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1 Samuel 13; Romans 11; Jeremiah 50; Psalms 28,29

The more I grow in faith, the more I enjoy talking about and listening to others discuss God.  The more I grow though, the more some of those conversations bother me.  We covered the Ten Commandments months ago so now isn’t the time to go into the misuse of His name.  Some of the references that bother me most are the ones that seem more friendly in nature.  One type that comes to mind are references to God as “the big guy upstairs”, as if He’s a benevolent grandfather looking down and rooting for the good guys.  Another problem I have is with the seemingly widespread practice of reading a Bible verse, then announcing to God that they are claiming the promise in question, as if He’s a genie who’s required to redeem the golden ticket they’ve just submitted.

I know that many who speak of God in these ways are saved and mean well, but it seems that they have an extraordinarily limited vision of the type of Being they are speaking to.  He’s not a man of any sort.  He’s not just a greater version of something we are already acquainted with.  He’s unlike anyone else there is or has been or ever will be.  Today’s passages give us a small reminder of that.

In 1 Samuel 13 we see Him promise to bring down a king.  In Jeremiah 50, we see that Him promise to bring down a great empire.  He can confidently make such announcements, though it’s not because He is so much more intelligent or powerful than the rulers or nations in question.  It’s because He ordains it.  He isn’t subject to anyone else’s will.  He controls every aspect of His creation.

 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 29:10-11

What a revelation!  I particularly note the last line.  A strong person can grant some semblance of safety.  A rich person can grant some degree of comfort.  A wise person can deliver those who will listen from certain predictable calamities.  Charismatic, powerful leaders can impose a truce or even a treaty between peoples.  No person I’m capable of understanding can remove the desire for conflict.  No human king can grant true peace as effortlessly as He governs history’s greatest calamity.

 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 11:33-36

After hearing the “If you give a million monkeys a million typewriters, they’ll eventually write the entire works of Shakespeare’ argument to justify the possibility of Godless evolution one too many times, I once calculated the time necessary to randomly type Psalm 23.  Even making some extraordinarily generous assumptions, I discovered that the number of years required is written as a 4 followed by 799 zeros.  In practical terms, this means it will never happen, but technically speaking, it is not impossible.  What IS impossible is scratching the surface of the depths of God in that amount of years.  Or even 4 followed by 799 zeros times  4 followed by 799 zeros years.  God is infinite.  Infinite in His wisdom, infinite in His intelligence, infinite in His imagination, infinite in His very Person.  The amount of Himself revealed in His written revelation is virtually nothing.  The amount of Himself we’ll open our eyes to during our first millennium in Heaven will be laughable.  The more we will learn of God, the more we’ll realize there is to know.  The more we’ll see that when it comes to this Person who imagined and created us, there truly is no end.

How deep are the riches of God’s wisdom and knowledge?  After an eternity spent learning at His feet, I will have just begun to find out.  What an amazing future He’s offered us!  That’s the one promise I can’t wait to claim.

Michael  (mmattix)

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1 Samuel 12, Romans 10, Jeremiah 49, Psalm 26, Psalm 27

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4

“Examine me, O LORD, and prove me” Psalm 26:2

 “O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.” Psalm 27:9-10

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1 Samuel 12 and Jeremiah 49                    Lord God Almighty, over and over again You show me to fear You and walk in Your ways. If I heed, then even the authorities over me will be amenable to me. If I do not, I lose favor. Then I incur Your rod of correction. But even in placid times You are disciplining me, teaching, refining, and reshaping me more into Your image is Your desire. Thank You, no matter how painful it is and in so many ways! (1 Samuel 12:14-15, 24-25)

                  Please make me and others deeply aware that You are the One to fear! Not man, and to not be hungering after some “ideal” that the world “sells”. Please have the leaders of this nation bow down to You, the True King of kings and Lord of lords!! Help me and each of us to repent to You, to turn from our wicked ways, seeking Your Face and serving You with all our heart so that You will forgive our sin and heal us in so many intricate ways!! (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Romans 10               Salvation – Saved from what? Saved from the wrath of God both here and now, and forever and ever in Hell. Oh what torture it is to endure utter darkness, complete consciousness of evil all around and within you, to experience the depths of despair forever without hope, having endless shame and guilt, and in utter pain, agony, vast loneliness and screams of terror – eternally in hell. And the contrast is complete Joy, Hope, True Peace and Security, and personal value and integrity right now and forever in Heaven with a God Who is Pure Love and Truth!   

                        This is the choice You offered me, Almighty One so many years ago. Thank You for the choice to choose You!! Yes, my Sovereign Savior!! I am deeply and joyfully grateful! But what about Israel? Please send workers in their fields! (v. 14-15) Show to them that their Messiah came and still lives to intercede for them! (Hebrews 7:25) Have Israel and all gentiles submit to You for Your Righteousness to live through each of them. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. … 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

                              Lord Jesus Christ, may my life provoke to jealousy those who do not know You, causing them to seek You and be saved from “soul torment” here and later. Please continue: “21 All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people.” until they all come to be saved from Hell and to live right now to give You glory, worshipping You in Spirit and in Truth! 

 Psalm 26 and Psalm 27                 The Blood of Jesus vindicates!! The Blood Atonement frees me from guilt, shame, sin, and condemnation. (2 Cor 5:17, Romans 8:1-2, 1 John 4:10) I cannot take the punishment for myself and still go to heaven, for hell is the payment and the charge is endless, thus permanent. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23) But the sinless Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can and does take the punishment for each person who desires that with all of their soul and who lives for Him intentionally, by His Holy Spirit and Word. 

 Psalm 26                 “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,” v.2-3  Have me walk in Your Truth ceaselessly.

                           “I have hated the assembly of evildoers.”  I rejoice to “proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.” Thank you for “Redeeming and being merciful to me.” V. 5,7,11

Psalm 27                   “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?” v.1 No one should I fear but You, for You are my Owner and Creator, The Sovereign Ruler over all!! I praise and rejoice in Your Justice and Temperament!! Patient, slow to anger, and persevering in changing me into the vessel You choose!!  (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 103:8, 2 Peter 3:9, Isaiah 29:16, Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 18:6, Romans 9:21 )

                       “One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.” You Lord, dwell within me. You have given me Your Holy Spirit – the Counselor, Teacher, Comforter and so much more!! (1 Corinthians 6:19) That is the desire of my heart! (Psalm 37:4)

                       When I am distressed, I hide in Your Word, as if within Your Priestly robes, that I might know nothing with certainty but You (1 Corinthians 2:2). In this way I am kept safe in my mind, emotions and actions. V.5   “O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.” v. 9-10  Jesus, You never abandon me, not emotionally, mentally or in any way!! Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5, Isaiah 49:15

                   “Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. Teach me Your way, O LORD, Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries” v.6,11-12

                    I shall heed with my heart and encourage others to:  “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” V.14

 Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ!!

 Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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1 Sam. 11; Rom. 9; Jer. 48; Ps. 25

I hope my children love Jesus. I hope they make wise choices, and I hope that living with me for 18 years won’t necessitate too much therapy for them when they’re grown.

I hope my husband and I live to be 150. Well, 152 for him, since he’s older. I hope we die in our bed, sleeping peacefully and holding hands with each other. Not that we hold hands while we sleep now, but isn’t it a nice picture?

I hope I come to know God better and better, and love Him more and more, until I wholly dwell in His abundance and joy—not just visit them occasionally like I do now. I hope that my heart and my life make Jesus smile and say, “Child, you are beginning to look like Me.”

I hope I’ll finally learn someday that hope is more about where than what. What I hope isn’t nearly as important as where I place my hope. In fact, where I hope often determines what I hope. David knew this. In Psalm 25, he recognized just where to hope.

No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame. – Psalm 25:3

My hope is in you all day long. – Psalm 25:5

My hope is in you. – Psalm 25:21

God, let me always hope in You. Amen.

amystorms

A repost from the archives, August 19, 2010.

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1 Samuel 10; Romans 8; Jeremiah 47; Psalm 23,24

Then Samuel took the flask of oil and poured it over Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you leader over his inheritance?” 1 Samuel 10:1

Saul was called to lead, he was prepared by God, he was anointed.  Samuel announced Saul as king.

Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Marti’s clan was chose,.  Finally Saul son of Kish was chosen, But when they looked for, he was not to be found.  Do they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” And the Lord said,  Yes he had hidden himself among the baggage. 1 Samuel 10:21-22

So why does he hide?  Did he fear that he was not capable of these responsibilities that God prepared him for? Do you think Saul doubted his abilities or God’s ability and wisdom?

Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched.  But some troublemakers said, “How can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no gifts.  But Saul kept silent. 1 Samuel 10:26

Isn’t this typical that all leaders face criticism.  As Christians we stand out in a crowd,  we face criticism and there are many who despise us because of our faith.  Does that weaken our faith, make us fearful, less confident.  Does it deter us away from our task of speaking Gods word or instead does that make us that much stronger?

What then shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up  for us all- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.  Romans 8:31-33

I hope this post comes to mind the next time God calls me to lead.  I’ve always been told that God qualifies the called and that he doesn’t call the qualified.  But I’m human, my confidence buckles under criticism.  On second thought my confidence is non existent when it comes to leading.  And then I feel like a failure.  But then I have His word to set me upright and equipped for all challenges.  Just like those Weeble toys.  If we are grounded in His word, we will not be pushed down by our critics or our enemies.

This might be the first time I’ve ever thanked God for being bottom heavy!  Reference Romans 8:28  Yep, that might be stretching it a bit.

I’ll close with Psalms 23:5

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Cindi (rustiqueart)

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1 Sam. 9; Rom. 7; Jer. 46; Ps. 22

From deep, deep down when desire nearly drowns in dread
when I am desperate for You…
When I can’t see, and I can’t hear You. ( taken from Ps22:1-2)

Yet you are holy…” and I choose to remember.

I will remember what YOU have done.

“In you our fathers trusted… and you delivered them.
To you they cried…and you rescued them.” PS.22:4-5

When I am desperate, depressed. When all despise me.
I feel alone, and I can’t find You.
When I am daunted by their doubt… (verses 6-7)

“He trusts in the Lord, let Him deliver him;
let Him rescue him for he delights in Him.” Ps22:8

I will remember what You have done for me.

“Yet YOU are He who took me from the womb;
YOU made me trust YOU at my mother’s breasts,
On YOU was I cast from my birth
and from my mother’s womb YOU have been my God.” Ps22:9-10

Oh Father,
Some days will be dark and dreary.
Deal tenderly with us. We want to see Your face.
Help us remember what You have done.
Be our everlasting delight. For,

“He has not hidden His face from Him, but has heard, when he cried to Him.” Psalm 22:24

Oh how desperately we need You…

amy in peru

republished from the archives, August 17, 2010

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