“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” – Oscar Wilde
Today’s word of the day, from the Oxford English Dictionary, is philodox, “A person who loves or vehemently propounds his or her own opinions; a dogmatic or argumentative person.” Man, I really used to be a philodox. I still have opinions (who doesn’t?) but I’m not nearly as dogmatic and argumentative as I used to be. Grace had a lot to do with that.
Today is Garlic Day. I love garlic. Good thing I’m not a vampire.
Band practice went pretty well last night. We played a lot, as we went through all of the concert music. It should be a good concert. There’s a wide variety of music. It will be Saturday at 5:30, in the gazebo at Southlake Town Center, during the Art in the Square event.
I still haven’t decided if I am going to Mineral Wells tonight or tomorrow morning. My mother’s radiation appointment is (I think) 9:15, so I would have time to get up at the usual time and get to her house in time to take her to Weatherford by 8:30. I’ll probably decide while I’m on the way home from work, this evening.
Christi’s going to the USBC Convention in Las Vegas, next week, leaving Tuesday afternoon, so I may not go to band practice next Monday night. She will be gone until Friday night.
(From Praying With the Psalms)
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
From the same tear ducts come both tears of joy and repentance. When we fall on our knees, contrite before God, it is not in a fearful way, as an abused animal might cower before its owner, “but an honest openness that is confident of mercy. Penitence and praise are integrated in a single act of devotion.”
“‘Broken, humbled to the dust by Thy wrath and judgment just, let my contrite heart rejoice and in gladness hear Thy voice; from my sins O hide Thy face, blot them out in boundless grace’ (“God, Be Merciful to Me,’ The Psalter, 1912). Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
“Is It Not in the Least Likely?”
for Joab had supported Adonijah although he had not supported Absalom
1 Kings 2:28
Even though Joab had passed the bigger test by not turning to Absalom during Absalom’s play for David’s kingdom, he still turned to and supported Adonijah. “Always remain alert to the fact that where one man has gone back is exactly where anyone may go back.” What does that mean? It means, don’t think that just because you made it through the “big crisis,” you are now safe from all of the smaller ones.
“Don’t forecast where the temptation will come, it is the least likely thing that is the peril.” Remain alert to what may come after a great spiritual battle. “Keep your memory bright before God.” Beware of “unguarded strength” that can become “double weakness.” Make note that the “Bible characters fell on their strong points, never on their weak ones.”
Father, keep me aware of these things, as I know full well that the enemy’s temptations come hard after a spiritual victory. Help me to keep my “memory bright before God.” Don’t let me fall prey to “unguarded strength,” but keep me always on my spiritual toes, looking out for the least likely thing to cause me struggle.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.