Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Thoughts and Actions

O. T. #1447  "Thoughts and Actions"
May 21, 2019
Proverbs 6-Part 3


LET IT GLOW

Previously, we learned of the first two things which God hates-a proud look and a lying tongue. Today, we will look at the next two on God's hate list:

3. hands that shed innocent blood

J. Vernon McGee says, "A murderer is particularly odious and objectionable both to God and to man. God says the murderer should be punished because he took that which God said is sacred-the human life. The popular idea today is completely opposite. After a man has been killed the murderer is brought to trial, then suddenly the murderer's life is considered to be precious. God says that human life is precious and that when a murderer kills a man, he is to forfeit his own life. That is the teaching of the word of God.


John 8:33, Jesus states, He (Devil) was a murderer from the beginning, a abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own : for he is a liar, and the father of it.

I John 3:15 warns us, Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Folks, we need to be careful that we are not killing a persons' witness with our tongue. Our God does forgive sins, but we are to strive to do what is right.
We need to watch what we say. People blurt out without thinking of the consequences, "I could just kill so and so." Now days, threats are taken seriously. Our children carry those attitudes with them to school and we know they can result in shooting innocent children and teachers. How sad it is.

LET IT GROW

4. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations

These are thoughts of iniquity. We can all have evil thoughts, but it is what we do with them that is important. Do we confess and repent and receive forgiveness or do we act upon them?

Jesus said in Matthew 15:19, For out of the heart proceed evil thought, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

We need to guard our thoughts and our heart. Sin can result.
Pay back is tough. Haven't we heard of it. We aren't to pay back evil for evil, but with good. That is when we look like Jesus.

LET IT GO

Guard my thoughts and heart.
Confess wrongs.
Ask Jesus for love of that person who hurt me.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pride andHumility, Lying and Truth

O. T. #1446  "Pride and Humility, Lying and Truth"
May 20, 2019
Proverbs 6-Part 2
These six things the LORD doth hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.  Proverbs 6:16-17

LET IT GLOW

Yep, we have all seen them-women strutting around in their pretty clothes and matching shoes, so full of pride that they would burst like a balloon if anyone touched them. Guys drive around in a waxed duly truck or a fancy little sports car. Pride is a dangerous thing. It separates people, families, friends, and God.

What displeases God? Listed in verses 16-19 is His hate list. What can we learn from it?
What is listed first? A proud look is first.

Proud, in the Hebrew language, means to rise or raise; exalt (self); lofty; promote; set up on (high).

God hates any kind of idol or anything that would take His place in our hearts. A proud look is literally eyes of loftiness. It is the attitude that overvalues self and undervalues others. This is pride. It is that thought of the heart, that little look and that turn of the face, that flash of the eye which says you are better than someone else. God says, "I hate it." It is number one on His list-He puts it ahead of murder and ahead of drunkenness. God hates the proud look. (J. Vernon McGee)

Pride is proud of itself. Nothing is more sacred than truth, nor more necessary to conversation than speaking truth. (Matthew Henry)
Now isn't that a profound statement and true?

James 4:6and 1 Peter 5:5 tell us, Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud; but giveth grace unto the humble.

So would the opposite of pride be humility? A humble person submits unto God, while a proud person lifts himself up above everyone. Don't you think? When we become independent of God, then we make our self as a god. Haven't we all been guilty of a proud look-looking down on someone?

We are always in need of more grace. That comes when we humble our self under the mighty hand of God. So pride separates us from our God, we are thinking that we are in need of nothing.
So when we pass by a scroungy looking person on the sidewalk, are we degrading or sympathetic? Are we grateful for the life God has given us?

Folks, our greatest example of humility is Jesus Christ. He showed us how to be humble when He became a servant and served others. He humbled Himself when He hung on the cross, dying in our place. He could have called 10,000 angels to His rescue, but chose not to do so. Now that is LOVE!

LET IT GROW

There are two things that get my goat-a child who shows disrespect and who lies. Even when it is a stranger, sometimes I have to butt in and correct the child. I tend to not do it so often now, but when I was a teacher, I couldn't let it go.

What is the second on God's list? A lying tongue. He is a God of Truth. (Psalm 31:5)

A lying tongue indicates a heart of deceit, which leads to shedding innocent blood. Haven't you found that one lie leads to another and a bigger one? If truth was easy to tell, we would have no problem saying it. Often times it is told so we won't look bad.

LET IT GO

Get rid of the proud look and be humble.
Be a loving servant.
Always tell the truth.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Love and Hate

O. T. #1445  "Love and Hate"
May 17, 2019
Proverbs 6-Part 2
Theses six things doeth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him.  Proverbs 6:16

LET IT GLOW

Don't you hate the fever when it attacks your little child which you love? What about when a dog attempts to bite your little child in your yard? It is natural for you to hate the dog because you love the child.

God is love. We know that is truth. To some folks, it is unbelievable that God could hate. They consider Him only as a God who loves. This is a deductive reasoning, according to J. Vernon McGee. Drawing a conclusion that God cannot hate anything is false. God is love and God hates evil.

Solomon lists 7 of 14 things which God hates, right here in this chapter. He hates these actions; they are an abomination, which means disgusting or abhorrence; idolatry; an idol.

So what is our conclusion here? I think it is safe to say that God hates these actions in people and considers them to be disgusting and as bad as idolatry. Right?

God hates any kind of idol or anything that would take His place in our hearts. (McGee)

Seriously, we have to take this seriously.
One day we will wake up in heaven and we will never have to be around those hateful and evil people again. We will be surrounded by God's love and His loving people. In the mean time, let us continue to love as He loves and hate those actions which He hates. May they not be found in us, His child. Greater is the One living inside of me than he who is living in the world (Satan).

LET IT GROW

Here we go. Hang onto your hat, for the wind is blowing hard. We cannot skip verses 17, 18, and 19.
  1. A proud look,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,
  5. feet that be swift in running to mischief,
  6. a false witness that speaketh lies,
  7. he that soweth discord among brethren.
Falwell said that God hated the seventh thing worst of all.

Next week we will go into detail of each one. Meantime, let us show the love of Jesus wherever we are.

LET IT GO 

Help me to share Your love, Jesus.
Teach me Your ways.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Auntie Ant

O. T. #1444  "Auntie Ant"
May 16, 2019
Proverbs 6
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!
Proverbs 6:6

LET IT GLOW

Such a small teacher is the ant. Have you watched a commentary on the ant or in real life observed them? They are busy little workers. The ant is diligent in business, busy doing what is most important to her. Auntie Ant is getting food for the winter, caring for the future, and is busy about it. (J. Vernon McGee)

Of course, she snacks along the way, I think. It's like eating a few strawberries in the berry patch while you fill the basket.

Her example is one of industry, diligence, and planning and serves as a rebuke to a sluggard (a lazy person who lack self-control). (MacArthur)

Laziness and wisdom are diametrically opposed. Even an ant treats work as necessary for survival and does not need external motivation to work hard. How much more should human beings! This passage does not condemn rest altogether, but it cautions against always finding an excuse to relax and never the impetus to work. Such a lifestyle can have disastrous consequences. (David Jeremiah)

Are we like Auntie Ant?


LET IT GROW

Solomon gives us a warning concerning a worthless person in verses 12-13:
  • winks the eye,
  • shuffles the feet, and
  • points with moving hands.
Evidently, this method of deception was common in the Near East. The deceiver spoke lies to the victim, feared detection, and hid his intentions. So he used those body parts to give signals to another who was in on the deception.

Beware of those methods used by such a person. I remember it common for salesmen in earlier years and now some politicians now to use them.

LET IT GO

Be an Auntie Ant.
Beware of the deceivers.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A Trap of Sin

O. T. #1443  "A Trap of Sin"
May 14, 2019
Proverbs 5
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He pondereth all his goings. Proverbs 5:21

LET IT GLOW


I don't have to tell you how our society has gone down to the pit of sin concerning sex. We see promiscuity portrayed as acceptable in movies, on television, in conversations, and in the lives of our young people. Homosexuals have come out into the open with their disgusting ways. Solomon gives us some well needed advice for everyone.

Solomon gives some wise counsel concerning unfaithfulness in marriage or sexual promiscuity. In this chapter, he describes the strange woman, adulteress, prostitute. Our sons and husbands need to be warned of the signs of temptation of sin by this means.

Life Application Study Bible  informs us of Solomon's warnings against illicit sex for several reasons:
  1. A prostitute's charm is used as an example of any temptation to do wrong or to leave the pursuit of wisdom.
  2. Sexual immorality of any kind was and still is extremely dangerous. It destroys family life, erodes a person's ability to love, and degrades human beings and turns them into objects. It can also lead to disease, and can result in unwanted children.
  3. Sexual immorality is against God's laws. 

Such good advice. When yielded to this temptation, the results are devastating. Lives are ruined. Children suffer. The spouse is ...

We found out back in 1 Kings 11 that Solomon had accumulated 700 wives and princesses, as well as 300 concubines. His marriage to the Pharaoh's daughter, was the beginning of his polygamous household. Even though most were probably due to a political union, Solomon was in disobedience to God's laws. Those foreign women brought with them their foreign gods. Such a practice lead to public acceptance as Solomon built high places for idolatry worship in Israel. This practice continued some 300 years until Josiah reigned as king. The Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart turned away from the Lord God of Israel. (verse 9)

I am not sure, but I thought this chapter was written before the above occurred in Solomon's life. If that is so, he did not heed his own advice and God's laws.

LET IT GROW

We know that God's mercy can reach down into the gutter of sin and forgive such an active one in promiscuity. We parents, spouses, children, friends must continue to pray and witness to them. We are called to a life of purity, honoring our God.
Decide now ahead of time that we will not participate in forbidden actions. Learn the signs and take the advice. Warn and protect our loved ones from this trap of sin. Decide to not allow such things in my home. Stay true to the boundaries of marriage. Then we won't loose everything.

LET IT GO

Open my eyes, Jesus to the intentions of others.
Help me warn them of the results of sin.
Be an example of faithfulness to my husband and God.

Mistakes and Wisdom


O. T. #1442 "Mistakes and Wisdom"
May 14, 2019
Proverbs 4
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

LET IT GLOW

Doesn't it seem that parents get wiser when the child is grown up into an adult? Mine sure did. For some young people, it is too late for this realization because their parents have passed on. Others may remain too pridefully independent and do not take advantage of that wisdom while it is available. I think that I can safely say that the wise young adult listens and refers to those wise through years of experience.

Read our key verse again. What is the urgent matter at hand? Getting wisdom and understanding.
Look at what the Life Application Study Bible has to say:
If you want wisdom, you must decide to go after it. This will take resolve-a determination not to abandon the search once your begin, no matter how difficult the road may become. This is not a once-in-a-lifetime step, but a daily process of choosing between two paths-the wicked and the righteous. Nothing else is more important or more valuable.
David taught Solomon as a young boy  that seeking God's wisdom was the most important choice he could make. Didn't he learn it well? When God offered to fulfill any request of his, Solomon chose wisdom. He didn't just keep it to himself either. He shared it with others down through the ages, with us included.

Folks, Jesus is our wisdom. Daily and hourly we need to be seeking Him. He has the answers to our questions; He is the way, truth, and the life for us.


LET IT GROW

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (verse 23 KJV)
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (NLT)

Our hearts-our feelings of love and desire-dictate to a great extent how we live, because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Make sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections push you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: don't go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keeping your eyes fixed on your goal, and don't get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin. (Life Application Study Bible)

We all make mistakes along the road of life. But Jesus is always ready to forgive us, dust us off, and set our feet upon the right road once more. So let us go to the right places, do the right activities, and think pure thoughts, then we won't get into trouble with our wrong ways.


LET IT GO

Keep me always loving You, Jesus, and Your Word.
I seek Your wisdom in my situations.
Help me direct others in the way of Your wisdom.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Find Wisdom and Do Good

O. T. #1441  "Find Wisdom and Do Good"
May 13, 2019
Proverbs 3-Part 2
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth wisdom. Proverbs 3:13

LET IT GLOW

When wisdom is found, happiness is the result. What are some life lessons for us to learn here?
Divine wisdom yields the richest treasures described in verses 14-18:
  • The wise man's condition is far superior to the one who finds silver, gold, precious rubies, or anything desired-profits;
  • life-length of days, eternal life, and meaning in life;
  • riches;
  • honor;
  • pleasantness;
  • peace;
  • happiness.
If we desire wisdom, it is going to require studying, effort, and time to grasp the Word of God. The work put in to obtain wisdom pays off when we receive those things above, right?

Happy is the man who findeth Christ-He is wisdom for us in our day. (McGee)

So Jesus and His Word are the key that opens the door to a room full of treasure of spiritual things.

[Resources: The MacArthur Bible Commentary; Proverbs by J. Vernon McGee; Liberty Bible Commentary]

LET IT GROW

There have been several times that we have seen our neighbor's cows out of their field, into the road. We grab a big stick and herd them back inside their fence. That is an example of verse 27:

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

Even something as simple as opening the door for one who has been hateful to you can fulfill this verse.

Being a good neighbor everywhere we go is showing the love of Jesus out in the world. Everyone needs a loving hand sometime.
So that is our challenge today-give good, give love away, do good deeds.

LET IT GO

Seek wisdom in the Word and Jesus for abundant life.
Open my eyes to see ways I can do good in my world.

Friday, May 10, 2019

In Loving Memory of My Mother This Mother's Day

In Loving Memory of My Mother This Mother's Day

Good morning ya'll,
Sorry I didn't post yesterday, but I was doing the Grandmother thing. My granddaughter was in a "Moving Up to Middle School" program in early morning.

Today's post is dedicated to my Mother, since Mother's Day is this Sunday. First, here is an allegory.

It was time for you to be cut down, yet I did not know it-the old pecan tree in the backyard. My husband had contacted my nephew about it, which was all right. I just wasn't ready for it to happen so quickly. One day it was therewith green leaves and one day not. It's season was over. The tree was close to 60 years old. Several years earlier, a very strong wind split a couple of huge branched off the trunk, leaving it injured. Yet, there remained one branch which was leaning on the back fence that continued to produce pecans and provide shade for the cows in the hot summer days.

Oh tree, how you blessed my life. As a little girl, I would climb up you and stand in the middle of your branches, pretending to be in a castle, overlooking my queenly kingdom. You were shade for my family as we picnicked under you, sharing joyful times together. How many lushes pecan pies and Christmas candy did you provide for us down through the years!

There even grew a small, skinny tree out of your injured trunk. I am sad that you are soon to be gone, branches and trunk removed from our yard. However, you are in my memory-gone but not forgotten. (I did salvage a few pieces to dry for keepsake, maybe  bookends.)

Then I thought of my mother. We didn't know it was time for you to leave us, almost 22 years ago. You were a strong woman, working a job, cooking for your family, canning and freezing vegetables in preparation for the cold winters ahead. I recall the sweet shopping Saturdays and lunch at Piccadilly's, a fancy restaurant. After I grew up, my children loved coming to grandma's house. so did I. It was a shelter from the storms of life, where I found unconditional love and my burdens were lifted, preparing me to go back into the world of ministry.

Now I realized it was time for you to go to your eternal rest. Your body was tired and you were lonely for my dad's company in the evenings. How proud you would be of your 16 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grands. I see your loving ways extended down through the branches of your family. The girls are even good cooks like you, Mom. So even though you are not here to enjoy a picnic under the pecan tree, your red rose bush and snowball bush still bloom every year in your memory.

Mom was a Proverbs 31 lady.

You forever loving daughter,
Linda

Have a beautiful Mother's Day, ladies.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

When Trusting is Difficult

O. T. #1440  "When Trusting is Difficult"
May 8, 2019
Proverbs 3
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

LET IT GLOW

It is that time of year once again. I had 4 graduation cards to find at the store. Well, I looked through many choices and found one that I liked, then bought 3 of them alike. (3 were for high schoolers and 1 for college grads) Wish they had such good advice as Solomon had in this chapter.

Solomon is challenging the young man, who has left home and is making his way in the world, to an appreciation of wisdom's ability to direct his life. What is he told to do in verses 1-12?
  • Remember what he has been taught as a child.
  • Keep the commandments in his heart.
  • Remain merciful and truthful.
  • Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.
  • Don't depend upon your own understanding.
  • In all your ways acknowledge Him.
  • Don't be impressed with your own wisdom.
  • Fear God and turn from evil.
  • Honor the Lord with your substance and first fruits. 
  • Don't reject the Lord's discipline, nor be upset when He corrects you.
Words of wisdom, huh?

Trusting people may become a difficult thing to do when others deeply hurt you. Then, trusting God with things may be difficult, too. Dear one, God is the One who is dependable and trustworthy. Try it a step at a time. Have faith the size of a tiny mustard seed and watch it grow into a large bush.

By following this advice, what will happen?

The young man would have a long and satisfying life. (verse 1b)
Favor with God and people will be obtained, as well as a good reputation. (verse 4)
God will show you which path to take. (verse 6b)
There will be healing for the body and strength for the bones. (verse 8)
Food and drink will be provided. (verse 9)
The Lord corrects those He loves like a father corrects his son, in whom he delights. (verse 12)


LET IT GROW

My Bible pages just fell back to 2 Kings 18-20. What are the words of wisdom that the Lord is telling you and me?

The king of Assyria had captured the cities of Judah in the north and was threatening Israel. He sent a message to Hezekiah, king of Israel: What are you relying on...?

As messages went back and forth between the kings, the king of Assyria was mocking the Living God. So Hezekiah sent the words to Isaiah the prophet. Isaiah's words from the Lord were: Don't be afraid of the words you have heard, that the king of Assyria's attendants have blasphemed Me with. I am about to put a spirit in him, and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land where I will cause him to fall by the sword. (19:6-7)

Hezekiah went into the Temple and laid the threatening letter from the king of Assyria before the Lord God and prayed.

Do you want to know how the situation turn out? Verses 35-37 tell us the angel of the Lord struck down 185,00 Assyrians one night-all dead. The king of Assyria head about it and left to live in Nineveh. Later, his sons struck their father with a sword and he escaped  to the land of Ararat.

God can restore a spark of faith into a blaze of fire of commitment to Him.
Folks, I needed that Word today.
What or whom are we relying on? Our self, an army, a bank account, or our God?

LET IT GO

Help me to be more merciful and remain truthful.
I want to trust You, Jesus, with all my heart.
When I don't understand this situation, help me to not lean on my own understanding.
When I lean to my own understanding, lean me toward You.
When I want to know what to do or the solution, keep me trusting in You.
Jesus, show me the right path, direct me to it.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

How Do We Get Wisdom?

O. T. #1439  "How Do We Get Wisdom?"
May 7, 2019
Proverbs 2

LET IT GLOW

The young man who cries out for understanding will find the knowledge of God. It is the highest of all gifts to know God who is the giver of all things that are good. The knowledge of God will include the fear of the Lord, which is clearly represented in Scripture as the most valuable possession of man.
(Liberty Bible Commentary)

In John 17:3, Jesus prays, This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent-Jesus Christ.

The pathway to wisdom is not easy. It is strenuous, as we seek it like hidden treasure. God will reward our sincere and persistent search. It's source is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. People may have insight, discretion, knowledge, or common sense, but that is not the same as wisdom.
God gives true wisdom. (verse 6)

Do we want wisdom? I know that I lack wisdom. There is especially a couple of situations that I need the wisdom of God concerning them.

James 1:5 tells us, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.



LET IT GROW

Take a look at the first 4 verses in this chapter. Here we find several verbs concerning with how we obtain wisdom:
  • receive (verse 1)
  • hide His commandments in me
  • incline thine ear (verse 2)
  • apply thine hear
  • cry after (verse 3)
  • lift up thy voice
  • seek (verse 4)
  • search for it.
When we do those things, then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.  (verse 5)

You know that God is all-knowing don't you? He made everything and He certainly knows how it works. He knows the future and certainly knows what is best for us. With that said, why do we not seek the wisdom of God in our life?

LET IT GO

I seek Your wisdom for the right direction dealing with this thing on my heart, Lord Jesus.
Show me in Your Word which way to go.
Your Word tells me to ask and I will receive.
By faith I believe You have the right way for me.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Are We Playing The Fool?

O. T. #1438  "Are We Playing The Fool?"
May 6, 2019
Proverbs 1
But whosoever harkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.  Proverbs 1:33

LET IT GLOW

In movies, we can see what is going on with the characters, although they may not. We may deduct that one is playing the fool. Their confidence is in their own self, running things their own way. Usually, they are taken advantage of and fall short of meeting their goals. Yep, we could have told them not to do such and such, had they asked us. And so life does not turn out the way they desired when they played the fool. Are we playing the fool?

Although these proverbs are only a small collection (800 out of 3000) written by King Solomon of Israel, they are full of wisdom for our life no matter our age or status. Problems are going to be present for us as long as we live here on earth. We can choose to go it alone or with God's wisdom. We can carry the pains upon our shoulders or lay them upon Jesus. Are we willing to listen and apply God's advice or allow pride to stand in the way?
As for me, sweet friend, I need all the help I can get. The thing is, my Helper is only a prayer or cry away. He is prepared to come to my rescue immediately. It can't get any better than this.

Are we willing to listen to wise words or play the fool and reject them? If we listen, then we will live:
  • safely, which means  a place of refuge; security; trust; hope, and
  • shall be quiet from fear of evil.
There we have it-we will live in peace and untroubled by fear of harm (NLT)
How many times did David write in the Psalms about God being his refuge?
I say, that is the way to live. I am always needing security and no fear. How about you?


LET IT GROW

Wisdom appears as a female in this chapter. Her activities run parallel with Jesus. Wisdom's crying out is directed to 3 classes of people:
  1. The simple ones who are open to good influences, but also too open to those who influence for evil. Life is simple for them as they pursue simple pleasures with little else that interests them.
  2. The scorner, who despises that which is godly and takes pride in his evil works.
  3. Fools are those stupid persons who are totally confident in their own wisdom. They believe they have things all figured out without God's aid. (Liberty Bible Commentary)
Wisdom cannot bear the sight of these sinners moving toward destruction without crying out. She is crying out for those men to turn toward her. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him. Blessing and revelation is for those who will turn, and judgment awaits those who will not.

We are an affluent society; we measure every man by his bank account, the home he lives in, the car he drives. Are we enjoying the prosperity of fools? Are we living in a fool's paradise? (J. Vernon McGee)

There we have it folks. It is our choice to yield to wisdom or become one of the above. If we look around, how many can we find who are living the life of a simple person, scorner, or fool?

LET IT GO

Dwell safely with the hope and faith Jesus gives.
Help me to live with a gentle and quiet spirit of great worth in Your sight, God.

Friday, May 3, 2019

A Know -It-All

O. T. #1437  "A Know-It-All"
May 3, 2019
Proverbs 1
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

LET IT GLOW

We all know some people that we would classify as a "know-it-all," right? They have a dogmatic opinion about everything and always share it. They are close-minded to anything new and refuse to learn. Only God knows everything. Solomon calls this type of person a fool. Sweet friend, we do not want to be that way. We should have a teachable spirit, which I think we do have, since you are studying His Word. :)

We finished the book of Psalm, which is a prayer and devotional book for life. Now we begin the book of Proverbs, which is different. It gives us practical ways we can live an effective, Christian  life with deep spiritual insights drawn from experiences. This book focuses on God's character, works, and blessings, as well as how to live in close relationship to Him. (Life Application Study Bible)
A proverb is a short, wise, easy-to-learn saying that calls a person to action.

It is hard, but today, I am resisting my nerd tendency to look up all the definitions of these words found in this chapter. However, they may pop up off and on later.

Look at our key verse. What is the beginning of knowledge? (Fear of the LORD)
The foundation of knowledge is to revere and respect our God. We show it when we obey His Word. Faith and obedience in our God is the first step of a growing Christian.

Are we willing to learn from the wisest man-Solomon? When we are driving in a city unfamiliar to us, we want a road map or Google map to show us the way to our destination. They are a good source getting around in unknown territory. So is this book. It can provide us with guidance along our road of life. When we are on an unsure path or which way to go (decisions), we can find answers here. Now, we may have to did deep for it, but it can be found.

LET IT GROW

What are fools like in the description in verse 7? They despise wisdom and instruction. (Could they be one of those know-it-all's?)

Wisdom can be the right use of knowledge. I think it is more than that. For the believer, it is Jesus Christ. For the foolish, wisdom is neglected and they don't care to know Jesus at all. Yep, don't you think they are a fool, all right?

The word wisdom occurs 37 times in Proverbs. It must be very important in our walk, then. It gives us direction, good decisions, and discipline. The fool could care less. They are focused on their agenda, meeting self needs.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

Can we deduct that wisdom is Christ? To know Christ is not to play the fool, but be a wise person.
As the bumper sticker reads, "Wise men seek Him." Let us be one of those wise people.

LET IT GO

May I have a teachable spirit today, Jesus.
I always need Your wisdom.
Thank You that all I need to do is ask in faith and You will give it.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Who Wants to be Wise?

O. T. #1436  "Who Wants to be Wise?"
May 2, 2019
Introduction to Proverbs

If anyone desires to be a wise person, then read on, folks. We have a bushel full of wisdom to absorb in this book.

Here are some things I read in The MacArthur Bible Commentary concerning this book of the Bible:
The word proverb means to be like, so it is a book of comparisons between common, concrete images and life's most profound truths. It illustrates man's relationship to God, to himself, and to others. Two major themes are here: wisdom, which includes knowledge, understanding, instruction, discretion, and obedience; folly, which is everything opposite to wisdom.

Author
This book was written by King Solomon, the son of David, who ruled over Israel. God had granted him great wisdom (1 Kings 4). All but the last two chapters were written by him. (Chapter 30 was by Agur and chapter 31 was by Lemuel.)
Take note that Solomon's proverbs were written before his heart was turned away from God. (MacArthur)
Solomon spoke some 3,000 proverbs that led to 800 verses of Proverbs were the product of his hand, according to Falwell.

The sum of this wisdom is the personification in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, we have the wise verses the foolish; in a sense, good versus evil. Using poetry and pose, Solomon gets his message across to the young who have so much to learn, and are warned.

No matter our age, if we apply these divine guidelines for our life, we will live long, prosper, and enjoy it along the journey. So our challenge throughout these 31 chapters is for us to ponder and apply the truths in our life.

In Matthew 10:16, Jesus told us to be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

I think that is the bottom line. Shall we be as serpents and doves today/wise and harmless?




Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Understanding

O. T. #1435  "Understanding"
May 1, 2019
Summary of Psalm

LET IT GLOW

You don't understand! That may be a true statement, because one has not experienced what we are going through. Maybe they don't want to take the time to listen, either. Maybe we don't understand our situation and wonder why it is not getting better. Perhaps our dreams have been shattered; relationships are not mending. Prayers have not been answered yet.
Friend, there is One who understands it all. Read on.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. (Ps. 145:3)

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. (verse 8)

The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works. (verse17)

Great is our Lord, and of great power; His understanding is infinite. (147:5)

In the Hebrew language, the word understanding means discern, perceive, know, deal wisely.

Life Application Study Bible explains:
Sometimes we feel as if we don't understand ourselves-what we want, how we feel, what's wrong with us, or what we should do about it. But God's understanding has no limit, and therefore, He understands us fully. If you feel troubled and don't understand yourself, remember that God understands you perfectly. Take your mind off yourself and focus it on God. Strive to become more and more like Him. The more you learn about God and His ways, the better you will understand yourself.

No one understands like Jesus. The best thing for us is to turn to Him and trust Him, for He understands us, completely.

LET IT GROW

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy. (Ps.147:11)

Don't we spend a lot of time sharpening our skills and increasing our strength, individually and nationally? Are they being used for the glory of God?

LET IT GO

Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (Ps. 150:6)

*Thank you dear friends for sticking with us throughout a year of studying all 150 chapters of the book of Psalm. Hasn't it been a learning experience and refreshing, too.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Overwhelmed

O. T. #1434  "Overwhelmed"
April 30, 2019
Summary of Psalm

LET IT GLOW

Anyone feeling overwhelmed? I did this passed weekend. I had another episode with my stomach paining me. Finally, it slowly subsided when I got back on my medication, but I spent the whole time on the couch. (I stopped taking it due to the side effects of depletion of potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium.) One good thing, though, I was able to lie down on my new couch, after 25 years.) David was overwhelmed by those pursuing and hid in a cave.

When I am overwhelmed, You alone know the way I should turn. Psalm 142:3

I cried unto Thee , O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge (shelter, hope, trust) and my portion (smoothness, allotment) in the land of the living.  (Ps. 142:5)

I stretch forth my hands unto Thee: my soul thirsteth after Thee, as a thirsty land. (Ps. 143:6)

Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness (along the land of smoothness). (Ps. 143:10)

Andrew Bonar said it this way about the last verse:
The land of plainness, a land where no wickedness of men, and malice of Satan, vex the soul day to day; a land where no rough paths and crooked turns lengthen out the traveler's weary journey; but where all is like the smooth pasture-land of Reuben (Deut. 3:16-20), a fit place for a flocks to lie down.
Now that is the kind of land I would like to live in right now, and not have to wait until I reach heaven. But until then, the joy of the Lord is my strength; when the pressure is on, He is making diamonds, as the song goes.

LET IT GROW

My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. (Ps. 144:2)

Happy is that people whose God is the LORD. (verse 15)

When we are in need of a fortress, a high tower of protection; in need of a deliverer, and a shield against the evils of this world, trust in God. He will be with us through whatever enemy we are combating today. Then as we make God our LORD, we will happily endure and survive. It is for His glory and our good.


So I say, it is good to be in the land of the living and the land of the uprightness, no matter the battles we are facing. Our God is with us and is our happiness when we turn to Him.

LET IT GO

Be my deliverer and shield, Jesus.



Monday, April 29, 2019

Reassurances

O. T. #1433 "Reassurances"
April 29, 2019
Summary of Psalm
The LORD will work out His plans for my life-for Your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Psalm 138:8

LET IT GLOW

I teach a girl's Bible class on Wednesday night at our church. They are grades 2-5, with a wide range of needs. I try to reassure them of God's love for them. Our last lesson dealt with our feelings. Sometimes we feel down about a certain physical characteristic, but to we can have reassurance from God. It is good to daily remember that we are God's child and don't forget it. He has always been involved in our life, even before our birth. Today's chapter deals with those reassurances.

Now turn over to David's Psalm 139. It can be good for us to review the characteristics of God. What are some things he is sure of concerning his relationship with God (NLT)?
  • God knows everything about us. (verse 1)
  • He knows when we sit down or stand up. (verse 2)
  • He knows our thoughts. (verse 2) 
  • He sees us when we travel and when we rest at home. (verse 3)
  • God knows everything we do. (verse 3)
  • He knows what we are going to say, even before we say it. (verse 4) 
  • He goes before us and follows us. (verse 5)
  • God places His hand of blessing on our head. (verse 5)
  • We can never escape from His Spirit. (verse7)
Aren't those reassuring on one hand and even scary on the other hand? Yet we can find comfort in knowing we cannot escape from His Spirit.

 LET IT GROW

Verses 13-16 New Living Translation show us how special we are individually since God is our Creator:
  • He made all the delicate, inner parts of our body and knit us together in our mother's womb. (verse 13)
  • He made us wonderfully complex! His workmanship is marvelous.(verse 14)
  • He watched when we were formed in utter seclusion.(verse 15)
  • God saw us before we were born. (verse 16)
  • Every day of our life was recorded in our book. (verse 16)
  • Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (verse 16)
After acknowledging God's work in our life before one breath toke place, he went on to say, as I do:

LET IT GO

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (verses 23-24)

Then wash me with the blood of Jesus.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Whatsoever

O. T. 1432 "Whatsoever"
April 26, 2019

Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. Psalm 134:6

When a loved one passes away-our God does whatsoever He pleases.
When a spouse betrays one-our God does whatsoever He pleases.
When we loose our job-our God does whatsoever He pleases.
When a child drifts into a sinful lifestyle-our God does whatsoever He pleases.
Whatever is burdening you dear friend, just remember, our God does whatsoever He pleases.

God has absolute power and may do what He wills.
He does whatever He pleases because He gives no account of any of His matters.
God can do anything. Period.
That is Who and what we are trusting.
Don't we tend to want to do our will?
So whose will will we do?


Thursday, April 25, 2019

At the End of the Rope, There is Hope

O. T. #1431  "At The End of The Rope, There is Hope"
April 25, 2019
Summary of Psalm

Aren't there days that you just feel like you are at the end of your rope? You're hanging on by a thread. You have tried all your resources, prayed and prayed, sought advice and searched the Scriptures, yet nothing changes. Skip on over to Psalm 129 with us and find out what you can do about it.

Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
(Ps. 129:2)

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

Paul reminds us that though we may think we are at the end of our rope, we are never at the end of our hope. Our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering, but God never abandons us. Because Christ has won the victory over death, we have eternal life. (Life Application Study Bible)

Do I hear a big "yes"?

Now look at 130:5, I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in His Word do I hope.

Hoping and waiting are inseparably united. All who would hope must wait. (Falwell)

Actually, I have not though about it that way. Wait and hope. hope and wait. They go together like peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and syrup, don't they? Slap them on a fresh piece of light bread and you have a great thing to eat.

Jesus, help us look up when we are at the end of our rope, not knowing what to do. Refresh our hope as we wait for You to work things out. Bless those who are there this very moment with Your love, peace, and hope. You are going to do an amazing thing. Strengthen our rope with faith. You are never going to let us down. Glory to God in the highest!









Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Committed Geese

O. T. #1430  "Committed Geese"
April 24, 2019
Summary of Psalm
Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways. Psalm 128:1

The other morning as I looked out my front door window, I saw a pair of geese in the field beside the pond. They have been there for a couple of weeks now. Apparently they had babies hatch out since more were on the pond.  (You can tell I like birds.) All of a sudden I heard honking from another pair flying over. They were not welcome in the pair's domain because the male on the ground got riled up, honking and flying over to the pond. It was if he told the fliers that was his home and keep on flying.

So I had to google my question-Are geese mated for life? The answer was yes. Males are very protective of their partners and offspring.
I keep telling my husband this pair of geese are the same ones that come visit me every year, but he fluffs it off. Maybe I am right. Anyway, I enjoy hearing them honk at me, as if to tell me "good morning" and "we're back." I use my binoculars to watch from a distance.  (One of God's blessings living along my country road.)

Well, could our society take heed from the example of the geese. Do I dare say that every family in our country has a divorced couple in it? Isn't it sad?

Turn over to chapter 128 today. We see that a good family life is a reward for following God when He is the head of the home. This writer gives the result of such a family-blessings:
  • Food (verse 2) to eat is a result of working.
  • Children (verse 3)around the table.
  • The man, husband and father, fears the Lord. (verse 4)
  • A nation will be prosperous, as Jerusalem. (verse 5)
  • You will live to see grandchildren. (verse 6)
Life Application Study Bible gives us some good advice:
A good family life is a reward for following God. The values outlined in God's Word include love, service, honesty, integrity, and prayer. These help all relationships, and they are especially vital to home life. Is your home life heavenly or hectic? Reading and obeying God's Word is a good place to start to make your family all that it should be.
Our challenge today is to remain as faithful to our family (and God) as geese do.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Children Are a Blessing

O. T. #1429  "Children Are a Blessing"
April 23, 2019
Summary of Psalm

Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people, both now and forever. ((125:2 NLT)

Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. (126:5-6 NLT) No other metaphor is used more often than that of the farmer sowing and reaping.
Our faithfulness in bearing the seed of the Word of God to the unsaved carries with it the promise of future harvests. (Falwell)

Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it; except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (127:1) If God is not blessing our home, we built it upon sand.
A family without God can never experience the spiritual bond God brings to relationships. Don't make the mistake of leaving God out of your life. Make God your highest priority, and let Him do the building. (Life Application Study Bible)

Of course, this verse does not apply to you, friend, for you are faithful in studying God's Word. However, do we all know families that are in trouble due to their not including God in their lives?

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man: so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (127:3-5)
God gives children as a privilege, not as a penalty. Children can be an extension of our lives, doing what we could never do, in our golden years. They are a source of comfort and protection for us.

As an old German proverb says, "Many children make many prayers, and many prayers bring much blessing."

It is so sad that our society has become one in which a large family is looked down upon, even scorned. Yet, the Bible says children are a blessing from the Lord. Daily I pray for my children and grandchildren. Lord, bend them in the direction You want them to go today and the rest of their life.

Folks, will you pray with me that America will outlaw abortion and God would forgive us for killing unborn babies, so precious in His sight?

Children's children are the crown of old men... (Proverbs 17:6)
Grandmas, too. Amen?

How great is my God. He is worthy of our praise and worship now and forever.



Monday, April 22, 2019

A Protective Shade

O. T. #1428  "A Protective Shade"
April 22, 2019
Summary of Psalm

LET IT GLOW

I hope ya'll had a blessed Easter day of celebration on Sunday. We had a different service this year. One of those from our church who went on the Israel trip with us last month, put together a video for all to see, which included Via Delarosa, the path on which Christ carried his cross, the Hill of Galgotha, and the empty tomb, while our song director sang the song. How real it is to me this year!
Dear ones, Jesus went through all His suffering because He loves us so much! He wanted to provide our way to heaven without our paying for our sins. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? I know we have visitors to this blog, that is why I continually repeat this question.

Can you imagine what heaven is like? As we celebrated the rising of our Savior, Jesus Christ, on Easter Sunday, our worship is limited. It is by faith that we believe all the Bible's words are the Truth as we read of His story. However, those who have gone on before us into everlasting heaven are extravagantly worshiping Him by sight. One day we will join them and our faith will be sight. For now, we live with our King and Lord, The Christ, The Son of The Living God.

So I could not skip reviewing Psalm 121. Here are some verses that I highlighted our first time through it:
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. (verses 1-2)

The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The word shade means shadow. What a description of His protection as we abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Ps. 91:1) Who could use a protective shade over us as we face another Monday morning?

The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (verse 8) From infancy to old age, from morning to evening, we have God's protection.

Can we face a new week with assurance? Yes, when Jesus is our protective shade, right beside us, walking with us through those tough decisions and testing of our faith.

LET IT GROW

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us... (Ps. 124:2)

Well, if we live long enough, we will experience conflict from people, I dare say. David experienced a lot of conflict in his life, from a king to his own son, who were seeking to take his life. His enemies surely would have destroyed David, if it had not been for the Lord on his side, as well as Israel.
Can we say the same? Satan seeks to destroy us children of the Living God. He stirs up trouble everywhere. It could be around the next bend in our road of faith. It could be within the next hour. Surely we can say as David did in verse 8:
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

LET IT GO

Let the past be in the past and live with the Living Savior today.
Be my protective shade today, Jesus.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Second Chances

O. T. #1427  "Second Chances"
April 19, 2019
Summary of Psalm

LET IT GLOW

Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. (Ps. 119:2)

Thy word have I hid in mine heart that, that I might not sin against Thee. (verse 11)

For ever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in heaven. (verse 89)

God's Word is settled and unchangeable, not just here, but in heaven, also.

Because of its perfect author, precise inscription, and permanent habitation, the Word of God is unsurpassable, undeniable, and unchangeable. (Falwell)

Thy Word is a lamp unto me feet, and a light unto my path.  (verse 105)

Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; and teach me Thy statutes. (verse 135)

Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  (verse 165)

LET IT GROW

The thing is, dear friend, no matter how hard we try to keep God's commands, we still fail, sin is what it is called. Does God give second chances to those who have failed Him? Who knew the answer better but Peter. Let's take a peek at what happened.

Experiencing God Day-By-Day, a devotional by Henry and Richard Blackaby, gives us hope when we fail:
Peter had proudly announced that he was Jesus' most reliable disciple (Matt. 26:33). Yet Peter not only fled with the other disciples in the moment of crisis, but also blatantly denied he even knew Jesus (Matt. 26:69-75). Peter failed so miserable that he went out into the night and wept bitterly (Luke 22:62).

But go, tell His disciples-and Peter-that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you. (Mark 16:7)

The angel gave the women at the tomb special instructions to let Peter know that He was risen. Jesus took Peter aside to allow him the opportunity to reaffirm his love and commitment (John 21:15-17). The risen Lord also chose peter as His primary spokesman on the day of Pentecost, when three thousand people were added to the church.

God's desire is to take you from where you are and bring you to where He wants you to be. don't give up if you have failed your Lord. Remember what happened to Peter. God has not yet finished developing you as a disciple.

LET IT GO
                    ...of our failures and grow faith in Jesus again; be faithful today.
   

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Prayers Heard

O. T. #1426  "Prayers Heard"
April 18, 2019
Summary of Psalm


Moving right along in this review, turn to chapter 116 with us today. The first two verses, in New Living Translation says:

I love the LORD because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

There we have it folks-when we feel like God is not listening to us and is not responsive, He is listening. He bends down to listen to us. As a parent bends down to look a preschooler in the eyes and listen while they are speaking, so does our Heavenly Father. That makes us important.
So next time we doubt that God is hearing our prayers, wait, for we are so important to Him that He bends down to listen to us.

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. (verse 5)

For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD. (117:2)

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (118:6) 

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (verse 8)

The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. (verse 14)

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. (verse 17)

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (verse 24)

Blessed be He that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed You out of the house of the LORD. (verse 26)

One of the usual title for the Messiah among the Jews was "He That Cometh." The priests used this as a benediction at the Temple. It was their privilege to participate in a sacrificial system that pointed toward the day when the Messiah would come in the name of the LORD. (Falwell)

As the innocent lamb or goat was sacrificed in place of its owner's sins, the man put his hands upon the animal's head as the priest sliced its throat. What a humbling moment that would have been.
The priest would have then sprinkled the blood upon the brazen altar. By faith, the man trusted that God would cover his sins. Once again, he was in right relationship with God.

Then the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the son of God, came to be our sacrificial lamb. He shed His blood on the cross, an innocent man who did no sin. Believing in Him as our Savior and asking Him to forgive our sins, puts us in a right relationship with God.

Dear one, have you done this? If not, today would be the best day to do so.
Do we have loved ones unsaved? Can we explain to them why we worship Jesus on Easter as the Risen Savior?

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. (118:17)







Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Thanksgiving at Easter Time

O. T. #1425  "Thanksgiving at Easter Time"
April 17, 2019
Summary of Psalm

LET IT GLOW

But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall have no end. (102:27) God is the Eternal One, infinite and unchangeable, as Isaiah said in chapters 41 and 43.

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow in anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide (defend); neither will He keep His anger for ever. (103:8-9)

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. (103:12)

Our sin is removed by the miracle of God's love and Christ's atonement. His mercy is the cause, and the extent of forgiveness is described by the largest measure which the earth can render. (Falwell)

LET IT GROW

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare His works with rejoicing. (107:22)

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised. (113:3)

When we look around, aren't there so many blessings we have to give thanks for to our God?
I am thankful every morning for the various medications which I have available to keep my body functioning properly. Clean water and electricity and even daily oatmeal is on my list. There are people around the world that do not have our blessings.

I see You in everything, all day; every beat of my heart keeps reminding me; I see You in every little thing all day; no matter where I go, Your love is finding me. Amen! How true! I like that song.
It is good for us to be reminded that God holds our life in the palm of His hand. It is good to recall that all we have is because of His goodness toward us.
So let us have thanksgiving at Easter time. Such a sacrifice of Jesus' life so we might have eternal life! Salvation can be on our list of thanksgiving.

LET IT GO

Your love never fails, it never gives us, it never runs out on me. Your love, O God.
Thank You Jesus that Your love and forgiveness never run dry.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Blaring Out Joy

O. T. #1424  "Blaring Out Joy"
April 16, 2019
 Summary of Psalm

David wrote Psalm 100. Skip on over there and take a closer look with me. Here it is in the King James Version:

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.

David was always acknowledging Yahweh to be God. How can we do that?
  • We shout our praises unto Him, making a joyful noise. (verse 1)
  • Serve Him with gladness (glee; pleasure; joy). (verse 2) Serve God with a sense of gratitude.
  • Sing joyful songs of praise to our Savior. (verse 2)
  • Know beyond a shadow of doubt that David's Yahweh is our God, the only King of kings and LORD of lords. (verse 3)
  • He is our Creator (El Elyon). (verse 3) We are His chosen child, a sheep with a tender Shepherd who protects, provides, and leads us with love.
  • Verse 4 gives us a call to worship, praise, and thanksgiving (a desire to be transformed).
Why do we do all of that?
Liberty Bible Commentary gives the reasons to be:
  1. The Lord is good.
  2. God is everlastingly merciful.
  3. A joyful noise is to be made unto the Lord God, for He is faithful and His truth endures to all generations.
Are we praising our Savior today?
Are we serving Him with gladness, in whatever our hands find to do? I don't know where you are in your journey of life, friend, but we all can have gladness in our heart no matter if we are changing dirty diapers, washing dirty clothes, teaching children, or sitting at a desk and using a computer.

Make that joyful noise to Jesus today.
Speaking of a joyful noise-I did a good one.
Sunday, I sang in the choir at church. We began our service singing Hosanna on Palm Sunday. I was into worship, singing along. Then, on the last hosanna, I came in too early, blaring it out on a high note with joy. Oh me. I guess it sounded like a solo part, as the women joined in with me. But the song was not ruined, the men came in a few seconds later, making it sound like an echo. Well, praise the Lord! Now, there is no guarantee that I won't repeat the same joy on Easter Sunday. Hopefully, I won't embarrass myself.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Time is Flying

O. T. #1423  "Time is Flying"
April 15, 2019
Summary of Psalms

LET IT GLOW

Previously, we read verses dealing with finding happiness and our place in this world, and when we are put in our place. Many have come to the conclusion, as well as myself, that God puts us where He wants us to fulfill His purpose in this world. Now, we can choose to live selfishly for our self or live for others and God.
I said just this last week that it is true, the older we get the faster time flies. As children and teachers, we could not wait for summer to come. Now summer flies by, too.
Life. We don't want to be like Solomon and declare it is all vanity, empty.
So please stick with me folks. I know there are several verses to read, but as they say, there is a method to my madness. (A reason for it)

Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence! (Ps. 89:47 NLT)

For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. (90:4 NLT)

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (90:12)

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it. (90:17)

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (91:1)

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God: in Him will I trust. (91:2)

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: This truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (91:4)

There shall no evil, befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. (91:10)

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation. (91:15-16)


We are here in this appointed time with only a few years. What are we going to accomplish while here? What is our legacy for our family? Is it faith in Jesus, surrendering and serving Him? Or is it to accumulate things so we can live comfortable in a big house on the hill?


LET IT GROW

So what do we do while we are living this short time here as we prepare for eternity?
Skip to chapter 95 for the answer:

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.  (verses 6-8)

Let us come, and worship the One who has created, redeemed, and made us the people of His pasture.

My neighbor lady raises sheep. Last week, in her yard, I saw 2 lambs. They are so cute, just walking around like a pet puppy, without a care in the world. Shall we "ba" to our Good Shepherd when we are in need and in temptation?
Jesus was taken as a sheep to the slaughter when He went to the cross. He was innocent of the accusations against Him-without spot or blemish. He became our sacrificial lamb and takes away our sins.

LET IT GO and bow down to our God.

Friday, April 12, 2019

When We Are Put In Our Place

O. T.#1422  "When We Are Put In Our Place"
April 12, 2019
Summary of Psalms
Bend down, O LORD, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Psalm 86:1

LET IT GLOW

I don't know about you, friend, but I have the tendency to be prideful. Yep, little me. Humility has to be worked on here, since it does not come naturally. Don't we all like to be lifted up above where we are, feel more important than we actually are? Like a pin sticking a balloon full of air, in a second words can put us in our place. But in the spiritual realm, it is to the humble that God gives amazing grace. David seemed to have been put in a humble position in this chapter.

In chapter 86, David pictures God leaning over to bow down His ear in verse 1. This image captures the humble position of David and the high position of God, and shows the attentiveness of the Almighty to the cries of His people. (David Jeremiah)

This, too, puts us in our place-under God's authority. When we are put in our place, we realize that we are only mere sinful humans and God is our Creator and in charge of everything.

Here are some verses from New Living Translation:
For You are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God. (Psalm 86:10)

Our God is alive and able to do mighty deeds for those who love Him. All human-created deities are powerless because they are merely inventions of the mind, not living beings. (Life Application Study Bible)

But You, O LORD, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. (verse 15)

We cannot contain nor measure God's love, compassion, mercy, and faithfulness; no box or building can contain it all; not even our earth nor universe. Isn't that reassuring because God loves you and me that much! I always need to be reminded of this.
Now that would be a verse to write on an index card and put on my desk to remind me that I am in need of God in my life. 

LET IT GROW

Teach me Your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to Your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor You. (verse 11)

If we are saved, then God has delivered us from the lowest hell, according to verse 13. That alone is reason to live for Him with a pure heart.

LET IT GO

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, for Your mercies are new every morning.
Thank You for saving me, a sinner in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ!
Purify my heart and help me live by Your Truth, for Your glory.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

How to Find Happiness

O. T. #1421  "How to Find Happiness"
April 11, 2019
Summary of Psalms

LET IT GLOW

My conclusion in today's society is that people are searching for joy and happiness in this life, don't you think? Oh, we can experience pleasure for a short time whenever we obtain material things or get our dream job, but that pleasure is only temporary, fleeting in time. We need something that is always there providing joy when we awaken in the morning and peace when we lay down our head at night. Am I on the right track here?
Friends, I have found some answers to that longing in our soul. Jump over to Psalm 84 and read with me three ways, the sons of Korah or David, wrote to obtain happiness or to be blessed. They were the descendants of Levi through Kohath and were gatekeepers and musicians in the temple of Jerusalem.

Blessed in the Hebrew language means happiness; how happy!
  1. Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house: they will be still praising Thee. (verse 4) Those men lodged around the house of God, according to 1 Chronicles 9:27. Folks, it is a busy world out there, so we should set aside time to go to God's house of worship of our choosing. There we step aside the mainstream of life so we can quietly meditate, pray, and focus on our God and Savior Jesus Christ. We find joy and strength not in the building, but in the prayers, music, fellowship, sermons, and Word of God, along with His Spirit. (Although, we can worship Him anywhere, God tells us to not forsake the assembly of ourselves.) Are we always singing His praises?
  2. Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. (verse 5) The Israelites set their minds on the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where they worshiped in the Temple and made sacrifices for their sins. They would travel many miles in order to fulfill this command, at least twice a year and perhaps three other times. does our strength come from the Lord? Is He our joy? Is our mind set upon Him throughout our days?
  3. O LORD of Hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee. (verse 12) Trust refers to hope, security, put confidence in.
There we have it dear ones. How to be happy by worshiping God in His house, praising Him, finding our strength in Him, keeping our heart on His ways, and trusting in God.
Are we happy when we go to the house of God? What is our attitude inside?
Are our sins washed in the blood of Jesus? That should give us something to sing about and be happy. We don't have to pay the price for our sins-Jesus has already done it for us, in our place. Now that is worth shouting!
There ain't nothin' goin' steal my joy. I like that song.

LET IT GROW

For the LORD God is a sun, and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.  (verse 11)

Are we following in the lighted path on which God has directed us to walk?
Are we walking, living uprightly?

To walk uprightly is to have integrity; truth; be undefiled; without spot or blemish.

There is our challenge for today.

LET IT GO

Thank You for grace and mercy today my God and Savior!
Help me to life uprightly before you and others.
In Thee do I put my trust all the day long.
Please bless my friends here today.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Remembering

O. T. #1420  "Remembering"
April 10, 2019
Summary of Psalm

LET IT GLOW

Isn't it fun when you get together with extended family and talk of the things you did together as children? The last time our kids got together with cousins, they spoke the fun they had here at their grandparent's farm. Ah, remembering is good. It seems to refresh the soul. We feel the love together.
Remembering the things God has done for us throughout the years seems to refresh my soul, too.

God is our refuge and strength very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear...(46:1-2a)
Be still and know that I am God: I will be exulted among the heathen. I will be exalted in the earth. (46:10)

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. (68:19)

But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned He His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath. For He remembered that they were but flesh: a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. (78:39)

Time after time God showed His chosen children, Israel, mercy. He will do the same for us. When we need compassion and forgiveness, He is there. Our flesh will soon decay, but our soul will live forever. He remembers us.


LET IT GROW

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.  (47:1)

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (51:10)

Restore unto me the joy of my salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit. (51:12)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise. (51:17)

LET IT GO

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lukewarm Tea and Life

O. T. #1419  "Lukewarm Tea and Life"
April 9, 2019
Summary of Psalm
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, twill never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. Psalm 37:23-24

LET IT GLOW

Let us jump ahead to Psalm 37 today and review it. There are some promises from God if we will dig a little deeper to find them:
  • We will live safely in the land and prosper when we trust in the Lord and do good. (verse 3)
  • He will give us the desires of our hearts. (verse 4)
  • God will help us. (verse 5)
  • Our innocence will shine and justice will come for us. (verse 6)
  • Wait on the Lord and the wicked will be destroyed. (verse 9)
  • The meek will inherit the earth and have peace. (verse 11)
  • The wicked will be broken (weapons). (verse 15)
  • The Lord takes care of the godly. (verse 17)
  • They will not be disgraced. (verse 19)
Isn't it wonderful that God is with us no matter where we go? I especially need Him with me as I drive in the crazy traffic now days.


LET IT GROW

So you know I love my sweet tea and it has to be either hot or iced and cold. Well, I had to endure lukewarm tea yesterday. Ugh! What happened is this: I had my teeth cleaned and a fluoride treatment. I was told to not eat or drink anything hot or cold for 4 hours. Now, it was 12:30 and time for lunch and my glass of iced tea was waiting for me in the car. It was the forbidden drink. I drank it anyway. (The hot car had melted the ice and warmed it up by the time I got through with my appointment.) It was not enjoyable though. Here is the good ending-hubby got me an iced cold Dr. Pepper to drink when the time came. All was well.
So friend, do we consider God's Word lukewarm and we don't get excited about His promises?

Here we find good instruction for life in Psalm 37:
  • Fret not (verse 1)
  • Be not anxious.
  • Trust in the Lord. (verse 2)
  • Do good.
  • Delight in the Lord. (verse 3)
  • Commit thy way unto the Lord. (verse 5)
  • Rest in the Lord and wait patiently. (verse 7)
  • Cease from anger. (verse 8)

LET IT GO

Trust the Lord today.
Rest in Him and wait patiently for His timing.
Forever Jesus is faithful.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Waiting With Courage and Strength

O. T. #1418  "Waiting With Courage and Strength"
April 8, 2019
Summary of Psalms

LET IT GLOW

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We took a drive in the country, enjoying the green scenery and beautiful flowers in God's creation.
When David wrote the 27th chapter during the time of his flight from Absalom, his son, who wanted to take over David's throne.
Here are some verses in review that are significant to me and hopefully will encourage you:
  • The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be afraid? (27:1)
  • I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy: I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. (verse 6)
  • Teach me Thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path because of mine enemies.  (verse 11)
  • I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  (verse 13)
Anyone fearful of the future or afraid of what the outcome will be in a situation they are facing at this moment? As the song goes, fear is a liar. Grace is available. David turned to God in his time of fear. Let us be assured that the Living Lord Jesus in walking along beside us in the land of the living.

LET IT GROW

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (verse 14)

As we wait on the Lord to do whatever, let our heart be strengthened in Him with courage to continue on. Let me tell you, on that day that He answers this one specific prayer of mine, ya'll will hear me shouting Hallelujah all over this country!

LET IT GO

Wait on the Lord with courage and strength from Jesus.
Keep on keepin' on.
He's got this.