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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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SFIC, quit. He's the originator of the thread, and he can ask for what input he desires. 


Jordan, I like a variety of musicians. I'll just list some here:


Bronn Journey - they are a husband/wife team. He's a harpist and she plays piano and sings at times (not a lot, just enough to really add to the music).  I have their The River is Wide CD.  It's great - very relaxing and uplifting.


I have other CDs done by the SMS Orchestra and Mens' Chorus, the Herbster Trio, the Stouffer Family Men.


I have a CD called His Love is the Theme of My Song, done by a lady in my church who is a good friend, loves the Lord, and can really sing.  It is a CD of hymns.  Plus I have a number of CDs recorded by mu church.


I also like classical. I have a CD of Messiah. It's great.  and Vivaldi's Four Seasons.   There are others, but that's good to go on.  :clapping:

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I'm curious, Jordan...

Did you accept those Skrillex tickets? and did you enjoy the concert if you did?

I assume you found and read my testimony on the internet.


After I talked to the man who asked me if I wanted Skrillex tickets, at the end of our conversation he told me "I am not going to give you the tickets" It was understood on my part that me and him both knew what would happen if I had skrillex tickets, which is I would dive headfirst into drug life again because of the deep connections the music has to them.


You have to understand what was going on at that point in my life, God was dealing with me about my lifestyle, the Tickets were a draw for me to come face to face with the life I was living. It's a very complicated story, you would have to p.m. me to get more details. 

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I mostly listen to traditional Gospel on the radio for the most part.

Last evening at prayer meeting one of the scriptures Pastor used was... 

Romans 8:37 "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."

So, today I went searching for information on the song by that title which, I heard many years ago.

I didn't know any background on it.


I heard the song, "We Are More Than Conquerors" sung by my church choir and the title kept playing over and over (stuck in my head). This is what I found...


We Are More Than Conquerors


We are more than conquerors thro' Him that loved us so.

The Christ who dwells within us is the greatest power we know.

He will fight beside us tho' the enemy is great;

Who can stand against us, He's the Captain of our fate.

Then we will conquer, never fear, So let the battle rage.

He has promised to be near until the end of the age.

We are more than conquerors thro' Him that loved us so;

The Christ who dwells within us is the greatest power we know.

[Word & Music: Ralph Richard Carmichael]


The only on line singing of the song close to what my mind recalled is here.


When our choir sang it we had approx. 30 members (piano accompaniment only). We had the full range of voices at my church's choir, and as nicely done at the link I provided; it just can't compare. If you listen at this link, listen closely to the words. I'm not giving a testimonial Carmichael or to Liberty Baptist; just liking the song.


All of that said, not everyone is going to like the gospel songs which put a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat. I like to hear the songs sung by the Wilds Choir from the 1980s. Also, I enjoy several of Ron Hamilton's old songs Rejoice In The Lord and How Majestic Is Thy Name are two of my favorites. I would say take samples and if they encourage you to worship the Savior "in spirit and in truth" (be careful) then you will be fine. 

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I make no recommendations, but I listen to music that I like.

I like Phillips, Craig and Dean.

I like Rend Collective.

I like West Coast Baptist College Choir

I like Jesús Adrian Romero.

I like Los Voceros de Cristo.

I like many blue grass artists.

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