Friday, May 31, 2013

My Daily Meditation

5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the Congregation of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord before the new court,
6 And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and reignest not thou on all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is power and might, and none is able to withstand thee.
7 Didst not thou our God cast out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend forever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a Sanctuary therein for thy Name, saying,
9 If evil come upon us, as the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and in thy presence for thy name is in this house and will cry unto thee in our tribulation, and thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab, and mount Seir, by whom thou wouldest not let Israel go, when they came out of the land of Egypt: but they turned aside from them, and destroyed them not:
11 Behold, I say, they reward us, in coming to cast us out of thine inheritance, which thou hast caused us to inherit:
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for there is no strength in us to stand before this great multitude that cometh against us, neither do we know what to do: but our eyes are toward thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the Lord with their young ones, their wives, and their children.
14 And Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, was there, upon whom came the Spirit of the Lord, in the midst of the Congregation.
15 And he said, Hearken ye all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou, King Jehoshaphat: thus saith the Lord unto you, Fear you not, neither be afraid for this great multitude: for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
16 Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cleft of Ziz, and ye shall find them at the end of the brook before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: stand still, move not, and behold the salvation of the Lord towards you: O Judah, and Jerusalem, fear ye not, neither be afraid: tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.
18 Then Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the earth, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.
19  And the Levites of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And when they arose early in the morning, they went forth to the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they departed, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear ye me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: put your trust in the Lord your God, and ye shall be assured: believe his Prophets, and ye shall prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, and appointed singers unto the Lord, and them that should praise him that is in the beautiful Sanctuary, in going forth before the men of arms, and saying, Praise ye the Lord, for his mercy lasteth forever.
The Second Book of Chronicles Chapter 20:5-21

47 And that all this assembly may know, that the Lord saveth not with sword nor with spear, (for the battle is the Lord’s) and he will give you into our hands.
The Second Book of Samuel Chapter17:47

14 If my people, among whom my Name is called upon, do humble themselves, and pray and seek my presence, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear in heaven and be merciful to their sin, and will heal their land:
15 Then mine eyes shall be open and mine ears attent unto the prayer made in this place.
16 For I have now chosen and sanctified this house, that my Name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, to do according unto all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments,
18 Then will I establish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I made the covenant with David thy father, saying, Thou shalt not want a man to be ruler in Israel.
19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them,
20 Then will I pluck them up out of my land, which I have given them, and this house which I have sanctified for my Name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a common talk among all people.
The Second Book of Chronicles Chapter 7:14-20

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against the worldly governors, the princes of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness, which are in the high places.
13 For this cause take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to resist in the evil day, and having finished all things, stand fast
The Epistle to the Ephesians Chapter 6:12-13

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


153 Behold mine affliction, and deliver me: for I have not forgotten thy law.
154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according unto thy ]word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked, because they seek not thy statutes.
156 Great art thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
157 My persecutors and mine oppressors are many: yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.
158 I saw the transgressors and was grieved, because they kept not thy word.
159 Consider, O Lord, how I love thy precepts: quicken me according to thy loving kindness.
160 The beginning of thy word is truth, and all the judgments of thy righteousness endure forever.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Daily Meditation

1 In the beginning was that Word, and that Word was with God, and that Word was God.
2 This same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made
The Gospel According to John 1:1-3

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with these our eyes, which we have looked upon, and these hands of ours have handled of that word of life,
The First Epistle of John Chapter 1:1

12 For the word of God is lively, and mighty in operation, and sharper than any two edged sword, and entereth through, even unto the dividing asunder of the soul and the spirit, and of the joints, and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts, and the intents of the heart.
The Epistle to the Hebrews Chapter 4:12

13 And he was clothed with a garment dipped in blood, and his name is called, THE WORD OF GOD.
15 And out of his mouth went out a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the heathen: for he shall rule them with a rod of iron, for he it is that treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
The Revelation of St. John the Apostle Chapter 19:13, 15

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


145 I have cried with my whole heart: hear me, O Lord, and I will keep thy statutes.
146 I called upon thee: save me, and I will keep thy testimonies.
147 I prevented the morning light, and cried: for I waited on thy word.
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, to meditate in thy word.
149 Hear my voice according to thy loving kindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.
150 They draw near that follow after malice, and are far from thy Law.
151 Thou art near, O Lord: for all thy commandments are true.
152 I have known long since by thy testimonies, that thou hast established them forever

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Daily Meditation

4 For all that is born of God, overcometh this world: and this is that victory that hath overcome this world even our faith.
5 Who is it that overcometh this world, but he which believeth that Jesus is that Son of God?
6 This is that Jesus Christ that came by water and blood: not by water only, but by water and blood: and it is that Spirit that beareth witness: for that Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three, which bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three, which bear record in the earth, the Spirit, and the Water and the Blood: and these three agree in one.
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God, which he testified of his Son.
10 He that believeth in that Son of God, hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because he believed not the record, that God witnessed of that his Son.
11 And this is that record, to wit, that God hath given unto us eternal life, and this life is in that his Son.
12 He that hath that Son, hath that life: and he that hath not that Son of God, hath not that life.
13 These things have I written unto you, that believe in the name of that Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe in the Name of that Son of God.
The First Epistle of John Chapter 5:4-13

31 And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thine household.
The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 16:31

8 But what saith it? The word is near thee, even in thy mouth, and in thine heart. This is the word of faith which we preach.
9 For if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart, that God raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved:
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth man confesseth to salvation.
The Epistle to the Romans Chapter 8:8-10

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen 


137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and just are thy
138 Thou hast commanded justice by thy testimonies
and truth especially.
139 My zeal hath even consumed me: because
mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
140 Thy word is proved most pure, and thy servant
loveth it.
141 I am small and despised: yet do I not forget
thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and thy Law is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish are come upon me: yet
are the commandments my delight.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting:
grant me understanding, and I shall live.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth
my soul keep them.
130 The entrance into thy words showeth light,
and giveth understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth, and panted, because I
loved thy commandments.
132 Look upon me and be merciful unto me, as
thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name.
133 Direct my steps in thy word, and let none
iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Deliver me from the oppression of men, and I
will keep thy precepts.
135 Show the light of thy countenance upon thy
servant, and teach me thy statute.
136 Mine eyes gush out with rivers of water, because
they keep not thy Law

Friday, May 24, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


121 I have executed judgment and justice: leave me
not to mine oppressor.
122 Answer for thy servant in that which is good,
and let not the proud oppress me. (a)
123 Mine eyes have failed in waiting for thy salvation,
and for thy just promise.
124 Deal with thy servant according to thy mercy,
and teach me thy statutes.
125 I am thy servant: grant me therefore understanding,
that I may know thy testimonies.
126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have
destroyed thy Law.
127 Therefore love I thy commandments above
gold, yea, above most fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts most just,
and hate all false ways.

(a) Editor’s notation - Read Luke 12:11-12

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


113 I hate vain inventions: but thy Law do I love. (a)
114 Thou art my refuge and shield, and I trust in
thy word. (b)
115 Away from me, ye wicked: for I will keep the
commandments of my God.
116 Stablish me according to thy promise, that I
may live, and disappoint me not of mine hope.
117 Stay thou me, and I shall be safe, and I will
delight continually in thy statutes.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that depart
from thy statutes: for their deceit is vain.
119 Thou hast taken away all the wicked of the
earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee, and I am
afraid of thy judgments.

(a) Editor’s notation - Read Ecclesiastes 1:14, Isaiah 41:29
(b) Editor’s notation - Read Ephesians 6:12-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:8, Hebrews 4:12

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


105 Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, and a light
unto my paths.
106 I have sworn and will perform it, that I will
keep thy righteous judgments.
107 I am very sore afflicted: O Lord, quicken me
according to thy word.
108 O Lord, I beseech thee, accept the free offering
of my mouth, and teach me thy judgments. (a) 
109 My soul is continually in mine hand: yet do I
not forget thy law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: but I
swerved not from thy precepts.
111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage
forever: for they are the joy of mine heart.
112 I have applied mine heart to fulfill thy statutes
always, even unto the end.

(a) Editor’s notation - the sacrifice of praise read Hosea 14:2, Hebrews 13:15

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


97 Oh how love I thy law! it is my meditation
98 By thy commandments thou hast made me wiser
than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have had more understanding than all my
teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understood more than the ancient, because
I kept thy precepts.
101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way,
that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not declined from thy judgments: for
thou didst teach me.
103 How sweet are thy promises unto my mouth!
yea, more than honey unto my mouth.
104 By thy precepts I have gotten understanding:
therefore I hate all the ways of falsehood.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


89 O Lord, thy word endureth forever in heaven.
90 Thy truth is from generation to generation:
thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it
91 They continue even to this day by thine ordinances:
for all are thy servants.
92 Except thy law had been my delight, I should
now have perished in mine affliction.
93 I will never forget thy precepts: for by them
thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me:
but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy
commandment is exceeding large.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


81 My soul fainted for thy salvation: yet I wait
for thy word.
82 Mine eyes fail for thy promise, saying, When
wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I
not forget thy statutes.
84 How many are the days of thy servant? When
wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute
85 The proud have dug pits for me, which is not
after thy Law.
86 All thy commandments are true: they persecute
me falsely: help me.
87 They had almost consumed me upon the earth:
but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me according to thy loving kindness:
so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My Daily Meditation

Today, my friends, let us take joy in today. It is not any holiday, there are no celebrations, nor is it different than yesterday. But it is another day that, as the Psalmist wrote, is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice. Take joy in this day, find the good and hold fast to it.  Pray with me my friends.

Heavenly Father, may my day be filled with goodness. Help me to find joy in all that I do, even if at times it is a difficult task. Let me be filled with your Spirit that I might show that joy to all who cross my path today.  Guide me in your ways, help me to guard my tongue so that I will speak good words to all, that are filled with life, blessings, and the Gospel of your son. I ask in Jesus name, amen.

 24 This is the day, which the Lord hath made: let us rejoice and be glad in it.
The Book of Psalms Chapter 118:24

9 Sing unto him, sing praise unto him, and talk of all his wonderful works.
10 Rejoice in his holy Name: let the hearts of them that seek the Lord, rejoice.
11 Seek the Lord and his strength: seek his face continually.
The First Book of Chronicles Chapter16:9-11

11 And let all them that trust in thee, rejoice and triumph forever, and cover thou them: and let them that love thy name, rejoice in thee.
12 For thou Lord, wilt bless the righteous, and with favor wilt compass him, as with a shield.
The Book of Psalms Chapter 5:11-12

18 But I will rejoice in the Lord: I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Book of Habakkuk 3:17-19

25 For David saith concerning him, I beheld the Lord always before me: for he is at my right hand, that I should not be shaken.
26 Therefore did mine heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad, and moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope,
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in grave, neither wilt suffer thine Holy one to see corruption.
The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2:25-27

2 By whom also through faith we have had this access into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice under the hope of the glory of God.
3 Neither that only, but also we rejoice in tribulations, knowing that tribulation bringeth forth patience.
4 And patience experience, and experience hope.
5 And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the holy Ghost, which is given unto us.
The Epistle to the Romans Chapter 5:2-5

30 But ye are of him in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
31 That, according as it is written, He that rejoiceth, let him rejoice in the Lord.
The First Epistle to the Corinthians Chapter 1:30-31

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen

73 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me:
give me understanding therefore, that I may learn thy
74 So they that fear thee, seeing me, shall rejoice,
because I have trusted in thy word.
75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right,
and that thou hast afflicted me 1justly.
76 I pray thee that thy mercy may comfort me,
according to thy promise unto thy servant.
77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I
may live: for thy Law is my delight.
78 Let the proud be ashamed: for they have dealt
wickedly and falsely with me: but I meditate in thy
79 Let such as fear thee turn unto me, and they
that know thy testimonies.
80 Let mine heart be upright in thy statutes, that
I be not ashamed.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

My Daily Meditation

My friends I will be brief today, and let the Word of God speak to your hearts

32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
The Gospel According to Luke Chapter 5:31

30 The God of our fathers hath raised up Jesus whom ye slew, and hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God lifted up with his right hand, to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are his witnesses concerning these things which we say: yea, and the holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him
The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 5:30-32

24 But the servant of the Lord must not strive, but must be gentle toward all men, apt to teach, suffering the evil,
25 Instructing them with meekness that are contrary minded, proving if God at any time will give them repentance, that they may acknowledge the truth,
26 And come to amendment out of that snare of the devil, of whom they are taken prisoners, to do his will.
The Second Epistle to Timothy Chapter 2:24-25

9 The Lord of that promise is not slack (as some men count slackness) but is patient toward us, and would have no man to perish, but would all men to come to repentance.
The Second Epistle of Peter Chapter 3:8

4 Who will that all men shall be saved, and come unto the acknowledging of the truth.
The First Epistle to Timothy Chapter 2:4

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen

65 O Lord, thou hast dealt graciously with thy
servant, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for
I have believed thy commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted, I went astray: but now
I keep thy word.
68 Thou art good and gracious: teach me thy
69 The proud have imagined a lie against me: but
I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is fat as grease, but my delight is
in thy Law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
that I may learn thy statutes. (a)
72 The Law of thy mouth is better unto me, than
thousands of gold and silver.

(a) Editor’s thought and notation - When we endure afflictions, that is to say go through hard and/or difficult times we begin to understand patience and the holding on of our faith. Likewise we learn to come closer to our God. Remember, that our Savior endured much affliction and suffered the ultimate punishment for our sakes, yet never took His eyes off of our Creator.  Read 2 Timothy 4:5, 1 Peter 5:9-10

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


57 O Lord, that art my portion, I have determined
to keep thy words.
58 I made my supplication in thy presence with
my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to
thy promise.
59 I have considered my ways, and turned my
feet into thy testimonies. (a)
60 I made haste and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but
I have not forgotten thy Law.
62 At midnight will I rise to give thanks unto thee,
because of thy righteous judgments.
63 I am companion of all them that fear thee, and
keep thy precepts. (b)
64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach
me thy statutes.

(a) Editor’s thought and notation - When we consider our ways, we find that they fall very short of what God wishes for us. Remember that He created us in His image, that is to say one of righteousness and holiness. Therefore it behooves us, to put on that image daily.  Read Colossians 3:1-13,  Ephesians 4:13-32
(b) Editor’s notation - Read Isaiah 2:3, Isaiah 56:7, Psalm 26:8, Psalm 27:4,  Psalm 35:18, Psalm 84:4

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


49 Remember the promise made to thy servant,
wherein thou hast caused me to trust.
50 It is my comfort in my trouble; for thy promise
hath quickened me.
51 The proud have had me exceedingly in derision:
yet have I not declined from thy Law.
52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord,
and have been comforted.
53 Fear is come upon me for the wicked, that
forsake thy Law.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house
of my pilgrimage.
55 I have remembered thy Name, O Lord, in the
night, and have kept thy Law.
56 This I had because I kept thy precepts.

(a) Editor’s thought - This section of Psalm 119, deals with maintaining our relationship with God, though we walk in times of trouble. We hold fast to our confession, and to His Promise. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Daily Meditations
I am He

Friends, there is no dispute here, just the facts of God’s word.

5 I am the Lord, and there is none other; there is no God besides me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me.
17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord, with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
20 Assemble yourselves, and come: draw near together, ye abject of the Gentiles: they have no knowledge, that set up the wood of their idol, and pray unto a god, that cannot save them.
21 Tell ye and bring them, and let them take counsel together, who hath declared this from the beginning, or hath told it of old? Have not I the Lord? and there is none other God beside me, a just God, and a Savior: there is none beside me.
22 Look unto me, and ye shall be saved: all the ends of the earth shall be saved: for I am God, and there is none other.
The Book of Isaiah Chapter 45:5, 17, 20-22

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, and despised the shame, and is set at the right hand of the throne of God
The Epistle to the Hebrews Chapter 12:2

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen 


41 And let thy loving kindness come unto me, O
Lord, and thy salvation according to thy promise.
42 So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers:
for I trust in thy word. (a)
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of
my mouth: for I wait for thy judgments.
44 So shall I always keep thy Law forever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy
46 I will speak also of thy testimonies before
Kings, and will not be ashamed. (a)
47 And my delight shall be in thy Commandments,
which I have loved.
48 Mine hands also will I lift up unto thy Commandments,
which I have loved, and I will meditate
in thy statutes.

Editor’s notation - Re; vs 42 & 46 - Read Matthew 10:18-20, Romans 1:16, 2 Timothy 1:8, 12

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Daily Meditation
Honor Her

Friends, today is a day that we here in the USA, have dedicated to the honoring of our mothers, daughters, and wives. It is a good thing, but let us not also to remember them daily as well. There is a song by Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter Paul and Mary fame, that I am certain we are all familiar with titled “The Wedding Song". In it there is a line that has always been a reminder of the importance of a woman to a man in the service of God:

“Woman draws her life from man, and gives it back again”

Let us therefore ever be mindful that our mothers, daughters and wives, are to us to be lifted up and place as vessel of honor. 

7 Likewise ye husbands, dwell with them as men of knowledge, giving honor unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, even as they which are heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not interrupted
The First Epistle of Peter Chapter 3:7

3 Let the husband give unto the wife due benevolence, and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
The First Epistle to the Corinthians Chapter7:3

10 Who shall find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above the pearls.
11 The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good, and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool and flax, and laboreth cheerfully with her hands.
14 She is like the ships of merchants: she bringeth her food from afar.
15 And she ariseth, while it is yet night: and giveth the portion to her household, and the ordinary to her maids.
16 She considereth a field, and getteth it: and with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She feeleth that her merchandise is good: her candle is not put out by night.
19 She putteth her hands to the wheel, and her hands handle the spindle.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor, and putteth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She feareth not the snow for her family: for all her family is clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself carpets: fine linen and purple is her garment.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth with the Elders of the land.
24 She maketh sheets, and selleth them, and giveth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honor is her clothing, and in the latter day she shall rejoice.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and the law of grace is in her tongue.
27 She overseeth the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed: her husband also shall praise her, saying,
29 Many daughters have done virtuously: but thou surmountest them all.
30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vanity: but a woman that feareth the Lord she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.
The Proverbs of Solomon Chapter 31:10-31

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


33 Teach 1me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes,
and I will keep it unto the end.
34 Give me understanding and I will keep thy
Law, yea, I will keep it with my whole heart.
35 Direct me in the path of thy commandments:
for therein is my delight.
36 Incline mine heart unto thy testimonies: and
not to covetousness.
37 Turn away mine eyes from regarding vanity,
and quicken me in thy way. (a)
38 Stablish thy promise to thy servant, because
he feareth thee.
39 Take away my rebuke that I fear: for thy judgments
are good.
40 Behold, I desire thy commandments: quicken
me in thy righteousness.

(a) Editor’s thought - Keep me focused on things of God that edify, and uplift my spirit. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

My Daily Meditation

Friends, in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 44 vs 9-20 the prophet speaks on idolatry. Now Webster’s dictionary defines the word as such;

1. The worship of idols, images, or any thing made by hands, or which is not God.
Idolatry is of two kinds; the worship of images, statues, pictures, &c. made by hands; and the worship of the heavenly bodies,the sun, moon and stars, or of demons, angels, men and animals.
2. Excessive attachment or veneration for any thing, or that which borders on adoration.
Webster’s Dictionary Edition 1828

In essence it is anything that is put before the worship of God. 

Friend, do lust after wealth? I have no qualms about a person attaining wealth and seeking it’s benefits not only to one’s self but as to how it can be used to help others, but my friend, when you seek it, and seek it with all your heart to the exclusion of seeking God, (or to that which is of God, such as family), that my friend is an idol. 

What we read in Isaiah, is perhaps one of the best analogies of how false idolatry is, as compared to the Living God.  He describes it as a man that carves an image out of wood, and falls down to worship it. Yet he takes another piece of this same wood and uses it to build items, and likewise uses it as a fuel to cook his food. My friends, how can one worship something that one uses as such? If it is also fit to be used to create chairs and tables for instance, and as a source of energy for mealtime, to what use would a God be?  It neither sees, nor hears, but stands idly by collecting dust in a corner of a room. It speaks not, nor instructs one in the way to travel on the road of life.  Additionally, we must make note that it is God, that created the tree that supplied the wood to be used as a tool for man.  How can one worship something that God has created, in lieu of the Creator? 

And so it is with all objects that we put before seeking God.  Remember friends, that ALL blessings are from God, all good things are from Him that are a benefit to us, and to give glory to Him. 

Now if I might digress, I had a dream, about a week or so ago, that I shared with one person. I will not go into the full details, but in one part, I was given a piece of paper and instructed to fold it into four, and place it in my pocket. This morning it was revealed to me what was written.

I am your God 
You will seek nothing, nor put anything before me
I humble the proud, and raise the humble
Seek me

That is all it said, or has so far been revealed to me. It might be that those four boxes into which it was folded contain more, and if so, it will come when God tells me to share it. 

My friends, I conclude this morning with urgent recommendation,  seek Him first in all that you do, put nothing, absolutely nothing first. All that you seek, will come from Him in it’s time. 

Father God, help me, help others to remember that it is You that are the Creator, and that we are the creation. It is right, and correct to seek You first in our lives, so that when we have Your ways established in our hearts, we can confidently go forth in this world, knowing full well, that You are with us, and bless us in all that we endeavor. 

9 All they that make an image, are vanity, and their delectable things shall nothing profit: and they are their own witnesses, that they see not nor know: therefore they shall be confounded.
10 Who hath made a god, or molten an image, that is profitable for nothing?
11 Behold, all that are of the fellowship thereof, shall be confounded: for the workmen themselves are men: let them all be gathered together, and stand up, yet they shall fear, and be confounded together.
12 The smith taketh an instrument, and worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms, yea, he is an hungered, and his strength faileth, he drinketh no water, and is faint.
13 The carpenter stretcheth forth a line, he fashioneth it with a red thread, he planeth it, and he portrayeth it with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, and according to the beauty of a man, that it may remain in an house.
14 He will hew him down cedars, and take the pine tree and the oak, and taketh courage among the trees of the forest; he planteth a fir tree, and the rain doth nourish it.
15 And man burneth thereof; for he will take thereof, and warm himself: he also kindleth it, and baketh bread, yet he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it an idol, and boweth unto it.
16 He burneth the half thereof even in the fire, and upon the half thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth the roast, and is satisfied; also he warmeth himself and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have been at the fire.
17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his idol; he boweth unto it, and worshippeth and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
18 They have not known, nor understood: for God hath shut their eyes that they cannot see, and their heart, that they cannot understand.
19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burnt half of it, even in the fire, and have baked bread also upon the coals thereof: I have roasted flesh, and eaten it, and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I bow to the stock of a tree?
20 He feedeth of ashes: a seduced heart hath deceived him, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
The Book of Isaiah Chapter 44:9-20

Read One Psalm a Day
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen


25 My soul cleaveth to the dust: quicken me
according to thy word.
26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest
me: teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts,
and I will meditate in thy wondrous works.
28 My soul melteth for heaviness: raise me up
according to thy word.
29 Take from me the way of lying, and grant me
graciously thy Law.
30 I have chosen the way of truth, and thy judgments
have I laid before me.
31 I have cleaved to thy testimonies, O Lord:
confound me not.
32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when
thou shalt enlarge mine heart.