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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.

Why Trouble The Master?

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Why Trouble The Master?

Jairus’ daughter lay dying, but Jesus was near;
He sought the Saviour for his loved one so dear.
Before the journey ended, his daughter had died;
The crowd now grew restless and someone soon cried,
“Why trouble the Master? Your daughter is gone.
There is no more hope here, for she has passed on.”

Why trouble the Master, the Saviour of men?
When it seems all is lost, marred and scarred by sin,
He offers new beginnings, forgiveness, and grace;
Jesus loves you so much, He died in your place.
A fountain for cleansing, power from on high,
A reason for living – hear the Master’s cry.

Why trouble the Master, the Healer of men?
He alone can heal and bring to life again.
Just reach out in faith, and Jesus can make you whole,
The Master will quench that aching thirst in your soul.
He can mend broken hearts, restore broken homes.
With Jesus nearby, you are never alone.

Why trouble the Master, the Creator of all?
Because He loves you – oh, listen to His call.
He knows all things and He is still in control;
He is always at work, guarding your soul.
He sets captives free, removes darkness and strife,
Jesus can calm storms and bring peace in your life.

Why trouble the Master? The Lord alone heals!
He brings comfort and purpose, strength and new zeal.
He offers wisdom, hope, by His unfailing love,
Transformation within, and peace from above.
Watching and waiting, the whole world stops and stares:
Why trouble the Master? Because Jesus cares!

March 20th/09
Jerry Bouey

Mark 5:22-24 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

Mark 5:35-42 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

Shortly after this poem was written, a godly woman named Deb Bolack whom the Lord has blessed with tremendous musical talent, put this song to music. In order to do so, she had to slightly adapt the lyrics. Below, you can find the adapted version of this song. You can also follow this link to hear the music for the song on her site: Why Trouble The Master? on LyricDevotions – please check out the other songs on her site. You will definitely be blessed, as I have been.

Why Trouble The Master?

Jairus daughter lay dying, but Jesus was near.
Jairus sought out the Lord for his loved one so dear.
But before the journey ended his daughter had died;
The crowd now grew restless, and someone soon cried,
“Why trouble the Master? Your daughter is gone.
There is no more hope here, for she has passed on.

Chorus:
Why trouble the Master? The Lord alone heals!
Why trouble the Master? He brings hope and new zeal!
Why trouble the Master? His love never fails!
Why trouble the Master? Because Jesus cares!

Why trouble the Master, the Saviour of men?
When it seems all is lost, marred and scarred by sin,
Jesus offers new beginnings, forgiveness and grace.
Jesus loves you so much, He died in your place.
A fountain for cleansing and power from on high;
A reason to live; hear the Master’s cry.

Chorus:
Why trouble the Master? The Lord alone heals!
Why trouble the Master? He brings hope and new zeal!
Why trouble the Master? His love never fails!
Why trouble the Master? Because Jesus cares!

Why trouble the Master, the Healer of men?
He alone can heal, bring to life again.
Just reach out now in faith and He’ll make you whole.
Oh the Master will quench the thirst in your soul.
He mends broken hearts, restores broken homes.
With Jesus nearby you are never alone.

Chorus:
Why trouble the Master? The Lord alone heals!
Why trouble the Master? He brings hope and new zeal!
Why trouble the Master? His love never fails!
Why trouble the Master? Because Jesus cares!

Why trouble the Master, Creator of all?
Because He loves you; listen to His call.
Jesus knows all things and He is still in control.
He is always at work, guarding your soul.
He sets captives free from their darkness and strife.
Jesus calms every storm, and brings peace in your life.

Chorus:
Why trouble the Master? The Lord alone heals!
Why trouble the Master? He brings hope and new zeal!
Why trouble the Master? His love never fails!
Why trouble the Master? Because Jesus cares!

When you trouble the Master the whole world stops and stares!

©Deborah Bolack/Jerry Bouey 2009

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