Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 10, 2014 … Our Help - ALWAYS!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 191

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please, please, PLEASE … go to this video link to hear the Maranatha Singers leading praise and singing O God Our Help In Ages Past, reminding us that we, as Christians, can ALWAYS look to our God for help.

Highlight Passage - NKJV - Psalm 121: 1-2
 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills — from whence comes my help? 2  My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
Highlight Passage [Context] - Psalm 121 … Go to this link

Reference Passsage #1 … Deuteronomy 31: 6 [NKJV]
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Reference Passage #2 … Psalm 90: 1-2 [NKJV] … Go to this ink

Reference Passsage #3 … Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV]
 5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Reference Passsage #4 … Romans 12: 1-2 [NKJV] …    
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry points their readers (and that’s me) to the vision of the mammoth statue which all the World Cup fans this year have seen, rising 30 meters high atop Corcovado Mountain and overlooking Rio De Janeiro, Brazil [see the attached photo]. And the ODB entry today also makes reference to the highlight passage for the day from Psalm 121: 1-2, reminding any reader that, as Psalm 121 and other Psalms, like Psalm 90, attest, our God is like the statue in Rio, … a God Whom we can look up to and worship 24/7, knowing that He’s ALWAYS there for us as is also proclaimed from Scripture repeatedly in God’s word (e.g., see Deut. 31: 6).

 The Maranatha Singers, in the linked song above, sing a robust version of the chorus from the old Hymn, O God Our Help In Ages Past, written by Isaac Watts in the 18th century. Please take the time to see/hear the video. It will lift you up just as the text in Psalm 121: 1-2 lifted the people of Israel as they sang that song on their trek to Jerusalem for the festivals of worship which were held three times a year.

And I pray that my life can, as indicated in Paul’s exhortation in Romans 12: 1-2 be a daily, 24/7, worship of my Lord, doing all I can to avoid the ways of the world and being a living sacrifice for our Lord’s glory.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, help me look to hills from which You come, to worship and praise You in all I think, say, and do. … Amen

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