Sunday, September 10, 2017


Today’s┬áReading: Psalms 1-3

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


In the northern Israel region where the tribe of Dan settled, cool streams come off snow-capped Mount Herman to join other streams and continue south as the Jordan River. Psalm 1:3 says that the blessed person will be “like a tree planted by the rivers of water…”

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verses: Psalm 1:2, 2:7, 3:3

His delight…in His law he meditates day and night.

The Lord has said to me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You.

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.


First Psalm – the choice is ours to make! Either we will be like the well-watered fruit tree or like chaff, which the wind drives away. All who are faithful daily in meditating on God’s Word will be blessed people. Is that a sufficient reason for this blog?

Second Psalm – the Son of God is revealed. As the ancient Christian creed declares of Jesus, He is “Very God of Very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father.” There are those who teach that Jesus is a created being, an angel. False! They’ve probably knocked on your door at some time (Luke 1:34-38). Also, Hebrews chapter one (click here) expands on the prophetic words of Psalm 2.

Third Psalm – the shepherd boy who became king wrote these words and music for stringed instruments to accompany the singing of his words. David’s poems, for the most part, are most encouraging and have an optimistic outlook on life. His experience was that the Lord lifted up his head! Let us now look up, and away from the pessimists who say, “There is no help for him in God.” Amen!!! and Amen!!!


Lord God, I pray with the shepherd king, “Arise, O Lord; save me O my God!” (Psalm 3). I pray that I will “serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling” (Psalm 2). I also pray that I will be like the tree beside the free-flowing waters, blossoming with Your beauty and then bearing good fruit! (Psalm 1). Amen!


Recently Norma-Jean wrote out, in her beautiful handwriting, a statement which fits in with most of the Psalms. Here it is: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of opportunities. An optimist makes opportunities of difficulties.”

Yours for an optimistic outlook, almost always expecting something good to happen!


22 thoughts on “Sunday, September 10, 2017

  1. Thank you David for your faithfulness to this blog.
    Reading God’s Word And this blog is my morning start for the day.
    ‘With God ALL things are possible’..
    He is my Hope, my Strength, my joy.
    May God be your strength for today David.
    You are loved.
    Have a blessed day all my blog friends.

    • Oh amen, Eleanor. Indeed, you are so loved by all of us, dear David. We are so grateful to you and wish you and your family a blessed day, together, enjoying the grace and fruit and Presence of the Lord! May it be well in your soul!

      • Amen!! Thank you David and the Maines family for your faithfulness to God’s word and for your willingness to reach out to all of us with this blog.

  2. Amen to your prayer and optimistic encouragement, David and Norma-Jean! For you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high! God, you bring peace to my soul. Saints, I need your prayers on deciding today whether I should take a place I saw yesterday, to move to Prince Edward County. God, show me Your Will. Wishing all a blessed day as we worship our Lord, together!

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NRSV

    Chris Tomlin – At The Cross (Love Ran Red) (Lyrics & Chords)

    • Blessings Beverlee Kay
      moving is so difficult! Praise the Lord you have a place to move to! Lord is this the right place for this pp? Lord we ask that You would speak clearly to this pp; if it is the right place, then we ask You dear Lord to put all the pieces together for her…bless her daily walk; give her wisdom and discernment; thank you Lord, I Jesus Name we Pray also……

      see my blog also…..

    • Lord God, in Jesus Name I come to you, asking for wisdom for Beverlee; for Your peace of mind as she looks to you for direction. Lord your Word in Jeremiah 33:3a says: ” Call on Me and I will answer you…”

  3. Oh Lord God, we cry out to You, to bring all the people in path of the hurricane in Florida before You, now. Please, Lord, protect them with Your loving wings, keep them safe, and give them strength. May they find their courage and comfort in You, Lord. In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen, amen, and amen.

  4. Father God
    I pray for Beverlee that you will help Beverlee make the decision of where you
    know is right for her, and please keep those who in harms way of the hurricanes
    find a safe place . My brothers friends are there, and even though I don’t know them
    I feel for them . In Jesus name Amen

  5. I had not seen before, He is a “Shield around me” before. I knew His Name is Shield but “around me” is so comforting. I have friends in St Martin (eye of storm went thru), I have family in Miami, & friends with twins (2 yr olds) in Mexico City (8.1 earthquake). May God be Shield around them all & others. May God open the door of His choosing for you Beverley. Amen

  6. I like Norma-Jean’s statement…so true!

    Thanks for the links, the prayer and comments for the day, Pastor David!
    King David’s beautiful uplifting Psalms. What a blessing!!

    singing “My Glory and the lifter of my head, my glory and the lifter of my head; for thou Oh Lord are a shield to me, my glory and the lifter of my head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, I cred unto the Lord with my voice, II cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of His Holy Hill. My glory and the lifter of my head.”
    I don’t know whether there is a link for it; Perhaps Beverlee you are able to post it if there is link; would be much appreciated!

  7. Norma-Jeans comments is very true! Praise the Lord!

    my situation: I decided a month ago that I would be willing to sell my mobile and move uptown! I don’t want any more responsibility in looking after a home!
    Please pray the Lord will grant me a financial breakthrough to fix the fence and the rear of the home, replace 2 toilets, get a coating on the roof; replace motors in dishwasher & washing machine and belt on the dryer! I have people who can do these repairs!
    I have one application to fill out regarding a place uptown, I don’t know if this is what the Lord wants for me! I need prayers for the Lord to speak clearly to me; and to guide me and supply me with all the monies I will need to fix things! Once these things are done, and I don’t have a place to move to; I will be patient and wait! I have a person who sells home; I will meet with them and discuss the situation!
    Accommodations is absolutely none! Very scary!
    PRAISE AND THANK THE LORD MY FRIENDS FOUND A PLACE TO LIVE! It is first floor but has an elevator! We thank the Lord an d now we ask the Lord to provide a safe wheel chair for the wife! Thank you Lord, In Jesus Name we pray amen

  8. Irene Ochotta – I pray God has helped you in your decision making regarding a financial situation! I pray and thank the Lord for leading and guiding! It is not easy! I know!
    God bless you sweet pp!

    Praise and thank the Lord we have had some rain in British Columbia; has put out some fires! TY Lord

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