As Far As the East Is From the West

Today is Sunday, July 31, 2016. 19 days until S turns 23! Last day of July.

Quote of the Day

“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.” – Billy Graham

Word of the Day

Polyphonic – consisting of many voices or sounds. Or, in music, “a) having two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody, but all harmonizing; contrapuntal (opposed to homophonic). b) pertaining to music of this kind. c) capable of producing more than one tone at a time, as an organ or a harp.”

Today is Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day. And to celebrate this day, I give you . . . the nyckelharpa!

We are getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. We worship with The Exchange, which meets at 10:15, at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N Beach St., Fort Worth, TX. If you are in the area, please join us!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
Psalm 103:6-18

When we experience forgiveness, it prompts praise within us. “In forgiveness our sins are personally confronted, not impersonally condemned.” While we experience the severity of our Father, we also experience his grace.

“Merciful Father, I used to try to hide my true self from you, assuming that if you knew all about me you would necessarily condemn me. Now I know that your knowledge is gracious and that deception is futile. Come to me with just the right mixture of severity and kindness. Judge me and save me, both at the same time, in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Father, I am so grateful for this forgiveness, and the fact that you do not impersonally condemn us for our sins. I have long rejoiced over the words of this Psalm, especially that particular verse that tells us that you have removed our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west, which is an infinite distance! Hallelujah!

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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