What Makes You Sing – Psalm 32

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“…You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7

The ancient Hebrews sang when the Lord would deliver them from difficult events or enemies.  They sang a lavish song of praise and Miriam’s women danced in celebration when He rescued them from Pharaoh and brought them through the Red Sea (Ex. 15). 

David teaches us to praise God for something even greater than physical deliverance. He praises the Lord for deliverance from sin.  Of all the needs we have as humans, being forgiven of sin and becoming reconciled to God is our greatest.  The Psalm says that when God delivers us, we shall be surrounded by “songs of deliverance.” 

David doesn’t say who will be singing these songs which surround us; but in Revelation we see angelic creatures singing.  As they watch God redeem His creation, they sing songs of deliverance rejoicing that God is faithful, has reconciled us to Himself, and has rescued us from the penalty of sin and death. 

Now that is something to sing about.

Lord, Thank you for delivering me from the penalty of sin through your Son Jesus Christ.  Teach me how to celebrate my deliverance. Help me tell someone today that they too can be set free.  Amen.

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Body Parts

“And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26

I found myself hanging in the air as one leg of my chair suddenly slipped over the top step of our deck stairs.  It was only momentarily though; I quickly landed on my hip and bounced down three steps.  I lay there kind of stunned wondering if I had broken my hip.  I had been painting my house and had grown a little careless leading to this fall. Paint was splattered all over our deck. Continue reading

Spiritual Fashion Check

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I was rushing around for work and heading out the door when I heard the cursed words, “You can’t go out like that!”  My wife had caught me again.  My white undershirt didn’t look good under my burgundy pullover.  I had to stop and change and waste my time so I didn’t embarrass myself again.   

Fashion checks are common in my home.  Unfortunately I’m usually the victim.  My wife and two teenage daughters give me the once over before I’m allowed to leave the house.  Sometimes I escape.  But that means something worse, a fashion check when it’s too late.  One of them will say, “Pleeeease tell me you didn’t wear that all day!” Shoot – and I thought that orange shirt was fine with those green pants.  Continue reading

Googling for God

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A recent Google search for “God”, pulled up a potpourri of hits.  It included things like: 

  • A book about the demise of America
  • Images of space that claim to contain glimpses of God
  • The Wikipedia definition for God (of course)
  • www.god.com (God’s website?)
  • 50 Proofs that God is imaginary
  • An interview with God
  • A myspace hit about the group “Lamb of God”
  • A journal containing scientific evidence for God’s existence
  • www.godswarningtotheworld.com – a site about prophetic events and visions of Mary and Jesus. (Mary usually weeping)

What a hodge podge of sites and ideas about God.  Maybe I need to get a telescope to see God out there in space somewhere; or maybe we should begin evaluating these proofs that God is imaginary.  Thankfully we don’t have to do that. 

However, it seems there are as many ideas about God as there are people.    Continue reading

Lights and Deer

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I flicked the light on, but the deer didn’t flinch.     

With 100 acres of woods in our backyard, we see deer almost daily.  My wife holds the record seeing seventeen at one time. Oftentimes the first thing I do upon waking or arriving home from somewhere is to see if we have the backyard visitors.  Even at night we see them.  At those times you can barely see their shadows so sometimes we’ll flick on our floodlights to get a better look.  Unlike a deer in the headlights, many times they don’t even look up!  They just keep eating or meandering through the yard.  It’s odd!  You’d think they would run off in fear.    

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