Thursday, September 28, 2017

Reminder: A memorial website for David Mainse has been created at davidmainse.com, where you can find details of the visitation and funeral arrangements, sign the guestbook, and donate to the David Mainse Memorial Fund. The funeral service will be broadcast live and live-streamed on the internet Saturday at 4pm EST. 

For a special 100 Huntley Street broadcast honouring the life of David Mainse, click HERE.

David’s words live on through his blog writings…

A GOOD THEME

Today’s Reading: Psalms 45-47

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Glimpses of grandeur are seen everywhere as you walk through the ruins of ancient Philippi. The glory of ancient civilizations is in ruins, but not the glorious Church about which Jesus said, “I will build.” The Church is built of living stones; Jesus, Himself, is the Chief Cornerstone in the eternal building! (Ephesians 2:19-22).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Psalm 46:1-2a, 47:1

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear…

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!

Shout to God with the voice of triumph!

 

In yesterday’s reading, words such as “reproach, scorn, derision, dishonour, shame,” etc., were jumping out at us, but not so today. Today the words that stand out are, “a good theme, blessed, glory, majesty,” and over and over, “gladness.” The New Testament writer to the Hebrews quotes extensively from Psalm 45 (Hebrews 1:5-9).

Psalm 46 likens God to an unending river. These streams “make glad the city of God.” Psalm 47 begins with, “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!” The sons of Korah, who composed these hymns of praise to God, did not try to contain the river of God within them. The river burst forth with strong emotion in spontaneous worship to God! There is a place for human emotion in our personal relationship with God. Expressing our feelings to God is a healthy part of our lives. Singing is an expression of the human soul. Psalm 47:6 encourages us to SING! SING! SING! SING! What are we waiting for? Let’s just sing praises to God now!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, as I read and sing these Psalms, my heart is overflowing with the knowledge of Your goodness to me. I pray that I will never take You for granted, but that I will acknowledge You with gladness every day without fail! You are the Source and the River of gladness which courses through my entire being. I worship You! I exalt You! Hallelujah!!! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Years ago I heard the story of a man who attended a rather formal church service where he heard the reading of a Psalm of praise to God. He raised his voice and said spontaneously and loudly, “Praise the Lord!” At the close of the service the minister was greeting the departing congregation and when he came to this man he said, “Sir, what were you doing shouting out as you did?” The man answered, “I was being blessed by God.” The minister responded, “I’ll have you know that this is no place to get blessed!” It’s a humorous story, but it makes the point that we need to be more free in our expressions of praise to God. Of course Psalm 46:10 makes the point that there is also a time to “be still.”

It was a New Year’s Eve when I asked Norma-Jean to marry me. We had driven to Buffalo, New York, to attend a great church service. The people were the most spontaneous worshippers I had ever come across. I confess that I was so blessed by God in Norma Jean’s “Yes” to my proposal that I joined the people in loud praises. I did all that our key verse tells me to do. I clapped my hands, and I gave a “shout to God with the voice of triumph.” That’s just over 59 years ago, and I’m still expressing my strong emotions to God!!!

Yours for enjoying freedom in expressing praise to our God,

David

This mosaic artwork in ancient Philippi must have been a most beautiful floor in its day! Philippi was the city where Paul and Silas sang praises to God at midnight while their hands and feet were held in the stocks in the local jail. No wonder they were miraculously set free and the prison warden and his family became believers (read Acts 16:20-34).

20 thoughts on “Thursday, September 28, 2017

  1. Other than the organist, I’m the only one in our small church who takes a few small instruments (?!) & I play along when appropriate (with our minister’s approval). I have tambourine, shackers, & a small drum. I mention that I have access to cymbals! I really enjoy praising the Lord. “when we all get together, what a day of rejoicing that will be”!

    • Amen ! All nations with a vast variety of instruments and ways of worship. What an amazing orchestra !
      Singing songs of Jesus and His love restores our soul and breaks through strongholds.
      What a mighty God we serve. Blessed be the Name of our Lord.

  2. What a beautiful message! And a wonderful reminder of David’s love for his bride, Norma Jean.
    May God bless all David’s family & friends today. Thank You, Lord God, for your eternal love and care for us. Please fill us to overflowing with Yourself so others will know & experience your great love for themselves. In Jesus’s great, great name, amen

  3. Dear Lord, Thank you for David and Norma Jean, and all they contributed to our great Nation, Canada., through 100Huntley Street.
    Please raise up more God fearing men and women like this couple.
    They put you first, each other and demonstrated how each person is special and made in the image of Christ.
    Love how they loved You Lord, each other and everyone they met.
    The only thing we can take to heaven with us is souls, and they lived this out in their journey of life.
    What an example David lived.
    God Bless his family today and in the days ahead.

  4. Thank you,Ron and Ann. The 46th psalm has been a special help to me often. Remembering the family as they see many people at the visitations. Praising God for David’s obedience to Him during his life.

  5. Father God
    I know that David is not hurting anymore, and is enjoying his time in heaven
    thank you for his life integrity ,honest devoted man . I pray for all his families
    and friends that you would give them comfort, peace, and strength during this
    sad also happy time

    Lianne Hogg

  6. Yesterday I attended the funeral of a very well loved retired pastor who I only knew by reputation and an occasional greeting.His son is the current pastor at their church.His wife agreed that she knew (without a doubt) where he is now.The church was packed.The funeral was ended with a recording of a benediction by the deceased.It was very touching.He went home the day before David left.
    I know God is with both families at this point in their journeys.

    Listen

    Listen,hear my voice in the silent breeze
    For I call out to you in your sorrow
    And as the sun shines o’er the trees,
    I will whisper on each new morrow.

    You cry because of the great loss you bear
    And I speak gently while you are asleep,
    For in this way your grief I share,
    And cry with you each time you weep.

    I am there for you when you call My name,
    I am there too as the morn awakes,
    But dawn fades like a candle flame,
    As does the sound My small voice makes.

    Trust me and listen,you will find my voice,
    It will grow as your faith grows stronger
    And one day you will make a choice
    To trust and fear death no longer.

    That day will come when faith will set you free,
    For you will hear me when I speak,
    Then you will know that it was me
    Who brought hope when you were still weak.
    GW(Bill) Marshall/27 May, 2015

      • Thank You,Irene.I just watched the tribute video in today’s blog.It was very warm,inspiring and stirring.My emotions were on my cheeks.He has helped me greatly in the past 4 plus years.God bless

        I just posted this on my FB page.It came to me 5-6 months after I started following 100 Words:
        Catch The Fire (4 David Mainse)

        Though you have walked many oceans
        And spread My word to many nations,
        I saw in you and your devotions
        A servant of joyous exhalations.

        You have not asked for earthly wealth,
        But just to be my most humble voice
        And when adversity was kept in stealth
        You still worshiped Me out of free choice.

        So out of free choice I give you
        More time upon the stage of learning,
        Whereby My word you show to be true
        And catch the fire that’s forever burning.
        G W(Bill) Marshall / 01 February, 2014

  7. Amen to all the prayers above.

    Also I want thank you Reynold for those wonderful photo’s!! Thank you Ron for posting them.

    God be with you Norma-Jean and your family. I pray He hold you in the Palm of His hand and Comfort you in His Love.

  8. May the strength and peace that comes from the Lord, be with you Norma-Jean and with all your loved ones. May the “Joy of the Lord be your strength both now and the days to come!!

  9. I am sorry I have been away but I was able to make a post when I read of David’s passing. Please know how much my prayers are with you, dear Norma-Jean, Ron and Ann, Reynold and Kathy, Ellen and Nizar, Elaine and Bruce, and all your children and Norma-Jean and David’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May the peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ strengthen and uphold you during this most difficult time. David’s Spirit is and will be right there with you. So sad that I will not be able to attend the funeral in Toronto. God bless you all! David was a wonderful mentor and leader of the faith! He will be truly missed.

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