Sunday, September 19, 2021

THE CROSS, CROOK, and CROWN!!!

Today’s Reading: Psalms 23-25

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The Golden Gate, also known as the Eastern Gate. According to Ezekiel 44:1-3, the Messiah will one day return to the Temple Mount through this gate. The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent sealed off the Golden Gate in 1541 in an attempt to prevent the Messiah’s entrance.

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Key Verse: Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23 is classic literature and worthy of memorization. Even better than this is that it is true! We may want to read it aloud slowly, meditating on each line, applying it to our personal experience. David, the shepherd king, knew from childhood the literal truth of his words. Jesus, perhaps thinking of this Psalm, said, “I am the good Shepherd.” Let us add to David’s words the words of Jesus found in John 10:1-18. Jesus speaks of sheep and shepherds 20 times. He says that “The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.”

Yesterday we read the Psalm of the CROSS. Today, the Psalm of the shepherd’s CROOK. Then in Psalm 24 we have the Psalm of the CROWN. Psalm 24:7-10 are also worthy of memorization. In the PAST, there is the finished work of Jesus on the CROSS! In the PRESENT, His shepherd’s CROOK is our constant source of guidance and protection! In the FUTURE, the CROWN…Jesus as “the King of Glory shall come in.” Amen! Amen! Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, the third Psalm in today’s reading is my prayer. I pray for You to (1) “Show me Your ways,” (2) “Lead me in Your truth,” (3) “Remember Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses,” (4) “Pardon my iniquity,” (5) “Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,” (6) “Look on my affliction and my pain,” (7) “Forgive all my sins,” (8) “Keep my soul and deliver me,” (9) “Let me not be ashamed,” (10) Let integrity and uprightness preserve me.” ….. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m truly lifted up in my spirit as I sit at my laptop computer. I don’t know how anyone could read, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in,” and not feel a surge of emotion! There’s another reason my spirit is lifted up…Happy 59th anniversary Norma-Jean! Thank you for your amazing commitment to me on September 19th, 1958 (see photo below). You are more beautiful to me than ever!!

The Islamic Sultan Suleiman in the 1500’s may have sealed up what is known as “The Golden Gate” (picture above), but when Messiah returns to the Mount of Olives, from which He ascended into Heaven (directly opposite the gate), a few stones will never hinder His entrance into the Temple Mount area. The angels said to the astonished and bewildered disciples of Jesus after He had ascended and disappeared from their sight, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into Heaven.” Suleiman, as a Muslim, said he believed that Jesus was a great prophet, but his Jesus was not the “SAME” Jesus. Suleiman did not believe in the death of Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb of God. He did not believe in the literal physical resurrection of Jesus out from among the dead who showed Himself alive by many infallible proofs. I’m expecting the return of the “SAME” Jesus of whom Psalms 22, 23 and 24 speak!!!

Yours for knowing and loving “THIS SAME JESUS” (see Acts 1:1-11),

David

On this day in 1958 (September 19), norma-Jean and I were married!

Norma-Jean and me in 2013.

11 thoughts on “Sunday, September 19, 2021

  1. To our King of Glory, the Lord our Shepherd, we shall not want, indeed. Happy Anniversary Norma-Jean as you think of your David in heaven. Prayers for all the saints today as we worship Him. Looking forward to voting tomorrow and holding this election in God’s hands. God bless Canada. 🍁 Amen.

    “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.” Ezekiel 18:32 ESV

    King of Glory, The Pentecostals of Alexandria, with lyrics (Wow!)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1pDArmTf8M

    • Agree and Amen!
      Thank you Norma-Jean for being such a beautiful reflection of a good and godly wife ( and mother).
      I may today’s memories bring great Joy and Love.

  2. Blessings to all this lovely Sunday, hope you day is going well . I also wish Norma Jean Happy Anniversary, what beautiful pics of two lovely people .

  3. A beautiful “last day” of summer. Fall (tomorrow) is beautiful, especially up north. My husband and I were married in September 1958 also and we had 4 children close together as David & Norma Jean did! THEN, the Lord brought us another child (from another mother!), years later. Wonderful kids – all of them. David’s kids are amazing. Blessings on the family. Blessings on all of you folk (& Rob, as he was having posting problems). Trusting that he still sees the blog.

  4. Love those pictures of David and Norma-Jean. Happy Anniversary .
    Praying for election to be won by a man who loves the Lord and our great land, Canada.
    I pray you all have a good sleep tonight. God bless.

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