September 29, 2015

Psalms 115-118
But you, Israel, put your trust in God! --trust your Helper!  trust your Ruler!  Clan of Aaron, trust in God! --trust your Helper!  trust your Ruler!  You who fear God, trust in God!--trust your Helper!  trust your Ruler! 
 
I love God because he listened to me,...he listened so intently...God is gracious--it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God.  God takes the side of the helpless:...

What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me?  I’ll lift up my cup of salvation...I’ll pray in the name of God; I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do and I’ll do it together with his people...

Thank God because he’s good, because his love never quits (x4)...

Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people; far better to take refuge in God than trust in celebrities....

God’s my strength, he’s also my song, and now he’s my salvation.... I didn’t die, I lived!!  And now I’m telling the world what God did.  God tested me, he pushed me hard, but he didn’t hand me over to death...

The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone!  This is God’s work!  

Matthew 6:19-6:34
The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. 
 
“Your eyes are the window into your body.  If you open your eyes wide in wonder & belief, your body fills up with light.  If you live squinty eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar.  

You can’t worship two gods at once.  You can’t worship God and Money both.  If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion...All this time & money wasted on fashion...If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers-most of which are never seen--don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?  

What I am trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving...

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.  Don’t worry about missing out.  You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.  Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.