“He Loves Me”

There are verses in the Bible that when we read them, we ask (probably to ourselves), “Why in the world is he saying that?”  One such verse, in my opinion, is when Paul tells Titus to …teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands(Titus 2:3-4, NIV).  It puzzles us because we are nearly 2000 years removed from that time, and because we live in an age when the courtship and marriage traditions are completely different.

Often we read that verse, and we may think — that they shouldn’t have to be taught to love their husbands, that’s why they got married in the first place.  Of course, we then stop and think that their marriages were arranged by their parents, and that the couple that got married may have barely known each other.

I don’t know enough history to be able to tell you when the customs changed to the present system.  I’m pretty sure that there are still places in our world, where the marriages are still arranged by the parents.  If the truth were told, I think that there are arguments that can be made for the strength of either system.  BUT, we live in a society where people are guaranteed the right to pursue happiness, and we will never go back to arranged marriages.

One of the problems with the way that our society goes about choosing a mate — is that as a suitor, parent, grandparent, sibling, or just a caring individual; we have to endure the pain of broken hearts of rejected individuals.  Rejection is a terrible feeling.  Individuals become convinced that this is the one for them, but the one being pursued is not convinced of that.  Breaking up has become a phrase that we hate to here, especially from those around us that we care about.

Sometimes, I believe that in our relationship with God, we pursue Him as we would a “romantic” interest.  We have convinced ourselves that we have to do everything that we can do, to convince God to love us, or “earn” his love.  That the love of God is as fickle as that of in the relationship of a teenager.

Read very carefully what the psalmist has to say:  Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!  (Psalm 66:20, NIV)

It is entirely possible that we need to go back and “re-study” the love of God.  We would learn that He loved us before He created the world; that He loved us when He chose Abraham to be the father of the faithful; that He loved us when He made a great nation of Israel; that He loved us when He sent Jesus; that He loves us now; and, will continue to love us!

I believe that Scripture teaches that I can love myself and my wants, more than I love God.  That I can choose not to love God, and never have the relationship with Him that He desires.  That I can allow my desires to supersede His place in my life, and walk away from my relationship with Him.  I also believe that Scripture teaches that my relationship with God will never be broken, because He quit loving Me.  Peace.

 

(This was first posted on Facebook on June 7, 2016.  A few minor changes in the text have been made, and it is being re-posted here as a part of our “Psalms for Saturday”.  It is my prayer that it will be a blessing to you.  Bill)

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“Why I Believe”

Faith is one of those subjects that has always been of great interest to me.  Why do some people have faith?  Why do others reject faith?  I suppose from a Biblical standpoint, the question is — What is the difference in the soil on the path, and the good soil; as mentioned in the parable that Jesus told in Luke 8?

When this argument has manifested itself in our world, there have often been lots of harsh charges and accusations from both sides.  I’m not interested in an argument, or even verbal jousting with those that differ; but I do want to mention what I see and believe.

Faith in Jehovah God has never been difficult for me.  There seems to have always been times when living that faith was difficult — but not hard to have.  Everything that I see, persuades me concerning the things that I don’t see.  I am sure that the environment, and the atmosphere, where I was raised made that possible.  Just as I am sure, that the environment were others were raised make it difficult.

I am convinced that the difference in the good soil and the bad soil in Luke 8; is that those represented by the good soil WANT to believe; and those represented by the bad soil (path) represents those who DON’T WANT to believe.  There could be a lot of reasons for not want to believe — not wanting to change a lifestyle, wanting to do certain things without feeling guilty, the attitude and behavior of those claiming to have faith, the testimony of unbelievers (that are regarded as exceptionally smart), the inability to accept anything that you can’t understand, explain, or duplicate, and a litany of other matters.

I will gladly confess that I WANT TO BELIEVE!  I want to believe that there is a God that loves me.  That everything that He has ever done has been for my benefit and blessing.  That He created me (and everyone else) that we might have a loving relationship.  That He wants me to be free from the guilt of failing to live in the love of that relationship.  That He was willing to give His Son to pay a ransom that I could not pay myself.  That He want to have a good life now, and an abundant life later.  That because of all of that, I don’t have to fear death, and, that there is a life with Him in eternity.  That the life with Him in eternity is free from sorrow, pain, disease, death, and grief.  Everything within me wants to believe that!

The question that is there, that everyone must answer is; if I choose to believe, and I am wrong, what has it cost me?  The temporary pleasure of indulging in sin, some intellectual freedom that I believe that I should have, or something else along those lines.  BUT, if I choose to believe, I have been given a peace in knowing that an eternal God cares about me, the love of a church family that wants what is best for me, and the hope that this world is not the end (or the best that there is).

So, the opposite side of the question has to be asked:  If those that choose not to believe are wrong, what has it cost them?

I recognize that religion, under the guise of Christianity, has done things over the centuries ( and still do) that are repulsive to our standards of what is right, wrong, decent, and fair.  But that is not the fault of God, or faith!  It is the fault of sinful men trying to live that faith according to their own wants and desires.  It is sort of like American politics of the 21st century:  probably, the way that things are being done, are no where near what the founding fathers had in mind.

May the Father above, help His people to make the God of the Bible, the Gospel, and faith attractive.  May they present the beauty of it, so that all may WANT to believe.  Peace.

“Confidence from God”

One day last week I was listening to one of the local sports talk radio show, and, as to be expected this time of the year, they were talking about the upcoming Razorback football season.  The discussion turned to the wide receivers, who are expected to be one of the strengths of this years’ team.

The question was asked of the hosts of the show, if they thought one particular receiver would have the opportunity to play at the next level.  They did the standard discussion about how difficult it was, the talent level of the NFL, and the challenges that would be presented.  Then one of the hosts made this statement, “I may not have the confidence that he can play at that level — BUT, I guarantee you that HE does not have one doubt that he can!” (NOTE:  This was written about 18 months ago, and since that time that particular player had graduated and was not selected in the NFL draft.  BUT, he did get signed by an NFL team for camp, and made the practice squad)

Confidence!  That is really an intriguing subject.  Sometimes, we can get turned off by someone that has way too much.  Then, there are those times, when we someone fail because they did not have enough confidence.

In my reading this morning (Psalms 27-32), throughout those individual psalms (all written by David) there was a theme of the confidence that David had in his relationship with God.  Listen to just a few things that he says:

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid.  (Psalm 27:1, NIV)

Though an army beseige me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.  (Psalms 27:3, NIV)

I am still confident of this:  I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  (Psalm 27:13, NIV)

As those words were soaking in, I have to admit that I wondered if I had that kind of confidence in my relationship with the Lord.  All too often, doubt and fear characterize my ability to do what I need to do, and be what I need to be!  But the Father knows my needs, and He helped me to understand HOW I could be confident.

The Lord is the strength of his people, … (Psalm 28:8, NIV)

The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.  (Psalm 29:11, NIV)

But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God. My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.”  (Psalm 31:14-15, NIV)

Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.  (Psalm 32:10, NIV)

I can have confidence in my relationship with God!!! But not because of who I am, my inherent strength, or my ability — BUT because I serve a great God who is my strength, gives me strength, and who power and unfailing love surround me!  Peace.

This was first posted on Facebook, May 31, 2016.  It is being updated, edited, and re-posted here as a part of our “Psalms for Saturday.”  It is my prayer that it will be a blessing for you.  Bill.)

 

“David and his Prayers”

Many of you, that are reading this devotional this morning, have sat in my Bible classes.  If so, you probably have heard me say as we looked at a letter written by the apostle Paul — I sure would like to have seen his prayer list.  It seems as if in every letter Paul lists a number of people that he is praying for, and the things that he asks for that particular church.  Studying the prayers of Paul, and the lists of people that he is praying for, is a fascinating study.

One of the most enlightening aspects of reading the Psalms, is to be able to read the prayers of the people, particularly David.  The whole spectrum of human emotion can be found in the prayers of David — praising an awesome God, pleading for direction in his life, lamenting his present condition, anger at the enemies trying to kill him, impatience with God for leaving him in the situation, asking for forgiveness for his stupid mistakes, expressing confidence in God to get him through the difficulties he faces, and everything else in between.  Eugene Petersen once said, Everything that a person can possibly feel, experience, and say is brought into expression before God in the Psalms.  Amen?

David was not perfect, but he was “seeking” the heart of God for his life.  His journey in trying to get there, getting there, and staying there; serve as a powerful learning experience for Me.

This morning’s reading, Psalm 25 jumped off the page at me.  The whole chapter appears to be a prayer from David, as he seeks direction and assistance from the Father.

In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.  (Psalm 25:1-2, NIV)

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.  (Psalm 25:4-5, NIV)
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.  Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.  (Psalm 25:16-18, NIV)
Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.  May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.  (Psalm 25:20-21, NIV)
Peace.
(This was first posted on Facebook, May 30, 2016.  It has been revised and adapted for use as one of our “Psalms on Saturday.”  It is my prayer that it will be a blessing to you.  Bill)

“History — Part #1”

Arkansas History was the first time that I remember becoming fascinated with the study of history, when it was part of the curriculum in the 5th grade.  From that time forward, history became my favorite subject — world history, American history, church history, and restoration history — they all appealed to me.  I would suppose that my love for the Old Testament, and the stories of God and His people, can be attributed to my interest in history.  Obviously, I am not in the majority!  Many people have little, if any, interest in studying the people and places of the past.  Some probably saw the title of this devotional this morning, and decided not to read — just because of the title.

Yesterday, in my Sunday morning Bible class, we were looking at Psalm 77.  In the particular psalm, Asaph is distraught because of the condition in which he finds himself.  He laments:  Has God forgotten to be gracious?  Has He in anger withheld His compassion?  (Psalm 77:9, HCSB).  It appears to me, that he finds himself in Babylonian captivity (Psalm 74:2-8), and is distraught with what is happening, and wonders if Jehovah God cares about him, and the rest of the Jews.  I’m sure that many of us have struggled with those same feelings at various times in their lives — and there are probably people in Texas and Florida that are struggling with those same thoughts today.  So, in order to revitalize his thinking, and get the proper perspective on his God, he says — I will remember the Lord’s works; yes, I will remember Your ancient wonders.  I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions.  (Psalm 77:11-12, HCSB).

This morning, my devotional reading was from Nehemiah 9, and why we need to remember history went racing through my mind.  You may remember Nehemiah’s story — how he went back to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls.  The Babylonians had leveled the city, burned the temple, and carried the people off into captivity.  King Cyrus of Persia had allowed the Jews to go back to Jerusalem, and to rebuild the Temple in the city (Ezra 1).  He even gave them back some of the treasure that had been looted when Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed the city.  Zerubbabel, and others, went back and rebuilt the Temple, dedicating it with a multitude of sacrifices and observing the Feast of Unleavened Bread for 7 days (Ezra 6:16-22).

Nehemiah’s story begins with him serving King Artaxerxes as a cupbearer, in the fortress city of Susa.  While serving there, travelers came from Jerusalem, and Nehemiah inquired about the condition of the city (as any native Jew would have done).  The reply staggers him:

They said to me, “The remnant in the province, who survived the exile, are in great trouble and disgrace. Jerusalem’s wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned down.”   (Nehemiah 1:3, HCSB)

In fact, his words about his reaction allow you, and me, to see just how distraught he was:

When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying  before the God of heaven.  (Nehemiah 1:4, HCSB)

His prayer to God (Nehemiah 1:5-11) is one the most moving prayers in all of Scripture, and needs to be studied and remembered.  But, what we want to know today is that God heard that prayer, and answered — Nehemiah was allowed to go back to Jerusalem, rebuild the walls, and even served as the governor of the province.

Nehemiah 9 tells of a day that became a “national confession of sin” for the Israelite people that had returned to Jerusalem.  In a day, when many services are geared so that we can save a minute here, and five minutes there; because we don’t want our services to run to long (because people won’t come or stay), it is a staggering thought.  They read the Law for a fourth of a day, and then worshiped and confessed their sin for a fourth of a day.  Now I don’t know what they were considering a fourth of a day, but they spent somewhere between 6 and 12 HOURS doing this!

AFTER they had done that, the Levites stood up and said — …”Stand up, Praise Yahweh your God from everlasting to everlasting.”  (Nehemiah 9:5, HCSB)

Part #2 of this devotional will be tomorrow, as we consider the actual “song” of praise that the people offered — what they said, and why they said it.  I want to close this devotional with a question:  “If you were in that same situation, what would you offer as praise to God?”  Just think about it, or share in the comments if you are so inclined.  Peace.

“Are We Losing the War”

Most Bible-believing people lament the condition that our country has degenerated to, and long for a change.  It is a time when good is called bad, and bad is called good.  Because of the nature of our government, and the freedoms that are guaranteed by the Constitution; people are free to pursue “happiness” in the way that they choose.  So, if Christian people are placing their hopes on a change for the better because of an election, I am afraid they are going to be disappointed.  Morality has made a basic shift in our country, and I’m not sure that there will be any putting it back where it was.

If change is ever going to occur, in my opinion, it will be because Bible-believing teach other people about Jesus, one at a time.  We cannot continue to under estimate the enemy that is opposing the cause of the Lord.  We have allowed Satan to paint his own portrait:  he’s a cute little red guy, with horns, tail, and a pitchfork.  We have been so enamored with how cute he is, that we have named our athletic teams after him.

Because we have under estimated him, or ignored him altogether, we have attempted to fight him with our own strength and will.  That is a battle that we cannot win!  When inspiring Scripture, God had Peter describe our enemy as a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (I Peter 5:8).  Paul said that our struggle was not against flesh and blood, but against …the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).  He said that for us to be able to stand, we would have to put on …the full armor of God, … (Ephesians 6:13, NIV).  We are in a war, and I’m afraid that we are losing.

King David, in the Old Testament, knew what it was like to be in a war that you were not winning.  He prayed for strength, help, and deliverance against those enemies that threatened him.  Our enemy is different than his, but it is still an enemy!  Listen to some of David’s prayers, and shape them into prayers concerning our struggle with the Satan.

O Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle — do not grant the wicked their desires, O Lord; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud.  (Psalm 140:7-8, NIV)

Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.  set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name.  (Psalm 142:6-7, NIV)

Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.  He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield in whom I take refuge, … (Psalm 144:1-2, NIV)

Lord, please give us the wisdom to depend on You, for the strength that we need to win the battle against Satan, and his army of evil.  Peace,

(This was first posted on Facebook, May 24, 2016.  It is being re-used here as one of our “Psalms for Saturday.  It is my prayer that you will be challenged, and blessed, by it.  Bill)

“Awesome”

Every once in a while, something happens that I like to call a “mountaintop” experience.  It is one of those times when something that is so special happens, that you soar to the “mountaintop” of emotion and praise.  It may be a Sunday evening when 4 people are baptized (2 young couples, and the two men are now elders in that church).  It could be an assembly in a lectureship at ACU, where the large crowd sings “May the Lord Bless You, and Keep You.”  It could have been a Preacher’s Sermon Workshop in Austin, Texas; where those that are assembled sing “Our God, He is Alive” — and the hair on your arms and neck stand straight up.

I’m sure that if you think about it, you can remember a time in your spiritual journey, when you have had a “mountaintop” experience.  If you would like, you might mention in the comment section below.

Last night, in our Sunday night class — there was just such an experience for me.  We watched a DVD titled “How Great is Our God.”  The speaker was Louie Giglio, and the things that he said reminded us of just how awesome our God really is.  One sweet lady stood up, after the dismissal prayer, and said loud enough, that those around her could hear:  “I don’t know about everyone else, but I thought that was great.”  One brother commented to me, “That made me feel so small and insignificant, but at the same time made me feel so significant.”

This morning, in my reading of the Psalms (133-139), there were some passages that reminded me of the message from last night.

May the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.  (134:3)

I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.  (135:5)

Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, …  (138:6)

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  (139:14)

Our God is an AWESOME God!  We should be in awe of all that He has done, and offer our praise to Him through the practice of our life.  May God give us the strength, courage, and wisdom to do that!  Peace.

(This was first posted on Facebook, May 23, 2016.  It is being used on this site as one of our “Psalms for Saturday“.  It is my prayer that it will be a blessing to you.  Bill)

“Blessed Twice”

This morning as I was reading Galatians 4, I was reminded of what a blessed man I am.  In my lifetime I have received the blessing of being adopted twice.  In 1953 my mother did what was almost unheard of at the time, she got a divorce.  I was 2 1/2 years old at the time, and my mom faced the challenge of being a single mother in 1953.  I cannot begin to imagine how hard that was on her, and I never knew how difficult they were, and how much we struggled.  She was the office manager of a Tom’s Peanut distribution office in Little Rock, Arkansas, hired a lady to come and keep house and take care of me — I really don’t know how she did all of it.

A couple of years later, she married one of the route drivers at Tom’s, Jay Hooten.  It was a storybook marriage, all the things that she didn’t have in the first marriage; she had in the second marriage — love, loyalty, peace, happiness, etc.  About 5 years later (after my biological grandfather had passed away), Jay Hooten “adopted” me as his son.  Honestly, in my mind, I was already his son.  I do not believe he could have loved me more, if I had been his “biological” son.  God, in his heaven, looked down at this earth and saw my mom and I; and gave us exactly what we needed.  Those are the kind of things that you look back in eternal gratitude.

This morning, as I was reading Galatians 4, this passage jumped off the page at me:

I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.  (Galatians 4:1-7, ESV)

I realize that not everyone has the blessing of the story that I have.  That not all adopted children were as fortunate, to have an adopted father that loved them as much as Jay Hooten loved me.  But when I read those verses, I am humbled and grateful.  Humbled to know that the Mighty God loved me enough, to make me his child!  Grateful to receive the blessings of being a son of the Most High God.  My life could have been so different, and I might not have been so blessed.  It is also possible that if life had not gone in the direction that it did, I might have never known Jesus the Christ.  How can I ever take those blessings for granted.

Thank you Father!  Thank you dad!

Peace.

“Story of the Old Testament”

The Old Testament has always been of special interest to me.  The story of God’s dealing with all of people, then a family, and, finally, a nation is just fascinating.  How Jehovah God continually loved His people, regardless of how many times they turned away.  O, yes, He would punish them, and they suffered for their sin; but, if they turned in penitent prayer, He would always rescue them.

The first teacher that I remember that captivated me with the stories of the Old Testament was Dale Brown, at the Midland Boulevard church of Christ in Fort Smith.  He had this booming deep voice (at least, that is the way I remember it 50+ years later), that just made those events come to life.  I don’t know what happened to Dale — I know that he preached in Siloam Springs for a while, and then went back to Fort Smith to work in the family business.  If I remember correctly, this family business involved auction services, and I am sure that voice was of great benefit for that.  I will forever be in his debt, for helping to create that love of the Old Testament (and it stories).

This morning, my reading was Psalms 104-106 — and it was especially interesting to me.  If you want to read the story of the Old Testament in a nutshell, you need to read these chapters.

Psalm 104 is a beautiful rendering of God’s creative power, and of what He has done.  How his creation works together, because of Him; to care for all the needs of His creation.  Verse 24 offers, How many are your works, O Lord!  In wisdom you made them all; … (NIV).  Basically, the psalmist is saying, just stop and look around, and see what God has done!

Psalm 105 is the psalmist getting on his knees and being thankful for what God has done for man.  The covenant with Abraham’s family, sending Joseph to Egypt so that the family could grow into a nation, the deliverance from slavery in Egypt, provision in the wilderness, and the giving of the promised land.

Psalm 106 is a very sad chapter, as it recounts the repeated failures of the people to maintain their relationship with God.  It begins with the psalmist lamenting this his generation has done wrong and acted wickedly, even as their fathers had (vs. 6).  One time after another, he lists the betrayals of the people in their relationship with God.  From their constant grumbling in the wilderness, to the worship of idols that they had made, to the mingling with the nations that had inhabited the promised land.  Verse 43 summarizes the story, Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in sin.  (NIV).

We need to read and know these chapters, as they remind us of what God did in trying to build a relationship with that people, and that nation.  THEN, we need to fall to our knees, and be grateful to Jesus — that He paid for our guilt at Calvary.  Thankful, that He paid a price that we could not.  I want to live in the love of the cross, and strive to be continually seeking after God, His kingdom, and His righteousness.  Peace.

(This was first posted on Facebook, May 16, 2016.  It is being reposted here as part of our “Psalms for Saturday.”  It is my prayer that it will be a blessing to you.  Bill)

“Seeking God”

Does it seem to you that we spend our whole life chasing something?  How many movies have been made about the endless pursuit of “something”?  There are those that are comedies, dramas, adventures, and tragedies — but they all portray man’s pursuit of what they deem to be most important, or what will make them happy.  The Billy Crystal movie, “City Slickers”, where Jack Palance kept reminding him of the “one thing”, is one of the premier examples of that.

It is not just in movies where this pursuit is featured, it is featured in our lives.  There always seems to be something out there, that we think will make our lives a little better.  It seems to start early in our lives:  a place of acceptance in a certain circle of peers, a romantic relationship (with the one that sets our hearts to fluttering), a car (and not just any car, the right car), graduation from high school, college, and a host of other things that attract our attention.  Even as we get older, the “pursuit syndrome” is still there is still there.  We want a loving, lasting relationship; a job that pays well and makes us feel good about ourselves; a house that becomes a home for our safety; and security for the future; and, ultimately, retirement.

Have you ever wondered why we are that way, or at least most of us?  I believe that God intended for us to have this “pursuit syndrome“, and wanted us to focus it on a relationship with Him!  That we recognize, that the most important thing that we pursue in our life, is the relationship with a Holy God!

We have often wondered about “how” the Bible could say that David was a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14).  It certainly was not because of his sinless perfection!  The key word, in my mind, is “after” — that David was “seeking” God, and a relationship with Him.  Regardless of how man times he faltered and fell; he would get up, confess the wrong that he had committed, and begin to seek God again!

When you read the Psalms, there seems to be two ideas that jump off of nearly every page — the steadfast love of the Lord, and the admonition to seek God.  There is a beautiful description of what we are seeking, in Psalm 89:15-18 – – listen closely:

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
     who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
They rejoice in your name all day long;
     they celebrate your righteousness.
For you are their glory and strength,
     and by your favor you exalt our horn.
Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord,
     our king to the Holy One of Israel.
May the “ONE THING” that we pursue be God!  Isn’t that what Jesus said, Seek first his
kingdom and his righteousness, … (Matthew 6:33, NIV).  Peace.
(This was first posted on Facebook, May 12, 2016.  It is being posted here, as one of our “Psalms for Saturday.”  It is our prayer that it will be a blessing to you.  Bill)