John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.You shall keep them, O LORD, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.
An interesting term “pure words.” Maybe I need to start by considering what “impure words” would be? Certainly untrustworthy, unreliable, loosely defined, not purified seven times. The words of the world are couched in misdirection and lies. Carefully constructed phrases intended to befog and build unrealizable expectations.
But the Words of the LORD? There's something that I can take to the market. They will fly. “I am the LORD, your God.” means precisely that the LORD, God the Almighty is my God. I can trust His Word. John 1:1-4 means precisely: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Morning Psalm 96, Noon Psalm 119:89-96, Evening Psalm 36
If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?
The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.
What can the righteous do? Trust in the LORD's righteousness for that is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal. Look at that final phrase, “His countenance beholds the upright.” In other words, the LORD, God, the Almighty smiles upon those who walk (live) according to His Word. I
It does not getting any better than basking in the smile of my LORD,
Morning Psalm 95, Noon Psalm 119:81-88, Evening Psalm 35
The LORD is King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
Modern man, raised in a democracy, finds the concepts involved in Lordship and Kingship to be impossible to grasp, yet we must. We are called to acknowledge Jesus, the Christ as LORD and Savior. Both Savior and LORD. The phrase, King forever and ever helps a little, but the Western mind thinks of figurehead monarchies, eg, Queen Elizabeth and a slew of princes and princesses prancing about Great Britain, but without real power and authority.
But to the chosen, the title: LORD and Savior, is a double barreled title, containing a complete definition of the authority of Jesus Christ. He is a fully endowed member of the Trinity, with the power to forgive, to heal and to restore. We should not be able to read John 1:1-4, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” without shuddering in awe, breaking into tears, and falling to our knees in adoration.
Morning Psalm 94, Noon Psalm 119:73-80, Evening Psalm 34
The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. The LORD is known by the judgment He executes; The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah
The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, O LORD, Do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O LORD, That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah
Surprise, surprise, the LORD will overcome the stuborn compulsion of Man to establish himself in the position of God. The lost, the least and the lonely will be counted among the favored of the LORD; they will be set out as those who fear Him and who seek His face. Praise Him, a loving Father.
Morning Psalm 93, Noon Psalm 119:65-72, Evening Psalm 33
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people. When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble. Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.
We are called to glorify and praise the LORD, God, the Almighty for His Goodness to His creation. Even though we, in our stubornness, have delibritately and malisciously descrated all His Hands have done, He, in His great grace, sent His Son to bear the penalty for our sins.
Yet we resist. How can we when the evidence is there to slap us in the face. The LORD loves us and cherishes us. Let our mouths be constantly filled with praise.
Morning Psalm 92, Noon Psalm 119:57-64, Evening Psalm 32
When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence. For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness. You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished.
But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.
Even as the LORD fights for His people, He is glorified. He has, He does, He will judge the world in righeousness. All will be measured against His measuring rod, Godly uprightness.
Think of this in terms of man's judicial system with retrial after retrail as a cace is pursuded from local court to the Supreme Court. The LORD, God, the Almighty's judicial system starts with Him, the creater of the Universe. No retrials!
Morning Psalm 91, Noon Psalm 119:49-56, Evening Psalm 31
Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.
Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You. Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments aregood. Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness.
Our scribe of the 119thPsalms pleads to be revived in the way of the LORD through the establishment of the Word in him, to bring about holy fear and a rejection of the LORD's reproach. He acknowledges the goodness of the LORD's judgments and for a satisfaction of a longing for and understanding of God's precepts and righteousness.
Should not my daily prayers take exactly the same format? I don't think they did today. As I review by prayer time with the brothers of the Fellowship of Ailbe this evening, my focus was directed towards specific goals that I was pleading with the LORD for His hand in satisfying.
Not unworthy ends in themselves, but certainly not pleading for a deeper relationship with Him.
Morning Psalm 90. Noon Psalm 119:41-48, Evening Psalm 30
To the Chief Musician. To The Tune of "Death of the Son." a Psalm of David. I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
One of the most striking elements of this passage is that there is no time frame. No morning, afternoon or evening. No Sunday morning worship session or evening Bible study. No time set for a convocation of the saints; or “Now I lay me down to sleep time.” What to make of this lack of time stamps?
It is all the time! His praises must be ever in my mouth. (Psalms 71:8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day.) There is no time out. Not only must I always be in a state of praise, all my senses must be tuned and sensitive to signs of His glory.
Morning Psalm 89, Noon Psalm 119:25-32, Evening Psalm 29
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen—Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
What is man? The pre-Fall Man? To me; the answer is obviously, but not yet completely. Thee foundation was laid, but then flawed by Sin. Not just a little white lie, there is no such thing in God's eyes, but with the sin filled and erroneous conviction that Man was superior to God; that Man was the controller of his own destiny. Wrong!
Look at this from the phrase that begins, “And You have crowned Him,” through the last sentence. In between the LORD, God the Almighty names man as His surrogate; as the one with authority (dominion) over all the works of His hands. He names man as the ultimate accomplishment of His creation. Why? So that His name would be declared excellent in all the earth. It is our responsibility to execute that task fully and without blemish on the Name of the LORD.
Morning Psalm 88, Noon Psalm 119:17-24, Evening Psalm 28
To the Chief Musician. On the Instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
A couple of points jump out at me as I slowly let these two sentences creep into my soul. 1) The first sentence places the Name of the LORD, God, the Almighty in His proper place, a Name that is above all other names. There is no other name that supersedes the Name. And we take that Name and use it as a curse; as a casual interjection; OMG ranks alongside of Ah, shucks as having no stature, no significance, when it should invoke the deepest sense of Awe. 2) All it takes is the infantile mewing of babes and nursing infants to silence those who would avenge the LORD. Scary! I will hang my head in shame as I stand before the Great White Throne and acknowledge the times I have used the Name in vain.
Morning Psalm 87, Noon Psalm 119:9-16, evening Psalm 27
I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
This Psalm is essentially a diatribe regarding the words and actions of Cush, a Benjamite an evil man whom David did not admire. I was unable to find out more about him, the Spirit didn't find it necessary to enlighten me further.
However, the total lesson, I believe is contained in the last verse. “No matter what challenges and setback I have to face, I will praise the LORD. A hard lesson to learn, the old man in me wants to rant and rave.
Morning Psalm 86, Noon Psalm 119:1-8, Evening Psalm 26
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.
Is this a form of worship? Absolutely! Those of us who are blessed with children have had the experience of one coming to us for help in fixing a toy or solving a homework problem. The experience often used to bring an Adrenalin rush. Used to? No still does even if my children are mature adults. The phone rings and a familiar voice says, “Dad, got a few minutes? I need some advice” The buttons are popping off my shirt.
How must the LORD feel when I get down on my knees and go to Him in prayer, “Heavenly Father, I need some advice” But one difference, the conversation with a child may open a debate; when I turn to my Heavenly Father, I better be ready to obey.
Morning Psalm 87 Noon Psalm 119:9-16 Evening Psalm 27