The Psalms Project: “National Confession”

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Psalm 106 ~ NATIONAL CONFESSION
“We have sinned with our fathers,
We have committed iniquity,
We have done wickedly.”

*Friday will feature a consecutive post from “The Psalms Project”. Today’s scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
See post on September 6, 2013 for a more detailed explanation.

The Prayer Closet ~ Know

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“Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.”
~ Psalm 100:3

“God Almighty, Upholding the world, Upholding my world.
I breathe Your air, I eat of Your bounty.
I think because You have given me a mind.
I choose because You have created me free.
I love because You have given me a heart.
You have lighted my candle, and I am.
You continue to light my way, and I walk forward.
You have created me and I will never be alone or forsaken,
For You are with me.”

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
~ Psalm 139:6

The Psalms Project: “Covenant God”

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Psalm 105 ~ COVENANT GOD
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!
“Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.
“He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth.
HE REMEMBERS HIS COVENANT FOREVER,
The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations.”

*Friday will feature a consecutive post from “The Psalms Project”. Today’s scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
See post on September 6, 2013 for a more detailed explanation.

The Prayer Closet ~ Love

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“Love suffers long and is kind;
Love does not envy:
Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely,
does not seek its own,
is not provoked,
thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity,
but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never fails.”
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love calls me out of my plans, my schedule, my routines. Love calls me out of my insulated padded box of a life…into…the open air of inconvenience, pain, discomfort, the continual crossing of my way, my plans, my accomplishments…my selfishnesses. This open air life is bracing, yet…as in the wilderness, the only way to keep alive in harsh climates is to keep moving, so in this venture out of selfishness into the continual discomfort of unprotected living, the only way to keep alive is to keep loving.
All my self-ism is only combatted through LOVE. I have to continually leave the one and run to the other…there’s no way around it. Selfism and love are diametrically opposite. What a challenge! What a call!

“Oh Lord Jesus, I need Your mercy in my life. A new focus. A new direction. Self control. Lord Jesus, I yield myself to You: my day, my duties, my desires, my people, my loves, my moments…Lord, I need new constraints…not the old ones…but new ones…probably even more constraining…but different.
Lord, it is wrong for me to look past those who You have set me with. It is wrong for me to be displeased with this together-life. Lord, not my will, but Thy will be done today. Welcome.”

The Psalms Project: “Supremacy”

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Psalm 104 ~ SUPREMACY
“O LORD my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.
You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever.
O LORD, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions.”


*Friday will feature a consecutive post from “The Psalms Project”. Today’s scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
See post on September 6, 2013 for a more detailed explanation.

The Prayer Closet ~ A House of Clay

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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory.”
~ John 1:14
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
~ John 14:16-18

A couple of selected stanzas from George Herbert’s poem “Man”:

“My God, I heard this day
That none doth build a stately habitation,
But he that means to dwell therein.
What house more stately hath there been,
Or can be, than is man?…

“Since then, my God, thou hast
So brave a palace built, O dwell in it,
That it may dwell with thee at last!
Till then afford us so much wit,
That, as the world serves us, we may serve thee,
And both thy servants be.”

“Lord Jesus, thank You, You came to dwell in a house of clay…just. like. us. And presently, You have sent Your Spirit to live again in this earthly clay. This does not embarrass You; it pleases You to dwell with us. We, in our littleness, want everything perfect and posh and tidy. But You have taken up Your dwelling in less than desirable circumstances: in these houses of clay and decay: not perfect, not posh. And yet…we have been made by You for Your own delight and our God-breathed dust was intended for Your habitation.”

The Psalms Project: “Our Father”

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Psalm 103 ~ OUR FATHER
“As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.”

*Friday will feature a consecutive post from “The Psalms Project”. Today’s scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
See post on September 6, 2013 for a more detailed explanation.

Great Quotes

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Happy is the man who always waits on God to know what He shall do. Who asks the Lord ever to guide him and who dares not lean upon his own understanding. Watch the Lord’s providential leadings, wait for divine guidance. It is far better to stand still than to run in the wrong road. Pause a while and pray for direction. And do not move until you hear the voice behind you saying,
‘This is the way, walk ye in it’.

CHARLES SPURGEON

The Psalms Project: “Deeply Afflicted”

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Psalm 102 ~ DEEPLY AFFLICTED
A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the LORD.
“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to You.
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me; in the day that I call, answer me speedily.”

Overwhelm and prayer are traveling companions; they go together. How does one go forward when in a state of overwhelm? One goes forward in prayer. There is no other avenue forward.

*Friday will feature a consecutive post from “The Psalms Project”. Today’s scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
See post on September 6, 2013 for a more detailed explanation.