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Sunday, July 31, 2016

PSALM 106



"Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord,
Or can show forth all His praise?
How blessed are those who keep justice,
Who practice righteousness at all times!"
(verses 1-3)


The symbol of justice is a blindfolded woman with scales.
God is not blindfolded. He cannot be swayed.  He is just.



God is good.
His lovingkindness is without end.
Justice is essential.
Righteousness doesn't take a vacation.



Do you, like me, forget to praise the Lord and to give thanks?


Our response is also found by keeping justice and practicing righteousness.
Does this mean we get a nice "Get Out of the Political Arena Free Card?"
No, I don't think so. 


Our heart should beat for the same things that move the heart of God.
Our feet should go in the direction where God would go.
We should be recognizable as Christians by being godly.



So do something for justice sake.
Do something that reflects God's lovingkindness.
Do something that reveals that God is good.
Praise Him.
Thank Him.





Saturday, July 30, 2016

Musings from a conservative woman's perspective.  I've always thought that God's expression of his love toward his daughters is stunningly, beautifully exemplified in the following passage...



"Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem,
'Your origin and your birth are from the land of the Canaanite,
your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.
As for your birth, on the day your were born
your navel cord was not cut,
nor were you washed with water for cleansing;
you were not...even wrapped in cloths.
No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you,
to have compassion on you.
Rather you were thrown out into the open field 
Then you grew up,
for you were abhorred on the day you were born.
When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood,
I said to you ...Live!
Yet you were naked and bare...
I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you
so that you became Mine,' declares the Lord God.
'Then I bathed you with water,
washed off your blood from you, and anointed you with oil.
I also clothed you with embroidered cloth...
You ate fine flour, honey, and oil;
so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royal.
Then your fame went forth among the nations
on account of your beauty,
for it was perfect because of My splendor
which I bestowed on you,'
declares the Lord."
Ezekiel 16:3-14



God sees every birth as a precious soul.  He saves,  cares, and beautifies because of His splendor He freely shares.  This is the choice, what it means to be pro-life.  So we too come upon the field where lives squirm in their blood.  Can we as Christians support candidates who support abortion, who deal with young girls in abominable ways, who lie about caring for women?


 
Hillary is not the first women to be nominated as a candidate for president.  Victoria Woodhuff ran even before women had the right to vote.   It is a lie that Hillary is the first to break the  imaginary glass ceiling that had never been broken before.  Women do have the right to vote now, and Hillary is counting on that women's vote.  Does she deserve it?





Hillary has long admired Margaret Sangor, the mother of Planned Parenthood which had a two-fold purpose: 1. as a genocide for the black race.  2.  to remove the consequences for illicit sex, a baby. 



Then there is the court case for which Hillary was an attorney for a man who beat and raped a twelve year old girl.  Her defense against this young kidnapped virgin was that she wanted an older man and fantasized about having sex with him.  Her laugh is recorded as she lightly spoke of this horror.  He served only 2 months because of his attorney, Hillary Clinton.


Then there is the example of a woman scorned as the first lady in the White House.  When her husband had illicit affairs all through their marriage, she continued to support him and attempted to destroy the women who were victims of his predatory actions from a man with the highest power in the land.  She does not engender an example of someone who stands for women.  I for one do not wish to have that man back in the White House, even as the first husband.


 It appeared that he fell asleep as his wife gave her acceptance speech.


I thought former President Clinton's was abominable and rambling as he spoke of Hillary's water breaking and the joy of the birth of their daughter as the happiest day of his life.  Really?  Water breaking spoken of in a presidential speech?  It was purposefully meant as an example of her as a woman, as a mother.  He conveniently didn't mention his unfaithfulness over all the years.  All I could think of was the millions of water breaking in the torture and scalding or tearing apart limb by limb of infants aborted and left squirming in their blood, thrown away as undesirable.



Behind the scenes she is a filthy mouthed, power-hungry woman who is happy to have taken tens of millions from wall street companies and from foregin governments promising them favors.  She was revealed as one who was grossly negligent in the handling of  top secret national information breaking all the rules set up to for the protection of Americans for our national security.  Thus, she has no right to act as if she has our best interest in mind.




And concerning our current first lady who gave a speech in support of Hillary's candidacy,  when she spoke of living in the White House built by slave labor, it was almost entirely inaccurate.  Most of the labor was hired, even slaves being paid for their work.  Secondly, what did that angry face mean when she spoke of her poor daughters going to school being taken away in black cars by men with guns?  Did she not appreciate the protection for her girls?  Did she mean that it was wrong?  Eight years ago she said that the first time she was proud of her country was when they elected her husband.  Why is she angry?



The last DNC booed Israel and God.  This DNC booed during a moment of silence in honor of the slain police officers with a chant of "Black Lives Matter."  Hillary invited to the stage the woman whose 300 pound son robbed a convenience store, roughed up the owner, then when apprehended by a policeman, struggled with him for his gun; the gun went off and shot the officer in the hand; then when he came charging back after the officer, he was shot and killed.  It was proven to be a total fantasy: "Hands up, don't shoot."  This woman has been charged with battery towards her own mother for the proceeds of the tee-shirts with this logo.  Is this the best Hillary can come up with to present to our nation?



Yes, we need to be very careful about what kind of example we would hold up to our daughters.  Yes, I would be thrilled to have a female president.  Yes, I would be thrilled to have a black or Hispanic or those of other races who also ran in our party.   But should a person be elected because of their skin color?  Should a person be elected merely because of their gender?  Do we owe women this choice.  No.  Ethics and character trump this every time. 




Saturday, July 23, 2016

PSALM 105



"Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels, and the judgments uttered by His mouth,
O seed of Abraham, His servant,
O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
He has remembered His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations."
(verses 5-8)



Remember:
His wonders,
His marvels,
His judgments.

Why?

He has remembered:
His covenant,
His word
x 1,000 generations.


(missing Zane, Maddie, Tucker, Eliana, Millie)

Not only this, but we Gentiles have been adopted into this promise, His covenant.  "He is the Lord our God," also.  The entire world 1. has seen Creation and its wonders and marvels.  2. has seen a man who was crucified 2,000 years ago and are still talking about Him, the man who has moved nations to uplift His name against those who would still seek to kill His followers and those of Abraham's seed.  I take great, tremendous comfort in that He is faithful to His word and promise to a thousand generations.  Hmm.  How many generations has it been since the Garden?  Maranatha, come quickly Lord Jesus. 





The rest of the chapter which I will leave you to read is concerning all He did when He made His covenant with Abraham giving him the Promise Land, then used Egypt to save His people under Joseph, and when He brought His children out of Egypt under Moses.  Our God even uses the out of the boundary times, coloring out of the lines, to save us sometimes.



"Oh David!"  Oh, Addie! Good job!


Once upon a time, someone we know fell upon very, very hard times and was desperate to support his family.  They left for what I called "Egypt" for a period, a place I did not approve of, yet knew God could work in it for His good.  Even Joseph, Mary, and the child Jesus escaped to Egypt for awhile.  He did not stay there forever.  God provided another, better way to support his family eventually.  Sometimes God remembers His children even in a place called Egypt, figuratively speaking, and calls them out.   Sometimes in lean years, He has been known to feed them there.  Coloring out of the lines is how our creative God works sometimes and it is still beautiful.

These kids cut their teeth on baseball,

I won't be posting a daily blog as we are watching the SW Regional Little League Softball games our granddaughters are playing in down in San Bernadino.  Don't know how long we'll be gone. 

Al coached a lot of Little League baseball games but now loves to watch Softball.



Softball Generations--they didn't getting it from this grandma!













Thursday, July 21, 2016



PSALM 105

"Oh give thanks to the Lord,
call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the people.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him.
Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually."
(verses 1-3)


"Out of the mouths of infants and babes Thou hast ordained praise."
  

What if we truly take these words as commands?

Give thanks.
Call on His name.
Make known His deeds.
Speak of His wonders.
Glory in His name.
Let your heart be glad.
Seek the Lord, His strength.
Seek His face continually.



"Make known His deeds that others may join with you in praising Him.  Talk of all His wondrous works as we talk of things that we are full of. We should talk of then as we sit in the house and as we go by the way.  (Deut. 6:7)  Sing psalms to God's honor, as those that rejoice in Him and desire to testify that joy and to transmit it to posterity, as memorable things anciently were handed down  by songs, when writing was scarce." (Matthew Henry)



Back in the day, we had a tape player and we'd put in the same cassette every morning as we got the kids off to school, feeding them a big breakfast and helping them pack their lunches.  Well, actually by the time poor Laura was in kindergarten, this mom was so sick of making lunches and hearing complaints that the kids were on their own, even a five year old, thanks to her older siblings which had driven me to this point. I compensated by making bacon and eggs almost every morning.  We were helped along to be cheerful by listening to the same tunes every morning by a group called Acapella, with songs "Sing His praise," and "Fellowshipping with one another..."  The only problem is that my brother-in-law had moved in and was making the transition from being a bar tender to his new life living with us in the parsonage.  The music about drove him nuts that early in the morning.  Umm, did we turn it up a little so he could hear it?  I couldn't say.  Yeah, we made known his deeds at 7:00 a.m. seven days a week. 




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PSALM 104 in conclusion...



"Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;
He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
And let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!
(Praise=Hallelujah)



Glory.  It will never ever fade or disappear.  It is let loose in this world and will abide into the next.  The next line "Let the Lord be glad in His works," is reminiscent of Genesis 1, "and God saw that it was good."  One person has said that often the word glad suggests jumping for joy.  I don't exactly get that picture of God, but I do we the Psalmist says, further down, "As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord."


We still love little Nolan even if he's wearing the wrong uniform.


This is a little out there, but as I held a friend's precious baby boy during the softball playoffs my twelve year old twin granddaughters were in, I couldn't exactly jump for joy, but I did scare him a little with my glad shouts cheering as they swept the Norcal State Finals to go on to the Regional Playoffs.  I was cheering them on to further glory.  I know.  They are just twelve with many years of achievements ahead of them.  But in this moment of time, it was pure delight.  I also had to keep from jumping up as my grandson was in his lead role in the Lion King last week and not yelling, "That's my Noah!"  I had to merely clap like all the rest of the audience of friends and relatives of all the cast.  Then again, when I have held each of my grandbabies, they don't have to do anything but lie there and looks precious for me to want to shout for joy and be glad.  There again, I dare not jump to be glad, it might startle them. 


 
It's like the Psalmist says, "I will sing praise to my God while I have my being."  His glory is shimmering and shining in all He has done in His creation, which includes you and me, just because He loves us.  Let the Lord be glad in me and may my meditation be pleasing to Him.  The King James Version reads, "My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord."




There is indeed a warning included in these final verse, "with an imprecation against unthankful and negligent person, who regard not the work of God, and will not see His glory, power, wisdom, and goodness, in Hi creating, governing, and sustaining this universe; and therefore very little praise Him.  Against these he prays that they be confounded or converted." (Adam Clarke) 

 
Our eyes have been opened recently about those wicked who took so many lives in the Paris nightclub, not only by killing but in unspeakable brutalities--mostly unreported because of their unthinkable mutilations upon bodies whether they were still alive or already murdered.  Then there are the attacks here at home as well as the more recent attack as a terrorist drove through a crowd of men, women, and children killing so many innocent.  Someone found an unknown baby still alive in the carnage and took it home until relatives could be found.  Then there was the image of children sitting by their family member covered up with the blanket waiting for someone to help them, that was riveting. Then the images of Christians in cages, doused with gasoline and burned alive or those beheaded.  Yes, I can say with the Psalmist, "may the wicked be no more." Even mountains tremble before His smoldering touch.  Be warned or be faithful praising His holy name.











Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PSALM 104 on the hunt...





"He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of it setting.
Thou dost appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.
The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.
When the sun rises they withdraw,
And lie down in their dens."
(verses 19-22)


Confession: I never watched the movie Lion King and don't ever plan on it even though I'm more than proud of our Noah who played Simba in a musical drama this summer. He's the lion I love! 


But I'm more of an North American animal lover, not so fond of African though my cousin just went on a safari into the midst of them in Uganda.  We've lived near Wild Life Safari in Oregon and the San Diego Zoo which we enjoyed on many occasion, but you won't see me wearing zebra stripes or leopard spots. It's just not me.  Now I love bear, deer, and elk hides.   Yet, I respect the king of the animals whose roar can be heard eight miles away and so unnerves its prey that it falls down and becomes an easy meal.  Nothing pierces my stomach with fear than the sight of a tiger.  One of our favorite books is the true-life experience of a man in the '40's who was hired to hunt man-eating tigers which terrorized villages.  But even lions eat out of the hand of God.


"Man goes forth to his work
And to his labor until evening."
(verse 23)
It is clear here that the sun and moon are not gods to be worshipped like the pagans do, but are created by God for man.  "It is not the design of God that there should be either constant darkness or constant light.  That man may labour, He gives him, by the means of the sun, the light of the day; and that he may rest from his labour, and get his strength recruited, He gives him night." (Adam Clarke)  In heaven, this rest from labor will no longer be needed as we will delight with the Son as our light with no more night.  Children especially like this promise from Scripture.


"O Lord, how many are Thy works!
In wisdom Thou hast made them all;
The earth is full of Thy possessions (creatures).
There is the sea, great and broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.
There the ships move along,
And Leviathan (a sea monster)
which Thou hast formed to sport in it.
They all wait for Thee,
To give them their food in due season.
Thou dost give to them, they gather it up;
Thou dost open Thy hand,
They are satisfied with good.
Thou dost hide Thy face, they are dismayed;
Thou dost take away their spirit, they expire,
and return to their dust.
Thou dost send forth Thy Spirit (breath), they are created;
And Thou dost renew the face of the ground."
(verses 24-30)


This is a description of God's menagerie, one of His joys from Creation.  "All abuse and of God's creatures are spoil and robbery on the property of the Creator." (Adam Clarke)  I believe in gun rights especially for the hunter.  However, it is not for the right to exterminate beasts like the bison.  The hunting licenses are so well regulated that they fund their management so they do not overpopulate and thus help keep the balance of the animal kingdom, a sacred trust.



"This very sea, great and extensive of hands."
"Its waters, like arms, encompassing all the parts of the globe...By means of navigation, countries the most remote are connected; and the inhabitants of the earth become known to each other...Dreadful and tempestuous as the sea may appear, and uncontrollable in its billows and surges, it is only the field of sport, the play-ground, the bowling-green, to those huge marine monsters (dragons of the deep)." (Adam Clarke)   All creatures great and small, He feeds from His hand and they are satisfied with good.  This echoes the words given earlier in this chapter, "The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works." (verse 13)



Monterey Bay, CA.
Isn't there a playful sense such as what is meant in Proverbs 8 (which I hope by now you are becoming well acquainted with as it is one of my favorite passages), verses 30-31, "Then I was daily His delight, Rejoicing (playing) always before Him, Rejoicing (playing) in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men."  God is so great that the most fearsome of creatures, Leviathan, is just His bath toy.



Looks like the hand of God.
However, just as death befell man at the fall, so all of creation from the grass that withers to the animal kingdom are all under the curse.  Yet this passage has the long view with a hint of what God has planned: "Do not these words plainly imply a resurrection of the bodies which have died, been dissolved, or turned to dust?  And is not the brute creation principally intended here?...when Jehovah Himself shall rejoice in His works; when the brute creation shall be delivered from the bondage of its corruption." (Romans 8:19-23) (Adam Clarke)  In a blink of God's eye, it will all change.