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While I Have My Being

June 26, 2016

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While  I Have  My Being

Our time  on earth  is limited.     Some get more time than others.     However much time  we have,  it is good  to realize  time well-spent here  is a time  of drawing near  to our Creator Redeemer.     All the rest  of eternity  will either be spent  in heaven  with the LORD  of all  —  or away  from the LORD of which Jesus said…….,

…in that place there will be weeping and gnashing  of teeth.     (Matthew 8:12)

Those  in heaven  will be there  simply because  they believed  and trusted  in God’s loving salvation  —  as Jesus said  in John 6:47,

Truly,  truly,  I say  to you,  he who believes  has eternal life.

Because  of this  we have good reason  to be downright happy  and thankful  for God’s mercy  on all believers.     A happy heart likes  to express itself  with singing.    And so,  a psalmist  sang  in Psalm 146:2,

I will praise  the LORD  while I live;
I will sing praises  to my God  while I have my being.

While I live”  —  While I have my being”.     This psalmist knew  how right  and good  it is to praise God Almighty now.     Now is the time  to acknowledge  that God not only created us,  but that He sustains us  from day to day.     Now is the time  to believe  and trust  in God  —  and to acknowledge  His eternal authority,  power,  and loving salvation  in Christ Jesus alone.

“Funny”  —  but not at all funny  it is  that people have all sorts  of excuses  for not singing  “praises”  to the LORD.     For those who  “believe” that God exists,  but refuse to love,  trust,  thank,  and worship Him,  James 2:29 says,

You believe  that God  is one.     You do well;  the demons  also believe,  and shudder.

The “demons”  “shudder”  because they refuse  to love,  obey,  and trust  in God’s love  for all.     They defiantly want things  their way,  instead of God’s way.     They don’t want  to be  under  God’s authority  of humble love,  mercy,  and free gift  of eternal salvation.     What a burden  of defiance.

Knowing the beauty  and peace  of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  I will  sing Your praises  now and forever.”

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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