Struggles, The Word

53,310,843

53,310,843 – This is how many children have died during the first 37 years of the American holocaust. Roe v. Wade marked the beginning of a new era. An era where, in the “Land of the Free”, “One Nation Under God”, murder became legal. A time where mass murder can be be performed in silence. This is a horrendous sin before our God, and those who practice it are only building a pile of evidence to be used against themselves on judgement day.

12,800,000 – This is the max estimate of how many humans died in the Nazi holocaust. A little over four times as many people have died from abortion compared to what is called one of the most terrible events to occur on earth. Yet, abortion is legal in America. This is wrong, and it has to stop. We must keep in mind, however, that nothing can be done apart from the sovereign hand of God working in our government. We must also remember that our Father has allowed this, so it is ultimately happening for His glory. This is a video by Ray Comfort about abortion, and it is amazing. Please watch it, spread the word, and pray for our nation.

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Lyrics, The Word

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

How beautiful is the Lord’s grace upon us! Us, who murder Him with every sin. As I grow in the Lord, the more I become aware, no, awed at this fact! With every sin, I see how amazing and incomprehensible it is that Christ would love me. It is this constant realization that keeps our love for our beautiful Savior strong, even through trials.

Here are the lyrics to a song eloquently describing this love for us.  Each verse speaks of a Person of the Trinity and their relationship with us. Jesus, the Son, is spoken of in the first verse, and His rescuing us from our sin. The second verse is about the Spirit, our Counselor, Comforter, Keeper, offering the hope of salvation to our depraved hearts. The last verse constructs an image of our Almighty Father, calling us to fall before His throne. When it speaks of His faithfulness, it brings to mind 2 Timothy 2:13, If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. Each Person is brought together as the Trinity in the chorus, where it says, “You are the One we adore,” referring to the Trinity as a whole, not each individual face.

I hope and pray the reader finds much encouragement from this song, and from the remembrance of the undeserved gift of true love.

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Precious Redeemer and Friend

Who would have thought that a Lamb could

Rescue the souls of men

Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper

Spirit we long to embrace

You offer hope when our hearts have

Hopelessly lost our way

Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost our way

 

You are the One that we praise

You are the One we adore

You give the healing and grace

Our hearts always hunger for

Oh, our hearts always hunger for

 

Almighty, Infinite, Father 

Faithfully loving your own

Here in our weakness You find us

Falling before Your throne

Oh, we’re falling before Your throne

 
 
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Psalms, The Word

Psalm 145

Psalm 145 has recently become one of my favorite psalms, as it was written to praise God, and does so elegantly. This psalm extols the Lord for His attributes, His acts, His power, and His blessings. This is the conclusion of the 73 psalms of David, and grand it is. A couple of my favorite verses are:  “6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness. 7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.”

Psalm 145

1 I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.

5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.

7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

9 The LORD is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.

10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.

11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;

12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

14 The LORD sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.

16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.

18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.

19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.

20 The LORD keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

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Psalms, The Word

Psalm 19

First I would like to apologize for the absence of posts upon this blog. The school year has been hard for me, so I have had almost no free time so far this year. I will try to be more diligent in my posting habits, even if all I can put up are song lyrics. With Christmas day fast approaching, one would think I would write a Christmas-themed post. I will try to before then, but no promises.

This is a psalm that has been so encouraging to me. It speaks of God’s ownership of the world, the beauty of His handiwork, and how it proclaims His name to all who desire to hear. How wonderful is the Word of God! It contains everything needed for a life in godliness. It restores, makes wise, rejoices, and warns us, as adduced by this passage. Nothing compares to the Word. “No money, cars, or relationships compare to joy in Christ,” to borrow the words of Lecrae. It’s easy to say these things, but the product will be found in our everyday lives. Do I really love the Word? If I do, the evidence will be clear to all those around me. I must examine myself daily, praying for the love the 119 psalmist had(and still has) for the Word. I would encourage the reader to do the same.

Psalm 19

1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.

3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.

4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.

10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; 
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

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Psalms, The Word

Psalm 86

This is the prayer of a believer who is truly seeking after God. A really cool thing about this passage is how much David addresses God with the word You. David uses the words You and Your 31 times in the chapter. I just thought that was pretty cool. 🙂

Psalm 86

1 Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy.2 Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long.4 Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And give heed to the voice of my supplications!7 In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You, For You will answer me.8 There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours.9 All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name.10 For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.

11 Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.12 I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.13 For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, arrogant men have risen up against me, And a band of violent men have sought my life, And they have not set You before them.15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.16 Turn to me, and be gracious to me; Oh grant Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your handmaid.17 Show me a sign for good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

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