The Fruits of Praise

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord to sing praises to your name, O Most High." 

Psalm 92:1 ESV

God’s Faithfulness

Scripture Context: Psalm 92

11/26/21 Scripture Focus: Psalm 92: 1-3

Summary S- It is good to declare your steadfast love and faithfulness and to praise your name, O Most High at the beginning and at the end of each day. 

Key Words: Thanks and Praise

Reflection R– I have heeded God’s call to get up first thing in the morning before the sun rises to commune with Him. During this time I feel His steadfast love as He opens up  scriptures to me. And in prayer I declare my thankfulness. But I neglect to end the day in the same way. Instead, I meditate on things that make me restless and steal my peace. I see that the Lord wants me to end my day as I begin. I keep a diary about His faithfulness, now I need to also declare it, not only with my writing but with my mouth in the morning as I rise, and before I fall asleep,  may I sing His praise. 

Cross References– Psalm 147:1, Psalm 59:16, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 127:2

Prayer P- Dear Lord, thank you for revealing to me through your Word how I am to begin and end each day with praise and thankfulness. You bless me so much, cleanse me with your truth,  and give me your grace. Help me to remember you in the evening as well as in the morning, and throughout the day. In Jesus Name, I pray.

Application/ The Fruit: 11/27/21
Last Night I went to bed with beautiful thoughts of God’s Creation. I was going to listen to praise music before retiring, but instead, my husband suggested we look for something together to view. I found this beautiful movie- God of Wonders on YouTube. It was such a birds – eye view on God’s Creation – and the gospel was shared too! So I ended my day with praise as I began it, which the Word showed me to do. Thank You Lord for helping me remember to do this in answer to my prayer. 

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Quiet and Calm

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Scriptural Context: Psalm 131:1-3

“Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.”  Psalm 131: 2  NLT

Summary: David does not occupy himself with things that are too great and marvelous for him to know, but is content to walk beside the Lord, waiting for whatever he needs to be told.  (revised- 11/26/21)
– (Psalm 131: 1, Job 42:3)

Reflection: In the wake of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, things were chaotic, as assumptions, presumptions, and speculations flowed, from the mouths of politicians and the media, unbridled in their accusations about a man they did not know. They simply were not there.  ( Psalm 19:13-14) But after his acquittal he was asked about how he maintained his calm composure with all that was going on. He responded, inwardly he was still jittery, but for the sake of others he keeps his cool.
( my interpretation).
When asked if he thought someone was watching over him, he said, He believed God was all along.  What insightfulness for someone so young. In other words, he learned to calm his soul, knowing God was with him all along and would remain so.
(my interpretation)
CR – (1 Samuel 30:6)

Personal Reflection: Recently, I asked the Lord to help me understand something concerning eternity because it had caused an inward restlessness, a doubt that if not arrested could grow. But then I was at peace when I concentrated on what I already knew, not things I presumed to know; His goodness and mercy, He was faithful to show.   It was somewhat like when I’d  inquired concerning the “Trinity” almost 40 years ago.  The Lord spoke to my heart and said, “My Son and I are so close, man can not conceive of it.” And when Christ’s disciples were perplexed about the things that would soon take place, Jesus flat out told them:

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”
(my emphasis) John 16:12 ESV

Application: I have resolved to know what He chooses to let me know, and it is enough, for I’ve learned to trust Him, in all things. Like when the two disciples walking to Emmaus on resurrection day,  were perplexed, discouraged, because what they had hoped for had been taken away. But Jesus showed up on that fateful, glorious day, walking beside them, explaining the scriptures which told of how He would suffer, then be raised from the grave.

“They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?(my emphasis) Luke 24:32

Jesus gave us a promise concerning the things that are occurring and the things still to come,  because we have His Holy Spirit we will know all we need to know and when we need to know through His Word. (John 17:17, 1 Corinthians 13:12)

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13

Question: Are you content now to know what God wants you to know? He promises to open up the scriptures to our understanding when we abide in His Word and His words abide in us.  (John 15:7, Deuteronomy 29:29)

Prayer: Lord, may we be content to  look to you and only you, and as we draw close to your Word, open up the scriptures to our understanding through your Holy Spirit within us, who teaches us all things. In Jesus Name, Amen. (1 John 2:27)

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Called Blessed Proverbs 31:28-29

"Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates." Proverbs 31:31 ESV

Scripture Context: Proverbs 31

11/21/21 Scripture Focus: Proverbs 31: 31

Summary S- Let her be recognized for her accomplishments.  

Full of Good Fruit
Painting by Brandi Ramirez

Fruitful– producing good results; beneficial; profitable

Reflection R–  The woman who abides in Christ’s love and His Works will be recognized and rewarded and honored in this life and when she enters His gates in heaven, because she will bear His Fruit.

Cross References– Psalm 100:4, John 15:1-8,
Galatians 5:22-23

Prayer P- Lord, as I abide in you and you abide in me, let me bring honor and praise to your name, this is your fruit, and this is my reward, that through the gifts given, I have glorified you. 

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