Psalm 29 – The Voice Of The Lord

Psalm 29

(A Psalm of David)

New International Version

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Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;

worship the LORD in the splendour of His holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters;

the God of Glory thunders,

the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

The voice of the LORD is powerful;

the voice of the LORD is majestic.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;

the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,

Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.

The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;

The LORD shakes the desert of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD shakes the oaks and strips the forests bare.

And in his temple all cry “Glory!”

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;

the LORD is enthroned as king forever.

The LORD will give strength to his people;

The LORD will bless his people with peace.

Be blessed.

The Dead Know Nothing

It is written: “The dead know nothing….

Ecclesiastes 9:5

Why should anyone consult the dead?

When I first heard that people supposedly did this, I was a young and ‘carefree’ and thought it ludicrous and obviously stupid. Why would anyone want to do that even if it were possible? The dead are dead. They know nothing. If, like in some film you could bring them to life, they would know absolutely nothing. So why even try?

Imagine, some dead person brought back to “life” i.e. the land of the living. They would be lost, kaffuffuled. They have already lost consciousness so continue to be basically dead anyway, and would not know what, say, the internet was. How to make tea? What is tea? And if you told them, I figure they could not comprehend anyway because they have no reference— no knowledge.

When I was older I realised that indeed they were people who purported to do this? What for? You cannot learn anything from that which knows nothing. To scare someone? I wager the dead would be scared of the living. They have no earthly, or other, power. No knowledge. No purpose. They no longer are. To inform of the past?? But their memories are gone, and may not be recalled, because they are not alive. “Take their breath away, O God, and they die, and their memories perish.”

The Scriptures showed me that my innate natural youthful ‘carefree’ reasoning was more correct than I was supposed to think. The dead are returned to their dust.

Walk a godly path.

Those that seek to deceive and confuse, to scare and hopefully thereby compel you to silly empty thoughts, talk of calling on the dead. You go calling on the dead, while I stay alive in the land of the living then. And if you go calling on the dead and get lost, do not expect me to look for you. If you are that stupid, that ungodly, or so against Nature, you go. And may you not return. The living have no need of the dead. Those with Life have no desire to know anymore about Death than that it is final.

Our Lord Jesus Christ whipped death and hell and all such for us His believers. He is The Resurrection and the Life. We have life in Him. In Him we live and move and have our Being. And if we die before His coming again, we are (souls, spirit, consciousness, who we are) gathered to Him; and shall be raised to Heaven with Him, in new bodies ( not dug up corpses that are rotted to dust). If we are alive when He comes again we shall be taken up with Him to Heaven.

Don’t bother ranting madly about the dead. It is the living who have power, purpose, ability, and most of all Life.

The dead know nothing. Remember that! And in knowing nothing, they can do nothing.

For it is written: “…but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, because the memory of them is forgotten.” Ecclesiastes 9:5

I have a GOD. A great God. I know no fear.

…………………….The True and Living God.

Meditation:

Psalm 104

Psalm 53 – Rejoice & be Glad

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God. 

There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

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Rejoice and be glad knowing that our God has put our enemies to shame….for His own name’s sake, for they have said: “There is no God.”

Always remember that we have the victory in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Everyone Has Their Own Path

We are all supposed to be individuals,  not clones of each other.

Belonging to God does not mean we all do the same thing and act or behave the same way.  Quite the opposite,  for that would take away our individuality.

Within Nature which God created no two living organisms are quite the same.  Every tree is different even if it it is identified by a collective name for its kind.  Like Elm.

Within Humankind which God has created (part of but superior to Nature) each human is different even if identified by a collective name. Like Jones.

Mr. Elm Jones as a child with siblings and extended family was never exactly like his brothers or sisters or cousins uncles and aunties.  When Mr. Elm Jones married and raised his own family, none of them did the same thing the same way, or behaved alike.  Yes, certain traits, similarities,  or taught behaviours were evident in them all, but each was still significantly different to the others in their family.  This is not a fault, but something to be celebrated.

Our individuality comes of God the Creator. Mankind as a family of Humans may choose  club, church or other organisational affiliations, but always despite repeating the mantras or following the dress code, the individual remains an individual.  This is what gives us worth.  It is part of what makes us special.  Why we have our own path.

As believers in God and His Son our Lord Jesus Christ we should recognise our own and others’ individuality.  We are not ‘dumb animals’ with no soul.

When our soul, our being, is suffused with God’s love for us and inhabited by His Holy Spirit we cease being wicked evil self-seeking worldly vagabonds.  We flip the coin, or God in Christ Jesus flips it for us, and we are made anew in his image – godly.  It may take a while to accept this, and sometimes longer for it to fully manifest, yet we retain our individuality. 

Why?  Because we are who we are.

Without the evil which is washed away by the blood  which Jesus our Messiah shed at Calvary, we still have our natural talents abilities preferences and so on.  The way we think and analyse, our processor brain, still functions as it did.  The difference is that the water which flowed from Jesus’ side as he suffered for us on the Cross of persecution, renewed refreshed cleansed and otherwise watered our soul (our being) to new life.  Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.

Our individual likes and dislikes do not change.  They are purified!  They are brought to life!

Before Christ, Elm Jones liked watching films.  After Christ, Elm Jones somehow cannot really stomach films anymore.  Not porn films anyway. They are not his thing now.

He wonders whatever he used to see in them.  Such a waste of good time, trying to ease unidentifiable frustration and longing in his soul, and the boredom he’d felt… instead of learning something useful on another channel, or doing like he is now right this minute.  Right this minute Mr. Elm Jones is watching a film his kids chose while they sit close to him chatting about as he finds out just how truly wonderful and funny they are.  He is now on a new path which suits the type of person he is.  God’s chosen path for him, which only he can walk.  It may be harder or higher or brighter, but it not boring.  It is not clamouring with frustration and longing.

Our individuality means that each of us has our own path.  It may from time to time cross others and we meet them at that juncture, but we follow ours as they follow theirs.  We go our way, they go theirs.

What we do know that despite our individuality we each arrive in Christ at the expected end.

Why? Because we are individually called and chosen to perform the particular purpose God has for us.  No one can be me but me.  No one can be you but you.  We cannot do the same very thing the same exact way.  Everything we do is coloured and flavoured by who we are.

God knows how much we can bear.  He knows how little we can do.  He know us better than we know ourselves.  He gives us in Christ the gifts of the Holy Spirit in accordance with what He has purposed.  He grants us the talents or the means to fulfil His desire for our singular lives here on Earth.  Use them wisely with prayer and thanksgiving.

Everyone has their own path.  Don’t  get pushed or wooed off yours.  Keep to your path in the Lord and reach the expected end.

 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

Let Your Light So Shine

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. Matthew 5:16

Darkness cannot overcome light. That is the Word, and that is the Law. Physically or spiritually, light always is.

Doing good to others, or at least not harbouring ill-will towards them is one way to keep your light, keep it shining, and be happy.

Jesus Christ is ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life’. (John 14:6)

The way of forgiveness, facing the truth, and living within your abilities.

Stay true to yourself and to God, and watch your light shine ever more brightly and strongly.

God is the Father of Lights, (James 1:17) and as his children, and followers and heirs of Christ, we MUST let our light which he has given us so shine that He may be glorified.

That is our true calling, to glorify God.

So Let Your Light Shine.

Be truthful to yourself, God and others; be forgiving; live within your abilities, guiless; …. “For ye shine as lights in the world.” Phillipians 2:15

The God of Peace

If you Google the dictionary definition of peace you may see it given as : “freedom from disturbance; tranquillity “, ” a state or period in which there is no war, or a war has ended.”

God is the God of Peace.  ” Now the God of peace be with you all.  Amen.” Roman’s 15:33

Jesus Christ said to His disciples:  “Peace I give unto you.  My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives give I unto you.” John 14:27

Christ is the Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6.  So, ” Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.”

Peace is foremost a state of being.  To be at peace is to have that calmness or tranquillity of mind and heart, which cannot be disturbed.  It comes from knowledge and from love.

Knowledge of who you are and that God is.  Love of self and of God.

Further, knowledge that you are loved – by God and by his Creation.  Loved by others, your fellow men.  For if you love your self, you must know that others love you.  Somewhere there is someone who loves you.  And G-d loves you.

 

“And the God of Peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.”  Romans 16:20

“The peace of G-d which passes (surpasses) all understanding, guard your heart and mind in [the knowledge and love of G-d and of His Son] Christ Jesus our Lord.” Philippians 4:7

Word for the Day: Immobilize

Immobilize:  To hold fast or prevent from moving.

Life is about living.

About moving on:  growing, learning, loving, hurting, healing, teaching, sharing experience, caring, failing, re-charging, winning, rising, accomplishing, laughing, crying, and all the failing (or apparent failing) that instructs us in-between those times of absolute bliss.  Life is wonderful!

Every day is a new beginning, the start of a new year or passage in our lives.  Purposeful action is the stepping stone which cements our future.

Every day, every year we must immobilize something of word or thought or action that may lead to a negative realisation or attitude or outcome.  Do not deny that the negative is possible or likely, but deny it life.  So immobilize it, that it dies.  Let it never come into being.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus:” 6 2:5
“Commit thy works unto the LORD and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3
 “…Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” Matthew 9:4

Allow that thought of negative realisation to pass on to nothingness.  Watch its rancour be swept away.

“Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Roman’s 10:13
“So they strengthened their hands for this good work.” Nehemiah 2:18

Pin that action of negative outcome, like some pin butterflies, to a prayer.  Watch its impulse flutter and die.

“Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise and with Thy honour all the day.” Psalm 71:8

Trap that word of negative attitude under a drinking glass.  Watch its meanness suffocate and expire.

 

Immobilize your faith in Christ.  Hold it fast. Prevent it from moving… and watch it move mountains!