God’s Mercy Chases Me

Today is Thursday (almost there), June 21, 2018. Day 22,015.

Today is the longest day of the year. Summer began at 5:07 this morning.

Thirteen days until July 4!

146 days until Fallout 76!

“Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.” ~ Bill Watterson, from Calvin and Hobbes, no doubt someone’s comment to Calvin. The Quotations Page

The word for today is summerize (no, I did not misspell “summarize”), “to prepare (a house, car, etc.) so as to counteract the hot weather of summer.” Also, “to protect in hot weather for future use.”

As noted, today is the first day of summer. The high for today, though, is “only” projected to be 99, here. It is supposed to reach 103 tomorrow. I’ve lived in Texas sixty-plus years, and I still loathe Texas summers. Summer is by far my least favorite season. What is my favorite season? Why thank you for asking! It is Fall, or Autumn, depending on what you prefer to call it.

The Red Sox dropped another game to the Twins, last night, 4-1, and dropped another game in the standings. With a 49-26 record, they are now two games behind the Yankees.

The Rangers won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Royals 3-2. Their record is now 32-44, but they remain eighteen games back, as the red hot Astros became the first team to win 50 games. The ‘Stros also passed the Red Sox in the overall MLB standings.

The Orioles remain the worst in baseball, but just by a skosh. The Royals are barely ahead of them.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

But you, O GOD my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me! 
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is stricken within me. 
I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust. 
My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt, with no fat. 
I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they wag their heads. 
Help me, O LORD my God! Save me according to your steadfast love! 
Let them know that this is your hand; you, O LORD, have done it! 
Let them curse, but you will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad! 
May my accusers be clothed with dishonor; may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak! 
With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. 
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Psalm 109:21-31

I believe this to be mostly a prayer of vindication. Far better, I think, to pray for God to vindicate me than to try to do it myself. Not that I am in need of vindication, at the moment, but there have been times in my life when someone above me, at work, didn’t believe I did enough. The problem is, they were either not aware of what I was doing, or it was not measurable, because it didn’t produce any statistics. When I pray to God to vindicate me, he takes care of me; I don’t have to worry about trying to defend myself. and because of that (and many other reasons), “With my mouth I will give threat thanks to the LORD; I will praise him in the midst of the throng.”

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. 
I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah. 
Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. 
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Psalm 143:5-8

A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23

The word in verse 6, that is translated “mercy,” is, I believe, chesed. This is a well-used Hebrew word in the Old Testament, often translated as “kindness” or “lovingkindness.” Here, it is translated, as most often, “mercy.” I have also read that the word “follow” might be better rendered as “pursue.” In fact, Eugene Peterson writes it this way:

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of GOD for the rest of my life. (Emphasis added)

So ponder this, today. The undying chesed, or mercy, of God doesn’t just follow after you. It chases you.

Perhaps we should not try to outrun his mercy.

Father, Psalm 23 gives me so much comfort. I confess that I have not meditated on this Psalm much, lately. I do need to get back to that. I am eternally grateful that your mercy follows, pursues, chases after me. Help me to not run from it. May I walk with you, in Christ, by the Spirit, in your kingdom, faithfully walking and working in the easy yoke of Jesus.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Grace and peace, friends.

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The Lord Is My Helper; What Can Man Do To Me?

Today is Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Day 22,014.

Fourteen days until July 4. Which falls on Wednesday, so we’ll get one day off in the middle of the week.

147 days until Fallout 76!

“That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.” Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894, BrainyQuote

The word for today is thigmotropism, “oriented growth of an organism in response to mechanical contact, as a plant tendril coiling around a string support.”

We got back to the Y, last night, so that was good. I rode the recumbent bike for a while. It’s good to start getting some movement again.

The Red Sox lost to the Twins, as the bullpen gave up four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Final score, 6-2. The Sox record is 49-25, and they are one game behind the Yankees in the AL East.

The Rangers won their fourth consecutive game, beating the Royals 4-1. Their record is now 31-44. They gained a game and are now eighteen games back in the AL West.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death. 
He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him! 
He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak into his body like water, like oil into his bones! 
May it be like a garment that he wraps around him, like a belt that he puts on every day! 
May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD, of those who speak evil against my life!

Psalm 109:16-20

If you’re keeping up with this, you remember yesterday’s prayers of the Psalmist, for all these bad things to happen to this person. Today, we find out why. So we see that, at least, the Psalmist had good reason for his negative feelings about this person.

Always remember that God cares for the poor and needy, the widows and orphans, the refugees. God is a God of love and compassion, as well as justice, and we, as his people, should have the same characteristics as him.

Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— 
no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

Psalm 91:9-10

I memorized these two verses, years ago. They became a great comfort to me, as did the whole chapter of Psalms. Is there a promise that, if I dwell in the Lord, nothing bad will ever happen to me? I choose to think that is not the case.

Probably because it all depends on your definition of bad. There is a strong sense, though, of God’s protection in these two verses. And I do believe that, because I have made the Lord my dwelling, that he has protected me from evil all these years. I believe that with all my heart. But what about people who did not have the same experience?

I am not wise enough to have all the answers, but I will hearken back to my statement at the beginning of the last paragraph. It all depends on your definition (and perspective) of what is bad. There are things that happen to humans that other humans decide are bad. But what if they were “good” in the eyes of the Lord? Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” The definition of “precious” is, “of high price or great value; very valuable or costly; highly esteemed for some spiritual, nonmaterial, or moral quality; dear; beloved.” All of those things sound pretty good to me.

My father made the Lord his dwelling and his refuge. Yet, he passed away because of a fall which resulted from a rare muscular disease that he had. Did “evil befall” him? We might be inclined to think so, but perhaps not. He was definitely uncomfortable in his last days, perhaps even in some pain. But I am 100% certain that he never took his eyes off of that prize. And I am certain that his death was precious in the Lord.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:6

And there it is, Father, in Hebrews 13:6. You are my helper; you are my strength; I will not fear; what can man to do me?
Even so, 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.

Such Knowledge Is Too Wonderful For Me

Today is Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Day 22,013. Juneteenth.

Fifteen days until July 4!

148 days until Fallout 76!

“I loathe the expression ‘What makes him tick.’ It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.” ~ James Thurber, 1894-1961, The Quotations Page

The word for today is turophile, “a connoisseur or lover of cheese.” I would think I qualify. I’m no connoisseur, but I certainly love cheese.

Not really a whole lot to write about on a personal level, this morning. The Rangers beat the Royals by the score of 6-3, and are on a three-game winning streak. Their record is 30-44, and they remain 19 games out in the AL West. The Red Sox did not play last night.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
Be not silent, O God of my praise! 
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. 
They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. 
In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. 
So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 
Appoint a wicked man against him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. 
When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin! 
May his days be few; may another take his office! 
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow! 
May his children wander about and beg, seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit! 
May the creditor seize all that he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil! 
Let there be none to extend kindness to him, nor any to pity his fatherless children! 
May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation! 
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out! 
Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth! 
For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death. 
He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him! 
He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak into his body like water, like oil into his bones! 
May it be like a garment that he wraps around him, like a belt that he puts on every day! 
May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD, of those who speak evil against my life!

Psalm 109:1-20

So this is in the Bible. And, while it must be here for a reason, I’m pretty sure I could never bring myself to pray this kind of thing against someone, no matter how badly I had been treated. But I think it is okay for us to vent to God. Tell him how you feel about things. He can handle it.

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 
You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. 
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. 
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. 
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. 
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 
If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. 
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! 
They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain. 
Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 
I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies. 
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Psalm 139

This Psalm was in my Bible reading plan for the day. This plan bounces around in the Psalms, depending on what the other portions for the day are. It has long been one of my favorites, as it speaks of the absolute, infinite knowledge that God has about us. It also speaks of his presence. Since he is everywhere, there is nowhere I can go that he is not. For some, this creates awkwardness, uncomfortableness, or even terror. For me, it is comfort.

Father, I do, indeed, praise you, for I am “fearfully and wonderfully made.” When I think about the human body, and the way it works, I am amazed. When I think about the fact that you are everywhere, all the time, my mind cannot take it in. “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.” Remind me of these things as I navigate the day ahead of me. There will be challenges; there will be pleasures; there will be joys. May they all reflect your presence in my life.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Grace and peace, friends.

Let Justice Roll

Today is Monday, June 18, 2018. Day 22,012.

Sixteen days until July 4!

149 days until Fallout 76!

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama, BrainyQuote

The word for today is jabberwocky, “meaningless speech or writing.” It makes me happy that this is the word of the day, because I am quite fond of Lewis Carroll’s poem by the same name. So much so, that I will share it with you!

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Yesterday was an awesome day! We had a great worship gathering, after which we stopped by Andy’s, a local frozen custard place. We got home, where I positioned myself in front of the TV and turned on the PS4 to play one of the new games I got for Father’s Day, Detroit: Become Human. C went out to do a little shopping. She cooked dinner somewhere between 4:00 and 5:00, steaks and mac and cheese, and we watched some TV while we ate. I also downloaded and installed the new music recording software on my laptop. It is Cubase Elements, also one of my Father’s Day gifts. I will hopefully try it out sometime this week.

The Red Sox beat the Mariners rather soundly by a score of 9-3, which, I believe was a split for the series. Their record is 49-24, and they are, once again, in the virtual tie with the Yankees, who lost to Tampa. Somehow, the Sox have played six more games than the Yankees, which is really messing with their standings. They have won more games than anyone in MLB, but are behind the Yankees by percentage, .687 to .671.

The Rangers had an exciting ninth inning to beat the Rockies 13-12. Their record is now 29-44, and they are still nineteen games back in the AL West. They are seeing a lot of good, young players get some action, though, such as the guy who hit the winning single in yesterday’s game, Jose Trevino, whose newborn son was in the stands at the game. It was his first Father’s Day. Can’t get much cooler than that. Except for maybe when they dumped the Gatorade on him.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

A Song. A Psalm of David.
My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being! 
Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! 
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! 
That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer me! 
God has promised in his holiness: “With exultation I will divide up Shechem and portion out the Valley of Succoth. 
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my scepter. 
Moab is my washbasin; upon Edom I cast my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.” 
Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 
Have you not rejected us, O God? You do not go out, O God, with our armies. 
Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! 
With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

Psalm 108

Way back in the “dark ages,” when choruses were just getting started and Hosanna! Integrity Music was in its beginning stages, there was a worship chorus written from this Psalm. It was called “Be Exalted, O God.” But no matter your circumstances, no matter who or what your foe is, “With God we shall do valiantly!”

Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.
Habakkuk 1:3-4
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5:14-15, 24

It’s not hard to see that there is rampant injustice in our world. If we are honest, there is much more in other countries than in our own, but there is plenty in our nation, as well. The thing is, marching, protesting, and social media rants really do not accomplish much. All of those things simply make us look like a bunch of whiners and complainers.

What does help is what the prophet Amos declared. “Seek good, and not evil, that you may life.” “Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate.” As far as we are able, we should seek good in our lives. We should always do the right thing, in all circumstances in our lives.

Simply put, if all the “Christians” in the world would live like Jesus and walk according to his words, much of the injustice that we see in the world would disappear. I’m not saying that it is our fault that there is injustice. What I’m saying is that if we would be obedient to Christ in our lives, things would be far better. But there will be evil until he returns. That we cannot eradicate. What we can do is walk as obediently as we can in our own little “kingdoms;” our own sphere of influence.

Father, help me to be just in all that I do today. Help me to seek good and not evil in all that I do today. Help me to walk in the words and actions of Jesus as I live my life today. And help me to be aware of your presence at all times.
Even so, 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.

Tell of His Deeds in Joyful Songs!

Today is Friday, June 15, 2018. Day 22,009.

Two more days until Father’s Day!

152 days until Fallout 76!

“Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard, 1813-1855, BrainyQuote

The word for today is ampullosity, “Swollen or pretentious inanity; turgidity of language, bombast.” It should be noted that this word was not found in either Merriam-Webster or Dictionary.com. It came from the Oxford English Dictionary.

We finally made it to Friday!!

Plans for the weekend: Get a couple (at least) new tires for my RX-350. Go to Pappadeaux’s for lunch on Saturday. C wants to finish painting the house. Play games. Go to worship gathering Sunday morning. That’s about it.

The Red Sox beat the Mariners 2-1 to improve their record to 48-22. I think they’re in first place by a game, but it’s hard to tell from the way the MLB displays the standings.

The Rangers did not play last night. They begin a series with Colorado tonight.

The Orioles still have not won twenty games.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; 
they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. 
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

Psalm 107:17-22

This group of people was not so much rebellious as simply foolish in their “sinful ways.” But it was because of their iniquities that they suffered afflictions. It’s not necessarily that God “punished” them, though. Sometimes are foolish ways have dreadful consequences.

Still, when they cried out to God, he delivered them, “sent out his word and healed them.” How gracious and glorious is our God! We should indeed, offer “sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!”

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Pro 31:9  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:8-9

Father, I have been foolish many times in my life. The “afflictions” that I suffered for my foolishness were seldom if ever physical, yet they could still be called afflictions. And true to your faithfulness, when I cried out to you, you delivered me. It is hard to measure how far you have brought me in my life, just as it is hard to measure how far I could have gone, had I not been foolish so many times in my life. It is, of course, pointless to be concerned with the latter. Thank you, Lord, for your faithful deliverance. Guard me against being foolish and sinful.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Grace and peace, friends.

Good Things

Today is Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Day 22,007.

Four days until Father’s Day!

154 days until Fallout 76 releases.

And, for the record, if the Lord says so, too, in four months, we will be enjoying the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston.

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” ~ Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, BrainyQuote

The word for today is antigodlin, “lopsided or at an angle; out of alignment.” I bet you thought it had something to do with being an atheist.

We went back to the Y, last night! I spent thirty minutes riding the recumbent bike, and the only pain I had was in my lower legs, afterward, just from the muscle usage. The back didn’t bother me, at least not any more than it has been, lately. I believe we will try to go back tonight.

The Red Sox beat the the Orioles by the score of 6-4, to improve their record to 46-22. Unfortunately, the Yankees also beat the Nationals, so they remain in a virtual tie in the AL East. The Yankees remain the only team that has not yet lost 20 games! And the Orioles remain the only team that has not yet won 20 games! I can’t help but wonder if Buck’s days are numbered.

The Rangers lost badly to the Dodgers, 12-5. Their record is 27-42, and they are 17 games behind the Mariners.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble 
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; 
hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 
He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. 
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

Psalm 107:1-9

I’m a fan of this Psalm, as it goes through a number of groups who dry out to God and are delivered. But it begins with a great praise, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Yes, he is good. Even when things aren’t going the way I think they should, the Lord is good! And verse 9 is beautiful and true. He does, indeed, satisfy the longing soul, filling the hungry soul with “good things.”

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
Proverbs 26:1

Father, I praise you for your goodness; that which satisfies our longing souls and fills our hungry souls with good things. Satisfy my soul today. Rather, perhaps, I should pray, cause my soul to be satisfied with what you have provided. Let me be aware of that steadfast love today, and be grateful for it all day long! Show me your presence today; open my eyes that I might see your goodness all around me!
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

Grace and peace, friends.

Wisdom and Knowledge

Today is Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Day 22,006.

Five days until Father’s Day!

155 days until Fallout 76.

“Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime.” ~ Red Skelton, 1913-1997, BrainyQuote

The word for today is blamestorming, “the process of assigning blame for an outcome or situation.”

We were planning to go to the Y last night. I was planning to try working out on the recumbent bike, as I felt it would be less strain on my back, since it doesn’t involve standing or walking. However, C was felling really tired, yesterday, as she spent the whole weekend painting the inside of the house. So we will try again tonight.

It took them twelve innings, but the Red Sox beat the Orioles 2-0. Lots of zeros in that box score. This puts the Red Sox record at 45-22. The Yanks didn’t play, so they are in a virtual tie for first place in the AL East, with the Yankees .017 percentage points ahead. The Sox play the Orioles again tonight.

The Rangers did not play last night. But they lost half a game, because Seattle played and won. So the Rangers are 16 games out in the AL West. Sadly, they are eight games behind the fourth place team, which is Oakland.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage; 
he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. 
Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. 
Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity. 
Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. 
For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love. 
He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive. 
Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. 
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD!

Psalm 106:40-48

The important thing, I believe, to see in this passage is that, no matter how many times the people were rebellious and incurred the wrath of the Lord, he always heard their cries of desperation and delivered them. This is good for us to know. Our God is, as he says, slow to anger. He is a jealous God, but he is also loving and compassionate. And when we rebel to the point that he allows bad things to happen to us, he will always hear our cries of distress and deliver us. Always.

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Proverbs 23:3-4

This Proverbs passage is displayed in multiple places in our home.

Father, I pray for wisdom. I pray for knowledge. I pray for the wisdom and knowledge that will build a house and establish it, and fill its rooms with “all precious and pleasant riches.” But the kind of “knowledge” I pray for is not book knowledge. I don’t just pray to know the text of your Word, although I do want to know it. I pray to know you, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit. I pray for intimate knowledge of you. May I walk in your kingdom today, knowing that you are with me, that you and your love surround me. Remind me today that I, and all who follow Christ, are your beloved.
Even so, 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.