psalm 54

come with great power o God and rescue me defend me with your might

listen to my prayer O God pay attention to my plea

for strangers are attacking me, violent people are trying to kill me

they care nothing for God

selah

but God is my helper, the Lord keeps me alive

may the evil plans of my enemies be turned against them

do as you promised and put an end to them

I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you, I will praise your name O God

for it is good

for you have rescued me from my troubles and helped me to triumph over my enemies

selah 🙂

1st Samuel 23:1 gives us insight into davids feelings behind this psalm and motivation for it.

at the time of writing he had just gotten wind of how the ziphites had informed on him to king saul regarding his whereabouts when saul was seeking his life in a vain attempt to subvert Gods destiny for david to assume the throne of Israel.

this was just after he had made a covenant of blood with jonathan when they were forced to go their separate ways.

this is done by cutting into your flesh and pressing it against the flesh of your friend to form an unbreakable bond for life.

I did it with my sister.

we called ourselves scab brothers- being unwilling to cut ourselves to prove our loyalty to each other.

yes we probably could have infected each other but we are still alive and breathing to tell this tale- even after angela merkel’s latest brush with chaos 🙂

david faced many times in his life when his enemies were ganging up against him but God always came through for him, rescuing him from trouble.

forget oxygen and trees- God is the one who provides the raw materials necessary for the sustenance of the universe.

all of david’s enemies ended up dying or living lives of poverty.

the reason david mentions the word voluntary alongside the word offering is because he was required by Gods law to make offerings as part of his regular demonstration of obedience to God but this was an extra mile offering of love to God to show that God had been extra special nice to him and done something amazingly awesome worthy of praise besides the usual benefits of breathing and having a place safeguarded in Abrahams bosom.

even if God doesn’t rescue us from the troubles we encounter in this world He is still good cos every inch we get closer to death just opens the gates of eternity a little wider for us and draws heaven closer to our hearts ❤

selah 🙂 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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psalm 53

only fools say in their hearts there is no God.

they are corrupt and their actions are evil, not one of them does good

God looks down from heaven on the entire human race He looks to see if anyone is truly wise , if anyone seeks God

but no all have turned away all have become corrupt

no one does good not a single one

will those who do evil never learn?

they eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to God

terror will grip them, terror like they have never known before

God will scatter the bones of your enemies, you will put them to shame for God has rejected them

who will come from mount zion to rescue Israel?

when God restores His people Jacob will shout with joy and Israel will rejoice

selah 🙂

if we believe in God we should not act corruptly and commit evil actions.

we should be motivated towards holiness by His death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the grave.

wisdom is found not within our own selves or even the wisest gurus on earth but only in seeking God who is the possessor of all knowledge and the wisdom necessary to enable knowledge to serve a practical purpose, without which it is just useless storage of mindless information.

I know it is not true that there is nobody on earth who does good.

the only reason this isn’t true is cos God is present in this world guiding our consciences so the majority of people refrain from raping , killing each other and stealing what doesn’t belong to them which also relates to the first two sins re taking without permission and disconnecting a body from its spirit which is not our right to do ever but only Gods privilege to permit.

I believe everyone prays to God or a source or force beyond themselves in a crisis.

it is only by surrendering our hearts to Jesus that we have any hope of getting into heaven and truly prospering and succeeding in life.

most people who don’t believe in God act cocky til you start talking about the imminent arrival of untimely death then they start quivering and losing their confidence.

we are only ever competent at anything cos of Gods presence in this world giving us strength and energy.

the worst thing in the world isn’t being  rejected by a woman or a man its being rejected by God and burning forever in the fires of hell.

in terms of spiritual enemies or satan my true enemy God will scatter their and his bones and emerge triumphant over all my enemies.

I do not perceive any member of the human race as my enemy some are just misguided and serving the wrong deity ( yes this includes when you make a god out of yourself).

is this psalm referring to what happened in 1948 when Israel was declared an independent sovereign nation or is it referring to the second coming of Christ when God will restore His people back into His arms?

if it is the latter I find myself more easily able to relate as I have no identifiable semitic roots .

rather I am grafted into the vine of Jesus and made a partaker of His inheritance through HIs shed blood on the cross.

if you don’t know HIm as your Lord and saviour I suggest you get to know HIm quick smart cos none of us knows how much time we’ve got before all the sand has trickled to the bottom of our hourglass ❤ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

psalm 52

why do you boast about your crimes great warrior?

don’t you realize Gods justice continues forever?

all day long you plot destruction, your tongue cuts like a sharp razor

you’re an expert at telling lies

you love evil more than good

and lies more than truth

selah

you love to destroy others with your words you liar

but God will strike you down once and for all

He will pull you from your home and uproot you from the land of the living

selah

the righteous will see it and be amazed they will laugh and say look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God

they trust in wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness

but I am like an olive tree thriving in the house of God

I will always trust in God’s unfailing love

I will praise you forever O God for what you have done

I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people

selah 😉

1 Samuel 21-23 goes into deeper detail about this psalm

just to skim over some basic background nuggets of information.

this psalm was written by david during the time when he was fleeing from saul.

abimelech the priest gave him bread which was normally used for the priests food which was given to david on his men under the condition that they had recently refrained from sexual intercourse.

also on this occasion abimelech gave david the sword of goliath which david had used to cut 0ff the giants head  cos he currently found himself without any weapons.

doeg the Edomite ( a servant of saul) was spying on david and he ran back to tell saul that david had been helped out by Abimelech.

saul responded in fury and commanded that Abimelech’s family be killed by his soldiers but they respected the Lord and His priests too much to destroy His priesthood.

doeg the Edomite however had no such scruples and immediately killed every member of Abimelech’s family he could lay his hands on including women and children except for abiathar who mercifully managed to escape with his life.

doeg is the one who this psalm is addressed to.

david is speaking out of his pain and the horror and disgust at so tragic a loss of almost every single member of the priesthood and their families.

we must be careful not to plan destruction.

instead we should plan good things concerning others.

we should be experts at telling truth not speaking porky pies.

we should love good more than evil .

it is a result of the aftermath of the fall of man in the garden of eden that we have a natural tendency to love what is evil more than what is good and gravitate towards thinking hateful and lustful thoughts towards others, thinking them more highly exalted or more lowly than ourselves instead of appreciating them in a healthy godly way as equally valued by God regardless of how much is in their bank account or if they have a warm bed to sleep in and a roof over their heads.

if we don’t trust in God we are inviting calamity upon ourselves.

it is only by trusting that He knows what’s best for us that we are ever able to avoid the pitfalls of disaster wrought by placing all our confidence in our own self effort and ability and none in Him from whom all our talent hails its origins in the first place .

it’s true that the love of money is the root of all evil.

money itself is never evil but we must be careful never to make a god out of it.

if we find ourselves gagging our mouths when it comes to expressing our faith, if we find ourselves laughing along at dirty or racist jokes, if we choose to zip our lips rather than taking a bold stand for righteousness when others are lying saying all religions are the same or hating on Christianity in the workplace, if we remain silent just to keep our job security then we are making money our god not Elohim.

IF WE find we are spending more money on satisfying our own pleasures than sustaining and advancing Gods kingdom we should seriously question whether we have allowed money to possess us and be our boss rather than perceive it as a tool God gave us to benefit others more than ourselves.

we do not have to live in the gutter to prove money isn’t our god but we do need to be careful that everything we purchase gives glory to God and that everything we buy serves selfless God honouring and not selfish purposes.

if we find ourselves abandoning our moral principles when we go to the check out we should seriously question whether we follow the one true God or have made one in our own image or dream factory.

if we buy anything that promotes cussing, soft or hardcore pornography or horrific devilish petrifying images in moving picture form or still frame which is originally intended for satan worship and causes the viewer and listener to worship the devil when they participate in indulging in such debased misrepresentations of Gods original design for humanity we need to listen to God guiding our conscience right now and refrain from such behaviour lest we put ourselves in danger of hellfire.

just like an olive tree needs another olive tree to grow successfully in the same way we need to partner with God in giving Him permission to enact growth within us and form and shape our character into a true pure reflection of His heart.

God is always worthy of trust.

even when things don’t go the way we want them to, even when disaster is striking all around us He still has us safely secured in the palm of His mighty hand.

we must always be grateful to God for His sacrifice of His son self for us on the cross.

Lord let us never be doegs who betray others with our lips but let us be ones who build others up and don’t tear them down into bits of rubble.

let us get behind our brothers and sisters when they are struggling and be like Abimelech always willing to use what we have be it little or plenty to extend Gods heart of hospitality to those in need, to practically demonstrate to the world that we are the hands and feet of Jesus so they may become passionate proclaimers of His everlasting love because of our obedience to never let an opportunity pass us by to point the eyes of all creation to the majesty of our creator who was our sacrificial lamb and is the mighty lion roaring over the devil hissing accusations in our ears.

the devil is like doeg he always  comes to bring condemnation and criticism but God is always helping us to stay on the straight and narrow path and rescuing us when we go astray. ❤ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

psalm 51

have mercy on me O God because of your unfailing love

because of your great compassion blot out the stain of my sins

wash me clean from my guilt purify me from my sin

for I recognize my rebellion it haunts me day and night

against you and you alone have I sinned

I have done what is evil in your sight

you will be proved right in what you say and your judgment against me is just

for I was born a sinner- yes from the moment my mother conceived me

but you desire honesty from the womb , teaching me wisdom even there

purify me from my sins and I will be clean , wash me and I will be whiter than snow

oh give me back my joy again you have broken me now let me rejoice

don’t keep looking at my sins, remove the stain of my guilt

create in me a clean heart O God, renew a loyal spirit within me

don’t banish me from your presence and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me

restore to me the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you

then I will teach your ways to rebels and they will return to you

forgive me for shedding blood O God who saves

then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness

unseal my lips O Lord that my mouth may praise you

you do not desire a sacrifice or I would offer one

you do not want a burnt offering

the sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit

you will not reject a broken and repentant heart O God

look with favour on zion and help her rebuild the walls of jerusalem

then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar

selah 🙂

my sins have stained me but my God is merciful and He will make a way when there seems to be no way for me to change.

I am always thinking of the wrong things I did in the past and I am scared of messing up in the present and the future.

I am haunted by the ghost of sins past even when I am not wrestling with them in the present.

this psalm is about david’s affair with Bathsheba.

he didn’t just sin against God he sinned against Bathsheba by having sex with her before marriage, he sinned against her husband by stealing his wife and setting him up so he would be killed in the battlefield, he sinned against the families of Bathsheba and Uriah by taking advantage of her when she was bathing naked on the roof.

never mind why she was bathing naked on the roof.

I will leave this up to you dear reader to figure out whether this was an innocent action or an intentional plan to snare the king for herself.

there could be no room in the house where she was able to bathe herself.

she may not have known he was going to be on his roof leering at her at that time.

it does take two to tango however and though we don’t know whether he raped her or whether she gave herself up to him willingly we do know that they both sinned against God and their partners.

you may say that she didn’t sin if she was forced to commit sin but we are still sinners if we are forced to sin against our will.

God always  forgives and He always loves us back into His arms if we are willing to come to Him and turn away from our wicked ways.

God is right to permit us to be punished when we do wrong.

He takes vengeance on our behalf when wrong is done against us.

we can recall Nathan’s parable to david of the poor man who had a little baby lamb who he loved dearly.

the rich man who lived next door was too stingy to get his shepherds to pick a lamb out of his many flocks to feed his friend who came to visit so he stole the poor man’s lamb and gave it to his visitor to eat.

david full of righteous indignation when he heard this story demanded that justice be done and this unscrupulous rich man got what was  coming to him.

Nathan then woke him up to his hypocrisy and made him realize that he was the rich man who stole an innocent lamb of a wife off a man who was so righteous he would not spend one night away from the battlefield while his fellow soldiers lay dying despite the longing in his heart to enjoy the pleasures of his wifes company, his loyalty to his king and country was greater than his kings loyalty to him.

we can learn from Uriah the value of being committed and dedicated to a task.

we know that the first baby david had with Bathsheba died shortly after childbirth.

imagine her devastation bringing a child into the world only to watch him die.

imagine enduring all that pain for nothing, knowing in that moment that her chances of creating a legacy for herself had gone kaput.

still God was merciful and faithful and He provided a replacement child just as He did for adam and eve with seth after abel was killed by his evil minded brother cain.

we are born into sin but God is able to change the direction of our lives from hell to heaven so the way we were born doesn’t have to define our destiny anymore.

children pick up everything we say even when they are in the wombs of their mother.

everything a child hears and sees from the earliest age stays with them and never leaves them.

don’t think you can ever watch a movie , listen to a song, look at a piece of art, watch a dance or read a book without it affecting you.

you will always be influenced for better or for worse from the womb to the tomb.

God wants us to be honest with Him and others cos He is always completely transparent with us and He wants His nature to always be present in us.

the reason why He told us not to lie when He gave moses the ten commandments is because when we lie we inject the nature of the devil within us and give him permission to take us over.

also when we deceive others whether intentionally or accidentally we make others have suspicions and doubts about trusting us.

this also occurs when we break their trust by  spilling their secrets in ears that were never intended to hear them.

God calls us to be people of honesty and integrity.

we must let our yes be yes and our no be no.

we must  be people who keep our promises.

as Christians we must be known as people who don’t let others down otherwise we are making Jesus look bad by associating Himself with us cos rightly or wrongly people connect the deeds of the body of Christ with its head Jesus.

the second I genuinely repent God instantly forgives me and is able to help me to change the way I am cos I have given HIm permission to have HIs way in me and work in my life.

in order to appreciate what it is to have the joy of the Lord in us  sometimes we have to be broken seemingly beyond repair yet even in that moment we are never beyond the reach of Jesus.

God always sees our sins but He also sees His potential for redemption in us.

my sins display disloyalty towards my Lord and king and reveal my allegiance to the mindset of the enemy.

I know a house divided against itself will not stand so if I am unrepentant of my sin the Holy Spirit won’t want to be anywhere near me.

most of the time our problem is just as much our disobedience as our unwillingness to walk in obedience.

the more we force ourselves to obey God the greater the desire will increase within us to please HIm.

I  can personally attest to having experienced great joy oozing around my spirit when I resist the lure of the enemy and choose to walk in the pure hearted nature of Christ.

Lord I pray all those who are rebelling against you turn back to you right now.

I pray they will recognize their need for you and  feed upon your word like the tastiest cake that is never too sweet for the appetite , that enriches the spirit and gives strength to my bones.

I never had to ask God forgiveness for shedding innocent blood yet I have murdered people in my heart so I am just as guilty in God’s eyes.

my friend has experienced nightmares and I have experienced this in real life, these moments when you literally can’t speak the name of Jesus and you feel like demons are gagging your mouth but God hears the silent whispers of your spirit and drags those demons off kicking and screaming when you cry out to HIm whether out loud or inside your head.

sometimes we look for quick fix solutions of pouring bucketloads of coins in  the offering basket rather than looking to the only solution truly acceptable to God which is to have a heart and spirit that is broken and repentant.

it is not that God despises your tithes and offerings but you are deluding yourselves if you think that giving money to church will get you into heaven just as much as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting prisoners and sick people or bicycling long distance for charity will get you through the pearly gates.

these are all nice things to do and we are commanded to do them ( all except the bicycling part) but they are not what qualifies us for entrance into heaven they are just fruits of what it means to be so full of gratitude for what Christ accomplished for us on the cross that it makes us want to serve Him diligently with every waking breath.

we can learn the lesson from david’s life how important the issue of sexual purity is to God and how much He desires for us to flee from immorality and ungodly lust.

we are like the broken down walls of Jerusalem in need of Christ’s repair through bleeding on that cross.

God only knows what exactly constitutes a sacrifice offered in the right spirit.

we have some clues from the new testament as well as the old.

cain didn’t annoy God because he gave him fruits and vegetables only.

it was the fact he was offering God his sloppy seconds instead of his best produce that was the problem.

from the new testament we can look to the example of Jesus how He told us that if we are going to the temple of God and we have something against our brother or sister we must first make things right with them so our sacrifice of worship is not tainted by impurity in our thoughts.

live long and prosper friends of God and seekers of truth ❤ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

psalm 50

the Lord  the mighty one is God and He has spoken

He has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets

from mount zion the perfection of beauty , God shines in glorious radiance

our God approaches and He is not silent

fire devours everything in His way and a great storm rages around Him

He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of His people

bring my faithful people to me – those who make a covenant with me by giving sacrifices

then let the heavens proclaim His justice for God Himself will be the judge

selah

O my people listen as I speak , here are my charges against you O israel

I am God your God

I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer

but I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens

for all the animals of the forest are mine and I own the cattle on a thousand hills

I know every bird on the mountains and all the animals of the field are mine

if I were hungry I would not tell you for all the world is mine and everything in it

do I eat the meat of bulls ? do I drink the blood of goats?

mAke thankfulness your sacrifice to God and keep the vows you made to the most high

then call on me when you are in trouble and I will rescue you and you will give me glory

but God says to the wicked why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant?

for you refuse my discipline and treat my words like trash

when you see thieves you approve of them and you spend your time with adulterers

your mouth is filled with wickedness and your tongue is full of lies

you sit around and slander your brother, your own mother’s son

while you did all this I remained silent and you thought I didn’t care but now I will rebuke you listing all my charges against you

repent all of you who forget me or I will tear you apart and no one will help you

but giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours me if you keep to my path

I will reveal to you the salvation of God

selah 🙂

God is always calling us from the minute we start to develop from a foetus in our first moments of gestation to the instant we are laid into our tomb and beamed either up to heaven or down to hell.

it is not possible for us to obtain perfection or to find beauty outside the reach of Gods hands.

He epitomizes goodness purity and perfection.

He is not capable of making mistakes.

He is flawless unspoilt by the passage of time He cannot possibly get any more or less tremendous awe inspiring or majestic than He already is.

even when we think we can’t hear God He is never silent we just experience problems listening to Him or hearing HIm properly cos we are distracted by the temptations, worries  and fears of the enemy or simply by others who are well meaning yet inadvertently they are hurting us instead of helping us cos they are pulling us away from the voice of God.

mAN’S solutions to the ordinary problem of being human will never be more effective than the plan God has already designed for our betterment and eternal safeguarding.

we don’t have to make sacrifices to appease Gods wrath anymore cos He paid the price for our sins on the cross.

all that is required of us is to continually die an unending death to selfish desires whenever they rise up within us.

we cannot afford to be slack about getting our lives right with Jesus and vigilantly guarding our hearts and minds against the infiltration of the enemy by being careful what we allow our brains to consume and what we permit our lips to regurgitate from what we take in of the world around us in our speech.

it makes me laugh to think that God would ever ask us to fill His stomach which is bigger than all the planets of the universe.

God wants us to have grateful hearts.

He wants us to be consistent in our speech and actions not to be self deceiving hypocrites who fail to practice what we preach saying one thing in public and doing another in private when we think no one can see ( but He always sees).

my interpretation of this psalm is that God is only obligated to deliver us from trouble if we walk in obedience to HIm.

perhaps it is better to say that He chooses to deliver us cos He is never our little godbot.

He does what He pleases when He pleases.

nobody  can dictate His movements or say for sure that He will favour one person above another cos He causes pennies to fall from heaven on the righteous and wicked alike but He only saves the souls of those who have willingly surrendered their hearts to His keeping.

God wants us to be disciplined.

He doesn’t just want us to talk a good game being Christians when its convenient but He wants us to be Christians when its tough when we are facing persecution when we are threatened with financial problems when the babies are screaming from hunger and poopy nappies, when we are undergoing vicious spiritual attacks that cause our bodies to shake and our sleep to be stolen from us when we need our energy for work- it is in those toughest of times that God is nearest to us .

it is in those moments we realize our need for HIm the most.

we are living in a day and age when there are less wolves in sheeps clothing and more of an obvious divide between the sheep and the goats.

the goats have less to gain in terms of material possessions these days from masquerading as sheep but they don’t realize that nothing they gain in this world can be taken with them when they die.

as Christians we seek a treasure that lasts, one that will not perish that can only be thieved from us by our disobedience never by anybody elses fingers.

we must not steal from others.

this includes paying your taxes .

this includes stealing office supplies or helping yourself to them or borrowing them on a permanent loan if you want to play stupid games with words and not call a spade a spade.

this includes stealing the bosses time when you are leaning on the counter instead of cleaning the mess on the floor yet still expecting him or her to offer you not one dime less for your hard labour.

adultery means looking at any member of the opposite sex or in rarer cases the same sex that doesn’t belong to you, who isn’t in a relationship with you and wanting to have sex with them.

God doesn’t want us to lie and say things about our siblings that cause them to look bad in the eyes of others either behind their back or in front of their faces.

He does however want us to say truthful positive things about them, not falsely flattering things about them like saying they are the worlds greatest piano player when they’ve never even stuck a kazoo against their lips but truthful things like praising them in front of others for helping you out by washing the dishes or mowing the lawn or coming over and painting that old fence of yours which had an original coat that was peeling worse than an orange in a marmalade factory.

when the psalmist speaks of God being silent He means that He refrains from condemning or bringing conviction for a time and a season but of course we know He must inevitably unleash HIs wrath on us if we continue to live a lifestyle of unrepentant disobedience.

it is not that He wants to permit demons to punish us, it makes HIm weep to have to do so but He does it to bring us a place where we rely on HIm more fully and experience the fullness of HIs glory joy and peace everlasting.

God tearing us apart means total annihilation and being completely wiped from His memory banks but that only occurs in the future for those who have chosen to become servants of satan by refusing to repent of their sins even in their last breath.

God wants only the pure untainted worship of one whose soul is fully submitted to Him.

forget all those shows where someone remodels your home when you go away for a while the ultimate big reveal I am desperately seeking more than anything else is the moment we step through those pearly gates and get to be cradled forever in the arms of our loving papa Jesus ❤

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psalm 49

listen to this all you people pay attention everyone in the world

high and low rich and poor listen

for my words are wise and my thoughts are filled with insight

I listen carefully to many proverbs and solve riddles with inspiration from a harp

why should I fear when trouble comes when enemies surround me?

they trust in their wealth and boast of great riches

yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God

redemption doesn’t come so easily for no one can pay enough to live forever and never see the grave

those who are wise must finally die just like  the foolish and senseless leaving all their wealth behind

the grave is their eternal home where they will stay forever

they may name their estates after themselves but their fame will not last

they will die just like animals

this is the fate of fools , though they are remembered as being wise

selah

like sheep they are led to the grave where death will be their shepherd

in the morning the godly will rule over them , their bodies will rot in the grave far from their grand estates

but as for me God will redeem my life , He will snatch me from the power of the grave

selah

so don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid

for when they die they take nothing with them , their wealth will not follow them into the grave

in this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for their success but they will die like all before them and never again see the light of day

people who boast of their wealth don’t understand

they will die just like animals

selah 🙂

I love the way God brings answers to the questions of life through worship music.

its understandable to be scared stiff when youre surrounded by enemies but we never need to be cos God is our mighty protector who helps us and heals us from wounds both physical and emotional.

it is always dangerous to trust in your wealth because someone could steal it at any given minute and you can’t guarantee you will always have your job cos you might get an injury, you might be in a situation at work where your boss cant afford to keep you on because they are facing financial insolvency or you might be fired for behaving inappropriately at work or be accused of acting in an irresponsible disrespectful manner towards a member of the opposite sex.

we can however always trust in God cos He is the one that brings us jobs and relationships, He is the one who puts a roof over our heads.

when the rent gets jacked up and we can’t afford it anymore we can definitely afford to get down on our knees and go to war against the enemy of debt attempting to cripple us financially as well as take practical steps to put our faith into action and use what skills we may possess for Gods glory and to stick money in our pocket.

we should always trust God for His favour even when it seems impossible for us to climb out the well of despair we should always remember that God has unlimited body parts and treasures in heaven.

there is nothing taken away from us in this world that He can’t replace except for our salvation after our last breath.

some people delude themselves into thinking that they can buy their way into heaven.

they think if they pay copious amounts of tithes and offerings that it will act as fire insurance and God will look the other way when they indulge in all manner of disgusting sexual sins and incorrigible practices but they are only deceiving themselves cos God sees everything and He doesn’t permit anything to slide out of HIs notice.

it is impossible for us to permanently postpone death.

many have tried to make the myth come true of living forever but there is no fountain of youth in mortal form only the promise of the best kind of eternal life found in the living waters of Jesus Christ.

if we truly taste the water of His love for real nothing else will ever hold any appeal.

we will only be satisfied with the things of God.

we will be disgusted with the pleasures of this world and desire only to please God alone.

it is worth nothing that you can never possess enough knowledge to keep yourself from dying- even the most clever scientist in the world eventually must succumb to the tombstone unless they happen to be blessed enough to still be breathing when Christ rips the skies open and meets us believers and dead in Christ in the air.

the ultimate litmus test of whether you are a fool or a wise person is if you are smart enough to submit to the will of God even when it costs you the appreciation of your friends and family, even if you lose your job or lose your head, even if you can’t buy food cos you refuse the mark, even if you are refused shelter and hospital treatment for possessing a difference of belief, even if your house is burned down and you are treated like a clown mocked and tortured everywhere you go it is worth it cos you know a reward greater than any that can be obtained in this universe is waiting for you in heaven and  the name of that reward the essence of this prosperity and greatest measure of success is salvation wrought in the fires of tribulation by the blood shed by Christ to obtain our eternal freedom from the chains and torture of hell where there is unceasing screaming punishment and worst of all the inability for God to help us cos our sins build a wall between HIm and us that He is unable to penetrate unless we take it down brick by brick in one instant demolition act by receiving His forgiveness ❤

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psalm 48

how great is the Lord, how deserving of praise

in the city of our God which sits on His holy mountain

it is high and magnificent the whole earth rejoices to see it

mount zion the holy mountain is the city of the great king

God Himself is in Jerusalem’s towers revealing Himself as their defender

the kings of the earth joined forces and advanced against the city

but when they saw it they were stunned, they were terrified and ran away

they were gripped with terror and writhed with pain like a woman in labor

you destroyed them like the mighty ships of tarshish

shattered by a powerful east wind

we had heard of the citys glory but now we have seen it ourselves

the city of the Lord of heavens armies

it is the city of our God He will make it safe forever

selah

O God we meditate on your unfailing love

as we worship in your temple

as your name deserves O God, you will be praised to the ends of the earth

your strong right hand is filled with victory

let the people on mount zion rejoice

let all the towns of Judah be glad because of your justice

go inspect the city of jerusalem

walk around and count the many  towers

take note of the fortified walls and tour all the citadels

that you may describe them to future generations

for that is what God is like

He is our God forever and ever

and He will guide us until we die

selah 🙂

the son of korah who wrote this psalm is referring to the physical temple of God in Jerusalem and also simultaneously referring to heaven which is the temple of God.

God always protects both His people Israel and the lives of all those who believe in Him who are grafted into the vine of Israel who have chosen to become His children and lose their identities in Him.

God always loves us even when we fail and He loves us enough to do everything in HIs power to guarantee that our failures do not succeed in defining us and robbing us of the inheritance afforded us by the blessing made possible by His blood shed for us on the cross of calvary for our redemption.

everywhere in the world right now there are people praising and worshipping the Lord in every tribe language and tongue.

that’s what heavens gonna be like only theres gonna be no sin and evil to distract us and tempt us and pull us on the crooked broad path of destruction away from that straight narrow harder path that leads to life and everlasting pure perfect unadulterated unconditional love.

we may be experiencing failure right now but gOD IS ABLE TO BRING victory to us and make success stories out of our lives.

God has given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the powers of the enemy.

we will overcome the world by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.

we will enter in His house with thanksgiving in our hearts and enter His courts with praise on our lips.

nothing will sink the ship of our faith providing we keep our hearts pure and fill our eyes and ears with what pleases God which consequently results in His goodness being poured out of our mouths to bless the lives of others in a continually replenished wellspring of eternal life liberty and hope found in His righteousness alone never our own. ❤

God is faithful and just even when His way of dispensing justice doesn’t seem right or fair to us.

its hard for us to understand how something can be right without being fair.

it may not be fair that morality cannot exist without the input of God guiding our conscience but that’s just the way it is theres no changing it.

it doesn’t do us any good or serve any purpose to wrestle with that which we cant change.

we should only use our time to attempt to change that which we know is possible.

with God all things are possible yet He refuses to mess and meddle with peoples free will.

He can but urge His creation towards goodness and godliness and we should do the same praying that the Holy Spirit convicts where minds are blinded and ears are wooden, shut to the truth.

we must be as willing to give forgiveness as we are to magnanimously receive it from others.

our American friends Richard and judy were spoken to by God from the verse in this psalm which concerns walking about zion.

they felt God had called them to minister to indigenous Australians.

they later went back home to bless the people of texas with their wisdom and tex mex style food 🙂

a citadel is defined in the dictionary as a fortified area of a town or city.

fortified means stocked with armaments or containing soldiers and weapons to defend it.

our hearts and souls are the citadels of Christ.

He is our mighty defender who roars in triumph over all evil forces and evil minded people who attempt in vain to exalt themselves over HIm.

the devil is crushed under His feet in future present context.

right now we can rest easy in HIm but we must also be continually be prepared for warfare and not allow our guard to slip we must not allow any openings in our lives for the devil to slip in, influence us and implement his plan to destroy us.

God you have always been my maker but I have not always worshipped you properly or given you the honour and respect you deserve.

please forgive me.

my soul’s greatest longing is to love you and serve you til I die ❤

in whatever little way you can even with a simple gift given with a loving reminder that it is Jesus dying on the cross that motivates your loving actions , even with a smile or a wave or a kind word in season or a little bit of helpful advice or a helping hand to a mother struggling with her shopping bags or lacking enough money to pay for her items in the grocery queue, even in these simple ways we can display Gods love to others and lead them home to His intended resting place for all of us who breathe and walk as humans made by the kindest of hearts and greatest of friends who loved us enough to die for us and continues to love us enough not to let us perish without His comfort and guidance constantly being made available to all who are willing to seek it out 🙂 ❤ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA