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A Good Work in You

May 29, 2015

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A Good Work  in You

Sometimes Christians  get down  and just feel like  they’re spinning their wheels  in the mud.     They wish  they were  “better”  Christians  in accomplishing more  important things  in this life.     They want  to be more  “grown up”  into God’s truths  and feel like  the going  is too slow.

There is good news.     Paul assures us  in Philippians 1:6,

I am confident  of this very thing,  that He  who began  a good work  in you  will perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus.

We are God’s work  —  not our own work.     It is God  who began  the  “good work”  of a true faith  in us,  and He will  “perfect it”  as we abide  in Him.     We are not  to be wrapped up  in all the troubles we see  around us.     2 Corinthians 4:18 reminds us,

We look not  at the things  which are seen,  but at the things  which are not seen;  for the things  which are seen  are temporal,  but the things  which are not seen  are eternal.

That is why  2 Peter 3:14-15 says,

Therefore,  beloved,  since you look  for these things,  be diligent  to be found  by Him  in peace,  spotless  and blameless,  and regard  the patience  of our Lord  as salvation.

As we seek  God’s truths  in His word,  He will continually protect  and guide us  until we reach our heavenly home.     With that hope,  1 John 2:24 says,

As for you,  let that abide  in you  which you heard  from the beginning.     If what you heard  from the beginning  abides  in you,  you also  will abide  in the Son  and  in the Father.

What we  “heard  from the beginning”  is God’s word  in the Bible.     There God’s  “good work  in you”  will be perfected,  and we will say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for faithfully making us stand  in You.”

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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You Too Have a Master

May 28, 2015

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You Too  Have a Master

Life becomes problematic  when we forget  or don’t realize  that we all  have a Master  —  no matter what  our status  in this life.     Colossians 4:1 says,

Masters,  grant  to your slaves  justice and fairness,  knowing  that you too  have a Master  in heaven.

One might imagine,  “Well,  I don’t have any slaves,  so this doesn’t pertain  to me”.     But,  it does pertain  to us  and everyone else.     We don’t think  of ourselves  as being slaves  or  slave owners,  but we should be mindful  of who  and what  we really are.

We are “masters”  of any number of things,  situations,  or people  in this life.     We might be “masters”  over a country,  state,  county,  city,  business,  family,  or even  over our own behaviors.     So,  no matter what  our age  or status,  we are “masters”  over something.

Therefore,  we are to show  “justice  and fairness”  in any  and every  sort of situation.     Every life situation  needs to “grant”  “justice  and fairness”.     We are all obligated  to be just and fair because  “you too  have a Master  in heaven”.

Jesus marveled  at the faith  of the centurion, who so willingly  accepted Jesus  as his Master,  who had the authority  to heal  his beloved slave.     This centurion humbly confessed  in Luke 7:8,

I also am a man placed  under authority,  with soldiers  under me;  and I say  to this one,  ‘Go!’  and he goes,  and to another,  ‘Come!’  and he comes,  and to my slave,  ‘Do this!’  and he does it.

That was  this centurion’s station  in life.     Jesus has an eternal station  in our lives  that we need  to recognize.     He said  in Matthew 28:18,

All authority  has been given  to Me  in heaven  and on earth.

We all need  to understand  that Jesus  is our Master  —  no matter what  the rest of the world  may think.     We are  to be just and fair  to those under us  as we want Jesus  to be  just and fair  to us.     Have the right perspective  —  recognize the Master.

Glad  to have Jesus  as our Master,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  let us ever look  to You.”

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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Even Though the Needy One Speaks What Is Right

May 27, 2015

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Even Though  the Needy One  Speaks  What Is Right

Isaiah made  many prophecies  about the coming Savior  —  and they all proved  to be true  in Christ Jesus.     One thing Isaiah prophesied  is that Jesus’ teachings  would give spiritual understanding  to the Lord’s people,  so that they would be able  to realize  and appreciate  the blessings  of God’s mercy  in whatever was happening  to them.

Christians  are well aware  of all  the various onslaughts  of this world  of unbelievers.     Unbelievers  viciously  and sneakily  attack the Christian faith  in every sort  of way  and angle  —  mocking Christians  and trying  to get God’s children  to cave in  to worldly morals  by denying their Savior  with their behaviors  and beliefs.    Isaiah prophesied  in Isaiah 32:7-8,

As for  a rogue,  his weapons  are evil;
He devises wicked schemes
To destroy  the afflicted  with slander,
Even though  the needy one  speaks  what is right.
But  the noble man  devises noble plans;
And by noble plans  he stands.

The  “afflicted”  and  “the needy one”  are the Christians  withstanding  all the attacks  of the unbelievers.     No matter what sort of “scheme”  or  “slander”  the unbelievers attack with,  “the needy one  speaks  what is right”.     As has been par for the course  through all  of history,  God’s children  have,  therefore,  undergone persecution  for speaking  “what is right”.     They have been mocked,  beaten,  tortured,  imprisoned,  stoned,  and killed.     Through all  of that  they understand  through faith  that God’s truths  are victorious  in the end  —  God  will judge all  —  and God will  make His children  stand victorious  with Him.

Therefore,  in the nobility  of God’s chosen,  the Christian  “devises noble plans”  —  the plans  to trust  in our Savior  no matter what happens.     Isaiah said,  “By noble plans  he stands”.     Although mocked,  slandered,  tortured  or martyred,  the faithful  will victoriously stand  through all eternity  with God Almighty.

As we plan  to stand  for God’s truths  through God’s mercies  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for making us stand  with You.”

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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My Own Special Treasure

May 26, 2015

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My Own  Special Treasure

We all love “special”  things  we can call  our very own.     We truly  “treasure”  these things  and lovingly care  for them.     Thinking  about treasures,  we need  to always remember  that we  are God’s  “special treasure”.     When the Israelites  left Egypt,  God wanted  to assure them  of His ongoing,  tender care.     So,  God said  in Exodus 19:5,

Now  if you will obey Me  and keep  My covenant,  you will be My own special treasure  from among  all the peoples  on earth;  for all the earth belongs  to Me.

Then,  after all their travels  through the deserts  the Israelites  were about  to enter the Promised Land  and were given directions  for conquering  that land.     They were told  in Deuteronomy 7:6,

For  you are a holy people  to the LORD  your God;  the LORD  your God  has chosen you  to be a people  for His own possession  out of all the peoples  who are  on the face  of the earth.

That phrase,  “for His own possession”  is the same as  “My own special treasure”.      As believers  in Christ  our Savior,   we too,  are considered God’s “chosen”  “special treasure”.     We can know that  because 1 Peter 2:9  tells us,

But  you are  a chosen race,  a royal priesthood,  a holy nation,  a people  for God’s own possession,  so that  you may proclaim  the excellencies  of Him  who has called you out  of darkness  into His marvelous light.

We don’t know  our Savior  by accident.     God has already “chosen” us  as His  “own special treasure”  —  “His  own possession”.    God cares for us  —  and treasures us  —  as He carries us  through this life.

Knowing  we are treasured,  we strive  to live  as treasured people,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for making us  Your own special treasure  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

.

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Give Us a King to Judge Us

May 25, 2015

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Give Us  a King  to Judge Us

When under stress,  it’s easy  to become faithless.     We all have times  when we stumble around  and wonder  if God will help us.     The people  of Israel  were the same.     Samuel was old  —  his sons showed  that they were incapable  of leading Israel  —  in their faithlessness,  the Israelites demanded  a regular king,  like the other nations.     In 1 Samuel 8:6  they said,

Give us a king  to judge us.

They were rejecting  God Almighty  as their king.     In allowing them  to be like the rest  of the world,  God told them  the harsh consequences  of a worldly king.     ( 1 Samuel chapter 8 )     The people still  stubbornly insisted  on a king.     So,  God set up Saul  from the tribe  of Benjamin  to be their king.     Then began  Israel’s lesson  from God.

Saul believed  in God,  but had a weak faith  —  plus,  in time,  he became proud  and very possessive  of his power  as king.     That was evident  in his sins  of faithlessness.     In preparing for a battle  with the Philistines,  Saul was directed  to wait  for Samuel  to arrive  and offer a sacrifice  to the LORD.     Samuel was later  than expected  that day,  so Saul  authoritatively  took it upon himself  to offer the sacrifice,  instead of trusting  God’s control over all things.     When Samuel arrived,  he told Saul  in 1 Samuel 13:13-14,

You have acted foolishly…….     The LORD  has sought out  for Himself  a man  after His own heart,  and the LORD  has appointed him  as ruler over His people,  because you  have not kept  what the Lord commanded you.

Saul’s kingship was coming  to an end.     All this happened  in God’s control.     We are  to take a lesson  from that.     The fact is  that in Genesis 49:10,  it was prophesied  around 356 years beforehand  that Israel’s true king  would be  from the tribe  of Judah.

The scepter  shall not depart  from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff  from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him  shall be the obedience  of the peoples.

That prophecy  is saying  that Jesus  is our true,  eternal King  —  and that Jesus  would be born  from a line  of kings  from the tribe  of Judah.     God keeps His word.     All this shows  how good it is  to trust God  above all  to rule over us.

That means  that we should faithfully trust  in the LORD  in every circumstance.     Knowing God’s almighty,  loving control,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for making us Your people.”

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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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 Would Have Despaired

May 23, 2015

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I Would Have Despaired

With all the bad stuff  going on,  people can easily think  of reasons  for justifying their despair  in many situations.     One might even raise their eyebrows  and wonder about what King David said  in Psalm 27:13,

I would have  despaired  unless I had believed  that I would see  the goodness  of the LORD
In the land  of the living.

Just think.     David had very  “good”  reasons  for despairing  in his desperate situation.     But,  he didn’t despair.     He didn’t have to.     Instead,  he knew  and  “believed”  that he  “would see  the goodness  of the LORD  in the land  of the living”.

Earth  was not David’s home.     He realized  that heaven  was his home  —  “in the land  of the living”.     The “living”  are those  who believe  and trust  in the LORD.     Their eternal home is  “the land  of the living”  —  heaven  —  because they are spiritually alive  through faith  in the LORD.

David  and all God’s faithful mentioned  in the Bible  are witnesses  of God’s victory  on our behalf.     So,  Hebrews 12:1-2 explains  why we should not despair, but believe  that we will see  our LORD  and all His people  “in the land  of the living”.     It says,

Therefore,  since we have  so great  a cloud  of witnesses  surrounding us,  let us also  lay aside  every encumbrance  and the sin  which so easily entangles us,  and let us run  with endurance  the race  that is set  before us,  fixing our eyes  on Jesus,  the author  and perfecter  of faith,  who  for the joy  set before Him  endured the cross,  despising the shame,  and has sat down  at the right hand  of the throne  of God.

When bad stuff happens,  let us dwell on Jesus  and  “the goodness  of the LORD”  in heaven.     There we will joyfully say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your strength  and faithfulness  have carried us home.”

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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.

.

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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Because You Have Rejected the Word of the LORD

May 23, 2015

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Because  You Have Rejected  the Word  of the LORD

Our human tendency  is to believe  that we know  what is best  in our lives.     We feel  that we have  very good  and valid reasons  for doing  what we do.     And…  we object  to any criticism  of our choices.

That’s how King Saul was.     He was the first king  of Israel,  and God,  through the prophet Samuel,  directed King Saul  and his army  to utterly destroy  Amalek  —  all its people,  cattle, and everything they had  —  because of the evils  they had done.     Saul did defeat  the Amalekites,  but he spared their king,  spoil,  and the best  of their cattle.     His weak excuse  for such disobedience was  that they intended  to use that  to sacrifice  to the LORD.

That almost sounds noble.     But,  in 1 Samuel 15:22-23,  Samuel said,

Has the LORD  as much delight  in burnt offerings  and sacrifices  as in obeying  the voice  of the LORD?     Behold,  to obey  is better than sacrifice,  and to heed  than the fat  of rams.     For rebellion is  as the sin  of divination,  and insubordination is  as iniquity  and idolatry.     Because  you have rejected  the word  of the LORD,  He has also rejected you  from being king.

Saul  had “rejected  the word  of the LORD”.     He imagined  he knew better  than God Almighty.     Today’s Christians  might recognize  Saul’s actions  as really wrong  and justify themselves  by imagining  they would never have done such a thing.     But,  we need  to pay attention  to what God has  told us  in His word.     Many  of our actions are  the result  of rejecting  “the word  of the LORD” —  they are  “rebellion”  and “insubordination”  against God’s known word.

We know  that God directs us  to live  with faith,  hope,  and love.     But,  many live faithlessly,  hopelessly,  and unlovingly.     That’s rejecting  “the word  of the LORD”.     Let us examine ourselves  and pray  for God’s grace  to lead us.

Ever glad  for God’s love  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for faithfully strengthening us  to live  for You.”

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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