Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vanquishing Your Past Sins!

Vanquishing Your Past Sins!

WHERE O WHERE IS YOUR PAST? It’s in your past!
Get it?

What does God’s Word tell us to do with our past?

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

Did you catch the instructions in this passage?

• Forget
• Reach
• Press

There are a myriad of biblical examples of how our LORD freely forgave, cleansed,and restored precious souls – and that’s what YOU are to Him.

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

Where are your past sins?

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12

The true believer is to “go and sin no more” and so we do not have a license to sin. We are called to confess them and turn from them by His blessed, infinite power – “He giveth more grace” to the humble (James 4:6-10).

The LORD made full provision for man's sin - before and after He saves that person. For those who feign to live in sinless perfection, they scoff at, ignore, and purposely neglect the many verses on this topic. The modern pharisee is self-righteous and will not acknowledge his present need for God's grace and mercy. I am not hinting of sin being okay or necessary - it's not (Rom. 6:14). We have been given His full ability to choose life and live pleasing to the LORD in all things. We are also told that God's grace and mercy are abundant towards His children - if they will return, repent, and forsake their evil ways. Go read Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:24-26; 1 John 1:3-2:2, etc.

"For in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee." Isaiah 60:10

God is able to grant the victory in every single situation and instance:

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57

When there is sin, it is 100% our fault - not God's.

"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." James 1:13-18

Sunday, February 13, 2011



“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Job 13:15

Job had just lost all of his children and yet held fast his integrity toward the LORD His God. He would not allow his wife or any other entity sway his thoughts. This was a man with a real relationship with the living God - one not based on circumstance. First, foremost, and separate from all else, Job loved and worshipped the LORD with his whole heart.

We must come to the place where our LORD alone is our ultimate fulfillment. If there was no healing, housing, financial blessings, or any benefit outside of knowing Him, would we be content with just having God? Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal any idolatry or spiritual adultery (lusts or love of the world) to our own hearts that the very reason for our perpetual existence is to get to know Jesus Christ our Creator and Savior.

“That I may know him...” Philippians 3:10

The LORD makes His purpose for man abundantly clear in Scripture from his very creation in the Garden - fellowship. We still live in God's garden and this is for the reason of getting to know the One who created us in His image. All of our learning and teaching should be rooted in this paramount fact: THE CHIEF END OF OUR EXISTENCE IS TO KNOW HIM and all things come from, through and to Jesus Christ, the Almighty God of all that is (Rom. 11:36; 14:9; Col. 1:15-17; Rev. 1:8). It is not enough to know about Him - we must know Him.

Much of the preaching here in America is missing the mark of perfection, because it does not center on this predominant Biblical truth - knowing Him. Often, doctrines of secondary importance are excessively and unduly tended to, such as self-help programs, monetary prosperity, physical healing, etc. None of these can prevent one from going to eternal perdition, but knowing Him can and will.

Is it enough to know the Word of God? Or must we get to know the God of the Word? Many of America's so-called Christian colleges/institutions major in blackboard theory about God, while almost completely neglecting the intimate knowledge that He created us for. This defective philosophy is thus doled out to many, at the local level, through those who have been led to believe this error and imbalance in these institutions. The LORD would have us to seek His face daily and that there be an ongoing experience of fellowship. Theorizing about God is what religion does, true disciples are to walk in the Spirit, communing with the God who made us and saved us, for “truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 Jn. 1:3)

God's purpose for creating man is anchored in the words of the Son of God:

"And this is life eternal, THAT THEY MIGHT KNOW THEE the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." John 17:3

The Humble Posture

Mary sought the fellowship of Jesus. She sat at His holy feet. This is the fitting posture for the creation - to sit at the feet of His Maker and Redeemer and drink from the cup of His infinite wisdom, learning of and leaning fully upon Him. This is the very reason that Jesus came to the earth - so that we could get to know God, starting now, and extending throughout eternity. Recall what Jesus said concerning His assessment of Mary and Martha (Luke10:38-42). He was well pleased with Mary because she took time to commune with Him and He took time to note this for us. Mary left the things of this fleeting world to come apart with her permanent Savior. She was building a relationship with Him and following His precise design for her existence. We would do well to take a fresh, PRAYERFUL look at this passage.

Notice, in this recorded scenario, that Jesus paid a visit to Mary and Martha's home. He found one working for Him and the other simply worshipping Him.

"Mary...sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered (consumed) about much serving..." Luke 10:39-40

It was not necessarily sinful for Martha to be laboring physically, but Jesus said that sitting at His feet was better - "that good part". God did not create man to work for Him, but rather to worship Him. Of course we know that physical work is God-ordained and laziness is a sin, yet there is a divine priority system in place. The physical things of this life have their rightful place in our lives, but when we are excessively enmeshed with activities and mere things, while neglecting our intimacy with God, we should be convicted of possessing misdirected and sinful priorities of the heart. Mary found contentment with the Person of Jesus Christ, while Martha insisted on being overly entangled with her earthly activities - she no doubt denied the movement of the Spirit in her heart in leading her to the Savior’s feet. Martha wallowed in the temporal, while Mary relished and clung to the eternal - her relationship with our LORD.

What is the current level of fruitfulness in your life?

“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:19

Does your life presently reflect that of Mary or Martha? As Jesus looks upon your life, does He find you endlessly caught up in a whirlwind of frivolity/pettiness, and materialsim, OR, settled, at His feet - getting to know Him and learning to love Him supremely?

"But one thing is needful: and MARY HATH CHOSEN that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:42

In Scripture, Mary is always seen at Jesus' feet:

"Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down AT HIS FEET..." John 11:32

"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment." John 12:3

Mary was obedient to the original intent of the Most High in making man. She was blessed with much grace, due to humbling herself at the feet of Jesus. This we see and know because the wisdom of God says “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:6-8)

It is truly amazing how those seemingly difficult "mountains" of this life become reduced to mere mold hills when and as we spend intimate moments seeking our Lord. As we “submit” ourselves wholly to Him, we are enabled by His mighty power to “resist the devil” and he must “flee.”

Obviously, the Garden of Eden was a private or secret place reserved/created as a cocoon for Adam, Eve, and God. This was for God's design - intimacy. This insight may be broadened and supported by Psalms 91:1 and Matthew 6:6.

In prayer if God is not reaching my heart and me His, I am not praying (but playing). Prayer, simply put, is communion with God. Prayer is embarking upon a journey in the spirit to know God in a deeper dimension, accessing the holy throne of His presence through the blood of Jesus. It is not enough for us to conquer our prayer directive or journal/list of requests, we must experience God when we seal yourself off from the world and unto Him. We must seek to hear His voice, to be drawn closer to Him.

The person who elects to sit at the Savior's feet, in private communion, comes into agreement with Him and His divine purposes. Such a person is conforming to the very purpose for his existence and that for which Christ came to earth. To sit at his feet, is simply to get to know Him through prayer communion.
What words could possibly begin to hint of the unfathomable and “so great salvation” His precious blood has provided for us! (Heb. 2:3)

"O taste (experience) and see (view) that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." Psalms 34:8

The experience of knowing God will relieve one of his taste for this fleeting, soon-to-be-renovated world. The heart of the diligent seeker who hungers for the holy presence of our Lord will be as a hot-air balloon, which when loosed from its shackles, will soar upward where it belongs, seated together with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). The one who is consumed with the knowing Christ will sever his ties with that which holds him bound to the earthly and truly commune with Him at the throne of His glorious grace (Heb. 4:14-16)

Christ has made us fit to be accepted in the Father through the shedding of His sinless blood.

"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." Ephesians 1:6

It is certain that we can do nothing to merit the love of God by human effort. His love was poured out at Calvary and is the gift bestowed upon us who have believed upon Him unto eternal life. Our communion with Him is simply a desire after the fact/of His love and He promised to fill all those who “hunger and thirst after righteousness.” (Matt. 5:6). Our identity is in Jesus Christ who is our Maker and Redeemer.

“A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.” Jeremiah 17:12


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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Madness to Mercy-todd-tomasella

From Condemnation to Consolation

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10

Sometimes we vainly think we are sinless due to not actually acting out a sin and yet some have “conceived” sin in the heart and so it is a violation of the holiness of God who “looketh upon the heart” of all men (1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 15:3; Matthew 5:28; James 1:13-15). I fear for the souls of those who look clean and spiritual on the outside to mere men and yet are full of hatred, lust, covetousness, adultery, and uncleanness on the inside where all sin originates/is conceived.

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Matthew 15:18-20

"True holiness" only comes from God Himself who works within the heart of the abiding believer who is walking in the light with our LORD Jesus (Ephesians 4:21-24; John 15:1-16; 1 John 1:7).

The pharisaaical wolves of today teach an outward religion that is void of the life of God and leading millions to eternal damnation.

Like the hell bound Pharisees of Christ’s day, some today look down upon other believers who have actually acted out a certain sin. Yet, God looks on the heart and sees the wickedness of their own hearts even though men can’t see that iniquity.

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” Matthew 23:25-28

All sin must be repented of – secret, presumptuous, heart only, and/or performed sin. God is able when we truly submit our lives to Him who is worthy.

“Moreover by them (God’s words) is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:11-14

When we are blessed to have a truly repentant heart and sincerely render repentance, the blood of Jesus touches the conscience and cleanses us to march on fully guiltless, blessed, and thankful to serve our LORD and Master.

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14

What does God’s Word instruct His children to do with the past and the present?

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

No one has to sin – it’s a choice. Yet, when the believer returns to the LORD and is forgiven and cleansed afresh by Christ’s perfect blood, he can say with the apostle Paul: "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8:33-34)

To anyone who would condemn you, you could proclaim the Good News to that person something like this: “Well If I am such a terrible being, shameful, sinful, deceitful, and whatever else you are saying about me, then that gives great hope to YOU! Why? – because if the LORD can receive my confession and repentance and bestow His divine grace and mercy on me, forgive, restore, and bless my life once again after I sinned/erred, then He can do the same for you!!!! Hallelujah!!!!!””

In light of our own utter need for God’s present grace and mercy, we should view our brethren and sisters with great mercy and grace in God’s restorative love. As we ourselves have been granted undeserved, and unmerited mercy, we should be possessed with this same joy and blessing in our thoughts toward others (Ephesians 4:32).

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

Never forget the myriad of benefits that were purchased by the very blood of the Son of God for you:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.” Psalms 103:2-5

Full access to the Father has been granted:

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly (with full confidence) unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

Abundant pardon awaits all who come with contrite and sincere heart before the LORD, obeying His requirement to confess and forsake any sin:

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7

When condemned by others over a sin you committed in the past, remember this: "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8:33-34)

May the LORD also bless us to extend His mercies and compassion on the fallen also. They are new every morning praise God.

The LORD told us that He "delighteth in mercy" but only gives it to those who fear Him and obey what He says. He will eternally condemn all who die in sin and yet the LORD delights to restore and does not desire that any should perish (Ps. 103:11; Isaiah 1:18-20; Lam. 3:19-23; Micah 7:18-19; 2 Pet. 3:9).

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19

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Downward Dying–Upward Rising2

Part 2

The believer’s cross – as taken up in obedience to the crucified Savior – is that cross that separates us from the world, the fleshly self, and those who are perishing (Rom. 1:16; 6:7; 1 Cor. 1:18; Gal. 2:20; 6:14; Col. 1:14, 20). The cross is the answer and solution to all of man’s problems, not self-help programs or books, seminars, conferences, seminary, 12-step programs, or any other counterfeit.

“I, like other believers, have tasted the resurrection blessing after a dying to self. Once you taste it, it becomes easier the next time. It's not a formula that always works (we should never think we can put God in a box), but it is God's program for today. The cross has replaced the law (Gal. 3:1-3; 2:19-21). Only the cross can stamp out self. Every other program ends up in licentiousness (license for sin) or legalism.” Travis Bryan III

“A Tree Planted by the Waters”
Jeremiah 17:7
Observe in Jeremiah 17 the fruitfulness of that trusting disciple who is planted down deep into the soil of the LORD:

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

“A tree planted by the waters” goes down deep into the earth and receives simultaneous watering, and is thereby raised up into great fruitfulness. This is a picture of what the LORD intends for each of us. Are you ready to sink down and die deep so that He might raise you high in His power and for His blessed glory?
Those who walk according to another gospel – one that is cross-less – are bound in deception and bound for eternal damnation. They are not being “raised up” by the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, because He simply will not raise up any vessel that is still alive under its own power. He only raises up those that be bowed down in humility before Him and crucified with Christ (Ps. 145:14; Gal. 2:20). “The counsel of the ungodly” would deceive us into skirting the essential cross and doing things in our own feeble and foolish wisdom. With this in mind, let’s prayerfully and carefully read the first Psalm.

Psalms 1:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

The grace, peace, truth, love and fruitfulness of our God abound to each of God’s people this day and hour. The LORD bless and enable each of us to be conformed to the crucified image of Jesus Christ as we expect the soon return of our blessed LORD and Savior (Rom. 8:29; Gal. 2:20).

To all those who are cheerfully giving themselves over to the LORD – who are being crucified with Christ – the exceeding great and precious promise of the LORD is as such:

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8
It is the Holy Spirit of God who allows us to be brought to the revelation and realization of our own complete hopelessness and inability to be right or do right with His enabling grace. He brings us to this place so “that the power of Christ may rest upon” us. In our own “weakness” and our own “infirmities,” as we are crucified with Him, His sufficiency and power rests upon us.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Jesus Christ is the very power and wisdom of God. He who is all in all has been made toward us wisdom and power personified.

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your perfect plan, revealed so clearly in Your Holy Word. At this very moment, if never before, I bow down before You, and ask You to bless my desire to be Yours. Grant repentance where needed and take over my whole vessel. I now yield full control and reign in my life to You. I bow down deeply and beg You to enable me to die deeply, that You might fully possess and raise this life up to bring You glory alone! Amen.

Capture Points
1. Write out Isaiah 37:31 on an index card (with reference). Meditate upon it and memorize it as you carry it with you (KJV recommended).
2. Worshipfully discuss the biblical dynamics of 2 Corinthians 4:10-14.
3. Read Psalms 1.

This is the first chapter in the book "Raised Up" which is available at

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Romans 14

Chapter 14
The weak brother
1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. 14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Romans 14:1-23 (KJV)


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PS 27

Psalm 27

David sustains his faith by the power of God
A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. 11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalms 27:1-14 (KJV)


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Ps 19

Psalm 19
The whole creation shows God's glory
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The word of God, His grace
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Psalms 19:1-14 (KJV)


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