7-22-20 Midweek Musings

The thought for this week’s Midweek Musings is abundantly simple –


Let God’s Word speak for itself.

Psalm 148 – Praise to the Lord from Creation

Hallelujah! (Praise the Lord!)

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 And He has exalted the strength of His people,
The praise of all His saints—
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.

Hallelujah! (Praise the Lord!)

Psalm 100 – A Song of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 111 – Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice

Hallelujah! (Praise the Lord!)

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the inheritance of the nations.

The works of His hands are truth and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They stand fast forever and ever,
And are done in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.

12 thoughts on “7-22-20 Midweek Musings

  1. Love Psalms Carl, thank you and God bless you richly every day you are such a blessing to us here .. ❤️ ..

    Psalm 133

    A song of David for going up to the Temple.
    133 Oh, how wonderful, how pleasing it is
    when God’s people all come together as one[a]!
    2 It is like the sweet-smelling oil that is poured over the high priest’s[b] head,
    that runs down his beard flowing over his robes.
    3 It is like a gentle rain[c] from Mount Hermon falling on Mount Zion.
    It is there that the Lord has promised his blessing of eternal life.

    … ❤️ …

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      1. 1-3 I waited and waited and waited for God.
        At last he looked; finally he listened.
        He lifted me out of the ditch,
        pulled me from deep mud.
        He stood me up on a solid rock
        to make sure I wouldn’t slip.
        He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
        a praise-song to our God.
        More and more people are seeing this:
        they enter the mystery,
        abandoning themselves to God.
        4-5 Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
        turn your backs on the world’s “sure thing,”
        ignore what the world worships;
        The world’s a huge stockpile
        of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
        Nothing and no one
        comes close to you!
        I start talking about you, telling what I know,
        and quickly run out of words.
        Neither numbers nor words
        account for you.
        6 Doing something for you, bringing something to you—
        that’s not what you’re after.
        Being religious, acting pious—
        that’s not what you’re asking for.
        You’ve opened my ears
        so I can listen.
        7-8 So I answered, “I’m coming.
        I read in your letter what you wrote about me,
        And I’m coming to the party
        you’re throwing for me.”
        That’s when God’s Word entered my life,
        became part of my very being.
        9-10 I’ve preached you to the whole congregation,
        I’ve kept back nothing, God—you know that.
        I didn’t keep the news of your ways
        a secret, didn’t keep it to myself.
        I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough.
        I didn’t hold back pieces of love and truth
        For myself alone. I told it all,
        let the congregation know the whole story.
        11-12 Now God, don’t hold out on me,
        don’t hold back your passion.
        Your love and truth
        are all that keeps me together.
        When troubles ganged up on me,
        a mob of sins past counting,
        I was so swamped by guilt
        I couldn’t see my way clear.
        More guilt in my heart than hair on my head,
        so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out.
        13-15 Soften up, God, and intervene;
        hurry and get me some help,
        So those who are trying to kidnap my soul
        will be embarrassed and lose face,
        So anyone who gets a kick out of making me miserable
        will be heckled and disgraced,
        So those who pray for my ruin
        will be booed and jeered without mercy.
        16-17 But all who are hunting for you—
        oh, let them sing and be happy.
        Let those who know what you’re all about
        tell the world you’re great and not quitting.
        And me? I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing:
        make something of me.
        You can do it; you’ve got what it takes—
        but God, don’t put it off.

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          1. Mrs Driller, it’s an old and oft repeated truth that the Bible teaches us who God is, while also telling us who we are.
            Without this knowledge we remain lost; with this knowledge, we actually DO acquire the ability and blessing of seeing the beauty of life. Thank you for your simple yet profound little sentences here.
            In our human frailty and weakness, we acquire a limited version of God’s perspective.
            and we can ask of Him:

            “Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts.
            “Give to them according to their works, and according to the evil of their deeds; give to the according to the work of their hands; render the their due reward.
            “Because they do not regard the works of the LORD or the works of His hands. He will tear them down and build them up no more…

            “Blessed be the LORD! for He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
            “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”

            from Psalm 28, of King David

            I found these words to be very apt this morning…

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