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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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Tonight's sunset was spectacular! I took several photos, but since my phone camera doesn't have a panoramic setting, I took a video instead. This was taken from the roof of my house. 

 

 

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We visited the, "Shuangliu National Forest Recreation Area, in Chinese,「雙流國家森林樂區」. And, after an approximately two hour hike through the forest, saw the, Shuangliu Waterfall 「雙流瀑布」In Chinese, Shuangliu means, “Two Streams.”

Shuangliu Waterfall 「雙流瀑布」

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Shuangliu Falls Website:

https://recreation.forest.gov.tw/Forest/RA?typ=0&typ_id=0600003

Shuangliu Park Entrance Sign

 

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Huangguoshe, the largest waterfall in China. It is in remote Guizhou province. In 1995 I was in Guizhou visiting the parents of a young man I knew in the States. I was there for a week and only saw one other Westerner and that was at the waterfall. The poverty there was terrible. I saw beggars in Xi'an, where I worked for 6 months, that looked as if they had more than the peasants in Guizhou. My wife and I visited there in 2000 and the peasants appeared much better off.019.thumb.JPG.31e887e0ee62be4521a015e66e85a9ce.JPG

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While we took a break awhile back we visited Kenting National Park. Kenting national park is on the southern tip of Taiwan and is very scenic. We like to walk among the trees in the forest and just enjoy the beauty of nature.

Kenting National Park

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenting_National_Park

Giant Autumn Maple Tree

In Chinese 茄苳巨木

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The Plaque for the Giant Autumn maple Tree

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