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

John Nunnikhoven

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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But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

The Righteous vs the Rebellious. Or the very richness's of His presence vs the arid-ness of His absence.

Look at the activities (involvement) called for in living the life of the Righteous: putting on the robes of gladness and rejoicing in His Presence. Singing His praises to His Name, extolling Him as He rides on the clouds, addressing Him by that holy name YAH as we rejoice.

Who is the LORD, God, the Almighty? He is father to the fatherless; He is the defender of widows and orphans; He brings the slave to prosperity (freedom). All while the rebellious are banished to the most arid of deserts.

Reading

Morning Psalm 144, Noon Psalm 119:17-24, Evening Psalm 40

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, For I believe Your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes.

The proud have forged a lie against me, But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease, But I delight in Your law.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

Ish HaElohim recognizes importance of obedience. Not that being obedient buys a First Class ticket into Heaven. It won't, but it does keep us in communion with the Holy Spirit. Does anyone enjoy living in a pig sty? Not really, but we ask a member of the Trinity to live with someone with a foul mouth and lewd morals, defying His instructions to lead a life which is pleasing to the LORD,God, the Almighty? I don't think so!

Reading

Morning Psalm 143, Noon Psalm 119:9-16, Evening Psalm 39

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song. Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.As smoke is driven away, So drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Have you ever left a large candle on the hearth and gone to bed? Well, neither have I but it does not take much imagine to envision the mess that would great you in the morning, especially if it was a stone hearth. Permanent ruin of the hearth is what comes to mind.

The Day is coming when the LORD, God, the Almighty's patience with mankind will be exhausted. The result will be complete and total disaster.

Reading

Morning Psalm 142, Noon Psalm 119:1-8, Evening Psalm 38

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

To the Chief Musician. On Stringed Instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah

That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.

Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us, And all he ends of the earth shall fear Him.

“Wherever He leads, I will go” is playing on the radio beside me as I read this precious Psalm. A perfect combination of praise and declaration of fealty. To praise the LORD, God the Almighty is meaningless without obedience. The LORD is not fooled! Sometimes, I was suckered in similar circumstances. Never so with the LORD; I am the only fool as I sit singing His praises during a LORD's Day Worship service. It was/is to my shame and a tribute to His patience with me, a sinner.

Reading

Morning Psalm 141, Noon Psalm 119:169-176, Evening Psalm 37

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

Psalm 66:18-20 (Praise as Prayer)

If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!

Praise the LORD, God, Almighty that he indeed hears my prayers and supplications. He attends to my prayers and His mercy never fails, it is new every morning.

Reading

Morning Psalm 140, Noon Psalm 119:161-168, Evening Psalm 36

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue.

Now there's a set of marching orders. David's directions for all who fear the LORD, God, the Almighty, even to this day! Come and hear. We are directed to cry out to Him with our mouths and extol Him with our tongues. Yes, we are to live our faith, but first we are to be vocal. We are called to practice what we preach, not to preach what we practice. The latter opens a search for the scriptures that justify our behavior.

Reading

Morning Psalm 139, Noon Psalm 119:153-160, Evening Psalm 35

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows, Which my lips have uttered And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble. I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals, With the sweet aroma of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah

How many times have I been trapped by my own mouth? “I will pay You my vows, Which my lips have uttered And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.” So easy to promise anything to the LORD if He will only get me out of trouble one more time. Take a look at Judges 11:30-40 to see what one vow cost Jephthah. Did Jehovah desire the life of his daughter. No! But the LORD still wants our love and loyalty.

Reading

Morning Psalm 138, Noon Psalm 119:145-152, Evening Psalm 34

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, Who keeps our soul among the living, And does not allow our feet to be moved. For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

Sometimes it's a little hard to understand, this concept of refining by fire, affliction, and testing. But we must accept that you know the finished product and how to achieve it. You keep us among the living to achieve your goals; a people called to advance your Kingdom in the Here and Now.

Reading

Morning Psalm 137, Noon Psalm 119:137-144, Evening Psalm 33

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

You are my portion, O LORD; I have said that I would keep Your words. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Be merciful to me according to Your word. I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments.

The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments. I am a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts. The earth, O LORD, is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statutes.

Ish HaElohim (My name for the scribe who wrote the 119th Psalm, the Man of God), lays out his need for the Law of God, basically to bring it continually into his mind, not letting him slip at all.

All I can answer is, “Me, too. Let my vow be that “At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments. I am a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts. The earth, O LORD, is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statutes.”

Reading

Morning Psalm 136, Noon Psalm 119:129-136, Evening Psalm 32

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. He turned the sea into dry land; They went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him. He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. He turned the sea into dry land; They went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him.” That is not a “So, what” passage. It references two instances where the power of the Word of the LORD, God, The Almighty was demonstrated in what might be called 'casual power,' See Joshua 3:15-17 for an account of the Word creating dryground, even stated twice in v.17.

I was raised in an Iowa town on the banks of the Mississippi River which flooded from spring to spring. As the flood waters receded, the soil left behind was not dry ground. Deep mud is a more accurate description. Yet we read that the priests carrying the Arc of the Covenant stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; that all Israel crossed over on dry ground.

Israel did not slog through deep mud to cross the Jordan.They walked on a dry, quite wide strip of dry land. Do we need to start reading the Word of the LORD through eyes that are open to the hidden miracles?

Reading

Morning Psalm 135, Noon Psalm 119:121-128, Evening Psalm 31

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm. Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name." Selah

It is my contention that every Psalm deals with the glorification of the LORD, God the Almighty in one fashion or another. That supposition has been generally upheld, with the feeling that it is my failure, not the Psalmist's, to identify the praise in the one or two Psalms where I have not identified a Worship component.

Not so, not so at all here. This is a Psalm that bubbles and boils with praise and adoration and glorification; all directed towards the LORD, God, the Almighty.

Stick with me, enjoy the ride and mix a metaphore or two for the Praise Pool.

Reading

Morning Psalm 135, Noon Psalm 119:121-128, Evening Psalm 31

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs; You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice. You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it. You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth. You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, And the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.

What a beautiful passage, celebrating the munificence of the LORD, God, the Almighty as He provides for the needs of His people. Obviously an agrarian society, totally dependent upon the produce of the land.

Not so anymore. We are a manufacturing society; we produce automobiles by the thousands per hour. Computers? Countless! HA!

Maybe we are described in that first phrase? Are we afraid of the signs of the LORD? Have we lost sight of our dependency on the food chain? There has been drought in the wheat growing regions of the mid-West; will we experience increasing bread prices next winter?

Reading

Morning Psalm 134, Noon Psalm 119:113-120, Evening Psalm 30

Alternate Reading Plan 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.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

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