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God the Creator and Provider

May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 104:31-35, NRSV)

I will bless the Lord with all of my being for everything He has done for me.

I pray that my meditation will lead me closer to Him and help me to show His love more in my life.

This will give me, even more, reasons to praise the Lord!

Why will you praise and bless the Lord?

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The Joy of Forgiveness

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.

(Psalm 32:8-9, NRSV)

The Lord will show you His ways and teach you how you should live. Listen to His good counsel and heed His teaching. For we are not like horses or mules who need a bit and griddle to follow directions. God has made us to discern His leading and to follow.

He will guide you and watch over you. Are you ready to heed His leading?

 

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The Joy of Forgiveness

Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah

(Psalm 32:6-7, NRSV)

When you are in need turn to God. God will be a shelter for you in the storm and the waters will not overcome you.

God will be a place for you to hide away from the world to get a respite from your worries. God will hold you in His hand and deliver you from your troubles.

 

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The Joy of Forgiveness

Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah (Psalm 32:5, NRSV)

When we come to God with all of the darkness that keeps our relationship from growing He doesn’t turn away from us and leave us yo die in our sins. God is faithful and just and already knows all of the blackness of your life. In fact God knows things about you you don’t even know a

God will listen and forgive. He will never leave you or forsake you.

 

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The Joy of Forgiveness

While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

(Psalm 32:3-4, NRSV)

When we bottle up the wrong things we do, those sins that keep us from God we are worse off than confessing them.

Here the psalmist says while I was silent my body wasted away. The sins needing to be confessed festered and rotted away at him so it was destroying him. But when we release our wrongs they are taken by God and removed from us and we are freed.

 

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What will you do this year?

It is a new year! 2017 is gone and 2018 is here and now is the time we think about what we will do this year.

So what are your resolutions this year?

Do you want to lose weight?

Do you want to quit smoking?

Maybe it’s to quit drinking.

Maybe you want to save more money.

Or maybe you want to get into shape. Let me remind you that round is a shape.

How many of

us will make resolutions and do our best to keep them and seem to fall short come January 15, or maybe if we’re lucky February 1?

How about we look at resolutions this year a little different?

How about if everyone here focuses on God rather than ourselves?

What if we look at the Holy Trinity instead of the unholy trinity (that is me, myself, and I).

You see 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” Whatever you do do it for the glory of God. Make everything you do this year, not about yourself, but

about God.

Make your resolution to live your life for God, even if no one else does.

If we all focus our lives on God, then we will also have happier healthier lives and all of society will benefit. Who is with me?

 

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The Joy of Forgiveness

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

(Psalm 32:1-2, NRSV)

Is your sin covered?

Not do you have it covered up so no one can see it because even if you think you have it hidden, it is not hidden from God?

And you will not be happy or blessed if you are hiding sin from God.

The best way to cover your sin is to lay it at the foot of the cross and allow Him to take it all away.

The Lord will take it and see your contrite heart and open spirit and remove your sin from you and it will be covered forever!

So be forgiven and give it all to God.

 

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