Tag: Psalm 23

Lead Me to the Rock That is Higher Than I

There are days when the world comes crashing down. The days when the Dr. report is not good. The days when fear and anxiety wash over you like a cloud. The days when the fear of the future consumes you. These are the days I pray, “Lord, Lead me to the Rock that is Higher than I.”

From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. – Psalm 61:2 NKJV

 

God knows what you are facing. He knows the end from the beginning. He promised never to leave you nor forsake you, even if you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Hold us close Lord.

Yea, 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. – Psalm 23:4 NKJV

Lord, hold me and my friends during this trial. Help us to be more aware of your presence and your healing power. Make the wrong things right in Jesus Name.

Lord, we need you.

 

Lord I Need You

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
Songwriters: Christy Nockels / Daniel Carson / Jesse Reeves / Kristian Stanfill / Matt Maher
Lord, I Need You lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group
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When Life Is Crazy God is Still on the Throne

Life is just plain crazy sometimes. Can you relate? It’s been one of those weeks for our family. Now  I know I’m supposed to be rejoicing in times of trial, yet I have to admit this is not my first thought. No wonder Jesus put it in the book! 

Yet it is during these times of trial I learn how faithful my God is. These are the times I draw closer to Him and lean on his everlasting arms. Theses are the times I rely on His strength to get me through the valley.

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want. 

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake. 

Yea, 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 runs over. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. – Psalm 23:1-6

My Cup Overflows in 2014

In my morning time with The Lord, I asked what is this coming year going to be about? What will 2014 bring to your people Lord? He directed me to Genesis 1. So I started reading.

“In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1-3 AMP)

Now I can relate to that. I have felt a little empty and formless this past year! And man, I know the darkness! And yet, the Spirit of God was hovering and moving and even brooding over the waters.

Have you felt God’s presence hovering over you?

So I kept reading…

“And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament [the expanse of the sky] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters [below] from the waters [above].
And God made the firmament [the expanse] and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. And it was so.
And God called the firmament Heavens. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.” (Genesis 1:4-8 AMP)

The interesting thing that I never saw before is that God had to separate the waters to place the Heavens. It reminded me of Moses and that great scene in the Ten Commandments Movie. The waters didn’t stop moving, they flow from above and from below.

And the Word God gave me for 2014:
“MY CUP OVERFLOWS”

Psalm 23:5

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

Footnotes:

Psalm 23:5 It is difficult for those living in a temperate climate to appreciate, but it was customary in hot climates to anoint the body with oil to protect it from excessive perspiration. When mixed with perfume, the oil imparted a delightfully refreshing and invigorating sensation. Athletes anointed their bodies as a matter of course before running a race. As the body, therefore, anointed with oil was refreshed, invigorated, and better fitted for action, so the Lord would anoint His “sheep” with the Holy Spirit, Whom oil symbolizes, to fit them to engage more freely in His service and run in the way He directs—in heavenly fellowship with Him.

Amplified Bible (AMP)
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My Prayer for You:

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Dear Lord,

Thank you for the Word for today, thank you for this fresh manna from Heaven to hold onto. We declare and decree your Word, MY CUP OVERFLOWS for 2014! Anoint your sheep Lord to do Your will. Let the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing! Hallelujah!

Overcoming Obstacles

From: Mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com

Some days I need to remind myself that no matter what I see with my eyes, or hear with my ears – God is greater.

It has been a battle in my world this past 2 weeks. There were many that shouted or screamed or accused, with rocks, sticks, swords etc.  Lots of confusion, anger, and even lies too.  There were times I had to keep quiet, and other times I had to stand my ground and say NO! I am still ‘dressing the wounds’ from the battle.  I even took a post down as it offended someone who mattered to me.

So much for the comfort zone – we are going to new ground here.  I know that God is teaching me how to STAND. You know, that ‘love good and hate evil’ thing.   And what to believe in.  I am still being quiet and listening. Rather a different approach for me – I have been likened to a ‘bulldozer’ at times!

And I am learning to trust God with the outcome – I think that’s my lesson.  Choose your battles Ms D – and watch for fruit – both good or bad – before opening your mouth!  Stand up for what is right – and oppose what is wrong.  There are times to fight and times to sit down.  Still learning here…

What about you?

How do you respond to pressure?

Who do you look to for hope?

Here are the Words I am holding onto this week:

You shall not fear them, for the Lord your God shall fight for you. (Deut 3:22 AMP)

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Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.

You shall seek those who contend with you but shall not find them; they who war against you shall be as nothing, as nothing at all.

For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!

(Isaiah 41:10-13 AMP)

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 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place. (Psalm 23: 1-6 AMP)

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And my Prayer – God, I don’t get it – you do – Show me when to stand and fight and when to shut up!

Yeah – short, sweet, and to the point!

From: lovestthoume.com