Sunday, September 10, 2023


Today’s Reading: Psalms 1-3

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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!


6 thoughts on “Sunday, September 10, 2023

  1. Help us to be more like Jesus,oh Lord.
    Oh,King Of Kings

    Oh,King of kings make haste I pray,
    That your return will set us free,
    Then take us Home with You to stay
    In love’s vast ocean of eternity.

    You have been the truest of friends,
    A mentor to my searching soul,
    Now is the time that Heaven lends,
    To reap the garden Satan stole.

    With open arms Your bride awaits,
    To be no more of sin’s dark lie,
    As the demon burns with his mates,
    We’re safely Home beyond the sky.
    G W (Bill) Marshall / Sept 06, 2013

    • Very insightful, William. We look forward to that appearing in the clouds. Praying for a young man, J, who is really suffering. He got into drugs at college and is struggling now. He had his car demolished in an accident recently. I pray God’s ministering to him will turn his life around, in Jesus Name. Amen

  2. Thank you Norma-Jean for reminding me that it is a choice to be optimistic.

    Above all thanks be to God for His wonderful word, the Bible, and for teaching and helping us to grow!
    Doreen, I join you in prayer for that young man who desperately needs the Lord.

  3. I thank God that when he blesses us that we can be a blessing to others
    Thank you Norma Jean for your saying
    I would rather be a positive person than a negative amen 🙏✝️👍♥️

  4. Thanks to everyone joining me in prayer for my son and daughter-in-law. I really appreciate all the prayers
    Continuing to pray for Doreen’s move to go well
    And standing with her in prayers for J, praying he turns to the Lord for help and that in Jesus name he takes authority over satan’s operation and renders him helpless.
    Prayers for all bloggers may your blessings be great and your sorrows and stress be gone

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