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 149:5

Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds.

As I woke during the night, I needed to turn to You in joy. Help me to learn to exult in Your glory, revel in the power of Your name, to treasure those periods during the night when sleep flees, to use them as times to praise You and remember Your Goodness to me.

 

 

Psalm 149:6-9

Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written! This is honor for all his godly ones. Praise the LORD!

LORD, to praise You is to tear down the strongholds of the enemy. It is a powerful weapon that You have given me to assault the enemy. Praise is the weapon against ridicule and shame, against pride and lust, against greed and covetousness, against anger and rage. It saps the strength of the evil one, sucks the blood from his veins, buckles his legs and causes him to flee. It gives me the power to resist.

So, LORD, let Your praises be foremost on my tongue today. May I sing Your praise and do Your praise all day long. PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME!



Psalm 150:1-6

Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

LORD, let me praise You with a keyboard, that this may be acceptable in Your sight.

I praise You in Your sanctuary, that place of light and sound, the brilliance of Your presence overshadowing and casting every other source of light and beauty into insignificance.

I praise You in Your mighty heavens, that universe of complete beauty that set in place. You caused the stars and the galaxies to be in their places, to spin and whirl as move as You defined. The shear beauty, as reveled by the Hubble, takes my breath away. The colors, the immensity, the intricate detail

I praise You for Your mighty deeds, for the redemption through the cross, for the gracious and merciful plan to set everything right after we had spoiled, marred, and desecrated Your glorious creation. You have provided for all to be set once again, within the Shalom that is Your perfect plan.

How great thou art! there is no limit to Your love, no limit to Your perfection, to Your completeness. You are my all in all. I need no more, no one else, nothing except You, my LORD, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 119:125

I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!

Today is a day for understanding as we attend a memorial for an unbeliever. A dear friend from years ago, but without evidence that he walked with You (that we saw or knew). And we were not either. Now, Lord, how do we approach this situation today? How do we go into this to give his widow and children words of love and hope. How are we to serve as Your Ambassadors of Reconciliation?

 

Psalm 119:124

Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes.

What more can I ask, Lord, but that You deal with according to Your steadfast love? That has always been so, even when I was not walking with You. The problem is in my recognizing that You are dealing with me out of love, steadfast love and my acceptance of that fact. This is where the teaching/learning is needed. For me to accept that circumstances and events are for a purpose, and that purpose is to teach me, to transform me and make me like You.



Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Lord, this is a two-fold blessing that leads to not suffering the consequences of disobedience while enjoying the fruits of obedience. It is a matter of where I seek communion, advice and counsel; do I go to the kingdom of the Evil One or do I turn my heart to Your Kingdom and seek Your wisdom and guidance? The former leads to despair, the latter to joy and fulfillment; to the prosperity of Kingdom living. Praise You, my Lord and my Master



Psalm 1:4-5

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

I come to You, my Lord, seeking Your favor upon my family, on those who do not know You and who refuse to accept Your offer of grace and mercy. Lord, bring them to their knees and fill my mouth with the fire of Your word, the word that cleanses and heals. Remove from me the fear of shame and rejection. Bless them, my Lord and my Master.



Psalm 119:2-3

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

A good summary of the life of a disciple, seeking You with a whole heart, obeying You in all things, and applying Your teachings to every aspect of life.



Psalm 1:6

[F]or the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Praise You, my Lord and my Master, for You do know that Way and You do reveal that Way to Your people. Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead me in the Way and into all truth.



Psalm 2:1-3

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us."

Why is it, Lord, that the world is in complete rebellion against You? Why do all deliberately defy You? So often it is the defiance of a small child who disobeys a parent solely for the sake of defiance; an act of self-will; a shouting of "I will be master of my fate." Unwilling to accept Your righteousness; persisting in the tattered, soiled, putrid rags of self-determination; lost and destitute, yet trumpeting the Pyhrric victories of a self-destructive life.



Psalm 2:4-6

He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then He will speak to them in His wrath, and terrify them in His fury, saying, "As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill."

How terrifying Your fury must be as You watch these puny creatures rant and rave against You. And how terrifying to me as I realize that I have defied the LORD, God Almighty. I am not worthy! Have mercy on me, a sinner. for Your King reigns.



Psalm 119:133

Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

Let no iniquity gain dominion over me. Not always, Lord, an overtly sinful behavior but very frequently a defect of personality that leads me to be insensitive to to others, to their needs and to their points of pain and hurt; to their inner desires and dislikes. Transform me, Lord, tune my ear to other's needs and personalities, and train me in the way I should go.



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