The Fear of the Lord


Key Verse

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” – Psalm‬ ‭111:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Fear
  • Lord
  • Beginning
  • Wisdom
  • Follow
  • Precepts
  • Good
  • Understanding

Reading for Today

Psalm 111 – 112

“Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭111:1, 10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭112:1-5, 7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Application

If I fear God I am wise. How will I do that? I obey His precepts. I will also find great delight in His commands. How is my memorising scripture going ?

Prayer for Today

Heaven Father we come humbly before you this morning bringing You praise. Was so great to share the gospel with my friend last night. 

By the gospel we are saved if we hold to it 1 Cor 15:1-4 and that we can become part of it Rom 6:3-6. It is really the centre of You message Lord. Help me to share it freely!!! Gospel Link

Speaking the truth will always set me free although people might accuse me. I am excited God to do Your will and be filled with an inexpressable and glorious joy because of Yourlove, patience and faithfulness towards me.

I can always leap for joy because I know you have won already and it is just a matter of time before I am united with You in person. 

Thanks you God with providing us with transport and my family that helped us to sort it out. Truly God You work in ways that blow us away. 

I thank You for a new day to live to Your glory and may I be filled with Your Holy Spirit to proclaim freely your word. Amen and Amen

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Always do what is right


Key Verse

“Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.” – Psalm‬ ‭106:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Key Words

  • Blessed 
  • Act justly
  • Always
  • Do what is right 

Reading for Today


Psalm 105-106

“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,
“Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.
The LORD made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes, whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.
He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night. They asked, and he brought them quail; he fed them well with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed like a river in the desert. For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham. He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy; he gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for— that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws. Praise the LORD.” – Psalm‬ ‭105:1-3, 8, 12, 15, 19, 24-25, 39-45‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test. So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.
They exchanged their glorious God for an image of a bull, which eats grass. They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt,
So he said he would destroy them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them. Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his promise. They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the LORD.
They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.
By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them; for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses’ lips. They did not destroy the peoples as the LORD had commanded them, but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs. They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods.
They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves.
He gave them into the hands of the nations, and their foes ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power. Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry; for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented. He caused all who held them captive to show them mercy.” – Psalm‬ ‭106:1, 13-15, 20-21, 23-25, 28, 30, 32-37, 39, 41-46‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Pray for Today

Morning Father. It is good to praise You early in the morning. It is also good to remember how good you are to Your people. You truly care for us, feed us, clothe us and listen to us. Father You will always love us, even disciple us to get back to You when we have gone astray. May our hearts be drawn towards You and not towards sin. We exchange You for images and possessions. 

Help me to stand in the breach for our South Africans. So many of us are godless or just religious which is just idol worship, we do not worship the real God but has made up a god that fulfills our needs, wants and that suit us. I pray that we might be the ones who always do what is right. I am reading a book about thinking, may our thoughts please you and brings us closer to live in Your Glory which You planned for us. Amen

All people will see His Glory !!!


Key Verse for Today

“The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.

The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭97:1, 5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Reigns
  • Glad
  • Rejoice
  • Mountains
  • Wax
  • Lord
  • Earth
  • Heavens
  • Proclaims
  • Righteousness 
  • All people
  • See His Glory


Today’ Reading


“The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.” – Psalm‬ ‭97:1, 5-6, 10-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭98:1, 3-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.
LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.” – Psalm‬ ‭99:1, 5, 8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm‬ ‭100:1-2, 4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Today’s Prayer

Morning Father. When I look at the intracacies of the human body I am truly astounded !!! By that a small spider can bite you and upset this system. It comes to show me what balance there is in our bodies. You are in control of everything and I praise you for that. I saw a landslide yesterday with a house perched at the top of it saying “relocating”. That mountain was truly like wax the way it moved across a double highway, and the Bible says the mountains is like wax before you, wowww. The heavens declare your righteousness, looking at the start just blow me away as well. Here on earth we have gone to the moon and it was quite a thing. Now there is plans to go to the next planet on our solar system, what plans goes into that and you have created billions of galaxies 🌌 In my worship I want to do it in gladness of heart, thanksgiving, praise and with shout for joy, burst into jubilant song, make music to the Lord with harp, singing, trumped and rams horn before God the King. Sounds like one big party, does it. I pray that I will always have a party before you God cause You are good news, my life, my purpose my everything!!! Amen


Key Verse

For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’  – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭95: 10-11 NIV


Key Words

  • Fourty years
  • Angry
  • Generation
  • Hearts go astray
  • Not known my ways
  • Oat in My anger
  • Never enter my rest


Reading for Today

Psalm 94 – 96

“The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth.

But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.” – Psalm‬ ‭94:1, 22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice, “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,


For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’  – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭95:6-8, 10-11 NIV

“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.


For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.

Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭96:1-3, 5-6, 9-10,13 Niv

Prayer for Today

Father shoe, You are God and what you decide stands. The Israelites kept going astray even while you showed them your miracles. In your oath you send them to hell because they did not want to repent. I had a vivid dream last night where I struggled, but God you are the one who works in our hearts to keep us close to You. Father being falsely accused is not nice, I dont know what it is like being falsely accused and being condemned to death because of it. It is like I said yesterday to the bus driver, there is situations in the world and then there is God. The the guy on God’s side will win in the end. Help me to cling to you and not see the waves of the sea going up and down. I am in your life jacket that will take me to the secluded island where God’s and His people live. Amen

Walking in the light of Your presence


Key Verse

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn. Indeed, our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭89:15-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Blessed 
  • Learned
  • Acclaim
  • Walk
  • Light
  • Pressence
  • Rejoice
  • All day long
  • Celebrate 
  • Righteousness 
  • Glory
  • Strength 
  • Favor
  • Shield
  • King
  • Holy One

Today’s Reading 

Psalm 89

“I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

The heavens praise your wonders, LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all humanity!” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭89:1, 5, 7, 14, 47‬ ‭NIV‬‬

How we see God greatly determines our commitment to Him, like the one guys said “How big is your God, is he bigger than your problem?”. Do I look for the good in God? Do I remember His wonders and what He did for His people? Does he deserve my praise? How often do you sing to God? If it does not come out of your mouth it dies not come our of your heart. 

Would you say you greatly fear God? I think fear or healthy respect shows up in our obedience. We seek to please God and make plans to do so. Is God your first priority in your schedule. How much time do you fit God and His work into your schedule? If you were to give yourself a point between one and ten, what would it be? Are you happy with that number?

Todays Prayer

Holy Father I praise your name this morning. As I listen to the bushveld birds singing it is truly amazing how they sing to You every day!!! May my voice reverberate like theirs every morning. May my schedule reflects my fear and respect towards you. May the decisions I make glorify Your name. Amen

Are you blessed ?

  • Blessed means happy (superlatively happy) Do you feel blessed?
  • Happiness is not the goal of one who seeks God but the “by-product”
  • To seek God you must do it with all your heart. Are you seeking God with all your heart or do you worry constantly?
  • Seeking God means to “keep His statutes” Do you know what God’s will for your life is ?

Do you have the secret of happiness and peace with you ?

“And now just think a moment what a blessed life that must be—the presence of Jesus always abiding. Is not that the secret of peace and happiness.” – Murray, Andrew

Slippery feet


Key Verse

“But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” – Psalm‬ ‭73:2-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Feet
  • Slipped
  • Foothold
  • Envied
  • Arrogant
  • Prosperity
  • Wicked

Todays Reading

Psalm 72-75

“May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed. Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.” – Psalm‬ ‭72:17-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭73:1, 16-17, 21-22, 25-28 Niv
“We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.” – Psalm‬ ‭74:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.” – Psalm‬ ‭75:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God expects us to be pure in heart, fully committed to Him, but so many time we disappoints Him. Worldly people might have wealth and a good life on earth, but that really is the test; will we be obedient to God in this life? I might think that arrogance will get me what I want like most worldly people do, but remember God is still in control He will look after you. When we look at things from a worldly perspective we will envy the wicked and become like them. As Asaph had said when he got into the sanctuary, then only he understood their final destiny. How much time do I spend with God to etay close to Him and understand things from a spiritual perspective? We are worldly when we aregrieved, embittered, senseless and ignorant. 

It is truly good to be close to God !!!
It must have been truly hard when there was no prophet in Israel for 400 years. Would you stay faithfull to God even in the tough times?

Prayer for today

God almighty truly you are God who created heaven and earth. As I look at your creation I marvel at what you have made! I saw some hedgehogs (Or shallow pigs if directly translated into english) and a little Oorbietjie buck yesterday, I heard a fish eagle cry over the dam in the North West. How amazing that was. Driving on a ball of magma that hangs suspended in space circling a fiery ball of radioactive mass that is circling a black hole in the middle of nowhere, truly astouding. Your thoughts o God is truly not our thoughts. We always try to explain what you have made or try to fathom the meaning of all this. We havent even gotten to the closest planed that is in our solar system, although we have big plans. Help me just to humble myself every day and stand amaized at all your wonders. Loie Einstein said: Either everything is not a miracle or either everything is. I vouch for the latter. I pray that I will always be able to see things from a spiritual perspctive. Help me to stay faithful to you even when everything seems to go wrong and the whole world seems to be against you. Help me always to get input from spiritual men and confess my sin, because I really only sin against you o Lord. I pray that I will love people with the love of the Lord. Amen

Love, Love, Love, Love…

Verse for the day

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”

‭‭1 Cor 13:6-8 NIV‬‬ (substitute your name with love)


Key Words

  • Delight
  • Rejoices
  • Always
  • Protects
  • Trusts
  • Hopes
  • Perseveres
  • Fails


Daily Reading

Psalm 60-63

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭63:1-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Isn’t this a heartfelt psalm and letter to God. How often do we tell God how we feel about him or does He only hear our problems, frustration and plea for goods that we do not have. David truly understands that he needs God and cannot function without him, a true reflection of what a marriage should be like. How often do you tell your wife that you need her and like in a movie “you complete me”. Is God’s love better than life for you, does it show up in your schedule, your meetings, your relationships, your money and your time spent with God? How is your praising of God?

Prayer

Lord truly you are the light of my life, I will praise you everyday singing in the car rather than put on the radio. On my bed at night I remember your. When I share the gospel with people I will long for you you and hope to introduce You to them. Please fill me with your zeal that I may represent you as a true ambassador of Christ. Help me to have a clear conscience by confessing my sin not just to You but people because that brings healing as the scriptures says. I long for you sincerely and look forward every day to spend time with you reading your love letter to me and praying and sharing with people what you mean to me. God help me to depend on your strenth and not to be self reliant because that is just pride in my heart. I love, love, love, love You and the gospel in a word is love. Amen