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I Will Praise Him

I will praise Him
I will lift my hands and lift my voice
And I will praise Him
Not because of anything He’s done
Not because He healed me
or because He delivered me
or because He provides for me
or because He protects me
I will praise Him because He is
He is the creator of all things
He is the maker and placer of the stars
He is the master of all that lives
He has a plan designed for all of the universe
and for every animal
and for every person
even me
I don’t deserve a thing He does for me
I don’t deserve anything He has already done for me
I don’t deserve the plan He has for me
He does it all because He loves me
So I will praise Him
Not for anything
I’ll just praise Him
In every situation
I will praise Him
Yes, I will praise Him

I read Psalm 68:3-4 this morning and it is the inspiration for this free verse poem. What it says is “Let the righteous rejoice” It does not give a reason that we should rejoice. Just that we should rejoice. We should not need a reason to praise Him. We should just rejoice, day in and day out, in good or bad, in hunger or sorrow, in sickness or pain. These are all times we should praise Him. It’s easy to praise Him when things are going well. But the true Christian should never have to wait until things are good before they praise Him. They should praise Him despite the circumstances. If you truly love Him and are devoted to Him, there should never be a time that you are not rejoicing! There should never be a time you are not praising Him

Psalm 150:6 KJV
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord

Because You Are There

If I am walking in the mountains
To see the view from atop the highest peaks
Beautiful lush valleys filled with forest leaves
Blue sky above with a wisp of cloud in the distance
The air cool and a slight breeze
As I still myself I can hear your voice
Because you are there

If I am walking in the lowest valley
Lush plants and trees all around me
Flowers springing up wild that provide color
Red, yellow, orange, blue, white
So beautiful
Adorning to the pleasant trail I am walking on
Birds sing their songs of praise from the trees above
Glorious trees springing forth from the lush soil below
A brook gently babbling in the background
The squeal of locusts here and there
As I still myself I hear your voice
Because you are there.

If I am out in the midst of the largest sea
Waves gently rolling
Lapping against the sides of the boat
Rocking it slightly as I sit
A soft breeze keeps the waves coming
It is night and the stars shine brightly
The constellations are all assembled
A shooting star occasionally darts across the sky
There is not a sound to be heard
Except the waves rolling in
So I still myself to hear your voice
Because you are there

No matter where I am
Or what I am doing
No matter what trial I am facing
Or where I need healing
No matter what I might be thinking
Or how I might be running
No matter where my heart is
Or where I think I’m going
No matter how strong I am
Or how prideful I’ve become
No matter what your are there

You are always with me
Always beside me
Always before me
Always behind me
Always for me
Always guiding me
Always healing me
Always helping me
Always providing for me
Always protecting me
Always watching over me
Always my Savior
Always my redeemer
Always my King of Kings
Always my Lord of Lords
Always loving me
Because you are there

There are not many words I can add to what this poem already says. He is with me all the time, every day, everywhere. He will never leave me alone, no matter what stupid things I have done. He is our loving heavenly Father and we are safe in His arms.

Isaiah 43 King James Version
43 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

My Shield

My enemy came against me.
He started talking to me with enticing words.
He told me I should go my own way and do those things that I wanted to do
even though they would not be pleasing to God
I raised my sword the word of God defend myself
but all the knowledge that I had was not enough to quiet his voice.
It was not enough to dispel those thoughts.
They keep coming back to me.
My sword was quick and my sword was strong
but it still was not enough
because the fiery darts were firing so fast and from so many different directions.
I needed more in then my sword.
I lifted up my shield,
the Lord is my shield and with faith I dispelled those fiery darts of the enemy.
I praise God that He gave me my shield to protect me from my enemies
My Lord be my shield forever so that I might walk in Victory

I often hear people say that quoting the scripture is enough to get rid of the enemy. It is enough to bring healing into our lives. It is enough to set the captive free, to open blinded eyes and deaf ears. The Word is enough to bring someone victory over sin. All we need is the Word of God. After all, when Jesus finished His sojourn in the wilderness, He quoted scripture to Satan and Satan had to flee. Can’t I use that same formula to bring my enemy to his knees and run from me? The answer is no.

Through the years, I have acquired a vast knowledge of scripture. There are many with much more knowledge than I, and many who can quote verses and addresses with ease. Reading through the Bible over 6 times and studying various books, words and lessons, God has developed in me a great deal of knowledge that I can draw from in all types of distresses. This knowledge is wonderful to have but I need something else to activate this knowledge and make it applicable in tough situations. Paul told us that the Word of God is our sword in battle, our only offensive weapon.. But He also said we needed our shield. The shield protects us from our enemy by dispelling the thoughts he throws at s all the time. Paul says the shield is our faith. The psalmist says it is the Lord. Combine the two and you have faith in the Lord. Attach that your knowledge and you can move mountains!

Psalm 59:11 King James Version
11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

Rest in His Arms

He is my rock, my refuge, my fortress strong
When I rest in His arms, it is like being inside a walled city
All my provision is there
All my comfort is there
No enemy can breach those walls
No amount of taunting by the enemy can be heard
Because He is my protector
He is my deliverer
He has already defeated my enemy
I need to learn to rest in His victory
All to often I walk outside those walls
I wander from the path
I want to make it on my own
I can feel myself being drawn to my enemy
I wait to long to run back to Him
And I fall. I fall hard
So hard I cry out to Him
He comes to my rescue every time
He picks me up and cradles me in His loving arms
He returns me to my place of shelter
And I am safe once again
Oh, God
Full of mercy and grace, wonder and awe
I don’t know why you put up with me, but you do
For that I will praise you and lift you high
For you are my rock, my refuge and my fortress
I can rest in your arms.

His mercy and grace are so much more than I can understand.  Over and over again sin knocks at my door and I let it in.  Whether it’s my pride rising up, or arguing, or gossiping and backbiting.  Or it may be what some would see as more severe.  From the smallest sin to man’s worst nightmare, they are all the same to Him.    All of them are simple disobedience to His word and deserve His judgment.  But I when I cry out to Him, He sees me with eyes of compassion, He extends His mercy and He surrounds me with His grace.  Why would I want to leave such a wonderful love as this.

I will do all I can to stay in His loving arms.  I will resist the urge to go out on my own and try to make it on my own strength.  I will abide in His presence, in the shadow of His wings, all the day long.  I will not trust my wisdom but depend on His.  For I know that all I will do is wander.  My heart is prone for  that.  This earth and all its beauty also contains my enemy.  I must resist him and his allure.  I must keep my eyes fixed on Jesus for he is the one who will keep me safe.  I will rest in Him

Psalm 62:5-8

5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 
8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

A Blessing For You

May the Lord be with you
May His face shine upon you
May His grace wash over you
May His presence abide within you
May His Spirit anoint you
May His mercy pursue you
May His peace instill calm in you
May His joy take sorrow from you
May His hope inspire you
May His patience quiet you
May His power embolden you
May His strength encourage you
May His glory instill awe in you
May His faith cast doubt from you
May His love surround you
Forever and ever
Amen

There are times we wonder why He would love us. Why would He die for us? Why would He have mercy on us? Why would He leave His wonderful throne of glory and come to this earth as a little babe in a lowly manger? Why would he endure the constant murmuring and ridicule of the Pharisees? Why would He allow Himself to be taken by Roman soldiers, beaten within inches of His life, and be delivered to a cross? Why did He not call legions down from heaven to save Himself? Why did He not fight back? Why did He not tell Pilate who He really was? Why did He not defend Himself against the false witnesses? So many questions. All of them answered by one simple fact. He loved us so much He was willing to give His life as a ransom for our sins. All to bless us!

Receive this blessing today on your life. As the Holy Spirit has given it to me, so I penned it for you this day. Know that He loves you more than you can possibly imagine and that He wants was best for you. Know that not matter what you are going through right now He will make it come out for good. Know that He will never leave you or forsake you. Know that he will speak to you in a still small voice every hour of every day. Know that everything is going to be okay and be blessed!

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

He Was….But He

He was a King
But He became a servant
He was mocked
But He gives comfort
He was despised
But He loves me
He was rejected
But He accepts me
He was questioned
But He is the answer
He was unforgiven
But He forgave us
He was weak
But He gives us strength
He was called a liar
But He is the truth
He was thought to be lost
But He is the way
He wept over Jerusalem
But He dries our tears
He was always traveling about
But He gives us rest
He was troubled in the garden
But He gives us peace
He was forsaken by those closest to Him
But He will never leave us
He was silent before Herod
But He is the Word of Life
He was beaten
But He gives healing
He was crowned with thorns
But He gives us wisdom
He was thirsty
But He is the living water
He was burdened with our sin
But He took our sin away
He was crucified
But He gives us life
He was dead
But He gives us power
He was laid in a dark tomb
But He is the Light
He was alone in the grave
But He is always with us
He was buried
But He rose again
He went back to heaven
But He’s coming back soon

Just Pray

In the darkness
In the quiet
In the loneliness they felt
Women weeping
Men in anguish
Their world had been upset

Yesterday
They saw Him die
Jesus was their closest friend
For three years
Day after day
They had heard Him preach the word

They saw Him heal the sick
Raise the dead
Open blind eyes
Make the deaf to hear
The dumb to speak
Cleanse the leper
Stop the issue of blood
Turn water into wine
They saw Him do all these things
Now He was gone
They were alone

I can imagine
They took time to pray
Time to reflect on all He had done
He told them he would rise form the dead
Bit they did not believe that was possible
All they could do was pray
Ask God what’s next
What do they do now?

Isn’t that what we should ask
What now Lord?
What is your next task
Your next mission
Who should I witness to
What should I say
Give me the words
And the boldness
These are things we should pray about
Not to be blessed
But to be a blessing
In times of uncertainty
As the disciples certainly had this day
Pray
Then pray some more
Then pray even more
Pray and God will answer
Pray and God will speak
Pray and God will show you His way
Just pray!

The Believers Life

Go and Do

Do you wonder who you are
or what you should do
if you are a Christian?
Do you wonder what His plan is
or what His will is
for your life?
The answer is clearly written
Clearly spelled out
In His word

You are the salt of the earth
The light of the world
The hope of nations
You are a child of the king
Adopted into God’s family
An heir of His blessing
You are a royal priest
A peculiar person
A chosen generation
You are washed in the blood
Redeemed by the Lamb
Unto good works

Your mission is to preach the gospel
Unto all the earth
Baptizing as you go
Heal the sick
Bring sight to the blind
Open the deaf ears and dumb mouths
Let your light shine
So all may see your good works
And glorify God
You are to be meek
poor in spirit
hungry and thirsty for righteousness
Peacemakers
Mournful over sin
Reapers of the harvest
You are to speak
words of edification
That will minister grace
You are to show
love to your enemy
joy in the midst of trials
You are to forgive
all who may wrong you
and not be offended
You are to love
without hypocrisy
unconditionally
You are to bear all things
Believe all things
Hope all things
Endure all things
You are not to be proud
Or backbiters
Or gossipers
You are to be pure just
‘ Honest and true
Virtuous and full of praise

All of these things and many more
Are found in His word
A letter of love to you
If you’re looking for your purpose
It is already written
Now Go and Do!

The Believers Life

You’re Beautiful, Lord

You’re beautiful, Lord
My eyes behold your glory in the heavens
My lips sing your praise on the earth
My ears long to hear your still, small voice
I smell the fragrance of the afternoon rains and I rejoice
My feet are swift to run to you
My arms reach out to embrace you
You’re beautiful, Lord

You’re wonderful, Lord
You paid the price for my sin
You took the stripes for my healing
You were nailed to a cross to set me free
Your blood was spilled to cleanse my mind
You rose again to give me eternal life
You are coming back to take me home
You’re wonderful, Lord

I will lift up my voice and praise you’re sweet name
Jesus, King of Kings
Jesus, Lord of Lords
Jesus, Lamb that was slain for me
Jesus, my redeemer
Jesus, My Savior
Jesus, forever He will be with me

Trust Him

Trust God!
What a concept we should follow.

Trust Him
in the midst of the battle,
in the height if the storm,
in the depths of the valley
and in my deepest sorrow.

Trust Him
when He does not answer,
when He seems far away,
when I don’t hear His voice
and when I feel lost and alone.

Trust Him
even if I am sick,
or poor,
or hungry
or thirsty,
even if my soul longs to be closer to Him
yet my flesh keeps me away.

Trust Him
when I can’t trust in myself,
my family,
my friends,
my neighbors,
my coworkers,
or even people in my church.

Trust Him.
Always trust Him!