A Cry for Truth

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In his novel Pudd’nhead Wilson, Mark Twain wrote, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

As writers of fiction no matter how outlandish the tale, the reader needs to be able to believe the story is possible—even if the world is make-believe. God’s truth transcends the believable and includes the impossible. Gabriel gave testimony of it to Mary as did Jesus to his disciples.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible …

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them,

with men this is impossible;

but with God all things are possible.”

Luke 1:37;Matthew 19:26

The writer of Hebrews, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us that God’s unchanging promises and oaths show us lying is the only thing impossible to God.

“That by two immutable things,

in which it was impossible for God to lie,

we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge

to lay hold upon the hope set before us;

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul,

both sure and stedfast,

and which entereth into that within the veil.”

(6:18,19)

We have the whole of scripture and numerous fulfilled prophecies proving the truth of God’s word.

  • He created all,
  • He delivered the  son of promise to Sarah when she was ninety years old and Abraham one hundred,
  • He made Abraham into a nation,
  • He parted the Red Sea,
  • He raised the dead,
  • and He has given life to all who will believe.
  • Truth is our comfort and sure, steadfast hope.

A Cry for Truth

“O send out thy light and thy truth:

let them lead me;

let them bring me unto thy holy hill,

and to thy tabernacles.

Then will I go unto the altar of God,

unto God my exceeding joy;

yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.”

Psalm 43:3,4

A Promise of Truth

“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him,

to all that call upon him in truth.

He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him:

he also will hear their cry, and will save them …

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,

he will guide you into all truth:

for he shall not speak of himself;

but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:

and he will shew you things to come.

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine,

and shall shew it unto you …

For the promise is unto you,

and to your children,

and to all that are afar off,

even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

(Psalm 145:18,19; John 16:13,14;Acts 2:39)

With truth being a precious commodity in our world, we need discernment to recognize truth from error. It is time to cry out with the psalmist for the Lord to— send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; It is ours for the asking. We have God’s word on it, and as we already know He cannot lie. When we’ve asked and believed Him to be true, then we give—

Praise for Our Belt of Truth

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,

and into his courts with praise;

be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the LORD is good;

his mercy is everlasting;

and his truth endureth to all generations …

I will praise thee with my whole heart:

before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

I will worship toward thy holy temple,

and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness

and for thy truth:

for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me,

and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.”

Psalm 100:4,5; 138:1-3

Ask, believe His word, praise Him, and tighten your belt of truth to stand in the confidence and strength of the Lord.


If you are not familiar with the “belt of truth” you can find it Ephesians 6:14 and read more from my blog, “Truth Comes in One Size.”

Praise to the Glory of God

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“For thine is the kingdom, and the power,

and the glory forever. Amen.”

Matthew 6:13b; NASB

This week brings us to the end of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples­—a prayer that expresses and reveals God as our heavenly Father,

  • who rules over all,
  • who is holy,
  • who is our King who has brought us into his kingdom
  • and commissioned us to lead others in that way.
  • His will is to be done.
  • God the Father is the provider of all good things,
  • great in mercy to forgive,
  • goes with us in every trial,
  • and is our deliverer from evil.

All theses things come

by his authority,

his power,

and his glory.

We have nothing to boast in of ourselves. Our boasting has merit only in declaring the revealed character of our heavenly Father. Jesus Christ is the manifestation of God’s glory—He lived out God’s glory, His character, before us.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,

and we beheld His glory,

glory as of the only begotten from the Father,

full of grace and truth …

And He is the radiance of His glory

and the exact representation of His nature,

and upholds all things by the word of His power.

When He had made purification of sins,

He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high …

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus,

who became to us wisdom, from God,

and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,

that, just as it is written,

‘LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.’”

(John 1:14; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Corinthians 1:31; NASB)

All creation, the written word of God, and the living Word—Jesus Christ—has shown us the beauty, the integrity, and the person of our heavenly Father. The Father has given us the Spirit of Christ to dwell in us to continue revealing His glory to the world, until Jesus returns and all will see Him as He is. Before that time, it is ours to live a life that praises/declares the Father’s glory.

Our Praise:

“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty,

give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name;

worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

The voice of the LORD is upon the waters:

the God of glory thundereth:

the LORD is upon many waters.

The voice of the LORD is powerful;

the voice of the LORD is full of majesty …

and in his temple doth every one  speak of his glory …

O sing unto the LORD a new song:

sing unto the LORD, all the earth.

Sing unto the LORD, bless his name;

shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the heathen,

his wonders among all people.

For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised …

Honour and majesty are before him:

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

  • Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people,
  • give unto the LORD glory and strength.
  • Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name:
  • bring an offering, and come into his courts.
  • O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness:
  • fear before him, all the earth.” (Psalm 29:1-4,9b; 96:1-4a, 6-9; KJV)

And all the people said, “Amen.”

All Power

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“For thine is the kingdom,

and the power …”

Matthew 6:13b; NASB*

People grasp power over others through laws, intimidation, and brute strength. But the Lord’s Prayer teaches us all power belongs to our almighty God. There is none stronger for He is omnipotent—the most powerful in heaven, on the earth, and beneath the earth. There is none greater—not even death that holds people’s hearts in fear for—

“He will swallow up death for all time,

and the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from off all faces,

And He will remove the reproach of His people from off all the earth:

for the LORD has spoken.

And it will be said in that day,

‘Behold, this is our God

for whom we have waited that He might save us.

This is the LORD for whom we have waited;

Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.’”

Isaiah 25:8,9; NASB

The fulfillment of Isaiah’s words remained a mystery, until the power of God was revealed through an infant, born in a stable, come to earth for the purpose of bringing salvation to all who would believe. The power of God hung on a cross to bring us the power of the Gospel.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel,

for it is the power of God

for salvation to everyone who believes,

to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

Romans 1:16; NASB

The power of the Gospel does not end with the cross. With the cross of Christ, the power of His shed blood wipes away our sin-debt. We are forgiven. If the gospel ended there we would still be in our sin with no hope of everlasting life. Death would not be defeated. The full power of the gospel is found in Christ’s completed work on the cross and the empty tomb. His resurrection demonstrates the power of God to raise us all. He will not leave us in the grave.

Praise to the Omnipotent Father

“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock;

And exalted be the God of my salvation … I love Thee, O LORD,

my strength … my rock … my fortress …

my deliverer, My God, my rock …

my shield and the horn of my salvation,

my stronghold …

Let all who seek Thee

rejoice and be glad in Thee;

And let those who love Thy salvation say continually,

‘Let God be magnified …

for today in the city of David

there has been born for you a Savior,

who is Christ the Lord.”

(Psalm 18:46;18:1,2;Psalm 70:4;Luke 2:11; NASB)

There is one more event to complete God’s plan to save us from the power, the penalty, and the presence of sin.

“then comes the end,

when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father,

when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.

For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

The last enemy that will be abolished is death.”

1 Corinthians 15:24-26

Our Everlasting Praise

“saying, ‘We give Thee thanks,

O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast,

because Thou hast taken Thy great power

and hast begun to reign …

After these things I heard, as it were,

a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,

‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God …

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude

and as the sound of many waters

and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

‘Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns .”

Revelation 11:17; 19:1,6; NASB

The last enemy—death—is no more.

“and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes;

and there shall no longer be any death;

there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain;

the first things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled. This is the power of God found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our salvation.

O LORD, in Thy strength the king will be glad,

And in Thy salvation how greatly he will rejoice!”

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”

Psalm 21:2, Philippians 4:4, NASB

Praising God’s Awesome Power

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“For thine is the kingdom,

and the power …”

Matthew 6:13b; NASB

A king without authority has no rule. A king without power cannot enforce his authority. When we pray to our Father in heaven we can know He hears. He has the last word. He has the power to enforce His word. His power is revealed to us through the person and works of Jesus Christ, Son of man, Son of God.

Several years ago, during our church’s Vacation Bible School, we sang, “It Happened Like He Said.” Through this song we heard how,

Jesus calmed the storm,

He healed the blind,

He fed the five thousand,

He raised the dead.

This is a king worthy of praise, worthy of worship.

Our Praise and Worship

“O sing to the LORD a new song;

For he has done wonderful things,

  • His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.
  • The LORD has made known His salvation;
  • He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
  • He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
  • All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth;

Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre;

With the lyre and the sound of melody,

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD.”

Psalm 98:1-6

The same Jesus, who healed the blind … and raised the dead, has raised those who receive Him from death to everlasting life. He has—

“delivered us from the domain of darkness,

and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins …

having been buried with Him in baptism,

in which you were also raised up with Him

through faith in the working of God,

who raised Him from the dead.

And when you were dead

in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh,

He made you alive together with Him,

having forgiven us all our transgressions,”

Colossians 1:13,14; 2: 12-13.

And He has given us of His power through the Holy Spirit.

“But you shall receive power

when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;

and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem,

and in all Judea and Samaria,

and even to the remotest part of the earth …

For the promise is for you and your children,

and for all who are far off,

as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.”

Acts 1:8; 2:39

We have  been given this same power through the Holy Spirit indwelling in us. We have reason to—

Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD

For Thought: How have you seen the Holy Spirit working in and through you? May the Lord reveal His power working through us to encourage others and bring the unsaved to the knowledge of our Lord.

Kingdom Praise

Kingdom Praise:

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“For thine is the kingdom …”

Matthew 6:13a; NASB

The word kingdom evokes thoughts of a realm under the autonomous rule of one who has the authority to govern, to sit on a throne. Knights, armies, servants, and a people who give their allegiance to king and country. In that picture, the king is distant from the people. They cannot enter his presence without permission. If they do, they risk death.

Praise God, we have a King who is near to us, and won the victory over death that we may access his throne room without fear. In this our King and his kingdom differs from the earthly kingdoms. Our King is sovereign over His kingdom, which is not limited to land boundaries. His authority, his reign is over all and will last forever. This knowledge lead King David to offer praise to the Lord God Almighty. Let’s make it—

Our Praise:

“So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly: and David said,

Blessed art Thou, O LORD God of Israel

our father, for ever and ever.

Thine, O LORD,

is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the victory and the majesty,

indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;

Thine is the dominion, O LORD,

and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all.

Both riches and honor come from Thee,

and Thou dost rule over all,

and in Thy hand is power and might;

and it lies in Thy hand to make great,

and to strengthen everyone.

Now therefore, our God,

we thank Thee,

and praise Thy glorious name,”

1 Chronicles 29:10-13, NASB

When we say, “Thine is the kingdom,”

  • We declare confidence in our heavenly Father to have the final authority in all matters.
  • He is someone we trust to know and do what is best in answering our prayers,
  • He is worthy of our respect, and our obedience.
  • May we join David, and all praising His glorious name.

“And every created thing

which is in heaven and on the earth

and under the earth and on the sea,

and all things in them,

I heard saying,

‘To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb,

be blessing and honor and glory and dominion

forever and ever.’”

Revelation 5:13

For Thought:  Start a praise journal beginning with the attributes of our sovereign Lord found in the 1 Chronicles 29 passage. How will you declare His glorious name?

The Blessing of Forgiveness

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“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Matthew 6:12, KJV

My long gangly preteen legs stretched out behind me as I sprawled on my stomach on the living room carpet—you know the olive green shag stuff of ages gone by. My mom, dad, brother, and I gathered around the television—we had color by this time. It’s what we did each evening after supper, but tonight was different. My heart pounded in my chest. I couldn’t focus on the antics of the Beaver, Wally, or Eddie—characters from a favorite family show. What had happened that afternoon created a whirlwind in my mind. Mom was bound to find out. Even if she didn’t, I couldn’t take it any more.

I sat up and scooted over by her overstuffed chair. My eyes filled with tears.

Mom smiled and raked her fingers through my stringy blonde hair. “What’s wrong, Sis?”

I could feel all eyes shift from the television to me. I couldn’t hold it in any longer. Like a volcano exploding the words burst out. “I lied to you, Mom.” Her fading smile tempted me to stop but, the lava flow couldn’t be controlled. “I lied when you asked me if I practiced my piano lesson. I didn’t practice. I’m sorry I lied.” I ducked my head and waited.

Mom lifted my chin. “You’re forgiven.”

Those weren’t her final words, but they were enough to cleanse my heart and mind.

My lie had not removed me from the family. It did remove me from experiencing the joy and love that were mine as a part of the family—not because my family had changed toward me, but because I had let sin block my receiving their fellowship. At a young age I had experienced a little portion of what King David must have experienced when he held his sin in secret. I found, like David the blessing of forgiveness and the anguish of unforgiveness.

  • “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
  • Whose sin is covered!
  • How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
  • And in whose spirit there is no deceit!

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away

Through groaning all day long.

For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me;

My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.

Selah.

I acknowledged my sin to Thee,

And my iniquity I did not hide;

I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’;

And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.”

Psalm 32:1-5; NASB

As David tells us in the end of this Psalm, God restored to him the joy of righteousness—even as He did for me.

“But he who trusts in the LORD,

lovingkindness shall surround him.

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice you righteous ones,

And shout for joy all you who are upright in heart.”

Psalm 32:10,11; NASB

In Praise of God’s Forgiveness:

“For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive,

And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee.”

Psalm 86:5; NASB

For Reflection: The phrase from the Lord’s prayer we began with, is not so much about the prayer of salvation but about keeping our relationship with our heavenly Father true with nothing between us. He doesn’t move away from us, but our sin causes us to move away from Him. He waits to hold us near. Is there anything holding you back? Run to Him. He is waiting to forgive and restore.

Our Daily Bread

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“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Matthew 6:11, KJV

“Momma, I’m hungry,” little Abigail pulled on her momma’s dusty tunic.

“Shush, little one. We are all hungry.”

“Back in Egypt we didn’t have to worry about food. The pots had meat enough for us all,” grumbled Abigail’s father.

The waves of discontent rumbled through the empty stomachs and out of the mouths of the Hebrew children. How quickly they had forgotten the faithfulness and power of the Lord God who had brought them out of Egypt. They had forgotten the triumph of the Red Sea where Moses and the voices of the children of Israel sang the Lord’s praises.

“Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said,

I will sing to the LORD,

for He is highly exalted;

the horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.

The LORD is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation;

This is my God, and I will praise Him;

My father’s God, and I will extol Him.”

Exodus 15:1,2; NASB

Time and again the Lord God proved his faithfulness to his wayward children.

When they were hungry He gave them angel’s food—

“Yet He commanded the clouds above,

And opened the doors of heaven;

And He rained down manna upon them to eat,

And gave them food from heaven.

Man did eat the bread of angels;

He sent them food in abundance.”

Psalm 78:23-25;NASB

The children of Israel’s story did not end well for them. Their lust for the flesh could not be filled. They repeatedly forgot God’s wonderful works, His compassion, His mercy, and His power.

“And again and again they tempted God,

And pained the Holy One of Israel.

They did not remember His power,

The day when He redeemed them from the adversary.”

Psalm 78:42, NASB

God doesn’t change—faithful He was, faithful He is, and faithful He will always be to his holy name.

And to us, He has given a greater witness of his power than Moses—

“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling,

consider Jesus,

the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.

He was faithful to Him, who appointed Him,

as Moses also was in all His house.

For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses,

by just so much as the builder of the house

has more honor than the house.”

Hebrews 3:1-3;

He has redeemed us from a greater adversary than Pharaoh—

“Since then the children share in flesh and blood,

He Himself likewise also partook of the same,

that through death

He might render powerless him who had the power of death,

that is the devil …

But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable;

and this mortal will have put on immortality,

then will come about the saying that is written,

‘DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.

O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?

O DEATH WHERE IS YOUR STING?’

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;

but thanks be to God,

who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Hebrews 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57

And He fed us the bread of eternal life—

“Jesus therefore said to them,

‘Truly, truly, I say to you,

it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven,

but it is My Father

who gives you the true bread out of heaven.

For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven,

and gives life to the world …

I am the living bread that came down out of heaven;

if anyone eats of this bread,

he shall live forever;

and the bread also which I shall give

for the life of the world is My flesh.’”

John 6:32,33, 51.

If God was displeased with the children of Israel for their disbelief in Him, think how much greater His displeasure is when we refuse the witness of His Son. We have been given a day of salvation, a day of rejoicing.

“I shall give thanks to thee, for Thou hast answered me;

And Thou hast become my salvation.

The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief corner stone.

This is the LORD’s doing;

It is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day which the LORD has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it …

And they sang the song of Moses the bond-servant of God

and the song of the Lamb, saying,

‘Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God,

the Almighty; Righteous and true are Thy ways,

Thou King of the nations.

Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name?

For Thou alone art holy;

For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE THEE, 

For Thy righteous acts have been revealed.”

Psalm 118:21-24; Revelation 15:3-4

God has given us this day our daily bread.

For Reflection: It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the events of the world around us. It’s what we see and hear throughout our day. Praise and thanksgiving have to be intentional or be swallowed up in the grumblings and disbelief of the world. Let’s make an intentional choice to think on the wonderful works of our Lord, His abundant supply of our daily bread.

The Kingdom Has Come!

The Kingdom Has Come!

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“Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 6:10, NASB

The people heard the rumors and followed their hungering hearts to know for themselves. The prophet clothed in camel’s hair rang out the message.

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 3:2

But only a few recognized the King when he stepped into their world. The kingdom had come.

Midnight, December 31st gave birth to another New Year. Crowds cheered. Confetti fell. Noisemakers rang out across the land. Shouts of joy, of hope for a better day filled the air. A new day dawned—but did the angels fill the sky with rejoicing? Did heaven come down and join the celebration? No, for this day brings only a glimmer of hope for something better that gets swallowed up in the every day challenge of living.

But we have reason to rejoice. Over 2000 years ago at another “midnight” hour, the kingdom of heaven came to earth complete with a host of angels proclaiming the arrival of heaven’s King. A new eternal day dawned.

“And the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid;

for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy

which shall be for all the people;

for today in the city of David

there has been born for you a Savior,

who is Christ the Lord …

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased …

Luke 2:10-11,14;NASB

This day dawned to bring us an eternal hope that carries us through whatever the days of a new year bring. We have reason to rejoice for the kingdom has come near to us.

Therefore My people shall know My name;

therefore in that day I am the one who is speaking,

‘Here I am.’”

How lovely on the mountains

are the feet of him who brings good news,

Who announces peace

And brings good news of happiness,

Who announces salvation,

And says to Zion,

‘Your God reigns!”

Isaiah 52;6,7; NASB

Our Response: The kingdom of God has come to us in Jesus Christ. May we, with Zion—

Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion,

bearer of good news,

Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem,

bearer of good news;

Lift it up, do no fear.

Say to the cities of Judah,

‘Here is your God!’”

Isaiah 40:9, NASB

For the kingdom of God is at hand. Let’s shout it from the mountaintops.

Preparing for the New Year

Preparing for the New Year

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Before Thanksgiving, Christmas lights and decorations blinked their message of life in yards and on homes—Christmas is coming! Presents were bought, Christmas songs played in stores, and for many, happy memories filled our hearts. It was a time of preparing for a celebration of life—an abundant life filled with hope, love, peace, and joy. Some realized these things while others wondered where to find them. To own these things they must own you. They can be realized when your preparations begin with starting the New Year focused on the One who brings these gifts to us each day.

My hope is for us to unite with one mind in one purpose—giving God the glory that is His through living our lives for Him. Through this coming year, may we embrace each day with Praise, Prayer, and Promise—starting with the Lord’s Prayer.

This Week’s Scripture:

“After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.”

Matthew 6:9,KJV

Our Praise:

Today let’s pray together beginning by praising our Father who is sovereign and holy.

Our Father

“For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD?

Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD …

Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods?

Who is like thee,

glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders …

Thou art worthy, O Lord,

to receive glory and honour and power:

for thou hast created all things,

and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

(Psalm 89:6; Exodus 15:11; Revelation 4:11)

Which art in heaven

The LORD shall reign for ever and ever …

I have declared the former things from the beginning;

and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them;

I did them suddenly, and they came to pass …

Saying, We give thee thanks,

O Lord God Almighty,

which art, and wast, and art to come;

because thou hast taken to thee thy great power,

and hast reigned.”

(Exodus 15:18; Isaiah 48:3; Revelation 11:17)

Hallowed be thy name

There is none holy as the LORD:

for there is none beside thee:

neither is there any rock like our God …

Let them praise thy great and terrible name;

for it is holy …

Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool;

for he is holy …

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God,

and the song of the Lamb, saying,

GREAT AND MARVELLOUS ARE THY WORKS, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY;

JUST AND TRUE ARE THY WAYS, THOU KING OF SAINTS.

WHO SHALL NOT FEAR THEE, O LORD,

AND GLORIFIY THY NAME? FOR THOU ONLY ART HOLY:

FOR ALL NATIONS SHALL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE THEE;

for thy judgments are made manifest.”

(1 Samuel 2:2; Psalm 99:3,5; Revelation 15:3,4)

Our God, Our Father, sovereign and holy—He is not just any god but ours. He rules over all the earth and one day will take his power and reign with righteousness and holiness. There is no darkness in Him. Surely, we have reason to praise Him as we begin this new year.

Our Response: Take time that flies by so quickly and stop—think on who this our Father is—and praise His holy name. If not now, when? For all will sometime.

Peace—Our Praise

Peace Our Praise

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“Finally brethren,

  • rejoice,
  • be made complete,
  • be comforted,
  • be like-minded,

live in peace;

and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”

2 Corinthians 13:11, NASB

If morning brings a glowing sunrise of a new day filling our hearts with rejoicing in the hope of making all things possible—then the night-shades cover us in a blanket of twinkling stars, and the reflection of the sun—reminding us we are never alone and can rest in God’s peace.

 live in peace, peace with God & man

A cloudless night with its rhythmic blinking stars lulled the world to sleep, while the shepherds guarded the sheep reserved for sacrifice. A few shepherds quietly sang softly to the restless ones, others spoke quietly around a small fire. When suddenly, the peaceful night turned into a brightness that dispelled all other light when—

Lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,

and the glory of the Lord shone round about them …

One angel brought with him news of the light that would shine in our world. Can you imagine the radiant glow when a whole host of angels joined the one and began—

praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace,

good will toward men.”

Luke 2:9,13,14; KJV

I can hear awakened sheep baaing as they joined the angel voices in praise, while the shepherds stood awestruck over their message of peace.

The coming of Jesus began the reign of peace with God in the heart of the faithful.

 “Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith

into this grace wherein we stand,

and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:1,2; KJV

When we are at peace with God, we can live in peace with others even when another will not live peacefully with us.

“Let us therefore follow after

the things which  make for peace,

and things wherewith one may edify another …

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you,

live peaceably with all men …

Be not overcome of evil,

but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 14:19; 12:18,21; KJV

 Peace on earth is possible for it lives in the heart of each believer. Jesus is peace come to earth on the day we celebrate as Christmas.

For Thought: Is there someone you need to make peace with? How might you begin?

Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have given us peace with you through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Where once we were your enemies, you have made us your friends; once we were far from you, you have brought us near; once we were children of this world; you have loved us and made us your own. May we forever praise your name, giving you glory and walking in peace with all people. May peace reign over all the earth.