16 -19 I call to God;
God will help me.
At dusk, dawn, and noon I sigh
deep sighs—he hears, he rescues.
My life is well and whole, secure
in the middle of danger
Even while thousands
are lined up against me.
God hears it all, and from his judge’s bench
puts them in their place.
22 -23 Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders— And I trust in you.
he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.
He’ll never let good people
topple into ruin.
But you, God, will throw the others
into a muddy bog,
Cut the lifespan of assassins
and traitors in half.
22 -23 Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—
And I trust in you.
Now I stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Lord, I imagine myself at the foot of your throne. Lying prostrate, kissing your feet affectionately; full of joy and humility. I haven’t gazed upon your face honestly yet; however, I see a magnificent, light reflecting off the golden streets. My eyes are filled with tears of amazement; joy. But through the mist of delightful bewilderment I can distinguish features. Not a nose, nor eye, nor the sweet mouth of my king; but of everything simply good, and angelically peaceful.
Of all things you’ve ever bestowed upon me: happiness, fear, confidence, uncertainty. All I can do is insensibly stare at the likeness. For something inside me knows, that to look upon your miraculous splendor directly would mean the definite end of me. However, as I once again gain the liberty of hands and mouth they automatically begin to caress and kiss your holy feet.
God I don’t want leave this moment. I could lie here forever. Grant me this one thing, Oh Lord: that I may find favor in your house forever. I have no intention of leaving this place, Father. But if the world succeeds in greedily tearing me away from you, fight to bring back, Lord. God, leave the spot at your feet for me. Open always for the use of worshipping you. And there I will lie forever, at the feet of my Savior.
When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is more dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are — no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. You’re blessed when you get your inside world — your mind and heart — put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Not only that — count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens — give a cheer even! — for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.” SALT AND LIGHT“Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep open house: be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” MURDER You are familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ’stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire.
The simple moral fact is that: words kill.
Set aside a time to read the Bible.
No matter how busy you are.
Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does. God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked into the ditch. Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn, play music on your instruments to God, Who fills the sky with clouds, preparing rain for the earth, Then turning the mountains green with grass, feeding both cattle and crows. He’s not impressed with horsepower; the size of our muscles means little to him. Those who fear God get God’s attention; they can depend on his strength.” -Ps. 147:6-11.