Psalms 8:3-4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place; What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you care for him?……. but you do *thank U*
uesterday during service, our worship team led a last song that totally reflected Ps 8:3-4.. have u ever been touched by the spirit? *thrilled*
Want to share this with you.. just take a minute.. and u will be equally amazed as i am.. how text from >2000 years ago could still be relevant in today’s context =)
Psalm 23 for Today
By Dena Dyer
God’s guidance is even more important than common
sense . . . I can declare that the deepest darkness is
outshone by the light of Jesus. —Corrie Ten Boom
As I sat on the couch, I opened the USA Today. Inside
the front section was an article detailing the ways to
prepare for all sorts of terrorist attacks. As I read,
visions of duct tape and plastic sheeting danced in my
head, and the fact that I live a mere twenty miles from a
nuclear power plant crossed my mind more than once.
Then I tried to go to bed. Right. (What was I thinking?!)
But after I crawled in the covers, with my mind swirling
and my heart racing, I looked up my daily reading in a
devotional book. As God’s providence would have it, the
selection was Psalm 23. And as I read, I realized the
words were timeless. They comforted me, and I began
to think of ways that they might apply to our current
situation in America.
Here’s what I recorded that night in my journal:
The Lord is my shepherd—
In the midst of the war on drugs,
the war on terrorism,
and the spiritual warfare in my soul.
I shall not want—
with him as my Savior and provider,
I’m perfectly content.
While others strive for and worry about
a bigger house, a newer car, designer clothes and
I will rest in my calling and purpose—
knowing God and making him known
in this hurting, harried world.
He leads me beside still waters—
Cool, clear streams of peace
in the midst of orange alerts,
space shuttle disasters, stock market fluctuations,
and baggage inspections.
When emotional baggage threatens my sanity,
he renews my mind.
When grief and despair descend,
he heals my heart.
When doubts and fears assail my tranquility,
he restores my soul.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death—
filled with threats of biological and chemical warfare,
nuclear bombs and ghosts of past regrets—
I will fear no evil.
Not AIDS, or smallpox,
not child abductors or doomsayers.
Thou art with me—
even when I feel alone in a crowd.
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me—
especially when I read the paper or watch the news.
(Why do I read or watch? I know the ending!)
Thou anointest my head with oil—
the oil of gladness and peace,
with a calling to be
light and joy in a dark, fear-filled world.
Help me to be a peace-full, grace-full person, Lord,
in the midst of a chaotic world.
Truly, my cup runneth over.
You have blessed me so much!
I have friends and family who love me,
a warm bed, freedom, grace, (more than) enough food,
and a fulfilling purpose.
Surely goodness and mercy—
your grace, love, forgiveness and compassion—
shall follow me all the days of my life.
Every second, every minute, you are before and
behind me, with your arms of love outstretched.
And one day—when all wars and pain,
terror and shame
will come to an end . . . (Come quickly, Lord Jesus!)
I will dwell in the house of the Lord,
your glorious kingdom,
where you’ve prepared an eternal home for me.
As I finished the Psalm, I turned out the light and went
to sleep. Peacefully.
Notes from the Coach:
A psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Psalm 23:1-6, NIV
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS COURT CASE?
In Florida, an atheist became incensed over the preparation of Easter and Passover holidays. He decided to contact his lawyer about the discrimination inflicted on atheists by the constant celebrations afforded to Christians and Jews with all their holidays while atheists had no holiday to celebrate.
The case was brought before a wise judge. After listening to the long passionate presentation by the lawyer, the Judge banged his gavel and declared “Case dismissed!”
The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling and said, “Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and many other observances. Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah…yet my client and all other atheists have no such holiday!”
The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said, “Obviously your client is too confused to even know about, much less celebrate his own atheists’ holiday!”
The lawyer pompously said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any such holiday for atheists. Just when might that holiday be, your Honor?”
The judge said, “Well it comes every year on exactly the same date—April 1st! Since our calendar sets April 1st as ‘April Fools Day,’ consider that Psalm 14:1, Psalm 53 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, in my opinion, if your client says there is no God, then by scripture he is a fool,
thus April 1st is his holiday! Get it?”
PRAY THAT SOME DAY OUR COURTS WILL BE FULL OF THESE KIND OF JUDGES…… MAYBE THEN, WE CAN PUT GOD BACK WHERE HE BELONGS — IN EVERYTHING WE DO…
Time Flies. I am just a regular viewer of both Channel 8 and Channel U. Got to learn that one of the broadcasters (Liang Ni) has left Channel U.
Reflecting back, as if yesterday, she was still broadcasting the daily news in the studio.
Anyway, I sincerely wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
May peace and happiness follows wherever she goes.
Hopefully one day, we shall see her on the screen again
All the Best to you. Liang Ni.
Last but not least, to all the rest of the broadcasters and reporters, keep up the good work.
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