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The psalmist again demonstrates praise, reveals the power that it awakens, and includes you in those rewards.  He offers a comparison of that which is alive and growing and that which is a dead growth of a past season.  You are invited to join the endless summer; can you feel the Lord in this?


Psalm 103 (A Psalm of David.)


Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  Psalm 103:1-5


We can call our whole being into service to exalt the name of the Lord.  As I engage my whole being in praise I remember all the ways that he has already lifted me in the past.  He has lifted me from my worst state and delivered me from injuries and illness.  He carried my family and I through lean times.  I feel strength and energy as he restores my youthful energy.


The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  Psalm 103:6-11


All the downtrodden can call on God for help, and will hear his people.  He will let us recover from his correction and he forgives us.  His mercy is great enough that he doesn’t give us what we really deserve.


As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.  As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.  Psalm 103:12-16


We dwell on the great expanse of mercy where are sins are beyond the horizon of memory.  God sympathizes with those who fear and obey him.  He knows that we are weak flesh, full of temptations.  Our days are too short to be of value without mercy.  We are gone like last year’s grass.


But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;  To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.  The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments,   hearkening unto the voice of his word.  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.  Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.  Psalm 103:17-22


There is no limit to God’s forgiveness and mercy; you are eligible.  He is fair to you and your family down to your grandchildren.  His throne is established above everything else.  The psalmist is envisioning the glory above and in this he calls the heavenly host to exalt the Lord too.  The psalmist is calling the angels, the ministers, and the heavens to bless the Lord as if he himself is in a vision of the heavenly host.  He calls all of the creation to bless the creator, and finally he again calls his own soul to bless the Lord.  It would seem that his soul has complied, and probably the host of heaven as well.  Mission accomplished in the joy of the Lord.


Psalm 104

This psalmist will not let his soul forget to bless the Lord.  He reminds us as well, and an often repeated lesson is meant to be learned.


Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.  Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:  Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:  Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.  Psalm 104:1-5


The psalmist engages his soul in direct communion with the Lord now.  He honors the Lord as a participant in this song.  Some songs are not written with great effort, but spring from the soul as a spontaneous celebration.  He sings as speaking directly to the Lord, and as one who is seeing the vision he is painting in song.  This is a song inspired by the subject of his praise, the Lord himself.  The word is living and revealing himself in the living word here, even as he inspired the singer.


Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.  At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.  They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.  Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.  He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. Psalm 104:6-10


You Lord covered the earth with oceans and changed their places and their foundations.  You sent them in the great flood, then limited them from doing that ever again.  You delivered our springs and rivers to the earth.


They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.  By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.  He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.  He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;  And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart. Psalm 104:11-15


You, our creator, gave the streams for the creatures and the plants of the earth.  You provided crops for man and his herds, and abundant foods to give life and joy to man.


The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;  Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.  The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.  He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.  Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. Psalm 104:16-20


God created robust trees for the birds, and hills for the wildlife of the earth.  Here in Wyoming we have the mountain sheep, elk, and antelope.  Around the world God provided a food chain for all the grazing and predatory animals.  Now we have to protect his creation from poachers and the lust for profit.  God also provided men to serve as game agents, and technicians to patrol the skies with drones.  He still provides today.


The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.  The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.  Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.  O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.  So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. Psalm 104:21-25


The order of God provides for lions and men alike.  The wisdom of God is established in the wonder of creation.  The earth and the seas declare the order that is, and that has been in place for the ages.


There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.  These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.  That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.  Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.  Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. Psalm 104:26-30


On the seas are ships and great creatures that all depend on God for life.  The life of the earth comes and fades into death only to be replaced by new life.  The cycle of life is eternal.  Lord, your spirit established and renews all the life here.


The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.  He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.  I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.  My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.  Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 104:31-35


God is glorified and he is the power over the earth.  The psalmist sings praises of God, and will do so for his lifetime.  These are the testimonies of God that have been confirmed for all the ages of the past and of the future to come.  This is testimony of God from old times, and newer assurances will come in the next psalms.  The psalmist knows a lifetime of evidence, and declares the evidence of all history: God is good.



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Begin your days with praise.  Accept the gift of dawn as a day of opportunity, and celebrate the end of the day as leading us to better days that will never end.  This life is a short day of trials and challenges. But the next life is endless joy.  The challengers who confront us are challenging God and they will be answered in his time.  The signs of the day of the Lord are here now.

Psalm 100  (A Psalm of praise.)

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  Psalm 100:1-5

Can I begin my day better than a song to the Lord?  I thank God for a new day, and I ask forgiveness and guidance, but am I just mumbling?  We are his sheep, and have a new day to graze on the bread of life.  Even the sheep make a little noise as they move through their day.  So we should be in the spiritual temple even on days when life keeps us at work and home, always announcing his greatness to the world.

Psalm 101 (A Psalm of David.)

I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.  I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.   A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.  Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.  Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.  He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.  I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.  Psalm

David begins his day with praise, and with the purpose to be a living example of God’s goodness.  He expects God to answer, and he aims to keep his house and heart free of sin when he arrives.  I can ask God to forgive and to deliver me from temptation every morning.  But it is hard for me to feel spiritually lifted if I carry the weight of my own mischief.  David has also decided to be separated from evil people.

Now even in the church we may encounter an infiltrator, one who serves the enemy more than the Lord.  We need to turn away from these without trying to impose our laws on them.  Church leadership should know how to deal with problems.  But we may have to warn a friend away from error if we truly love them.  That means we ask if they understand without intending to hurt or belittle them.  Similarly our feed on Facebook may need to un-follow or un-friend those who feed us too much gossip or whining.  I can speak up when people are being bullies or when they belittle the gospel too.  The world is attempting to burn down the house of God.

Psalm 102   (A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.)

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.  Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.  For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.  My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.  By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. Psalm 102:1-5

Lord hear my prayer and come quickly to help me.  Medication does not cure depression.  Prosperity does not lift your spirits unless you are imbibing spirits.  Those spirits and drugs only drag you deeper into despair.  Humor will not make the nightmares go away.  But some troubles are connected to real enemies and violent threats.  Poverty, sickness, and death follow us along the road of life.

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.  I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.  Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.  For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,  Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. Psalm 102:6-10

I wish I could fly above these threats like a bird.  How many Christians are being attacked and driven out by every manner of false cults?  In some cases our own sins have invited God to add to our suffering.  But we don’t have to take guilt from everyone because repentance and faith can lift us out of our despair.

My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.  But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.  For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.  So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. Psalm 102:11-15

Don’t these days disappear like smoke in the wind, or like the grass without water?  But God does not fade, and he remains on the throne of mercy.   Zion is to be favored again, and the land of Israel is still holy.  Rebellious men and their kings will know the power of God in his season.

When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.  He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.  This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.  For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;  To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;  When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.  Psalm 102:16-21

How do the Christians retain hope and joy in the face of persecution?  This is possible because this verse is a solid promise to them from God.  He will hear their prayers, see the evil earth, and deliver the oppressed.  The world today is marked by persecution in many nations.  They will see their hope in God.  HE will release them to peace in his service.  http://www.persecution.com/public/newsroom.aspx

He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.  I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.  Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. Psalm 102:21-25

We may often feel like God has left us suffering and fear an early demise.  But the psalmist asks God for relief knowing that he will be heard.  God forms heaven and earth and the days of every soul.

They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.  The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee. Psalm 102:26-28

The creation itself will fade while God is eternal.  There will be a new heaven and a new earth, but God and his people will endure eternally.  We can see the world around us a mankind circling the drain.  I watch old television shows on the internet and notice the gradual slide towards immorality.  We see the news and the anarchy that seems to reign as Christians and Jews are persecuted.  As Joseph and Daniel prospered in captivity so we will continue in the days ahead.  How the son of God will shine on the dark day of his return.  Are we living in the generation to witness that event?  Perhaps the trumpet is being blown in Zion this very day.


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The psalms are your invitation to enter into the joy of worship through singing.  People of every nation have discovered the real presence of God in worship.  There are populations around the world celebrating a real relationship with the living God in the name of Yeshua Ha Meschia, Jesus of Nazareth.  This is the only name by which people can find salvation, and our God welcomes you in song.





O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.  Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.   Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.  For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.  Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.  Psalm 96:1-6


Yes, sing your own new song and sing into the joy of the Lord!  This is your road to relationship with God.  Abandon your doubts in faith as you glorify God in his peace.  This is the living God who is great and who is also willing to join you where you are in your celebration.  The Lord is no stone idol, he is real, and created this universe.  He deserves honor and he honors those who honor him.  Sing a new song to him.


Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.  O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.  Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.  Psalm 96:7-13


Give the Lord honor for his glory and power all people of every nationality.  Bring the sacrifice of praise in holiness, free from sin.  Let all the people of the world know that our God reigns as the sovereign of heaven and earth.  Let all the voices of nature glorify God who will judge the people of the earth.




The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.  Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.  A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.  His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.  The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.  The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.  Psalm 97:1-6


God is the Lord and all nations have a celebration in our King.  The people of many continents and islands celebrate in their psalms.  As the clouds move about the moon so there is mystery and revelation in his light.  His truth melts away the people of darkness.  More than the thunder of summer God’s presence is awesome to the earth.



Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.  Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.  For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.  Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.  Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.  Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Psalm 97:7-12


There is no God before the Lord and their followers are without hope.  The people of faith celebrate his righteousness and hate evil.  Those who serve him know prosperity and peace as they rejoice in these victories.




O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.  The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.  He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.  Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.  Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. Psalm 98:1-5


All nations sing their own new songs to God.  He has done great things and his right arm is his holy one.  God has revealed his salvation, and he is Yeshua Ha Meschia.  God remembers his promise to save Israel and they have cause to rejoice.  All nations that have joined the Kingdom of God sing and praise with voice and instruments.



With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.  Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity. Psalm 98:6-9


Musical instruments, orchestras, choirs, oceans, wind and storms deliver the concert of joy to the Lord.  The day of the Lord is coming when God will judge evil and leave an inheritance to the meek.  Join the celebration of the nations joined into the Kingdom of God!




The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.  The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.  Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.  The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.  Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Psalm 99:1-5


The Lord our God is the power of heaven and lives between the terrible creatures of heaven.  He is high and mighty, celebrate his name and his fame in Zion.  The people of Abraham  in Zion do worship him.



Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.  He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.  Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.  Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy. Psalm 99:6-9


Moses and Aaron got help, and later Samuel also heard his God.  God appeared to them as a pillar of smoke or fire by night and he spoke to them.  While God corrected their  transgressions, he still answered their prayers.  Celebrate the Lord who is living, real, and holy.


The psalms tell us to sing a new song, and the world does so with joy and skill.  Still I have seen no scripture that says that God will smite you for singing an old song.  Sing as you are led, but do so with joy for the promises we have in him.  We have hope that the angels have not been given.  Believe the testimony of the joy of the whole world.


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A psalm of only five verses is to accomplish a mission and a message.  God is real, he warns us of danger, and he wants to save our life.  This is like the telegraph or early radio messages that signaled alarm: SOS.  The morse code was for those three letters;

. . . – – – . . .

This is information that the world needs to receive and consider.  We find those three letters transmitted in three psalms here.  Mission accomplished.


The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.  Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.  The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.  The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.  Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.  Psalm 93:1-5

God is in charge and all powerful.  He established our planet in a path that cannot be changed except by him.  The throne of God is eternal and timeless.  Although the nature of earth can drive the waves to fury, God has authority over them.  What God has declared in his word is certainty and his house is established for holiness but not for sin.  This psalm is a short pointed message to everyone to consider.  God has spoken through his word, and even this short psalm establishes what our priority should be.  Consider the words of the one God.  Now consider a longer version of what a psalm can be.


O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.  Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.  LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?  How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?  They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.  Psalm 94:1-5

Vengance belongs to the Lord, and not to man.  So do your job Lord and demonstrate your vengeance for us.  How we want to help God but that demonstrates our unbelief  as we demonstrate that we don’t trust him to do his part.  How long will evil men have a free run to oppress and kill the righteous?  The gangsters of life brag about their exploits against the law while they destroy families, communities, and themselves.  The people of God are suffering along with the rest of the oppressed.

They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.  Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.  Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?  He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?   He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?  Psalm 94:6-10

Men and women engage in violent crime and warfare in our world.  These are confident that God will not see them because they are unaware that he exists.  The announcement of the last psalm revealed our God so wake up your ignorant brutes!  God even wants to warn you that he lives, hears, sees, and knows you.  God who formed you knows your nature and your real value.

The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;  That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.  For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.  But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.  Psalm 94:11-15

God knows that all men think vain and evil things.  But if you know that he lives and that he is warning you, then you have good news.  God cares enough to warn you that he is ready to punish you.  He wants you to hurt enough to stop hurting others.  If you can turn to life he will give you life instead of death in the pit of hell.  Become one of his because he will not fail to protect his people.  God will return life to the repentant and a wise man will decide to follow righteousness.

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?  Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.  When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.  In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.  Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?  Psalm 94:16-20

In an evil world we may feel vulnerable if we become as righteous potential victims.  We can turn from evil and know that God will protect us and enable us to be good.  I might be hopeless and discouraged without seeing God step in to help me.  God’s mercy did intervene to keep me from falling so I am now assured.  I have a renewed mind of hope that brings me peace in the daily trials.  Can God have any tolerance for those who pass laws to oppress the weak?

They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.  But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.  And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.  Psalm 94:21-23

While voices raise false accusations against the brethren God provides answers and protection to their frustration.  As Haman of old these evil workers are hanged on their own gallows.  God is as real and as powerful at that 93rd Psalm has declared.  So rejoice in the rock fortress of his sanctuary.  Now we can enter into a full worship in the next psalm of celebration.


O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.  In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.  The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.  O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.  Psalm 95:1-6

This is a psalm, a song of celebration of the rock of ages, our salvation.  Giving praise to God reminds the world of the declaration of God presented in that last psalms.  The rock of our salvation is a spirit, a God and a King.  He has the power that has been ascribed to him before and forever.  Worship and bow before the God who is the master of his creation.  We are invited to the temple to be in his presence.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his  hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,  Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.  Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:  Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.  Psalm 95:7-11

This is our God, we are welcomed by him as his own, and he cares for us as his flock of sheep.  If you have heard his voice you are not too evil for him, he will accept you one of his own sons.  Avoid the mistake of the Jews who were rescued from Egypt but turned against their savior later because of some temptations in hard times.  These were his own children who rejected him, and he was forced to let them go.  Those who saw their redeemer and followed his word entered into the prosperity of his rest.


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Now we find a psalm from long before the sons of Korah or David.  Moses too sang when praise to God was appropriate.  This song is also a prayer that takes us back to our roots and ponders our destiny; it lifts us from the low times to high places.

(A Prayer of Moses the man of God.)

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.  For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.  Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.  In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.  Psalm 90:1-6

In the beginning Lord you were always our home and family.  Before creation you are God.  God is over creation, time and space.  A thousand years are like a day or an hour to the Lord, and they vanish like trees in the flood or like smoke on the wind.  You are the author and measure of time Lord.

“A time warp is a hypothetical, rather than fictitious, change in the continuing of space-time, such as in time dilation or challenge.”


Hmm, hypothetical, that’s one step closer to being possible I guess.  Warping space-time, real starships considered possible by NASA. 

“An Alcubierre warp drive would involve a football-shape spacecraft attached to a large ring encircling it. This ring, potentially made of exotic matter, would cause space-time to warp around the starship, creating a region of contracted space in front of it and expanded space behind.”


So man finally thinks we can change space and time.  But he still thinks that such things are not done by God.  Man has misunderstood both science and the scriptures as long as they have tried to be experts who know everything.  Moses just released us from our still young knowledge of the universe and life.  Consider the spiritual signs.

For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.  Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.  The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.  Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.  So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.  Psalm 90:7-12

Do we sense that there is a God who sends us what we deserve?  Is that a guilty conscience or is there actually a being who is moving life around us?  As we age we notice how hard life has been.  As we start to approach those eighty years we have long memories of struggles and a short future of regrets.  Are we finally aware of an angry God?  Now we can focus our remaining strength on better results.

Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.  O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.   Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.  Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.  And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.  Psalm 90:13-17

Moses asks God to return, but in reality we need to return to him.  May God turn our mistakes to a profit in the end.  Lord reveal your goodness to all of us who serve you, and to the generations that follow as we return to being good examples.  Let the blessings of God shine in the things we can still do here to encourage others.  Lord, you establish the evidence of your goodness in your work in us.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  Psalm 91:1-6

Who lives in the secret place of the almighty?  God has chosen to be a secret, beyond the measure of science.  If we ignore all the testimony of God, and the premonitions reported in the world we can deny the mystery of the invisible.  Dreams are a problem if you see a glimpse of the spiritual realm in your own sleep.  Moses has a secure understanding of God as a fortress, a stone walled shelter of safety.  He will save you, and shelter you under his wing.

Mankind is fascinated by the eagle that navigates the vapors and the clouds so effortlessly.  Modern man understands a little about aerodynamics now, but still adds lessons from his wind tunnels.  The eagle was born to master the air by nature.  We are not safe in the places where he nests, unless he gives us his mastery of high places.  No plague, enemy, or disaster can rule those who dwell in his nest.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Psalm 91:7-10

Everyone faces the challenges of life; sickness, war, crime, poverty, and death.  Even death has been overcome by our messiah, so we can pass through this too.  There are many people who reject the wisdom of faith, and they chose pure evil.  These have too much spiritual baggage to master the flight we will see with the most high.  The Lord is our habitation and our heritage to soar with him.  There is no harm that can take us from him.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. Psalm 91:8-16

Satan used this very verse to tempt Yeshua to leap from the heights of the temple.  He replied that we should not tempt the lord or deliberately go in harm’s way.  (Would the president take his Secret Service men into a Klan rally?)  To be protected from the serpent doesn’t mean that we should embrace him.  Spiritual pride has killed many snake handling preachers.  Here we may be hearing from the Lord again as he promises to deliver those who put their love on him.  He will answer prayers, accompany him, and honor him who trusts God.  Salvation and long life are both offered to us here.  Every day a give thanks to see the dawn, and to know that the endless day is also waiting for us.

So if every day is a gift, the Lord’s day is a special gift.  This psalmist is singing a worship song about the day of the worship service.  This is the song of the special day of celebration and spiritual manifestations.

(A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.)

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:  To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,  Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.  For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.  O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.  Psalm 92:1-5

Thank God for every day that dawns, and advertise his kindness to everyone around us.  Make music to celebrate his greatness and I have victory in you Lord.  God’s works and his words show the depth of his thought.

A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.  When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:  But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.  For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.  But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Psalm 92:6-10

A pure brute is of force that can’t find resistance in a spirit.  A fool may have education but misses wisdom.  Both prosper in the world, but have a short summer to grow in.  While God’s enemies are fading in the fall his people are provided with food and shelter for the long winter.  They are anointed by their God.

Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;  To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.  Psalm 92:11-15

When I am in this relationship God will deliver me from enemies and I will hear the story of their defeat.  Good men are planted in God’s house and grow like the great cedars.  Their prosperity will demonstrate the goodness of God, who is righteous.

As Israel will see these promises so too will those who recognize the messiah of Israel.  Beyond the obvious understanding of science and politics there is a spiritual being who can navigate the thin air of improbability.  We are Israel, and he will deliver us.