God, in His great mercy, gives us a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance, and more…
God is always willing to let us try again. God not only forgives He gives the opportunity to try again.
David and Paul and Moses were murderers…
Noah and Lot were drunks…
Rahab and Tamar were prostitutes…
Jonah was disobedient, hesitant, reluctant, and fearful…
Naomi and Martha were whiners…
All of them were forgiven, given mercy. They were allowed to try again.
David asked for forgiveness (Psalm 51) and our merciful God said, I can still use you!
Rahab did what she promised and God not only saved her and her family, at the fall of Jericho, but gave her a place in the lineage of Christ. (Joshua 2 and 6)
Jonah was so afraid to do what God had told him to do that he went the opposite direction and was swallowed by a whale. He single-handedly saved the people of an entire city! (Jonah)
Jesus told Martha to quit whining and follow the example of her sister Mary. (Luke 10:38-42)
And that’s just a few of the do-overs in God’s word. He still gives His forgiveness, mercy, and grace. He knows we’re not perfect. We often miss the mark. But He forgives and forgives and lets us start over and over and over…
LORD, it seems like so many are against me. They say You are against me.
I know better. You are my shield. You lift me up. I call out to You and You answer.
When I sleep and then awake it is because You have protected and sustained me through the night. I will not fear what is all around me.
Stand up for me, LORD! Deliver me! Strike down my enemies!
I know You will deliver me! Bless Your people!
Blessings to you and yours!
Sunday Psalms are the Psalms written in my own words. They are what they mean to me. I hope you enjoy this series. When you click on the Psalm number at the top it will take you to the NIV version on BibleGateway.com
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 notwant–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.”
When Michael Smith released Ancient Words he spoke right into my heart. (Click on the blue title words to listen to the song.)
David’s words in Psalm 119:11 tell us to hide God’s word in our heart’s. How do we do that? By memorizing them. When we take time to memorize the Word we have all we need to make decisions, to deal with the ups and downs of life, and to help those around us who need to hear them.
Jehovah Jireh, my Provider, has given us 774,746 words that will change our lives when we choose to live by them. Words of life, read John 3:16. Words of hope, read Jeremiah 29:11. Words of strength, Joshua 1:9. (Did you know fear not appears in the Word 365 times.) Words for coping, Psalm 46:10.
Take the time to read, read, and reread Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts and Revelation. Use a red-letter edition. His words are as timely now and they were then.
Ah, Lord God, you have breathed Your word on to the pages of my Bible and into the nooks and crannies of my heart! Keep me always mindful that You breathed those words into existence so I would have the answers. Thank you, Lord!