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Keep Psalm Part 6

Vs. 10  No Evil,  – if I’m dwelling in God’s secret place – not even near me or my house.

This got me thinking back to when my family “blew  up”.  I was saved, but I know and God knows I was not ‘abiding’ in the secret place. -God was not responsible to me according to this promise.

However, the instant I ran to Him (fell on HIM , into His arms as a dead man) and hid hehind HIM – MY SHIELD, I can now clearly see Psalm 91 all over me!  I thank and praise You, Lord!!

Plus, He is so wise and wonderful – He does all He works out to bring me to the place where I’ll see what He’s trying to teach me.  In my case it was a big, deep, serious, error that I’d been living a lie on God, just as my husband had on me.  I was not really loving the Person, God.  He wasn’t real to me.  I wasn’t living for Him as I should have been from my heart.

When He saved my life that night-when I really prayed and felt and heard in my heart His voice-my relationship with Him changed forever.  That would never have happened if God had let me go on happy and stupid.  I’m so grateful!

Keep Psalm Part 5

vs. 8  You even tell me I have to see it!  But, You say ONLY with my eyes – I will not experience any of your judgement – that’s a promise.  I need to cling to it, knowing You’re in control and I will only see the wicked’s reward.  (I will not go through any part of their punishments of the tribulation.)

This also reminds me of the  fowler that tried to destroy me…who’s destruction I have not seen with my eyes yet – the whole wicked bunch.  They will not win,  You will save my darling from the lions and avenge me and glorify Yourself – I wait and trust You.  I know I can count on You and Your protection.

vs. 9  Because I have met the conditions to claim the awesome promise of vs. 1-2, and abide and dwell with the Most High and have Him as my refuge, there’s another promise given to me.

Not only to my own self,  but my household shall be under God’s protecting hand.  My Whole dwelling – His forcefield is extended!  I think of Rahab and her Gentile nationality, and her sinfil lifestyle, yet God made provision for her whole household.  In the New Testament, Lydia’s whole household was also saved.  Cornelias, John Mark, Mary and Martha, … God keeps his promises.  The punishment of the wicked will not come nigh thee.

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Joys of Spring

At this time of year, my garden gets all purple.  It’s one of my favorite seasons to be in the garden.  There are sprinkles of yellow here and there to make the purple, violet,  and lavender pop, and lots of variegated foliage to keep the eye moving and interested.20140527_073622

Keep Psalm Part 4

vs. 6  Not done with the scary stuff…and that’s the way it comes…waves of trials and turmoil; testings and troubles, wearing me down…ABBA FATHER!!!

This pestilence can walk, and sees in the darkness and is bent on my destruction – again in broad daylight (when I think I’m safe.) This is just a more specific and vivid description of the ugly villian You’ve conquered for me already in vs. 3!  I’ve nothing to fear – I’m abiding!  Help me to always be sensative to You and stay close.

vs. 7  Even Your rescue is scary, God.  I know You mean to assure me of my safety, that I will continue to stand even as ten thousand fall at my one side & ten thousand fall again on my other side (the wearisome, multiple attacks of satan), somehow, Lord, I don’t want to see this…I do fear this day…I trust You, and I am certain of my safety with You, but this scene is too awful.

I also know your judgement will come…I think of America…I think of those who reject Christ, and even the remorse of Christians, perhaps, who refused to abide with you.

I pray for these tens of thousands of fallen.  Help us to win them that still can be won.2014-04-09 16.06.39

Mother’s Day

from my mother's garden
from my mother’s garden
gift from a friend
gift from a friend
Mother's Day from my son
Mother’s Day from my son

I think of lilacs.

I have lilacs in my garden that came from my mother’s garden.  They lined the back border of  my mother’s yard, where I spent my favorite outside times, swinging up into those fragrant, lavender tresses as a child.

This year, I was especially surprised by a lilac that was given to me by a dear lady who gave me  a particularly beautiful, large flowered, lilac with a strong, heady aroma.  She was a mom for me through hardness of loosing several family members.  The special surprise was the blossoms this year-the first I have gotten-on my own bush since this dear lady has gone to be with the lord herself.

The best part, though, is the lilac that I have desired to own; the small leaved and demure flowered “Miss Kim” Korean lilac.  Don’t let it’s polite graces fool you-she has loads of sweet fragrance to match her sweet disposition.  Growing to 6-8 feet and liking a sunny spot, Miss Kim is a keeper, and that’s just what I’m going to do with the one my son gave ME for Mother’s Day! (Now I just have to get him to plant it.)

The Birds have Come to My Garden

The day before yesterday I was awakened while it was still very dark out by the familiar warbling song of my friend, the house wren.  He is a tiny, energetic, promiscuous bird with great lungs.  One of the few birds that will nest in a hanging birdhouse.  I was blessed with a ceramic one hanging here when I moved in.  We have had wrens every year that fill the garden with warbling song from morning till night.

Yesterday afternoon I heard a ruckus in the yard and  found several catbirds racing to and fro, playing tag and chase.  Two seem to be a pair and I expect to have a nest in my American cranberry bush viburnum again this year, which makes me very happy.  This large, tall shrub grows up and against my sunroom , allowing me front row seating to the musical performance catbirds can produce.  They are mimickers, and can copy other birds, or just sounds in general.  They are most famous for the wheezy call sounding like a cat, hence their name, but they do sing lots of different2014-05-01 07.44.45, pretty songs.

Cherry Tree

This tree in my backyard is a special delight to me. It is an ornamental cherry tree-it produces no fruit. At this time in the spring, it is glowing with blossom and you can hear the buzz of bees working in its branches from very far off.  My entire sunroom is redecorated by its new outfit!

I have several woody plants in the “prunus” family.  One real “Mars” cherry, which is semi-dwarf and self-polinating, a very large bunching cherry, which planted itself, and has a weeping habit, and lots of tiny fruits the birds love.  I also have  several Nanking cherries which are large shrubs with fruit for birds, and four American plum trees which are also not very tasty to me, but the birds and squirrels love them.

All of these plants flower wonderfully in spring and provide excellent food source for my certified backyard wildlife habitat. 2014-04-24 07.22.42

Keep Psalm Part 3

vs. 5 – is spoken like a promise: thou shalt not or a command, even.

The promise is if I dwell & abide I will not be afraid, which is the opposite of the trust I declared in vs. 2.  But, it could be a command to “fear not”, in which case I need to dwell &2014-04-09 16.06.39 abide in order to have the guts to obey it.  And look at what I’m not supposed to be afraid of:

terror in the dark & arrows shooting at me in broad daylight!

Terror is hard not to be afraid of.  It will take some Holy Spirit Filling and some super-natural power to overcome terror-but GOD promised…And someone very evil and focused on my destruction enough to shoot me down with flying arrows (darts of the wicked) in broad daylight(where I’m vulnerable) is very frightening-but GOD promised-NO FEAR-Not with Him!

I’m glad You see in the dark, LORD – Thank You; and I’m glad I do trust You, that You have my back-always.  I know no one’s arrows can get past You!  Thank You!

Keep Psalm Part 2

vs. 2  I need to make the decision of the psalmist in verse 2 because  verse 3-7 is coming.  Determine ( I will ) to brag on God’s goodness to me (say of the LORD.)

Remember, I’m abiding in that shadow, that pleasant, secret place; now it’s the shadow of a great, high fortress lined with battle armaments poised for my protection, so I can say…I trust Him.

vs 3 All kinds of dangers and attacks buffet me, but GOD, in His love and loyal care considers all worthy to protect me from.  Be it the snare of a person who seems to hunt me, or a (vs 4) sickening pestilence that is clinging to all those around me.  GOD Promises to be that very shield and buckler to fend off these attacks.  His truth, it says, shall be, it says.  That’s a promise.  His truth is His Word, and that is JESUS – my Knight in Shining Armour!.

vs. 4 He becomes the Bird!  When persued by the fowler, He covers me with His feathers! and hides me under His wings!  He saves me-delivers me-by He Himself taking my place as the target of this fowler, just as He did for me at the cross.—WOW!

The noisome pestilence is a deadly disease, highly infectious.  I know, LORD, You protect me continually from harms and pitfalls on my path, and hedge about my loved ones, church family, home and workplace.  Later the psalmist speaks of thousands falling all around me, and I see and feel Your powerful protection on me, my family, and everything that concerns me-Thank You!  So much you do for me I am totally oblivious to, but I do see You working for me in everything that happens and all the blessings and trials You bring to me.  Thank You!

This noisome pestilence also hits my heart as a plague of  sin; striking down all it touches, bringing death and misery.  Highly infectious, we spread it ourselves.  The deliverance from the pestilence is placed AFTER the snare of the FOWLER.  We all could, at times. have a ‘fowler’ on our tail, but there is a Fowler (who is foul) who has already laid a trap for mankind, and we’ve all been caught in it;  and he is in hot pursuit!  If we don’t seek refuge under God’s soft, white wings, and say “in Him will I trust“, the noisome pestilence will destroy us.

And, Christian, if you are not abiding in His secret place and really living the words of vs2,  the noisome pestilence can still get you, and cause you to fall into sin.-You did not claim His promises-meet His conditions, stay under His shadow or in His feathers and make God’s Word your truth-which is your shield. (That means you live by it) And you did not call God your refuge and your fortress (That means you run to God, not to some one or something else)

Lord, I am so glad that I have you to run to .  I am sorry that I have murmured about loneliness and complained, “I’m all alone.” If I did have someone,  I would not have turned to You or clung to You as I had in the past.  That (as You knew) is what began our relationship, and it has grown and grown over time.  It’s always been You-there listening, teaching (and I’m a hard case), giving, hugging my heart, and bapping me on the back of the head, too!  Thank You, I Love You!

Keep Psalm Part 1

2014-04-09 16.06.39This psalm is so full of promises. -What A blessing !

vs. 1.  These promises are spoken so matter-of-fact; but all of God’s promises are a sure thing.-SOLID.

I am living in God’s shadow, within His sight, under His protection, in his reach, when I am a Christian, but perhaps this says something deeper. I  am all of these things but too often I side-step God’s safety net and step from His shadow (on purpose) which is not done by the Christian who is abiding.

In order to claim God’s very solid promise opening this psalm, I must see it is given to one dwelling – living with God in His secret place.  That’s intimate.  He calls Himself “Most High“.  This most amazing, excellent, “most popular” person is so seeking a special, intimate relationship just for Him with me that He has put out all these enticing, life improving  promotions (promises).

-Am I seeking Him too?  Am I making Him feel our relationship is all        “one-way”?

-Do I really share things with Him?

If I am dwelling properly – in peace and harmony- I will abide in that place.  Under God’s shadow is also a submissive position, I believe. (He can’t keep me safe if I don’t follow the “rules of the house”.)  One who abides is not constrained or forced.  Abiding sounds pleasant.  When I live pleasantly in a right relationship with Jesus, His wonderful Presence is with me-always.  Seeking and following the Holy Spirit’s leadership and direction provide  power to do what’s right; I get God, the Most High’s protection and get to live in His secret place!