A Psalm for All…

This is one of my favorite Psalms. It has something that applies to everyone, everywhere at sometime in their Life. If you have not yet faced any of the situations, circumstances or trails listed in these passages… just hold on, your time is coming!

God is faithful and He uses all the sad times, bad times and glad times that Life is made up of, to prove His love and His faithfulness to his children…

You are one of His children…  If you do not know that yet, let me be the first to tell you!

You may be away from home right now or you may deliberately be heading in the opposite direction from your destination, but you are still His child and He wants you to know that…

Please don’t be one who has to keep silent in the end; be one who shouts praises to the love, graciousness and faithfulness of Our Father…

Love in Him! 

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~ Psalm 107~

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.

23 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; 38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.

39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
40 he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.

41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.
42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.

43 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.

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The End or The Beginning?

You decide

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And on the Seventh Day ??? Sabbath, Sunday?

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
— Mark 2:27

This is a profound statement by Jesus, to the Religious Rulers, which we today would do well to give much thought. ~ Think about it!!! ~

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~ What did Jesus mean by making this statement? ~

Let’s Explore

First I think we need to return to the Creation account in Genesis… There we find God bringing our physical world into existence. If this was a literal “six-day” creation is not the point of this article. The seventh day is our focus today.

Lets do return to the sixth day and review all that existed at that time, on that day. We have Light, separated from Darkness. We have waters above, separated from waters below by an entity called “sky”… We have waters under the sky being gathered into one place so dry ground appears and the calling of the waters “seas” and the calling of dry ground “land”… We have all the different vegetation called forth from the “land”, we have the “sky” bringing forth lights, the solar system for many purposes. We also have all the various forms of “sea” life and birds called forth from their respective environments, “water and air”… We have all forms of animal life, creatures that crawl on the ground, wild beast and maybe domesticated animals as well called forth from the “land” … And finally we have “man” (mankind?) called forth from the Image and Likeness of God Himself… whew, that is a lot of work, don’t you think?

Now I have said all of that to get to this: ” As the first chapter of Creation (genesis, beginnings) comes to a close what is missing?… The Seventh Day is missing in the created order of things, strange don’t you think?

In Genesis Chapter Two, verse One we read: “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” … Still no Seventh Day, no Sabbath mentioned in the “Completed” creation account !!! Is there an intentional reason for the division here? I think so, do you?

I do not intend to get into a long drawn-out theological discussion on this as I believe we have already ruled and reasoned away most of the “Mystery” in the Bible anyway. I do however think it fascinating how things which are not so apparent get overlooked so easily by most of us.. myself included. I am trying to correct this limitation in myself and thought maybe you would like to do the same…?

I am not going into a lot of details, nor am I going to try to prove a point… I just think we need to pause sometimes where the Bible has built-in a place to pause… and ponder. Pondering has become a “lost discipline” of the past, in this fast paced generation and culture we live in, and we have lost our ability to “think” ponder on things for ourselves. We have opted for instruction, teaching, education, formulas, methods, indoctrination and such. I am not saying any of these things are wrong in and of themselves, however when we become so accustomed to only these, that we no longer know how to think on our own, then we all will be led by the “few” who do think for themselves and do not confined themselves to doctrine, dogma, indoctrination and such… Ok, I went into a little more detail than I had planned, so forgive me please?

What I was trying to get to is, “the Seventh Day” was not part of the “Six Day” creation… it was a special day separated by a whole different chapter… There was intended to be a pause there to stop, reflect, ponder, dwell on, etc.; Intentionally placed there originally or not, the pause is there nonetheless… so what could it mean?

I am not going to tell you what it means… that would defeat the purpose of the “Seventh Day” that would defeat the purpose of the “Sabbath” that would defeat the purpose of the “Pause”… Of the “Day to Ponder”… It would defeat the purpose of this post and it would remove all the Mystery for you…

I will however let you in on something… it can be any day, but not at all like any other day. It is a special day that can happen any day of the week… it is not even really a day at all, as it could actually last for the rest of your life! … It is a Day, The Day of a brand New Chapter in your Life…

Now, have a Good  Day and ~ Think about it!!! ~