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Short Expressions on Psalm 119

Psalm 119

Psalm 119 intro

Psalm 119 verse 1

How blessed are those whose way

is blameless, who walk in the

 Word of the Lord


First of all, lest we get discouraged with our faltering steps, remember this is a “walk”, a lifetime, day by day,

moment by moment journey.

You don't walk alone.

Take His hand and walk on into the new beginnings of 2013. 



He's Everything

JesusPrinceof Peace

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my Shepherd

[to feed, guide, and shield me],

I shall not lack.

He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures;

He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

He refreshes and restores my life (my self);

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

[uprightness and right standing with Him—

not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless]

valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear or dread no evil,

for You are with me; Your rod [to protect]

and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the

presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;

my [brimming] cup runs over.

Surely or only goodness, mercy, 

and unfailing love shall follow me

all the days of my life, and through the

length of my days the house of the Lord

[and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

If I don't have love....


If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

 Love never dies.

1 Corinthians 13   The Message


Hugskisses when it's expressed....
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized
the world that He [even] gave up His only
begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever
believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on)
Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost)
but have eternal (everlasting) life.
John 3  Amplified
got love? how about expressing it a bit louder today...

I believe...

I believe
“And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found grace (free, spontaneous,
absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God.
And listen! You will become pregnant
and will give birth to a Son, and you shall call
His name Jesus. He will be great (eminent)
and will be called the Son of the Most High;
and the Lord God will give to Him the
throne of His forefather David,
And He will reign over the house of Jacob
throughout the ages; and of His reign
there will be no end.” Luke 1

How still...

How still

I don't suppose we will ever be confused with the town
of Bethlehem in the familiar Christmas carol: O Little Town of still we see thee...?....
at least not this month....the busyness can steal
the stillness from our day....."Let be and be still, and know
(recognize and understand) that I am God.  
Psalm 146 Amplified
When you sing this carol from a hymnal, notice that the title of the tune is "St. Louis." It's not named for a city or a saint, but for the composer of the music, Lewis H. Redner (born December 15, 1830). Here's what happened: In 1865, Phillips Brooks, the famed Boston pastor, visited the Holy Land and stopped in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. He was so moved that, returning home, he wrote this hymn for the children in his Sunday school. He handed the words to his organist, Lewis Redner, asking him to compose the melody. "If it's a good tune," added Brooks, "I'll name it 'St. Lewis' after you." Lewis couldn't come up with a suitable tune until the evening before the song was to be performed; but it was an instant hit, and Brooks did name if for the organist, changing the spelling to avoid embarrassing him.

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is giv'n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav'n.
No ear may his His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born to us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king. --Matthew 2:1


hey, looking for someone with 'skin on'?....visit the manger....a baby, God in the flesh....Immanuel...
"He cannot be comprehended, but he can be touched. His coming in the flesh - this Mystery we prepare to glimpse again - confirms that He is to be touched.  (Scott Cairns, in God with Us)
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder,
and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity],
Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9
Jesus. Immanuel. Unto us. Touchable. 

in Harmony

In harmony
Christmas is all about harmony, isn't it....
But all things are from God,
Who through Jesus Christ
reconciled us to Himself
[received us into favor,
brought us into harmony with Himself]
and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation 
[that by word and deed we might
aim to bring others into harmony with Him].
2 Corinthians 5  Amplified Bible
Do you have a message of harmony to give
to the world this Christmas?

The First Day of Advent

Advent 1
Advent is a term from the Latin word "adventus"
which means "arrival".  It is a time of waiting
for the arrival of Christmas,
the coming of Jesus to earth when
He was born as a baby at Bethlehem
about two thousand years ago. 
Peace is something we want and
pray for in our world. There is so much unrest
and violence tht disrupts the peace of humanity.
We can work to settle disputes and
disccourage violence, but perhaps peace
starts closer to home.
Perhaps peace in our world begins
with peace in our own lives.
We each have places of unrest,
and perhaps if we work for peace here,
inside our lives, we might be able to know
more of God's peace in the world.
 (from 'Following the Star" advent devotionals. 
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased."  Luke 2
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid."  John 14