September Devotion, Day 17

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The Fear of The Lord

“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors?  Acquit me of hidden faults.
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless, and I shall acquitted 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.”

Psalm 19:9, 11-14

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There is nothing that drives the fear of the Lord within me like the account of David and Bathsheba.  Right from the beginning, I begin thinking, “Oh no!”  I can feel every muscle in my body begin to tense up as I force myself to read through to the end.

It doesn’t matter how many times I have read it.  I still feel the same each time. The fact that God knows all things is very real to me, and when someone like King David who loves God so much, known as “A man after God’s own heart”, and has a desire to be obedient and pleasing to God falls into such great sin, it is overwhelming for me.  It reminds me that no one is without sin on this earth and all of us struggle with it.  No matter how hard we try, we stumble.

It does me good to remember what Jesus said when the scribes and the Pharisees brought the adulterous woman to Him.  They wanted her to be stoned for her action, and when they persisted in asking Him, He said, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  He could have said this to any of us, not just a Pharisee.  We all have to put our stones down and walk away, humbly.

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I wonder if King David felt like Paul described in Romans 7:24 when he said, “Wretched man that I am!  Who will set me free from the body of this death?”  I’m so thankful that he answers his own question.  It’s the same answer for all of us who have placed our faith in Christ…  “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!…”

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Today, let’s read Psalm 51.  It is called A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon – It was written by David when Nathan the prophet came to him regarding Bathsheba.

Which part of this Psalm can you relate to?  I love verses 10-13, especially verse 13. Pick at least four verses from this Psalm that really minister to you and write them out in your personal journal.  Now let’s spend time in prayer asking God for the verses we have chosen.

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Let’s join together to pray for the people of Chile, Hawaii, and California as the earthquakes and tsunamis cause devastation and continue to threaten their lives.  I pray that wherever you are on this day, you are safe and blessed.  Thank you for visiting with me in God’s Amazing Word.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, September 12, September 13September 14, September 15, and September 16

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 1

SeptemberDevotionTop September 1
Praise His Glorious Name!

“…Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is
the greatness
and the power
and the glory
and the victory
and the majesty,
indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;
Yours is the dominion,
O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all,
and in Your hand is power and might;
and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”

1 Chronicles 29:10-13

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I still remember the first time I really cut loose and praised God.  It was late, well after everyone in the house had gone to bed.  I had been reading my Bible and had spent some time in prayer.  But suddenly something welled up inside of me and I had so much love and gratitude just wanting to burst out and show Him how thankful I was that He had saved my soul.

I remember as I got up from my chair and quietly stood in the middle of the living room in the dark.  I just stood there for what seemed like the longest time.  I don’t know why I was so self conscious, there was no one around.  Just me and God.  Then, slowly, I raised my hands, just a little at first, but then I fully stretched my arms out to Heaven, and started to praise His glorious name, speaking words that came pouring out, deep from within my heart.  It felt amazing!  I felt so vulnerable, yet so free, so forgiven, so loved, so in touch and enveloped by God Himself.  He was hearing me and seeing me and loving me.

His Word says He inhabits the praises of His people and I experienced it on this day, and now I know this to be true.

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Do you remember a time when you longed to worship the Lord because of all He is and all He has done for you?  How did you respond?  What is your favorite way to worship Him?  I would love to hear from you in the “comment” section below.

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We  all have twenty-four hours on this first day of September.  I’m going to take at least one of my hours and write out Psalm 150 in a special journal.  Will you join me? Remember to write it slowly, taking in each word and writing in your very best hand.

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I would love to spend time in prayer and meditation with you.  Let’s imagine God in His sanctuary.  Think about all the things He has done for us.  As we feel the thankfulness and gratitude well up inside, let’s try a new form of worship; sing a new song, dance before the Lord as David did, or maybe lift our hands and praise His glorious name.  You might even want to do all three!  See yourself praising Him before His throne in Heaven.  Let go.  Cut loose and let your whole self – body, soul and spirit, praise God.

He is worthy to be praised!

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SeptemberDevotionBottomI hope you have enjoyed this first day of “September Devotion”.  Each day in September, I will post a new devotion and I pray that you will join me.

Here is “September Devotion” for September 2, September 3, and September 4

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance