Learning to Praise

Grand Canyon at sunset

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim (shout praise to) you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 
They rejoice in your name all day long;
    they celebrate your righteousness.” Psalm 89:14-16

Learning to acclaim Jesus allows me to walk in the light of His presence, and rejoice in His name all day long.

Jesus, my creator.
Jesus, my redeemer.
Jesus, my protector.
Jesus, my shepherd.
Jesus, my king.
Jesus, my counselor.
Jesus, my righteousness.
Jesus, my rock.
Jesus, my Alpha and Omega.
Jesus, my peace.
Jesus, my Lord forever.
Praise God!

The Sun Breaking Through

Love never fails. 1 Cor. 13:8

“… put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.” Psalm 130:7

As we face uncertain times, put your hope in the Lord and His unfailing love.

Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:4

No matter what trial you face, bow in awe before the Lord, for His love through Jesus Christ is unfailing, and will endure forever.

Prayer in the Woods

Have you ever thanked God for prayer? Think about it, the Creator of all, who is the Alpha and Omega, the King of kings and Lord of lords, invites us to commune with Him in prayer. It is beyond my ability to comprehend… yet this privilege is given to me. Sometimes I fail to show up… yet this privilege is not taken away. At times I pray with a wrong attitude… yet this privilege is God working in me, not to kick me to the side, but to bring me closer to His side. Thank you Lord for the gift of prayer.

Ascribe to the Lord

Jesus forgives me,
When I can’t forgive myself.
He redeems me when I feel unredeemable.
The Lord lights my life with His mercy,
When all I deserve is the darkness of my ungodliness.
Only by faith can I accept God’s grace and mercy.
Which He holds out for me to receive.
For the Lord rejoices over my redemption,

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1

Nothing is impossible for God.
The Lord guides my steps into righteousness,
Even when I can’t see because of my shame,
Jesus will rescue me from all my enemies,
even when I am the enemy.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him. Psalm 98:1

I fall at the feet of Jesus for He has done great things for me.
His glory brighter than the sun.
His mercy greater than all my shame,
His righteousness surrounds me,
His love breaks the strongest chains,
His faithfulness never fails,
His power and goodness are everlasting and will never diminish.
His love is better than life,
His love gives life to my life.

Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, 
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; 
Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. Psalm 29:1

Heaven Comes Down

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Clouds of heaven invading the darkness

Prayer is one of the great undervalued gifts from God. Think about it—in Jesus, I have a clear, secure channel to talk directly with God.

Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:34-35

Jesus has made it so easy that often I take it for granted.

So, if the problems of this day have crowded out your praying, stop right now and ask God to restore one of the joys of salvation in Christ—talking with Him, and worshiping up close and personal with the Lord of all.

Oh, one other amazing thing He wants to talk with you right now.

Be Thou My Vision

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A break in the clouds

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible”
Jonathan Swift – Thoughts On Various Subjects

I often think the scenes, I try to capture and preserve in photos, are little bits of the great beauty that Jesus pours out upon His creation. Whether anyone notices is not relevant to beauties existence, it is there just because God is good. Scene upon scene in unending splendor speaks of the glory of God. This is also true in my life; I have ongoing grace lavished upon me by God. Sometimes I have the eyes to see it, and thank Him, but often I am too preoccupied and it goes unnoticed. Like the beauty in nature, grace is not given only where it will be appreciated, it is freely poured out in abundance because that is the nature of God.

You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (Psalm 23 :5-6)

I continually have to remind myself to pray for eyes to see, ears to hear, and wisdom to comprehend all that Jesus is doing. Then with a heart of gratitude I can see, hear and give thanks.

Lovely

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“For great is Your love, higher than the heavens.” Psalm 108:4

We can’t make God love us less—He died for us.
We can’t make God love us more—He died for us.
But sadly we are free to ignore His love and die for ourselves.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
John 3:16-18

Memories of Tomorrow

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Foretaste of glory

Yesterday we had so much fun,
the joy that children bring.
To have the laughter never end,
In songs we love to sing.

Visit cut short, I wanted longer.
So many seeds to sow
Time consumes the love we shared,
Forgotten as they grow.

In that day when life moves on,
I hope not in fading sorrow.
But in the love of Jesus Christ
Who makes yesterday a foretaste of tomorrow.

In Jesus we have a sure hope that our tomorrows will be even better than our yesterdays.

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:20-22

Darkness Broken by the Light

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The Light of Life breaking through into our darkest places.

You are my lamp, O Lord;
the Lord turns my darkness into light. 2 Samuel 22:29

Living is full of dark rocky places, but Jesus brings light and life to our darkness.