September 1, 2015

Psalm 42-44
I want to drink God, deep draughts of God.  I’m    thirsty for God-alive.  I wonder, “Will I ever make it -- arrive & drink in God’s presence?”  I’m on a diet of tears-- Why are you down on the dumps, dear soul?  Why are u crying the blues?  Fix my eyes on God--soon I’ll be praising again.  He puts a smile on my face.  He’s my God....

Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God, “Why did you let me down?... Why are you down on the dumps, dear soul?  Why are you crying the blues?  Fix my eyes on God--soon I’ll be praising again.  He puts a smile on my face.  He’s my God....       

Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, so I can find my way to the sacred mountain, to the place of your presence.... 

Why are you down on the dumps, dear soul?  Why are you crying the blues?  Fix my eyes on God--soon I’ll be praising again.  He puts a smile on my face.  He’s my God....I don’t trust in weapons, my sword won’t save me-- But its you, you who saved us from the enemy; you made those who hate us lose face....            

Get up God!  Are you going to sleep all day?  Wake up!  Don’t you care what happens to us?  Why do you bury your face in a pillow?    Why pretend things are just fine with me?  And here we are, flat on our faces in the dirt, held down with a boot on our necks.  Get up and come to our rescue.  If you love us so much, Help us!

2 Thessalonians 1
Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be.  

You need to know, dear friends, that thanking God over & over for you is not only a pleasure;  it’s a must.  We have to do it.  Your faith is growing phenomenally, your love for each other is developing wonderfully... You’re so steady and determined in your faith despite all the hard times that have come down on you...

All this trouble is a clear sign that God had decided to make you fit for the kingdom...

Pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.  If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you.  Grace is behind & through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.