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PLEA, PRAISE AND PROMISE

Psalm 67

THE PLEA vs 1-2

Our first relationship with God begins with our asking for His mercy towards us. We accept the fact that we have sinned and are under His coming judgement, hell for eternity. Its’ then we realize we have no other hope for forgiveness than Jesus Christ who paid our penalty for sin. We then ask God foe mercy, because we have nothing to offer for ourselves. Then rely on His promises that never fail. To know more about Him and His ways we must read/study the Bible ourselves time alone with the Bible and God.

THE PRAISE vs 3

Praise follow as knowledge of God and His ways increases.  He will judge all people with righteous judgement, His judgement will never be wrong . He knows the truth and all circumstances we face. He is in control of all that happen and also allows people to do wrong things. Remember the day is coming when all will give account for thing done whether good or bad. When we accept Christ as our and the only Saviour, our past sin is forgiven and He will remember them no more.  Now we our desire is to live in ways that will be pleasing to Him. Because of Christ paying the penalty for our sin we will praise and worship Him freely.

THE PROMISE vs 6

When we are in the right relationship with God that is nothing between us.  All sin unconfessed hinders that fellowship with Christ. The hymn writer Charles Tindley put it clearly in the hymn Nothing Between my soul and my Saviour.

  1. Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
    Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
    I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
    Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.
  2. Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
    Habits of life, though harmless they seem,
    Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
    He is my all, there’s nothing between.
  3. Nothing between, like pride or station;
    Self or friends shall not intervene;
    Though it may cost me much tribulation,
    I am resolved, there’s nothing between.
  4. Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
    Though the whole world against me convene;
    Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
    I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between.

Refrain:
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between

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Joyful, singing praises and worship go together when directed toward God. Christianity has joyfulness when we as His children come before Him, we come with Joy. False religions don’t have joy. They go before their gods with solemn fear with no joy. We are to have a certain fearfulness. But we come as His children without fearfulness. We approach without fear but with respect and love, we as His children know we are always welcome.

See His works of creation and power to open a river for the Israelites to cross over, the created universe and His love for us is beyond our comprehension.  He does what is needed for our good to bring us into the right place.

The psalmist declares that after the trials he would still worship and serve the God who keeps him secure. Then we have a sincere solemn warning —if we harbor wrong with our hearts God will not here our prayer request to Him. Don’t allow your problems in relationships with others be one of the things that hinder your relationship with God.  Let nothing come between you and God, keep the way clear.

1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.  3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.  4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.  5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.  6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.  7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.  8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: 9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.  10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.  11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.  12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.  13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,  14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.  15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.  16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.  17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.  18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.  20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

 

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OUR PRAISE HIS PROMISES
The Psalmist (Psalm 34) tells us what our attitude and actions should be; to bless or declare the Lord, speak of Him, praise Him, Boast of him, magnify Him and exalt His name. For the Christian speaking of and sharing who He is and what He’s done for us should be part of our regular conversation. What’s more important to us than Christ, our lives reveal what’s important. How can one not speak of Christ who died for us to pay our sin debt and offer it as a free gift to us. Our salvation and forgiveness is by Christ’s death on the Cross of Calvary , nothing added no church or good works it’s Christ alone. How can we keep silent after what He’s done and does for us. Some may teach today that Christians live without any problems. But Christians/Believers will face problems, sorrow and hurts in this life. God promises to be with us and deliver us. The poor man cried verse 6, the righteous cry verse 7, many are the afflictions of the righteous verse 19. In all of these the Lord delivered them. Remember we all will go through hard times, sorrow and hurts but He has promised to be with us and see us through them, trust Him we are never alone. Jesus is coming soon as He promised be ready be sure. Psalm 34 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together., 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. 11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. 14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. 22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. “ As the hymn tells us in the hymn Where He Leads I’ll Follow
Sweet are the promises, kind is the word,
Dearer far than any message man ever heard;
Pure was the mind of Christ, sinless I see;
He the great example is, and pattern for me.
Sweet is the tender love Jesus hath shown,
Sweeter far than any love that mortals have known;
Kind to the erring one, faithful is He;
He the great example is, and pattern for me.
List to His loving words, “Come unto Me”;
Weary, heavy laden, there is sweet rest for thee;
Trust in His promises, faithful and sure;
Lean upon the Savior, and thy soul is secure.
Refrain
Where He leads I’ll follow,
Follow all the way.
Where He leads I’ll follow,
Follow Jesus ev’ry day.

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Rejoice and Praise
Rejoice and praise the Lord. There are times in life we all face where the last thing we feel is rejoicing and praise. But even at those times as we can remember who God is and what He has done for us at the Cross of Calvary, it can only bring rejoicing and praise to God. In Psalm 33:3 the psalmist says sing a new song, not we could say just the old ones, they were all new at one time, play instruments but do it with skill, do it well practice in private to get good before you do it in public. Today we see much evil in our world but stop and look around until you see the goodness of God, look at creation, nature see all that He did its’ wonder and beauty. And also those people who show forth the love of God to others. Today even in church there needs to be the fear, utmost respect and awe , amazement of God. The counsel of the Lord stands forever the counsel of unbelievers will fail vs. 10-11. Today we see our president turning the country against Israel that’s is a disaster for America, God has blessed America and until now America has blessed Israel. God has said He will bless those that bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. Pray that our nation will always stand with Israel. The hope for our nation too remain free until the Rapture, is not in a political party or leader it is too turn back to God and trust in Him. That will only start when Christians turn back to God and His Word as He gave it in the Bible it means just what is says and it will last forever. Read it, Believe it and Follow it and allow God to bless you, remember God’s greatest blessings are for eternity and will never be lost as all on this earth is destroyed by fire. Be sure of your relationship with Him believe, repent and be saved, forgiven and become a child of God. Examine your life today. Psalm 33 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. 4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of theLORD. 6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. 10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. 14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. 15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. 16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. 17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. 18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

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