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NATIONAL REPENTANCE MUST BEGIN IMMEDIATELY

Though the following Psalm obviously applies to ancient Israel, there are many parallels within it which relate to our present. Seek the Lord.

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PSALM 106: Israel’s Rebelliousness and the Lord’s Deliverances

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Praise the Lord!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

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Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord,

Or can show forth all His praise?

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How blessed are those who keep justice,

Who practice righteousness at all times!

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Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people;

Visit me with Your salvation,

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That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,

That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,

That I may glory with Your inheritance.

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We have sinned like our fathers,

We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.

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Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;

They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses,

But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.

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Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His Name,

That He might make His power known.

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Thus He rebuked the Red Sea and it dried up,

And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness.

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So He saved them from the hand of the one who hated them,

And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

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The waters covered their adversaries;

Not one of them was left.

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Then they believed His words;

They sang His praise.

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They quickly forgot His works;

They did not wait for His counsel,

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But craved intensely in the wilderness,

And tempted God in the desert.

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So He gave them their request,

But sent a wasting disease among them.

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When they became envious of Moses in the camp,

And of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,

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The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,

And engulfed the company of Abiram.

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And a fire blazed up in their company;

The flame consumed the wicked.

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They made a calf in Horeb

And worshiped a molten image.

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Thus they exchanged their glory

For the image of an ox that eats grass.

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They forgot God their Savior,

Who had done great things in Egypt,

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Wonders in the land of Ham

And awesome things by the Red Sea.

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Therefore He said that He would destroy them,

Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him,

To turn away His wrath from destroying them.

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Then they despised the pleasant land;

They did not believe in His word,

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But grumbled in their tents;

They did not listen to the voice of the Lord.

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Therefore He swore to them

That He would cast them down in the wilderness,

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And that He would cast their seed among the nations

And scatter them in the lands.

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They joined themselves also to Baal-peor,

And ate sacrifices offered to the dead.

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Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds,

And the plague broke out among them.

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Then Phinehas stood up and interposed,

And so the plague was stayed.

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And it was reckoned to him for righteousness,

To all generations forever.

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They also provoked Him to wrath at the waters of Meribah,

So that it went hard with Moses on their account;

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Because they were rebellious against His Spirit,

He spoke rashly with his lips.

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They did not destroy the peoples,

As the Lord commanded them,

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But they mingled with the nations

And learned their practices,

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And served their idols,

Which became a snare to them.

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They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,

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And shed innocent blood,

The blood of their sons and their daughters,

Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;

And the land was polluted with the blood.

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Thus they became unclean in their practices,

And played the harlot in their deeds.

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Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against His people

And He abhorred His inheritance.

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Then He gave them into the hand of the nations,

And those who hated them ruled over them.

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Their enemies also oppressed them,

And they were subdued under their power.

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Many times He would deliver them;

They, however, were rebellious in their counsel,

And so sank down in their iniquity.

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Nevertheless He looked upon their distress

When He heard their cry;

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And He remembered His covenant for their sake,

And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.

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He also made them objects of compassion

In the presence of all their captors.

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Save us, O Lord our God,

And gather us from among the nations,

To give thanks to Your holy name

And glory in Your praise.

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Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

From everlasting even to everlasting.

And let all the people say, “Amen.”

Praise the Lord! [1]


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

SING FOR JOY

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       Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright.

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         Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.

         Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.

         For the word of the LORD is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.

         He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.

         By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.

         He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses.

         Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

         For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

         The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.

         The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.

         Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

         The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men;

         From His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,

         He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.

         The king is not saved by a mighty army; a warrior is not delivered by great strength.

         A horse is a false hope for victory; nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

         Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness,

         To deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine.

         Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

         For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name.

         Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.

[Psalm 33:1-22][1]


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Attitude of Gratitude

         We have much to be thankful for. We are blessed. But we must reserve our greatest thanks for the Lord Jesus. With Him all things are possible!

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THE CHILDREN

         And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them. [Mark 10:13-16]

THE WEALTHY POSSESSED BY POSSESSIONS

         As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.”

         Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” [Mark 10:17-23]

THE CHILDREN NOT POSSESSED BY POSSESSIONS

         The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

         Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.” [Mark 10:24-31]

         Please note that when the Lord taught to give to the poor He was referring to the humble poor and never those demanding a handout. If they beg it is only because they are trying to survive and it’s the only thing they know to do. They would rather never have to ask for help. Many never do. They want to be successful. They want to work and be productive.

         There were many poor in the Lord’s day. There was one man who was lame from birth and could not work. He was over forty years old. The only thing he knew to do to survive was beg for alms. Many people had given him alms during his life or he would never have survived. But when Peter and John, who knew this man, after Pentecost, approached him yet again, they did not offer money, because they had none. Instead, they gave the man what he had always wanted—to be whole, to be productive, the serve the Lord the best way possible, and to excel. How do we know this? Look at his attitude after he received his long sought miracle:

         Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.

         When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.

         With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God; and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. [Acts 10:1-10] [1]

         This man had an attitude of gratitude. He was faithful. He waited for his miracle for over forty years. When he at last received it he gave the Lord all the glory! Imagine how many children entered into the kingdom as a result of this man’s faithfulness, obedience, and thankful attitude. Good job!

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

         Be thankful for all you have received.

         Be thankful for all you are going to receive.

         Be thankful for the One who gave it all for you.

         © 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.