THE STORY OF GOD

Our praise should be ever on our lips, every day, through good times and bad, for we are more than conquerors who believe what God says, He will do!  “Yet will I praise Him”, says Job who was tested by fire.  God’s Story is revealed in every one who says yes to Jesus, His Son, who was sent to save ALL who believe in this world. 

Our hearty yes is believing Jesus died on a cross for our sins and rose again to claim believers as His brothers and sister, joint heirs with Him!  Our hearty yes is knowing God is with us always, even when we can’t feel Him because of this sacrificial act of extreme Love. 

Our yes is giving God total credit for all the ways he works in our lives and in the lives of other people who love Him, too.  Our yes is giving back to God, our very bodies, (heart, mind and soul), as a living sacrifice for only then can we know His pleasing, perfect will for us. 

Our yes means laying down self for Someone greater, much greater than ourselves, our Creator, God.  Yes, He is God and we are not.  God created all and is in all.  We bow down to God in our yes and ask what He wants each day because what He wants is always right, good and the best for us.  This is the story of God expressed in this psalm of praise to Him today.  Yes, and Amen!

Telling of what God has done, is doing, and will do, is what’s required and necessary to help others find and follow Jesus and be saved from death.  The telling is best shown by reflecting God’s character growing in us by His Holy Spirit in our daily walk.  Actions more than words draws people to Jesus’ saving grace.  Look closely, between the lines of this psalm, and you will see wisdom expressed.  Words are good but action is proof!

What we have learned over the past few days of psalm reading is this:  Be still and know that He is God.  We learn that “be still” really means to let go of self, to look up and focus on God, and to expectantly wait on God to do what He does best in us and for us.  We have learned to recognize that He fights our battles while we are humbly on our knees before Him.  We have learned to give God all the glory with our unwavering praise and gratitude with shouting YES and AMEN which comes like a closing argument of testimony to God in the court of justice.  Yes, and Amen—I believe. 

Worship and Wisdom, Psalms and Proverbs

Psalm 48, The Message

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah

48 1-3 God majestic,
    praise abounds in our God-city!
His sacred mountain,
    breathtaking in its heights—earth’s joy.
Zion Mountain looms in the North,
    city of the world-King.
God in his citadel peaks
    impregnable.

4-6 The kings got together,
    they united and came.
They took one look and shook their heads,
    they scattered and ran away.
They doubled up in pain
    like a woman having a baby.

7-8 You smashed the ships of Tarshish
    with a storm out of the East.
We heard about it, then we saw it
    with our eyes—
In God’s city of Angel Armies,
    in the city our God
Set on firm foundations,
    firm forever.

9-10 We pondered your love-in-action, God,
    waiting in your temple:
Your name, God, evokes a train
    of Hallelujahs wherever
It is spoken, near and far;
    your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action.

11 Be glad, Zion Mountain;
    Dance, Judah’s daughters!
    He does what he said he’d do!

12-14 Circle Zion, take her measure,
    count her fortress peaks,
Gaze long at her sloping bulwark,
    climb her citadel heights—
Then you can tell the next generation
    detail by detail the story of God,
Our God forever,
    who guides us till the end of time.

TRUTH: “…tell the next generation detail by detail the story of God, Our God forever, who guides us till the end of time.”  How are we doing in the showing and telling of God’s greatness, Jesus saving grace and the careful guiding of His Holy Spirit?  I wonder.

Proverb 18, The Message

Words Kill, Words Give Life

18 Loners who care only for themselves
    spit on the common good.

Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse;
    all they do is run off at the mouth.

When wickedness arrives, shame’s not far behind;
    contempt for life is contemptible.

Many words rush along like rivers in flood,
    but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.

WISDOM:  Deep wisdom comes from God alone.  “Loners” find themselves in troubles than can not solve.  Jesus is the “artesian spring” of Living Water that finally and forever quenches our thirst.  Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life.

Abba Father, Savior and Lord,

You have provided all we need at the right time, in your best timing over all the years we have been on this earth loving You and saying YES to Your Story of Redemption.  You have brought me to far to let go of You now.  I will let go of what I think, what little I know, and the things of this world I tightly grasp.  I come to you with open hands, unclenched, to receive all that you are waiting to give.  Abide in me as I abide in you.  For this is the only way to live.  Great IS your faithfulness!  To You be all glory, honor and praise.  Yes!  And Amen.

In Jesus Name, Amen

YES, AND AMEN by Chris Tomlin

Father of kindness
You have poured out of grace
You brought me out of darkness
You have filled me with peace
Giver of mercy
You’re my help in time of need
Lord I can’t help but sing

Faithful you are
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful you are
All your promises are yes and Amen
All your promises are yes and Amen

Beautiful Savior
You have brought me near
You pulled me from the ashes
You have broken every curse
Blessed redeemer
You have set this captive free
Lord I can’t help but sing

Faithful you are
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful you are
All your promises are yes and Amen
All your promises are yes and Amen

Faithful you are
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful yes you are
All your promises are yes and Amen

I will rest in your promises
My confidence is your faithfulness
I will rest in your promises
My confidence is your faithfulness…

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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