Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you into their land to give it to you for your inheritance, as it is today."
When we come to the Lord, we are freed from sin. That is only the first step in his plan for us, though. Freedom from slavery is great, but what do we do with that if we have no place to live? God knows, and we do too, that our land is full of giants too big for us to get rid of. This is where his strength comes through, when we begin to conquer those giants one by one in his power. Sometimes it's a Jericho time, when God simply says, "It's time to let that one go," and we obey, and see that old habit simply fall away without any fight. Most of the time, however, we have to take up our sword and shield and chase the enemy all the way out of the country.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Love the Word, eat it up!

I truly love God's Word!

A psalm of praise. Of David.

1I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.2Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.3Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.4One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.5They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.6They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.7They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.8The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.9The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.10All you have made will praise you, O LORD; your saints will extol you.11They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,12so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.14The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.15The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.16You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.17The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.18The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.19He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.20The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.21My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
Who would not love a God like this?