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



Key Verse

“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” – Psalm‬ ‭86:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Key Words

  • Teach
  • Rely
  • Faithfullness
  • Undivided Heart
  • Fear


Todays Reading

Psalm 84 – 87

“How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭84:1-2, 10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” – ‭Psalm‬ ‭85:2, 6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” – ‭Psalm‬ ‭86:4, 11, 15‬ 

Do you have a special place where you spend time with God in the morning ? It really makes a difference when you out in nature or buildings where you fell you can connect with God. When I went to uni there was two places that I love to go and read my Bible and pray they were the botanical gardens and there was a Protea hotel in Sunnyside Pretoria that had a water feature that had the same effect as a waterfall next to the pool. It takes you away from the husstle and bussle of the day and you can just be at peace in a quiet surroundings. 

Do you appreciate being forgiven? Do you believe you are forgiven? Do you know God’s plan for salvation works? Here is a few verses: 

  1. Rom 10:17
  2. Rom 3:23
  3. Acts 2:38
  4. Col 2:12
  5. Mat 28:18-20
  6. Acts 22:16

What do you put ur trust in to bring you joy? Is it that end of the month paycheck? Is it that overseas holiday in the Alps skiing? The Bible says we need to be thankful in all circumstances, for that is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. Tough one hey, how about being falsely accused? How about your boss being out to fire you? Challenging!!! I think if we have a Godly perspective we can be thankful always , because we know God has our best interests at heart. 

Wow, an undivided heart. Not for the faint hearted or weak willed. Truly if we submit to God can we have a undevided heart. He is our first love and we want to please Him first. We do what we love. I think it is Steve Jobs that said you worked your last day at work when you do what you love. 

Compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. What a God we serve!!!! Who in their right minds would not want a relationship with God!!! I guess only those who don’t know Him, sad sad. So it is our job to make Him known!! Get on with it!!

Prayer for Today

Debbies prayer this morning:

In Christ alone i put my trust and i find my glory in the power of the cross in every victory let it be said of me my source of hope love strength is Christ alone amen. Love You so much Jesus Lord King of my heart and life now and forevermore. Lovely Lord You are all to me worthy of honour and majesty Lord how lovely beautiful and dear You are to me. Love you all family. Be blessed. Enjoy your day with and in the Lord amen

Malik’s prayer:

God how amazing Is your love for the people,for us and that no matter what sin you do God can forgive no matter what. As Gods people we need to cry to God for God to really see how badly u seek help. Lord we are touched by you,blessed in you and stay blessed in the word. 

Lord you know us completely. We are depended on you even if we do not recognize it. We live you wholeheartedly and seek to please You no matter what. Love You my Lord and saviour. Amen

Sons of the Most High – gods


Verse of the day

““I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’” – Psalm‬ ‭82:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Key Words

  • Gods
  • Sons
  • Most High

Todays reading

Psalm 80 – 83

“Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭80:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.” – Psalm‬ ‭81:9, 11-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’” – Psalm‬ ‭82:2-4, 6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Cover their faces with shame, LORD, so that they will seek your name.” – Psalm‬ ‭83:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When God makes His face shine apon us we are saved. Make me think of people that has a near death experience, they always see this bright light and then have a total serene experience being in paradise… So if we do not listen to God we do not submit to him, so you can go to church and be all religious and not do what the Bible says and think you are right with God, but are you really. Who do you think you are fooling. God in the end give us what we want, if it is to be a spiritual man then that is what you will become. If it is loving the world and everything in it, then that is what you will become. So it is really easy to see what you love, it will be evident. What is my attitude about the weak, do I go out and help them on a regular basis. How would I want other people to react when I am in a difficult spot? Go and do likewise. When we serve the God of the universe we are His sons, and yes that does make us in a sense mini gods without the attitude. Sometimes God has to put us in a difficult situation before we cry out and seek His face.

Prayer for Today

Amazing what the scripture says o Lord that we are gods because we worship You and You are our God, it is like the scripture says the son will inherit the fathers estate when he dies. Just in this case You will not die and we will live with you forever. Amazing Dad that analogy of the rope on the stage, our life on earth is like the first centimeter and we want to fight and fuss over that first centimeter but we do not see the kilometer rope lying on the stage of life that will be our eternity. So we are really short sigted and dumb if we just live for this world. Help me to see Your face and really be enlighted. I did a seeking God study with my friend in Lephalale tonight and know if he decides to seek You with all his heart he will find You like your word says. Then he can live for eternity with You. I pray God that his heart will be responsive. Amen and Amen.

God of Wonders


Todays verse

“They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.

But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High. They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.

When the LORD heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. – Psalm 78:11,17-18,21-22

Key Words

  • Forgot
  • Done
  • Wonders
  • Continued
  • Sin
  • Rebelling
  • Willfull
  • Test
  • Demanding
  • Not believe
  • Trust
  • Deliverance

Todays Reading

Psalm 76-79

“You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry?” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭76:4, 7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭77:4, 11, 17-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬
“They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them. But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High. They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved. When the LORD heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe. So he ended their days in futility and their years in terror. But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant. But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes. Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” – Psalm‬ ‭78:11, 17-18, 21-22, 32-33, 36-37, 56-57,72 Niv

“Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.” – Psalm‬ ‭79:8-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Wow scary scriptures!!! A comparison only a hunter will appreciate “more radiant than, mountains full of game”. Is God still God in your life or has He just become another god. Asaph wanted to remember God’s deeds and His miracles. It makes sense because when we are reverent before God we will fear Him and obey His teachings. When we forget we will keep on sinning, rebelling, willfully test God and what cause it the did not believe in God or trust in His deliverance. The question is do I trust God today or try to sort out my life in every way not looking to His deliverance. If keep on not believing we will end our years in terror and futility. Do I flatter God with my tongue? Is my heart still loyal obeying His word? Disloyal, faithless and unreliable goes together. What does it take to lead people; integrity of heart. 

Prayer for today

Morning Father I do pray that my trust will be in You and Your deliverance. I think many times my trust is in the situation and how I can handle things and not in You. You keep the universe in place how much more my ant of a life. I pray that I will have integrity of heart and not think I can con you into thinking that I am sincere. You know my life from beginning to end, you created me. I am your pot that you for’ like the scripture says I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Amen

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

Who is your shepherd ?


Verse of the day

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” – Psalm‬ ‭23:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key words 

  • Lord
  • Shepherd
  • Lack
  • He makes
  • Leads me
  • He refreshes
  • He guides

Did you spot the pattern?

Reading for today

Psalm 68-71

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” – Psalm‬ ‭68:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me; deliver me because of my foes.” – ‭Psalm‬ ‭69:16-18 Niv

“But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.” – Psalm‬ ‭70:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭71:20-21‬ ‭NIV

Rejoice, happy and joyful we can be in God, not in the world. Like the bible says the world and it’s pleasures will pass away. God’s goodness of his love and great mercy, wow I fall so short of that. Can I say I have great mercy when someone pursues you with or without cause to your detrement. Amazing heart of David, his resolve was that God will always come to his rescue be his deliverer even though he had his 30 mighty men, God was no. 1 mighty Men in his world. What comforts you, God? David was comforted by God through his prayer being open, how open are you with God in your prayers?

Prayer

Morning Father thank you for sending Jesus so He can be my redeemer so that I can have a relationship with You again. Being accused falsely for trying to do your job is not nice. In the end we still have to be righteous because God in the end we are accountable before you. Help me to love people unconditionally and see them as sheep that is lost and share the good news with them. Disappointment in the world will happen but help me to love people as You do taking me back every day even when I have sin grieviously. Thank you God that heaven can be our home and we are just appassing through. Theangels  becon me from the heavens open door and I can’t feel at home in this world any more … O Lord you know I have no friend but You, if heaven is not my home then Lord what will I do. Amen

Who is your shepherd ?


Verse of the day

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” – Psalm‬ ‭23:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key words 

  • Lord
  • Shepherd
  • Lack
  • He makes
  • Leads me
  • He refreshes
  • He guides

Did you spot the pattern?

Reading for today

Psalm 68-71

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” – Psalm‬ ‭68:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me; deliver me because of my foes.” – ‭Psalm‬ ‭69:16-18 Niv

“But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.” – Psalm‬ ‭70:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭71:20-21‬ ‭NIV

Rejoice, happy and joyful we can be in God, not in the world. Like the bible says the world and it’s pleasures will pass away. God’s goodness of his love and great mercy, wow I fall so short of that. Can I say I have great mercy when someone pursues you with or without cause to your detrement. Amazing heart of David, his resolve was that God will always come to his rescue be his deliverer even though he had his 30 mighty men, God was no. 1 mighty Men in his world. What comforts you, God? David was comforted by God through his prayer being open, how open are you with God in your prayers?

Prayer

Morning Father thank you for sending Jesus so He can be my redeemer so that I can have a relationship with You again. Being accused falsely for trying to do your job is not nice. In the end we still have to be righteous because God in the end we are accountable before you. Help me to love people unconditionally and see them as sheep that is lost and share the good news with them. Disappointment in the world will happen but help me to love people as You do taking me back every day even when I have sin grieviously. Thank you God that heaven can be our home and we are just appassing through. Theangels  becon me from the heavens open door and I can’t feel at home in this world any more … O Lord you know I have no friend but You, if heaven is not my home then Lord what will I do. Amen

A ray of the sun


Verse of the day

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭67:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Key memory phrases

  • Gracious
  • Bless
  • Face
  • Ways
  • Salvation
  • Nations

Todays reading

Psalm 64-67

“The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him!”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭64:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • See what comes out of our hearts when we are close to God, rejoicing and glorifying Him. Have you been focussing on the wrong things? The only way to turn that around is to spend time with God.

“When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭65:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • Do you know why you are overwhelmed? Yes it is sin, doing what I want and not what God wants. No wonder. You see closeness to God is always a choice, what will your deeds reflect today about your faith? What would you qualify as good things? Material possessions or being with God?

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭66:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • Struggling with the same sin over and over? Dont I cherish that? Do you feel God is not listening?

Prayer

Morning Father. I come this morning before you humbled most times by my sin and lack of cherishing you over the world. I pray that you will always be my first priority in my life. I pray for our country that it might live in peace, so that we might glorify you and live peaceful lives. Jesus thank you for dying on the cross for me, I am truly an undeserving sinner that has been forgiven and can stand with confidence before you Lord. I pray for my new friend that he might be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth and spend his eternity with you. So true that scripture that we will have many troubles in this world (my computer and printer) I did not anticipate but God with your strength I will overcome. Help me God to love your church and encourage them daily. I pray for our move that it will go well and that we have chosen the right company. I pray for my wife to complete not one but two tenders today and if it is your will that we will get it. I dont know your plans but I do know they are good, help me to keep on trusting you even when it hurts. Love you my Lord.