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Psalm of the Day–Psalm 38

 

Psa 38:1

 

  A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Psa 38:2

 

  For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

Psa 38:3

 

  There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

Psa 38:4

 

  For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Psa 38:5

 

  My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

Psa 38:6

 

  I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

Psa 38:7

 

  For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

Psa 38:8

 

  I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

Psa 38:9

 

  Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

Psa 38:10

 

  My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

Psa 38:11

 

  My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

Psa 38:12

 

  They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

Psa 38:13

 

  But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Psa 38:14

 

  Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

Psa 38:15

 

  For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

Psa 38:16

 

  For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

Psa 38:17

 

  For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

Psa 38:18

 

  For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

Psa 38:19

 

  But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

Psa 38:20

 

  They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

Psa 38:21

 

  Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

Psa 38:22

 

  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

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Psalm of the Day–Psalm 24

 

Psa 24:1

 

 

A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psa 24:2

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Psa 24:3

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

Psa 24:4

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psa 24:5

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Psa 24:6

This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Psa 24:7

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psa 24:8

Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Psa 24:9

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psa 24:10

Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Rejection….

Rejection….

No one likes rejection, that feeling that you’re not good enough…

Or wanted…

Left out of the group…

Turned away….

Rejected….

Today for me was a hard one.  I watched as my children were rejected by a volunteer at the public library.  Oh, it wasn’t a major event.  The kids simply wanted to listen in at the story time, and the age range was where one of the kids’ reading level is.  The staff knew two of the three children and our family for years, but the volunteer for the story time didn’t, and had no clue of their special needs.

She turned all three children away.

She rejected my children, not allowing them to listen at story time in the open area of the public library.  She reasoned that their name wasn’t on a register and they didn’t have a nifty handwritten lanyard and name badge in official black Sharpie.

A friend saw my tears and tackled the problem after I packed all three children back into the car, one of them in tears not understanding why they weren’t allowed to simply sit quietly and listen along with the other children.  She got the problem resolved in minutes, Lord bless her!

But, no matter what words are said by anyone in the library now, the damage is done.  Trust is broken.  My children had been rejected.

Yes, this is a small matter, nothing major.  Place it in a line with past rejections where the children are concerned, and it hurts more than it should.  They’ve been rejected by noncustodial parents, by teachers, family members, friends, etc…this should have been miniscule.

When you’re a parent of special needs children, you experience rejectio a lot.  It’s like it comes part and parcel at times.  Sometimes it sparks anger, other times hurt.  You find rejection in many places, from doctor’s offices, school, parent groups, friends, camps, school activities, public areas, family, you name it.

Why so much??

Because the children aren’t “normal”.

Because our lives revolve around different goals and dreams and realitiesthan most others.

Because the children have different needs.

Because the children behave differently (more often than not, are actually better behaved than those around them).

Because they believe in Jesus and the Bible.

Rejection is a part of life, and there’s no way to always avoid it.  People will turn us away.  Does it make rejection easier?  No.

We may not always avoid rejection, but we can choose how we handle it.  We can choose grace or retaliation, walk away or fight.  When our children are the object of rejection, the notion to get even, “make them pay”, etc for hurts rises to the top.  Do we have to act on it?  No.

We can turn to Jesus.

Jesus said life wouldn’t be easy, but that He’d be with us.  (this is taken from the Abella unauthorized version).  He said we’d face persecutions, have things done to us, but He’d be there to comfort us.

Jesus knew of rejection.  He understands.  His own creation abandoned Him.  His own people rejected His message, His gift of salvation, His life.  Even God had to turn His back on Jesus at one point, on order for Jesus to take our punishment.  It broke God’s heart to have to reject His own Son.

If you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, He will never reject you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.

When others turn away, Jesus doesn’t.

If you’d like to have Jesus as your Savior….Read Here to learn how to receive the Gift of Salvation!

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Psalm of the Day–Psalm 23

 
 

Psa 23:1

 

 

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psa 23:2

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psa 23:3

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psa 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psa 23:5

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Psa 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Names of an Almighty God

 

Confession is an important part of maintaining a right relationship with God. 

Knowing who God’s many names also is important in knowing who He is, in knowing who you confess to.  

In a bible study by Pastor Fryer at Independent Bible Baptist Church, we look through the different names of God, and their importance in how we approach Him. 

Read Psalm 91, and notice the names of God used.

Psa 91:1

  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa 91:2

 

  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa 91:3

 

  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa 91:4

 

  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psa 91:5

 

  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Psa 91:6

 

  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Psa 91:7

 

  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Psa 91:8

 

  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psa 91:9

 

  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Psa 91:10

 

  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Psa 91:11

 

  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psa 91:12

 

  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psa 91:13

 

  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Psa 91:14

 

  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Psa 91:15

 

  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Psa 91:16

 

  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

El Elyon–In Psalm 91:1, the term  Most High reveals this name; strongest of all gods and the possessor of heaven and earth.  He helps win the daily battles in our life and is capable of arranging the most tedious of details in our live.

See Deut. 32:1-12, IISam. 22:4-20, Psalms 7:12, Psalms 47:1-9, Psalms 83:18, Dan. 4:17

El Shaddai–The term almighty reveals that He is THE all sufficient God.

See Genesis 17:1-6, Romans 4:20-21, Phil. 4:19, Psalms 57:1,  and Psalms 121:4

Yahweh–the term Lord in capitalized letters reveals His personal name Jehovah.  The word lord in lower case signifies Adonai–the master, the person in authority.  Yahweh signifies the God who is with you all the time.

See Exodus 3:12-14, Gen. 28:15, Ex. 33:14, Deut. 20:1, Isaiah 43:2, Matt. 18:20, Matt. 28:20.

Elohim–“My God”.  The term refers to the strong convenant keeping God as Creator.

See Neh 9:6, Job 26:7, Psalms 102:25, Heb. 11:3

There are other names of God which will help us focus on who He is and enable us to praise Him:

Jehovah Jireh–the God who provides.

Jehovah Shalom–the God who brings peace.

Jehovah Sabaoth–the God who brings spiritual help

Jehovah Rapha–the God who heals.

God’s names are revealed in our experiences with Him.  When was the last time He revealed Himself to you?

 

 

 

What Is Your Vision For Your Family Being Incorporated In The Church?

written by Pastor Jim Fryer, Independent Bible Baptist Church, Pittsburg, KS

Incorporating your family in the church begins with making sure that they are saved (Christians), and not running amuck in their spiritual life.   That means getting them here for every service to learn the procedure and the people of the church.

Getting them here for every service is probably the most important part of incorporating your child into the ministry of the local church.  In Sunday School they learn how to study the Bible, including the books of the Bible, and making friends who are their age.  In church they learn songs and hear lessons or messages that can and will change their lives.  Becoming incorporated into the different ministries of the church is of vital importance for young people, while learning vast knowledge of how to get along with others and learning the lessons that will make them capable to handle marriage, jobs, and life as a whole.

This is how important the church can be to a family who is struggling spiritually.  God has given you a great church here and a balanced Pastor who listens to problems and will give you the hard facts about what the Bible says for you to do about your problems.

Speak positively about the church, its members and its leaders including Sunday School teachers, Pastor, and even Wednesday night leaders.  It is important that your child does not see church as a “one hour a week” place to attend and “if I have time I’ll go” attitude.  God is more important.  You want to find your children able to make it in this society that we live in, you will not find refuge in the government, the school, the workd place, monetary value, but you will find it in the Lord Jesus, His church, and His Word.

Make these five things the greatest achievements that you or your family (wife included), can do:

Church attendance

Bible reading

Praying (individual and family)

Giving to the local assembly (gathering)

Witnessing (individual or corporately)

If you will come to church as a family, read the Bible as a family, pray as a family, give as a family, and witness in life, word, and deed as a family, God will bless the family.  Your children will be the second generation of Bible believing Christians that will give you grand children that are Bible believing and great grandchildren taht are Bible Believers.

–Jim Fryer

Psalm of the Day–Psalm 19

 

 

 

Psa 19:1

 

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

 

Psa 19:2

 

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

 

Psa 19:3

 

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

 

Psa 19:4

 

 

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Psa 19:5

 

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

 

Psa 19:6

 

His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

 

Psa 19:7

 

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

 

Psa 19:8

 

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

 

Psa 19:9

 

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

 

Psa 19:10

 

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

 

Psa 19:11

 

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

 

Psa 19:12

 

Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

 

Psa 19:13

 

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

 

Psa 19:14

 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.