You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all

Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus Lamb of God worthy is Your name
Jesus Lamb of God worthy is Your name

Taking my sin my cross my shame
Rising again I bless your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down you pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

Jesus Lamb of God worthy is Your name
Jesus Lamb of God…

This heartfelt song of praise comes to mind as I read the lament of David, overwhelmed by his enemies.  David knows gossip maims and eventually kills relationships.  Gossip can bring down kingdoms!  Presumptions and assumptions planted in the minds of people are the devil’s most prized tools for the destruction of all that good and right.  But then David reminds by the end of his song of despair that God is to be praised for He will rescue us, protect us and bring us through the trouble and put our feet back on solid ground in our thinking, talking and walking with Him. 

David reminds us to worship as our habit, not as a ritual, but as a voluntary habitual response for all God is and does on our behalf.  With every breath we take in we should exhale gratitude for that breath!  Every time something good happens, do we first praise God or pat ourselves on the back?  Do we immediately look up and thank God for what happens in our lives that sets us free, heals our sickness, solves our problem, or restores a relationship?   To God be the Glory!  Thank you, Lord!

“When I fall down, you pick me up”, dust me off and set me back into motion once more!  Thank you, Lord for all you have done, are doing and will do in our lives!

Worship and Wisdom, Psalms and Proverbs

Psalm 64, The Message

A David Psalm

64 Listen and help, O God.
    I’m reduced to a whine
And a whimper, obsessed
    with feelings of doomsday.

2-6 Don’t let them find me—
    the conspirators out to get me,
Using their tongues as weapons,
    flinging poison words,
    poison-tipped arrow-words.
They shoot from ambush,
    shoot without warning,
    not caring who they hit.
They keep fit doing calisthenics
    of evil purpose,
They keep lists of the traps
    they’ve secretly set.
They say to each other,
    “No one can catch us,
    no one can detect our perfect crime.”
The Detective detects the mystery
    in the dark of the cellar heart.

7-8 The God of the Arrow shoots!
    They double up in pain,
Fall flat on their faces
    in full view of the grinning crowd.

9-10 Everyone sees it. God’s
    work is the talk of the town.
Be glad, good people! Fly to God!
    Good-hearted people, make praise your habit.

TRUTH: “Be glad, good people!  Fly to God!” “Make praise your habit”!

Proverb 20:27, The Message

God is in charge of human life,
    watching and examining us inside and out.

WISDOM:  Know God is in charge.  Know and realize that God knows our hearts.  Nothing is hidden from Him.  Know that He examines our motives and helps us to see what is right and good as He transform us.  That is God’s best work in us while is His best for us. To God be the Glory!

“Lord to give up I’d be a fool, You are my all in all…”

Abba Father,

Thank you for saving my soul.  Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for transforming me to be all you created me to be.  I have not arrived, but I am not where I was yesterday or years ago.  I see your work in me.  I praise you for picking me up and setting me on firm, level ground.  I am grateful for all the lessons that you had to teach me to get me this far in life.  Thank you for your mercy and grace.  Thank you for you love and forgiveness.  Help me to love like you love.

In Jesus Name, Amen

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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