Saturday, October 9, 2021

DRAW NEAR TO GOD

Today’s Reading: Psalm 73

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Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, about 80 km southwest from Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks. In Greek mythology Olympus was the home of the twelve Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world.

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Key Verse: Psalm 73:24-25

You will guide me with Your counsel,

And afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but You?

And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.

 

Psalm 73 was composed by Asaph, one of David’s choir leaders. It appears that doubt had crept into Asaph’s mind about his own relationship with God. Was it worthwhile? Did it make any difference? While he had these questions, he knew that his responsibility to his generation as a leader must take first priority. We may want to read a second time Psalm 73:15-17. He refused to be “untrue to the generation of Your children.” His thinking turned around when “he went into the sanctuary of God.” Faithfully attending the House of God, worshipping God in His sanctuary, and hearing the preaching of the Word of God will adjust our thinking in a most positive direction. Asaph concludes, in the final statement of the Psalm, that “It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works!”

This Hymn continued to be sung for hundreds of years (read 2 Chronicles 29:27-31).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, my desire is to draw closer to You every day without missing even one day. I thank You for giving me grace to be faithful in praising You for Who You are and for giving me discipline in my daily reading of Your Word! May I learn from Asaph how vitally important it is that I represent You to others, particularly the children, in a consistent and true way. I pray this in the Name of the One who is always faithful, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve struggled with the same concerns that Asaph puts into words. Asaph writes, “But as for me, my feet almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped” (73:2). But as with Asaph, I did not stumble or slip. The grace of God was given to me, and I determined to concentrate on the Scriptures, on prayer, and on the Person and work of Jesus Christ! The second to last book of the Bible, Jude, has serious warnings about those who may have served God faithfully at one time, but at some point in their lives they stumbled and fell away from living like Jesus lived. Some in ministry have brought shame upon the reputation of the Lord, the Pastor/Teacher and the Evangelist. In Jude I find words such as “licentiousness” and “sexual immorality.” They “reject authority” and practice “greed.” Jude, the brother of James, is hard on those who claim to be teachers and who live, “according to their own lusts, mouth great swelling words, and gain advantage by flattering people.” Jude says that there are those who are “sensual persons, who cause divisions” (click here to read Jude). I’m thrilled to read the concluding words of Jude, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Saviour, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen!”

Yours as a sinner saved by grace alone,

David

18 thoughts on “Saturday, October 9, 2021

  1. I always enjoy David’s comments, they give us food for thought. God Blessings on each and every one who reads this blog. I am excited this morning as I am looking forward to seeing my son, his wife and family. I haven’t seen him in the flesh for two years.
    Hoping all of you have a wonderful thanksgiving weekend.
    Eleanor M.🙏

  2. I know how you feel,Elenor.Thanl you ladies and may everyone enjoy this special weekend and truly give thanks.I am in the early pages of The Light and The Glory,recommended by David and thoroughly engrossed in it.It’s about the very early explorers and pilgrims.The ones who’s eyes were open were truly giving thanks.May God bless everyone who gives thanks.

    Inspired by Psalm 73:24-25
    With wise counsel Thou will guide me
    ‘Til in glory Thou make me free,
    For Who in heaven have I but Thee
    And with no mortal I choose but with Thee to be,
    For earthly strength may up and flee;
    But Thou be my portion for eternity.
    (G.W.)Bill Marshall/Oct 09, 2015

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    Idols

    Woe to they who can’t foresee
    Their path without the Almighty
    When they choose to fall mightily,
    Forsaking the gift of eternity;
    For if only they could see
    What their idols truly be,
    Then repentance would be their decree;
    But blind are the eyes ne’er free
    Until they have called out to Thee.
    GW(Bill) Marshall (2015)

  3. “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits,
    the God of our Salvation.” Psalm 68:19

    Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all.

    Note to administrators
    I didn’t receive today’s 100 blog in my mailbox. Can you correct this.
    Sam

    • I didn’t receive mine either, Samuel. Thankfully we can kind of get around that and stay in touch. It is wonderful to sing praises to the Lord but from home at this time. Hopefully we will get back to choirs & congregationsal singing soon. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving all.

  4. This Thanksgiving has most definitely revealed the CoVid lion that has been prowling about our extended family and with great stealth, has been dividing, agitating and promoting a bitter root between the half that are Vaccinated from the half that are not …..
    I’m praying to keep my eyes focused on Lord Jesus; to be free from judgement and condemnation; to be an example of His Humility and Love and Goodness.
    Lord, I pray for us all- that we may live by Your Spirit, and in You, have Peace!

    • Yes,
      THANKFUL for all Bloggers.
      Thankful, too for Eleanor M’s most wonderful celebration!
      Thankful for Luisa and Joseph’s togetherness.
      There is an abundance of Blessings to be thankful for. Lord, more than all, I am thankful that You are with us always; that You are Lord of each of our lives.

  5. Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul!
    Thank You, Lord, for making me whole!
    Tho sometimes it feels like I’m being crushed,
    turning coal to a diamond cannot be rushed.

    Thank You for Your patience with us, Father. Help us to recognize Your hand at work in us, and even through us. We ask Your blessing on those You bring into our lives – may we be good and willing ambassadors of Your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus, amen

  6. Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving weekend!

    I am very happy for you, Eleanor to be able to see your loved ones again. May you have a most memorable time together!

    Well put, Laur. There are many voices out there competing for our attention but we must focus on the One that will not lead us astray.

    I appreciate all your prayers as I feel that our family is going through “the valley of the shadow of death”. Please continue to pray for my husband Joseph’s healing miracle and for strength and courage for our family.
    Thank you and God bless all!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to all the bloggers on this site. I am especially Happy for you Eleanor to be able to celebrate this thanks giving with your son. love and prayers for all.

    • Thank you all, Edward and I had a wonderful time with the family. My younger son had it at his house and that was very nice of him. Then the oldest son and his family came to our house for a short visit.
      I am thinking of all of you and praying that you have a blessed time as well.
      Continuing to pray for Paul, Luisa and for Beverlee and others who are suffering.
      Blessings Eleanor M.

  8. Amen to every comment and prayer above.
    Wishing all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING and I continue to pray
    for God’s blessing on each blogger, and their families, that He would meet
    all their needs in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

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