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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

“Set Store By Time” Psalm 89-90

oh God! Cause us to come to you for wisdom. That we may allot our time by by what You know. That we may set store by time.” that God would enable us to form such an estimate of life, that we shall be truly wise; that we may be able to act "as if" we saw the whole of life.” 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

"Turned My Dry Sea Into Land" Psalm 66-67, Romans 7

God turned our dry sea into land.

No other.

You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
Psalm 66:12.

Seems to me as I grow older,
one of the hardest things is to see
things riding over our heads
while they aren't there for others.

But, it is not my business.
It's amazing God does anything for me.
Why would I believe in the light
I am headed to abundance
and not believe it in the dark?
Same God.

He turned our dry sea into land.
He turned mine.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"Cast Your Burden" Psalm 54-56, Romans 3

Cast your burden on to the Lord.  In the Hebrew, it means the "lot you were assigned" by God Himself.  Some say it is David's words but the meaning of burden in the Hebrew is "gift."  Even the cup of sorrow is a gift.  Cast it on Him and He will never allow you to be moved more than you can bear.  

Sunday, July 29, 2018

"Linchpin of Life Loosens" Psalm 49-50, Romans 1

Sometimes God comes in such a way that you know His Presence, His Power.  That happened for me this day.  The stable linchpin collapsed.  Once again.  For the Third Time.  And it can't be repaired.  And Perfect in Beauty is the God who poured out.  Psalm 50:2.  And this I know----we are truly loved by God.  Romans 1:7.  

Thursday, July 26, 2018

"Listen With Your Ears" Psalm 40-42, Acts 27:1-26

Some seasons, we can't work ourselves out of what we are in.  All we can do is wait patiently---never in vain.  We know God hears us.  Give us this day our daily bread.  Give us this day a "settled peace of conscience" that we may wait rightly.  And how did the Hebrews do it?  Through a metaphor. Psalm 40:7 - they dug out their ears filled with audio. They listened with their eyes.  I come to Your Word.  It is written of me.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"Don't Multiply Your Horses" Psalm 20-22, Acts 21:1-17

Psalm 20 is a prayer for kings in trouble. Not that wand in his hand nor the grace in our hearts exempt anyone. We all can be much in trouble and should be much in prayer. May we pray this prayer for protection, survival, and preservation of the desires of our very soul. And pray that God will enable us in our "undertakings for the public good," especially in this fractured political and social world of ours.

Trust only the mercy and grace of God.
Remember the name of the Lord your God.
Not a specific name.
His Perfect Name,
and all His perfections: goodness, wisdom, power.

That is what we trust in.
Not in our horses and chariots.
Horses trained to paw and trample and massacre.
Chariots manned with scythes that mow over anyone in their path.
They knew this language of "horses and chariots."
Trust only in the Name,
the One Who commanded us "not to multiply our horses." Deut 17:16

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"Care & Grief Do Us Good" Psalm 1-3

Don't walk, stand, or sit in the counsel, in the paths of those who do not follow Him.
Meditate in the Word, day> and night>. Psalm 1:2
That is your oxygen for your next breath.
That is your spring of comfort.
That is the hot wax that melts your heart.
That is your greatest delight.
Have a talk with the Word, not the lower management.
That's meditation.
So, here goes.
Psalm 3:3 
I've just been ripped off and they've blamed it back on me.
And I walked out weeping about how I don't stand up to people.
It is good to care.  It is all right to grieve in loss when this happens----
when it engages us to go to God.
No man can fix my need of grace but God.
We are safe under His protection even though the loss is real.
It is a Great Mercy that I am running to God today and that
He has fixed my thoughts on Him.  
There are always more with me than against me.