The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. Ecclesiastes 12:11-13 NASB
God uses wise people to prod others to seek Him. He is the master of their works. Hopefully this is true. There are many Christian writers out there.
Christian books everywhere. “The writing of many books is endless”. Have you ever stood in a Christian Bookstore and gazed at book after book after book and feel exhausted in your search?
How do you know what book to choose?
Solomon advises: “fear God and keep His commandments”. Why? Because they apply to all people. A book that I read may be just what I need but it will not be what you need. The Bible is what we all need. It is written for all people.
The Bible should also be first choice so that in the reading of other books you have discernment as to what is truth. Just because a book is labeled “Christian” does not mean that it holds to the truth of the word of God.
Bottom line, “fear God and keep His commandments”. If you’re not reading the Bible you don’t know His commandments nor the God who wrote it.
🌹Make daily reading and meditation upon the Word of God a priority. You will not be disappointed.
I have really enjoyed meandering in Psalm 145 (again) this week. God speaks through His word. Are you reading and listening? Do you believe what it says? Are you being obedient?
God is our provider. This week (January 11, 2008), due to a miscalculation of mine, the bank account was a little short. I still had two outstanding obligations due in so I was short $15.24 and we had gone out to eat adding an additional $9.81 to that amount. Well, needless to say, my God knew three weeks ago that we would be in this predicament, so He sent $25.00 in the mail that day. Joe was to preach on December 23 but due to snow, services were canceled. The church was gracious and sent a check anyway. God is awesome!! He is alive and working in my life. I hope you see Him working in yours.
The Lord sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds. Psalms 145:14-17 NASB
Praise be to God Almighty, provider of and to His creation!
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power; To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever. Psalm 145:5-7, 11-12, 21 NASB
When you focus on Jesus you can’t help but overflow with obedience to Him. You long to tell the story of a King who humbled Himself and came to earth to live amongst His creation and then in obedience to the Father, He died on the cross. And the Father raised Him to His rightful place, back upon His throne.
Let us not forget that Jesus is still on His throne today and He deserves our focus of praise and our obedience to tell the world that He lives.
I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Psalms 145:1-2 NASB
David made a commitment to bless and praise our Lord’s name everyday forever and ever. Are you familiar with David’s life? It wasn’t a bed of roses. He spent many years running from a king who wanted him dead, suffered the loss of two sons, made some poor choices in his life and yet he is going to praise God daily!?
Why? Because He is God.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalms 145:13 NASB
Do you have any reason not to praise and bless our Lord today? Tomorrow? Forever?
🌹Focus your praise on Him starting today. It will change your perspective, disposition, and attitude.
Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 For the sake of Your name, O Lord, revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble. 12 And in Your lovingkindness, cut off my enemies And destroy all those who afflict my soul, For I am Your servant. — Psalm 143:10-12
You are my God and I am your servant. Teach me Your will. Lead me. Revive me. Protect me. All for the sake of Your name. Your glory. Your will. Your purpose. Your righteousness. Your lovingkindness.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.