Delight

eyes-218185_960_720We recently had guests for lunch and their youngest son was totally enamored with our black cat’s choice of sleeping/hiding places.  He (the cat) loves to be totally covered up under quilts, blankets, pillows…actually under anything.  We would pull back the throw, that the cat was sleeping under, and all he could see was two green eyes peering back and he would laugh that delighted two-year-old laugh.  I could hear God in that laugh and knew that He was once again giving me a personal glimpse of Him through a child’s delighted laugh.

For the Lord takes delight in His people

Psalm 149:4 tells us the LORD takes great delight in us.  He shows us how much He loves us in the many things around us.  Like a child’s delighted laugh, hummingbirds at the feeders, the shapes and colors of nature, people who model His many attributes, and so much more. Watch for the LORD’s delighted love.  It’s everywhere!

Heavenly Father, Creator of all this is was and ever will be, open my heart, mind and soul to Your delight.  Give me the supernatural ability so see You in all of Your Creation.  Make it so in Jesus name.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Psalm 4

Psalm 4

I am so upset.  Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

When will people stop shaming You, deluding themselves and turning to gods of their own making.

God sets apart the faithful and hears when they pray.

Reverence God in your prayers.  In the silence search yourself for sin and repent.

Trust God!

Shine down on us Lord!  Prosper us!  Fill us with the joy of Your provision.

Now then, I can sleep safely knowing You alone are here!

Please note:  This is how God speaks to me through His Word.  It is not meant as another translation or transliteration.  It is simply what it is.   My fervent prayer is that you will take His Word, listen to the Spirit within, and use it as He intended…to guide your own life.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Psalm 23

 

Psalm 23

There was once a Shakespearean actor who was know far and wide for his one-man show of readings and recitations from the classics.  He would always end his performance with a dramatic reading of the Twenty-third Psalm  Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation–The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want–the crowd would listen attentively.  And then, at the conclusion of the psalm, they would rise in thunderous applause in appreciation of the actor’s incredible ability to bring the  verse to life.

But one night, just  before the actor was to offer his customary recital of Psalm Twenty-three, a young man from the audience spoke up  “Sir, do you mind if tonight I recite the Twenty-third Psalm?”

The actor was quite taken back by this unusual request,  but he allowed the young man to come forward and stand front and center on the stage to re cite the psalm, knowing that the ability of this unskilled youth would be no match for his talent.

With a soft voice, the young man began to recite the words of the Psalm.  When he finished, there was no applause.  There was no standing ovation as on other nights.  All that could be heard was the sound of weeping.  The audience had  been so moved by the young man’s recitation, that e very eye was full of tears

Amazed by what he heard, the actor said to the youth,  “I don’t understand.  I have been performing the Twenty-third Psalm for years.  I have a lifetime of experience and training–but I have never been able to move an audience as you have tonight.  Tell me, what is your secret?”

The young man humbly replied, “Well sir, you know the psalm…but I know the Shepherd.”

Psalm 3

David wrote Psalm 3 during a time of great persecution.  His confidence in the LORD is very evident in this Psalm.  He was able be courageous and strong because He knew the Word and the promises in it.

LORD, I have so many enemies that are against me.  They are saying You will not deliver me.  I know better than that.  You are my shield, my glory, the One who lifts me Peaceup.  When I call out to You, wonder of all wonders, You answer from Your home on high.

When I rest, You sustain me and keep me safe.  Even though it feels like thousands are attacking from every side I will not fear.  You will deliver me by giving them a punch in the jaw.

From You comes deliverance and blessings on your people. (My personal transliteration of Psalm 3.)

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Psalm 2

It’s still snowing and blowing and cold…I truly love this weather.  I look out the windows in my home office and there’s a wonderland of white and it’s so beautiful.  God is painting new pictures every day around my country home and I am so thankful!  He’s reminding me that I have been washed whiter than snow.   My God shows me that He is with me all the time.  Amen and Amen!

Here’s another of my translations of the Psalms.  This one reminds me that even in the worst of political tension and wars God knows what is going on and He is in control.

Psalm 2

 

Worship the LORD!  Celebrate the LORD!  Honor the LORD!  Love the LORD!

Heavenly Father, in this scary and confusing world I know that I can take refuge in You.  I know that You are in control.  Heal our country and heal our land.  Let us know Your presence in these trying times.  Hear my prayer lifted in Jesus Precious Name.  Make it so!