Worship with Psalm 136, Be Thankful for God’s eternal Love.

All the verses of this Psalm end; His faithful love endures forever. Sometimes “love” is translated as “mercy” in the Psalm.

Psalm 136 as a song

Reading of Psalm 136 with music background

Henry Luke 7/20/2017

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Psalm 19: God’s Word Changes People.

 Psalm 19:9 The fear E of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments F of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.                   

The Word of the Lord is clean [morally & ethically] and true. They endure forever. Every Word in the scripture is inspired and all together they are right and without error. The Word changes hearts.

The world system led by Satan has tried for nearly 2,000 years to discredit the Word and to declare that God is dead. It denies that Jesus is the Son of God who was crucified, buried and after the 3rd day arose. It denies the ascension of Jesus to heaven where He is at the right hand of God and will someday return on the clouds of heaven in great victory. It denies the Old Testament prophecies, its timeline and the 6 day creation of the universe about 6,000 years ago. YET, the Bible has sold billions of copies, has been translated into many languages and still stands as God’s Word today.

After being banished in 70 AD, Israel was recognized by the United Nations May 14, 1948. That means the next event on God’s timeline is the rapture of His saints. The time is unknown except to God the Father. But Peter said we are to live like the time is near, for the purpose of prayer, casting all our cares on Him.

Notes: [E- Reverence and respect; F- the decisions of God as Judge. 1 Peter 4:7; 5:5-7]

Henry Luke 7/20/2017

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Psalm 19: God’s Word Gives Us Joy.

 Psalm 19:8 The precepts A of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment B of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The precepts of the Lord are right. His precepts and commandments are founded in righteousness, and are such as are right and pure. A physician should give the right medicine, and a counselor should give the right advice, but the Word of God absolutely gives the right advice.

rejoicing the heart. He who is restored is next made wise and is now made happy; that truth which makes the heart right then gives joy. The grace of God brings joy to the heart of a person. Earthborn happiness soon burns out; but a heavenly delight satisfies the inner nature, and fills the soul. There is no comfort like that which is poured from the Scripture.

The commandment of the Lord is pure. No mixture of error defiles it, no stain of sin pollutes it; it is the pure milk of the Word.

Enlightening the eyes, It purges by its own purity the earthly sins which       damage the understanding. Whether the eye is dim with sorrow or with sin, the Scripture makes the eye clear and bright. Look at the sun and it puts out your eyes, look at the light of Revelation and it enlightens them; the purity of snow causes snow blindness to the mountain traveler, but the purity of God’s truth have the contrary effect, and cure the natural blindness of the soul

Notes: A- detailed instructions concerning practical matters of everyday life. B- His commands throughout the Bible.

Henry Luke 7/19/2017

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Psalm 19: God’s Word Challenges Us.

Psalm 19:7 The law A of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony
B of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.    

The Word of the Lord is perfect and sure. It is complete without error. It is inspired by God and has everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him from His word. We are encouraged to study the word continually and meditate on it day and night.  And only then will we succeed in all we do.  C

Where do you go for renewal or restoring? V.7 says the soul is converted and then can be renewed daily by the Word. When your faith is weak go to the source of faith, the Word. The Word is a lamp to my feet for today and a light for my path for the future. D  

Where do you go for wisdom? V.8 says the word makes even the simple wise. God gives wisdom to the one who pleases Him. If you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  Get wisdom, though it cost all you have. Wisdom from God’s Word is critical in a disciples life. E   

Notes: A- instruction, direction, teaching; B- all the Scriptures are God’s testimony of who He is.;  C- [2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3; Joshua 1:8-9]; D- [Romans 10:17; Psalm 109:105]; E-  [Ecclesiastes 2:26; James 1:5; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 4:6-7]

Henry Luke 7/18/2017

 

 

 

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Psalm 19: God’s Revelation of Himself in the Scriptures.

Psalm 19:7-11 

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

The form of verses 7-9 is symmetrical, listing a total of 18 qualities of the Scriptures.  There are 6 different nouns used for the Word, 6 adjectives describe the Word, and 6 benefits of the Word in the believers life.

Psalm 19 The Word of the Lord   benefit  
v.7 law is perfect restoring the soul
  testimony is sure making wise the simple [mind]
v.8 precepts are right rejoicing the heart
commandment is pure enlightening the eyes
v.9 fear is clean, enduring forever
judgments are true righteous altogether
v.10 They are more desirable than gold  
  sweeter than honey  
v.11 By them Your servant   is warned  
In keeping them there   is great reward  

The 6 words used for the Word of God in vv. 7-9 are similar to the words  used in almost every verse in Psalm 119 to describe God’s Word.

Henry Luke 7/17/2017

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God’s Revelation of Himself in Creation!

Image result for stars in the skyMany more pictures of the universe from the Hubble Telescope. Star Cluster

A. An Unmistakable Witness–Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

 The “glory of God,”  is the infinite power, variety and complexity seen in the stars. Three questions about the vastness of the universe.

1. How Many Stars are there?

“How many stars are there? No man alive can answer it. But the Lord knows exactly how many stars He made on Creation Day Four. And He calls each individually by name. He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. [Psalms 147:4-5]

The galaxies God made in a single day 6,000 years ago range from dwarf galaxies with “only” ten million (10,000,000) stars to giant galaxies with 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000) stars. Our own Milky Way galaxy contains over 100 billion (100,000,000,000) stars and is about 100,000 light-years across. And there are well over 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.

How many stars did God make on Creation Day Four? A 2010 estimate reported 300 sextillion = 3 × 1023 = 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the observable universe. Only God knows how many stars are in the unobservable universe. Even now man cannot count the stars, just as the Bible says.

Scripture says that “star differs from star in glory.” [1 Corinthians 15:41] No two stars are the same; every star and galaxy is different.  The Bible declared the uniqueness of stars centuries before the invention of the telescope made observations possible.

Let’s look at the energy in our star, the sun. “If all the sunlight energy striking the Earth’s surface in Texas alone could be converted to electricity, it would be up to 300 times the total power output of all the power plants in the world!” Source or “In just one second, the Sun produces about 118 times as much energy as the United States used in the year 2003! Only about one-billionth of the total energy that the Sun produces reaches Earth, but it is enough to enable us to live here.” Source

The total energy of all the stars and galaxies is incomprehensible to humans. The power of the Creator is beyond man’s imagination. A Creator whose marvelous works include these stupendous feats of creating, numbering, and naming an unfathomable quantity of gigantic fiery unique stars merits our continual awe, worship, and enthusiastic praise! Yet man daily dares to insult and profane his Maker.” From the Bible Science Guy

2. Who Fine Tuned the Universe so life could exist on earth?                      

Our earth/solar/moon system is a very strong evidence for fine tuning. Our solar system is embedded at the right position in our galaxy, neither too close, nor too far from the center of the galaxy. The earth is the right distance from the sun and so is the moon from the earth. The size of the moon, and the earth is right.

Our planet has the needed minerals and water. It has the right atmosphere, and a ozone protecting mantle.  The earth magnetic field protects us from the deadly rays of the sun. The velocity of rotation of the earth is just right. And so is the axial tilt of the earth. Beside this, the size of the crust of the earth, and more than 22 different parameters must be just right. To believe, all these are just right by chance, needs a big leap of faith. This is strong support for creation by God who fine tuned the universe so life could exist on earth.  From Fine Tuning the Universe

Four “fundamental forces.”  making life on earth possible–of  22 parameters for those more scientific minded.

  1. Gravitational force constant- large scale attractive force, holds people on earth, and holds planets, stars, and galaxies together.
  2. Electromagnetic force constant- small scale attractive and repulsive force, holds atoms, electrons and atomic nuclei together.
  3. Strong nuclear force constant- small-scale holds nuclei of atoms together which otherwise repulse each other because of the electromagnetic force.
  4. Weak nuclear force constant- governs radioactive decay. 

3. How Big is the Universe?

Most people know the universe is “vast,” but until we visualize it, we short change ourselves of some healthy awe. The heavens glorify God, but should also humble us—as should become apparent in the following journey.

On 1/19/2006, the New Horizons spacecraft blasted off on a 9-1/2-year express flight to Pluto.  But Pluto at 3 billion miles is very near compared to the stars. The nearest star is 25 trillion miles away. At the same speed as New Horizon this would require 79,000 years to access by spacecraft. Distance to the nearest star.

Contemplating such things is humbling, but also raises questions. Can a God of such a vast domain really care about us? It’s important to understand the Biblical doctrine of omnipresence in answering this question. Learning that God is everywhere does not mean that part of Him is here, part there, and part in a distant galaxy, as if His love were spread thinly across all of space. No; omnipresence means that all of God is present at every place, at the same time. For more infromation on Knowing God & His Attributes

This means that no matter how large the universe, and how many beings reside within His kingdom, each of His disciples has His full and undivided attention in our own hearts.  “How big is God? He’s big enough to rule His mighty universe, yet small enough to live within my heart.”” ICR How Big is God?

May we worship God the Creator with awe, love, humility and shouts of joy each day and continue until the throne of God where we will be worshipping the Creator in heaven:  “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” [Revelation 4:11 & Psalm 95:1-2]

B. An Untiring but Silent Witness–Psalm 19:2-6.. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. He has placed…the sun, Its rising is from one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The creation proves there is a God, but it is a silent witness. The heat of the sun and the rainbow are constant reminders, but still silent. To know God and His plan of redemption requires the revelation of Himself through the Holy Scriptures. John Phillips said ” Psalms 19 tells us how God has revealed Himself both in the creation—in worlds, infinite worlds [vv.1-6]—and in the Scriptures—in words, infallible words [vv.7-14]. God has revealed Himself in what He has created and in what He has written.  He is the God of creation and He is the God of revelation.

Henry Luke 7/13/2017 last revised 7/16/2017 6:46 am EST

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Psalm 95: WHEN are we to worship God?

Psalm 95:7b-11.. 7b Today, if you would hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness, “When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, though they had seen My work. 10 “For forty years I loathed that generation, And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways. 11 “Therefore I swore in My anger, Truly they shall not enter into My rest.”

We are to worship God today if we are to realize being in His presence and hearing His voice from His word. Not waiting until Sunday, but today.

v.8 describes Israel’s experiences at Massah and Meribah. Those places are located in the Sinai wilderness and are sites of Israel’s complaining against God and Moses because of a lack of water. Massah referred to a place near Rephidim, near the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula near the beginning of the wilderness wanderings in 1446 BC [Exodus 17:1-7]. Meribah refers to a place in the northern area of Sinai near Kadesh Barnea, near the end of the wilderness wandering in 1407 BC. [Numbers 20:1-14]  vv.9-11 The adults tested God for 40 years even though they had seen the miracles in Egypt, the Red Sea crossing and the daily provision of food and water. God said I loathed them and refused to let none of the adults but 2 enter His rest. Entering His rest was equivalent to our having the peace of God today. I don’t want to have God oppose me or loath me. Let us learn from their example.

Mentioning Meribah and Massah may have been a way of referring to the entire experience of wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 describe the 40 years of wanderings as an example for us to learn from 6 Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. 10  Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer” vv. 6 &10.

 Interesting side notes for senior citizens. First, Meribah is the place where Moses struck the rock to produce water instead of speaking like God commanded. Moses almost completed the journey before committing the sin that kept him from leading Israel into the Promised Land. Therefore we must persevere against sin until the end. Second, During the 40 years all the adults over 20 years old died except Joshua and Caleb. Yet, near the end when most of the adults had died the younger generation complained and grumbled at Meribah just like their parents at Massah. Younger people will imitate their elders unless we repent and walk with Jesus every day.

Henry Luke 7/13/2017

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