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Psalms

The Book of Psalms, or as is most commonly called, Psalms. A book of poems, stories, prayers and songs, it was known as a psalter.

There are 150 psalms in the Christian Bible. The is one psalm in the Apocrypha, Psalm 151, which is extremely short and a concise summary of David’s childhood. There is nothing in it that is not in many other places through the Old Testament, a reason it may have been excluded but not of point here.

There are a million things we could talk about when discussing Psalms; don’t worry, we’re not, at least not today. Let’s talk about why God gave us them.

Let me remind you, I am not an educated, degreed theologian. What I write here is what I hear in the Gospel and what I’m guided to write, praying I’m not misleading you.

In these very early days, the average, let alone less than average person, did not read or own books. Heritage, history, and memories were passed down by word of mouth, song, dance, and symbols. People memorized what was important, and that memory work began at a very early age; something we have lost in this day and age.

Also, in those days with various types of war and enslavement, individuals were frequently physically mistreated, harshly, for their beliefs. To prevent this, they would keep their beliefs on the inside, only sharing in word with known like believers. What better way to help so many people, so many disenfranchised, uneducated, unsettled people learn the history and promises of God than with poems and songs (Psalms).

Probably the most important thing to see in Psalms is Jesus! Wait! Hold the presses! Psalms is OT, Jesus ain’t born yet!!!!!! You are absolutely correct, but the promise of the Messiah has been made. Here’s some examples of where the Old and New Testaments line up perfectly. (All use NIV)

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.    Ps 2:7
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  Mt 3:17

because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.  Ps 16:10
Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. Acts 2:31
So it is also stated elsewhere: “‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’ Acts 13:35

And there are many others. The faithful of the time and today understand that in the good times, the Psalms give you peace in troubled times and guidance in time of darkness. It helps us see that a shepherd boy, the 99-lb weakling for a visual image when compared to his brothers, yet the favored of his father, perhaps because he was the last, can grow up to be a King. It shows us that God gets that His chosen ones make mistakes (David lied, committed murdered and adultery), suffered at times with depression (my words) and lust, and yet was forgiven, unconditionally by the one who had called him.

David had, even through his darkest times, faith. He knew God was present. He never doubted God would hear his cries. He understood he did not know God’s timetable. He recognized that we may not be able to see the Messiah, but that He was coming and we would all have eternal faith. He never asked for proof. He never said, “if you do this” or “because you did that”, he just sang and talked because he had the faith of a child and sought for his father.

Let’s close today with the beginning of Psalm 62 (HCSB), verses 1 & 2.

I am at rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will never be shaken.

Be blessed! 💕

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Due Date Has Arrived

Our season of anticipation of the birth of the baby is over, born in the night.  Mothers can tell you no two are exactly alike. Some are swift and with little difficulty and minimal pain, and the rest of us confess to feelings of jealousy for a couple of weeks.  Others can do on for days, drawn out in waves of nausea, pain, sweat, tears and sleep.

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Your First Thought

When you hear the word Christmas, what is the first picture that comes to mind? Be honest with yourself.

Ah, Christmas. A beautiful, healthy mature teen mother cradling a healthy, smiling, content infant watched over by a strong, strapping husband in a warm, cozy stable.  The sky is clear, stars are bright, especially this one right over the stable.  A clear, beautiful voice starts to sing, serenading the child.  What could be more perfect?

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Tiny Tim Day

I cannot even begin to explain how much I love the story by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. I think, perhaps, it’s because there were so many characters in the story I could connect with but mostly Tiny Tim, and still do.  Despite everything that has or is happening in life, I am an eternal optimist.  God is not a question, He is a fact.  Love is not an option, it just is.  Joy is not a wish, it is a jam that I spread with every hug and smile. (Not don’t get me wrong, Pollyanna I’m not, plenty have seen the less than pleasant side of me)

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Memorial Day = Freedom ?

As a veteran I take Memorial Day very seriously. A day set aside to honor the memory of the sacrifices made by my other countrymen before me.  It’s not a day to celebrate the end or winter or the beginning of summer or lake season or a great 3-day weekend, although that’s what so many have turned it into.  It’s a day to remember the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and (coast) guardsmen who sacrificed something for what they believed in, a country that is free, free to do these things and many others.

Billy Ray Cyrus, in 1992, released the song Some Gave All.  Great song.  Stirs the cockles (look it up) of my heart even today.  Just thinking of my own family, I was honored to give during Desert Storm (the first one).  My brother journeyed to Vietnam, my father to Korea, grandfather to WWII, before that I don’t know.  Here are a couple of things I do know.  Every war has reasons, not everyone will agree with them.  Every war has costs, not everyone is will to pay them.  Every war leaves scars, not every one will heal.  Every person in every fox hole during every conflict turn to God, the saying is there is no atheist in a foxhole.

1 There is an appointed time for everything.
     And there is a time for every event under heaven—

8 A time to love and a time to hate;
         A time for war and a time for peace.
     –Ecclesiastes 3:1,8

Here’s the humbling thing.  No matter how proud I am of my red, white & blue.  No matter how adamant I am that I would do it all again. No matter how thankful I am to the All who gave some or the some who gave all, my pride is put aside when I remember that God gave His only Son so I could be truly free, eternally free.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
     –John 3:16

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
     –John 8:36

No matter where you live or what type of government you live under, pray daily a word of acknowledgement, respect, or thanksgiving for the true freedom you have today and every day, for eternity.

May God bless you in your freedom so you can thrive and share His love.

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Promises

“The things God has promised you will begin to happen when you can receive them internally.  If you can’t believe it, you’ll never receive it.” -T.D. Jakes, Minister

I really love Reverend Jakes’ ability to put the obvious right out there. But this one time I would challenge him; rather than saying you’ll never receive it, I believe he should say you’ll never see it.

I understand his point, how can you receive what you don’t see yourself worthy of. But God’s grace takes care of that. His sacrifice and  our belief in Him should cause in us an unwavering confidence that we will receive what He has promised.

The actual issue is our blindness. Our inability to see God’s promises right in front of us. We’re distracted by the noise of life. Babies are crying. Our spouses have had a bad day at work and now need help with family chores. Perhaps we work at a job that pays well but it’s not rewarding. The mortgage payment is bigger than we can really afford right now, but we’ll be making more money soon enough. Home chores, volunteer demands, and so many other things pulling on our time. Satan has planted so many important, necessary, busy tasks in our lives, our view is restricted. We don’t see God’s promises because we’re too busy hacking away Satan’s busy work.

How do we battle this? PRAY, be in the Word, do not let Satan suck up your ability to see God’s beautiful, wonderful promises.

     …just as all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you have been fulfilled for you,  –Joshua 23:15

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