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Psalm 124

2013-01-13 16.23.19

A Psalm of promise, of thanks, of hope, of clinging to God who rescues us.

Psalm 124

Psalm 124 (CEV)

(A song by David for worship.)

Thanking the Lord for Victory

124 The Lord was on our side!
Let everyone in Israel say:
    “The Lord was on our side!
Otherwise, the enemy attack
would have killed us all,
    because it was furious.
We would have been swept away
    in a violent flood
    of high and roaring waves.”

Let’s praise the Lord!
He protected us from enemies
    who were like wild animals,
    and we escaped like birds
    from a hunter’s torn net.

The Lord made heaven and earth,
    and he is the one
    who sends us help.

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Sacrifice not Self-Seeking

Such concern
about who is the best,
the greatest,
the most important;
which one
deserves most praise
and glory.

How can this be the focus
in the presence of you?
The one who truly is
the Great One.

Such failure to grasp
what this is all about,
what really matters.

This is not about getting,
but giving.
The concern
should be living
and loving.

Until we get that,
the cross is an anathema,
a mystery,
incomprehensible.

When we get it,
we see what giving
and serving truly are.

Lord,
may I seek the way of love
and sacrifice,
not glory
and the appreciation
of those around me.

May I live your way.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Mark 9:30-37 (CEV)

Jesus Again Speaks about His Death

30 Jesus left with his disciples and started through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know about it, 31 because he was teaching the disciples that the Son of Man would be handed over to people who would kill him. But three days later he would rise to life. 32 The disciples did not understand what Jesus meant, and they were afraid to ask.

Who Is the Greatest?

33 Jesus and his disciples went to his home in Capernaum. After they were inside the house, Jesus asked them, “What were you arguing about along the way?” 34 They had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest, and so they did not answer.

35 After Jesus sat down and told the twelve disciples to gather around him, he said, “If you want the place of honor, you must become a slave and serve others!”

36 Then Jesus had a child stand near him. He put his arm around the child and said, 37 “When you welcome even a child because of me, you welcome me. And when you welcome me, you welcome the one who sent me.”

The Wise Way

Humility and wisdom,
or jealousy and selfishness?

Which way do I want to live?
Which life do I want to follow?
Which is the right way,
God’s way?

I know the answer,
but can I live it?

Will I cause trouble
and be cruel?

Or live with
purity,
friendliness,
gentleness,
kindness
and helpfulness?
Will I be a person who makes peace
or shatters it
wherever I go?

Fighting and arguing is so pointless,
so exhausting,
such a waste of effort.
living in love
and peace
is such a better use of energy,
more use to the world
and what God asks of me.

Lord,
I want my life to be clean
and lived the way you want it.
I give you my pain,
my battling,
my clumsiness
in dealing with others;
that I may live in your peace
and walk in your love.

Perfect Peace

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8 (CEV)

Wisdom from Above

13 Are any of you wise or sensible? Then show it by living right and by being humble and wise in everything you do. 14 But if your heart is full of bitter jealousy and selfishness, don’t brag or lie to cover up the truth. 15 That kind of wisdom doesn’t come from above. It is earthly and selfish and comes from the devil himself. 16 Whenever people are jealous or selfish, they cause trouble and do all sorts of cruel things. 17 But the wisdom that comes from above leads us to be pure, friendly, gentle, sensible, kind, helpful, genuine, and sincere. 18 When peacemakers plant seeds of peace, they will harvest justice.

Friendship with the World

Why do you fight and argue with each other? Isn’t it because you are full of selfish desires that fight to control your body? You want something you don’t have, and you will do anything to get it. You will even kill! But you still cannot get what you want, and you won’t get it by fighting and arguing. You should pray for it. Yet even when you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just for selfish reasons.

Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you people who can’t make up your mind.