Nations are but men…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 9

I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart;

​​I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

​​I will be glad and rejoice in You;

​​I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

​​When my enemies turn back,

​​They shall fall and perish at Your presence.

For You have maintained my right and my cause;

​​You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.

You have rebuked the nations,

​​You have destroyed the wicked;

​​You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

​​O enemy, destructions are finished forever!

​​And you have destroyed cities;

​​Even their memory has perished.

​​But the LORD shall endure forever;

​​He has prepared His throne for judgment.

 ​​He shall judge the world in righteousness,

​​And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed,

​​A refuge in times of trouble.

​​And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;

​​For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!

​​Declare His deeds among the people.

 ​​When He avenges blood, He remembers them;

​​He does not forget the cry of the humble.

 ​​Have mercy on me, O LORD!

​​Consider my trouble from those who hate me,

​​You who lift me up from the gates of death,

That I may tell of all Your praise

​​In the gates of the daughter of Zion.

​​I will rejoice in Your salvation.

The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;

​​In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.

The LORD is known by the judgment He executes;

​​The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

Meditation.  Selah

 ​​The wicked shall be turned into hell,

​​And all the nations that forget God.

 ​​For the needy shall not always be forgotten;

​​The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

 ​​Arise, O LORD,

​​Do not let man prevail;

​​Let the nations be judged in Your sight.

Put them in fear, O LORD,

​​That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah

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The Lord is just, judge, ruler, a destroyer of evil, avenger of  the oppressed, provider of salvation.  The conflict seen here is between humanity and God.  When there is truth and proper perspective the picture comes into focus.  Who God is and who we are in relation to him.  Where would we want to be?

Why would humanity want to take on God?  What have they achieved; that cannot be attributed to the gifts he has given?  How skewed is their view?  Who among us can create what the Creator has created without using something he has created?  Those functioning without belief in the Creator are open to selfish desires and often those desires bring harm to others.  The truth presented here is that when one plans for someone’s harm; those doing the planning are harmed.  The truth here allows that  there is a death that is forever; there is a life that is forever.  We can choose.  Life or death?

How Majestic is Your Name…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 8

O LORD, our Lord,

​​How excellent is Your name in all the earth,

​​Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

 ​​Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants

​​You have ordained strength,

​​Because of Your enemies,

​​That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

​​When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

​​The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

What is man that You are mindful of him,

​​And the son of man that You visit him?

​​For You have made him a little lower than the angels,

​​And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;

​​You have put all things under his feet,

​​All sheep and oxen—

​​Even the beasts of the field,

The birds of the air,

​​And the fish of the sea

​​That pass through the paths of the seas.

 ​​O LORD, our Lord,

​​How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

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Who is God and who is man?  God is the creator of all and man has been placed above all on earth but beneath heavenly beings.  Hmmm… In that place, the question remains; why is he mindful of us?  Isn’t love a great thing?

How majestic is your Name...

How majestic is your Name…

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Dwell in safety…rest in peace

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

 Psalm 4

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!

​​You have relieved me in my distress;

​​Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

​​How long, O you sons of men,

​​Will you turn my glory to shame?

​​How long will you love worthlessness

​​And seek falsehood? Selah

​​But know that the LORD has set apart  for Himself him who is godly;

​​The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

​​Be angry, and do not sin.

​​Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah

 ​​Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,

​​And put your trust in the LORD.

There are many who say,

​​“Who will show us any good?”

​​LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

​​You have put gladness in my heart,

​​More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

​​I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;

​​For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

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What do we learn of God? He protects.  He is righteous.  He gives relief and mercy.  He can be trusted.  This prayer gives him respect and honor.  It ells us who he is and  what he does.  It pins down our personal flaws and urges us to give them up or correct them.  It states an existence of rest and peace with recognition of who grants such.

Do we experience distress?  Do we seek truth in falsehood?  Do we love what will fail and crumble?  Do we let our anger dictate our actions?  The Lord can relieve the distress and grant mercy from that which distresses us.  Where do we turn?  Do we turn to Him?

“…​​You have relieved me in my distress;

​​Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer…..”

Where have we set our priorities and our true affections?  Is it to acquire much?

“…​​How long will you love worthlessness

​​And seek falsehood? …”

Where do we go for information and guidance?  Is it in the accomplishments of mankind, or humanity’s philosophy?

When we experience anger what is our response?  The prayer directs us to meditate rather than act.  Can we find it within us to not deny the anger but neither to allow the anger to direct our actions?  This one ability alone would stop all the killing of the harmless and innocent that we have watched recently in our nation.  What do we teach our children?  To squelch the anger?  Or to:

“…Be angry, and do not sin.

​​Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. …”

There’s more…offering the sacrifices of righteousness implies we give up that which we want to do with that anger driving us, as a sacrifice to the Lord and burn it up.  It is offered to Him and He takes action for us in His wisdom.  Where is our trust?  Is it truly in Him or have we picked up the sword of anger and caused harm?

“…​​Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,

​​And put your trust in the LORD….”

 When we put our trust in Him to protect, grant mercy and act for us we can rest in peace.  There is nothing left for us to do except rest in Him.  Therefore the psalmist states “…You have put gladness in my heart,…”  We can join with the psalmist and say “You, Lord, have given us joy.”

We can dwell in safety.  We can rest in peace.

Let the Lord be judge…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Sitting outside under the spreading oak

listening to the wind as it moves through

the uppermost limbs of oak and stately pine

hearing the call of early morning birds

and the bray of the donkey down the road

Watching the dark night sky give way to

early morning light

May we be the light of the morning to

the dark night of humanity

May we share his light and love as the

rays of the sun share light and heat

May we live his words bearing fruit

that brings life to the dying world.

    -gracie

Psalm 7

O LORD my God, in You I put my trust;

​​Save me from all those who persecute me;

​​And deliver me,

​​Lest they tear me like a lion,

​​Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

​​O LORD my God, if I have done this:

​​If there is iniquity in my hands,

If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,

​​Or have plundered my enemy without cause, ​​Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;

​​Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,

​​And lay my honor in the dust. Selah

Arise, O LORD, in Your anger;

​​Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies;

​​Rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded!

 ​​So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You;

​​For their sakes, therefore, return on high.

The LORD shall judge the peoples;

​​Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness,

​​And according to my integrity within me.

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,

​​But establish the just;

​​For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.

My defense is of God,

​​Who saves the upright in heart.

 ​​God is a just judge,

​​And God is angry with the wicked every day.

 ​​If he does not turn back,

​​He will sharpen His sword;

​​He bends His bow and makes it ready.

He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;

​​He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

 ​​Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity;

​​Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.

​​He made a pit and dug it out,

​​And has fallen into the ditch which he made.

​​His trouble shall return upon his own head,

​​And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.

​​I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness,

​​And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

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Why take refuge in the Lord?  Because he is mightier!  What becomes of those who practice evil?  They are caught in their own traps.  The Lord God judges, not we the people.  And we praise him for that.

We are not alone…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 6

O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger,

​​Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.

​​Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak;

​​O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.

My soul also is greatly troubled;

​​But You, O LORD—how long?

​​Return, O LORD, deliver me!

​​Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!

For in death there is no remembrance of You;

​​In the grave who will give You thanks?

I am weary with my groaning;

​​All night I make my bed swim;

​​I drench my couch with my tears.

 ​​My eye wastes away because of grief;

​​It grows old because of all my enemies.

Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;

​​For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.

​​The LORD has heard my supplication;

​​The LORD will receive my prayer.

​​Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;

​​Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.

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Think of all those we know who are hurting right now.  It could be from loss of loved ones or pain from separations or illness.  This prayer is for them and all of us when we suffer.  From this we know we can ask for mercy and healing.  We know He answers, He hears and we are not alone.

Give ear to my words…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O LORD,

​​Consider my meditation.

Give heed to the voice of my cry,

​​My King and my God,

​​For to You I will pray.

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;

​​In the morning I will direct it to You,

​​And I will look up.

For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,

​​Nor shall evil dwell with You.

The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;

​​You hate all workers of iniquity.

You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;

​​The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

​​But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;

​​In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;

​​Make Your way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;

​​Their inward part is destruction;

​​Their throat is an open tomb;

​​They flatter with their tongue.

Pronounce them guilty, O God!

​​Let them fall by their own counsels;

​​Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,

​​For they have rebelled against You.

 ​​But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

​​Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;

​​Let those also who love Your name

​​Be joyful in You.

​​For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;

​​With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

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We can come to our Lord without fear.  We can bring our requests to him.  We begin with acknowledging who he is and what he does.

“…Give heed to the voice of my cry,

​​My King and my God,…”

Who among us does not enjoy the love that comes to us from our children.  We come in reverence seeking his guidance.

The psalmist explains why our trust is in the Lord and not in mankind.

“…For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;

​​Their inward part is destruction;

​​Their throat is an open tomb;

​​They flatter with their tongue.

Pronounce them guilty, O God!…”

Why would anyone, knowingly, go to a source that wishes only ungodly results? Why would anyone go to those who only have selfish interests?  The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is the direction of their focus.  A believer is God-driven, an unbeliever is self-driven.  The motives are opposite.  The psalmist wishes upon the unbeliever are designed to bring them face to face with their position.

“…Pronounce them guilty, O God!

​​Let them fall by their own counsels;

​​Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,

​​For they have rebelled against You….”

We can rejoice that we rest in the Lord.  It is hard to see others outside the Lord’s protection and love.

“…​​But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

​​Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;

​​Let those also who love Your name

​​Be joyful in You.

​​For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;

​​With favor You will surround him as with a shield….”

Psalm 5

Psalm 5

Click on image to enjoy Psalm 5 sung by Chuck Girard

Sleep in peace…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

 Psalm  3

LORD, how they have increased who trouble me!

​​Many are they who rise up against me.

Many are they who say of me,

​​“There is no help for him in God.” Selah

 ​​But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,

​​My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

 ​​I cried to the LORD with my voice,

​​And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah

 ​​I lay down and slept;

​​I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.

 ​​I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people

​​Who have set themselves against me all around.

​​Arise, O LORD;

​​Save me, O my God!

​​For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;

​​You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

 ​​Salvation belongs to the LORD.

​​Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah

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True believers of the message of the cross, true believers who have received the knowledge of God-given through Jesus, true believers have enemies.  They also can say these words in truth with the psalmist.  Note that the request made of God is one that will close the mouths, the voices of the unbeliever who scorns, mocks, and denies the very existence of God.

“…​​For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;

​​You have broken the teeth of the ungodly….”

Note also, those saying these words sleep in peace and trust in the Lord to hear and deliver.

“… ​​I lay down and slept;

​​I awoke, for the LORD sustained me….”

sleep of peace

sleep of peace

Salvation belongs to the LORD.

​​Your blessing is upon Your people.

Wise choice…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations rage,

​​And the people plot a vain thing?

 ​​The kings of the earth set themselves,

​​And the rulers take counsel together,

​​Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,

​​“Let us break Their bonds in pieces

​​And cast away Their cords from us.”

 ​​He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;

​​The Lord shall hold them in derision.

 ​​Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,

​​And distress them in His deep displeasure:

​​“Yet I have set My King

​​On My holy hill of Zion.”

​​“I will declare the decree:

​​The LORD has said to Me,

​‘​You are My Son,

​​Today I have begotten You.

 ​​Ask of Me, and I will give You

​​The nations for Your inheritance,

​​And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron;

​​You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”

 ​​Now therefore, be wise, O kings;

​​Be instructed, you judges of the earth.

 ​​Serve the LORD with fear,

​​And rejoice with trembling.

 ​​Kiss the Son,  lest He be angry,

​​And you perish in the way,

​​When His wrath is kindled but a little.

​​Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

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Acception of Christ and making Him Lord of our lives is still seen as chains and fetters,

“…Let us break Their bonds in pieces

​​And cast away Their cords from us.”

Boundaries arise, restrictions imposed and obligations required.  That is how life in Christ is seen.  However, for those of us who live it, we find that is a lie.  When you serve out of love, it is not an obligation.  When you limit your exposure to and participation in any thing that is the opposite of loving your God and neighbor, and do so out of love; that is not a restriction nor a boundary.  What is viewed as chains is actually a love response to a loving God who has provided a way to live this life and beyond fully.

Mankind insists upon seeing the freedom from sin through God’s gift of love as chains and fetters when in reality loving rather than hating enables growth, giving rather than taking blesses, humility rather than pride brings prosperity.  Those who are anti-God speak words of hate, act on greed, and develop arrogance.  All of this is punishable by the God of creation, all of this results in death.

So the choice should be clear, do not be deceived…

Be wise

Be warned

Serve

Kiss

Be Blessed

 

​​Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Be blessed…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man

​​Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

​​Nor stands in the path of sinners,

​​Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

 ​​But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

​​And in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree

​​Planted by the rivers of water,

​​That brings forth its fruit in its season,

​​Whose leaf also shall not wither;

​​And whatever he does shall prosper.

​​The ungodly are not so,

​​But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

​​Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

​​For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,

​​But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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What can we learn of who God is and what he does from this?

What can we learn of ourselves as believers and of the unbeliever?

What can we learn and apply to our daily walk with the Lord we love so much?

One, we can be blessed.  How?  We will seek only the counsel of the Lord, his spoken word and those who have demonstrated a walk with him and a love of him and mankind.  When we face problems and have to come to some solution or decision where do we turn?  Do we research the foundational principles of the resource before we seek their advice?

“…does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…”

We will stand in the way of believers.  There will be evidence in our talk, our actions, and our thoughts that we love the Lord and seek his ways.

“…does not stand in the way of sinners…”

We will treat our fellow-man with respect and honor.  We will not denigrate or destroy their integrity and sense of worth.  We will treat our God with honor and respect.

“…does not sit in the seat of the mockers…”

When we reflect on this we look into ourselves and assess how we walk, stand, and sit.  What does our walk say to others?  What does our stand,  i.e. on current issues, say to others?  What does our sitting down say, who are we sitting with, on which side of the courtroom do we find ourselves?

Two, we learn where our delight is.  Is it in God’s word; do we demonstrate this not only through our daily actions but by where we spend our time and money?

“…his delight is in the law of the Lord…he meditates on this law day and night…”

Three, we learn what we will look like; what our life will look like.  We are likened to trees. Trees are alive and resilient. They are rooted near streams of water for optimal growth.  They have seasons; grow, develop fruit, bear the fruit, deliver the fruit, and a season of rest.  When they are near the streams of water they remain alive with full leaves and fruit, not dried up fruit and withered leaves.  So too, we will grow and develop rooted in the Word of God, drawing from the waters of His spirit, and we will bear fruit, deliver it and enter times of rest.  We will be aware of our seasons, when we are growing, developing fruit, dispensing fruit and in a rest period.  The seasons come and go for trees and we can expect the same for ourselves.  Trees that are rooted and near the streams of water prosper and so we can expect to prosper as we remain rooted in the Word and draw from the streams of water that Christ told us are available to us from Him.

planted by the streams

planted by the streams by gracie

There is a contrast here.  We can learn what we are not. We do not follow every trend that comes along.

“..like chaff that the wind blows away…”

We will not be vulnerable to every new doctrine or ideology because we are rooted in the Word  – day and night; and the Word informs our willingness to receive or reject teachings that are not of God.  As such we will be found with Him at judgment rather than judged by Him.  We will find ourselves in the company of the redeemed rather than in the company of those doomed to receive the wages of death.

We learn of God that He watches over us as we live in Him; not so for those who reject Him.

“…​​For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,

​​But the way of the ungodly shall perish….”

There is a way…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Hosea 14

O Israel, return to the LORD your God,

​​For you have stumbled because of your iniquity;

Take words with you,

​​And return to the LORD.

​​Say to Him,

​​“Take away all iniquity;

​​Receive us graciously,

​​For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.

Assyria shall not save us,

​​We will not ride on horses,

​​Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’

​​For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”

“I will heal their backsliding,

​​I will love them freely,

​​For My anger has turned away from him.

I will be like the dew to Israel;

​​He shall grow like the lily,

​​And lengthen his roots like Lebanon.

 ​​His branches shall spread;

​​His beauty shall be like an olive tree,

​​And his fragrance like Lebanon.

Those who dwell under his shadow shall return;

​​They shall be revived like grain,

​​And grow like a vine.

​​Their scent  shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

“Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’

​​I have heard and observed him.

​​I am like a green cypress tree;

​​Your fruit is found in Me.”

 ​​Who is wise?

​​Let him understand these things.

​​Who is prudent?

​​Let him know them.

​​For the ways of the LORD are right;

​​The righteous walk in them,

​​But transgressors stumble in them.

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What are the ways of the Lord?  What has been learned about him?  He will not tolerate greed, pride and arrogance.  He cannot stop the evil that results from denying Him.  He will not intervene where He is not recognized and so the consequences of the greed, pride and arrogance, to name  a few, will come to fruition and result in violence, pain, harm and destruction.  Look at our headlines and see that this is true.  Drive down a highway and witness the road rage over being first.  Go shopping and watch the fighting, cussing, pushing and shoving.  Listen to the filth that flows daily from the mouths of young and old alike.  Experience the lack of respect humanity has one for the other; witness the lack of respect for life unless it be your own.  We know one of the ways of God is he will not intervene; he spoke:  “The wages of sin is death” and death comes in many forms.

But it doesn’t end there.  We also know he loves his creation and has provided ways for them to return to relationships with Him that will combat the fruits of evil mentioned above.  The key is our turning to him away from the self-driven impulses that only bring harm.  The key is learning the ways of righteousness, loosely defined as right living.  We also know He is longsuffering.  He will respond, he will intervene when he is recognized, acknowledged and received.  And the fruits of that are love, peace, hope and a life that is good with a portion of humanity who have learned to love one another, who do not engage in the actions of those living in denial and darkness.

We can personalize this passage and see if it does not ring with truth:

“…O America, return to the LORD your God,

​​For you have stumbled because of your iniquity;

Take words with you,

​​And return to the LORD.

​​Say to Him,

​​“Take away all iniquity;

​​Receive us graciously,

​​For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.

Government shall not save us,

​​We will not ride on horses, (of war)

​​Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’

​​For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”…”​

Come let us worship the Lord.  Let us follow in his ways of right living.  Let us be a force for the good and not join in with the force for the evil.  Watch what is happening and read the signs.

“… ​​Who is wise?

​​Let him understand these things….”

Listen to the voices around us and to the voices crying out for change…

“…Who is prudent?

​​Let him know them….”

Do not engage, but be a force that fights for the poor and oppressed, the ignorant and innocent.

“…For the ways of the LORD are right;

​​The righteous walk in them,…”

Follow the Lord, return from the cross and the empty tomb with hope, peace, and love.  Let our lives shine with His presence.

This concludes the reading of Hosea and what it holds for us today…

Proverbs 14:12 KJV – There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.

Choose life or death

Choose life or death