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Jan 13th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is ‘communion’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him.

Communion – an Inviting an Blessed Experience – Psalm 122

David was always glad when he had the opportunity of spending time with God in fellowship. He counted it as a priority in his life and was one of the outstanding reasons for his acceptance before God and success. It was when he was very young that he encountered God in looking after a flock of sheep and learned the art of worship, making melody to the Lord and developing his musical talent. There is no doubt that he drew great faith and encouragement in the Lord on those Judean hills. His life and life-style truly stands out to be emulated.

The book of psalms certainly endorses the fact and pays tribute to him in the collection of His songs which he sung to the Lord in communion. He loved the Tabernacle being present amongst Israel, knowing God was with him and His people. As communion and worship held its supreme position he sensed that all would go well as Jehovah was honoured by Him and the people. And it occurred!

You need to spend more time in personal and communal worship of the Lord. You lay a holy foundation in your own life an in the community when you diligently apply yourself to and congregate with others in this heavenly pursuit. Neglect of it brings poverty in spirit and life, so you cannot afford to lose out on your time spent with Him. Let it be a cause of intense gladness to gather with the saints and with HIM!

SACRED SONGS

The Lord’s My Shepherd

This has been one of the favourites of the Christian Church for ages. Psalm 23 was David’s composition of heart that was first sung on those Judean hills centuries ago. It is still good to know, Jehovah, the Ever Living and Present One is still around to fulfil Hi role of over-seeing and caring of His people. Make it a song that you sing out in faith to Him and let the powers of evil known you are wonderfully care for!
The first verse of the psalm as well as a long tradition ascribe authorship to King David, said in the Hebrew Scriptures to have been a field shepherd himself as a youth.

Psalm 23 is traditionally sung by Jews in Hebrew at the third Shabbat meal on Saturday afternoon. It is also sung during the Yizkor service. Sephardicand some Hassidic Jews also sing during Friday afternoon services and as part of the Sabbath night and day meals and before marital relations on Friday night. It is read at a cemetery funeral service instead of the traditional prayer during Jewish holiday

The standard Hebrew text of the Bible used in Judaism is the Masoretic text standardized between the 7th and 10th centuries CE.

For Christians the image of God as a shepherd evokes connections not only with David but with Jesus, described as “Good Shepherd” in the Gospel of John. The phrase about “the valley of the shadow of death” is often taken as an allusion to the eternal life given by Jesus.

Orthodox Christians typically include this Psalm in the prayers of preparation for receiving the Eucharist.

The Reformation inspired widespread efforts in western Europe to make biblical texts available in vernacular languages. One of the most popular early English versions was the Geneva Bible (1557). The most widely recognized version of the psalm in English today is undoubtedly the one drawn from the King James Bible (1611).

The psalm is a popular passage for memorization and is often used in sermons.

1/. The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me the quiet waters by.

2/. My soul he doth restore again; And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness, Even for his own Name’s sake.

3/. Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill;
For thou art with me; and thy rod And staff my comfort still.

4/. My table thou hast furnished In presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows.

5/. Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling place shall be.

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years – Simone Signoret

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A STARK CONTRAST – 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26

This chapter gives a stark contrast between the kings of the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Over a period of fifty years there was great upheaval in the northern part with frequent changes of royal dynasties as well as invasions from Syria, which proved very costly. There was much political intrigue, murder and deposition of the monarchs. No trust existed in this climate of constant decline and insecurity. This had a large detrimental effect on true worship and respect for God. Consequently people went there own spiritual way.

It was far different in Judah because the two kings, Uzziah and Jotham, father and son, were good rulers. The kingdom was blessed and grew strong in their reigns. Peace and security prevailed in Judah. Through Uzziah a tremendous amount of progress was made. The only sad blot was in Uzziah’s reign when he performed a priestly act outside his remit. He went into the temple to offer incense and was smitten with leprosy – see 2 Chronicles 26: 16. Pride became his downfall.

Lessons are to be learned from the comparisons of these two kingdoms. The contrasting paths and consequences of wickedness and righteousness reveal the wisdom of going with God and doing that which accords with His standards. The reign of righteousness in the life is that which creates and brings peace, security and true prosperity. It is important that you perceive and choose that which will bring the real and lasting advantages to your life. Following God’s ways will ensure that you meet His approval and receive His full benediction at all times.

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