All of creation… an awesome concert of praise! Psalm 148

All of Creation - a concert of praiseMy Bible reading today during “coffee with the Lord” included Psalm 147… You should read it!  It presents a grand vision of every created thing in the entire universe joining in praise to the Lord!

Grand vision?  I mean imagine it!! … Men, women, boys and girls, trees, flowers, a cherry or blueberry, even the sound of a breaking wave in the ocean or a babbling brook, the sound of the wind in the trees… how about the warmth of the sun or the cool of shade… a kitten’s play or the bark of a dog… a towering mountain or grass covered plain… A sparking star or a clap of thunder… All of it, and more, engaged in a song of praise to Creator God!  Wow!  I mean imagine it today!  And participate – lend your voice (or song) in praise!  Let it become an anthem – a mighty, exquisite swelling symphony and choral masterpiece to Creator God!

Here’s the psalm, in case you don’t have your Bible on your lap…

“PRAISE THE LORD! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!  Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!

“Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!  Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

“Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created.  And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!  Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!  Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!

“Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!  Young men and maidens together, old men and children!

“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.  He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. PRAISE THE LORD!”  (Psalm 148 ESV)

From weeping… to joy! A secret

psalm-30-5-FB-Facebook-Cover-TimelineI got up early this morning, put on the coffee for my time of “coffee with the Lord,” got my Bible, picked up my cell phone while the coffee was brewing, checked Facebook and encountered this wonderful post from a missionary friend… (And believe me, someone will need this today!)

“It is a glorious feeling when you have gone to sleep troubled and with sorrow, wanting to hear the voice of the Lord, but aren’t… then you wake up to the sunshine and the voice of the Lord giving you clear direction and guidance! I wouldn’t trade His peace for anything! If you’re waiting on the Lord, don’t quit asking, seeking, or knocking! Pursue Him through pain until He answers!” (Thank you, Sarah Yellowhair Morris!)

That post brought to mind this tidbit from Scripture:

“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning!” (from Psalm 30:5)

Hey, good stuff right there! Keep trusting! Keep praying! Press on… press through!F

Human leaders fail! Only the Lord’s leadership endures and ultimately succeeds!

World leaders 2017We are inclined to look to human leaders for the solutions to national and international problems! Even Christians fall prey to this error! Heated arguments erupt over which leader has the correct solution to our national and international problems. We cast our vote and put our trust in first this leader and then that one… We anxiously anticipate their success and then despair over their failures. What is the solution to this cyclical dilemma?

There is a psalm in the Bible that addresses this problem and urges us to put our trust in the Lord… Psalm 146! He is the One that has the solutions our nation and the world desperately need! Human leaders will always disappoint us and fall short.

Here is what it says… (I read it just this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”)

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

“PUT NOT YOUR TRUST IN PRINCES, IN A SON OF MAN, IN WHOM THERE IS NO SALVATION! WHEN HIS BREATH DEPARTS, HE RETURNS TO THE EARTH; ON THAT VERY DAY HIS PLANS PERISH.

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.

“The Lord sets the prisoners free! The Lord opens the eyes of the blind! The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down! The Lord loves the righteous! The Lord watches over the sojourners! He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

“The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!” (From Psalm 146 ESV)

Just let me say, looking to the Lord, depending on Him, prioritizing and responding to His leadership is much better than expecting flawed human leaders to save us and solve our problems!

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