Sunday, October 13, 2013

GOD’S FACE AND FAVOUR!

Suggested Reading: Psalms 79-80

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Date palms flourishing in the Israeli heat of the Jordan Rift Valley.

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Key Verse: Psalm 80:14-15

Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts;

Look down from heaven and see,

And visit this vine

And the vineyard which Your right hand has planted,

And the branch that You made strong for Yourself.

 

Psalm 79 pictures Jerusalem destroyed by surrounding nations. Yet at the time of Asaph Jerusalem was in the process of building the Temple. Under David and Solomon they experienced a period of safety and prosperity. Therefore Asaph was given a prophecy of a time to come when the Babylonians, the Greeks, and the Romans would, at various times, fulfill this prophecy. Approximately 1/3 of the Bible is prophecy. Therefore we would do well to be aware of what will come on the earth in our future or in the future of our children.

Three times in Psalm 80 we’ve read the prayer, “Restore us O God!” Our key verse cries out for God’s return and reminds God that He has planted His people as a vineyard. Three times also Asaph prays for God’s face to shine upon them. Without the sunshine the vineyard cannot be healthy. We need to cry out for God’s favour on our land, repenting for our sins and the sins of the people of this world.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Thank You Father God, that You have restored me and others in our time by sending “The true Vine,” our Lord Jesus Christ! May I see Your face in Jesus today. I pray for Your continuing grace, Your favour, making Your face to shine upon us all. I ask with faith in the One who said, “I am the true vine,” Jesus Himself. Amen!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve just read Isaiah 5:1-7. This is a song sung by Isaiah about the vineyard of God’s people hundreds of years after Asaph’s song and just before the fulfillment of Asaph’s prophecy by the army of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. I’ve also read John 15:1-11, where Jesus, the true Vine, shows us the way to live so that, as Jesus said, “Your joy may be full.” The key words are: “Abide in Me (as a branch abides in the vine) and My words abide in you.”

In about three hours Norma-Jean and I will head out to our Sunday morning church service. I’m confident that through Jesus’ words, which I expect our pastor, Rev. Kevin Shepherd will preach, our joy will be full! This coming week, as branches abiding in the Vine, we’ll hang out with our neighbours and bear good fruit to share with them. Amen!

Yours to bless my blog partners and to try to keep my words closer to 100,

David

 

14 thoughts on “Sunday, October 13, 2013

  1. Father God
    Help me to learn to abide in you for I find it is not easy for me
    in this world . When you were here everything was at a slow
    pace and to have a relationship with you we must be together
    In Jesus name
    Amen
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

  2. http://youtu.be/wn7sn6RjoY0 I always enjoy this song and it helps me try to listen and see temptations and trials from a different point of view. Hopefully it speaks to you too and you are able to realize what situation God is presently using to speak in your life:) have a lovely thanksgiving my blogg family in Christ

  3. May our Lord’s sunshine revive and restore as we share from our heart with family and friends what we are so greatful for and to Whom, this beautiful Thanksgiving weekend! Blessings, to all!

  4. I presume we all fined when we do not stay close to the Vine, things are just not right, but how blessed we are to have a Loving Saviour waiting to gather us under His wings.

    Wishing everyone A HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY! Worship His Holiness.

  5. I am always encouraged as I read your blog, the Word is powerful.
    David, by your life you are an encourager, God bless you, Helen

  6. Yes without Him we can do nothing , and the more we draw near to God He draws near to us , Thank you Jesus that you are the true vine and we are the branches help us to cling tight to you , because we would have no sucess in life if ee arent living close to you , Help us to stay in the vine OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
    I DEDICATE MY LIFE TO YOU AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN ME AND ALL THE PEOPLE ON THIS BLOG AND GRANT THEM FAVOR AND A HAPPY THANKSGIVING
    TO YOU DAVID AND NORMA JEAN AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY IN JESUS NAME AMEN

  7. Spent four days with Ron and Ann in Lancaster. First time to be with you and your family, although I have been a supporter for some years. May God continue to bless all that you do. I am amazed. Special prayers for Ann, her sister Vonnie and family. Wish I was going with you in November. God bless

  8. Happy Thanksgiiving to all fellow readers, and to David, Norma-Jean and family. We are so blessed by this blog every day.
    Psalm 79:13 really spoke to me today.
    So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture,
    Will give You thanks forever,
    We will show forth Your praise to all generations.
    LORD, help me stay attached to the vine and carry out Your will.
    This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
    P.S.
    Never apologize for going over 100 words. Just so enjoying them as well as all the thoughts and prayers of everyone who comments.

  9. Yes, thank the Lord for His face shining upon us, the vineyard.
    Happy and blessed Thanksgiving, Pastor David and family and all bloggers!

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