Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
As I live in this wonderful God ordained country, I am constantly aware of the awesome privilege I have to live here. My present dwelling place within this city is between the hustle and bustle of the downtown area and the absolute quietness of the country. It is a quiet suburb I guess you could call it. Because I am a temporary resident, there are certain things that must be maintained in order to live life as a continuous flow. Those uncertain things sometimes get out of order and then it feels like I am on a merry-go-round. That is what this photo reminded me of as I was out for my morning jaunt through the neighborhood. There seems to always be something that doesn’t quite fit into the scheme of things to keep this life in constant near chaos. I would not change a thing for this wonderful experience of living in the city of the Great King.
Thank you Lord.
Psalm 116:9 I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living.
Just a kind of quickie today as this thought came to me as I was on the way home after a one hour walk today. The beginning and middle of this walk was quite pleasant and not really very far from where we live in North Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel. It looked like it might rain so I decided that today, I would not stray far. When I came to the end of this delightful journey, there were quite a few steps that I had to go up, in fact there were 110 steps and I had to carry 215 pounds up all those stairs but I made it and arrived home safely. I sat down with a cup of coffee and promptly fell asleep. After the short nap, ten minutes, I decided to share today’s experience.
(The 215 pound load I had to carry up those steps was me, thus the reason for the walking.)
2 Chronicles 6:20-21(MSG) Listen to my prayers, energetic and devout, that I’m setting before you right now. Keep your eyes open to this Temple area day and night, this place you promised to dignify with your Name. And listen to the prayers that I pray in this place. And listen to your people Israel when they pray at this place. Listen from your home in heaven and when you hear, forgive.
In just a couple of hours here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, it will be the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. It is the day of Yom Kippur when Jewish tradition asks the God of Creation to forgive their transgressions. For the Jewish people, life and God are the most important ideals in their lives. I have lived among the Jewish people now for just less than thirty years and I see their heart cry that to save a life is to save the world. This is one of the reasons when you see a natural disaster anywhere in the world, Israel is one of the first countries to rally to be of assistance, especially with medical teams and disaster relief. The biased media will hardly mention it because of their hatred and we ask forgiveness for them from our Heavenly Father as they do not know what they do to themselves when that final day comes. I honestly feel so sorry for the people of the world that are against this God of Creation, as I spoke yesterday, they do not realize where they are headed in the final judgment.
We may not be able to see into this other dimension of God but it is very real and I am convinced that this Father of Lights desires everyone on this planet to come to Him for everlasting “Life” in His Kingdom. He is well aware that just as in the days of Noah, this will not happen but He is delaying that final day in order to bring as many as will understand and be plucked from the fire, as it were, to come to Him. Thus, Lord, we plead for forgiveness as the world does not know what they do. We thank you, Father for hearing us, Amen.