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Our Unique Uniqueness

This is a wonderful post by Elder Steve Smith. What is your potential?

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“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”

Psalm 139:14-16 NKJV

   We are all unique and made in God’s image. So much so, as he has given us our own unique and individual fingerprints. Yep. No one else has the same fingerprints as we do. He has also given us our own unique and different eyes. Our eyes have a blueprint in them, a complex pattern that is totally ours. It is amazing to think that of all the billions of people in…

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Are You Breathing?

Psalm 150  King James Version (KJV)

As we finish up this study on Psalms, I want to thank you for reading my reflections on these 2,461 verses.  It has been a journey I will never forget.  It has taught me that I need to be much more patient than I am, that I need to rely on God much more than I do, and I need to listen for His voice much harder than I have.  The Psalms teach me that God is always for me, that He is always watching out for me and that He loves me more than I can possibly fathom with my feeble human understanding.

There are two results of these lessons learned.  The first is that I find myself much calmer – more at peace – when things just don’t go the way I think they should.  I know my God is bigger than anything that can come my way, and He is in control.  Nothing can harm me past what He will allow.  If He allows some trial or trouble, He is always close by to deliver me once I learn the lesson He is trying to teach me.  Trials are a time when I have to listen carefully for His voice.  I think we often forget that Job had a lengthy conversation with God before he was delivered out of his calamity.  Am I listening close enough to have the same type of conversation?

The second lesson is that I always need to turn to praise.  His praise should be on my lips at every turn of every day – no exceptions.  No matter what the day has brought, no matter what obstacles may try to distract me, no matter how I feel – I should be praising Him.  Not because He has blessed me, not because He has made my path straight, not because He has delivered me out of some trouble.  I should praise Him solely because He is worthy of my praise.  That is enough!

This last Psalm is a culmination of David’s desire to be a blessing to His God.  David calls us to pray with everything we’ve got.  Don’t hold back.  Don’t muffle or silence the praise that He deserves.  Let the whole world know about the awesome God we serve.  He is worthy.

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Not just in the sanctuary, but out in the open field, we should praise Him.  With all that’s in me, I hope by now you know how important it is to give Him praise!  It is for His good pleasure, but even more it elevates us above the hubbub of this world.  We can forget about our troubles and concentrate on Him when we praise Him.  Way too many Christians only praise Him at church – don’t be one of them!

2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Two reasons to praise Him.  First, for His mighty acts.   I cannot recount all He has done for me.  The list would go on and on and on.  John said if He listed all the works of Jesus. the world could not contain all the books that would be written (John 21:25).   feel like that for just what He’s done for me!

Praise Him for His excellent greatness.  Just because He is who He is.  Not for anything He has done or provided, but for who He is.  I don’t need any other reason to Praise Him than this.  Many people go through life only praising Him when good things happen.  Then in the down times, they wonder why they feel so alone.  Always praise Him for who He is, not for what He’s done.  This will keep you on top!

3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Use whatever is at your disposal to give Him praise.  There are thousands of instruments today.  In David’s day, these were the main instruments used at times of worship.  David wants to hear all of them praising the Lord.  For me, I have my voice and my hands.  I am slowly learning to play the piano – very slowly.  I use my voice to praise Him the most.  I am the worship leader at our church, where my wife is the pianist and the pastors wife is the organ player.  They are incredible as both of them play by ear and will adjust the key of the song at the drop of a hat. It is so much fun to sing with their accompaniment.

I remember when I truly learned what worship was all about.  As a young Christian, I was worship leader at our church.  The pastor could not carry a tune at all but He loved to praise the Lord.  Time after time, when I had finished leading and gone to sit down, He would keep singing God’s praises.  He did not care that he was way off tune, or how it sounded.  He just wanted to praise the Lord more.  That spirit of praise was amazing to me, and I have never forgotten it.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

This verse needs no explanation.  I know you are breathing.  Just praise Him!

Upcoming Event!

On Wednesday, November 8th at 1:00 pm Central Time I will be on a local Christian radio station sharing my testimony about the cancer battle I have been going through. The interview was already tapped at my home, and I’m sure you would enjoy it if you can join us. I believe the whole interview will fit into an hour time slot, even though the actual interview is only about 25 minutes, in 4 parts.

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Write A New Song

Psalm 149  King James Version (KJV)

1 Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

As we approach the end of psalms, we see the call to praise the Lord increasing.  This journey through the psalms, which began in September of 2016, has been such a huge blessing to my life.  I now really know what David means when He says “Sing unto the Lord a new song”.  And it is not necessarily what you think.  It carries a much deeper meaning to the psalm writer.

I always thought it meant I should sing in the Spirit, or just make up a song as I went along.  God has given me over 500 such songs in the last year and a half, most of which are posted on my own Psalmist site.   These songs or poems come directly from the Spirit when He prompts me to write them.  They are new songs, and I sing many of them over and over again.  But they are not the type of new song that the writer is talking about.

The song David is discussing here is twofold.  One type of song comes from deep inside us because of our anguish, our distress or our worry over the circumstances that surround us.  We see this again and again throughout the psalms.  I have been amazed at the resiliency of the writer as he faces off with his enemies over and over again.  You can hear his despair in his words, but he always comes back to praise the Lord.  He never allows the circumstance to be bigger than his God.  That praise song elevates him above the fear and doubt we read in the previous verses and pulls him out of the natural into the supernatural realm of God,   When he arrives there, he knows God is in control and he will be vanquished of his enemies.  The song becomes a song of victory because he chose to praise the Lord.

The second song is one of praise to God for His mighty deeds or His Majesty.  The song goes through what God has done for the nation or what He has done for the writer.  It speaks of the awesome love and devotion the Lord has for us.  Some are like lessons in history and others are lessons in the nature of God.  Look at Psalm 23 or Psalm 91, both new songs to the Lord that show us the nature of God and praise Him for His love to us.  Or psalms 78 or 107, both of which recount historical facts about Israel.  These are also new songs, sung to praise the Lord for His past guidance and protection.   These new songs are meant to remind others just who God is, and how he can help us in our everyday lives.

What about you?  Does a new song escape your lips every so often?  Do you find yourself thanking God for blessings that you have received in the past?  Or do you find yourself crying out to God in despair, hooping He will help you through the trials of life?  f either of these apply, you are singing the new song this writer talks about.  You are praising the Lord with a new song!  Just because it s not set to music does not mean it can not be a new song.  So sing aloud your praises to the Lord.  He is worthy of all we can give!

2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

Let us rejoice in Him who made us!  He made us who we are in every facet of our being.  he colored our skin, eyes and hair.  He arranged our face in the pattern He wanted it to be in.  He placed the fingerprint on our fingers, a different one for every human being for all of time.  He gave us our five senses so we could enjoy His creation.  He gave each of us specific talents so we could be productive in our lives.    Some are mechanics, some our food service workers, some are doctors, some are singers – all with talent given by God  to do their appointed tasks.  He has placed in us a mind to think and reason with.  How can we not rejoice in His goodness for all he has done for us!

We should be full of joy!  Enough joy to dance and sound whatever instrument he has blessed us with the talent to play.  For me it is my voice and my hands (clapping). The piano will come!   Let’s praise the Lord!

4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Did you ever stop to think about the fact that God takes pleasure in you?  We are always talking about how we take pleasure in Him.  But I have to remember that He takes pleasure in me too.  He takes pleasure when I talk with Him in the morning and lift my requests and my praise before Him.  He takes pleasure when He sees me talking to my wife and sharing life with the women He chose for me 39 years ago.    He takes pleasure when He sees me using the various talents and gifts He has given me.  I can almost hear Him chuckling when something funny happens to me – I have no doubt He enjoys that.   He takes pleasure in us every day.  Please remember that He takes pleasure in you!

In order to be saved, we must confess our sins to Jesus, ask for His forgiveness, turn from our sin, and make Him Lord of our lives.  This takes a meek spirit.  Someone filled with pride will never stoop to do these things.  Someone filled with pride will think they can do it their own way – they don’t need to follow the biblical path.  I am sorry to tell you that if you have not taken these steps because you feel you know better, then pride has you in it’s grips, and God will not give His salvation to the proud.  He gives it to the meek.

6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;

8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.

We know for Hebrews 4:12 that the two edged sword is the word of God.  Praise and the word are the two things the enemy can not stand against.  Praise and the word should be by our side at all times.  There is no replacement for either one.  There is no earthly substitute for the heavenly weapons that God has given us.  Praise elevates God, the word lifts us up by reminding us who God is.  By these things, we can execute judgment on our enemies, we can bind up kings.  It s an honor given to us by the Most High God!  Make sure you are practicing the privilege He has given you!