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They Wandered in the Wilderness

July 20, 2019

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They Wandered in the Wilderness

Sometimes we feel like we’re just going  in circles — getting nowhere fast.      There doesn’t seem to be anything in life  that is satisfying.      We’ve tried everything — climbing the success ladder,  all sorts of philosophies,  all sorts of learning,  religions,  parties,  different friends,  different “stuff”,  different recreations — you name it.      We’ve tried everything.      Nothing satisfies.      Nothing fills this seeming void.

In a poetic way,  the psalmist describes this very problem.     This feeling of wandering around in circles  and getting nowhere fast  has plagued people down through the ages.      In the Psalm 107,  the “desert regions”  are all the wasteful things  we’ve tried in life  to gain a feeling of satisfaction.      Everything dry and fruitless  that we’ve tried  has not satisfied our hungering and thirsting.      Where is our answer?      Psalm 107:4-9, poetically pictures our problem and its answer,

They wandered  in the wilderness  in a desert region;
They did not find a way  to an inhabited city.
They were hungry  and thirsty;
Their soul fainted  within them.
Then they cried out to the LORD  in their trouble;
He delivered them  out of their distresses.
He led them also  by a straight way,
To go to an inhabited city.
Let them give thanks  to the LORD  for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders  to the sons of men!
For He has satisfied  the thirsty soul,
And the hungry soul  He has filled with what is good.

When we want satisfaction in life, it will not be found  in worldly things,  because our very deepest needs  are spiritual.      It is our soul  that is thirsting and hungering.      Our soul needs  to find the city of God,  where we can rest  and be filled  with the wonders  of God’s salvation  in Jesus Christ.

As we futilely try  to find satisfaction  in worldly things,  we discover  that everything is always changing,  and that nothing is  what it was made out to be.      Climbing the success ladder  is a dog-eat-dog world.      All the other stuff gets old  and burdensome.

But,  when we cry out  to the LORD  in all our troubles,  He will deliver us.      He has been lovingly waiting for us  to turn to Him.      He wants to put us on the  “straight way”   to our heavenly home,  in the city inhabited  by all the saints  who have lived down through the ages — not to mention all the angels.

It is a marvelous wonder  how God is able  to satisfy our thirsting and hungering souls,  and fill us  with all His goodness  and righteousness  in Jesus Christ.      We can call out to Him today.      We don’t have to wait  for anything.

Glad that we don’t have to wander  in the worldly wilderness  any more,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  the straight road  of Your salvation  in Jesus Christ  leads to heaven.      Knowing that we are on our way to heaven,  gives us the joy and hope  of having a real home 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.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

 

Oh 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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My Heart May Fail

July 19, 2019

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My Heart May Fail

The longer we live,  the more memories we have.     We want the best  for our children and grandchildren,  but sadly consider all the growing evils taking place  in this world.      We’ve seen how proud,  evil people  seem to have all sorts of successes.     It seems  that they get away with mocking God all the time  and with all sorts wicked plans.     It’s hard to understand  because it’s just not right or good.

One who knows the goodness and salvation of God  can get to feeling cut to the core — and totally helpless.     As troubled as we are  about those who seem  to successfully mock the Lord,  we do need to realize  that they are in the process  of bringing more and more condemnation   upon themselves.     It may appear that they are getting away  with their evils,  but God has everything in control.     Our Lord has foretold  how in the end times  the hearts of the people will be cold and full of evil.     These people have had many opportunities  to hear and accept  the word of God,  but they arrogantly refuse — preferring their wickedness  to the love of God  in Jesus Christ.

As we think about this conundrum,  we know that all the implications of it  are far beyond our understanding.     We have to leave everything  in God’s hands.     We are different  from the rest of the world,  but we have the joy of knowing we are saved  by the eternal love of God  in Jesus Christ.

That is why we can rest our disturbed hearts  in the wisdom and power  of God Almighty,  and say with the psalmist  in Psalm 73:25-28,

Whom have I in heaven  but Thee?
And besides Thee,  I desire nothing  on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail;
But God is the strength  of my heart  and my portion forever.
For, behold,  those who are far from Thee  will perish;
Thou hast destroyed all those  who are unfaithful to Thee.
But as for me,  the nearness of God  is my good;
I have made the Lord GOD  my refuge,
That I may tell  of all Thy works.

Having God in our hearts, we have everything.     In this world,  we will see all sorts of evil, suffer and die — but, that doesn’t matter  because we inherit all of heaven  and the salvation we have in Christ.     Yes,  the unbelievers are an awful prick  in this world,  but they will perish when God cuts them off.     God has promised  that they will all be destroyed — and He keeps His promises.

In the meantime, we don’t have to be all “hot under the collar”.     God is near to us  and He is our sure refuge.     Knowing the power and authority of God — along with all that He has done for us  in Christ Jesus — we can go right ahead and “tell of all Thy works.”     People need to know  that God is in control of all things — even though the majority of people  in this world  “roll their eyes”  at the very thought  of God being in control.

In all our weakness,  we may feel  that “my heart may fail”,  but that doesn’t matter.     We are with our Lord.     His strength is more than sufficient.     With God’s sufficiency,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  you know us so well.     Thank You for protecting us  in all of our weaknesses.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

 

Oh 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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Thanksgiving Honors Me

July 18, 2019

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Thanksgiving Honors Me

God is God.     He always has been God  and He always will be God.     There never has been any other real God,  in spite of the fact  that  people are often into the habit  of worshiping other things,  ideas,  or man-made philosophies  that they decide  to call “God”.

But,  we sometimes feel  that we have a problem.     It can really seem like God has turned away from us — or doesn’t care about us — or is punishing us — or whatever else our imaginations come up with.     We know  that God is still God,  but we don’t have an answer  to all our suffering.      So, we complain,  mope  around,  feel rejected,  and sometimes even become bitter  about God’s seeming avoidance  of our cries.     Things just don’t seem  to turn around  in our favor.

God shares with us a truth  we all need to remember.     When tough times never leave us,  bitter complaints are not helpful.      That is because  God is God  and always has been.      We need  to fess up  to the fact  that He has proven His love  and faithfulness  in sending Jesus  to be our Savior from all sin.      God has not stopped loving us.     But,  our lives might show  that we have not been loving  and trusting God  rightly.     We need to always acknowledge  God’s wisdom,  love,  faithfulness,  and salvation.     In spite of our hard times,  these are truths  that we need to always give thanks for  (instead of complaining).

The fact  that God is holy eternally  tells us  that He has not changed.     But,  we are often wishy-washy  when we want everything  to go smoothly  and to be filled to overflowing with blessings.     In love and righteousness,  God shows us  (His children)  the  right way to be  in Psalm 50:23,

He who offers a sacrifice  of thanksgiving  honors Me;
And to him  who orders his way aright
I shall show  the salvation  of God.

When we’re afraid and deeply troubled,  it can be hard  to thank God  for all that He has already done for us,  because we’re concentrating  on our present problems.     But,  that is exactly what God wants us to do  because it is the good and right thing to do.     Remembering God’s love and blessings  is only facing the truth  and confessing it.     If we don’t admit  to this truth,  we are showing a very sinful ungratefulness.

When we “order our way aright”,  we are telling ourselves  to look at the truths  of God’s love for us,  and to be decent enough  to thank God  for all that He has done  down through the ages.     Then,  in remembering,  we make ourselves do the right thing  for our Creator and Redeemer — that is  to thank Him,  from the depths of our hearts,  so that we honor Him  for loving us so faithfully.

When we do that,  in whatever way is right  in God’s wisdom  and love,  He will show us His salvation  in our needs.     Then we will need  to thank Him again.

Knowing how God  has proven His love for us  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You for blessing us  with salvation  in Jesus Christ.     Help us  to always keep our eyes  on Him  and His sacrificial love  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.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

 

Oh 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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The Word Implanted

July 17, 2019

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The Word Implanted

Words get planted  in us — just like seed.      Every day we hear all sorts of words — good and bad.      The words in a school can be planting information.      The words spoken at a new job can be very instructive and helpful.      The words heard in many movies can plant seeds of lust,  greed,  hatred,  love,  sympathy,  or whatever else they intend to plant.      Even the things we speak to each other  plant various feelings  and bits of information.      Every word planted in us has an effect of some sort,  because the speaker (the planter) had an intent when planting (speaking).

So, it is important that we treat all words appropriately,  according to their intent and worth.      If words are leading us into any sort of sin,  we need to reject them and  let them die,  before they lead us into eternal damnation.      We don’t want lies,  blasphemies,  sinful enticements,  and those sorts of things growing in our lives.      That would be like asking for disaster.

But, when our Creator,  Lord and Savior  plants a word in us,  we need to take it for what it is — eternal truth that will give us the salvation we need.      What’s the  sense  of rejecting truth?      Do we really want to turn a blind eye to the love  that wants to save us?      Let’s hope not.

James wrote to the church about these sorts of things,  because  how we listen  and how we feel about truth  matters in all eternity.      James 1:21  lays things out on the table for everyone to see.      It says:

Therefore putting aside all filthiness  and all that remains of wickedness,  in humility  receive the word implanted,  which is able  to save your souls.

When God wants to plant  the seeds of His eternal truth  within us,  there is no logical reason to reject it — but,  many reject  it anyway.      But, James is telling us  to let God plant His truths in us.      Don’t fight off our Creator and Savior.      When we hear God’s word,  we are to accept it  in our hearts  “in humility”.      That’s just saying that we need to remember that  we are simply a part of this creation — a sinful part — a minute bit in a great vastness.      Our Creator is obviously  a whole lot smarter than anything in His creation.      When our Creator speaks to us,  we need a humble  attitude.

It is obvious that our Creator  is offering to be our Savior.      We should not be  so proud  and arrogant as to reject  such an offer of love.      We need the kind of humbleness that is willing to honestly  look at our sinful situation — and be willing  to let God help  us.      We’ll be glad we did.

In the joy and comfort  of knowing God loves us  enough to plant His word in us,  we say, “Hallelujah!      Lord, You are the one and only Eternal One.      We are just Your creation — but,  You love us so dearly.      Let us hold tightly onto Your truths  as we travel  to our heavenly home  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.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

 

Oh 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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Teacher, You Have Truly Stated

July 16, 2019

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Teacher,  You Have Truly Stated

We should not believe everything we hear.     There is so much information bombarding us  day after day,  that it’s easy to fall  into a pattern  of just believing anything  anyone tells us.     But,  believing everything  when a seemingly nice person said it  can be very dangerous.      Just because the speaker is good-looking,  confident,  popular,  and apparently knowledgeable  does not mean  they are speaking the truth  we need to know.

In Jesus’ day  there was a scribe,  who was listening  to other religious leaders argue  with Jesus.      He realized  that Jesus always spoke well  and was in agreement  with God’s given word.     So,  in Mark 12:28-34,  we can read his conversation with Jesus — just checking to see  if Jesus really understood  the Old Testament.

And one of the scribes came and heard them arguing,  and recognizing  that He had answered them well,  asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost  of all?”

Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel;  the LORD our God is one LORD;  and you shall love the LORD your God  with all your heart,  and with all your soul,  and with all your mind,  and with all your strength.’        The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’        There is no other commandment greater than these.”

And the scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher,  You have truly stated  that He is One;  and there is no one else  besides Him;  and to love Him  with all the heart  and with all the understanding  and with all the strength,  and to love one’s neighbor as himself,  is much more  than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

And when Jesus saw  that he had answered intelligently,  He said to him, “You are not far  from the kingdom of God.”

It is vital  that we recognize the truth  about God  and let truth  lead our lives.     This scribe recognized this fact.      So,  as Jesus spoke,  he realized  that everything Jesus said was  in total agreement  with the word of God.      We,  too,  need to check out Jesus’ words  and see how they agree  with God’s word  in the Old Testament.

It was a custom  in the Jewish community  to always quote Deuteronomy 6:4,  saying, “Hear, O Israel;  the LORD our God  is one LORD.”      That truth was vitally important because all their heathen neighbors worshiped many different gods — idols.      If the Israelites missed that truth,  they would be no better  than any heathen  and would be lost eternally.      So,  Jesus was right  in saying this was the foremost commandment.

Because this is the foremost commandment,  it follows  that we must love the LORD with all our heart,  soul,  mind,  and strength.      To do anything less is to sin  because there simply is  no other God.      Nothing anyone does  will ever change that truth.      People will say  what they want — and do what they want — but the LORD will always remain God Almighty  over all.       And,  we will all have to face His judgment  when our days here are done.

Jesus  truly stated”  God’s word.      We need to check it out  and do the same.      Seeing God’s eternal power  in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  open our eyes,  ears,  hearts,  and minds  to know You  in the right way.      Then,  seeing how graciously You have loved us  in Christ Jesus,  may our whole  lives return that love  in word and deed.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

 

Oh 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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Mount Up With Wings Like Eagles

July 15, 2019

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Mount Up  With Wings  Like Eagles

In this world of so many different trials and troubles,  it’s easy  to slip into feelings of discouragement.      We might feel that God doesn’t have a clue  about what we’re going through — or else  that He doesn’t care.      Some might even think  that God doesn’t have the ability  to help us.      Of course, none of that is true.

Consider the almighty power it took  to create all  of creation — from humongous stars down  to a particle of soil  that has the ability  to provide nutrition  for all the plants around us.      There is more wisdom and power there  than we can imagine.

Isaiah 40:28-31 has a reminder  for us  when we feel discouraged.      There we are reminded,

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.
He gives strength  to the weary,
And to him who lacks might  He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those  who wait  for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up  with wings  like eagles,
They will run  and not get tired,
They will walk  and not become weary.

When we feel down and out — just tired  of struggling — we need  to go to the LORD God  who made us.      We know.      We have heard.      The LORD is almighty.      He never gets tired.      He has more understanding  about what is going on  than we can ever imagine.      So,  there’s no sense  in imagining God doesn’t understand  or care.      That would be like accusing the holy Lord of all  of something that simply  is not true.

The LORD is our only real hope  for strength.      But,  there is one condition…….      Strength for another challenge is given  to “those who wait for the LORD”.      We have to trust  God’s timing,  just because His wisdom and love  is so much greater than ours.      We can feel like we’re at the end  of our rope,  but we need to “wait for the LORD”.

It’s a challenge.      God’s way of knowing is different  from ours.      God’s people waited for thousands of years  for His promised Savior — and Jesus was sent  at just the right time,  all in fulfillment  of many different prophecies.

We might think, “Thousands of years!      Aaaach!”      But,  that’s not the point.      It’s just an example  of God putting together  many intricate details  into many different prophecies,  by many different prophets — and yet it all came true  in the one man,  Jesus Christ.      God’s way shows us  to perfection  that there is no doubt  that Jesus is the Savior  and that there is no other way  to heaven.

When God pays  that much attention  to detail,  we know  He cares about the details  in our lives, too.      So, we “wait for the LORD” patiently  and let Him give us  the strength we need  one day  at a time.

In faith  we “mount up  with wings  like eagles”  and trust  that our Lord will carry us through.      Then,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  as You care for us,  You know how  to strengthen us  in the true faith,  so that we can be pure and holy,  a glory  to Your holy name.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

 

Oh 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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The Altars of God

July 14, 2019

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The Altars of God

On our house,  I noticed a bird’s nest up under the corner of an eave,  in a little nook.        What a perfect spot for protection  from the elements  and the neighborhood kitties!

That made me think of Psalm 84:3-4,   “The bird also has found a house,  and the swallow a nest for herself,  where she may lay her young,  even Your altars,  O LORD of hosts,  my King and my God.      How blessed are those who dwell  in Your house!      They are ever praising You.”

That Psalm ends with,  “O LORD of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You!”

There are so many wonderful things to notice  in this Psalm,  one can’t mention it all.      But,  if a lowly bird can praise the LORD  by trusting Him,  how much more blessed is the man  who learns  to trust God?

An altar is a place of sacrifice,  and yet,  this is exactly where the bird knows  it can find refuge.      It’s where we find refuge.      Our refuge is  in the sacrifice  of entrusting our whole lives  to God.      Learning to trust God  in this sinful world is a real sacrifice.      There are many ways  to sacrifice  to the LORD  as we acknowledge His protection.      Because God knows our innately sinful nature,  He is very specific  about honorable sacrifices.      Here God defines true sacrifice.

Hebrews 13:15-16Through Him then,  let us continually offer up  a sacrifice  of praise  to God,  that is,  the fruit of lips  that give thanks  to His name.      And do not neglect doing good  and sharing,   for with such sacrifices  God is pleased.

Psalm 4:5Offer the sacrifices  of righteousness,  and trust  in the LORD.

Psalm 27:6And now my head will be lifted up  above my enemies around me,  and I will offer in His tent sacrifices  with shouts of joy;  I will sing,  yes,  I will sing praises  to the LORD.

Psalm 51:15-17O Lord, open my lips  that my mouth may declare Your praise.      For You do not delight  in sacrifice,  otherwise  I would give it;  You are not pleased  with burnt offering.      The sacrifices of God  are a broken spirit;  a broken and a contrite heart,  O God,  You will not despise.

Psalm 107:22Let them also offer sacrifices  of thanksgiving,  and tell of His works  with joyful singing.

Proverbs 15:8The sacrifice  of the wicked  is an abomination  to the LORD,  but the prayer  of the upright  is His delight.

Hosea 6:6For I delight in loyalty  rather than sacrifice,  and in the knowledge of God  rather than burnt offerings.

Mark 12:32-33The scribe said to Him,  “Right, Teacher;  You have truly stated  that HE IS ONE,  AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE  BESIDES HIM;  AND TO LOVE HIM  WITH ALL THE HEART  AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING  AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH,  AND TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR  AS HIMSELF,  is much more  than all burnt offerings  and sacrifices.”

Romans 12:1Therefore  I urge you,  brethren,  by the mercies of God,  to present your bodies  a living and holy sacrifice,  acceptable to God,  which is your spiritual service of worship.

All of this is mind boggling.      Our whole lives belong  to God.     To fully enjoy God’s nearness,  we need to lay our lives  on the altar of God.      We do that with praise,  thanksgiving,  trust,  righteousness,  sharing,  telling of God’s works,  loyalty,  joyfully singing,  having a broken and contrite heart  over our sinful natures,  delighting in the knowledge of God,  and, most of all,  loving God  with our whole heart,  understanding  and strength.

That’s every single thing we have.

But…..  Jesus gave us His all.      So  as we endeavor  to give  the right kind  of daily sacrifices,  we are to be:  “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.      For consider Him  who has endured such hostility  by sinners against Himself,  so that you will not grow weary  and lose heart.”Hebrews 12:2-3

Nestled in God’s true saving love  we say, “Hallelujah!”  and let ourselves  be blessed.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

 

Oh 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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