Monday, October 23, 2023

BLESS THE LORD!

Today’s┬áReading: Psalms 103

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Heading south in the Kidron Valley you come to the Pillar of Absalom or Absolom’s Monument. 2 Samuel 18:18 tells us that, “Absalom in his life time set up a pillar for himself…..he called the pillar after his own name, and to this day it is called Absalom’s monument.” The Kidron Valley, also known as the King’s Valley, is located between the eastern walls of Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives.

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Key Verses: Psalm 103:15-16

As for man, his days are like grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more.

 

We remember Prince Absalom, son of King David, who committed treason in trying to overthrow his father’s reign in Israel. Absolom’s untimely and violent death may have been in David’s mind when he penned the words of today’s reading. David grieved so very deeply over the death of his son (read 2 Samuel 18:9-33). Paul preached in the Antioch synagogue telling all that God said, “I have found David, the son of Jessie, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” The Apostle went on to say, “From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Saviour – Jesus!” (Acts 13:22-23).

David had reason to grieve, but he ordered his soul to “BLESS THE LORD!” Six times in today’s reading these words appear. What does it mean to “BLESS”? It means that we are to make someone joyful! Let us ask ourselves this question: Does the smile of God’s approval rest upon our lives? My father often prayed at our family altar, “May the smile of Your approval be on our lives this day and always.” If we don’t have the assurance that God is blessed by our lives, we need to repent, ask forgiveness, and then look up again. Look for His joy to be revealed. Our souls will know when God is blessed!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, may the smile of Your approval be upon our lives this day and always. I pray that my soul will BLESS YOU, LORD GOD! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Bob Code, a man whom my mother led to Christ, along with his wife and daughter, would often say, “Bless the Lord!” I was about 13 years old then and I questioned how Mr. Code could bless God. I thought, “God is the One who does the blessing.” And God does bless us in awesome ways, but I’ve learned that blessing is a two-way street. God blesses us and we bless Him! Amen!

I’ve often read our key verses while standing at a graveside. I’ve just read again the verses just before, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear [respect, awe, worship] Him. For He knows our frame; that we are dust” (Psalm 103:12-14).

Yours for being blessed and for blessing God and all with whom we come into contact!

David

The view from behind Absalom’s Monument. His pillar is sculpted out of the bedrock in the valley below the city walls. Tourists don’t usually see the sculpture from this angle. Our photographer, my son, David Reynold, was determined to get the best pictures for these blogs. Thank you, my son!

5 thoughts on “Monday, October 23, 2023

  1. Thank You, Lord, for Your unfailing goodness. You are our ever-present help in times of trouble. Bless all Your children all over this world. May each one be fruitful so others will taste and see that You are good. In Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Amen Rob and William. I can imagine the pain King David felt. I feel the loss of friends and relatives who have passed on in natural death. Thank You Lord for Your comfort and guidance. Blessings all

  3. Amen to above comments and prayer requests .I lost my husband in October of 2020 in a tragic workplace accident ,.It was during the time of the covid epidemic when there were so many restrictions and it was so hard to get through . Normally you can have family and friends in your home to laugh cry and share memories.. Jesus became my ever present comfort…Comments today made me aware that we all grieve in different ways and there is no easy way but with Jesus you can do anything ! .

  4. Elfreda,
    I am sorry for all the hardship that the pandemic caused when you lost your husband. That is at time when one needs the comfort of others but there were no gatherings allowed. It was a very difficult time for those who lost loved ones. I am glad that you felt the comfort of the Lord. Indeed, He is our helper in every circumstance.

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