Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting,
and His faithfulness to all generations.
Less than 2 weeks! Get your forms in! Get ready! Get excited! Get muddy! Get to the ranch! Beloved brethren, beautiful singing, wonderful lessons and good food - it just doesn't get any better than that in this world.
See ya there!
Of late I have been reminded in many ways of the wonderful love of God! I am humbled by and, as Rusty Miller put it, "drawn" to His wonderful love. Consider: "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even die-but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (that's you and me!)."
Know ye that the Lord He is God, and it's He that hath made us and not we ourselves. WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, and the sheep of His pasture. . .
It seems as though many exchange our Great God, the Creator of all things, for a god of our own making-this is heart breaking on many levels. For those who choose this precarious journey, God is diminished-He is reduced to a creation of the imagination-a fictional character who plays whatever role we determine in our lives. For some He is talisman, the lucky charm, that they can call upon in times of need. For others, He is a grandfather, a comfort, and for others He is a cheerleader, and for some, even a last resort. Regardless of why or how we come to God, it is important that we understand who He is, and what He expects of us. Thankfully, He has given us, "all things pertaining to life and godliness" in His word. To neglect careful study of His word is risky. For it is in ignorance that the limited mind of man seeks a god of his own making and to his own destruction. Praise God for His goodness and for Who He Is!