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

Jesus’ enemies a footstool for His feet


Verse for Today

“The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭110:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • The Lord
  • Says
  • My Lord
  • Sit
  • Right hand
  • Until
  • Enemies
  • Footstool 
  • Feet

Reading for Today

Psalm 109 – 110

“My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; 

they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. 

In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. 

They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship. 

Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may blot out their name from the earth. For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted. He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him.
May this be the LORD’s payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me. 

But you, Sovereign LORD, help me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.
Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, LORD, have done it.

May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.

For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭109:1-9, 15-17, 20-22, 24, 26-27, 29, 31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.” – Psalm‬ ‭110:1, 4-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Prayer fot Today

Lord of my Lord I praise you this morning. The apostle’s quoted Ps 109 when they replaced Judas with Matthias. This is a really scary psalm Lord. It is intense what You will do to Your enemies who false accuse You. 

They basically will wear their curses as a cloak, how intense is that and totally wicked (not good as we would say nowadays and have made sin good). 

God I know how it feels to be falsely accused and it makes you insecure at times. When you want to do a good job people will see it as meaningless and a poor effort to cover their shortcomings. 

God I do know that You uphold the cause of the righteous and fight their case. May it be to them what this Psalm prophesied. 

The awesome thing is that they will be Jesus’ my Lord footstool. Praise God, Father I am glad that they are in Your hands and I will not pay retribution. 

It really challenges me God that this guy was a guy of fasting and he saw himself as a man of prayer. Seems like he saw that as his weapons of choice, a truly spiritual man. 

The challenging thing is also that this guy was a friend to his accuser still.
I pray that I might help the helpless and be kind to the broken-hearted.

Give Thanks

Verse for Today

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭107:1‬ ‭NIV


Key Words

  • Give
  • Thanks
  • Lord
  • Good
  • Love
  • Endures
  • Forever

Reading for Today

Psalm 107-108

Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.
They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish. Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭107:1, 4-13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 28, 32, 37-39, 43‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.

Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” – Psalm‬ ‭108:1-6, 12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Prayer for Today


Morning awesome Father. I am truly humbled when I read your Word and liok up to the stars. Waking up in the morning I can hear the birds sing in the bushveld. It is so great to have companionship with people in the gospel who really is our spiritual family. 
Thank you Father for calling me to be a disciple through your Word. When I head to be a christian I had to be a disciple (Mat 28:16-20) I was sad that no one told that to me before 26 years ago. Father it seems like a lifetime and is. Help me to grow in my faith and character so that I might be blameless in your sight. That I may live a life worthy of the gospel by which I am saved. 
My friend and I had such a great time last night reaching out to people for our Bible discussion. It was his first time doing evangelism. I can still remember the library at Tukkies where I invited my first person to our Bible discussion. It was truly fearful and challenging, but you helped me become a real disciple.
I do pray for those who do not yet know you Father. I pray that we might have the courage to share our faith with them and persevere to help them become your disciples. The scripture does say in Mat 28 to make them your disciples, baptize the disciples and teach the disciples to obey. 
Help to be obedient to that scripture every day and that we will have faith. We know that faith comes from hearing the message (Rom 10:17)  help us to have great bible study and pray using the Lord’s prayer as a framework.

Yoh love You Lord. Amen and Amen

The Future Generations 

Verse for Today

“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD:”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭102:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Written 
  • Future Generations 
  • People
  • Not yet creaated
  • Praise
  • Lord

Reading for Today

Psalm 101-104

“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me.” – Psalm‬ ‭101:1-2, 6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Hear my prayer, LORD; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.
Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD: “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.” So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the LORD.
But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” – Psalm‬ ‭102:1-2, 18-22, 27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul.” – Psalm‬ ‭103:1-5, 8-22‬ ‭NIV

“Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.
The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.
All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.” – Psalm‬ ‭104:1, 3-5, 9, 21, 27-28, 30, 33-34‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Prayer for Today

Lord You are truly everlasting!!! Amazing that the beasts of the field cry out for You to satisfy their hunger. So much more should we. You are the one who takes care of us, not the economy and  not the political party. (although that might be true for some) God my focus should be on You and to do Your will. I pray for the men that I spend some time with yesterday. I pray for their souls. May they thirst for You like the do for fun, beer, laughter, companionship and steaks. I am not worthy to be called Your son, but still You sent Your Son to die for me on the cross. As I need daily sustenance to stay alive physically, how much more do I need spiritual sustenance daily !!! Amen

A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by

Verse of the day

“A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” – Psalm‬ ‭90:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Thousand
  • Years
  • Like a day
  • Just gone by
  • Watch in the night

Reading for Today

Psalm 90 – 93

“You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

God knows everything about us even our secrets. Put your heart before God and your struggles He wants to help you and lead you to peace.

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Wow God has given us 70 to 80 years to live. It is reassuring that God says they are but trouble and sorrow. So if I have an unrealistic expectation of life I will be disappointed most of the time. 

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Your days are numbered whether you accept it of not. Almost sounds like a project manager gantt chart with project duration and relationships on it. I think if we view it like that we will use our days so much more effectively.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Do you have an emotional connection with God. How real is God to you?

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭90:4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Amazing to think God establishes us in our work. So if you are having problems at work, take it to God through prayer. 

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Almost sound like the umbrella of Santam protecting you. God is our insurance policy forever.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Have you seen a mother hen cuddling her chicks under her wing. And all the girls go, ahhhhh. It is quite a cute scene. As men we would say that is for women, but don’t you appreciate a nice hug from a loved one. It is pretty much like that with God caring for us. It is intimate and reassuring.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

The battle is really the Lords, just give it to Him.

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” – Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2, 4, 7, 9-10, 14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”” – Psalm‬ ‭92:1-2, 4, 6-7, 12-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the LORD on high is mighty.” – Psalm‬ ‭93:4‬ ‭NIV

How does ut feel when you swim in the sea, quite humbling. That is how we should approach God.


Today’s Prayer 

Lord we are but a mist that appears, then is gone. Father I do trust that you will work out things according to your Glory. Helpme to be thankful and at peace of what You are doing. I pray that I will make today count. The world is so fleeting and empty. How awesome is Your nature, I stood in awe of the mountains yesterday missing my turnoff to work in Ellisras. Lord I am encouraged by my friends heart that after our bible study‬‬ he already invited a lady to join us. God you are at work in people’s hearts, I pray that I might be a good instrument to guide them to You, not a faulty one. Father I do know that people will lie and tell false truths about us. But like Jesus we should most probably just keep silent and let Your will be done.

The Christian at Work – Reinhard Moors

1. Meaning in work

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:15 NIV

In Eden God put man to work, so u might be surprised when u get to heaven

Men do not do well not working or working at the wrong job

Men will work 80 000 hours in their life

Find what is meaningful work to do. Do not live a life without meaning! You can get depressed and commit suicide.

There is not work that is fun all the time

Find meaning in somebody to love, work that they do and God

What do you want to do?

I am too scared to leave what i do and to do what i am really want. Don’t want to take the risk

Do you like your job?

When u move from one flying carpet to the next make sure the second one is woven

1. Help society to have greater meaning. Teacher, policeman

2. Have a sense of achievement

3. Do my own thing. Better the system. Not be a slave.

4. Form of recognition. Not just pay. Appreciative words.

5. Positive relationships. Form good relationships.

So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:17 NIV)

Solomon who was the riches guy can find work grevious then that will also apply to us

Not making a choice is also a choice. Own the responsibility of choice

2. Not having work

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12 NIV)

Apathy can take over from depression. It is a worse place to be.

Boedel oorgegee. People like me will never get work.

Look for work.

Get busy constructively that is productive. Read up on your field. Speak to your friends. Go out for coffee, just need a chat. Do other work. Do community work. Stay positive.

Make new contacts. Set up time to drink coffee. Who can i go have a chat with.

If i am depressed go see someone professionally. Speak to the minister if all else fails. There is people who do it for free.

Corridor of circumstance. It exists. You can choose your attitude against it.

I will never get a work. You have given over

3. Excellence at work

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1-9 NIV)

Consider the heavens, God is excellent at his work. I am called to be excellent. Show and repeat Gods excellence.

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. (Proverbs 22:29 NIV)

If i am excellent at work people will listen when i share the gospel. Nobody will take me seriously.

It is not ok to do a 80% job.

Never stop up-skilling myself. Go to talks, speak to knowledgable people, do courses.

Be yourself. Niche, don’t be a herd animal. Don’t follow the popular things always. You don’t always have to agree with everybody, don’t be obstinate. Can you handle the responsibility of your actions. Do their work as well.

Sometimes we cannot change things. The millennia’s, born before 2000 up to and 1990. Don’t fight the things that will not change. Dont wish it to be different but not talk about it. You are not going to change the whole company. Just live with it. Choose to be happy.

Accept pressure as a natural phenomenon

Never make an important decision on a bad day

Don’t work for popularity but being respected

8 Hours is the biggest part of the day, so it does matter

Do admin after hours

Your attitude is the primary part

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Worship the King

Worship the King

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21 NIV)

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. (Psalm 89:15 NIV)

Praise Him with an uproar voice

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28, 29 NIV)

What gets u exited about God ?

How am i in my preparation to worship God when i approach Him ?

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)

What does God mean to me, God is my all in all, You are my King ?

Each of us has to give account of every word we say.

We don’t just worship God with our mouths but our hearts as well

Think about the words as you are singing

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. (1 Timothy 2:8 NIV)

I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. (Psalm 63:4 NIV)

The goal is to respond naturally in worship

Be expressive like kids

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4 NIV)

Some snippets of the songs:

There is more by my youtube account is full 😦

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