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.
I was working @ World Vision @ that time & saw David as he came with a huge smile to do the business side of the TV production. WV does great work in many countries Rev William J Newell was a wonderful leader for many years @ that time. He is with the Lord now. By the way, he married my son & his wife @ the office & all the staff attended! They later had a second wedding in his wife’s native country. They are happily married for over 30 years . They both work for WV to this day. God is so good. Hallelujah!
Doreen what a beautiful story and history!
I pray today for all our adult children and spouses and their children…
Yes God is good!
Billy Graham has a short but profound message on praying for our leaders. You can find it by googling “Billy Graham How to pray for our leaders”.
Father God, thank You for this beautiful world You made, for this country, for your great care. Guide all your people today; help us to follow as You lead. We do pray for our leaders, Lord, and ask that You keep your hand on them. Please have mercy on us, and stop our slide into compromise with evil. Bless and strengthen all your people today, and may your will be done in and through us. In Jesus’s name, amen
Amen Rob. Have your way in our country and leaders. Great report Doreen! God’s blessings on Ron and Ann today, all 100 Huntley staff and fellow bloggers.
Yes Amen Rob and Ger!
Amen to all the above.Have to run.God bless
You created all,thus,all is yours,
And only You have supreme power,
For You alone open our doors,
And you are the mighty Tower.
You judge most fairly in truth and love,
For Your goal is for all to receive
Their mansions in Your home above,
Abundant to those who believe.
We see the stars,as yet unnumbered
And You know what each is called by name,
When You placed them unencumbered
And gave them light with holy flame.
Your creation is more than we see,
For we are Your children in school
Who will pass to eternity
Guided by Your holy Jewel.
(G W) Bill Marshall/20-Jan-16
great poem William
The “Joy of the Lord” evident on David’s expression; thanks Ron and for posting it
I attended at the 100 Huntly Street, in Toronto, I believe it was in the early 80’s
Fall is in the air, enjoy the fresh air saints