Tuesday, September 24, 2019

FRET NOT THYSELF

Today’s┬áReading: Psalm 35-37

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In 1667, Pope Clement X commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to build a second fountain in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, which closely followed the design of the Maderno Fountain on the north side of the square. The Bernini Fountain was completed in 1677. In the distance you can see St. Peter’s Basilica and its dome. In our reading today, the psalmist, David, wrote of the Lord, “For with You is the fountain of life” (Psalm 36:9a).

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

 

Key Verses: Psalm 36:8-9a

They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,

And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.

For with You is the fountain of life.

This is not a dull, unexciting existence, but a life of fullness, a river of God’s pleasures, and for us, a “fountain of life!” In the first eight verses of Psalm 37, the words “DO NOT FRET,” begin and end a list that can guarantee us a joy-filled life. (1) Trust in the Lord. (2) Dwell in the land. (3) Delight yourself also in the Lord. (4) Commit your way to the Lord. (5) Rest in the Lord. Now, let’s go back over these five and ask ourselves whether or not they are happening in our lives.

The results of practising the above are summed up in Psalm 37:23-25. We may want to reread these verses, taking time to meditate on them, and then pray the following prayer.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, Grant me the grace to not fret! I am trusting You! I am dwelling with You! I am delighting myself in You! I commit my way to You! Having made this confession, I now rest in You! I pray that the One who lived this way 100% of the time, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom I’ve invited to live in me, will enable me to live as He lived! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Psalm 37:37 brings laughter to me as I read it. When I was a student at EPBC, now Master’s College and Seminary, in Peterborough, Ontario, we, a few students, carried out an odd practice for about two weeks. Some of us would carry in our pockets a marker pencil, and if anyone came across less than humble in a statement or attitude, out would come the marker, and an “X” would be placed somewhere on that person. The original English translations rendered verse 37, “Mark the perfect man!” We had a great deal of fun, but there were actually two messages here. First, I must not think of myself too highly, and second, I should not be so judgmental of others. The New King James translation, which I use for this blog, does not use the word “perfect,” but “blameless.” I learned that I am “in Christ,” and because of Him and Him only, can I be “perfect,” which I’ve come to understand means “complete” or “blameless.” For a New Testament reading, I suggest Ephesians 1:1-23. The words “in Christ” or “in Him” are repeated at least a dozen times. So…as the old English says, “Fret not thyself!!!”

Yours for Joy in our Journey!

David

Another photo angle on the Bernini Fountain in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

8 thoughts on “Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  1. Dear Lord God, thank You for these Psalms today, showing us clearly the battle between good and evil – thank You that the battle belongs to You, and You are mighty and victorious. We commit ourselves, our families, our countries, and our leaders to You, Father, and ask that You lead and guide us in your good ways. Help us to be good witnesses for You today, Lord, we ask in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Thank you Reynold for those spectacular pictures; I love the way the light of the fountain and church shine in the darkness; I was blessed by the added scriptures, thank you David and the 37th Psalm included in the prayer!

    An encouraging word in this morning’s psalms!

  3. Blessings to all, thank you Rob for your inspirational blog…..
    please pray for healing for Jim that all his cancer is gone….
    pray for the right person to come along and rent the back room.
    pray for our families near and far; pray for our leaders;
    pray for our young people near and far;
    pray for the Word of God enter people’s hearts and that they would make a decision to follow the Lord Jesus Christ; pray that people would forgive all the selfishness in their hearts; that they forgive family,friends;neighbours;
    pray that people would want to hear the Word of God and would do so
    In Jesus Name we pray amen

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