1 O give thanks to the LORD; call on his name: make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing to him, sing psalms to him: talk you of all his wondrous works.
3 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face ever more.
5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
When I read this this morning it reached out and grabbed me. These short verses are so loaded, so rich and pregnant with power..
1st, give thanks. Giving thanks IS the will of God for us in this life and the next. We are to be continually giving thanks. If you are not giving thanks continually and your life is full of problems, well....start giving thanks in everything:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is God's ...
... in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
We also see the command to "sing psalms to him." That in particular grabbed me. It has been written here frequently of late that we should remember our "first love." That means putting Jesus and the Father FIRST. That means loving on him, showing HIM our affection and love. Our God is not some stone monolith in the sky that cannot be moved. He is tenderhearted and loving toward us and we need to return the love. Many people wonder what they can do to touch the heart of our God, but why wonder, he tells you straight up what you can do. Instead of relying on the hired hand "worship ministry" (whatever that is) to "praise God" YOU are told to sing to the Lord. Anyone who has heard me try to sing can understand that singing to the Lord would almost appear profane since my voice would clear out a karaoke bar before I even touched a mic but the Lord actually wants us to do it.
He tells us what to sing..PSALMS, already prewritten songs for us to sing in our hearts to our master. I suppose singing in my heart may spare the karaoke fans as well as my own ears :-). Bottom line here, he wants us to love him, sing to him give our attention to him.
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face forever more. We are told to seek him and his strength..not your strength, his strength. Ever wonder why so many run around defeated today? They do everything backwards, the put the cart before the horse, they rush out in their own strength fall on their face then whine to the Lord about it. How about before rushing headlong into things you seek His face and his strength FIRST? Novel idea huh? But that might require waiting and resting in Him awhile before we do things...and who wants to wait? The wise do, fools rush in...Seek him and his kingdom FIRST, everything else will take care of itself in time.
Last but not least....remember
This one is a biggie. We are told to remember what our God has done and give thanks for it.
5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
We are told to remember his marvelous works, his wonders AND the JUDGEMENTS of his mouth. The people running around saying "I'm not into fear, I don't mention anything that might cause fear!" don't know the Lord. We are told to remember his judgements. The Lord has done some awesome terrible things to people who fell on the wrong side of his righteousness. People should be VERY afraid to be on that wrong side, but why should we fear the Lord's judgements if we are "in Christ?"
We are told to FEAR the Lord, specifically we are told to fear him who can throw body and soul into hell...WE are given that warning, but babylonian churchianity won't go anywhere near that part of the bible. "I don't want anyone to fear" they say. Well, you don't want them to fear but the author of our faith DOES.
... "But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!
We are told to remember our Lord's works wonders and judgements but how can you remember something you've never heard? Todays candy coated babylonianity won't go anywhere near the judgements of the Lord and how they are sent to warn US. Since so many rely on their hired hand spiritual employees to spoon feed them our Lord's counsel, and those hired hands won't go anywhere near some of the most important places in the bible (Like John 15, Matt 7:14-28, etc etc) how exactly will they remember what they have'nt heard or read?
We are told to remember what our Lord has done. Our Lord has made us many promises, like this one:
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
The people who oppose the "pre-flood, pre-brimstone, pre-Jacob's trouble" escape from ALL tell us we will somehow be sheltered/kept on this earth somewhere. Luke 21:36 tells us something entirely different. We are'nt just told we will escape all, we are also told WHERE we are escaping to, specifically to "stand before the Son of man." And where exactly is the Son of man? He's in heaven just like the slain body that "those in flight/aeros" are gathered to in Luke 17:37/Rev 5:6 , just like the open door in heaven in Rev 4:1, just like the place made ready for us in John 14:3.
I was about to wrap up and the Lord just gave me something else to tie this all together. This is more evidence that "those taken" are the body of Christ and "those left" are not.
Matt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
One shall be taken? People like to play word games with this but theres no need for that. What does the Lord tell us about being taken in John 14:3?
... And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me, that where I am you also may be.
Notice he did'nt say the "angels" would come and take you (relating to the gathering of the elect in Mark 13:27). He said that HE would come and TAKE us..one taken, one left. This is exactly the picture we see when Jesus decends to the clouds and calls us up to him to be with him forever.
1 Thess 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
^^ No mention of angels anywhere^^
I always amazed at how many different ways satan and his servants come at the believer to steal their hope and faith. Satan knows the word of God. He knows that "as you believe, so you receive" Matthew 8:13
... And Jesus said to the centurion, Go your way; and as you have believed, so be it done to you. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
If the adversary can get to your faith and hope, if he can get you to move off the promise even slightly, he can steal from you, kill you, destroy you. The bible is full of promises that are straightforward and direct. Satan comes to introduce doubt saying "hath God really said....?" Why does Satan try to introduce doubt? Is it that Satan just wants to mess with you or does the enemy KNOW that through doubt he can kill steal and destroy? Nobody ever accused the enemy of being stupid, he knows what he is doing but unfortunately mankind has no idea what they are doing.
Wow, the Lord is working me this morning...this ^^ leads me to hopefully my last point :-)
It relates to manking having no idea what they are doing. Follow me on this additional sword in the belly of the idolatrous pastoral system. Read this:
Mark 6:33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
^^This is from the place in the bible where Jesus fed the 5,000. He looked at the people and felt compassion for them because in spite of all the priests, Pharisees and Sadducees Jesus still saw them as SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD. Fast forward to today with pastors and so called churches on every corner yet people are SOUL STARVED. I just heard some self-help teacher lady (doesnt even pretend to be christian) say that people are soul starved today, then she offers some useless remedy to that problem but her assessment of the problem is spot on. So called christianity dots every corner of every street in America and the west in general yet darkness, rot and soul starvation is epidemic. That can only make sense when you understand that what calls itself christianity today is a fraud and a lie. The true church is still alive but they are few and scattered. We know this from the statement our Lord makes in Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Bottom line here is, the "pastors" of todays babylonian churchianity tell you that they are "shepherds" but our Lord looks out and has compassion on the sheep for he sees them as they really are...sheep without a shepherd, just exactly like in Mark 6:34. The jews had their clergy, so called christianity has theirs, bottom line is the same for both. The Lord sees the sheep as being without a shepherd.
Come out of the babylonian prostitute manmade sterilizing powerless system of religion calling itself christianity today. The truth IS out there, you can find it your bibles if you REALLY want it. You have to want it really bad just like anything else thats noteworthy in this world. The search for the truth will cost you. Your committment to the finding of the truth will be tested. If you "kinda" want to know the truth then don't bother even start looking. If you are sick and tired of the lies and deceit then I can tell you its about time and our Lord has been waiting for you to come around. The truth is a treasure that men MUST find in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Our God is truth. You can find him when you search for him with all your heart.
... You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Fingers about to fall off..done for today. Keep the faith, grace and peace