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Return to Your Rest, O My Soul

September 2, 2015

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Return  to Your Rest,  O My Soul

We can be  at rest,  and then suddenly  our whole world seems  to be falling apart.     Some sort  of trouble  has struck.     We are immediately  calling  on God  to save us.     What takes place  might be similar  to Psalm 116:4-9,

Then I called  upon the name  of the LORD;
“O LORD,  I beseech You,  save my life!”
Gracious is the LORD,  and righteous;
Yes,  our God  is compassionate.
The LORD  preserves the simple;
I was brought low,  and He saved me.
Return  to your rest,  O my soul,
For the LORD  has dealt bountifully  with you.
For You  have rescued  my soul  from death,
My eyes  from tears,
My feet  from stumbling.
I shall walk  before the LORD
In the land  of the living.

Whatever  the situation,  our God rescues us  time and again  because  “our God  is compassionate”.      We can be quite  “simple”  and naive  in the things we do  —  and our foolishness  can cause  big time problems  —  but when we trust  in the LORD,  we recognize that  “He saved me”.

In the sheer relief  of being saved,  we can say,  Return  to your rest,  O my soul,  for the LORD  has dealt bountifully  with you”.     Our Lord’s  gracious rescue  saves us  from all sorts  of grief  and further sin  —  “For You  have rescued  my soul  from death,  my eyes  from tears,  my feet  from stumbling.”

God’s actions  save us  from eternal “death”  in hell.     He keeps us  from getting  into deeper troubles  and sins.     Our own will power  cannot keep us  out of trouble  the way God can.     When we trust  in the LORD,  we can confidently say,  “I shall walk  before the LORD  in the land  of the living.”

Confident  in God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for letting us rest  in 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

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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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I Will Sacrifice to You with the Voice of Thanksgiving

September 1, 2015

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I Will  Sacrifice  to You  with the Voice  of Thanksgiving

What can we do  when we’re in big trouble  —  the kind of trouble  where we’re guilty  of something?     Jonah was  in trouble.     He couldn’t stand  to obey the LORD  and preach  to those nasty people  in Nineveh.     He ran away  and got on a ship,  but he couldn’t hide  from God.     The LORD sent a terrible storm  that put all the lives  on board the ship  in peril.

The sailors realized  this storm  was an act  of God  to punish someone  on board.     Jonah confessed  that he was the one  who had brought down  God’s wrath  —  and said  they needed  to throw him overboard.     The sailors didn’t want  to do that  and prayed about the matter.     Then they threw Jonah overboard  —  and a great fish swallowed him.

In the fish’s belly  for three days,  Jonah knew God’s power  was at work.     Jonah prayed  in Jonah 2:7-9,

While  I was fainting away,
I remembered  the LORD,
And my prayer came  to You,
Into Your holy temple. 

Those  who regard vain idols
Forsake their faithfulness,   

But  I will sacrifice  to You
With the voice  of thanksgiving.
That which I have vowed  I will pay.
Salvation is  from the LORD.

We,  too,  need  to remember  the LORD  and pray directly  to Him  in His  “holy temple”.     Those who  “forsake their faithfulness”  are the ones  who  “regard vain idols”.     People do that  even today.     Instead of  being faithful  to God,  they put their trust  in their strength,  intelligence,  riches  —  “vain idols”.

But,  even when we’re  ever so guilty,  we need  to pray  to the LORD,  “I will sacrifice  to You  with the voice  of thanksgiving”.     God is always wanting  to save us.     Hard as it may be  in our fearful,  dire straights,  we need  to give God  the glad  “sacrifice”  of praise and  “thanksgiving”.     His love  for us  has not changed  and we need  to face that truth.

Grateful  for God’s saving love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Great is Your faithfulness!”

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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The Lord Was Adding to Their Number

August 31, 2015

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The Lord  Was Adding  to Their Number

Quite often  Christians feel  like their attempts  to witness  to others  about Christ  are dismal failures.     There are many pastors  who feel unsuccessful  in their tiny congregations.     Christians are not  to be discouraged  by their smallness.     As we read through God’s word,  God is always working  with very small things.

Israel is a small nation  —  but through Israel,  God brought us  the Savior,  and His word  has spread  throughout the world.     God’s work  through small Israel  has grown large.    Jesus taught  in Luke 13:18-19,

What is the kingdom  of God like,  and to what shall I compare it?     It is like a mustard seed,  which a man took  and threw  into his own garden;  and it grew  and became a tree,  and the birds  of the air nested  in its branches.

God spreads  His word  through His people,  and we are not  to worry  about how He is working.     We only need  to remain faithful  to the truths  of our Lord and Savior,  and He will take care  of the rest.     That truth  is expressed  in Isaiah 55:11,

So will  My word be  which goes forth  from My mouth;
It will not return  to Me  empty,
Without accomplishing  what I desire,
And without succeeding  in the matter  for which I sent it.

God sends out His word  through us  and He accomplishes  what He desires  with it.     God makes it succeed  —  not people.     We are simply  the means  God uses  to accomplish His work.     After Christ’s resurrection,  as the disciples preached,  Acts 2:47 tells us,

The Lord  was adding  to their number day  by day  those  who were being saved.

All our witnessing  is “the Lord”  at work  in us  and in those we witness to.     We are not to look for greatness  —  just for a faithful,  loving service  to our Creator Redeemer.     Let us not complain  about how the Lord works.     He knows  what He is doing,  so we humbly say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for planting  Your word  in us.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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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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God Is Not a Man

August 30, 2015

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God  Is Not  a Man

To believe  —  and yet not believe  —  puts a person  in a tough bind,  especially when sinful man  is urged on  by his own  sinful desires  in this life.     That’s how it was  for King Balak,  king of Moab.     He fully realized  that the LORD God Almighty  had delivered the Israelites  from slavery  in Egypt  and was blessing them.     But,  King Balak wanted the LORD God Almighty  to put a curse  on the Israelites,  and stop blessing them  so he would be able  to defeat Israel  and drive them away  from his territory.

King Balak asked the prophet Balaam  to pray  to the LORD  with his request.     Balaam had King Balak set up seven altars and sacrifice a bull and ram  on each.     Then the prophet prayed.     This procedure took place twice  as God refused  to honor King Balak’s desires,  instead blessing Israel each time.     King Balak found this terribly frustrating.

After the second  time sacrifices  were made,  and Israel was blessed,  the prophet Balaam plainly said  in Numbers 23:19,

God  is not a man,  that He should lie,
Nor a son  of man,  that He should repent;
Has He said,  and will He not  do it?
Or has He spoken,  and will He not make it good?

God refused  to turn His promises  to Israel  into lies.     He would not  change His mind,  because God can be trusted  to keep  His promises.     People renege  on their promises  all the time  without an honest care.      But,  God has the power  to make  His promises sure  —  because  “God is not a man”  —  nor has He ever been  “a son  of man”.

The bottom line is  that God has promised  to forgive  all the sins  of everyone  who turns  to Jesus  in faith.     That repeated promise  will never  be changed.     We can trust  in the power  of Jesus’ forgiveness  to make us holy  and pure  in God’s eyes,  so that we may have eternal life.

Believing our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for your faithful promises.”

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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His Understanding Is Inscrutable

August 29, 2015

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His Understanding  Is Inscrutable

Since the beginning,  mankind looks  at all the wonders  around him  and cannot figure out  how it was all created.     Thousands  of years later,  people can figure out  that the sun,  moon,  and stars  are a dependable way  of keeping track  of time.     But,  what sort of power  keeps all this  in motion  from the beginning?     How did  that power come  to be?

It’s all unfathomable.     It cannot be thoroughly searched out  or investigated.

Mankind cannot fathom  the immensity  of the greatness  of our Creator’s power.     We see it  and feel it  —  but cannot explain  how it all  can be.     Search,  experiment,  and theorize  as we might,  we’ll not find out.     In a number  of places,  God’s word tells us things like,

Do you not know?     Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God,  the LORD,  the Creator  of the ends  of the earth
Does not become weary  or tired.
His understanding  is inscrutable.       Isaiah 40:28

Who does great things,  unfathomable,
And wondrous works  without number      Job 9:10

Great  is the LORD,  and highly  to be praised,
And His greatness  is unsearchable.       Psalm 145:3

Realizing  that God’s  “understanding  is inscrutable”,   we humbly listen  to Jesus  in Matthew 18:3-6,

Truly  I says  to you,  unless you  are converted  and become like children,  you will not enter  the kingdom  of heaven.     Whoever  then humbles himself  as this child,  he is the greatest  in the kingdom  of heaven.     And whoever receives  one such child  in My name  receives Me;  but whoever causes one  of these little ones  who believe  in Me  to stumble,  it would be better  for him  to have a heavy millstone  hung  around his neck,  and to be drowned  in the depth  of the sea.

Let us humbly accept  God our Savior  for who He is,  realizing that we cannot explain  His power,  wisdom,  or eternal love.

In awe,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank you  for making things simple  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

.

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

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

Philippians 3:12

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If the LORD Is God, Follow Him

August 28, 2015

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If  the LORD  Is God,  Follow Him

Our desire  to have our own way  —  in spite of God’s clear directions  —  ruins us.     Knowing the right way,  and refusing to do it,  hardens our hearts  and puts us  on the path  to eternal destruction.

That is what was happening  in the account found  in 1 Kings 18.     Ahab was king.     Israel was stubbornly worshiping idols  and committing all sorts  of sins.     The prophet Elijah had been  in hiding  because they were trying  to kill him.     But,  upon God’s command,  Elijah presented himself  to King Ahab  and told him  to gather the 450 prophets  of Baal  and 400 prophets  of the Asherah,  and to meet him  at Mount Carmel.     Ahab did so.

Then,  in 1 Kings 18:21,  Elijah said,

How long  will you hesitate  between two opinions?     If the LORD  is God,  follow Him;  but if Baal,  follow him.”

Everyone was quiet.     Then Elijah proposed  a test  between the idolatrous prophets  and himself  to determine  the true God.     Each side was  to prepare  an oxen  for a sacrifice  and pray  to their god/God  to send fire  from heaven  to consume the sacrifice.     The God  who answers  by fire  would be  the true God.

Fair enough.     The people liked the idea  —  prepared their sacrifice,  and prayed hard  all day,  even cutting themselves  to show their devotion  to Baal  and the Asherah.     No fire  came down  to burn their sacrifice.

Then Elijah  rebuilt  the altar  for the LORD  —  made a ditch all around it  —  and soaked everything  with water.     At the time  of the evening sacrifice,  Elijah prayed.     The fire  of the LORD  immediately consumed the sacrifice,  wood,  stones,  water,  and dust.     In 1 Kings 18:39,  the people fell  on their faces  and declared,

The LORD,  He is God;  the LORD,  He is God.

God had  never stopped  being God.     The people had just  willfully wanted  to follow their own lusts.     In that moment Elijah had them all seized  and killed.

But,  what about today?     So many  are waffling between faith  in the LORD  and their desires  for the world.     It shouldn’t be a hard decision  —  If the LORD  is God,  follow Him.     All creation  and the fulfilled prophecies  for a Savior  prove the LORD is God.

In glad praise,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for showing us  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

.

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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The Lord Is the Sustainer of My Soul

August 27, 2015

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The Lord  Is the Sustainer  of My Soul

Just where  do we go  for strength  to face the day  —  the coming days  and years?     Do we look  to all sorts  of self-help books?     Do we think  staying physically fit  is the answer  to all  of life’s problems?     Do we depend  on various meditation techniques  from eastern religions?     Some depend  on friends  or their savings accounts.

King David never depended  on his own physical strength,  military prowess,  or riches.     During his life,  he was  in dangers  of every imaginable sort.     There was  no end  to his troubles.     Through it all,  he had one continuing admission  that he expressed  in Psalm 54:4,

Behold,  God is my helper;
The Lord  is the sustainer  of my soul.

David didn’t keep the knowledge  of his strength  and success  a secret.     He confessed it  to the whole world.     Even his worst enemies knew  from where  he drew  his strength  —  and that’s why some hated him.     David confessed  in Psalm 55:22  and invites us  to get strength  from there,

Cast  your burden  upon the LORD  and He will sustain you;
He will never allow  the righteous  to be shaken.

We need  to realize  that God’s word  always calls  all believers  “the righteous”.     All those  who believe  in the LORD  as our Creator  and Redeemer  in Christ Jesus  will be sustained  through their challenges.     David was so confident  in the LORD’s love  that he sang  in Psalm 3:5,

I lay down  and slept;
I awoke,  for the LORD  sustains me.

Yes,  at that time that Psalm  was written,  David  was fleeing  for his very life  —  his son,  Absalom,  was hot  on his trail  to kill him  and take over the throne.   ( 2 Samuel 15 )     Even in the face  of death,  David trusted the LORD  to sustain him.     When God wants us  to live,  we will live.

Trusting God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for being  “the sustainer  of my soul”.”

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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