WHERE IS HE?

Matthew 2 MatthewMatthew – God’s Purpose
 
Matthew 2 first to seek
Everyone is looking for something. I walk into a room looking for keys, brush, or anything else I need at the moment and forget the item I’m looking for almost immediately because I see something shiny or something that needs doing in that room. I could blame this on being older, but I have been doing this since I was a kid. My mom told me to take out the trash, while I was watching TV, asking several times until I did it. I finally obediently walked out the door to throw away the garbage in the can on our lot only to discover that when I lifted the lid, I had nothing in my hand. I had forgotten to actually bring the trash to the can. I walked the walk but didn’t complete the task. Distracted. We are a distracted bunch of humans.
 
Matthew 2The Jewish people forgot Who they were looking for after many years of not hearing from God. God told them a Savior would come. He told them what He would do for them and through them. Not only were they distracted, many missed Him completely. When Jesus arrived on earth, those in power were afraid of losing everything their own hands had built. But there were also many who found him. They found what and Who they were looking for in Jesus. Wise men still seek Him today.
 
Matthew 2, New King James Version
 
Wise Men from the East
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [a]wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
 
Matthew 2 where3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
 
5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
 
6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”
 
7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
 
9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
 
12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
 
The Flight into Egypt
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
 
14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
 
Massacre of the Innocents
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
 
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”
 
The Home in Nazareth
19 Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.
 
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
 
FROM THE HEART…
Matthew 2 wise
Where is He? Jesus Christ lives in all who believe and who are obedient to God. He is present with all who worship Him alone, over everything and everyone else. He is forgiving to all who repent of all their sins in Jesus’ Name. When we seek Him, He is quickly found. He is not hiding from us. That is not His character. He came to seek and to save all of humanity. Those who seek…find all that we have been looking for in this world…LIFE. Real Life.
 
Matthew 2 starDear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for this journey to remember daily how and why Jesus came to save us from our selfishness and sin. Thank you for sending Jesus to save us so that we can come right up to you in prayer in His Name this morning. Thank you for your plan to bring us back to you that was in your mind from the beginning of time. Thank you for seeking me.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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IN THE BEGINNING GOD…

Matthew – God’s Purpose, God’s Laws
 
Matthew 1 family
God’s Word begins with God. God was there at the beginning of all. Genesis means the beginning, the first. “In the beginning God created”…(Genesis 1:1) Jesus was there at the beginning with Him. We must wrap our heads around these facts before reading another word. God’s plan to save us was not an afterthought, invented as He went along creating and watching His people multiply physically, do harm to each other while disobeying God. God is sovereign. God is above all His creation. God knows us well.
 
God’s Son, Jesus, was not just a player in the drama of life’s history. Jesus was also at the beginning of it all. Jesus, part of God, did what God directed, in heaven and on earth. The Plan to save God’s people was in place from the beginning. Jesus’ arrival on earth was perfectly timed. Jesus’ departure back to heaven, after defeating death and rising from death to resurrection of life for all of us was perfectly planned and timed. Jesus went to hell and back for you and I. It was the love of God, from the beginning, that made all this happen for all of His created humanity who would turn to Him, repent and be saved.
 
To point to Jesus and The Plan’s execution to bring God’s people back to Himself, we will begin with Matthew, the first gospel in our Bibles, as a beginning point for our Daily Manna with Our Mugs meditations each morning. However, it would be beneficial to read a chapter a day in the Old Testament, as well, beginning with Geneses…the, well, beginning.
 
Matthew 1 mary and joseph.jpgMatthew, as a good Jewish man would, begins with the biological genealogy of the coming of God’s Son, Jesus in the form of a tiny human born to a virgin engaged to be married to a devout Jewish man who stands in as God’s Son’s earthly father. Jesus would also be known as their Savior. Jesus is our Savior. Jesus, God’s Son, tears down the walls between God’s created and Himself by being the perfect sacrifice for our sin. Jesus, is their/our only hope.
 
So, let us make our way through Matthew with these thoughts ever present in our minds. God’s Son and Plan were always in place. God knows us. God knew we (humanity) would need to be redeemed and brought back to Him. God provided a Savior to the world. His name is Jesus, the Christ.
 
Matthew 1, New King James Version
 
Matthew 1 virgin.jpgThe Genealogy of Jesus Christ
1 The book of the genealogy[a] of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
 
2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king.
 
David the king begot Solomon by her [b]who had been the wife of Uriah. 7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot [c]Asa. 8 Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. 9 Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot [d]Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. 11 Josiah begot [e]Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
 
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. 14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. 15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
 
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.
 
Matthew 1 presence.pngChrist Born of Mary
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being [f]a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is [g]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name [h]Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
 
Matthew 1 save22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
 
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and [i]did not know her till she had brought forth her[j] firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.
 
Matthew 1 plans.jpgDear Heavenly Father,
How can we say thank you for all the ways you provide for us. You are our rescue, hope and life. You are the daily Bread of Life that nourishes our souls. You are our Savior and Lord. Transform us as we learn. May Your Holy Spirit wash over us, cleanse us and mature us as You guide our every thought and action.
In Jesus Name, Amen

 

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LAST PSALM

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
Psalm 150 1
WOW, what a journey we have been on for over 150 days! Remember, we had to give more days to Psalm 119. We have learned from God through these writers about the God who loves us greatly, unconditionally, limitless and forever. We have learned that God is always with us and wants the best for us. The writers knew God intimately and were not afraid to tell God exactly what was on their hearts and minds. God spoke volumes back to them in those times of their lives. God spoke (and speaks) to us.
 
Here we are at Psalm 150. I’m a bit sad that we are finished (for now) but I’m at peace that this work to learn and grow through the Psalms was tenaciously read. I thank God for giving me words to write, led by His Holy Spirit. To God be the glory! It is accomplished…until we read another time.
 
img_e2893.jpgI praise God for all He has done, is doing and will do. In my mind I am recalling specifically all that He brought us through, how He prepared us for where we are now, and all that details that brought us to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I’m thanking God for all of you who are praying for us and donating your hard earned funds to help us live and work here with others. I’m grateful for the lovely people of this country who are loving, kind and helpful to us. I am excited for worship with all of God’s people this morning! How fitting to close the psalms with corporate worship on this Lord’s Day. We give God glory, honor and praise.
 
That was and is all you, God…and we thank you, praise you with all that is in us. Hallelujah, indeed!
 
Psalm 150 corporatelyPsalm 150, The Message
 
Psalm 150 6.jpg
1-6 Hallelujah!
Praise God in his holy house of worship,
praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Psalm 150 4Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
praise him with banjo and flute;
Psalm 150 strings
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
Hallelujah!
 
Psalm 150 last
I praise God every time I remember you…
Philippians 1:3
 
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.
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CELEBRATE GOD!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
Psalm 149 5When God’s plan comes together in spite of our hands trying to take control, we celebrate! When a goal of growth is reached and surpassed in ourselves and in the lives of others we love, we celebrate. When evil is thwarted in it’s efforts to overcome us, we celebrate! When justice is served well, we celebrate.
 
When health is restored, we celebrate! When all the bills are paid on time, we celebrate! When food is on the table with enough for leftovers, we celebrate. When problems come with solutions right around the corner, we celebrate! When something was broken that you relied on is finally fixed, we celebrate! When hurdles in life seem to high for us to jump, but suddenly we see ways to get it done, we celebrate! When life throws us a curve ball, but somehow, we hit it out of the park anyway, we celebrate!
 
Psalm 149 praiseWHO do we celebrate first? That is the question for today. WHO gets ALL the credit for all that is accomplished in and through us in this life’s journey? WHO created all and is in all and knows all before we get up in the morning to begin thinking about anything? Who is our strength, wisdom, power and tenacity to keep going when we are weak?
 
We humans have a natural tendency to pat ourselves on the back for all the small stuff and even the big stuff that is accomplished on our behalf by the Lover of our souls…God. Let us, indeed, sing Him a new song of praise that does not include praise for us. We are here to love God, love others, serve at His bidding and go where He sends. We are His children and He is our Father. God loves, cares, protects and provides and then showers us with blessings on top of all that! Yes, let us celebrate GOD and God alone today for all He has done, is doing and will do forevermore for His kids. Why? Because of His great love for us.
 
Psalm 149, The Message
 
Psalm 149 1
1-4 Hallelujah!
Sing to God a brand-new song,
praise him in the company of all who love him.
Let all Israel celebrate their Sovereign Creator,
Zion’s children exult in their King.
Let them praise his name in dance;
strike up the band and make great music!
And why? Because God delights in his people,
festoons plain folk with salvation garlands!
 
Psalm 149 praise Him5-9 Let true lovers break out in praise,
sing out from wherever they’re sitting,
Shout the high praises of God,
brandish their swords in the wild sword-dance—
A portent of vengeance on the God-defying nations,
a signal that punishment’s coming,
Their kings chained and hauled off to jail,
their leaders behind bars for good,
The judgment on them carried out to the letter
—and all who love God in the seat of honor!
Hallelujah!
 
psalm 149 3 sing
God, Our Father in Heaven,
Thank you for strength for this day. We praise you for allowing us wake up this morning and know that we are in your care and keeping. We praise you for You are God and we are not. You are responsible for us, lover of all of us and you know all that we need before we need it. You are Savior and Lord. You are the ultimate guide for this journey. You protect us from evil. You even deliver us from all evil when we call on Your Name. Thank you. It is right and fitting that you receive ALL praise.
In Jesus Name, Amen. Hallelujah!
 
Let’s forget about ourselves
And magnify the Lord
And worship HIM….
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MONUMENTS OF PRAISE!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
Psalm 148 monument
As we come to the end of this collection of prayers for help followed by endless praise for the God of Creation, we learn that the lessons are not quite over yet. There is another lesson that is “monumental” to living. The writer of Psalm 148, probably a worship leader, sings only praise to God for all He has done, is doing and will do in the lives of His people. Then, before we know it, another lesson in who WE are in our praise leaps off the page.
 
“…he’s built a monument–His very own people!”
 
Psalm 148 usWE are (or should be) God’s monuments of praise! How are we doing as monuments of His glory, grace, mercy and unending love? Do others in our family and those we work alongside KNOW we are monuments of praise to the God we say we love, follow, honor and obey? Do they look at us and say, “God built that in her”. God is still chiseling out His monuments of praise for Him each day we live here in preparation for life with Him forever. Let Him be the artist of His masterpiece…you and I! We are His people.
 
We are created to praise. God built this into our being. If we are praising someone or something else then that makes God angry and sad. I want to make God smile on me. I accept His chiseling away at what He is building in me…an eternal monument of His praise! How about you?
 
Psalm 148, The Message
Psalm 148 our praises
1-5 Hallelujah!
Praise God from heaven,
praise him from the mountaintops;
Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his warriors,
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, you morning stars;
Praise him, high heaven,
praise him, heavenly rain clouds;
Praise, oh let them praise the name of God—
he spoke the word, and there they were!
 
6 He set them in place
from all time to eternity;
He gave his orders,
and that’s it!
 
Psalm 148 37-12 Praise God from earth,
you sea dragons, you fathomless ocean deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and ice,
hurricanes obeying his orders;
Mountains and all hills,
apple orchards and cedar forests;
Wild beasts and herds of cattle,
snakes, and birds in flight;
Earth’s kings and all races,
leaders and important people,
Robust men and women in their prime,
and yes, graybeards and little children.
 
13-14 Let them praise the name of God—
it’s the only Name worth praising.
Psalm 148 13His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky;
he’s built a monument—his very own people!
 
Praise from all who love God!
Israel’s children, intimate friends of God.
Hallelujah!
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
I praise you with all that is in me. Even when inconveniences of life occur, I will praise you for solutions. When troubles come, I will praise you for help and rescue. When all is well, I will praise You for all is well with my soul…because of You. Only You.
in Jesus Name, Amen
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IT’S A GOOD THING!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
Psalm 147 11They (who are on social media) say social media shows only the good parts of our lives. We only show what is best so that it looks like our lives are perfectly in balance. I don’t think that is true. If you read behind the lines the honesty seeps through the cracks and in between the words of praise, asking for prayers for what is going on in their lives. Then, again, maybe that’s the crowd I hang with on social media.
 
It’s a good thing to praise God for all He has done, is doing while praising Him expectantly for what You know He will do in our lives. We might not know HOW He will do it, in fact, most of the time we do not know, but we praise God because we know He will be there for us. This is not wishful thinking. This is not “pie-in-the-sky” positive thinking. We just know, without doubt, that when we call on God, He is already at work in our behalf.
 
It’s a beautiful thing to praise God. Praising God daily and thanking Him specifically for caring for us needs to be expressed so we won’t fall into Satan’s trap of doubt and despair in current, passing circumstances. Praising God with all He has done pulls us away from walking into a depressive tract, spiraling down into a rut or ditch that blocks our view of God and all that He still wants to do in our lives. We can’t see anything or any way but down. Praise, then, is fitting and good for our health spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. Praise keeps our heads looking up, our eyes focused on God.
 
Psalm 147 3The Psalmist says, “Those who fear God get God’s attention, they can depend on His strength.” Why do we praise God from the roof tops, on social media, to those at work, in our small groups and to our families? Because HE is God and we are not. We know that full well. Look how many times the writer uses HE to begin each act of God.
 
Psalm 147, The Message
Hallelujah!
It’s a good thing to sing praise to our God;
praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.
 
2-6 God’s the one who rebuilds Jerusalem,
who regathers Israel’s scattered exiles.
He heals the heartbroken
and bandages their wounds.
Psalm 147 starsHe counts the stars
and assigns each a name.
Our Lord is great, with limitless strength;
we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.
God puts the fallen on their feet again
and pushes the wicked into the ditch.
 
7-11 Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn,
play music on your instruments to God,
Who fills the sky with clouds,
preparing rain for the earth,
Then turning the mountains green with grass,
feeding both cattle and crows.
He’s not impressed with horsepower;
the size of our muscles means little to him.
Those who fear God get God’s attention;
they can depend on his strength.
 
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12-18 Jerusalem, worship God!
Zion, praise your God!
He made your city secure,
he blessed your children among you.
He keeps the peace at your borders,
he puts the best bread on your tables.
He launches his promises earthward—
how swift and sure they come!
He spreads snow like a white fleece,
he scatters frost like ashes,
He broadcasts hail like birdseed—
who can survive his winter?
Then he gives the command and it all melts;
he breathes on winter—suddenly it’s spring!
 
19-20 He speaks the same way to Jacob,
speaks words that work to Israel.
He never did this to the other nations;
they never heard such commands.
Hallelujah!
 
FROM THE HEART…
 
If you are down and feel you don’t have value, maybe You don’t know God as well as you need to know God. HE saves us. HE protects and provides for all our needs. HE keeps the peace of our hearts balanced with our concern for humanity. HE helps us to realize every day how much we are loved by Him. HE blesses us. He blesses our children and grandchildren. We pray. HE listens! HE forgets our sin after we repent it, never to visit it again! HE redeems us forevermore! THAT alone is worthy of praise!
 
Yes, “Hallelujah! It’s a good thing to sing praise to God; praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.” Praise is medicinal gratitude that keeps us spiritually fit for service in His Kingdom.
 
Psalm 147 1Heavenly Father,
I can do nothing of significance or value without You. You love us so much that mere words cannot describe. But we try each day to thank you specifically for all you do for that is fitting for us in praise to You. I love you, Lord with all that is in me. I thank you for protection yesterday and look forward to watching you provide, teach, protect and love us today. Thank you for saving us. Thank for listening to us. Thank you for bringing us to Santa Cruz, Bolivia to learn and grow in your love. Thank you for allowing us to join You in Your work here. Continue to transform us into all you intended for us to be, then do, in your Name.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
DO IT AGAIN! is the song in my heart as we read God’s Word today…
 
Walking around these walls
I thought by now they’d fall
But You have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come
Knowing the battle’s won
For You have never failed me yet
 
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet
 
I know the night won’t last
Your Word will come to pass
My heart will sing Your praise again
Jesus, You’re still enough
Keep me within Your love
My heart will sing Your praise again
 
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet
 
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ll see You do it again
Oh-oh
 
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet
And You never failed me yet
I never will forget
You never failed me yet
And I never will forget
 
Songwriters: George Veikoso / Michael Stevenson / Nicholas Matthew Balding / Christopher Maurice Brown / Mark Kragen / Marc Randolph Griffin / Pia Mia Perez / Jerry Afemata
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GOD’S IN CHARGE…ALWAYS!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
In the next few days we will finish the prayers of those who loved God, knew God and always knew He was in charge. The writers knew God’s love and constant care. So, they tell the world about God, reminding us all of God’s character and what He alone is capable of doing when He sees fit and necessary.
 
Psalm 146 is no exception. Look at all the verbs that this paraphrase uses that describes the actions of God. (He made, defends, feeds, gives, lifts, and loves. Always. Rejoice and be glad that God IS in charge forever and ever. Yes, and Amen!
 
Psalm 146 hope in the LordListen in the background of your own mind for songs of praise that fill your soul as you read…You will have more than “10,000 Reasons to Praise the Lord!” (By Matt Redman)
 
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
 
Psalm 146 2.jpgThe sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes
 
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
 
You’re rich in love
And You’re slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find
 
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name
Bless You Lord
 
Psalm 146, The Message
 
Psalm 146 hope forever1-2 Hallelujah!
O my soul, praise God!
All my life long I’ll praise God,
singing songs to my God as long as I live.
 
3-9 Don’t put your life in the hands of experts
who know nothing of life, of salvation life.
Mere humans don’t have what it takes;
when they die, their projects die with them.
psalm-146-hope.jpgInstead, get help from the God of Jacob,
put your hope in God and know real blessing!
Psalm 146 6God made sky and soil,
sea and all the fish in it.
He always does what he says—
he defends the wronged,
he feeds the hungry.
God frees prisoners—
Psalm 146 8he gives sight to the blind,
he lifts up the fallen.
God loves good people, protects strangers,
takes the side of orphans and widows,
but makes short work of the wicked.
 
10 God’s in charge—always.
Zion’s God is God for good!
Hallelujah!
 
Psalm 146 To God
Dear Heavenly Father,
Hallelujah, indeed! We also join the psalmist in praise of who You are and what You do for all of us who believe and follow You. Thank you for salvation through Jesus. Thank for the power of Your Holy Spirit who lives in us. Thank you for hope and peace that comes from knowing you are in charge always.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
An old hymn is now playing in the background of my mind as we reflect on this psalm of praise…
 
To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
 
Psalm 146 what joyOh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
 
Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.
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