You will not aquit me

Though I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,’
I am afraid of all my pains,
I know that You will not aquit me.
Job 9:27,28

When my heart was embittered
And I was pierced within,
Then I was senseless and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
With Your counsel You will guide me,
And afterward receive me to glory.
Ps. 73:21-24

What is your “chief joy”?

Ps. 137:6,7 If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy……May my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth. (May their song to the Lord leave them.)

In this Psalm, the Israelites were in captivity. Their captors told them to sing one of their songs, but they almost questioned it. “How can they in this foreign place?” But their joy was not in their circumstances, but in the Holy City, Jerusalem.

Even things in this earth can increase our joy. Why is this? Is Jesus really “all and all”? Is joy in Him so full and overflowing, there is no more room for more joy? “Whom in Heaven do I have but Thee”

Where was Paul’s Joy?

3Jn_1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (In those he ministered to walking in the truth)

Jas_1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; (Not in circumstances.)

Phm_1:7  For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. (The refreshing and love of the brethren.)

1Th_2:19  For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? (The brethren walking in the Lord’s Presence)

Php_4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. (Other brothers and sisters)

Php_2:2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Knowing the Brethren walk in the same love, and mind)

Rom_15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (the Holy Spirit)

Paul’s joy was in deep communion with the Father, and doing His will. And as Jesus said, “being about His Father’s business.”

I like to meditate on “all” things

fulfil “all” the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power –

2Th 1:11

“all” spiritual blessings – Eph 1:3

“all” wisdom and prudence – Eph. 1:8

deliverance from “all” fears – Ps. 34:6

deliverance from “all” troubles – Ps. 34:17, 54:7

deliverance from “all” afflictions – Ps. 34:19

He performs “all” things for me – Ps. 57:2

“all” earthly provision provided – Mt. 6:33

“all” things are possible – Mt. 19:26, 21:21,22, Mk. 9:23, 10:27, 14:36

“all” sins forgiven – Mk. 3:28, Mt. 12:31

“all” power over the enemy – Lu. 10:19

hairs on our head are “all” numbered – Lu. 12:7, Mt. 10:30

“all” judgment is unto the Son – Jn. 5:22

teaches us “all” things and reminds of us of “all” things – Jn. 14:26

guides us into “all” truth – Jn. 16:13

“all” may be one in Him – Jn. 17:21

“all” things work together for good to them that love God – Rom. 8:28

mercy upon “all” – Rom. 11:32

For of him, and through him, and to him, are “all” things – Rom. 11:36

the God of hope fill you with “all” joy and peace in believing – Rom. 15:13

for “all” things are yours – 1 Cor. 3:22

he put “all” things under his feet – 1 Cor. 15:27

he is the God of “all” comfort, who comforts us in “all” our tribulation – 2 Cor. 1:3,4

“all” the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen – 2 Cor. 1:20

“all” things are become new – 2 Cor. 5:17

“all” grace abounding and “all” sufficiency in “all” things – 2 Cor. 9:8

he is able to do exceeding abundantly above “all” that we ask or think – Eph. 3:20

I can do “all” things through Christ which strengtheneth me – Php 4:13

but my God shall supply “all” your need – Php 4:19

given unto us “all” things that pertain unto life and godliness – 2Pe_1:3

 

And of course we should do “all” that we can to be accepted of Him…

trust in him at “all” times – Psa_62:8

in “all” things shewing thyself a pattern of good works – Tit 2:7

“all” that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution – 2Ti 3:12

that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto “all” pleasing – Col 1:10

count “all” things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of “all” things – Php. 3:8

but now ye also put off “all” these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. – Col 3:8

do “all” things without murmurings and disputings – Php. 2:14

praying always with “all” prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with “all” perseverance and supplication for “all” saints – Eph. 6:18

do “all” to stand – Eph. 6:31

Give thanks always for “all” things unto God – Eph. 5:20

let “all” bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with “all” malice – Eph. 4:31

grow up into him in “all” things – Eph. 4:15

with “all” lowliness and meekness – Eph. 4:2

abound in “all” diligence – 2 Cor. 8:7

let us cleanse ourselves from “all” filthiness of the flesh and spirit – 2 Cor. 7:1

we must “all” appear before the judgment seat of Christ – 2 Cor. 5:10

“all” things be done with charity – 1 Cor. 16:14

let “all” things be done unto edifying – 1 Cor. 14:26

beareth “all” things, believeth “all” things, hopeth “all” things, endureth “all” things – 1 Cor. 13:7

be temperate in “all” things – 1 Cor. 9:25

become “all” things to “all” men – 1 Cor. 9:22

suffer “all” things – 1 Cor. 9:12

live peaceably with “all” men – Rom. 12:18

unto “all” that call upon him – Rom. 10:12

forsake “all” that we have – Lu. 14:33

drink “all” that He has for you – Mt. 26:27

love the Lord with “all” your heart, “all” your soul, “all” your mind, and “all” your strength – Mt. 22:37, Mk. 12:30

be last of “all” and servant of “all” – Mk. 9:35, 10:44

cast in “all” you have – Mk. 12:44

be hated by “all” men for His Name’s sake – Mk. 13:13

Peace brings joy because…

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Mt. 5:9

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Rom_14:17

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Rom_15:13

“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:” Isa_55:12

“….to the counselors of peace is joy.” Pro 12:20

“My Heart is Fixed”

O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Ps. 108:1

Do we give praise even with the things that we consider glory in an earthly form? Even the things in which He has given? Do we give honour unto His Name, with our heart FIXED, constant, stable, resistant of the devil, established, able, believing, to do so?

David is actually speaking of his ability and skill to play the harp, the skill of speaking, writing, praising with his tongue – in all these things is his HEART fixed or just in the motion of speaking His praise?

Ps. 108:2   Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

“I myself” will praise thee early, when no one is watching..One way in which we engage to fix our hearts solely upon Him.

“Thy loneliness is the loneliness of a heart made for God.” – Hannah Whitall Smith

Job 14

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. (1 Cor. 15:22)
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. (Jn. 15:3)
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, (Mt. 3:10) and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
Yet through the scent of water(Jn. 4:14) it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. (Jn. 12:24)
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. (Php. 3:21)
Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? (Ps. 69:4, Mt. 10:30)
My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
The waters wear the stones(2 Cor. 4:16): thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man. (Job 6:11)
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn. (2 Cor. 7:10)

Joh_3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Joh_8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

Stablish, strengthen, settle you.

“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” – Ps. 46:5

“To be as immovable as a pillar in the house of our God, is an end for which one would gladly endure all the shakings that may be necessary to bring us there!” – Hannah Whitall Smith

“He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then they are glad because they be quiet; so He brings them to their desired haven.” – Ps. 107:29,30

“…He will quiet you with his love…” – Zeph. 3:17 NIV

“But as dew never falls on a stormy night, so the dews of His grace never come to the restless soul.” – A. B. Simpson

“Dew will never gather while there is either heat or wind. The temperature must fall, and the wind cease, and the air come to a point of coolness and rest–absolute rest, so to speak–before it can yield up its invisible particles of moisture to bedew either herb or flower. So the grace of God does not come forth to rest the soul of man until the still point is fairly and fully reached.” – Streams in the Desert

“Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting!

Till next steps made plain shall be;

To hear, with the inner hearing,

The Voice that will call for me.”

– J. Danson Smith

“…The redeemed of the LORD: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” – Is. 62:12

(Picture from Discovering Beauty)

Hope in Others

‘In solitary,’ she continued, ‘I had a dream. I saw one of our Communist torturers taking a bath in my bath tub. And other officers were queuing at the door of the bath room to do the same. I shouted at the naked man “Out of here. It is not your place.” He answered, “I believe that you Christians have a pool in your hearts like that in Bethesda. Men enter in it dirty and leave it cleansed.” He left the tub. His naked body was now whiter than snow. And he had a lovely face. It was no more the man who had beaten me. Then others undressed and entered the tub. With this I awoke. I had had a revelation in my sleep. When any man enters a Christian’s life, even by torturing him, he finds there a place where his image is cleared, beautiful. We understand him. He might be a criminal for others. For us he becomes a forever beloved being.’

The above story was told to Sabina Wurmbrand (written in her book The Pastor’s Wife) from a fellow inmate.

Above all continue to love one another fervently, for love throws a veil over a multitude of faults. 1 Peter 4:8  (Weymouth)

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?  Jeremiah 8:22

The Word, no more on tablets made of stone,

But on fleshly hearts.

Mat 17:20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Mat 17:21  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.