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Sing for Joy to the LORD

October 28, 2017

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Sing for Joy to the LORD

At the first sign  of trouble,  the tendency is  to raise up  a complaint.     We all do it  —  and we should not.     Why?     Because the LORD  is a great God  above all gods  —  always has been  and always will be.

When the Israelites were dramatically rescued  from Pharaoh  and the Egyptian army,  it took some almighty miracles  to bring about  their salvation.     Sure,  they gave a joyous thanks  for such a wondrous rescue  —  and rightly so.

But,  when God presented another  huge challenge  of faith,  they forgot all about  God’s faithful love  and power.     Kinda like us.

The Israelites were led  to a desert area  and had no water.     No water for their children,  old folk,  sheep,  goats,  cattle.     Their only prospect was  a sure,  slow  death.     In their time of desperation,  they screamed out  their frustration  to Moses  and blamed him  for trying  to kill them  in the desert waste.     They bitterly wished  that  they were  back in Egypt,  enslaved to the cruel Egyptians.

They were just like us.     It doesn’t take much  to forget all the past  blessings  we have received  from the LORD  when we are in a new,  horrifying crisis.     Our first reaction is,  “Why me?”     And that gets coupled  with out-and-out  unbelief.

God gives us  these new challenges  to help build us up  in a stronger  and truer faith  —  just as He was doing  for the Israelites  in the desert.     What will a stronger  and truer faith do  when the going is so tough  it leads to suffering  and death?

The writer of Psalm 95 wrote  about the waterless situation  the Israelites were in  and says  what they should have been saying  ( instead of angry complaining ).     Psalm 95:1-3  instructs the Israelites  and us  to…….

O come,  let us sing  for joy  to the LORD;
Let us shout  joyfully  to the rock  of our salvation.
Let us  come before His presence  with thanksgiving;
Let us  shout joyfully  to Him  with psalms.
For  the LORD  is a great God,
And a great King  above all gods.

Isn’t that something?!     In whatever  our really real suffering might be,  God wants us  to be joyfully singing,  and giving thanksgiving,  and shouting  His praises.     Why should we be joyful  in our pain and suffering?    Because  “the LORD is a great God,  and a great King above all gods.”

Do you believe that?     That is our challenge.

To meet that challenge,  we need to do  what the Israelites forgot  to do  —  look back  and remember  all the great things  God has already done  throughout history  to prove His love  and faithfulness.

God always has been  a God of truth  and faithfulness  —  and He always will be.     We certainly will  go through trials  that are like fire,  flood,  and enemy hoards attacking us.     What God is saying is  that in all that,  He is with us  and will bring us through it.     Therefore,  we are to sing joyfully  and be filled with praise,  because  “the LORD  is a great God,  and a great King  above all gods.”

Remember Him  on the cross  for us all.     He won the victory.     He has His own ways  of doing things  with a wisdom  we cannot fathom.

As we keep on remembering,  we will be strengthened  to look up  and say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD  certainly is our sure salvation.”

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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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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