Psalm

For a class assignment, we had to write our own Psalms. This is what I came up with.

 

Psalm 1

Praise to God in His Humility and Lordship

 

My soul will praise the King forever,

because Your love is sweeter than

all the treasures of the earth.

 

You emptied Yourself of all glory and power of Your divinity

and have obtained a name above every other name:

King Jesus,

Lord of lords,

and the Lover of my soul.

 

You willingly initiated obedience,

setting the Father as your Head.

You humbled Yourself,

never intending to return to glory on the basis of Your divine attributes,

but desiring to be exalted as a man.

King Jesus, fairer than any other lover.

 

You were extolled as God on the ground of Your humanity,

not refilling Yourself by way of Your own hand;

It was Your Father who brought this Man back into glory,

and now You are named Lord,

the Rewarded of the Father.

 

King Jesus,

You have appointed me for intimacy;

You gently lead me through humble servanthood.

 

Your gentleness has made me clean,

and because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify You forever.


A Rather Weighty Pre-Election Post

Tomorrow is one of the most important elections in the history of the United States. As a fellow Christian, these are some heavy thoughts.

1) We are in a war. America is heading in the wrong direction, and voting is a practical way to see the nation turn back. Further evil can be prevented if we put on the brakes and take a Christian stand NOW.

2) Choosing not to vote is a slap in the face to those who shed their blood for our right to do so and also to the Lord, who is the ultimate Source of freedom. As a citizen of the United States and as a Christian, you have a responsibility to fulfill.

3) Complaining about the political talk and saying that it should stop is also disrespectful to those who fought and/or died for our freedom.

4) As a Christian, you are under obligation to vote your values. This means voting for candidates who support Biblical principles. To do otherwise is moral schizophrenia.

5) No candidate is perfect. To refrain from voting because s/he does not meet your every requirement is irresponsible. Choose the one who aligns with heart of God more than the other. Refer to thought 1.

6) Your vote is your voice. No vote = no voice for the next four years.

In conclusion, get out and VOTE!


Day Thirty-One: A Humility

“For we men to be obedient it should be simple, because all we need is but a little humility. For Christ to be obedient, however, is not so simple a matter. It is much harder for Him to be obedient than for Him to create the heavens and the earth. Why? Because He has to empty Himself of all the glory and power of His divinity and take the form of a slave before He is even qualified to obey. Hence obedience is initiated by the Son of God.” Watchman Nee

Read that again. Slowly. Really let it sink it.Let the beauty of Christ’s humility sweep over you.

Is there any other god who would willingly empty itself of all glory and power? No chance. This is so mesmorizingly beautiful. Words do not suffice, do not scratch the surface of describing the wonder.

My heart is captivated by a God who became Man.

The above quote comes from one of my current reads, Watchman Nee’s Spiritual Authority. (I highly recommend this book for ALL Christians!)

 

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Day Thirty: An Intimacy

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me (Psalm 139:1-3, 5).

The following adapted from Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s Bible Exposition Commentary of Psalm 139

God knows us intimately! Some proof from the above passage of scripture:

  • search (v. 1) = to examine with pain or care
  • understand (v. 2) = to distinguish and discern with insight
  • hedge (v. 5) = to guard a valuable object

Can you see that God knows His children intimately and exhaustively?

 

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Day Twenty-Nine: A Declaration

I flipped open my Bible this morning to continue on through Isaiah, and this is the verse that greeted me. It lit up in my spirit immediately.

“A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a cover from the tempest” (Isaiah 32:2).

United States, I speak and declare this over you. A Man is your hiding place and your cover from this storm, and His name is Jesus. Turn to Him.

Join me in keeping our nation in your prayers.

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Day Twenty-Eight: A Verse

Unfortunately, I don’t know how to give credit for the above image because the blog that I took it from no longer exists.

Anyhow, I love this version of the verse. It really snapped my eyes open to a verse that’s so easy to become familiar with. Familiarity breeds contempt, as the saying goes. We all need fresh eyes once in a while. (or always!)

Some things to ponder:

What are you filling your heart with?

What’s already in your heart that needs to go?

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Day Twenty-Seven: An Encouragement

Truth be told, it’s 11:46pm where I live, and I almost forgot to post today.

Today was another one of those days where I slept through a long list of commitments because I was too exhausted to get out of bed.

It’s easy to get frustrated when you’re believing God for promises that have yet to manifest. (In my case, healing from chronic illness.)

It’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to settle into self-pity. It’s easy to welcome depression back into your heart. It’s easy to raise your fist in accusation.

Or, you can push through.

I would personally change the ending to, “When you have a heavenly Father who does not give up, YOU CANNOT FAIL!”

On days like today, He’s there, encouraging me across the finish line.

 

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