Wednesday, September 03, 2014

September 3, 2014 … Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 246

Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please take the time to see a video of Fernando Ortega singing a rather new, but poignant arrangement of the old, classic hymn… Great Is Thy Faithfulness, his listeners, me included, being reminded that with each new day we see the faithfulness of God when the “Son” rises in our lives.  ... And THEN ON TO THIS LINK ... to hear the character "Annie" singing her favorite song for the Broadway play ...

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Highlight Passage: Lamentations 3: 22-23 [NKJV} … In the face of the storms of life, the Son rises in the morning - every morning for the believer …
  22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. 23  They are new every morning; … great is Your faithfulness.
Highlight Context - NKJV: Lamentations 3: 19-33 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK In the midst of the Babylonian capture of Jerusalem, the weeping Prophet proclaims the truth of God’s faithfulness …
 Highlight Context #2 - NKJV: Lamentations 3 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK The entire lament of Jeremiah over God allowing the Babylonian plunder of Jerusalem…

Reference Passage #1: Deuteronomy 31: 6 … 8 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK ... See also Joshua 1: 5 and Hebrews 13: 5 …

Reference Passage #2: Psalm 30:5 (SEE PHOTO) … [NKJV] … With each new morning we must know that God’s mercies are new for us …
5  For His anger is but for a moment, … His favor is for life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. 

Reference Passage #3: Psalm 36:5 (SEE PHOTO) … [NKJV] … Sometimes the trials of life seem worse in the night time … then there is always the dawn …
5  Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; … Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Anne Cetas, took me back to one of my favorite memory passages - that of Lamentations 3: 22-23 … the hopeful lament of Jeremiah, who was charged to prophesy and bring God’s truth to His people as The Lord allowed the Babylonians to plunder Jerusalem.

 Things seemed so dark to God’s people in these times, just as times may get dark for any of us in life; but God’s promise is with the sun (i.e., the “Son”) rising at dawn to shine God’s light brightly again, … when the night has been so dark [see the highlight passage as well as the two reference Psalms). That’s why I love the song to which I’ve linked any reader today, … Great Is Thy Faithfulness. It speaks the truth of God’s love and mercy into life’s toughest trials.

 If any of us is going through the darkness of challenge right now, let’s all remember that God will ALWAYS rally to be there for the remnant of the faithful. He will never leave us or forsake us (see Deut. 31: 6,8 and Joshua 1: 5 and Hebrews 13: 5). And all of these reinforce what God was saying through Jeremiah to His people of that day; … the same message He sends to us every morning as the sun (i.e., “The Son”) rises in our lives.


My Prayer for Today … Thanks, Lord, … I needed that! … Amen

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