The Sheep Praise the Shepherd

Please, stay with me as this post is a bit longer than normal. May you find it a blessing.

white sheep on farm
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“The Lord is my shepherd …

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,

that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:

by whose stripes ye were healed.

For ye were as sheep going astray,

but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

1 Peter 2:24,25

I shall not want …

“But my God shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus …

He that spared not his own Son,

but delivered him up for us all,

how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

Philippians 4:19; Romans 8:32

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…

“For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven,

and giveth life unto the world …

Therefore, being justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:

for they shall be filled.”

John 6:33; Romans 5:1; Matthew 5:6

He leadeth me beside the still waters…

“There is a river,

the streams thereof shall make glad the city of God,

the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved:

God shall help her, and that right early …

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal,

proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb…

And the Spirit and the bride say, come.

And let him that heareth say, Come.

And let him that is athirst come.

And whosoever will,

let him take the water of life freely.”

Psalm 46:4,5; Revelation 22:1,17

He restoreth my soul…

“And you hath he quickened*,

who were dead in trespasses and sins…

But God, who is rich in mercy,

for the great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins,

hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.)

And hath raised us  together, and made us sit together

in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”

Ephesians 2:1,4-6 [*quickened = made alive]

He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake …

“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 take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

John 16:13,14

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me …

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;

for I am thy God:

I will strengthen thee;

yea, I will help thee;

yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness…

O death, where is thy sting? 

O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin;

and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God,

which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Isaiah 41:10; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…

“The meek shall eat and be satisfied:

they shall praise the LORD that seek him:

your heart shall live for ever …

Then Jesus said unto them,

Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man,

and drink his blood ye have no life in you.

Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood,

hath eternal life;

and I will raise him up  at the last day …

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD:

and all the kindreds of the nations

shall worship before thee.

For the kingdom is the LORD’s’

and he is the governor among the nations.”

Psalm 22:26; John 6:53,54; Psalm 22:27,28

Thou anointest my head with oil…

“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ,

and hath anointed us, is God;

Who hath also sealed us,

and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts …

And he that keepeth his commandments

dwelleth in him, and he in him.

And hereby we know that he abideth in us,

by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

2 Corinthians 1:21,22; 1 John 3:24

my cup runneth over…

“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

I will take the cup of salvation,

and call upon the name of the LORD…

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;

who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;

so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s…

But this man [Jesus] because he continueth ever,

hath an unchangeable priesthood.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost

that come unto God by him,

seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Psalm 116: 13; Psalm 103:3-5; Hebrews 7:24,25

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life …

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness

and forbearance and longsuffering;

not knowing that the goodness of God

leadeth thee to repentance …

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;

thou hast put off my sackcloth,

and girded me with gladness;

To the end that my glory

may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.

O LORD my God,

I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”

Romans 2:4; Psalm 30:11,12

“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting

upon them that fear him,

and his righteousness unto children’s children …

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves,

that we should not trust in ourselves,

but in God which raiseth the dead:

Who delivered us from so great a death,

and doth deliver:

in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

Psalm 103:17; 2 Corinthians 1:9,10

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Psalm 23

“As for me,

I will behold thy face in righteousness:

I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness …

For we know that

if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,

we have a building of God,

an house not made with hands,

eternal in the heavens …

Beloved, now are we the sons of God,

and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:

but we know that,

when he shall appear,

we shall be like him;

for we shall see him as he is.”

2 Corinthians 5:1; Psalm 17:15;1 John 3:2


Finale to the Sheep’s praise of the Shepherd

Reading music isn’t her forte but playing it is. The songs she sings and plays flow like a river from her soul to the keyboard and out of her mouth in a blessed range from low to high. When she sings to her Shepherd of Psalm 100, one might wonder if the keyboard will hold up as her fingers travel from one end to the other. Joy fills the air as the words ring out.

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Serve the LORD with gladness:

come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that, the LORD he is God:

it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;

we are his people,

and the sheep of his pasture.

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.”

As I typed the words, music filled my heart with praise. I hope it blesses your heart, and as we enter his courts for worship, may we do so with thanksgiving and praise. Have a blessed weekend.

Three “Ps” for Abundant Life

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts“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

This week during our Day Camp for children, they heard about a few of the many good and perfect gifts our heavenly Father abundantly gives to those who will receive them. One of which was the abundant life available to all who come through the Door.

“Then Jesus said unto them … I am the door …”

John 10:7a, 9a

Jesus’ Promises to those who enter through the door:
“If any man enter in,

  • he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9b
  • “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Ephesians 2:18
  • “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way: which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” Hebrews 10:19,20 “
  • … These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, HE THAT HATH THE KEY OF DAVID, HE THAT OPENETH, AND NO MAN SHUTTETH AND SHUTTETH, AND NO MAN OPENETH:I know thy works behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it … “ Revelation 3:7,8
  • “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:28

Praise to the Open Door:

For His abundance of –

Life: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, you are worthy of praise for in your death we have been made free from death. In your resurrection we receive the abundance of life now through your Holy Spirit living in us, and in the future when all things are made new.*


“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead,

much more the grace of God,

and the gift by grace,

which is by one man, Jesus Christ,

hath abounded unto many.”

Romans 5:15

All praise belongs to you for your gift of not just sufficiency of grace but to abounding grace which has brought abundant life to all who believe.


“And not as it was by one that sinned so is the gift:

for the judgment was by one to condemnation,

but the free gift

is of many offences unto justification.”

Romans 5:16

Your gift of abundant grace works the abundance of justification in us. As you look on us, you see our judgment placed on your holy Son, and we are declared just before you.


“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one;

much more they which receive abundance of grace

and of the gift of righteousness

shall reign in life by one,

Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:17

And your abundant grace extended to us the abundant righteousness of Christ as our clothing that we might stand before you unashamed and unafraid. You alone are worthy of praise.

Supply, including promise:

“But my God shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus …

For the LORD God is a sun and shield:

The LORD will give grace and glory;

no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

Philippians 4:19; Psalm 84:11


“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,

Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:

therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee …

For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.”

Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16

Our Prayer:

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,

having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,

and our bodies washed with pure water …

Heavenly Father, you have poured out your abundance on us through Jesus Christ, the door to abundant life. As we have walked through the door into your presence may we draw near to you. For you have cleansed us from all sin through the blood of Christ. May all who have not entered into a relationship with you come the only way they can – the door of Jesus Christ- and know the abundance of your grace.

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;

(for he is faithful that promised:) …

Your strong hand and abundant love hold us. May we be diligent to know you more as you take us from faith to faith until you have completed the work of faith in us.

“And let us consider one another

to provoke unto love and to good works:”

Hebrews 10:22-24

May the life of Christ you have poured into us overflow into all we meet and all we do to your praise and glory.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above

all that we ask or think,

according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus

throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20,21

May all who have entered through the Door, give praise for the salvation given through Jesus Christ. May those who do not know the abundant life found in Christ, be quick to enter.

*For more on the abundant life see my previous post, The Door to an Abundant Life.


A Promise, Prayer, and Praise

Can we know God, the great I Am? Jehovah? We can and we will – now or in the time to come.

God’s Promise:

 “All flesh shall know that I the LORD

am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer,

the mighty One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 49:26

  • “Look unto me, and be ye saved,
  • all the ends of the earth:
  • for I am God, and there is none else.
  • I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return,

That unto me every knee shall  bow, every tongue shall swear …

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

of things in heaven, and things in earth,

and things under the earth;

And that every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Isaiah 45:22,23; Philippians 2:10,11

Our Prayer:

Our Father in heaven, may I –

“Count all things but loss

for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:

for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,

and do count them but dung,

that I may win Christ…

May there be no thing, no thought, no desire, nor person take your rightful place in my heart, in my life – for you are my life. Help me remember you are my reward, my Savior, Redeemer, and King.

May my hope be as Paul’s to –

… Be found in him,

not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,

but that which is through the faith of Christ,

the righteousness which is of God by faith …

Keep me steadfastly growing from faith to faith knowing I have no righteousness of my own, but all my righteousness is of God by faith. In Christ I stand in righteousness before my Father.

By faith –

  • … I may know him, (Christ),
  • and the power of his resurrection,
  • and the fellowship of his sufferings,
  • being made conformable unto his death:
  • If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11

Father, you have given us Jesus revealing yourself to us –

  • knowing him, we know you. May we continue to grow in the knowledge of your power – the new life we’ve been given;
  • may your power in us be our strength in suffering that we do not faint but look to the One who suffered all things for us;
  • may your power be our victory over the weaknesses of our flesh;
  • and be that which we look to for our resurrection from death to life eternal.

Our Praise:

“But let the righteous be glad:

let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

Sing unto God, sing praises to his name:

extol him that rideth upon the heavens

by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.”

Psalm 68:3,4 (JAH – short for Jehovah – I Am – the one who possess life and the one who gives life)

May we join the song of victory with Moses, the Lamb and those who overcome through the great tribulation, remembering it is a song for the victorious but all will worship the King.









for thy judgments are made manifest.”

Revelation 15:3,4

The Apostle John tells us how we can sing the victory song –

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:

and this is the victory that overcometh the world,

even our faith.

Who is he that overcometh the world,

but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

1 John 5:4,5

Yes, yes, yes, we can know the great I Am through Christ who dwells –

“in your hearts by faith:

that ye, being rooted and grounded in love;

May be able to comprehend with all saints

what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

and to know the love of Christ,

which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

Ephesians 3:17-19

May the children of God sing songs of victory together as we raise our voices in praise and prayer this weekend and throughout each day.

A Prayer, Promise, and Praise for His Kingdom

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“The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens;

and his kingdom ruleth over all.”

Psalm 103:19

A kingdom means little if there are no people to fill it. We, the children of God, are the kingdom of God in this world until Jesus returns and completely saves and renews his creation.

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5

Our Prayer:

“Thy kingdom come …” Matthew 6:10

Father, you know how we are when life comes against us in this world. Our hearts grow homesick for what you are preparing for us. A kingdom where you –

“shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;

and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,

neither shall there be any more pain:

for the former things are passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

Until then help us remember –

“These things I have spoken unto you,

that in me ye might have peace.

In the world ye shall have tribulation:

but be of good cheer;

I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Help us remember we are children of your kingdom not of this world. May we live that others might see your kingdom reigning in us. May our –

“light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works,

and glorify your Father which is in heaven …

May we lay up – treasures in heaven,

and Beloved, if God so loved us,

we ought also to love one another.”

Matthew 5:16;6:20;1John 4:11

And Father, as Jesus was as he walked in this world, may we be.

“I must work the works of him that sent me,

while it is day:

the night cometh,

when no man can work.”

John 9:4

His Promise:

  • “Behold the days come, saith the LORD,
  • that I will raise unto David a righteous branch,
  • and a King shall reign and prosper,
  • and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth …

And he said unto me,

  • It is done.
  • I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
  • I will give unto him that is athirst
  • of the fountain of the water of life freely.
  • He that overcometh shall inherit all things:
  • and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Jeremiah 23:5; Revelation 21:6,7

Our Praise:

“Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD:

we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Thou art my God, and I will praise thee:

thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

O give thanks unto the LORD;

for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever…

Giving thanks unto the Father,

which hath made us meet to be partakers

of the inheritance of the saints in light:

who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,

and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood,

even the forgiveness of sins …

And a voice came out of the throne, saying,



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

and as the voice of many waters,

and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying,

Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

Psalm 118:26-29; Colossians 1:13; Revelation 19:5,6

May our voices rise to heaven in praise as we reflect on His promises, and fill this world of darkness with His kingdom of light until all of salvation is fulfilled. Have a blessed weekend.

Prayer and Praise; Darkness and Light

“As thou hast sent me into he world,

even so have I also sent them into the world.”

John 17:18

Two kingdoms walk on this earth. One is filled with darkness. The works of that kingdom try to hide, quiet, and destroy the kingdom of light.

Our First Prayer – 

Is for the kingdom of light.

“Thy kingdom come.

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

Matthew 6:10

With the first advent of Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God entered the earth. Those walking with Jesus experienced the power, authority, and love of God’s kingdom. We, who have been born into God’s kingdom, experience the same in the presence of the Holy Spirit abiding in us. Our citizenship is of God’s kingdom. And He, through Christ, has left us a work to do until He returns for us. As He was sent so are we.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them

in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. ”  Matthew 28:18-20

Our First Promise and a Second:

“and, lo, I am with you alway,

even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  

Matthew 28:20

 Plus, Jesus promised us power for the work He left us.

“But ye shall receive power,

after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

and ye shall be witnesses unto me

both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,

and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Our Second Prayer and a Third:

Christ walked the earth as one and could only be in one place at a time. Christ in us fills the world with his light, and He seeks more laborers for the kingdom.

“Then saith he unto his disciples,

The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,

that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:37,38

And what are we to do?

“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;

and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”

 In the preaching, pray for the message to no longer be hidden.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world

hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,

lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,

who is the image of God,

should shine unto them.”

2 Corinthians 4:5,3,4

Our Promise:

“Therefore my beloved brethren,

be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,

forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthian 15:58

Our Praises:

“But thanks be to God,

which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ …

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,

that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name …

Giving thanks unto the Father,

which hath made us meet

to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,

and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood,

even the forgiveness of sins …

Saying, Amen:

Blessing, and glory,

and wisdom, and thanksgiving,

and honour, and power, and might,

be unto our God for ever and ever Amen.”

1Corinthians 15:57; Hebrews 13:15; Colossians 1:12-14;Revelation 7:12

As followers of Christ, we belong to his kingdom. Those apart from Christ walk in a kingdom of darkness that ends in an eternity apart from God. May we be as Isaiah who said –

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

Then said I,

Here am I; send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

 Keep praying. Keep preaching. For the Lord prays with us and goes with us. He says,

“Neither pray I for these alone,

but for them also

which shall believe on me though their word.”

John 17:20

Who is it the Lord is sending you to? Know He is praying for you and them.

Prayer and Praise for His Precious Gift

His Plea:

Consider the One who pleas for all to – 

“Come now, and let us reason together,

saith the LORD:

though your sins be as scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool …

I, even I, am

he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake,

and will not remember thy sins …

Come unto me,

all ye that labour and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;

for I am meek and lowly in heart:

and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Isaiah 1:18; 43:25; Matthew 11:28-29

Our Provision:

The plea has gone out from the Lord God and God the Son, Jesus Christ. He is our provision. The invitation is available to all who will receive it.

By Christ –

  • “we have redemption through his blood,
  • the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace …
  • by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
  • having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12

Christ bought forgiveness with his blood for all. It’s available to all. But all do not receive it. To those who do, we have –

His Promise:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the scripture saith,


For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.



Romans 10:9-13

If you have not yet received God’s promise agree with God and know the peace of being forgiven and cleansed. 

Our Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins,

You are –

faithful and just to forgive us our sins,

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.”

1John 1:8,9; Psalm 51:1-2

Now it’s time to give –

Him Praise:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings

in heavenly places in Christ …

To the praise of the glory of his grace,

wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved …

with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot …

O give thanks unto the LORD,

for he is good:

for his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,

whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy …

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,

and for his wonderful works to the children of men …

In God is my salvation and my glory:

the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”

Ephesians 1:3,6; 1Peter 1:19;Psalm 107:1,2,8; Psalm 62:7

We the redeemed by the blood of Christ heard the Father’s plea, received his provision in Jesus Christ through faith, and rest in his promises. May we rejoice together in praise of his precious gift and pray for those yet to receive it. Have a blessed weekend.

Prayer, Praise, and Promises

DSCF0336May we join our hearts, minds, and voices in praying and praising using the Lord’s Prayer as our guide.

Our Father which art in heaven …

“O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee,

Hallowed be thy name …

I will praise thy name:

for thou hast done wonderful things:

thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth …

Thy kingdom come …

He will swallow up death in victory;

and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces;

and the rebuke of his people

shall he take away from off the earth:

for the LORD hath spoken it.

And it shall be said in that day,

Lo, this is our God;

we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation …

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,

and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,

and God himself shall be with them,

and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;

and there shall be no more death,

neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain;

for the former things are passed away.”

Isaiah 25:1,8,9; Revelation 21:3,4

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven …

“Jesus saith unto them,

My meat is to do the will of him that sent me,

and to finish his work …

I delight to do thy will, O my God:

yea, thy law is within my heart …

arm yourselves likewise … no longer should live the rest of his time

in the flesh to the lusts of men,

but to the will of God.”

John 4:34; Psalm 40:8; From 1Peter 4:1,2

Give us this day our daily bread …

“I have been young, and now am old;

yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,

nor his seed begging bread …

Let your conversation be without covetousness;

and be content with such things as ye have:

for he hath said,

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Psalm 37:25; Hebrews 13:5

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors …

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed,

because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning:

great is they faithfulness …

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

Lamentations 3:22,23; Matthew 5:7

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil …

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience,

I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation,

which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth…

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,

and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished …

The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:

he shall preserve thy soul.

The LORD shall preserve thy going out

and thy coming in from this time forth,

and even for evermore.”

Revelation 3:10; 2 Peter 2:9; Psalm 121:7,8

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen …

“Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power,

and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:

for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine:

thine is the kingdom, O LORD,

and thou art exalted as head above all.

Both riches and honor come of thee,

and thou reignest over all;

and in thine hand is power and might:

and in thine hand it is to make great,

and to give strength unto all.

Now therefore, our God,

we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”

1Chronicles 29:11-13

Have a blessed weekend and may we find time to gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ to continue our prayer and praise as one in Him.

Praying & Praising Together in Christ

blogcross-792538__340On the cross, Almighty God poured our sinful life, our destiny of death into Christ. In the tomb, Christ defeated death, sin’s power over us. Reunited with the Father, Christ dwells in us through his Holy Spirit. His prayer has been answered.

Jesus’ Prayer

“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 …
  • 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.”  John 17:20-21, 23

That they also may be one in us

“But now in Christ Jesus

  • ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
  • For he is our peace, who hath made both one, (Jew and Gentile)… Ephesians 2:13,14;
  • So, we being many, are one body in Christ,
  • and every one members one of another … Romans 12:5;
  • There is one body…one Spirit…one hope …
  • One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
  • One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all
  • Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
  • with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
  • Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:4-6;1-3

Our Prayer:

Heavenly Father, You have made us who are in Christ whether Jew, Gentile, bond, free, man, or woman one in Him. We are his body joined together by his blood and the life giving Spirit. You have made it so. May we walk together in unity with Christ as He walked with you. May we not seek our own but the good of all through Christ’s love that dwells in us. May we be ambassadors of your peace. For by these things you reveal Christ in us to a world living and dying without the knowledge of your love.

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,

if ye have love one to another …

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also love one another.

No man hath seen God at any time.

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us,

and his love is perfected in us.”

John 13:35; 1 John 4:11-12

Praising Christ Together From Psalm 103

“Bless the LORD, O my soul:

and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities …

“John seeth Jesus… and saith,

  • Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world …
  • Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered …
  • Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous:
  • and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” John 1:29; Psalm 32:1,11

Who health all thy diseases…

  • “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,
  • and the Lord shall raise him up;
  • and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him …
  • I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul;
  • for I have sinned against thee …
  • And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity,
  • and settest me before thy face for ever.” James 5:15; Psalm 41:4,12

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction …

  • “ye were not redeemed with corruptible things ..
  • But with the precious blood of Christ
  • as of a lamb without blemish and without spot …
  • My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee;
  • and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.” 1 Peter 1:18,19; Psalm 71:23

Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?

  • For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
  • and hast crowned him with glory and honour ….
  • O LORD our lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth …
  • To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
  • which is Christ in you, the hope of glory;” Psalm 8:4,5, 9; Colossians 2:28

May our hearts overflow with praise for –

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,

and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

Revelation 5:12

I would encourage you to end your prayer and praise time with the YouTube video of the song, “In Christ Alone,” by Keith and Krystin Getty. May it begin your weekend with a blessing.

Prayer & Praise in the Garden

“My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD:

my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.”

Psalm 84:2

Each morning about sunrise there is a stillness interrupted only by the blue bird singing praise to its Creator. The reds, oranges, and yellows rising in the sky remind me my heavenly Father is faithful to meet me and walk with me in his garden. Here in his courts my soul finds its strength. Here a song of praise fills my heart.

“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart –

“I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness; and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high…

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together… 

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.” 

 I will shew forth all thy marvellous works –

“And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation…

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who health all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s…

O, Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.” 

 I will be glad and rejoice in thee –

“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, will bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield…

Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness…Psalm 5:11-12; 97:12

 I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” Psalm 9:1-2

“That men may know that thou,

whose name alone is JEHOVAH,

art the most high over all the earth …

The LORD reigneth: let the earth rejoice: let the multitude of isles be glad thereof …The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory…

For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth:

thou art exalted far above all gods.” 

Here in the garden of the Lord, my praise turns to a prayer:

Our Father in heaven –

  • May our soul long for you and cry out to our living God.
  • May we learn to praise you with our whole heart.
  • May we, your children magnify you name in all the earth today and forever.
  • May we remember in Christ Jesus you have forgiven all our sin, healed our diseases and redeemed us from death.
  • May we show your lovingkindness and tender mercies to others as you have to us.
  • May you renew our strength daily and open our mouths to praise your name.
  • May we rejoice in you  our God.
  • May we hold your name Jehovah holy in our lives for all people to see your glory.
  • May we remember who our God is and confess your name through our words and deeds.
  • May we always walk hand in hand with you in your garden as we walk through this life. For here there is peace. Amen.

Scriptures are from Psalm 7:17; 34:3; 86:12; Psalm 35:9;103:3-5 ; 51:15; Psalm 5:11-12; 97:12; Psalm 83:18; 97:1,6,9

Prayer & Praise; Fear & Knowledge

bloggratitude-1201944_960_720“Praise ye the LORD,

Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD,

that delighteth greatly in his commandments…

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings:

his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.”

Psalm 112:1,7

Fear of the Lord produces delighting in his commandments – obedience. Not out of fear but out of the knowledge and understanding of our holy God who delights in giving us good things –  wisdom, strength, and help through the gift of his Holy Spirit living in us.

Praise Him for you are blessed with –

“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.

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth…”

James 1:17,18a

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,

and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 2:38

Pray to –

“be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess,

but be filled with the Spirit…

If we live in the Spirit,

let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:25

“be ye doers of the word,

and not hearers only,

deceiving your own selves.”

James 1:22

Praise God for the gift of knowledge of the holy ­–  through Jesus Christ

“No man hath seen God at any time;

the only begotten Son,

which is in the bosom of the Father,

he hath declared him…

If ye had known me,

ye should have known my Father also:

and from henceforth ye know him,

and have seen him…

he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…”

John 1:18; John 14:7,9

And through the witness of the Spirit of Christ in every believer –

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,

that we are the children of God… 

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us,

because he hath given us of his Spirit.”

Romans 8:16; 1 John 4:16

Pray to reflect the glory of the holy abiding in us through the Spirit of the Lord –

“But as he which hath called you is holy,

so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Because it is written, BE YE HOLY; FOR I AM HOLY…

But we all, with open face

beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

1Peter 1:15,16; 2 Corinthians 3:18

Heavenly Father, we praise you for you have blessed us with every spiritual blessing – all good things we need to approach you the holy One. Thank you, for Jesus Christ who revealed your glory. Thank you, for the Holy Spirit dwelling in us that we can reflect your glory in a lost world. Be our strength to walk in the Spirit and not after our flesh. May we bring you glory, honor, and praise. Amen.

May we gather as one in the Spirit of Christ throughout the world and praise his holy name together as we pray for one another. Have a blessed weekend.