1) I am doing a lot of senoir work this year even though I am a jounior which takes a whole lot of time.
2) I am working at frys marketplace, I am a courtesy clerk and basically just do whatever needs to be done which is really cool.
3) At my job I am getting 40 hours which is really sweet but takes time away from other things.
4) I am currently sitting in the Awwad's house, I surprised Molly for her birthday
5) I really like to sleep, which was so not true a year ago
6) I never get on the computer lol
7) I am in love with the philly cheesesteak sub from subway
8) One of my favorite movies is I am legend
=) I am on my way. See some of you soon hopefully.
check out the new link i added and have a few laughs love ya'll! oh and tell me what you think! p.s the link is called, come on down to the farm...
"What motivated you to seek the Lord?" I asked twenty-two year old Megan, a new and vibrant Christian. Her answer, "Reading the Psalms." That surprised me! I expected to hear something like "seeing the example of a good Christian," or "reading about Christ in the gosples." When I asked how the Psalms had motivated her to change her life, Megan said that those who wrote them were so utterly open and sincere before God that she realized that she needed what they had.
Megan was right! All the Psalms are "utterly open, and sincere" and yet among tham, the 103rd stands out. Charles Spurgeon said of it with his 19th century prose, "It has ever seemed to us to be the Monte Rosa of the divine chain of mountains of praise, glowing with a ruddier light than any of the rest."
Several spiritual truths jump out when reading it:
The Unreserved Enthusiasm of Genuine Praise and Worship (vv. 1,2 19-22)
David praised the Lord with "all that was within him," literally all his inner parts (v. 1). Not content with praising the Lord by himself he calls upon the angles, the hosts, those who serve Him and all His works to praise Him (vv. 20-22).
It is doubtful that such praise would be accompanied by yawns, glances at the clock or blank stares. I wonder sometimes how many staid congregations would react to the enthusiastic praise of someone like David in their midst, with his hands raised clamoring to his Maker as he sang and prayed and encouraged others to do the same. Surely, one of the biggest challenges in congregations composed primarily of sencond, third and fourth generation Christians is continual spiritual revival to avoid the cold routine that God despises (Amos 5:21-24; Isa. 1:11-17) and instead foster an atmosphere where genuinely enthusiastic (but orderly) worship is considered natural rather than oddity.
The Utter Greatness of God's Blessings in General (vv3-7)
If there is an equivalent to Ephesians chapter 1 is is here. David enumerates blessing after blessing as "benefits" that come from the Lord. Jehovah has pardoned iniquities (v. 3), healed diseases (v. 4), redeemed from the pit (v. 4), crowned with righteousness (v. 5), given satisfaction (v. 5), performed righteous deeds (v. 6), judged the oppressed (v. 6), Revealed His will through Moses(v. 7), and revealed acts to the sons of Israel (v. 7).
Isn't the desire tp constantly "count our blessings" a key to avoiding whiney laziness that can seep into the lives of Christians as the years pass?
The Magnitude of God's Mercy in Particular (vv. 8-18)
This passage as much as any other belies the concept that the Old Testament emphasizes punishment without mercy. Spurgeon says that the Psalm's emphasis on God's mercy indicates that it is written in David's older days when he had a "higher sense of preciousness of pardon."
Verse 8 praises Jehovah as "compassionate", "gracious", "sloa to anger", and "aboundingin lovingkidness." He doesn't give us the punishment that we deserve (v. 10). The inspired Psalmist uses far-reaching similes to try to help finite minds understand God's infinite mercy: "as high as the heavensare above the earth," "as far as the east is from the west" (vv.11-12).
The Psalm Corrects Misconceptions about God's Mercy
Some feel that God's grace implies that even those who are lackadaisical in their service and approach to the Scriptures will be saved because, "after all, God is merciful". However, David makes it clear that Jehovah's mercy is reserved for those who "fear Him" (v. 17), "keep His covenant" and "remember His precepts to do them" (v. 18).
However the psalm also contrasts the misconception of the other extreme--that the requirement of obedience implies unblemished compliance with every nuance of God's revelation, and that anyone who is mistaken on any point (at least any that I consider to be important) has no hope. It plainly shows that those who fear God and keep His covenant and precepts (vv. 17-18) still need his mercy! If fear and obedience were flawless, why would they appreciate God's clemency so much?
The correct concept that avoids both extremes is that those who attain God's great mercy are those who have learned through faith to have an obedient spirit (though they sometimes stumble), and those who strive to obey every precept (though they comtinue to grow).
God's Relationship to Those Who Seek Him--Judge or Father?
There is no doubt that God is a stern judge in His relationship with the wicked and rebellious Christians. However, too many many Christians apply that figure of a judging God to themselves even when they are striving to follow Him. "I don't know if I am good enough to go to heaven", they say. "I might have missed that one point."
This Psalm beautifully describes God's relationship with those who seek Him is as a father-child relationship, not a judge-criminal relationship (vv.13-14). Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
A good father constantly warns his children of the unpleasant consequences of disobedience. However, he doesn't throw them out onto the street every time they are less than perfect. Why should it be difficult for us to see our Father that way? Though rebellious children must be cast out when they are disobedient (Acts 8:20-23; Gal. 5:4), we can be confident that as long as we humbly seek God, strive to grow, and confess our shortcomings (1 John 1:9), our Father will have compassion on us.
It's Not All About Us!
We are but dust and grass that pass away (vv. 14-15). There should be no place for the cockiness and self-centeredness that is sometimes all to apparentin some. This "Mount Everest"of the Psalms gives us hope on the basis of God's mercy that is "as high as the heavens above the earth". May we trust in it and in Him!
It is very interesting to me how people can change. In my life, people have come and gone, for many different reasons. They ebb and flow like a wave on the shore. They treat you kindly, christianly...and then the next moment passes, and their human charachteristics overtake them. They let Christ leave them.
My Lord is perfect. He never ebbs or flows. He is a rock. His Love is not circumstancial, and when I serve Him, in the end...Him, and ONLY Him may be the one who can see it.
I am ok with that. "He is Glory, and the one who lifts my head." What an honor to serve Him, and only Him.