Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross ( by Fenny West)

Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross

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There are seven sayings attributed to the Saviour, as He hung on the cross between heaven and earth in the last moments of His earthly mission.
He was the only one born to die. John-the – Baptist saw Him as the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) He fulfilled the various types and shadows we find in the Old Testament: the innocent ram killed by God, whose skin was used to cover Adam and Eve before they were driven out of the Garden of Eden (Gen3:21), the Passover Lamb in Egypt (Ex 12:13), the various annual sacrifices, the scapegoat on whom all the sins of the people was confessed on and let go into the wilderness. (Lev 16:21-22).The list could go on and on.
This was a grand fulfilment.
Whereas these statements cannot all be found in any of the synoptic gospels, they can be collated from the four gospels for our meditation and revelation to us today.

Let us see the lesson they offer individually:

  1. Luke 23:34: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”.

What does this teach us?

 He is praying for those who were crucifying Him. He wants them forgiven because they did not know what they were doing. He saw beyond the natural. He saw through the eyes of His Father. And this is an example for us to follow. We are enjoined by Paul to be imitators of Him. (Eph5:1) John-Beloved told us to walk as He walked. (1 John 2:6)

He also said, “… as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)

Jesus also said we should pray for our enemies. (Matt 5:43-47)

So He was practising what He preached.  We have to do the same. ( Ro 12:19-21)

And later on we see Stephen, the first martyr, following His Master’s footsteps.

“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

60           … “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” (Act 7:59-60)

Praying for our enemies also demonstrates our confidence that all things work together for our good because we love God and are the called according to purpose.(Ro8:28) And so nothing will happen to us unless He allows it. Jesus Himself told the high priest, He had power to lay down His life and take it up again. He also told them His Father was capable of sending legions of angels to set Him free but it was their hour. So Jesus had a sense of destiny. (Matt 26:53, John 10:18)

And when we do we will live a victorious life, no matter what. (2Cor2:14, 1Cor15:57)
Another truth we need to glean from this statement is that He died for everyone – not just those who were crucifying Him. In fact it can be said that we were also responsible for His crucifixion. We were all compromised by the fall of Adam. “All have sinned.” We have all like sheep gone astray and the Lord had laid all our iniquity on Him (Isa 53:6, Rom 3:23). He became our scapegoat. ( Lev 16:8, 2 Cor 5:21)
So as we think of this statement at this time and at other times we should be:
1. Grateful
2. Purposeful
3. Forgiving and
4. Assured that all things are working for us.

5. we should be in no doubt that He died for every one.

2. Luke 23:43: Verily, I say unto you, today thou shalt be with me in paradise.”
As we all know, Jesus was crucified between two criminals. Isaiah foretold this about 800 years before it happened. “He was numbered amongst the transgressors.” (Isa 53:12)
One of the criminals taunted Jesus, “He saved others but He cannot save Himself. If you are the Son of God, save us and save yourself.” (Matt 27:42, Luke 23:37)
The other criminal was wise, recognising that He was innocent and He was God, with the power to forgive and restore anyone who is penitent. And so he prayed to be remembered,” “Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom. ” (Luke 23:42)
Jesus replied immediately, “Today, you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
This underscores God’s forgiving power to the sinner, anytime he realises His sin and repents no matter what sin He may have committed.  This may be unfair to the natural man but sin is sin in the sight of God and abhorrent no matter what man may think of it and if it is repented of , it shall be forgiven, no matter how heinous.

However, this is not a scripture to use for delaying repentance till the last minute. No one knows the last minute. (Prov27:1, Jam4:13)

We all need to have a short account with God – repent like David, once we realise we have sinned and receive forgiveness and restoration. We can also use this you bring hope to the hopeless that no matter how far gone they may think, God is still merciful and will forgive if they call on Him in penitence.(Ps51)
Even Judas, who betrayed Jesus, would have been forgiven if he  repented.

3 John 19:26–27: Woman, behold thy son. (Says to disciple) Behold thy mother”

In this statement we can see His love and care for His mother, despite what He was going through. He looked beyond Himself. This is the God-kind of life we have been made partakers of. Regardless of what you go through, see beyond yourself. See the bigger picture. Go the extra-mile. Be selfless. Care for others and God will take care of you.
Jesus, here was making provision, giving security to his mother by entrusting her into the hands of a trusted friend. He was putting His house in order, knowing He was going away.

We too should make provision for our dependants before we leave. We should not leave them penniless- broke busted and disgusted, lamenting and grieving not only for the death but also for the debts and responsibilities left behind unattended. This is why we need to work hard and smart and provide for our family. Paul said he who does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel and has denied the faith. (1Tim5:8)

4 Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34:My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
This reveals the enormity and gross nature of sin. It is so detested, distasteful, disgusting, alienating that it even separated God – the Son from God-the Father. In this same way, we should hate sin and stay far away from it. It should also open our eyes to what Jesus saved us from.
Furthermore, it shows the dark moments we too could experience in life where it would be seem so grim and dark that we may feel abandoned by God. David foreshadowed this in Ps22. He also experience this type of dark moments. An example was when he was dethroned by his son Absalom and he wandered in the wilderness. Another occasion was when after defeating the Philistines and triumphing over Goliath and decapitating him, he found himself running from pillar to post, hiding from King Saul who wanted to kill him. again at Ziklag the men who were in debt, distressed, disgruntled, depressed, whom he had championed and recycled into business tycoons, turned against him when the Amalekites swooped on their camp , burnt it down and took captives all their sons, daughters and wives. They spoke of stoning David. He had to enquire of the Lord, receive a Word with which he pursued, overtook and recovered all. 1 Sam30:-8,18-19)

  Yes, you and I will come to this “My God, my God!” moment(s).  After all He told us to take up our cross and follow Him. (Luke9:23)

And when it happens, we need to encourage ourselves that we are in good company, identifying with Jesus. David had many moments like it and he encouraged himself in the Lord and came back up. Job was there and eventually he was restored. Naomi was there and wanted to be called, Mara, bitter water. But God was meciful to her and despite her lack of faith blessed her more than she could ask or think because of Ruth. Yes, you and I will go through the valley of the shadows of death; we will often go through the valley of Baca (Ps 84:6), the valley of weeping:, but we can, say like the David, “I will fear no evil. For You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. And my cup overflows. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the presence of God forever.”

Yes, because you trust in Him, you will make that valley of Baca, a place of spring. You will go from strength to strength, glory to glory and from strength to strength (Ps 84:7, Hag 2:9). You will bounce back like Jesus bounced back in resurrection. ( Matt28:6)

You will bounce back like Abraham and obtain laughter – Isaac (Gen 21:1-7). You will bounce back like Job and have twice as much as you lost and even more (Job 42:10-17,). Therefore, regardless of what you go through, stagger not at the promise of God, in unbelief but rather give glory to God. (Rom 4:20-21) When your back is on the ground, you can only look up. And that is the best thing to do anytime, any day, everywhere.

5. John 19:28: I thirst.
When Jesus made this statement, His humanity shone through His divinity. He was famished, thirsty, dehydrated and and wanted water. However instead of water He was given gall. They gave Him poison instead. (Matt 24:34, Ps 69:21) It was prophecy being fulfilled. The word of God cannot be broken. Besides, it shows us that we cannot trust men in our hour of dire need. Man will disappoint us. After all it was those who just a week ago chanted in adulation, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord”, ( Matt 21:9)changed their tune so quickly to” Crucify Him! Crucify Him! ” (Luke 23:21)

6. John 19:30:It is finished.” COMPLETION, PERFECTION, ACCOMPLISHMENT

What a climax of redemption! What an assured, victorious and triumphant declaration of a done deal. He was satisfied that He had paid the price-the highest price for mankind. It was indispensable and indisputable. Nothing could be added to it and nothing could be taken away from it.  He did it once and for all. Hallelujah!
And because “It is Finished!” regardless of the depths to which you have sunk or may sink, you’re coming out of it if you trust in Him.

Because “it is finished”, you will fulfil your purpose. Because of “It is Finished!,” the good work God has begun in your life, He will continue to work at until He brings it to a glorious fruition.

7. Luke 23:46: Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.”

This speaks of a wonderful, glorious, joyful reunion.
Jesus ascended to heaven after the crucifixion and this statement looked forward to that. He was confident of the reunion and fellowship with the Father and the Spirit.
We too should be looking forward to the Lord’s reappearing. 16       For the LORD shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. ” Ps102:16

Paul told us in 1 Thess. 4:16,The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with shout of an arch angel and the trumpet call of God. The dead in Christ will rise first. And we who are alive and remain shall be caught up with them in the air. And so shall we be with the Lord forever.
He told us to comfort one another with these words. 1Thess4:16-18

We are also told, “He who has this hope purifies himself, even as He is pure. 1 John 3:3
John foresaw the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and wrote,” Let us Rejoice and be glad. And give the glory to Him.” For the marriage of the Lamb has come and the Bride has made herself ready.” (Rev19:7)
He’s coming soon and very soon to take His bride, who will be without spot nor wrinkles or blemish. (Eph 5:26-27)
Let’s trim our wicks and make sure we like the five wise virgins have sufficient oil in our lamps.  (Matt 25:1-13)

Let’s ensure we keep clean our white garments and run our race with patience and endurance and finish well to the glory of God. (Matt 22:11-14)

So in conclusion forgive others just as God has forgiven you. (Eph4:32)

Cherish your relationships. Good relationships are invaluable. You cannot put a price on them. Take care of our family.

Heaven is our home. We are sojourners here.( Phil3:20)

And regardless of the distress we go through here we need to remind ourselves that it is temporary. Our light affliction which is just for the moment, works for us a far more exceeding weight of eternal glory. All things are working together for our good because we love God and we are called according to His purpose. (2Cor4:16-18)

Victory is ours in everything we do and wherever we go. We should confess it and expect it because of “It is Finished!” (2Cor.2:14)

Our Final Victory

50   Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

51   Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed —

52   in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53   For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54   So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55   ” O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

56   The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

57   But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58   Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1Cor15:50-57

How Loving and Caring (by Fenny West)

How Loving, How Caring! 

“I heard Him say, “Go there and speak” 
But I ran away, boarded a ship
Like the Titanic, I was bold.
I was wise in my way, in my eyes. 
Unbeknown to me, I leaked and was weak. 
I had betrayed myself, my soul sold. 

And down I went, drowning 
to a point of no return. 
Then I remembered my fault 
And cried out to Him. 
In the depths I raised a hymn of praise, 
I worshipped my Maker for His mercy, 
His wisdom, power, sovereignty. 
Like Paul and Silas, I was not silenced, 
Even in the rain, pain and grave. 

He was moved, quickly forgave
Commanded an earthquake 
To wash me ashore. 
And there I was, 
Even with a pillow 
Under my head. 
How loving, how caring! 

Fenny West 
©2019

 

Let Go to Let God (By Fenny West)

Let Go to Let God

Let Go and Let God. 
Forgive and live. 
Take God at His Word. 
Forgive as He forgave. 

Use the key in your hands. 
Your freedom is in your hands
Open the prison doors and go scot free. 
Why lock yourself in? 
Come out and be free. 
Release and be released. 
Why bind yourself? 
Why inflict much pain on yourself?

When your Saviour was falsely accused, 
beaten, battered and broken, bleeding, 
Villified and crucified, numbered amongst transgressors, He prayed: “Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do.”
He has given you the ability to forgive through His Spirit and the resurrection. 
The question is: Will you take it and use it? 
Why are you an enemy to yourself? 
Why would you hinder yourself? 
Why put a stumbling block on your path? 
Why drink poison and expect to live? 

Ephesians 4:31
“Lel  all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice:”

Ephesians 4:32
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Romans 12:14
“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”
Romans 12:17
“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
Romans 12:21
“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Matthew 6:12
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Luke 23:34
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

To be free or remain bound, the choice is yours. 
I set before you an open door: freedom or imprisonment.

Let Go and let God.

Fenny West
©2019

From Foe to a Friend ( by Fenny West)

From Foe to a Friend

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Life has its twists and turns. Edwin Stanton “twisted the knife”, calling Abraham Lincoln, “a long-armed creature”. How disparaging! But the President was presidential. With deep love and insight, he forgave. With amazing cords of love, Lincoln drew Stanton close. He repaid evil with good
So doing Stanton was disarmed, his heart warmed and was won. 

The fiend was turned into a friend and made a Stirling contribution to the administration of Lincoln. 
He was at his bedside all night when he lay dying, and whispered through tears as he passed to the other side: “Now he belongs to the ages.” 

What a twist and turn of life!

People who wrong us today may turn out to be our greatest friends tomorrow if we will forgive and restore them.

Through the fall of Adam, we all fell out of love with God. We were all born with the sinful nature of rebellion and disobedience. We became estranged, alienated from God. We became enemies. Adam was driven out of the garden. He lost fellowship with God. We were born in sin and therefore enemies of God. 
But we thank God, who in His boundless love and mercy hatch another plan to redeem us and make us friends again. This was made possible when Jesus left His majesty in Glory and came down to earth to die for us. The sinless became sin that we might become the righteousness of God. 
This was why Jesus told His disciples, 
John 15:13
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:15
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

Jesus did not come to make us Christians but disciples. A disciple is an imitator of Christ. We are to follow His example and delight in and do the Word of God. 
John 15:14
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

He also said, 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 [a]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, …( Matt5:43-44)

On the cross, He prayed for those who were torturing and crucifying Him, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke23:34

This is our example to follow. 

Has anyone disparaged, disdained you like Stanton did Lincoln. Take a leaf from Lincoln. Forgive and see beyond the ill. See them through the eyes of God. Pray,” Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do. Peter wrote,  “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1Pet4:8

 Paul wrote, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
Ephesians 4:31
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice:”
Ephesians 4:32
“And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Jesus taught His taught his disciples to pray, 
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
Matthew 6:12

When the mob seized Stephen because of his devotion to God and began to stone him as he preached, Stephen prayed for them before he died, Father, lay not this sin to their charge.” Acts7:60 How magnanimous! 
This is the example we should follow. 

Peter was one of the three disciples who were closest to Jesus. But he denied Jesus three times when it mattered most. And when this prophecy was fulfilled, Peter who had earlier bragged that he would never disown Jesus, wept bitterly. He was so disappointed that soon after the crucifixion, he went fishing, abandoning any hope to minister. He taught it was game over for him..

However, after the resurrection, Jesus came back and restored him. Three times he denied Jesus, three times He reassured Peter. 
You too can forgive and love and restore others. Love is patient and kind and keeps no record of wrongs. When you hold a grudge, you imprison yourself. You cannot move forward. It’s like drinking poison and expecting another person to die. 

Forgiveness frees you; it is for you. 
joseph forgave his brothers who hated him because of his dream and sold him into slavery. When he had the opportunity to pay them back with starvation when they wandered into Egypt in search of food, Joseph, who was now a Prime Minister, rewarded them with good.

He saw his position as a fulfillment of vision and purpose and invited the whole family to Egypt and settled them in the best of the land- Goshen.

11 There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty; for there are still five years of famine.” ’ Gen45:11

Later when Jacob died, his brothers were afraid that Joseph would turn against them. They begged for forgiveness.

“I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”

19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?

20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Gen50:17-20

You too can restore those who have hurt you.

Job did just that when he prayed for those miserable comforters who spoke ill of him when he was going through the mill. God rebuked them and told them to go to Job to pray for them. They went and Job prayed for them.

7    And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

8    Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

9    So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job.

10  And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job42:7-10

Notice that Job was restored as he restored others. God blessed him twice as much as before.

This is what awaits you as you open your heart and bless those who have cursed you, misused you or disdained you.

You too can turn that foe into a friend. Let them see Jesus in you. Do what He would do, because, as He is so you are.(1John4:17) You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you. (Phil4:13) Take the first step and reach out and God will make His grace abound toward you and you will turn that foe into a friend. 

Let us pray:
Father, I thank you for reconciling me to yourself. I was once an enemy but you forgave me when I came to Christ. You made the enemy a friend. 
I forgive those who have hurt me. I refuse to take it personally. I forgive them as you forgave me. 
I shall repay evil with good. And I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

You Can’t Change Your Past ( by Fenny West)

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You Can’t Change the Past

You can’t change the past

But you can stop its hold.

The blood dealt with your past.

To stop its stranglehold.

The past has come and gone

Why cry over spilt milk

Use it and be airborne

Yes saint use it as lift.

You can’t change the past

So stop looking back

It’s time to forget the past

And reach for what’s ahead.

Your best day is ahead

On the good news be fed

And you will be the head

Rise, now from your bed!

 

12   Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Phil3:12-14

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.2Cor.5:17

3     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Phil1:3-6

27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col1:27

30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption –Cor1:30

4Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

9     But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

1Pet2:4-5,9-10

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1John1:9

 

Bitterness Perpetuates Loneliness (by Rick Warren)

“The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them.” (2 Timothy 4:16 NLT)

The Bible gives us some guidelines for what we should do when we are going through a season of loneliness. They are illustrated in the life of Paul in 2 Timothy 4, when he was in prison and awaiting his execution.

Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:16, “The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them” (NLT).

Paul, the greatest Christian next to Jesus, was on trial in Rome, and not one person stepped forward to defend him. Not one! He was absolutely by himself. Nobody stepped forward to say, “This is a good guy. He’s alright.” Yet Paul did not say, “Those jerks — after all I’ve done for them all these years!” Instead, he said, “May it not be counted against them.” In other words, he was not going to let himself become bitter. Because bitterness always makes loneliness worse.

When you feel lonely, you need to minimize your hurt. You need to play it down and pray it up. Don’t rehearse it over and over in your mind. If you do, it just gets bigger and bigger and out of control. Refuse to become resentful, because bitterness will eat you up.

Bitterness and loneliness go together because they become a cycle. You become lonely. Then you start feeling bad about it and have a pity party. Then you become bitter. Your bitterness makes you even lonelier, which makes you more bitter. Soon, you’re a hardhearted, depressed person that nobody can get close to.

Nobody wants to be around a bitter person. Nobody wants to be around a cynic. Nobody wants to be around a person who is angry.

Your bitterness will only perpetuate your loneliness. That’s why, when you go through a season of loneliness, you have to minimize the hurt. Don’t build a wall around your life.

Talk It Over
• What is your natural reaction to loneliness?
• Who are the people in your life that you can reach out to when you are lonely?

The Son of Jesse

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The Son of Jesse

With mother not married

Yet with a destiny

impressive and varied.

 

Ushered a New Beginning

Not without much palaver

From insane Saul- the King

Who was as cruel as Lucifer.

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Beloved was his name

And his music so, so sweet

His Psalms brought him fame

Everywhere on every street.

 

Playing for deranged King Saul

Her was healed and refreshed

And even delivered tall

So much to be relieved and blessed.

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As a boy, Goliath felled

Turning on the light for Israel

In God’s secret place he dwelt

And so will his music forever sell.

 

 

When women’s silly songs

Made him Saul’s enemy

Brought him so much pain and wrong

Unexpected protracted acrimony.

 

Deliverer became a fugitive

In the camp of the Philistines

Yet he was able to forgive

When the King was netted in his inn.

 

The psalms and poems kept coming

In waves, in leaps and bounds

From his wilderness wanderings

Leaving and indelible endearing sound.

 

Then one day, Saul and son fell

And he wrote a sweet psalm for them

So deeply mournful, it went down well

God was his root and his stem.

 

Man after God’s own heart

Man sold out to God

Loving Him with all his heart

Wallowing daily in His word.

 

This was a man of courage

Man of great incredible faith

Started living for God at an young age

And went from strength to strength.

 

Absalom, his son usurped his throne

Sending dad fleeing, crest fallen

Disinherited by bone of his bone

With a payment for forgiveness given.

 

The usurper was caught by his hair

His beauty became his snare

Cutting himself off as an heir.

Many wee gobsmacked as they stared.

Dad wept bitterly for the lad

To the dismay of his henchmen

His deep sorrow made them feel bad

They felt like those trapped in a lion’s den.

 

 

When kings went to war

The King stayed at home

It was against the law

Soon his eyes began to roam.

 

Then he beheld beautiful Bathsheba bathing

Could not take his longing eyes away

Soon lust of the flesh and eyes were beckoning

And the man of God fell headlong, went astray.

 

 

God would not spare the King

Sent Prophet Nathan on an errand

It was a great task- very difficult thing

But the prophet followed God’s command.

 

 

 

The King was approached with wisdom

An allegory was his window of opportunity

And soon the repented of his whoredom

His sin he admitted and pleaded guilty.

 

 

Out came the psalm of contrition

Psalm fifty-one: against You, I have sinned

From this we learn a great lesson

None is immune from sin.

 

Solomon came soon after

A King with wisdom beyond compare

Also endowed with wealth like no other

Carried the baton like his father.

 

God is all-knowing and all-seeing

You can run but you can’t hide

But He is also forgiving

When we repent without pride.

 

 

 

He was a man of covenant

Understood the meaning of friendship

As forgiving as he was gallant

Even death did not end relationship.

 

Jonathan-his friend, he honoured

As Mephibosheth he restored

The cripple was elevated

Even though he was very surprised.

 

This man recycled men rejected

Into a formidable mighty army

His fighting spirit in them injected

And they routed every enemy.

 

He fell many, many times

But he sought the face of God

And God answered many, many times

In keeping with His word.

 

 

This man teaches us courage, devotion

Discipline, dexterity, leadership, contrition

Compassion, friendship, covenant knowledge

Repentance, honour, patience, faith, pledge

Love, wisdom, determination, boldness, kindness

Industry, creativity, diligence, focus and fear of God.

 

2 Samuel 23

1 Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:

 

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Once an Alien

 

Once an alien

Now a citizen

Once condemned

Now accepted

Once in darkness

Now in His brightness.

Once feeling rotten

Now forgiven and living.

Once dead in sin

Now alive in Him.

Once of the world

Now of the Lord.

 

20   For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

21   who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.Phil3:20-21

Romans 8: Free from Indwelling Sin

1     There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

2     For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom8:1-2

 11   Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.John17:11

13   He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

14   in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.Col1:13-14

 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.Eph2:12-13

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Restore Us, O Lord!

Isaiah 44:22

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee.

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Attentively observe THE INSTRUCTIVE SIMILITUDE: our sins are like a cloud. As clouds are of many shapes and shades, so are our transgressions. As clouds obscure the light of the sun, and darken the landscape beneath, so do our sins hide from us the light of Jehovah’s face, and cause us to sit in the shadow of death. They are earth-born things, and rise from the miry places of our nature; and when so collected that their measure is full, they threaten us with storm and tempest. Alas! that, unlike clouds, our sins yield us no genial showers, but rather threaten to deluge us with a fiery flood of destruction. O ye black clouds of sin, how can it be fair weather with our souls while ye remain? Let our joyful eye dwell upon THE NOTABLE ACT of divine mercy-“blotting out.” God Himself appears upon the scene, and in divine benignity, instead of manifesting His anger, reveals His grace: He at once and for ever effectually removes the mischief, not by blowing away the cloud, but by blotting it out from existence once for all. Against the justified man no sin remains, the great transaction of the cross has eternally removed His transgressions from him. On Calvary’s summit the great deed, by which the sin of all the chosen was for ever put away, was completely and effectually performed. Practically let us obey THE GRACIOUS COMMAND, “return unto me.”Why should pardoned sinners live at a distance from their God? If we have been forgiven all our sins, let no legal fear withhold us from the boldest access to our Lord. Let backslidings be bemoaned, but let us not persevere in them. To the greatest possible nearness of communion with the Lord, let us, in the power of the Holy Spirit, strive mightily to return. O Lord, this night restore us!

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