We Glorify Our Lord

Godless fools say in their hearts,
“There is no Elohim.”
They are corrupt.
They do disgusting things.
There is no one who does good things.
Yahweh looks down from heaven on Adam’s descendants
to see if there is anyone who acts wisely,
if there is anyone who seeks help from Elohim.
Everyone has turned away.
Together they have become rotten to the core.
No one, not even one person, does good things.
Are all those troublemakers,
those who devour my people as if they were devouring food,
so ignorant that they do not call on Yahweh?
There they are—panic-stricken
because Elohim is with the person who is righteous.
They put the advice of oppressed people to shame
because Yahweh is their Machseh.

If only salvation for Israel would come from Zion!
When Yahweh restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob will rejoice.
Israel will be glad. (Psalm 14)

Going Up To Worship

Psalm 123
A song for going up to worship.

1 I look up to you,
to the one who sits enthroned in heaven.
2 As servants depend on their masters,
as a maid depends on her mistress,
so we depend on Yahweh our Elohim
until he has pity on us.
3 Have pity on us, O Yahweh.
Have pity on us
because we have suffered more than our share of contempt.
4 We have suffered more than our share of ridicule
from those who are carefree.
We have suffered more than our share of contempt
from those who are arrogant.
Psalm 124
A song by David for going up to worship.

1 “If Yahweh had not been on our side . . .”
(Israel should repeat this.)
2 “If Yahweh had not been on our side when people attacked us,
3 then they would have swallowed us alive
when their anger exploded against us.
4 Then the floodwaters would have swept us away.
An overflowing stream would have washed us away.
5 Then raging water would have washed us away.”

6 Thank Yahweh, who did not let them sink their teeth into us.
7 We escaped like a bird caught in a hunter’s trap.
The trap was broken, and we escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of Yahweh, the maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 125
A song for going up to worship.

1 Those who trust Yahweh are like Mount Zion,
which can never be shaken.
It remains firm forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so Yahweh surrounds his people now and forever.

3 A wicked ruler will not be allowed to govern
the land set aside for righteous people.
That is why righteous people do not use their power to do wrong.

4 Do good, O Yahweh, to those who are good,
to those whose motives are decent.
5 But when people become crooked,
Yahweh will lead them away with troublemakers.

Let there be peace in Israel!

Be Strong

God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment. ~2 Timothy 1:7

Real Love

Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words. ~1 John 3:18

So This is Love . . .

God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could have life through him ~1 John 4:9

The Greatest Commandment

Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind [Deuteronomy 6:5].’ This is the first and greatest command. And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself [Leviticus 19:18].’ ~Matthew 22:37-39

I Know The Plans . . .

I know the plans that I have for you, declares Yahweh. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will hear you. When you look for me, you will find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me, I will let you find me, declares Yahweh ~Jeremiah 29:11-13

Those who make evil plans will be ruined and wander aimlessly, but those who plan to do good will be loved and trusted. ~Proverbs 14:22

More About Love

The commandments, “Never commit adultery; never murder; never steal; never have wrong desires,” and every other commandment are summed up in this statement: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Love never does anything that is harmful to a neighbor. Therefore, love fulfills Moses’ Teachings ~Romans 13:9-10

The Secret of Relating

Whoever forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever keeps bringing up the issue separates the closest of friends ~Proverbs 17:9

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