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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.

Does anyone else have a favorite hymn? :)


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There are soooo many great hymns.

The first that comes to my mind is Abide With Me, especially when play on the strings.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?

So true.

It Is Finished is also right up there.

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2 hours ago, 282Mikado said:

There are soooo many great hymns.

The first that comes to my mind is Abide With Me, especially when play on the strings.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?

So true.

It Is Finished is also right up there.

Thank-you!

Here's another, by Charitie Lees Bancroft:

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Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea,
A great High Priest whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on his hands,
My name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heav'n he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart,
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

2 When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on him and pardon me,
To look on him and pardon me.

3 Behold him there! The risen Lamb,
My perfect, spotless righteousness;
The great unchangeable "I AM,"
The King of glory and of grace!
One with himself I cannot die,
My soul is purchased by his blood;
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God,
With Christ, my Savior and my God.

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I have many favorite hymns...some from my days in churches outside of the Baptist realm from when I was a young child and our family attended a small OLD Methodist church that preached God's Word and didn't go along with the mainline Methodist churches of the time. Being of Irish descent, one of the favorites I had as a child was named "Be Thou My Vision." It was one of my great Uncle John's, who was a Methodist pastor at that time. We sang this in many of the IFB churches my wife and I attended after we first got married, and it's pretty much disappeared from view these days with the advent of CCM and Country and Southern Gospel into our churches of today. There are many more I could name, but one in particular is "It Is Well With My Soul." Shortly after I was saved that hymn was one of the respites during the many storms the Lord allowed my wife and I to go through! 

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1 minute ago, BrotherTony said:

I have many favorite hymns...some from my days in churches outside of the Baptist realm from when I was a young child and our family attended a small OLD Methodist church that preached God's Word and didn't go along with the mainline Methodist churches of the time. Being of Irish descent, one of the favorites I had as a child was named "Be Thou My Vision." It was one of my great Uncle John's, who was a Methodist pastor at that time. We sang this in many of the IFB churches my wife and I attended after we first got married, and it's pretty much disappeared from view these days with the advent of CCM and Country and Southern Gospel into our churches of today. There are many more I could name, but one in particular is "It Is Well With My Soul." Shortly after I was saved that hymn was one of the respites during the many storms the Lord allowed my wife and I to go through! 

Thanks, @BrotherTony!

Hymns can indeed encourage; especially if the content has good, Biblical content!

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Day By Day
(Words: Karolina W. Sandell-Berg; Music: Oskar Ahnfelt.) 

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
Ever to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

The Lord used this hymn tremendously to comfort me in the days leading up to my Mom’s passing, while she was in and out of a coma. I had Ecclesiastes 3:11 going through my mind over and over one day to the tune of this hymn, and with prayer, this song was the end result: http://songs-in-the-night.blogspot.com/2006/07/in-his-time.html

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