Category Archives: Protector / Deliverer

Be Gracious To Me, O God

The Bible is truly a refreshing guide to those who believe. We all face hard times, yes even those who faithfully obey Jehovah. Many of us never faced the types of hard times that David did, when Saul was trying to kill him for no good reason. David hid and removed himself from the one seeking to harm him. Given the chance to kill Saul in a cave, while Saul was pursuing David to kill him, David relied on Jehovah instead of taking action himself to kill God’s anointed king… Saul (1 Samuel 24). Truly David’s faith was great and his obedience as well. He was truly a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 16:1-13). We can learn from his example and be encouraged as we face hard times.

Psalm 57

Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors.

For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.

     1Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.

      2I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.

      3He will send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches him who tramples upon me.

Selah.

God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.

      4My soul is among lions;
I must lie among those who breathe forth fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows
And their tongue a sharp sword.

      5Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

      6They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They dug a pit before me;
They themselves have fallen into the midst of it.

Selah.

      7My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!

      8Awake, my glory!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

      9I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.

      10For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens
And Your truth to the clouds.

      11Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

I am always encouraged in Psalms to see David turn to Jehovah in times of great danger and hardship. Further, I see a pattern in that he begins with a bad situation, relies on and calls on God, then praises and thanks God having faith that God will deliver Him. He ends encouraged despite the difficult situation he face. We can learn a lot from David’s example in applying this to our lives daily.

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In God I Have Put My Trust

We all face difficulty and challenges. Jehovah is King over all. He is all powerful and in control. We should put our trust in Him, no matter our situation.

Psalm 56

Supplication for Deliverance and Grateful Trust in God.

For the choir director; according to Jonath elem rehokim. A Mikhtam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

     1Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me;
Fighting all day long he oppresses me.

      2My foes have trampled upon me all day long,
For they are many who fight proudly against me.

      3When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.

      4In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?

      5All day long they distort my words;
All their thoughts are against me for evil.

      6They attack, they lurk,
They watch my steps,
As they have waited to take my life.

      7Because of wickedness, cast them forth,
In anger put down the peoples, O God!

      8You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?

      9Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;
This I know, that God is for me.

      10In God, whose word I praise,
In the LORD, whose word I praise,

      11In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

      12Your vows are binding upon me, O God;
I will render thank offerings to You.

      13For You have delivered my soul from death,
Indeed my feet from stumbling,
So that I may walk before God
In the light of the living.

Do you sometimes struggle to put your trust fully in Jehovah? It can be hard when we are faced with dangerous or overwhelming situations. Though our Father may seem far away at times, it is not because He has moved. We should seek Him, draw near to Him, and put our faith entirely in Him. Pray for His help to strengthen your trust in Him… your faith.

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How Do You React To Jesus?

There are quite a few scriptures in the Bible that show us how demons interact with Jesus. I always take pause to reflect when I read passages such as Mark 5. Many people become complacent in their search for Jesus by simply stopping at “I know Jesus is real” or “I believe Jesus is Son of God”.  Take heed, because so do the demons. Simply acknowledging the reality that Jesus is God is not enough. We must surrender to Him as Lord of our life and seek after Him. We must put our faith in Him, which will be reflected in our change in behavior and attitude toward all we do in life. We start to live as He lived instead of how we have been living as part of the world. Let us not be complacent to simply acknowledge the historical person of Jesus.

Mark 5:1-20

The Gerasene Demoniac

      1They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, 3and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; 4because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. 5Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones. 6Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7and shouting with a loud voice, he said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” 8For He had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he said to Him, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain. 12The demons implored Him, saying, “Send us into the swine so that we may enter them.” 13Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.

      14Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened. 15They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; and they became frightened. 16Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the swine. 17And they began to implore Him to leave their region. 18As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. 19And He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” 20And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Let us compare the response of the people in the story to the actions of Jesus. The man who had been demon-possessed was forever changed. He knew what it was that Jesus had done for him and wanted to follow Jesus. More importantly, he submitted to Jesus, choosing to obey what Jesus called him to do instead of pursuing his own desires… even though they were good desires to follow Jesus. This man likely had great impact remaining amongst those that knew his history and could see the transformational change in him. Jesus knew where he wanted this man to be and what he wanted him to do in proclaiming the good news of Messiah.

The reaction of the herdsmen and the people who return with them from the city is clearly disappointing. In truth, their reaction is not much different than that of the demons. They see an undeniable miracle take place and all they can do is react in fear and ask Jesus to leave. What a lost opportunity for them. However, take note that Jesus did not hold a grudge… He actually used the man who was possessed by demons to remain in region and proclaim the word to help these people. Jesus loves them even though they fear Him.

Prayerfully reflect, “How do you react to the instructions of God? to the prompting of the Holy Spirit?

Do you, like the demons and the townspeople, just feel uncomfortable with the presence of God and His power and instead want to focus on your own desires and interests?

Or rather, do you listen carefully and obey His instructions even if it conflicts with your desires, as the man who was demon possessed demonstrated? When we obey God instead of our own desires, then truly God can use us for His glory! Others around you should be able to see that you are different, that God has changed you. You are a light and should no longer “blend in” with those around you.

If you find yourself reasoning… “but the man was cured of demon possession… of course he was transformed and excited… how does this apply to my life”… then consider that truly each and every one of us is a sinful being who is due punishment for our sin. The punishment for sin is death. Only through Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins and  our genuine submission to Him, seeking forgiveness, shall any of us be delivered from death to everlasting life with God. All of us are corrupted by sin and headed for eternal suffering in hell if not for the actions of Jesus. In effect, Jesus has rescued all of us in similar fashion to what we read about in Mark 5. Do we respond in like manner to the man who was demon possessed? We should be laser-focused on Jesus and seeking to follow Him and obey Him in all aspects of our lives.

Be prepared that many will reject or resist this transformation in you as they reject God, Himself. Stand up for God anyway and proclaim the good news of Messiah! God may use you as a vehicle to save others by leading them to Him.

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Cast Your Burden Upon The Lord

No matter what challenge you face, no matter how bad it seems… trust in God to help you overcome. Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you.

Psalm 55

Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

     1Give ear to my prayer, O God;
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.

      2Give heed to me and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted,

      3Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the pressure of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble upon me
And in anger they bear a grudge against me.

      4My heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

      5Fear and trembling come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.

      6I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.

      7“Behold, I would wander far away,
I would lodge in the wilderness.

Selah.

      8“I would hasten to my place of refuge
From the stormy wind and tempest.”

      9Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues,
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.

      10Day and night they go around her upon her walls,
And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.

      11Destruction is in her midst;
Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.

      12For it is not an enemy who reproaches me,
Then I could bear it;
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me,
Then I could hide myself from him.

      13But it is you, a man my equal,
My companion and my familiar friend;

      14We who had sweet fellowship together
Walked in the house of God in the throng.

      15Let death come deceitfully upon them;
Let them go down alive to Sheol,
For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.

      16As for me, I shall call upon God,
And the LORD will save me.

      17Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur,
And He will hear my voice.

      18He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me,
For they are many who strive with me.

      19God will hear and answer them—
Even the one who sits enthroned from of old—

Selah.

With whom there is no change,
And who do not fear God.

      20He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;
He has violated his covenant.

      21His speech was smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.

      22Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

      23But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days.
But I will trust in You.

Even if enemies and wicked men should seek you out and seem too powerful to resist, turn to God and ask for Him to be your protector and shield. Nothing is beyond our Creator and Father. Take heart, for He will hear the cries of the righteous who seek Him with whole heart.

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“Have You Lost Your Senses?”

Many of us who follow Jesus will at one time or another be essentially mocked or called out as “out of our senses”.  The world struggles to understand how true disciples of Christ think and act. To follow in the example of Christ is very different from much of their world view.

I can think of several examples simply ranging from declaring Jesus as God to giving generously while seeking nothing in return. Just declaring evolution as the false doctrine it is may be sufficient to evoke these kinds of responses. In fact, I remember one event where someone generously bought dinner for a large group at a restaurant which was unexpected. Rather than simply saying “thank you” and recognizing the person was “giving generously”, some actually mocked him as crazy for spending money that way. The world does not understand followers of Jesus.

But take heart, Jesus experienced similar reactions. It may well be a good indicator that you are living apart from the world’s way. After going up to the mountain to appoint the twelve disciples, Jesus returned home to quite an uproar. The crowd gathered such that they could not even eat a meal. People said Jesus had lost His senses or was  possessed.

Mark 3:20-27

      20And He came home, and the crowd gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal. 21When His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.” 22The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” 23And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25“If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26“If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished! 27“But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

Jesus certainly has a way of summarizing the issue.  How absurd that someone would say He is possessed by demons because He casts out demons! If Satan is the strong man in this scenario, then one greater than He must be present to “bind him” and cast out the demons.

Do not be discouraged when others do not understand the motivations and actions you exemplify in your life. Test to ensure that you are in line with Jesus Christ by studying and applying scripture. If that is right, keep on marching forward whether or not they think you may be crazy. Pray for God to help you be a light and draw others to Him through Christ.

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Hear My Prayer O God, Save Me

We do not all experience the same kind of suffering or persecution from enemies who come against us, but all who follow Jesus will experience people coming against them. If you truly follow Jesus, you do so outwardly, visibly, and without shame. When you do that, some will come against you just as many came against Jesus during His earthly ministry.

David certainly had his share of difficult times as Saul tried to kill him, even though he was loyal to King Saul. Imagine being in David’s situation. The king is trying to kill you for no good reason. What can you do? Who can help?

Psalm 54

Prayer for Defense against Enemies.

For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is not David hiding himself among us?”

     1Save me, O God, by Your name,
And vindicate me by Your power.

      2Hear my prayer, O God;
Give ear to the words of my mouth.

      3For strangers have risen against me
And violent men have sought my life;
They have not set God before them.

Selah.

      4Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.

      5He will recompense the evil to my foes;
Destroy them in Your faithfulness.

      6Willingly I will sacrifice to You;
I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.

      7For He has delivered me from all trouble,
And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.

Of course we can come before our holy Father in heaven and ask for help! He already knows what we need even before we ask. If David could come before God for help protecting him against the king, than we can certainly come before God and ask for help against any enemies that come against us. God is able and He does care… He loves His people who follow Him!

Take time right now to stop and come humbly before God in prayer and ask for His help to resolve any difficult or overwhelming situation in your life. Then trust Him, thank Him, and praise Him… even before you see the results. Come before Him often, daily. Continue to bring your concerns before the Lord. Do not just ask once and then move on… prayer itself helps us to focus on God as our protector and provider and reminds us that He is in control and we do not have to be.

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The Fool Has Said In His Heart, “There Is No God”

It is folly for man to reject Jehovah, and man left to his own folly inevitably embraces wickedness. It is not complicated, really. There is a Creator who made everything. He gives us an instruction book in the Bible. He tells us what is good and what is evil. His instructions are based on loving God and loving one another.

Matthew 22:38-40

38“This is the great and foremost commandment. 39“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

When we reject God and follow after our own path we end in sin and selfishness… in wickedness and folly.

Psalm 53

For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.

      1The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,”
They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
There is no one who does good.

      2God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there is anyone who understands,
Who seeks after God.

      3Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.

      4Have the workers of wickedness no knowledge,
Who eat up My people as though they ate bread
And have not called upon God?

      5There they were in great fear where no fear had been;
For God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you;
You put them to shame, because God had rejected them.

      6Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores His captive people,
Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

We each must choose a path… do we trust and obey in Jehovah and seek Him through Jesus Christ? or do we choose our own way?  One way is narrow and leads to life, and the other is broad and looks “fun” and leads to destruction.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

  26“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; 28and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.

Matthew 7:13-14

13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Which path will you choose? Once on the path, will you remain at the gate, or follow along the journey to grow closer to Christ? Just like the metaphor of the narrow path, to travel farther on this path we must wake up each day and decide in which direction we will travel that day. As trials and struggles come against us, we must choose to continue to move down that path. This is how we invite God to transform our lives and make us more like Jesus Christ. It is a journey of many small steps rather than a believer being magically changed all at once. It is a journey that lasts a lifetime and we never “finish” the journey, but it transforms us along the way!

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The Devil Prowls Around Looking For Someone To Devour

When I engage people today in a “developed” country like the USA, and discuss our adversary, Satan, they will often dismiss it. Many who claim to accept Christ, fail to take heed to what He taught and how He lived. He and His disciples warn us repeatedly about Satan. However, many claiming scientific enlightenment deny the existence of Satan. This is perhaps the most effective strategy or lie that Satan has ever deployed… convincing the world that He does not exist.

As followers of Christ, Satan clearly considers us his enemy and wishes to destroy us. We are in a battle and called to resist him, firmly anchored in our faith. How can we effectively resist he whom we do not believe exists?

1 Peter 5:6-11

    6Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

How can anyone in any battle win if they fail to acknowledge that there is an enemy that must be resisted or defeated? With Jehovah we will find the power to overcome Satan, but we must have faith and recognize we are in a battle against a powerful and deceptive enemy.

I challenge all who follow Christ to study what Christ teaches us in the scriptures, including the clear demonstration of Christ’s own confrontation with Satan recorded in Matthew 4.

Matthew 4:1-11

The Temptation of Jesus

      1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. 3And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”

      5Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,

6and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,
‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU’;
and
‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP,
SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’”

7Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’”

      8Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” 11Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.

Each of us must ask ourselves… if I truly believe in Christ, then how can I deny His clear revelation about our adversary, Satan? Satan is indeed real and waits to devour us… like a roaring lion seeking vulnerable, unprepared prey.

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Jehovah Draws The Godly To Him But Rejects The Wicked

Consider the legal system and courts that provide guidance and boundaries around what we can do and what the punishment will be if we stray outside of that. We may or may not agree with each law… most of us will not agree with all laws. However, consider that the punishments still apply to us, whether or not we agree with the law. Laws are not supposed to be relativistic… meaning I will follow only the laws that I agree with or “believe” in and you can follow the ones you agree with. Imagine if that were the case… anyone could rob you or kill you and just say those laws did not apply to them so they are innocent. What if the judges would just declare everyone innocent and forgiven, regardless of whether or not the guilty person repented, or turned away from, the wrong behavior having true regret and sorrow for their actions? Our society would be in chaos, lawless.

It is the same for Jehovah. He sets down laws and commands to guide us and there is accountability when we disobey. We may not agree with every instruction, but the judgment will apply to us none the less. Why is this an easy concept for us to grasp for the city or state or country we live in and their laws, and yet many wish to reject the same concept applied to Jehovah and the instructions and laws He provides?

Psalm 50

God the Judge of the Righteous and the Wicked.

A Psalm of Asaph.

1The Mighty One, God, the LORD, has spoken,
And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

      2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shone forth.

      3May our God come and not keep silence;
Fire devours before Him,
And it is very tempestuous around Him.

      4He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:

      5“Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”

      6And the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is judge.

Selah.

      7“Hear, O My people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you;
I am God, your God.

      8“I do not reprove you for your sacrifices,
And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.

      9“I shall take no young bull out of your house
Nor male goats out of your folds.

      10“For every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.

      11“I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is Mine.

      12“If I were hungry I would not tell you,
For the world is Mine, and all it contains.

      13“Shall I eat the flesh of bulls
Or drink the blood of male goats?

      14“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High;

      15Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

      16But to the wicked God says,
“What right have you to tell of My statutes
And to take My covenant in your mouth?

      17“For you hate discipline,
And you cast My words behind you.

      18“When you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
And you associate with adulterers.

      19“You let your mouth loose in evil
And your tongue frames deceit.

      20“You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother’s son.

      21“These things you have done and I kept silence;
You thought that I was just like you;
I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.

      22“Now consider this, you who forget God,
Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver.

      23“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way aright
I shall show the salvation of God.”

The laws and commands of Jehovah apply to all of us equally, whether we know them and understand them or whether we have ignored them completely. Ignorance is not much of an excuse for breaking the law, especially when you had the opportunity to have the laws taught to you or to study them yourself and chose not to take the time. Seek after the instructions of our Creator. He knows best! Who better to guide us in how to live our lives and how to treat one another and Him? I am truly grateful that Jehovah provided us with the scriptures in the Bible, Old and New Testament, and the example of Jesus Christ to guide our way… like a light in the darkness. Let us follow the light to find the best way through life and to our desired destination with our Creator in heaven for eternity thereafter.

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Great Is The Lord And Greatly To Be Praised

Praise and glory to our heavenly Father and Creator. He is mighty and wise. Those who follow Him wholeheartedly are secure, joyful, and shine as a beautiful light before the world. Jehovah is eternal and to be trusted from generation to generation for all time.

Psalm 48

The Beauty and Glory of Zion.

A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah

      1Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
In the city of our God, His holy mountain.

      2Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion in the far north,
The city of the great King.

      3God, in her palaces,
Has made Himself known as a stronghold.

      4For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,
They passed by together.

      5They saw it, then they were amazed;
They were terrified, they fled in alarm.

      6Panic seized them there,
Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth.

      7With the east wind
You break the ships of Tarshish.

      8As we have heard, so have we seen
In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God;
God will establish her forever.

Selah.

      9We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God,
In the midst of Your temple.

      10As is Your name, O God,
So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
Your right hand is full of righteousness.

      11Let Mount Zion be glad,
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
Because of Your judgments.

      12Walk about Zion and go around her;
Count her towers;

      13Consider her ramparts;
Go through her palaces,
That you may tell it to the next generation.

      14For such is God,
Our God forever and ever;
He will guide us until death.

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