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Psalm 108:2: Fixed in God’s Song

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Psalm 108:1My heart is firmly fixed, Oh God, my heart is firmly fixed.  I will sing and make melody. 

We must learn to sing always . . . in all circumstances, for God is always with us, especially when days are dark and storm winds blow.

God says: My heart is firmly fixed on you, my heart is firmly fixed.  Come, let us sing and create a melody together.  I am here to save you from falling into despair.  I am here to celebrate you.  Listen to my song and begin to sing with me.

May we hear and sing all of the melodies God has in mind for us . . .

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Psalm 118:8-9: Seeking Safety

Friday, July 12, 2012

Psalm 118:8-9It is better to take refuge in the Lord than in man.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

This is something we often forget because people are so easy to see and God is unseen with the human eye.  And so we must watch for God carefully.

God says: I know that you love me and I also know that you are easily frightened.  I understand that you look for a power base and cling to it, snuggle up to it.  This feels safe to you but remember: all people die and come to me, whether they be princes or serfs.  While you must form union with the people who make up your world, and you may even trust the faithful who clearly follow me, you must always put your final and ultimate trust in me.  I am the only true, final, all-powerful and everlasting refuge.  If you seek sanctuary, seek me.  If you seek safety, seek me.  If you seek surety, seek me . . . and no other.  I alone can save.  I alone love you this much.

May we know God as a refuge from all fears.

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Psalm 71:17-20: Deep Places

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Psalm 71:17-20You have shown me great troubles and adversities; but you will restore my life and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.

The deep places are dark and lonely.  Jeremiah speaks of the terror of the miry cistern.  Many are lost in the dark places; yet that is precisely where many are found.

God says: I understand the terror you feel when darkness pulls you down.  Jeremiah speaks my words to you when he says, “Obey the Lord and all will go well with you, your life will be spared”.  It may appear that obedience to me is a capitulation of self but it is rather a coming to fullness, a burgeoning into fruit which is good.  Your troubles and worries will melt away when you bring them to me.  They are too great for you to carry.  Bring your burdens to me, and I will give you rest.

Let us give our yoke to God today . . . nothing is too heavy for God to bear.

Investigate and reflect on the prophecy of Jeremiah on the Jeremiah – Person and Message page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/the-book-of-our-life/jeremiah-person-and-message/

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Psalm 66:7-8: The Cornerstone

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Psalm 66:7-8Bless our God, you peoples; make the voice of his praise to be heard; who holds our souls in life, and will not allow our feet to slip. 

When we are besieged by people, thoughts or circumstances, there is only one foundation on which to stand: the Cornerstone, the Christ.

God says: Do you know how much I love you?  I came to walk among you so that I might know exactly how you feel when you are at a place of no experience but pain.  I live among you still.  I touch you each day.  I want to heal you.  I want to hear you laugh because your laughter is music to me.  Not a hair on your head will be harmed so that I might have you with me.  This is what it means when I am described as a jealous God.  I will stop at nothing; I will endure forever until you come to me with a full and open heart.  I want you as my beautiful spouse, my best true love.   I will not allow your foot to slip.  I wait for you still.  I hold your soul in life still.

May your soul be lifted today.

Read and reflect on the miracles in our lives – evidence of Christ as our cornerstone – on the Miracles page of this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/god-time/miracles/

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Psalm 150:6: All Things

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Sometimes, when all things fall into place just the right way, we feel our connection with all of creation . . . and we understand that it is God, and it is good.

God says: I know that you think that you are apart and separate from everyone and everything else.  That is the illusion which the human covering creates.  I know that it is difficult to remember that you are nearly entirely water, a chemical soup held together by your skin; but if you can remember this, you will understand better why it is so important that you come to terms with the people and things that alienate you. I am the universe.  You are created in my image, and I yearn to be in union with you.  Because you are already one with my universe, and because the universe praises me, you feel best when you can be a part of that praise.  Come out of hiding . . . and sing.  Come to me.  I will wait for you . . . always.  Let all of your breath praise me.  I hold you and protect you always. 

Let us remember that we are in union with all creation . . . that this communion is God’s intent . . . and that this union is good.

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Psalm 55:18: My Voice

Monday, July 8, 2019

Psalm 55:18In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, and he will hear my voice. 

When I read this, I understand that I am not the only one who calls on God incessantly.  This gives me comfort and hope.  Comfort because I am not alone.  Hope because God has acted in the lives of so many people, why would he not act in mine?  I will set my petitions before him to show him that I understand my proper relationship with him: he is the creator, I am the creation.

God says: Do not worry that I might become tired of hearing your pleas.  I answer your requests as they best fit your own plan and the plan of salvation.  I do not mind that you become angry with me; my love for you can handle that.  I do not mind that you feel I do not love you; my love for you is bigger than that.  I do not mind if you turn from me; my love perseveres and endures forever.  I do not mind . . . I love you.

Let your voice rise to God like incense in the night.  Ask, and you will receive.

A re-post from: June 24, 2012. 

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Psalm 3:5: The Lord Sustains Me

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Psalm 3:5I lie down and go to sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

There is nothing more we need remember when we put head to pillow to sleep, or when we rise in the morning to begin our day.  In the nighttime, God guards us as the pillar of fire watched over the Hebrews in their exodus from Egypt.  In the daytime, the pillar of smoke leads us as we weave among the perils and hazards of life.

God says:  Despite what you may feel at times, I really do listen to you, I really do watch over you, I protect you from the things and people who will destroy you entirely.  I guide your feet on their path.  If you follow me, you will not be lost.  I bring you the bread and wine that sustain just as I sent manna and water to my people when they crossed the desert.  You cross your own desert . . . and I am with you.  Look for the column of smoke and follow.  Lie down when the smoke turns to fire; it will keep you warm from the cold of the desert nights.  Rise again with the morning light.  Follow the column again.  I am with you always.

Wishing you warmth in the cold of the desert.  Stay well . . .

To reflect on our lives as a desert experience, click on the image to discover more about dry biomes or go to: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/desert.htm

A re-post from June 23, 2012.

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Psalm 86:11: God’s Way

Saturday, July 6. 2019

Psalm 86:11Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; knit my heart to you that I may fear your name. 

A good friend once said to me that when she reads the word fear in the Old Testament in reference to our relationship with God, that she substitutes the word love.  This makes so much sense when we know who God is.

God says: Those who seek my way also seek a certain truth about themselves, a truth which only I can share with them since I am the goodness that creates all of and all that surrounds you.  It beings me joy to feel your yearning to know me and to walk in my ways.  I give this joy back to you that you might live life to the fullest.  Do not fret about the problems that beset you now.  They are only the pebbles at the bottom of the stream bed over which you flow with me.  Take heart, and continue to follow me, for with me you will find only goodness and mercy and peace.  All else falls away. 

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A re-post from June 22, 2012.

Image from: http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-jesus-is-way-and-how-he-is-truth.html

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Psalm 119: God Carries My Burden

Friday, July 5, 2019

Psalm 119:25, 37, 40, 50, 93, 145, 154 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.  Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.  How I long for your precepts!  Preserve my life in your righteousness.  My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life.  I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.  I call with my whole heart; answer me, O Lord, that I may keep your statutes.  Defend my life and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promises. 

This psalm is the longest in this longest of Books in the Bible.  It is an ‘alphabetical’ psalm in that the first 8 verses of each strophe begin with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and each verse (except for verse 122) contains one of the terms of the Law or Teachings or Statutes in which Jesus was raised.  This psalm, along with many others, and the Books of the Torah, Wisdom and Prophets, were Jesus’ school house.  The revelation handed down through the millennia to guide humankind still serves us today.  When we see the word life in this psalm, we understand it to refer to the concept of life in its fullest sense: happiness, security, and liberation from all that oppresses us.

God says: I know that sometimes you are so burdened you cannot think.  You have so much to do that there is no time.  You are so tired that you cannot sleep.  Yet . . . I abide with you still . . . even though you do not see me . . . even though you may not feel my presence . . . still, I am with you, as I am always with you . . . even until the end of time.  If all you can do is pray this verse today, that is enough: “I call with my whole heart; answer me, O Lord, that I may keep your statutes”.  I am answering you each time you call.  Listen, for I am near. 

All of God’s promises are renewed.  All of God’s promises are kept.  May you know the love and peace of Christ.

Explore the reflection on the God Time page of this blog: https://thenoontimes.com/god-time/

A re-post from June 21, 2012.

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