welcome to this christian website

Dec 29th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

It was Joseph who spoke out these words from the depth of the experiences he had in his life –‘GOD WILL VISIT YOU’ – Genesis 50:24. God’s people were to expect His invention in the coming days. Joseph had been very successful in managing Egypt’s economy through very good and bad seasons. Everything had gone amazingly well for him but he did not forget where his real roots were. He had been born into a family that were destined to be the people of God and this was what concerned him above all else. (And so have you!). All that Egypt could offer in terms of position, programme and prosperity was nothing to what God had in mind for Israel. The passage of time and success had not eroded the things that truly mattered to him above all else. He had managed to keep spiritually alert and his mind divinely focused. So this year the LORD would fill you with faith and anticipation as to something of significant movement and blessing that is to be life-changing!

SACRED SONGS

I’ll Praise my Maker while I’ve breath

This is a hymn that makes me feel swell and good in relation to God.especially when singing the words. The words and tune are great and give a true impression of Him in all His love, grace and goodness. In recalling it, when remembers the times one has been spiritually stirred and animated as the knowledge of Him is sense.

Isaac Watts is often called the “Father of English Hymnody.”

Watts (1674-1748) was not the first person to write hymns, but he was the first English-language poet who produced a significant number of hymns of high quality.

In the 18th century, hymns could be distinguished from metrical psalms. During the time of Watts, congregational song was dominated by strict metrical versions of the Psalms. For example, compare “All People That on Earth Do Dwell” (1561), William Kethe’s metrical version of Psalm 100, to the translation found in the King James Version. The similarities of language are striking for Kethe’s metrical rendition, the oldest continuously sung congregational song in North America.

Watts wanted to break the stranglehold of metrical psalms on congregational singing. To facilitate this he composed psalm paraphrases that were freer in their relationship to the original psalm and, in addition, “hymns of human composure”—freely composed hymns such as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

“I’ll Praise My Maker” is Watts’ paraphrase of Psalm 146. It was originally entitled “Praise to God for his Goodness and Truth” and published in his famous Psalms of David, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament (1719).

John Wesley played a prominent role in preserving this hymn as we know it today, slightly adapting four of the six original stanzas. Wesley strengthened Watts’ first line of the hymn which originally read, “I’ll praise my Maker with my breath.”

1/.  I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath; and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne’er be past, while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

2/.  Happy are they whose hopes rely on Israel’s God, who made the sky
and earth and seas, with all their train;
whose truth for ever stands secure, who saves th’oppressed and feeds the poor,
for none shall find God’s promise vain.

3/. The Lord pours eyesight on the blind; the Lord supports the fainting mind
and sends the labouring conscience peace.
God helps the stranger in distress, the widow and the fatherless,
and grants the prisoner sweet release.

4/. I’ll praise my God who lends me breath; and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne’er be past,while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures..

QUOTES TO NOTE – FORGIVENESS

We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges – T. D. Jakes

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN HUMBLING EXPERIENCE – 2 Kings 5: 7-19

As Naaman set out to experience a miracle he did not realize what a humbling process he would have to pass through. It would prove rather a difficult route. The king of Israel when approached was not too cooperative and could only envisage the possibility of war. When the captain arrived to see the prophet he was somewhat dismayed and angry because he did not act according to his pre-set notions. He was none too pleased that the servant of God did not come out to even recognize him. What the man of God declared to receive a cure was not acceptable. This leading soldier had a problem of pride as well as leprosy and this needed attention first.

Thankfully he was made to see sense by his own servants and was prepared to follow through the directions. It was a humbling procedure but it worked and he obtained his deliverance. Far better to be humbled and have the curse of the disease removed than be humbled continually by its presence and ignominy. He learned his lesson that day and came to believe in and acknowledge Israel’s God and servant. As Elisha stated: “he will learn that there is a true prophet of God in Israel” – v8. What joy the captive maid must have experienced on his return!

Many do not experience the things that God wills to give them not only through the lack of faith but because of the existence of pride. This evil is worse than a disease; in fact it is a sinful disease. It prevents countless numbers from enjoying God’s forgiveness and favour, His healing, direction, provision etc. Possibly the hold up in your life to knowing God’s grace and power is due to it. Be prepared to be humbled.

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