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Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 101:8
Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, cutting off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD.

Lord, lead me to confess and repent of those sins revealed to me; lead me to cast them at the foot of the Cross and to take them up no more. Teach me, Lord, to never taste again of the forbidden fruit and to seek to bring glory and honor to Your name in all of my life.

Psalm 119:49-50
Remember Your word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life.

Hope and comfort, Lord, hope and comfort. Your word brings hope for the future; that I can face today and tomorrow secure in the knowledge that Your word goes before me. The comfort of knowing that all that has been, has been allowed to bring me closer to You; and that all will continue to do so. The comfort of knowing that Your promise is life, the life eternal that is knowing You.

Psalm 119:56
This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept Your precepts.

The blessings of peace and joy fall to me, Lord, as I live secure within the national boundaries of Your kingdom. When Your precepts are my guide to life, I have no reason to fear the consequences for You have promised goodness and mercy will follow me all the days if my life.

Exodus 20:1-2, 8-11
And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Above all, observe My Sabbath.

It is a day for you and Me
to enjoy together.
Sing My praises in the
communion of saints,
remembering My death.

Psalm 102:1-2
A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to You! Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline Your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!

How can I not cry out to You in my afflictions and turmoils? Why do I seek my own counsel first? When will I learn that You are the One who comforts; You are the One who leads; You are the One who is the source of all joy and contentment; You are the Fountain of Living Water and I must seek Your face at all times and in all seasons. You are Lord of all.

Psalm 102:3-11
For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace. My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread. Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my flesh. I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places;I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop. All the day my enemies taunt me; those who deride me use my name for a curse. For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink, because of Your indignation and anger; for You have taken me up and thrown me down. My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.

I know that suffering and trials are supposed to produce the perseverance that leads to maturity of my faith, but it is so painful when others suffer because of my failures and neglect. I know that the promise extends to them but when it is my failure to faithfully carry the word of grace and mercy to them; when I have neglected to take up my calling to serve them and instruct them on the proper path of a disciple of the Kingdom? Lord, forgive me and do not let others suffer because of my sin and failure to be obedient to You.

Psalm 102:12-22
But You, O LORD, are enthroned forever; You are remembered throughout all generations. You will arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come. For Your servants hold her stones dear and have pity on her dust. Nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth will fear Your glory. For the LORD builds up Zion; He appears in His glory; He regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer. Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD: that He looked down from His holy height; from heaven the LORD looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, that they may declare in Zion the name of the LORD, and in Jerusalem His praise, when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.

But You are faithful to forgive and heal; You do not forget Your promises; You will carry your Church through the fires of trials and afflictions; You will bring us to full maturity as Your Body, fit for the Kingdom and as Your ambassadors of reconciliation. You will do this so that Your name will be glorified throughout all the creation. You are Lord.

Psalm 102:23-28

He has broken my strength in midcourse; He has shortened my days. "O my God," I say, "take me not away in the midst of my days-- You whose years endure throughout all generations!" Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but You are the same, and Your years have no end. The children of Your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before You.

O, LORD, that constancy, the permanency, the consistency, the completeness; You do remain. I can look to You in the morning and You are there. I can look to You in the evening and You are there. I can look to You in times of distress and You are there. I can look to You in times of joy and You are there. You have engraved me on the palm of Your and and I am secure.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O, God, my Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not. Great is Thy faithfulness, LORD, unto me.

Psalm 119:59

When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to Your testimonies;

Amazing, Lord, when I think on Your ways, I am filled with awe and elation; when I think on my ways, I am filled with despair and dejection. Therefore I must turn my feet to the path of obedience for in that path is perfect joy and peace. It is in that path that I find Your presence. That is where I come under that very weight of glory, pressing down and filling in. Lord, guide my feet in the walk; lead me to live the Truth.

Psalm 119:63

I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who keep Your precepts.

To meditate on this verse, Lord, on a day when I am anticipating the arrival of two dear saints, to share a meal and fellowship. To know that the conversation will be directed by You, the subjects discussed will center on Your precepts to explore how they govern and direct our lives. To have the expectation that it will be a time of joy and thanksgiving; acknowledging the many ways You have moved in our lives since we were last together.

To know that when we part, it is only a physical separation, we remain indissolubly linked through the power of the Holy Spirit to You and to each other. Praise You, our Lord and our Master.

Exodus 20:1-2, 12

And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Honor your parents

You are My gift to them.
They are My gift to you.
To honor your parents
is to teach your children
to honor their parents.

Psalm 103:1-5

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 forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. All that is within me, LORD, my heart, my will, my mind, my conscience, my ambitions, my plans, my hopes, my desires, my fears, my joys, my happinesses, my passions, my being; all rising up in blessing You and in thanksgiving to You. O LORD, that the very fiber of my life would be praising You!

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