Rejoicing the Heart

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Rejoice my Heart, our Lord, Rejoice my Heart

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

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My Light & My Salvation

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Devotions From the Heart
My Light & My Salvation
August 2016

Is there anything more beautiful than the promises of God? I think not! For He, our Sovereign, Holy & Loving God has ordained whatsoever comes to pass for His glory and our good. How wonderful to know this God, the only One and True Living God who has created all things for His glory and purpose and has raised up His Church to proclaim His wonders and salvation throughout the earth. What joy, what hope, what promise, what wonder this is for us as His beloved children. Do not fear or fret my friends for your God in the person of Jesus Christ the righteous holds every moment of your life in His sovereign control. Believe it, take courage, pray and wait patiently upon Him. He IS your life so live it in His power and promise._TG-RW

~~Psalm 27~~

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.  Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.  Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

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Christians How to Vote Biblically

It is 2016 and we are in Presidential Election days in the United States.   We have now completed the primary season and the candidates are campaigning throughout America for your vote in the General Election on November 8.  Thus, this is a good time to share this post again to help as you decide and make your choices.  First rule for Christians, their choice must be based on sound principles of leadership, our Constitution and based on the required qualifications for candidates by law and testimony.  We are voting for a President to lead our country and its people.  We are not seeking a religious leader, pope or pastor but a man of wisdom who can lead our country and restore it values for the good of all of its citizens and, as a leader in the free world, that will protect its citizens and be a beacon of hope to all for freedom.   Pray for our leaders and for wisdom for your vote.  Read on…

Today’s devotional speaks to us about those things we disdain to talk about or become so involved in we neglect those things that are more needful in our service to God and our families/friends/brethren and civic responsibility. We want to avoid being pulled away into needless, ignorant arguments of the unenlightened to spiritual, theological and practical truth of God’s purposes and plans in the earth for His glory. That understood, however, does not give us the option to be poor stewards of the awesome responsibility of encouraging, praying for and supporting leaders whose testimony of life and faith is based on biblical principles and good government.  We are seeking leaders of our country, not religious leaders or pastors (which have a religious test) but men who have been raised up by God as leaders of a free people.  Prayer is a powerful tool God has given, remember to use it as we daily seek to serve God in our lives as Christians, godly servants and good citizens. __Living Coram Deo, TheologyGirl

Concerning Matters of Politics and Presidents*

“Put not your trust in princes, in mortal man, who cannot save.” (Psalm 146:3).

We have a tendency to place our hope in those who are elected, and always end up being disappointed – because politics by its very nature requires compromises. And these compromises cut against our convictions. Ultimately, whoever is elected will always make decisions that prove difficult for the greater silent majority; seeing they are swayed mostly by those who are vocal and vindictive – which things we are not.

Our consolation comes in knowing this great truth – “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33). The Message says, “Make your motions and cast your votes, but GOD has the final say.” And the Contemporary English Version puts it this way, “We make our own decisions, but the LORD alone determines what happens.”

Elsewhere the Bible says, “For promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another.” (Psa 75:6-7). The bottom line is this – the vote is cast by man; but the decision is made by God.

The question then is simple – do we trust God, or not? Does He know what He is doing, or not? Is He good, or not? Does He have our best interests at heart, or not?

“But what if evil advances?” we ask with grave concern, “What if darkness prevails? What then?” There is a great old poem that answers it best:

“Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the Truth alone is strong; though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the Throne be wrong. Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown, standeth God within the shadow keeping watch above His own.” (James R. Lowell, 1865)

Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” This covers a wide variety of anxieties, for He went on to say, “In the world you shall have trouble; but in Me you will have peace – for I have overcome the world.”

Our peace comes when we stay focused upon the Lord.

You may be assured that the Lord’s eye is upon you, and that His care for you is of the highest kind; and you may rest your troubled heart in His strong and loving hands. He will take care of you!

Be wise, prayerful, discerning and biblical as you vote.  Your life and future in America depends upon it.

By God’s Grace,
TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen

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*JC Ryle