The words of the Lord are pure 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 12

Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases!

​​For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.

​​They speak idly everyone with his neighbor;

​​With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

​​May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,

​​And the tongue that speaks proud things,

 ​​Who have said,

​​“With our tongue we will prevail;

​​Our lips are our own;

​​Who is lord over us?”

 ​​“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,

​​Now I will arise,” says the LORD;

​​“I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”

​​The words of the LORD are pure words,

​​Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,

​​Purified seven times.

 ​​You shall keep them, O LORD,

​​You shall preserve them from this generation forever.

 ​​The wicked prowl on every side,

​​When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

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It is tempting to say with the psalmist that the godly are no more, lies abound, flattering flows and wicked strut about freely because what is vile is honored.  As a nation, as a people what have we become?  These ills are present among our churches and their leadership as well.  What to do?  Join with the psalmist in giving praise to the Lord and remaining faithful to Him.  His words are flawless, purified within us, known by us who believe.  As we are faithful, may our lives draw others to the One who lives within.

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In the Lord I put my trust…

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 11

In the LORD I put my trust;

​​How can you say to my soul,

​​“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?

For look! The wicked bend their bow,

​​They make ready their arrow on the string,

​​That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.

 ​​If the foundations are destroyed,

​​What can the righteous do?

​​The LORD is in His holy temple,

​​The LORD’s throne is in heaven;

​​His eyes behold,

​​His eyelids test the sons of men.

​​The LORD tests the righteous,

​​But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.

 ​​Upon the wicked He will rain coals;

​​Fire and brimstone and a burning wind

​​Shall be the portion of their cup.

 ​​For the LORD is righteous,

​​He loves righteousness;

​​His countenance beholds the upright.

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This morning’s reflections were in harmony and unity with today’s reading.  The question why say to the mountains to fall on us if we are his children came?  What have we to fear?  Those with lack of faith will seek, not his face, but a way out.  The believer runs to the Lord, not the mountains.  They will see his face; they will see justice; they will see righteousness.  They are charged only with seeking Him.  We don’t ‘fix-it’; he does.

Justice to the fatherless and the oppressed…

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

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Psalm 10

Why do You stand afar off, O LORD?

​​Why do You hide in times of trouble?

The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor;

​​Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

​​For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire;

​​He blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD.

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;

​​God is in none of his thoughts.

 ​​His ways are always prospering;

​​Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;

​​As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.

 ​​He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved;

​​I shall never be in adversity.”

 ​​His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;

​​Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

 ​​He sits in the lurking places of the villages;

​​In the secret places he murders the innocent;

​​His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.

 ​​He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;

​​He lies in wait to catch the poor;

​​He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.

 ​​So he crouches, he lies low,

​​That the helpless may fall by his strength.

 ​​He has said in his heart,

​​“God has forgotten;

​​He hides His face;

​​He will never see.”

 ​​Arise, O LORD!

​​O God, lift up Your hand!

​​Do not forget the humble.

 ​​Why do the wicked renounce God?

​​He has said in his heart,

​​“You will not require an account.”

 ​​But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,

​​To repay it by Your hand.

​​The helpless commits himself to You;

​​You are the helper of the fatherless.

 ​​Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;

​​Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

 ​​The LORD is King forever and ever;

​​The nations have perished out of His land.

 ​​LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;

​​You will prepare their heart;

​​You will cause Your ear to hear,

 ​​To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,

​​That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

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Those who victimize others have no God.

​​”…He blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD.

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;

​​God is in none of his thoughts….”

They do not recognize the one who created them and loves them.  Those who call upon him, he hears and defends.

“…The helpless commits himself to You;

​​You are the helper of the fatherless….”

He encourages – gives courage– instills courage to fight the evil, avoid its trap, live free in Him.  If the Holy Spirit leads us, we are not victims.  Anything that comes our way is for instruction and to prove the grace and love of God.  The Spirit enables us to rise above our circumstances, rise to the challenge rather than sink in the murky waters of the storm.

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

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 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.