WORSHIPPING OR GROWLING!!!
Today’s Reading: Psalms 57-59
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Key Verses: Psalm 57:7-11
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and give praise! Awake, my glory! Awake lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn! I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations for Your mercy reaches into the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth!
King David was definitely not shy in giving voice to his worship of God, not only among his own people but “among the nations!” His court would have received many ambassadors from other countries who would witness his worship of the One and only true God. Perhaps they took David’s songs back home with them.
Twice David declares, “My heart is steadfast!” (Psalm 57:7). This kind of confidence in God is never ashamed to worship Him in public. Twice David writes of some people who “growl like a dog!” (59:6,14). No wonder people in rebellion against God growled when they heard David worship so enthusiastically. Even David’s Queen, Saul’s daughter, despised her husband because of his dancing before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:16).
May we who claim to love and serve God never be shy in proclaiming His “GLORY”!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, my prayer is about You! May You “BE EXALTED, ABOVE THE HEAVENS; LET YOUR GLORY BE ABOVE ALL THE EARTH!” Amen!!! And may I do my best to make sure this is happening 24/7. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I remember well returning from Calcutta in the early 1970’s, determined to raise child support for 1,000 needy children. I purchased four hours of TV time on the Kingston, Ontario, CKWS TV station, on a Saturday afternoon for this purpose (Toronto was too expensive). For the first half hour the phones in the studios weren’t very active with sponsorship calls. Then, with great concern, I prayed for guidance. I believed I heard that still small inner Voice of God say, “David just begin to worship and praise Me right here on live television.” So I stopped asking the viewers for their calls and closed my eyes, lifted my hands, and began to say, “Hallelujah! Praise You, Lord God! I worship You! Blessed be Your Name! You, O God, care more then we ever could about these precious children in Calcutta!” I continued this praise and prayer for several minutes. As I did, I heard the telephones beginning to ring. They never stopped ringing for the duration of our live telecast. The goal was met! I turned the names of those who called over to Rev. Bill Newell, Canadian Director of World Vision. This started World Vision using TV to raise sponsors. I’ve never been shy to praise and worship God on television since that time. Please join King David as we together say privately and publicly, “Praise You, O Lord, among the peoples!” (Psalm 57:9a).
Yours for a steadfast heart when in the presence of growling dogs!
P.S. I must take a few more words to point out the contrast between some of David’s words and those of his great-great-(etc.) Grandson, Jesus, who was born in David’s city, Bethlehem. David had some light on the truth of God’s love and mercy. Jesus taught, “Love your enemies.” Please join me in reading Matthew 5:43-48. David did not have the great privilege, as we have, of reading the longest recorded message of Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount.
What a wonderful photo of you, David, and memory on 100 Huntley Street. Praising God in the highest and among the nations. I will lift my high voice to worship you, my King. And I will find my high strength, in the shadow of your wings. Great is your love, higher than the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Two great worship songs based on today’s scripture, Psalm 57. Wishing all saints a most blessed day, in the Lord!
Third Day – Your Love, Oh Lord
Rich Smith & Levi Ministries
Such a beautiful poem, from Streams in the Desert, October 2
“Come ye yourselves apart and rest awhile,
Weary, I know it, of the press and throng,
Wipe from your brow the sweat and dust of toil,
And in My quiet strength again be strong.
“Come ye aside from all the world holds dear,
For converse which the world has never known,
Alone with Me, and with My Father here,
With Me and with My Father not alone.
“Come, tell Me all that ye have said and done,
Your victories and failures, hopes and fears.
I know how hardly souls are wooed and won:
My choicest wreaths are always wet with tears.
“Come ye and rest; the journey is too great,
And ye will faint beside the way and sink;
The bread of life is here for you to eat,
And here for you the wine of love to drink.
“Then fresh from converse with your Lord return,
And work till, daylight softens into even:
The brief hours are not lost in which ye learn
More of your Master and His rest in Heaven.”
Thank you Beverlee-how beautiful! I bought the book because of all your wonderful references to it. Yesterday’s was wonderful too. The storms and battles and trials in our lives actually clear away the shadows, and perfect us and bless us! Praise and Glory to God!!!
Ahhh-praise God, Kathie!! Yes, all for His Glory!!! Amen, dear sister-in-Christ!!!
I was working at World Vision at the time of the telethon for India. I was greatly rushed because of that broadcast. We had just obtained 2 new really amazing IBM system 6 systems. I was a word processing secretary, learning this new computer, which had amazing features. I was able to program it to run ALL night so that we could get the pictures of the children and the info out immediately to those who called. We were so overwhelmed with the volume. Rev. Newell even prayed over the computers (which were very large in those days). Happy to have been part of that.
David, am relating to your message about not being afraid to worship and proclaim His praises. This blog has helped me tremendously in my knowledge and boldness in doing just that on Facebook. Have been able to post many scriptures there to my family and friends and am delighted about it as I know God’s Word will not return unto Him void. It is like a sword and has power. Appreciate what Reynold and Kathy are doing in Uganda as well. Am going to a Ladies’ Retreat this weekend so will be away for the weekend. God bless all.
God bless you, dear Ger. Enjoy your retreat week-end!
In 1985 I participated in your morning TV session in your 100Huntly Street studio in Toronto. What a special moment; as a momento I have the picture of me in the studio.
Praising the Lord with the song: “Be exalted Oh God, above the heavens; Let Your Glory be over all the earth”!!!
Amen, Amen and Amen!!!
Thank you Beverlee for the poem from “Streams in the Desert” Bless you in sharing these ministering words!
God Bless you, dear Irene!!!
Amen David! I wish I could have seen that telethon and the moment you closed your eyes and began to praise God-how beautiful!! Also the gentleman in the video from Wednesday-singing “you raise me up” in front of the crowds on the street-how beautiful!! I pray I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples!!! Amen. Blessings to all!