“Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a son. Know this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; give thanks to him and call upon his Name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age.” (Psalm 100 or Jubilate)
The climax to this series of prayers of the Lord’s universal reign is a shout of joy. We praise him joyfully as God, Creator, and Shepherd. We give thanks because His is good, loving, and forever faithful.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, no matter what is going on in our lives, when we come before Your throne of grace, we should always sing your praises, for You alone are our God and we are to continually praise You for all that You have done for us; those we know about and those maybe we didn’t recognize. You love us in all things and we honor You by our brings all things in our life before You. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.”
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in he majesty of he name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of he earth. And he will be their peace.” (Micah 5:2-5)
The Messiah is God’s key to peace, and by this I mean lasting peace. He will come to establish the Kingdom. The kingdom is not a structure; rather he will build a kingdom of people or believers who make up the kingdom. Not only will He speak the words of peace, but He will incarnate the way of peace. Think about it for a moment beloved, for Jesus came to preach and teach to all of us about God so that we might know Him better. But it was more than His words, we see it in the way that even when He was tired of walking and preaching and teaching, His heart would have compassion on those hurting and He would heal them. Moreover, the way that Jesus did everything, was a model for us to follow in how to interact with others in honesty and justice, in the way we treated all people (especially the ones that could not possibly return our gifts of teaching, sharing of food, teaching the Gospel of salvation, etc.), the way we gave clothing to those in need. If you look around you today, you see the same model being used for those less fortunate than we are and all these things are give with a smile on our faces and with the love of Jesus in our hearts. Jesus is the Good shepherd who will provide security for His people. The lessons of 2,000 years ago are still in action today, and with the same affect; people respond to those who give out of the Love for our Savior. Our media doesn’t often report on these deeds, but they go on and on: soup kitchens serving food, food and clothes pantry’s that give out food stuffs and clothing and also help finding homes. None of this is new, but it is still necessary and still very much appreciated. We hear of professional athletes starting foundations to help all sorts of needed things, from computers for kids in schools to clothing, to mentoring, to feeding, and the lists go on. Recently and tornado was on the ground for 700 miles and individuals packed up what they could and drove to areas to begin cooking food for those affected, bringing water, clothing, etc. simple necessities for those who had lost housing and cars and the list goes on. People helping people, and not asking for anything in return, just to do something to help. These are God’s people helping one another.
“Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, bu a body you prepared for me; with burnt offering and sin offerings you were not pleased.’ The I said ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:5-10)
Jesus says He was made for the very purpose of doing God’s will. I submit to you that He came to this earth to do just that, and so much more. Jesus before He left this earth, gave His ministry over to us, His people, to continue the He had begun. The work is still going on today, beloved and each one of you is a part of Jesus’ ministry for our fellow human beings. No one does a lesser job than anyone else, for it takes all of us to do the will of God through our Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry. We are to continue to produce fruit for Him and we do this is simple ways, in major ways, collectively and individually, each one of us does the work of Christ. The work we do matters to and for the people we help, but also honors our relationship with God and Christ and with the help of the Holy Spirit.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Luke 1:39-45)
For those who say there’s not much to say in the Bible about women, in this story we see two of the most powerful stories in the Bible. When the Angel came to Mary and told her she would bear a son and she was to call him Jesus. Jesus will be great will be called the Son of he Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and he would reign over the house of Jacob forever. Though she was a virgin, she was told how the Holy Spirit would come over her and she would bear the Son of God, She said, ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ ‘May it be to me as you have said. Then the angel left her.
Mary was also told her cousin Elizabeth was six month’s in her pregnancy with her baby even though she was well past child bearing age. For nothing is impossible for with God. One child was to become John the Baptist, and the second would be Jesus, the Son of God. These two women accepted was the angel had told them as true believers. Both women knew their sons were to be born for specific reasons and it was God’s will being fulfilled. So we have two children to be born, one to become the one in the wilderness preparing the way for the other. When God puts a plan together, there is nothing left out or overlooked. It is always symbolic of His previous promises, and fulfilled at exactly the right time. The two women and their husbands did exactly what they were told to do, in spite of traditions being set aside, for the benefit of all mankind.