New Beginnings

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

“Clap your hands, all peoples!  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.

He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.

He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises!  Sing praises to our King,

sing praises!

For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!

God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham.  For the shields of  the earth belong to God;

he is highly exalted!

Psalm 47

Lord God, today is a new beginning for me.  A day that I start a journey of studies and preparation for work as a deaconess.  It is a day of new beginnings for others as well.  May the strong words of this psalm give courage and peace for all of us who are depending on You to see us through.  We give you thanks for the heritage of life in your Son, Jesus Christ.  May we give you honor and glory and praise this day!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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September 3 Clean Sweep

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Ecclesiastes 4:6:12;  2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7;  Psalm 47:1-9;  Proverbs 22:16

“For we are the temple of the living God, as God said,’I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them and I will be their God and they shall be my people’… Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”

2 Corinthians 6:16, 7:1

I look inward and pray

“Lord, show me my sins.

Light the corners, the nooks, the crannies

  of my heart.

By the Spirit’s power

  sweep your throne room clean.

Remove the clutter,  stains and rust.”

I look outward and pray

“Lord, guard the entrance to your temple.

  Quicken my conscience.

  Give me resolve to

  shut my eyes,

  stop my ears,

  silence my tongue.

  Turn from evil.

  Flee temptation.”

I look upward and pray

“Thanks be to you O God

  for you kept my feet from stumbling.

  You set me on solid ground.

  You come into my heart–your temple.”

Lord God Heavenly Father,  it is awesome to know that you dwell within a believer’s heart–in my heart!  Lord I believe that Jesus’ body and blood, broken and shed for me, created the clean in me. Covered the bad.  Coated it with good.  I am forever grateful!  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

“For God is the king of all the earth;  sing to him a psalm of praise.  God reigns over the nations.  God is seated on his holy throne.”  Psalm 47:7-8