Saturday, June 30, 2018

Reminder - 4th of July

With the 4th of July just around the corner, please take time to remember the reasons for celebrating our nation's birth. We live in a nation that was founded on great ideals. 

Every time I read the Declaration of Independence or the United State Constitution, I am so very thankful that I live in a free land where I can go where I please, speak freely and worship without fear. Earlier this week, I was selected for jury duty. It was an honor to represent my community and watch the justice system work. We have a legal system that allows people with grievances to come before a court and have a jury decide the outcome. I was proud to participate in our system.

So, as you celebrate with fireworks, BBQ, grill or just enjoy gathering with friends, please take a moment and thank our Heavenly Father for richly blessing our nation.

Daily Word of God - Psalm 61:1-4

Psalm 61:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 61
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.
1 O God, listen to my cry!
    Hear my prayer!
2 From the ends of the earth,
    I cry to you for help
    when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
3     for you are my safe refuge,
    a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
4 Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
    safe beneath the shelter of your wings! Interlude

Daily Word of God - Romans 6:20-23

Romans 6:20-23 New Living Translation (NLT)

20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Daily Word of God - Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6 New Living Translation (NLT)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

Daily Word of God - 1 John 2:15-17

1 John 2:15-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

Do Not Love This World
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Daily Word of God - Proverbs 11:25

Proverbs 11:25 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 The generous will prosper;
    those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Daily Word of God - 2 Corinthians 12:19-21

2 Corinthians 12:19-21 New Living Translation (NLT)

19 Perhaps you think we’re saying these things just to defend ourselves. No, we tell you this as Christ’s servants, and with God as our witness. Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you. 20 For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior. 21 Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Daily Word of God - Romans 3:23-26

Romans 3:23-26 New Living Translation (NLT)

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

Mid-Week Message - Fading Photos

"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever."  1 Peter 1:22-25a (NIV)

One of my favorite activities is perusing antique stores.  There you are able to actually put your hands on history.  Old furniture that used to belong in someone's home.  Hand-sewn aprons.  Knitted blankets.  Steamer trunks that may have sailed the seas.  Clocks that no longer chime for their original owners.  And photographs.  Wonderful black and white images of faces no longer recognized.  Faces that were loved with names that others thought would always be remembered, but no longer are and are now for sale to strangers to use as decor.  
Recently I dismantled some family pictures from a collage that I had assembled for one of my parents' anniversaries many years ago.  The glass in the frame had been broken in our move so it was time to rescue them from sure destruction.  As I was showing them to my husband and telling him who they were, I realized that I didn't know the names of most of my grandmother's family.  Now that my mother and aunt have passed on, I doubt that I will ever be able to identify them.  
Life is fleeting.  Those who love us will continue to remember us and they may even pass on our stories for generations. However, for most of us, at some point all who knew of us will also pass away and our names will be but etches on a tombstone.  Maybe our photographs will end up in an antique store as well.  
There is One, however, that not only will never forget us, but will bring us to live in His own home when our souls no longer inhabit physical bodies.  He has known us intimately since before creation.  He formed us and breathed His own spirit into us making us His own forever.  We never have to worry that we will be forgotten by the One that matters.  Eternity will be spent walking by His side and singing His praises in the glory and splendor of Heaven.  He doesn't need photographs because we will never be apart from Him. 
I have a cedar chest that was made by my father's hands full of images of people that either have already or soon will become just faces without names to those of us still living on this earth.  If they accepted Jesus as their Savior though, they are rejoicing.  If you have not asked Him to be your Savior and Lord, please seek out someone to talk to about that. Or get in touch with me.  What a gift it would be to walk Heavenly streets with you and know your name.  God bless you.

Daily Word of God - Proverbs 24:5-6

Proverbs 24:5-6 New Living Translation (NLT)

5 The wise are mightier than the strong,[a]
    and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.
6 So don’t go to war without wise guidance;
    victory depends on having many advisers.

24:5 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads A wise man is strength.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Daily Word of God - Philippians 4:6-7

Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation (NLT)

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Daily Word of God - 1 Chronicles 29:10-12

1 Chronicles 29:10-12 New Living Translation (NLT)

David’s Prayer of Praise
10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:

“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,[a] may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

29:10 Israel is the name that God gave to Jacob

Monday, June 25, 2018

Daily Word of God - Psalm 37:39-40

Psalm 37:39-40 New Living Translation (NLT)

39 The Lord rescues the godly;
    he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
    rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
    and they find shelter in him.

Daily Word of God - 1 John 3:4-6

1 John 3:4-6 New Living Translation (NLT)

4 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. 5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. 6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Daily Word of God - Romans 2:1-4

Romans 2:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

God’s Judgment of Sin
2 You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. 2 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. 3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Sunday Praise & Worship Message - “In the Midst of the Ashes”

Over the past couple of months, my family and I have faced one tremendous hardship after another. Just as the pharaoh of Egypt in Genesis 41 had the dream of seven fat, healthy cows and the scrawny, thin cows, we saw 2018 as a season of famine. Things that we had taken as gifts from God, we arrogantly saw as entitlements. We went through the season of feast with no real thanks for His blessings and, in some cases, continued to ask for more blessings. We were no longer good stewards of what He had given to us. Over time, just like pharaoh's dream, the scrawny, thin cows came out and ate the seven fat, healthy cows. We, like pharaoh, began to wonder why this was happening to us. Instead of praying for guidance and wisdom during this time, we questioned God and His taking away of His blessings. We began to wonder even if He was listening to us. We soon learned that He was and was working to teach us something very important about what we were doing in our lives.

God does want to give us the desires of our hearts and to provide only good things to us; however, we, as His children, cannot take Him and His blessings for granted and just blatantly expect Him to give us more and more. Like Job in chapter two, we must realize that God can easily allow things to be taken away from us to either teach us lessons or to show our true character by exposing our true thoughts. Let us look at Job’s response to his wife when she tells him to just “curse God and die.” “10 But Job replied, ‘You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?’ So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

As I considered my predicament, I, too, found myself sitting in the midst of my ashes. My health had been taken away. Because of my illness, my family and I have had to deal with financial hardship. Like Job, I soon found myself doctoring my own affliction and thinking why God had allowed all of this to occur. I began to wonder if I had sinned and was being punished for my action. I began to search my heart and soul for answers and quickly discovered that I had sinned in the most casual of ways. I had let my arrogance and human desire for advancement and greed to become the master of my life. Just the blessing of having another day to serve the Lord and His children soon became just another day and some chore that I was expected to do. I was not even thankful for His abundant gifts. I accepted them and demanded even more.

Have you found yourself doing the same things of accepting God’s blessings without being truly thankful for them and demanding more from the Lord? As I endured more and more heartache and setbacks in my health and more financial problems due to my illness, I felt that God had abandoned me and that He was going out of His way to make me suffer. I questioned His will for my life and, like Job, demanded an answer from Him. Instead of asking for wisdom to discern His will in my life, I wanted a quick and easy answer to my problems and wanted to return to a happy “business as usual” way of life. Let us look at Job 20. “20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of all humanity? Why make me your target? Am I a burden to you? 21 Why not just forgive my sin and take away my guilt? For soon I will lie down in the dust and die. When you look for me, I will be gone.

When we are facing an overwhelming situation as Christians, we can either feel that God is angry with us and just ask to be forgiven in hopes of just restoring us back to our old lifestyle or we can look inside to see if there is deeper meaning to what we are going through. In my life, I began to see that God was not angry with me and that He continued to love me. When I began to search my soul, I realized a couple of things. The first was that God provides all things and they are His to give and take away without an explanation. Once again, I return to Job. Let us look at chapter 1 and see Job’s response when he finds out that all of his children had been killed in a horrible storm. “20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said, ‘I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!’ 22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

I, like most people, would blame God for my horrible troubles and trials and could not find it within my heart to praise Him. It is not a natural thing for people to do. It would be easier and more “human” to blame God. Job saw things from God’s perspective. All things, prosperity and even family and friends come from the Lord. We do not have anything without Him. God is the provider of all things and we are just His humble servants and children. All things are His to give and to take away. When I read that passage, I began to realize that all that I had I had taken for granted and just expected them to be there. I expected health, wealth and everything else just to be there for me and that included my family. As I pondered this, I soon realized that I had truly been sinful in my arrogance in believing that I was entitled to His blessings and was guilty of taking them for granted. I further realized that each blessing was special and that each was truly a good gift from Him. Let us look at what Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount about God’s gifts in Matthew 7:11. “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” The operative word is “ask”. We cannot just expect Him to deliver blessings and good gifts to us like a broken slot machine in a Las Vegas casino or make demands of Him like a spoiled-rotten child who screams, “I hate you” the minute we do not get what we desired.

There were countless numbers of times while I sat in my living room recliner when I demanded that God provide a miracle to heal me. I demanded that He take this cup away from from me and did not care about His will in my life. When it did not happen, I, just like a spoiled-rotten child threw a tantrum and demanded answers. I metaphorically stomped my feet and demanded that He tell me why He wasn’t providing “MY” miracle. I quickly reminded Him of His own words in Jeremiah about having plans only to prosper me and not to harm me. Once again, I acted like a child.

The other thing that I realized is that all things work for good in God’s kingdom. Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” It was at this point I realized my second mistake. God causes all things to work together for good even when He withholds or takes away His blessings. It was a bitter pill for me to swallow and a very difficult lesson to learn. Even as my family and I continue to deal with my illness and its financial consequences, I realize that even this is working in accordance with His purpose in our lives. Like good parents who explain their reason for punishing a child, God is telling me the same thing, “I am doing this for your own good.” As a child, I did not understand this and wanted only the good things, but I finally put away my childish thoughts and began to see things from God’s righteous viewpoint. When I began to do so, I realized that, once again, He is teaching me a lesson and reminding me of His place in my life. Like Job said, I realized that everything is His and His alone to give or take and I realized exactly what Paul was saying about everything working for the good of those who love God and are called by Him for His purpose. By removing His blessings for good health, He was reminding me of how I arrogantly expected His blessings and how I took them for granted. I also realized that by Him taking away those blessings that He was doing it for my own good to teach me that I cannot just take Him or His blessings for granted. As Job points out, we must accept the good with the bad. As we experience the bad, we must not look to blame God but rather look at ourselves to see if we are being arrogant, greedy or gluttonous when it comes to God’s blessings.

Are you just expecting God to just continue to provide His blessings and demanding more and more even when He has met your daily needs? Are you acting as a good steward of what you have received or just expecting God to continue to give you more and more as you continue to fritter away what He has provided? Are you blaming God for His withholding of His blessings or miracles in your life when you have not even thanked Him for the simple ones that He has given you like seeing the beginning of new day or seeing the conclusion of that day? When I began to realize that I hadn’t even thanked Him for the simple blessings of meeting our basic needs of food, shelter and clothing or the gift of life, I felt ashamed. Like Job, all I could do was cover my mouth. I had nothing to say or demand.

If you are feeling that God is withholding His blessings or taking things away from you, stop and think about what you are doing in your life. Are you praising Him for what you are receiving? Are you truly thankful for each day, breath and heartbeat? My suggestion to you is to praise and thank Him daily for what you have and always to remember that all things work for the good for those who love the Lord. Once you do that, you can rest assured that you can stand firm in His grace.

May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
~ Numbers 6:24-26 New Living Translation (NLT)

Daily Word of God - Psalm 69:13-15

Psalm 69:13-15 New Living Translation (NLT)

13 But I keep praying to you, Lord,
    hoping this time you will show me favor.
In your unfailing love, O God,
    answer my prayer with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mud;
    don’t let me sink any deeper!
Save me from those who hate me,
    and pull me from these deep waters.
15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me,
    or the deep waters swallow me,
    or the pit of death devour me.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Daily Word of God - Psalm 118:22-28

Psalm 118:22-28 New Living Translation (NLT)

22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
    and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Please, Lord, please save us.
    Please, Lord, please give us success.
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.
    Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you!
    You are my God, and I will exalt you!

Daily Word of God - Proverbs 12:15

Proverbs 12:15 New Living Translation (NLT)

15 Fools think their own way is right,
    but the wise listen to others.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Daily Word of God - Psalm 33:1-5

Psalm 33:1-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 33
1 Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord;
    it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
    make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
3 Sing a new song of praise to him;
    play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
4 For the word of the Lord holds true,
    and we can trust everything he does.
5 He loves whatever is just and good;
    the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

Daily Word of God - 1 John 3:16-17

1 John 3:16-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister[a] in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

3:17 Greek sees his brother.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Daily Word of God - James 1:2-4

James 1:2-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Faith and Endurance
2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

1:2 Greek brothers; also in 1:16, 19.

Daily Word of God - Psalm 133

Psalm 133 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 133
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.
1 How wonderful and pleasant it is
    when brothers live together in harmony!
2 For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
    that was poured over Aaron’s head,
    that ran down his beard
    and onto the border of his robe.
3 Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
    that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,
    even life everlasting.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Daily Word of God - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 New Living Translation (NLT)

Paul’s Final Advice
12 Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. 13 Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.

14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.

Mid-Week Message - Don't Give Up!

"Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (AMP)

Since the time I was a little tiny girl, my greatest ambition was to be a wife and mother.  Playing house was my absolute favorite thing to do.  When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always the same.  A mommy.  So of course as I grew I assumed that as soon as I graduated I would get married.  

High school was a difficult time for me as I have told you before.  I didn't have a boyfriend so all ideas of marrying right after high school went out the door.  Fine.  There was always college.  I had always wanted to go to college.  I still didn't worry about marrying after graduation because surely God would never give me that desire if He wasn't going to fulfill it.  However, I had no boyfriends in college either so after graduation, I worked.  

Several more years passed during which I prayed regularly for the Lord to bring into my life the man I was meant to spend life with.  I was edging closer to the age of thirty and I was starting to get a little concerned that it wasn't going to happen for me.  However, by the age of thirty-three I was growing weary of asking and trusting.  I began to convince myself that it just wasn't going to happen.  Within two weeks, I had my answer.  

What I didn't know was that God was doing many things that I didn't know about.  I had lost the job that I had worked at for several years and been hired by Dell Computer Corporation.  Little did I know that the man the Lord had chosen for me was working about twenty feet away from me.  We met, had our first date, were engaged a month later and married three months after that.  My Father in Heaven had heard all those prayers after all.

I used this story because it is the incident in my life that taught me the importance of praying continually.  Even though I had begun to think that my prayers were going nowhere, God was putting things together that I couldn't even imagine.  Now, when I am praying over any situation and I feel like the answer will never come, all I have to do is look at my husband to be reminded that prayer is never fruitless.  It may take longer than we want it to and the answer may not be what we had hoped or it may be something better, but our Father always hears the cries of His children. 

As we have gone through so much hardship this year, I have clung to this verse.  "Be unceasing and persistent in prayer."  The other part is to "be thankful and continually give thanks to God."  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is listening and moving whatever mountains need to be moved to cause all things to work together for our good.  He loves us enough to send His Son to die for us.  Why would He do anything less?

Are you searching for answers today?  Have you prayed until you think you can pray no more?  Have you just about decided that He isn't listening?  I beg you not to give up!  Talk to the Lord.  He loves to hear your voice addressing Him.  He is faithful, true and trustworthy. I can't tell you when the answer will come but I know it will.  I know because it always does.  Don't give up!  God bless you!  

Daily Word of God - Proverbs 3:1-4

Proverbs 3:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Trusting in the Lord
3 My child,[a] never forget the things I have taught you.
    Store my commands in your heart.
2 If you do this, you will live many years,
    and your life will be satisfying.
3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
    Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
    Write them deep within your heart.
4 Then you will find favor with both God and people,
    and you will earn a good reputation.

3:1 Hebrew My son; also in 3:11, 21.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Daily Word of God - Isaiah 30:18-22

Isaiah 30:18-22 New Living Translation (NLT)

Blessings for the Lord’s People
18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
    so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
    Blessed are those who wait for his help.

19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
    you will weep no more.
He will be gracious if you ask for help.
    He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
20 Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
    and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
    You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
21 Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left.
22 Then you will destroy all your silver idols
    and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
    saying to them, “Good riddance!”

Daily Word of God - Matthew 19:13-15

Matthew 19:13-15 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Blesses the Children
13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

14 But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” 15 And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily Word of God - Luke 19:9-10

Luke 19:9-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

9 Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man[a] came to seek and save those who are lost.”

19:10 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.

Daily Word of God - Mark 5:35-43

Mark 5:35-43 New Living Translation (NLT)

35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

36 But Jesus overheard[a] them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.

5:36 Or ignored.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Daily Word of God - Luke 10:17-20

Luke 10:17-20 New Living Translation (NLT)

17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”

18 “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! 19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. 20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

Sunday Praise & Worship Message - Start Them off Right

Today we celebrate Father’s Day. It is a day we set aside to recognize the men in our lives that we call father. They are the ones who teach us about life and guide us into adulthood. In my own life, I had the best example of a God-fearing man, my father, who instilled in me the importance of service to my family, friends and strangers. He nurtured the desire to serve all those in need without regard for personal gain or praise. His most important lesson was to love God totally and completely and to sing His praises. I thank God daily for my father. 

After my father went on to be with the Father in Heaven, God provided additional men in my life who continued to guide me along the path of righteousness. Each left an indelible mark in my life that I would never forget. Let us look at Proverbs 22:6 to get a better understanding of the responsibilities of parents to ensure that their children have a great relationship with the Lord. “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Even though both my father and mother have gone on to be with the Lord, their lessons and directions still guide my steps along the right path. There have been times when my faith was shaken to the core and I have moved away from the Lord. I, however, would return to the faith that my parents instilled in me, a faith that my father exemplified each and every day of his life.

Fathers and mothers have an important responsibility to direct their children in the ways of the Lord. As spiritual leaders of the household, it is the responsibility of men to ensure that their children learn not only important life skills but also to respect their mothers, give to the poor and needy, love their neighbors and, most importantly, to love God with all of their heart, mind and soul. In short, men have a duty from God to provide guidance. Children of a godly household are taught by their parents to fix their thoughts on “what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable” and to “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”.  This is what a godly man will teach his children and, in time, the children will teach their children. Each generation learning the way of righteousness and to serve the Lord wholeheartedly.

Parenting and being a father are tremendous responsibilities that should not be taken lightly or for granted. Let us look at Joshua 24. As Joshua addresses the children of Israel, he tells them that they should return to the one true God and not worship the gods of the other people around them. “14 So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua challenges his people to make a decision to either worship God or worship the dead idols of those around them. In one statement, he sets the tone for his family, “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” It is that declaration that only the spiritual leader of the household can make. Like Joshua, fathers can choose to turn away from the Lord or they can declare in a strong, bold voice their dedication as well as their family’s’ dedication to the Lord. 

It is not an easy thing to do. It requires that fathers also understand their other responsibilities to their families. In Ephesians 5:25, Paul tells husbands to “love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Continuing into chapter 6:4, Paul also counsels fathers not to provoke their “children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Once again, we clearly see why fathers have tremendous responsibilities to not only their children but also to their families. It is not an easy burden to carry, but fortunately men do not have to bear it alone. God, the Father, is always there to guide them by providing them with the wisdom necessary to lead the family through the dry and weary lands to a higher plane and greener pastures. 

Even after the children are grown and have gone to live their own lives, fathers still have the responsibility to continue teaching. Let us look at Deuteronomy 4:9. “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.” With all of the things that can easily distract our children and lure them away from the path of righteousness, fathers must be on guard to make sure that their children and grandchildren remain firmly planted in their faith and continue their daily walk with the Lord. 

This world can easily lure children away from their faith. In the past couple of years, the Pew Research Center has noted a steady drop in church attendance. Children have been leaving the path of righteousness for the things of this world only to find themselves empty and wanting more. When they remember the teachings of their parents specifically their fathers, they realize that what they miss is that special relationship with the Lord. Soon they begin to return to their faith, the faith of their fathers. 

I, like most children, wandered away from my faith and soon realized that I felt something missing. There was a big void in my soul that could not be filled and a hunger that could not be satiated. I looked to different philosophies and ideas to fill that void, but nothing seemed to really work. Like the prodigal son, I soon returned to my father’s lessons of righteousness and felt a peace that this world could not provide. I knew that only God could provide that peace. 

As I became a father, it was my responsibility to raise my daughter in a godly manner and to provide her with the best example of being righteous. Did I get it right every time? No, but I looked to God to provide me with guidance and help to be the best I could. I sometimes failed, but in the end, I know that I had nothing to worry about. My daughter understood the meaning of love and what it meant to care for others.

The best example I could provide you with is one day when I was feeling low about my illness. I had gone through yet another intravenous treatment. With all of the other problems we were facing, the world seemed like it was closing in on my family and myself. I felt alone. As I talked with my daughter, I began to weep uncontrollably. I felt so alone and powerless to do anything. My daughter gave me something at that very moment that, to this day, was the best gift of all. She gave me a hug and held me in her arms. 

As her father, I should have been the one consoling her during her time of trial and trouble. Here she was doing what I should have been doing for others. As I think about that moment, I remember the last part of Proverbs 22:6, “When they are older, they will not leave it (the right path).” The lessons that I tried to instill in her life guided her along the path of righteousness and her heart was filled with the love for family, friends and strangers. That one moment and hug meant so much to me and continues to mean more than all the worldly wealth combined. She gave me comfort as I had given her comfort when she was growing up. I truly understand Proverbs 6:22 and know that she will be able to continue her walk with the Lord along that path of righteousness.

I encourage each of you today to visit or call your father and let them know just how special he is and how much you appreciate what he provided. You could not give them a better gift. Just your words alone will move him to tears of joy. To the fathers, I ask that each of you ask God to continue to bless you with wisdom to direct your feet along the path of righteousness and to give you the strength to lead your family in accordance with God’s will. When we thank our fathers and our Heavenly Father, we can rest assured that we can stand firm in His grace.   

May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace. 
~ Numbers 6:24-26 New Living Translation (NLT)

Daily Word of God - 1 Corinthians 14:29-33

1 Corinthians 14:29-33 New Living Translation (NLT)

29 Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. 30 But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. 31 In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. 32 Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.[a]

14:33 The phrase as in all the meetings of God’s holy people could instead be joined to the beginning of 14:34.

Happy Father's Day!

May God bless each of the men who have the responsibility of directing the feet of their children along the path of righteousness. You have the task of setting them on a path that will carry them on their daily walk with the Lord. In times of trouble, they will remain on that path. In times of joy, they will stay on that path.

Proverbs 22:6 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 Direct your children onto the right path,

    and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Daily Word of God - Deuteronomy 31:23

Deuteronomy 31:23 New Living Translation (NLT)

23 Then the Lord commissioned Joshua son of Nun with these words: “Be strong and courageous, for you must bring the people of Israel into the land I swore to give them. I will be with you.”

Daily Word of God - Isaiah 60:1-3

Isaiah 60:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)

Future Glory for Jerusalem
60 “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see.
    For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.
2 Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth,
    but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.
3 All nations will come to your light;
    mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Daily Word of God - Matthew 26:36-39

Matthew 26:36-39 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Daily Word of God - James 4:1-3

James 4:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)

Drawing Close to God
4 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Daily Word of God - 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

1 Corinthians 1:4-9 New Living Translation (NLT)

Paul Gives Thanks to God
4 I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. 5 Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. 6 This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true. 7 Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9 God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Happy Flag Day!

As a proud American, I, like my father, fly our American flag with pride. We live in a great nation that is blessed by God. 

On this day, take time to raise Old Glory and pray that God continue to bless our nation. While you are out and about and see our nation's flag, take a moment and say a pray for our nation and thank God for His blessings.

God bless America. Land that I love.

Daily Word of God - Hebrews 10:23-25

Hebrews 10:23-25 New Living Translation (NLT)

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Daily Word of God - Matthew 5:11-12

Matthew 5:11-12 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Father's Day Coming Up!

As a reminder, Father's Day is on June 17th. Please take time to visit or call your dads or the men in your life that have acted as fathers and let them know just how much they mean to you. 

Fathers are a special gift from God. They instruct their children to live in righteousness. Thank them on this special day and every day.

Mid-Week Message - Created to Need Others

"These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God."  Titus 2:4-5 (NLT)

These verses came to mind the other day while I was in the shower and I knew they were meant for this week's message.  I immediately began thinking about what I would say.  Then, as I was reciting my words out loud, I thought, "I can't use those verses!  I will alienate people!"  However, if God places it on my heart, it is for a reason that maybe I don't need to understand.  

I am well aware that the times we are living in are far different than they were in Bible times.  Women don't just stay at home cleaning house and cooking anymore.  And being "submissive" to anyone is looked down upon by more than just a few.  But I don't think that is why the Lord brought these verses before me.  

It used to be that we were involved in each other's lives.  We drew encouragement and knowledge from each other.  When we had a problem, we had plenty of people to turn to.  Churches used to be the source of help for families in trouble.  We knew our neighbors.  We could walk down the street and chat with each other by name.  Don't you miss that?

God created us to need each other.  But today we are being isolated more and more by technology and busy lifestyles.  Every moment is scheduled and when we do have downtime, we are in front of a screen of some kind.  We don't sit out on our porches and greet passersby and we don't turn to other Christians for assistance.  We "google" what we need to know or turn to an online community full of people we will never even meet face to face.

Although these verses reference women, the same is true for men teaching the younger men.  Older individuals have a lot to offer because of the years they have lived and all they have experienced.  I remember well the days when I had a young child that wouldn't sleep, or was teething or sick and I thought I would never make it through or that I must not be a good mom.  It would have been wonderful to have someone older step in and give me some reassurance and maybe a good healthy dose of advice.  That is what the scripture refers to.  We need to lift each other up and it is impossible to do that if we aren't even aware of what is going on in the lives around us.  We need to step out of our isolation and into each other's lives again.  

It is hard to communicate all I am thinking and feeling in limited space.  Hopefully you were able to catch the gist of it.  I wish for you, and for all of us, an expanding list of God-blessed relationships with those we both learn from and teach.  It is a basic need that God instilled in each of us.  Much love to you.

Daily Word of God - Jeremiah 29:10-14

Jeremiah 29:10-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Daily Word of God - 1 Peter 5:10-11

1 Peter 5:10-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.

Daily Word of God - Jude 20-21

Jude 20-21 New Living Translation (NLT)

20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,[a] 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

20 Greek pray in the Holy Spirit.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Daily Word of God - Psalm 150

Psalm 150 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 150
1 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works;
    praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
    praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
    praise him with strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
    praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Daily Word of God - Ephesians 3:20-21

Ephesians 3:20-21 New Living Translation (NLT)

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Daily Word of God - Revelation 19:11-16

Revelation 19:11-16 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Rider on the White Horse
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh[a] was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

19:16 Or On his robe and thigh.

Sunday Praise & Worship Message - “A Place of Safety”

Each spring and summer while we have lived in our home in Newnan, Georgia, my family and I have witnessed the miracle of birth. Each season we have watched two pair of Kingfisher birds build their nests, lay their eggs and raise their young. One of the pair makes a nest on one of the downspouts that we can easily observe from our back door and sliding glass door. If you visit my personal Facebook page, you will see the pictures of the kingfishers and their little families. Each pair are a blessing to us and we watch them protect the eggs against harm. Each mother would sit on the eggs to keep them safe and warm especially during the early spring season when we do see lower morning temperatures.

During this year, our kingfishers have had to deal with heavy rains and thunderstorms. As we experienced the bad weather, my family and I would worry about those poor little birds having to weather the storms and downpours. There were times when I went out our back door with a flashlight to check on the mother bird and her children. She would stay on top of her children with her wings covering them as best as she could. Even with the wind whipping back and forth, she refused to leave. Without regard for her own safety, she would remain there on that nest to protect her children. I would bow my head in prayer and ask our Heavenly Father to protect her and her children. I know that He will watch over the little family just as He watches over my family. Like the mother, I would watch over my family. While they slept, I had the responsibility to make sure that they could sleep soundly and safely. But, I, like the mother, can only do so much. I not only pray for the little family of kingfishers but I also pray for my family and ask God to protect them.

As soon as the storm has passed, I would go to the window and look to make sure that she and her children survived the storm. When I see her, I bow my head and thank God for His righteous strong right hand as He protected the birds and my family. I realize that what I can do for my family is very limited. God is the only one who can order the storms to be still. Just knowing that God is there for all of us brings me great comfort.

With everything that we face in life, we sometimes feel that we are being stalked by misfortune at every turn. Speaking for my family and myself, we have gone through a lot this year. With my illness and all of the things that we have and continue to face, it is sometimes very difficult not to feel stalked by tragedy and misfortune. When I feel down or feel like life is just wearing me down, I turn to a particular scripture that we shared with our faith family at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Community in Cedar Park, Texas, years and years ago. My wife and I printed out a copy of Psalm 91 on some colorful paper and attached a magnet on the back of it. We gave out the copies to our family as a reminder that they can turn to God for refuge and safety.

Verse four of Psalm 91 reminds me of the mother bird as she protected her children from the bad weather. Reading from the New Living Translation. “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Just like the mother bird, God will stretch arms like wings and cover and shelter you during those times of trial and trouble. The key to the verse comes in the second part. “His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”

God’s faithful promises are truly our armor and protection. When you consider His love for us, it is unfailing and eternal. His promise is summed up in verses 14 through 16. Let us look at those wonderful verses. “14 The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. 15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. 16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.’”

Just like the words of that wonderful gospel hymn, “I Shall Not Be Moved”, “though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved.” With God watching, protecting and, most importantly, loving us each and every moment of our lives, we have nothing to fear. Disease and death have no hold on us. We have eternal life and we can rest assured in that fact. 

In order for us to have that blessed assurance, we must put our whole and complete faith in Him. We must trust Him and follow His will in our lives. There are times when doing that simple thing is the most difficult thing to do. We sometimes find our faith and strength waning when we are assailed by life’s tempest. Just when we start to fall prey to our weakness, we need to realize that fear has ensnared us. It is at that point that we need to pray for God’s mighty hand for protection. God’s son, Jesus, has given us the power over hell and Satan’s minions. We can rebuke him and his demons and order them away from us. We just have to believe in that tremendous power that we have been given. Did you know that you have the full armor of God’s own armory available to you? God will personally protect you and order His angels to provide an impenetrable ring of protection around you. Let us look at Proverbs 29:25. Reading from the Contemporary English Version. “Don't fall into the trap of being a coward--trust the LORD, and you will be safe.” 

As Christians, we truly have nothing to fear. So, why do we act like we do? We have the promises of God the Father Almighty that He will ensure our safety and provide for us everyday. I know there are times when things seem like all is lost. I have been through those struggles before and will probably have even more difficult problems to overcome. But, the thing that I, like you, need to remember is the example of the mother kingfisher. She protects her children from predators and storm. She remains vigilant during the day and night. She is always close by her nest and has a constant eye on her babies. God does the same for us each day and even more.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the people about how much the Father cares for even the smallest in His Kingdom. Let us look at Matthew 6. “26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” We are truly more valuable to the Father than the birds. He will provide for our daily needs without fail and will do what He has promised us. 

If you do not have the security of a wonderful relationship with the Lord and feel the crushing burden of fear, uncertainty and doubt each moment of your life, then it is time for you to listen to that gentle knocking on your heart’s door. That is Jesus asking to come into your heart and life. He will give you that peace and be your intercessor in all situations that you face. When you open the door to your heart and accept Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, God, through Jesus, will give you with the gift of salvation. From that moment on, you are the child of the most high God. You belong to Him and He will be your shelter, refuge and shield. He will always remain with you even when others disappear. You can always and forever count on Him in all life’s troubles and woes.

As you go through the rest of this week, think about the lesson of that mother kingfisher and how she watches over her children. Think about her stretching out her wings to cover her little ones during times of storm or harm. She is always there for them. God will do the same for you and so much more. We just always need to remember that God provides for not only that little family of birds but will also provide for His most valuable creation, you. If you just remember those lessons, you can stand firm in His grace without fear, uncertainty or doubt ruling your life.

May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace. 

~ Numbers 6:24-26 New Living Translation (NLT)

Daily Word of God - Hebrews 10:8-10

Hebrews 10:8-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

8 First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). 9 Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. 10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Daily Word of God - Psalm 16:5-6

Psalm 16:5-6 New Living Translation (NLT)

5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
    You guard all that is mine.
6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
    What a wonderful inheritance!

Daily Word of God - 1 Peter 1:8-9

1 Peter 1:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT)

8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Daily Word of God - Psalm 18:1-3

Psalm 18:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 18
For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord. He sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang:
1 I love you, Lord;
    you are my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.
3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and he saved me from my enemies.

Daily Word of God - Psalm 111:1-5

Psalm 111:1-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 111[a]
1 Praise the Lord!

I will thank the Lord with all my heart
    as I meet with his godly people.
2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
    All who delight in him should ponder them.
3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.
    His righteousness never fails.
4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
    How gracious and merciful is our Lord!
5 He gives food to those who fear him;
    he always remembers his covenant.

111 This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; after the introductory note of praise, each line begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.