A PALM AND A CEDAR
Today’s Reading: Psalms 92-94
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Key Verses: Psalm 92:12-14
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing…
Flourish! Flourish! Flourishing! We can choose to be like this as we grow into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Like the Date Palm tree, we can produce really good fruit (dates). Mmmm! Are we hungry yet? Like the Cedars of Lebanon, we can be the building materials for the Temple of God here on earth! We are the temples of the Holy Spirit! We are God’s dwelling place on earth (read 1 Corinthians 6:15-20).
Psalm 93 describes God as the eternal King over all creation!
Psalm 94 is an antidote to fear. “If I say, ‘My foot slips,’ Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul!” (94:18-19).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, in my prayer today I want to present before You everything that causes me to be anxious (I’m listing now privately at least three things that concern me deeply). I’m quoting the Apostle Paul now, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). In His Name I pray, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
The palm tree produces fruit from a young age to old age. I sincerely want to be like that! It’s a reason for this blog! (I want everyone to know that they can start reading with me at any time and, God willing, in two years they will complete the entire Bible). The giant Cedar trees of Lebanon are always green (evergreen). They grow tall and are rooted very deeply, so that they can withstand any storm that comes, without being toppled. I sincerely want to be like that too! These blessings are from God, who grows, strengthens, and makes flourish all who surrender to Him as Saviour and Lord. As Psalm 92:2 tells me “To declare Your lovingkindness every morning” (the blog posted at 6:00 a.m.), and “Your faithfulness every night,” I try to do that also! As I retire at night, I read the Scriptures for the next morning, so they can percolate in my spirit overnight. Then I read the same portion the next morning, praying about what God is saying to me through His Word as I prepare to type these words.
Yours because of God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness!
P.S. Please pray for Ron & Ann Mainse as they take on a new challenge. Ron (who posts this blog for me at 6 a.m. daily) will continue on the 100 Huntley Street telecast reporting from the 24/7 prayer lines (over 13,000,000 calls to date). Instead of the responsibilities of administrative duties as Chief Ministry Officer for Crossroads Christian Communications Inc., he is taking on “Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Institute” as President. Heart to Heart is a ministry to married couples and families. Ann has been a board member of H2H for some time, and now she is joining Ron in helping to lead this ministry. Ron and Ann will be ministering to needs that Ron says makes him “weep and pound the table”…the breakdown of marriages and families. Check out Heart to Heart at www.h2hinstitute.com and be sure to pray for Ron and Ann. Encourage your church to invite them to your church for a Sunday morning or an all-day Saturday marriage seminar with the Heart to Heart team. They are passionate for this very necessary and eternally important cause! Their team will also train “Marriage Mentors” who will minister to other couples under the leadership of the Pastor in the local church.