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Psalm 147:6-11

The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

“ the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,” I can interpret “fear” in at least two different ways. 1) The old fashioned way as absolute terror. The LORD, God the Almighty is the ‘God who drove me in the middle of the night to go check on my brother, Joe, who was a much more obedient child than I and, as I read my mother’s stated expressions, much more likely to be called home if the LORD came for His own in the middle of the night. I doubt if Mom ever made such threats, a somewhat more mature adult knows that she loved all her children and never governed through threats. (Sorry about that rambling sentence, but it does convey the sense of juvenile terror that ruled my preteen life.)

However, He is the great I am and as such is to be worshiped appropriately. The words that come to mind are “respect of His authority”. He is in control of all things and therefore, I must respect His authority.

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Reading

Morning Psalm 87, Noon Psalm 119:17-24, Evening Psalm 19, If you follow this regimen, you will pray through the Psalms every 47 days or just under 8 times per year.

An alternate Reading Plan is based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.

Suggested Supplementary Reading

The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith by Dr. Stanley D. Gale. There is also a workbook available.

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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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