  of your souls.

All this truth  was written  by a regular fisherman.     Peter knew  what life  and salvation  is all about.     It’s not so much God,  who needs a  “proof  of your faith”.     We  need a “proof”  of our  “faith”.     Mere words  are cheap.     But  when we can honestly  “greatly rejoice”  even though  we are being  “distressed  by various trials”,  then we know  that we know  that Jesus  is our Savior  from all sin  —  and that faith  in Him  truly saves our souls  for all eternity.

If we are more  “distressed”   than we are  greatly rejoicing,  we need  to let God’s word  strengthen us  in His eternal truths.     God  lovingly teaches us  when we abide  in His word.     As we learn,  we will grow  in faith  and rejoice  in what  God has done  for us.

Rejoicing  in faith,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your eternal salvation  is more precious  than all the gold  in the world.”

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

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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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Even Satan Disguises Himself

March 26, 2015

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Even Satan  Disguises Himself

We need  to be aware  that we are living  in very perilous times  in regards  to what we believe  about Christ Jesus.     So much deception  is being boldly peddled  as gospel truth  —  and many people  are glibly falling  for it,  because  they don’t take the time  to read God’s word  to us.

The lazy man’s way  to “learn”  about Jesus  is  to watch a movie  —  and then  to believe  that the movie  is rightly presenting  God’s word.     What a way  to rip away  God’s truths.     In many cases,  what the actors say  is a twisting  of the truth  —  an outright deception.     They might appear dramatic in some way  —  but distortion is distortion  —  and it will not  save  or  strengthen us  in God’s truth.

When Paul warns us  about distortions  of the gospel,  he writes in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15,

For such men  are false apostles,  deceitful workers,  disguising themselves  as apostles  of Christ.     And no wonder,  for even Satan disguises himself  as an angel  of light.     Therefore  it is not surprising  if his servants  also disguise themselves  as servants  of righteousness;  whose end shall be  according to their deeds.

Paul makes many such warnings  that we should not take lightly.     A couple include,

For  if one comes  and preaches another Jesus  whom we have not preached,  or you receive  a different spirit  which you have not received,  or a different gospel  which you have not accepted,  you bear this beautifully.       2 Corinthians 11:4  

I am amazed  that you are so quickly deserting Him  who called you  by the grace  of Christ,  for a different gospel,  which is really not another;  only there are some  who are disturbing you  and want to distort  the gospel  of Christ.     But  even if we,  or an angel  from heaven,  should preach  to you  a gospel contrary  to what we have preached  to you,  he is to be accursed!     Galatians 1:6-8

Paul is using  very strong language  because our eternal lives  are at stake.     The bottom line is  —  read God’s word every day  so we can appreciate  and distinguish  the gospel  from the world’s distorting imagination.     Movies are not a substitute  for God’s truth.     They often contain outright lies.

Ever glad  that God’s word  to us  is eternal  and available,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for guarding  our faith  through 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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By Your Abundant Lovingkindness I Will Enter Your House

March 25, 2015

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By Your  Abundant Lovingkindness  I Will  Enter Your House

Many people  of all religions  feel  that they will  enter heaven  through their own efforts  and righteousness.     And,  many  even enter  their place  of worship  feeling  they are being  particularly righteous  and deserving  in God’s eyes  because they walked  into a building.     But  in Psalm 5,  King David  shows us  that God  is most holy  and will not allow  any  to stand before Him,  who are boastful,  wicked,  deceitful,  and liars.

Much rather,  David shows us  how one is able  to rightfully enter  God’s house  and stand before Him.     David says  in Psalm 5:7,

But  as for me,  by Your abundant lovingkindness  I will  enter Your house,
At Your holy temple  I will bow  in reverence  for You.

There is only  one way  to actually enter  God’s house  —  “by Your abundant lovingkindness”.     It is God’s grace  through faith  in Christ Jesus  that gives us entrance  into God’s house  —  and into heaven.

But,  being  in God’s house  is much more  than simply walking  into a building.     Being inside a particular building  does not  make God  favor us  in any way.     Jesus describes  how we honestly  enter God’s house.     He says  in John 4:24,

God  is spirit,  and those  who worship Him  must worship  in spirit  and truth.

God knows  when we honestly face  the truth  of our sinful being  and worship Him  with our whole spirit.     In any given worship service  here on earth  there are sincere  and insincere people.     God knows  what is  in the heart  of each one.

If we’re still  not sure  about rightly  entering God’s presence,  James 4:8  tells us,

Draw near  to God  and He will draw near  to you.     Cleanse your hands,  you sinners;  and purify  your hearts,  you double-minded.

In other words,  when we repent  and acknowledge God  for who He is  —  in all His holiness,  power,  authority,  glory,  and love  —  He will mercifully accept us  with His everlasting love.

Worshiping  in spirit  and truth,  we know  that it is only God’s  “abundant lovingkindness”  that enables us  to stand  before Him.     So,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your merciful,  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

.

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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Abide In My Love

March 24, 2015

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Abide  In My Love

In John 15:9,  Jesus tells us,

Just as  the Father  has loved Me,  I have also  loved you;  abide  in My love.

To  “abide”  is to  stand fast  —  remain  —  go on being  —  live  —  and to submit to.     We need  to firmly stick  to Jesus’ love.     And,  even beyond that,  we need  to submit  to Jesus’ love.     Jesus’ love  is not  like the fickle human love  we often experience.     Jesus’ love  is forever faithful  —  even when we are  not so faithful.

Jesus’ love goes  to the nth degree  for us,  as Jesus says  in  John 15:13,

Greater love  has no one than this,  that one lay down  his life,  for his friends.

Jesus not only calls  us sinners  His friends,  He suffered  and died  to pay the penalty  for all our sins.     We don’t have  to pay a penalty  for any  of our sins,  because it has already  been paid.

That is the truth  we must submit to.     If we don’t want  to accept  the truth  that Jesus’ suffering  and death  paid  for absolutely all  of our sins  —  then we are not being  Jesus’ friend  —  we are not abiding  in His love.     If we refuse  to abide  in His love,  we are not saved.

We might know about Jesus  —  faithfully go to church  —  do all sorts of good works  in the church  —  but we can’t be saved,  because we are not abiding  in His love.     We need  to submit  to Jesus’ love,  and get rid  of our prideful,  worthless,  self-righteousness.     The only way  to honestly abide  in Jesus’ love  is to accept  His death  on the cross  as having  totally paid  for all our sins.

In the wondrous peace  of having all our sins  forgiven,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the blessedness  of Your 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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In Peace I Will Both Lie Down And Sleep

March 23, 2015

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In Peace  I Will  Both Lie Down  And Sleep

When worry  and deep concerns  plague us,  we might toss  and turn  all night long  —  unable  to sleep.     But,  when King David  was being battered  and reproached  by ungodly people,  he sang  in Psalm 4:8,

In peace  I will  both lie down  and sleep,
For You alone,  O Lord,  make me  to dwell  in safety.

When we think  about God’s almighty,  everlasting power  and love,  we remember  just how righteous,  holy,  and merciful  He is.     And,  we don’t just think  about God’s power  and love  for a moment  in the day,  while busy doing other things.     Much rather,  in verse 4,  David tells us to,

Meditate  in your heart  upon your bed,  and be still.

Overwhelming troubles  need  to cause us  to  “be still”.     Slow down  —  get a grip  —  look at  the eternal reality  of things.     We need  to actually  “meditate”  on God’s love  and control  over all things.     Take quiet time  to recollect  all that God  has done  in the past  —  and all  that God  has wondrously worked  in bringing us a Savior,  just as He promised.     Thoroughly consider  the kind  of awesome power  God has displayed  throughout history,  as He has worked  to bring us  eternal salvation.     There has never been  another power  that can match God’s power.     That’s something  to think about.

So,  instead  of complaining,  fearing,  and doubting,  David tells us  in verse 5,

Offer  the sacrifices  of righteousness,
And trust  in the Lord.

It might  be hard  —  but,  it is only decent  to  “offer the sacrifices  of righteousness,  and trust  in the Lord.”     A “sacrifice”  is the giving  of our very best  to the LORD.     “Righteousness”  is doing what is right  —  which is having faith  in God  and giving Him  the respect  that is due  to His holy name.     So,  our  “sacrifice”  is  to honestly praise God  in the midst  of our troubles.

Awed  by God’s faithful love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the peace  of Your holy love  in Christ.”

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

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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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