Psalm 139 (Part Two: To be Searched, Known, and Loved)

Scripture References;

Psalm 139

The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
You understand my thoughts from far away.

3 You observe my travels and my rest;
You are aware of all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue,
You know all about it, LORD.

5 You have encircled me;
You have placed Your hand on me.

6 [This] extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to [reach] it.

7 Where can I go to escape Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?

8 If I go up to heaven, You are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.

9 If I live at the eastern horizon
[or] settle at the western limits,

10 even there Your hand will lead me;
Your right hand will hold on to me.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will become night”

12 even the darkness is not dark to You.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You,
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know [this] very well.

15 My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all [my] days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began.

17 God, how difficult  Your thoughts are
for me [to comprehend];
how vast their sum is!

18 If I counted them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand;
when I wake up,  I am still with You.

19 God, if only You would kill the wicked&md;
you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me  &md;

20 who invoke You deceitfully.
Your enemies swear [by You] falsely.

21 LORD, don’t I hate those who hate You,
and detest those who rebel against You?

22 I hate them with extreme hatred;
I consider them my enemies.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns.

24 See if there is any offensive  way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way.   Psalm 139 HCSB

Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!  The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt, with mighty power he led them out of that country,   he endured their conduct for about forty years in the desert,   he overthrew seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to his people as their inheritance.   All this took about 450 years.

“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet.  Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years.  After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’  Acts 13:16-22 NIV

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”  Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8 KJV


You know, “Part One” of this message was incomplete.  We need a hymn. Here is one of my favorite hymns below.


The Love of God

  1. The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
    It goes beyond the highest star,
    And reaches to the lowest hell;
    The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
    God gave His Son to win;
    His erring child He reconciled,
    And pardoned from his sin.

    • Refrain:
      Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
      How measureless and strong!
      It shall forevermore endure—
      The saints’ and angels’ song.
  2. When hoary time shall pass away,
    And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
    When men who here refuse to pray,
    On rocks and hills and mountains call,
    God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
    All measureless and strong;
    Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.
  3. Could we with ink the ocean fill,
    And were the skies of parchment made,
    Were every stalk on earth a quill,
    And every man a scribe by trade;
    To write the love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry;
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
    Though stretched from sky to sky

Would you like to hear it?  Here is a link.   What a beautiful song!


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Psalm 139 (Part One: To be Searched, Known, and Loved)

Scripture References;

Psalm 139

The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
You understand my thoughts from far away.

3 You observe my travels and my rest;
You are aware of all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue,
You know all about it, LORD.

5 You have encircled me;
You have placed Your hand on me.

6 [This] extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to [reach] it.

7 Where can I go to escape Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?

8 If I go up to heaven, You are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.

9 If I live at the eastern horizon
[or] settle at the western limits,

10 even there Your hand will lead me;
Your right hand will hold on to me.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will become night”

12 even the darkness is not dark to You.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You,
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know [this] very well.

15 My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all [my] days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began.

17 God, how difficult  Your thoughts are
for me [to comprehend];
how vast their sum is!

18 If I counted them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand;
when I wake up,  I am still with You.

19 God, if only You would kill the wicked&md;
you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me  &md;

20 who invoke You deceitfully.
Your enemies swear [by You] falsely.

21 LORD, don’t I hate those who hate You,
and detest those who rebel against You?

22 I hate them with extreme hatred;
I consider them my enemies.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns.

24 See if there is any offensive  way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way.   Psalm 139 HCSB

Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!  The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt, with mighty power he led them out of that country,   he endured their conduct for about forty years in the desert,   he overthrew seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to his people as their inheritance.   All this took about 450 years.

“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet.  Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years.  After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’  Acts 13:16-22 NIV

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”  Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8 KJV


I have always loved this Psalm.  Would you like to know why?  Well, let me explain.  King David wrote this and many of the other Psalms. It says in the Bible that David was a man after God’s own heart.  However, David was also a man who committed some pretty serious sins. He lusted, committed adultery,  and committed murder.  You can read about it in 2 Samuel chapters 11 and 12 in the “Old Testament”.  He was confronted by Nathan the prophet and when his heart was convicted he wrote Psalm 51.  It says in Psalm 51:3  that he said, “For I acknowledge my transgressions:  and my sin is ever before me.” He also had confidence in the Lord’s mercy and grace and demonstrated that when he made the request below.

“Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.”   Psalm 51:9-14 KJV

There were times when David was brave, like when he was a “youth”and killed Goliath, a fierce Giant, with a stone and a sling shot.  He was very confident that the Lord would guide that stone and He did. But there were other times when David was not confident, and let his fears get the best of him and made a fool out of himself.   Here is an account below that always makes me laugh.

That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.  But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:   ” ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?” David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.  So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.  Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me?    Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”  1 Samuel 21:10-15  NIV

I have been a Christian for many years, and I have studied the Bible for many years.  There is still a lot that I have yet to learn, but it was probably about 18 or 19 years ago when I first read these things. I at that time did not understand how secure our salvation is. I was often so afraid that my continual sinning, (especially the habitual sins) would cause me to lose my salvation. Even though I did not understand the true nature of my salvation, I was so comforted when I read about David and saw that he, in spite of his terrible sins, still was confident that he could find forgiveness when he approached the Lord, and that he was actually referred to as  “a man after God’s own heart.” I have often read Psalm 51 out loud prayerfully to the Lord at times that I was ashamed and afraid, and at a loss for words. What a comforting Psalm for a guilt ridden person to pray!    I am so thankful that the Lord is fully acquainted with all our ways, yet He still loves us.

I really do not know exactly how to interpret the part that speaks about hate.  I know that the Lord hates evil, and asks us to pray that we be delivered from it in “The Lord’s Prayer”.   Satan is evil and even Christians can have evil thoughts, words, and actions. We call those “sins”.   When David prayed that prayer he lived in a time and place where he found himself surrounded by those who did not confess their sin to the Lord, those who did not love God.  I believe that David also understood that evil could be found in himself, and that is why he cried out to the Lord with a contrite heart.  So when I pray about evil I pray “Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil (both the evil without and the evil within).”.

 

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Encircling Love (Part 2…Circle the Answer)

Scripture references;

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  1 John 4:8 KJV

You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me.  Psalm 139:5 HCSB

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6 KJV

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  2 Peter3:9 KJV

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Matthew 5:6 KJV

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  John 10:16 KJV

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28  KJV

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  Revelation 3:20  KJV

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17:20-24 KJV

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.  John17:11-12 KJV

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29  KJV

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah30:21 KJV


Today I am thinking about how workbooks are in some ways very similar to life.  They both present us with new material to be covered, and lessons to be learned.  They also present us with material that we have previously covered to help ensure retention. They each also come with questions to be answered and problems to be solved.

In workbooks you will find  exercises to complete that come in many different forms.  There are True/False questions, Fill in the Blank questions,  essay questions, and review questions, but the most popular kind are…You guessed it!….Multiple Choice.  They will provide possible answers, and you have to circle the right answer.

Life presents us with exercises to complete, as well.  We are challenged to discern between that which is true from that which is false,  fill our voids (blanks), and provide others with explanations. Then of course the exercise we face more than any other is …Multiple Choice. The number of choices can vary, but will often decrease over time. We all hope to select the right answer.

There is one way that life differs from a workbook. In a workbook we seek out the answer, but in life the answer is seeking us.  This answer is always true, and is capable of filling all of our empty spaces, no matter what size they are or how many we have. This answer is Jesus.  He longs to be chosen, but  He chose us first, and because He chose us first, He actively seeks us and calls out to us. If we hear Him calling  and then call on Him He has promised to come into our hearts and live in us, but He also promised that we would be in Him. Where in Him? In His tender, yet mighty hand. We will still have questions, and problems, and decisions to make, after we receive Him, but they will be less burdensome, because He will be with us, and ready to guide us, if we ask Him… every step of the way.

Have you circled the right answer?   I hope so…The answer has circled you.



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Encircling Love (Part 1…A New Altar Call)

Scripture references;

22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;25Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  Acts 17:22-32 KJV

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  1 John 4:8 KJV

You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me.  Psalm 139:5 HCSB


I am thinking about that speech the Apostle Paul made to those men of Athens in Acts 17:22-32. It is called “The Areopagus Address”.  What an altar call that was!  They needed to repent just like all people in every age.  All need to hear, believe, and receive the message of the gospel, and all are promised the gift of salvation if they do that. It is such a precious gift to have the Lord come and dwell in us. To have Him is to have love; to be encircled in love.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.


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About Moore to Ponder/How to Get The Most Out of This Blog

This is my very first blog, and let me tell you from the start, I, being computer challenged, still do not know as much about how to organize my entries and effectively label them as more experienced bloggers know.  This blog has categories, parent categories, and even some other kind, but I forgot what they call it.

If I counted correctly there are 9 parent categories. Two of my parent categories are titled Devotional Thoughts and Living it Up. I will have more entries that fall under Devotional Thoughts than any of the other parent categories. Each regular category will fall under one or more of the parent categories. I do not plan on adding any more parent categories, but the ordinary categories will probably grow in number. The Homeschooling parent category and the Relaxed Homeschooling category will contain  posts about homeschooling, but also some of my devotional posts that have a perspective that if applied can enhance the homeschooling experience and hopefully help homeschooling parents to “relax” a little.

I have two different approaches that I use when I write a devotional entry. Sometimes I have a Bible verse or passage on my mind that I want to look at and think about. I first consider the plain or obvious truth that is normally taken from it. Then I look again to see additional glimpses of truth that might come from phrases or even a single word contained in the verse or passage. These glimpses will not contradict the plain truth taught in the passage. They are just things I learn about God, mankind, and life whenever I take the time to slow down and savor the word.  Next I consider the meaning of the phrase or word and using an exhaustive concordance of the Bible do a word study, and finally think of an analogy or even an experience that illustrates that truth.

The other approach is taken when I  have a very specific subject or truth on my mind. It will usually involve parallels. Then again I will use an analogy or an experience that illustrates that truth. Then I will gather the scriptures that prove that truth.

When I am finished writing I read the entry looking for an appropriate category that it might come under. If I don’t find one from the categories I have, I then create a new category. Each entry will usually have more than one category, so you might reach that entry in more than one location.

In the parent category titled Transitions you will find updates on what is happening in my life. I gave it that title, because, life this side of heaven is really one continual transition. We are always facing new challenges.  However, there are two things that never change…my Savior and my hope. Jesus is always good, and my hope is always sure…because it is in Him.

If you have a question about a particular topic and you are not sure where to look, or you have already looked and found nothing that I have written that helps, please feel free to click on the phrase Leave a Comment at the bottom of this entry and post that question. I will do my best to respond to your question, even if my answer is “I don’t know.”.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

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Purpose of Moore to Ponder

It is my hope that all who read the entries of this blog will either discover or be reminded that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that they need to know Him as their personal Savior, Lord, and Guide, and that He delights in making Himself known to all who seek to know Him.

It is also my hope to encourage people who might be a little afraid to seek the Lord, because they possibly have been given descriptions of both Jesus and Christians that are not accurate. The Bible teaches that Jesus is more patient, kind, forgiving, dependable, and loving than words can even express.  It is my hope that they will come to really appreciate that truth, and that they will also come to really understand that Christians are people of faith, but their faith is in Jesus, and not in themselves; that they are not perfect and still sin, but they are enabled to love much because they are loved much.  This blog is for many different types of readers (I have described some different types of readers below.), and most of the entries can be read in five minutes or less.

First there is the reader who has never received the Lord as their personal Savior. Not only can they learn about Him, they can also learn how simple it truly is to receive Him and His precious gift of eternal life. If they click on About Salvation/Very Important Words out in the left margin they will find the plan of salvation explained in the simplest terms. Then they might begin to read some of the entries and find some information that might be of benefit to them.

Next there is the reader who might have received the Lord as their personal Savior, but hasn’t studied very much, and is not as close in their relationship with the Lord as they would like to be. Each of these entries addresses one or more topics and lists a few Bible verses or passages that speak about them. The reader might read them for a short devotion, or go further and search the Bible themselves to see what else the Bible might have to say.  They might even be inspired to seek the Lord more often in prayer and move into a closer relationship with the Lord.

Then there is the reader who already has a fairly close relationship with the Lord and a considerable amount of Bible knowledge. Perhaps this person is used to really extensive Bible studies, but is just needing to be refreshed by some of the simple but sweet truths that caused them to Love Jesus in the first place. We sometimes in our zeal to learn, and to serve forget how to rest. Resting is important. They might look at these entries as “mini retreats”.

I want to encourage the readers to share what is on their hearts. Their comments and/or questions will most likely lead to wonderful discoveries for themselves, others, and for me. They may click on the  phrase Leave a Comment at the bottom of each entry to do so. I will try to respond to all of the comments the readers make, even if it is just to say “I don’t know.”

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com. They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

Transitions (Part 2…A Time to Wait)

Scripture References;

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1  KJV

What does the worker gain from his struggles? I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts. I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him. Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed.   Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 HCSB

9What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?10I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.11He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.12I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.13And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.15That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 KJV

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  James 1:17 KJV

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10  NIV

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” Psalm 23:2 KJV

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.  Psalm 25:5  KJV

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,  as something done for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:23-24  HCSB

Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  Matthew 7:1-2 KJV

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

LORD, You have searched me and known me.   You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away.  You observe my travels and my rest;  You are aware of all my ways.   Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, LORD.  You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me. [This] extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.It is lofty; I am unable to [reach] it.  Psalm 139:1-6 HCSB

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.  See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.  Psalm 139:23-24 HCSB


Well, I listed an awful lot of scripture for this entry, but I believe they truly are worthy of our attention.  Like I said in “Transitions (Part One), I am having to learn to wait on many things.  Below are some thoughts I have about what I am learning from the Bible today, as I wait on some things… After all, “learning” and “doing” are two things that can take place while “waiting”.

There are so many beautiful truths concerning what man does and what God does. I am thinking about several facts.

I am thinking about the fact that it says in the Bible that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1Samuel 16:7). This is not just about how we see others, but how we see ourselves. We can look at the outward appearance of ourselves ( our lives), and feel either conceited or condemned (Both are bad things.).

I am also thinking about the fact that we cannot know all that is in our hearts, much less what is in the hearts of others. The Lord will reveal some of the heart’s contents to us here during this life we are living on the earth, but not all at once. The Lord alone is acquainted with “all” our ways (Jeremiah 17:9-10, Psalm 139:1-6, & 23-24).  That is why we are to ask “the Lord” to search our hearts.  Does this mean that I am saying that the verses below are not true?

” Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? ( Matthew 7 :15-16)”

No, that is not what I am saying.  The passage is true, but it is often misunderstood and misapplied. It can take awhile before fruit shows up. If we are patient and seek the Lord He will help us to make sound judgments. Yes, the Bible does teach us that we will have to make judgments, but it is filled with warnings that tell us to not be quick to judge, and that much of the time we should be more careful “NOT” to judge (Matthew 7:1-2).

I am also thinking about the fact that scripture teaches us to be still and know that He is God, and to wait patiently upon the Lord, but that does not mean we are to go sit on the front porch gazing at the sky until we either die or are raptured (LOL Please do not take that as being irreverent or flippant.). He has given us work to do and rests to take and the important thing is that we do them as unto the Lord, as if He is the one for whom we are working, and He also is the one who commands us to rest. Psalm 23:2 say’s “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

I am also thinking about the fact that much of what we do that we think has eternal value (will be considered when the Lord gives out rewards to Christians at the judgment seat of Christ) will burn up, and it will be the good works that we did that we never even realized we were doing that will most likely be of the most eternal value and will not be burned up.

Finally I am thinking…No, I am not just thinking, but pausing to marvel at how amazing it is, how it gladdens my heart, that God has an unchanging nature and that all He does will last forever (this applies to James 1:17 and to Ecclesiastes 3:14-15)….and what does God do?  A lot.  One thing He does is the work of Salvation (He saves us.)!  He prepared a place for us in Heaven!  He loves us!  He puts us in his care!…He does so many things.

Just the little bit I shared above only scratches the surface, when it comes to all we can learn from that passage in Ecclesiastes.

I hope I didn’t get too carried away. He promises to show us all so much in His word; all he requires is a seeking heart.  He will show you things that he did not show me, because he knows just what each one of us needs on any given day.

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Transitions (Part One)

Well, since I first started blogging here at WordPress just a few weeks ago, all of my blogs have been devotional ones.  Today’s entry is just a little more information about where I am on my journey. You might say it is a brief look back, around, and  ahead.

I have been married now for over 22 years. My husband is a wonderful man.  He has his strengths, weaknesses, and talents just like everybody else, but he has one more thing that no other man has. That would be my heart. He is legally blind, but that in no way defines him as a person. Although he cannot drive, he has been able to work for all of his adult life. In fact, he has even been able to provide for his family well enough that with just a few very brief exceptions,  I have been able to be a stay at home housewife and  homeschooling mother to both of our children. We are so thankful that the Lord has provided us with each other and with the strength and with “the open doors” that were needed for the wonderful life that we have had together as a family all these years.

I have been a mom for over 21 years now. Our son finally left “the nest” last year just days after he graduated from college. He now lives out of state where he has a teaching assistantship as he pursues his MBA. He should be graduating in December, and is hoping to get in on a PhD program, so he might someday be a business professor at a college or university not too far from his family. We are very proud of all he has accomplished and all he is working so very hard to achieve. Our daughter is 15 and has been homeschooled from the very beginning. We are so proud of her. She has so many talents.  She is hoping to go to college to become a dental hygienist. We are so glad we still have her with us. There will be some sadness when that day comes, and our nest is completely empty.

Well, I don’t know what to say about me. I am anticipating many changes in both the near and distant future; what things might be like, what I might be doing. I am limited in some ways. I do not have a college degree or anything of that nature. But I do have lots of experience and also embrace learning, and discovery. I might try my hat at college or some career. Then again, I might hone my crafts and return to what I know best…”children” and “teaching”. I owned and operated a small  in-home daycare for a number of years, and I have recently been thinking about opening another one….I’m not quite sure yet…just considering the possibility. I also have been a volunteer home schooling consultant and mentor, something that I am very passionate about, and would love to turn that into a business of some kind. But the thing that I am the most passionate about is sharing Christ with others. This is something that I am looking forward to doing  no matter what the future holds. He is such a wonderful Savior; I never get tired of learning about Him through the personal relationship I have with Him.

This month has held some sad things for our family. My father-in-law is in the last stages of his battle with prostate cancer. We are planning on leaving tomorrow to go see him and my mother-in-law for a couple days. This has been a painful time for the whole family, because he is loved by so many. My husband is struggling. He loves his dad so much. But I know the Lord is faithful and will help us.

Well, I think that is all that I have to say today. Keep us in your prayers.

Looking unto Jesus,

Theresa

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com. They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!