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.
Books by John Nunnikhoven

Psalm 35:9-10

Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his salvation. All my bones shall say, "O LORD, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?"

Praise You, Lord, You have lifted me out of the pit, You have set my feet on a high place in Your presence, You have removed from me the stink of sin and death and soaked me in the incense of Your grace and mercy. I am Yours to do with as You will. Praise You, my Lord, I am Your servant.

Voices Together is also available in a weekly formats suitable for distribution within prisons and for insertion into church bulletins at this location.

Psalm 35:1-8

Of David. Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help! Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! Say to my soul, "I am your salvation!" Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me! Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away! Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them! For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life. Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it--to his destruction!

Lord, what form will Your enemies take today? And how will they come against me? Give me wisdom and foresight to recognize the attack for what it truly is; some are so cleverly disguised as coming from You. Give me Your strength and mind to resist, to ward off their advances. Let my cry always be, "You are my salvation."

Voices Together is also available in a weekly formats suitable for distribution within prisons and for insertion into church bulletins at this location.

Psalm 34:15-22

The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

To hear You cry, "Mine" is to know that I am Yours. To know that I am Yours is to know that I am a child of the King. To know that I am I child of the King is to know that I have been accepted into the royal family and that all is forgiven. To know that all is forgiven is to know that I have the righteousness, peace and joy that is the Kingdom of God at my beck and call.

Voices Together is also available in a weekly formats suitable for distribution within prisons and for insertion into church bulletins at this location.

 

Psalm 34:8-14

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Lord, to follow in Your ways, to pursue Your Word, to be guided by Your Law; that is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. That is Your Kingdom; that is acceptable to You. The fear of You is the beginning of wisdom; to trust in You with all my heart and to not lean on my own understanding; to acknowledge You in all my ways and then, then You will make my paths straight. Praise You, You are Lord, You are my Lord and my Master.

Voices Together is also available in a weekly formats suitable for distribution within prisons and for insertion into church bulletins at this location.

Psalm 33:20-22

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Waiting is not my strong suit, Lord, impatience is! Far, far too much of "Here's where I'm going, Lord, You can tag along if You would like." attitude. Help me to be transformed into a waiting spirit, a soul that is content to rest secure in faith that You will provide direction for my steps. "Trust in the Lord and lean not on my own understanding, but in all my ways, acknowledge You and You will make my paths straight." Wait on the Lord, trust in the Lord. Wait! Wait! Wait! ... for joy everlasting.

 

Psalm 119:122

Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me.

It is not the insolent who oppress me, it is my pride and fear of rejection by family and friends. Fill my mouth with Your praises, let every word speak of Your goodness, send me out to carry that pledge of good to all who do not know it. Help me, Lord, to be strong in Your service.

Psalm 34:1-7

Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.  Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!  I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Praise You, Lord.  My knee is bowed, my tongue confesses, You are Lord! You are Lord! You are Lord! There is no other god but You, You are Lord!

Psalm 33:20-22

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Waiting is not my strong suit, Lord, impatience is! Far, far too much of "Here's where I'm going, Lord, You can tag along if You would like." attitude.  Help me to be transformed into a waiting spirit, a soul that is content to rest secure in faith that You will provide direction for my steps. "Trust in the Lord and lean not on my own understanding, but in all my ways, acknowledge You and You will make my paths straight." Wait on the Lord, trust in the Lord. Wait! Wait! Wait! ... for joy everlasting.

Psalm 33:13-19

The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,  he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.  Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.

All my machinations, all my scheming, all my plotting, all my conniving, all my ... for naught. To fear You, to hope in Your steadfast love; therein lies deliverance, there is life everlasting... You are the mighty King, the great Warrior, the rescuing War Horse. You are the LORD, God Almighty.

Voices Together is also available in a weekly formats suitable for distribution within prisons and for insertion into church bulletins at this location.

Psalm 33 Meditation

October 26, 2010

We can read a Psalm and profit thereby.  We can increase our enjoyment and understanding by reading the Psalm aloud.  However, by combining an oral reading of a Psalm with the skilled interpretation of a skilled audio-visual artist will maximize our enjoyment and understanding.

Jesse Slusher has provided a Meditation on Psalm 33:6-12 for us.  Enjoy!


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By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

There is power in the Word. You spoke and it was. You speak and it is. You will speak and it will be. Heaven and earth, life and being, stars and seas; time past, present and future. What was, what is, what will be. All by the power of Your Word. The breath of Your mouth brings being. It is Truth. Who can stand against it.

Voices Together is also available in a weekly formats suitable for distribution within prisons and for insertion into church bulletins at this location.

Psalm 33:1-5

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

This is the Word of the Lord: it is the definition of righteousness and peace, goodness and love, grace and mercy, hope and joy, forgiveness and restoration, justice and kindness. Your Word is all Goodness brought to Your creation. Praise You and thank You, my Lord and my Master. To You I owe all submission.

Voices Together is also available in a weekly formats suitable for distribution within prisons and for insertion into church bulletins at this location.

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