Sunday, May 16, 2010

May Sixteen

All comments welcome and encouraged!! It is how I get my questions answered.

~Good Morning~
I am in such a weird place. I can't explain it. It feels like there is a (thin) wall between God and me. I use to be able to ….feel him with me. I would have regular conversations with him throughout the day. (Does that make sense? Or are you getting the straight jacket prepared) I just don't feel him. I am teaching my girlies to praise Him and praying for the salvation of my hubby. But, I am feeling a void. I think the devil is trying to give me doubts. Is He real or just something made up and I am believing in Him because I was raised to. Like how has a child you believe in santa because parents make him so real. (i.e. "shhh did you hear that, I think I heard santa's reindeers on the roof you better get to sleep)
I hate feeling this way. Please pray for me. I am discussing things with my husband and he is voicing his concerns and instead of me being confident in my responses I am getting doubt in my beliefs. Grrr damn devil. (That's literal so really not cussing ,right…) I loved the strength I used to have in my beliefs. I remember thinking and saying "how can people not believe". I so want that feeling again.

  • What exactly are we protected from. "Destroy" meaning when the wicked die they go to hell, right?
 20 The Lord protects all those who love him,
      but he destroys the wicked.

Psalm 144

A psalm of David.

 1 Praise the Lord, who is my rock.
      He trains my hands for war
      and gives my fingers skill for battle.
 2 He is my loving ally and my fortress,
      my tower of safety, my rescuer.
   He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
      He makes the nations submit to me.

 3 O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them,
      mere mortals that you should think about them?
 4 For they are like a breath of air;
      their days are like a passing shadow.

 5 Open the heavens, Lord, and come down.
      Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.
 6 Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies!
      Shoot your arrows and confuse them!
 7 Reach down from heaven and rescue me;
      rescue me from deep waters,
      from the power of my enemies.
 8 Their mouths are full of lies;
      they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

 9 I will sing a new song to you, O God!
      I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.
 10 For you grant victory to kings!
      You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.
 11 Save me!
      Rescue me from the power of my enemies.
   Their mouths are full of lies;
      they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

 12 May our sons flourish in their youth
      like well-nurtured plants.
   May our daughters be like graceful pillars,
      carved to beautify a palace.
 13 May our barns be filled
      with crops of every kind.
   May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands,
      even tens of thousands,
    14 and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.
   May there be no enemy breaking through our walls,
      no going into captivity,
      no cries of alarm in our town squares.
 15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this!
      Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.

Psalm 145

A psalm of praise of David.

 1 I will exalt you, my God and King,
      and praise your name forever and ever.
 2 I will praise you every day;
      yes, I will praise you forever.
 3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
      No one can measure his greatness.

 4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
      let them proclaim your power.
 5 I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
      and your wonderful miracles.
 6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
      I will proclaim your greatness.
 7 Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;
      they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

 8 The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
      slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
 9 The Lord is good to everyone.
      He showers compassion on all his creation.
 10 All of your works will thank you, Lord,
      and your faithful followers will praise you.
 11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;
      they will give examples of your power.
 12 They will tell about your mighty deeds
      and about the majesty and glory of your reign.
 13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
      You rule throughout all generations.

   The Lord always keeps his promises;
      he is gracious in all he does.
 14 The Lord helps the fallen
      and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
 15 The eyes of all look to you in hope;
      you give them their food as they need it.
 16 When you open your hand,
      you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
 17 The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
      he is filled with kindness.
 18 The Lord is close to all who call on him,
      yes, to all who call on him in truth.
 19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;
      he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
 20 The Lord protects all those who love him,
      but he destroys the wicked.

 21 I will praise the Lord,
      and may everyone on earth bless his holy name
      forever and ever.
Psalm 88-89

Psalm 88

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. A song to be sung to the tune "The Suffering of Affliction." A psalm of Heman the Ezrahite.

 1 O Lord, God of my salvation,
      I cry out to you by day.
      I come to you at night.
 2 Now hear my prayer;
      listen to my cry.
 3 For my life is full of troubles,
      and death draws near.
 4 I am as good as dead,
      like a strong man with no strength left.
 5 They have left me among the dead,
      and I lie like a corpse in a grave.
   I am forgotten,
      cut off from your care.
 6 You have thrown me into the lowest pit,
      into the darkest depths.
 7 Your anger weighs me down;
      with wave after wave you have engulfed me.

 8 You have driven my friends away
      by making me repulsive to them.
   I am in a trap with no way of escape.
    9 My eyes are blinded by my tears.
   Each day I beg for your help, O Lord;
      I lift my hands to you for mercy.
 10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead?
      Do the dead rise up and praise you?

 11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?
      Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
 12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?
      Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?
 13 O Lord, I cry out to you.
      I will keep on pleading day by day.
 14 O Lord, why do you reject me?
      Why do you turn your face from me?

 15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth.
      I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
 16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me.
      Your terrors have paralyzed me.
 17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long.
      They have engulfed me completely.
 18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones.
      Darkness is my closest friend.

Psalm 89

A psalm of Ethan the Ezrahite.

 1 I will sing of the Lord's unfailing love forever!
      Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
 2 Your unfailing love will last forever.
      Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.

 3 The Lord said, "I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant.
      I have sworn this oath to him:
 4 'I will establish your descendants as kings forever;
      they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.'"

 5 All heaven will praise your great wonders, Lord;
      myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.
 6 For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord?
      What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord?
 7 The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God.
      He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.
 8 O Lord God of Heaven's Armies!
      Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?
      You are entirely faithful.

 9 You rule the oceans.
      You subdue their storm-tossed waves.
 10 You crushed the great sea monster.
      You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
 11 The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
      everything in the world is yours—you created it all.
 12 You created north and south.
      Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon praise your name.
 13 Powerful is your arm!
      Strong is your hand!
      Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.
 14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.
      Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.
 15 Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,
      for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
 16 They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.
      They exult in your righteousness.
 17 You are their glorious strength.
      It pleases you to make us strong.
 18 Yes, our protection comes from the Lord,
      and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.

 19 Long ago you spoke in a vision to your faithful people.
   You said, "I have raised up a warrior.
      I have selected him from the common people to be king.
 20 I have found my servant David.
      I have anointed him with my holy oil.
 21 I will steady him with my hand;
      with my powerful arm I will make him strong.
 22 His enemies will not defeat him,
      nor will the wicked overpower him.
 23 I will beat down his adversaries before him
      and destroy those who hate him.
 24 My faithfulness and unfailing love will be with him,
      and by my authority he will grow in power.
 25 I will extend his rule over the sea,
      his dominion over the rivers.
 26 And he will call out to me, 'You are my Father,
      my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
 27 I will make him my firstborn son,
      the mightiest king on earth.
 28 I will love him and be kind to him forever;
      my covenant with him will never end.
 29 I will preserve an heir for him;
      his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven.
 30 But if his descendants forsake my instructions
      and fail to obey my regulations,
 31 if they do not obey my decrees
      and fail to keep my commands,
 32 then I will punish their sin with the rod,
      and their disobedience with beating.
 33 But I will never stop loving him
      nor fail to keep my promise to him.
 34 No, I will not break my covenant;
      I will not take back a single word I said.
 35 I have sworn an oath to David,
      and in my holiness I cannot lie:
 36 His dynasty will go on forever;
      his kingdom will endure as the sun.
 37 It will be as eternal as the moon,
      my faithful witness in the sky!"

 38 But now you have rejected him and cast him off.
      You are angry with your anointed king.
 39 You have renounced your covenant with him;
      you have thrown his crown in the dust.
 40 You have broken down the walls protecting him
      and ruined every fort defending him.
 41 Everyone who comes along has robbed him,
      and he has become a joke to his neighbors.
 42 You have strengthened his enemies
      and made them all rejoice.
 43 You have made his sword useless
      and refused to help him in battle.
 44 You have ended his splendor
      and overturned his throne.
 45 You have made him old before his time
      and publicly disgraced him.

 46 O Lord, how long will this go on?
      Will you hide yourself forever?
      How long will your anger burn like fire?
 47 Remember how short my life is,
      how empty and futile this human existence!
 48 No one can live forever; all will die.
      No one can escape the power of the grave.

 49 Lord, where is your unfailing love?
      You promised it to David with a faithful pledge.
 50 Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced!
      I carry in my heart the insults of so many people.
 51 Your enemies have mocked me, O Lord;
      they mock your anointed king wherever he goes.

 52 Praise the Lord forever!
      Amen and amen!

Book Four (Psalms 90–106)