HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY
Suggested Reading: Psalms 143-144
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Key Verses: Psalm 144:15
Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!
Psalm 143 is the kind of prayer we all need to pray when we are in distress. David prays, “Hear my prayer, O Lord!” “Answer me speedily!” “Do not hide Your face from me!” “Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning!” (could this blog be an answer to that prayer?) “Cause me to know the way in which I should walk!” “Deliver me, O Lord!” “Revive me, O Lord!”
Psalm 144 is delightful! King David asks the question, “What is man?” David’s answer is “a breath,” and “a shadow,” but man also has the potential to be “Happy” during our brief time here on earth. This question, “What is man?” is quoted in Hebrews chapter 2 in the New Testament. We may want to take time to meditate on these words given by the writer to the Hebrew people. We’ll find that Jesus is the greatest joy of all!!! (click here). David prayed, “Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down!” (144:2a). God did come down! We can sing with great happiness, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, there is a one word prayer I pray daily, “HELP!” I am confident You heard my prayer in advance of my time on earth, and You have come down to me in the Person of Jesus Christ, in whose Name I pray. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My daughter, Elaine Stacey, gave me a gift of a book called, “Happy, Happy, Happy.” It’s the story of the Robertson family. Perhaps you’ve seen the reality TV series called, Duck Dynasty. Phil Robertson, at one time, was an alcoholic who met Jesus and Jesus made him a new man. I’m praying that this same encounter will happen in the life of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford! In Phil’s book I read the facts, whereas in the TV show the producers water down the testimony of Jesus that this family want to share with the whole world. The producers even put in “bleeps” to make out that they were swearing. The Robertsons are quite upset at this and when they are not edited, they make it clear that they don’t swear! Here’s an interview with Jase, Phil’s son, that aired on 100 Huntley Street earlier this year (click here). Phil has lived to see his children blessed as David prayed, “Sons as plants, and daughters as pillars!” (Psalm 144:12).
Yours for being able to say with Phil, “Happy, Happy, Happy!”
P.S. Norma-Jean bought me the shirt I’m wearing in the picture below, and my grandson, Nathaniel Shaheen, put on a beard for the photo! My hat is a gift from Chief Sunrise, a great first nations leader from the North West Territories. The Chief, with the name, “Sunrise,” shows the “Reality” of Psalm 143:8, God’s “Loving kindness in the morning.”