It’s the end of 2013. How will you prepare for 2014? Are you ready for it?


As I started my day and considered my year in review, everything that came to mind was to how thankful I am for what God had done in transforming my year. He started in February giving me a morning reading to Get out of the boat that started a journey. He kept showing me rainbows and encouraging me through random acts of kindness where people would speak into my life hope, truth, and all of it in love. This morning I found some videos that showed the incredible impact when we are willing to step out and do for others what they haven’t asked, but what we are being asked to do for the greater good of others. I saw a video titled “Random Acts of Magic” where the guy surprised a pizza delivery guy. It intrigued me so much that I checked out all 5 of the videos that appeared on the site UpTV.com where they had been linked from Facebook.  I looked further and found a video that seemed appropriate to share here as I considered and contemplated the end of the year and how important what we choose and do with our lives makes a difference and impact. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsCplP9HWzM)

As I started my reading today, I read from John 18 where Jesus was willing to give His all and yet at the same time wanted to make sure that those that He was giving Himself for were safe, set free.

8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.”

He came to set us free. He came with a plan that was so big and it was to set us from from the chains and shackles of life. He came that we could live an abundant life to the full. As we look towards midnight and another year coming to a close, where do you stand? What would happen tonight if at midnight it was the end of time? Would there be any regrets? Would there be any emptiness? Would there be things you haven’t said that you should have? Would there be anything that you have left undone? Is there anything you should take time today to complete, to say, to do as 2013 comes to an end?

What if the title would have been “It’s their fate that’s at stake“? Would you have done something? Would you have said something? Or would you have remained silent?

Where would you send them? Who can save them? Is there hope? Is there an answer? Yes there is! “The Only God There Is

The battle belongs to the Lord. The devil comes to try and lie, steal, and destroy. Don’t be deceived! Don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Put your trust in God!

God knows what we are in need of. He will save us. He will rescue us. He will redeem us. He will heal us. Will you ask Jesus into your heart and allow the gap to be bridged forever?

How are you going to spend your time? Time is limited and we need to use it wisely. What if you were warned that the future generation, the next generation was going to lack, then what would you do? What if you were warned “There will be nothing left“?

So as we draw this year to a close, let’s consider and prepare for God’s arrival. Let’s make sure that we are ready. Let’s make sure that our hearts are right with God and with others. Let’s make sure our minds are right with God and with others. Let’s make sure we have forgiven others, for as we forgive others God will forgive us. Let’s make sure we have ask God to also forgive us. Let’s ask Jesus into our hearts to help us as we head forward so that we will walk in alignment with the will of God. Let’s not live in the past, but put the past behind us and go forward with God. Let’s live lives that will allow us to hear those incredible words from God “Well done my good and faithful servant“. It’s not too late and today is a great day to get it done.

Let’s celebrate God! Let’s celebrate the creator of all we can see or imagine. God doesn’t come and go, He is eternal and is our ever present help in times of need. Call on Him. Trust in Him. Walk with Him. Talk with Him. Have an intimate relationship with Him.

Like I said, the enemy wants to fill your head with lies. So call on God to help shine the truth of God with you. God’s plan is to give you hope and a future. God’s plan is to spend eternity with you. But we have to choose and when the devil convinces people to go the other way, it leads to eternity apart from God and that isn’t part of the plan. It’s not too late, so choose life.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord for my wife and my children and my family and friends. Lord, I lift up everyone I know and everyone who I get the chance to share Your love with. May today as I bring 2013 to and end You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Do your actions align with the reality of the situation?


Are you just pretending? Are you sending a message that is different from your intent? Have you heard that actions speak louder than words? Imagine how much louder when the rest of the story is revealed!

47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him,48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” — Luke 22:47-29

It looks like a normal welcome. It even seems to speak love into the situation through a kiss. But consider the rest of the story as Jesus is taken away to be crucified. Consider your own life… Let’s start at home and what takes place there? Next, how about when you are at work? How about in the community and a church? What is in your heart? God’s Word reminds us that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. Beware being deceived. Imagine being in a situation where it looks like someone is offering you something better than what you have if you would give up what you have first. Imagine being in a situation where you consider and evaluate the pros and cons, the risk and benefits and then decide to accept the offer. Imagine being deceived when not only did you loose what you had, but what was offered was also taken away after having put in so much time and effort into it so that the right things were in place so that it would have the outcome of success. Imagine what you can learn through such a situation. I know that I learned the power of forgiveness not only towards all those involved, but also in my own life and the peace and health it was able to restore when I forgave and then asked God to forgive me for having walked and held onto the bitterness. And when we consider Jesus’ Words … forgive them Father for they don’t know what they are doing. Forgiveness is the key. God can take everything that the enemy plans for evil and turn it around and use it for good. So don’t give up when you are betrayed, but rather check your heart to ensure it is right. Rather than allowing a bitter root to get hold on your heart allow forgiveness to break it from and allow you to live a life filled with joy, hope, peace, and love. If you have read my blog, you know that unforgiveness isn’t a word.

So where are you at today? What is in your heart? What is overflowing through  your mouth? The things coming out are a good dial to let you know what is taking place in your heart.


Where does your help come from? Numbers? God? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

It’s not too late to turn back and allow God to be your guide, your comforter, your hope, your love, your protector, your savior and your deliverer. So turn back now and ask God back into your heart!

Jesus is coming back and He will be the leader, the ruler, the king that we have always wanted. Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear? Will you turn back to God so that the wreckage without Him can be left behind?

Are you willing to live in a place where right will win? A place where justice will rule? Let’s allow peace to move in, for where there’s right, there will be peace. And where there are people living right, there will be trust!

Let’s turn back to God before it is too late. Let’s not be the betrayers nor the destroyers who are going around causing havoc. God is our only hope! He goes before us. He stands behind us. He is our ever present help in times of need!

Reverently turn to God! Allow your hope and your trust in Him, guide you and lead you forward. It is only by the grace of God that our days stay stable and secure. It is because of God’s love and grace that salvation, wisdom, and knowledge are in surplus.

Do you know what the question is? What am I supposed to do? How am I supposed to live? or something like that? Average isn’t good enough if we live a life that keeps lowering it! Standards aren’t good enough if they keep getting worth! The answer is simple:

Live right,
speak the truth,
despise exploitation,
refuse bribes,
reject violence,
avoid evil amusements.
This is how you raise your standard of living!
A safe and stable way to live.
A nourishing, satisfying way to live.

Will you be ready? When the time for battle comes, will you have made your choice whose side you are on? Will you decide where you want to spend eternity? Will it be with God? Will it be apart from God? As you ponder consider this as the definition of God and that apart from God means apart from all of these things.

Let’s start with God is LOVE. And we read about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.

So this tells me that God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, God always trusts, God always hopes, God always perseveres.  God never fails.

So if you choose to be apart from God, then you will be somewhere that is the opposite of what is described above. So make sure to consider and choose wisely.

God’s Book – The Bible – is the top sold book in history. If you haven’t read it, and aren’t sure about God yet, get yourself a copy, check it out online (bible.com, crosswalk.com, biblegateway.com, etc.)

God is here. God is on His way to complete His plan. You don’t have to be afraid, call to Him and ask Him into your heart! His plan is to put things right! Only God’s people will be able to walk down His road!

THE CHOICE IS YOURS! CHOOSE WISELY!

 

Are you walking around with a block on your shoulder?


Do you have an attitude? Do you have a persona that pushes people the wrong way? Do you act in a way that is loving and caring? What do people think when they see you?

What are you building your life on? Are  you building it upon a solid foundation? Are you building it from the cornerstone who is able to ensure that your life is aligned and ready to be built up? Jesus is the corner. From Him, we are able to ensure that our foundation is firm and that we are aligned to grow. Are you measuring yourself with justice so that the things you do, the words you speak, and thoughts you think are just? Are you aligning yourself with righteousness so that the things you do, the words you speak, and the thoughts you think are right? In doing both we can trust that life won’t topple. Without them we better stay close to the ground or risk the fact that life will topple over because of pride or arrogance or misalignment. In today’s reading from Isaiah, we hear about it this way:

16-17But the Master, God, has something to say to this: “Watch closely. I’m laying a foundation in Zion, a solid granite foundation, squared and true. And this is the meaning of the stone: a trusting life won’t topple. I’ll make justice the measuring stick and righteousness the plumb line for the building. A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies, and a flash flood will wash out the rubble.
18-22“Then you’ll see that your precious life insurance policy wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. Your careful precautions against death were a pack of illusions and lies. When the disaster happens, you’ll be crushed by it. Every time disaster comes, you’ll be in on it— disaster in the morning, disaster at night.” Every report of disaster will send you cowering in terror. There will be no place where you can rest, nothing to hide under. God will rise to full stature, raging as he did long ago on Mount Perazim And in the valley of Gibeon against the Philistines. But this time it’s against you. Hard to believe, but true. Not what you’d expect, but it’s coming. Sober up, friends, and don’t scoff. Scoffing will just make it worse. I’ve heard the orders issued for destruction, orders from God-of-the-Angel-Armies—ending up in an international disaster.
23-26Listen to me now. Give me your closest attention. Do farmers plow and plow and do nothing but plow? Or harrow and harrow and do nothing but harrow? After they’ve prepared the ground, don’t they plant? Don’t they scatter dill and spread cumin, Plant wheat and barley in the fields and raspberries along the borders? They know exactly what to do and when to do it. Their God is their teacher.
27-29And at the harvest, the delicate herbs and spices, the dill and cumin, are treated delicately. On the other hand, wheat is threshed and milled, but still not endlessly. The farmer knows how to treat each kind of grain. He’s learned it all from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who knows everything about when and how and where. — Isaiah 28:16-29

Are you pursing the right things? Are you pursuing things that will add value to your life and the lives of those around you? or Do you have things backwards and keeping finding out that the things you thought were right or the things of value keep coming up wrong or empty? Without God it is all empty!

11-12What you’ve been shown here is somewhat like a letter in a sealed envelope. If you give it to someone who can read and tell her, “Read this,” she’ll say, “I can’t. The envelope is sealed.” And if you give it to someone who can’t read and tell him, “Read this,” he’ll say, “I can’t read.”
13-14The Master said: “These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren’t in it. Because they act like they’re worshiping me but don’t mean it, I’m going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, stand them on their ears. The wise ones who had it all figured out will be exposed as fools. The smart people who thought they knew everything will turn out to know nothing.”
15-16Doom to you! You pretend to have the inside track. You shut God out and work behind the scenes, Plotting the future as if you knew everything, acting mysterious, never showing your hand. You have everything backward! You treat the potter as a lump of clay. Does a book say to its author, “He didn’t write a word of me”? Does a meal say to the woman who cooked it, “She had nothing to do with this”?
17-21And then before you know it, and without you having anything to do with it, Wasted Lebanon will be transformed into lush gardens, and Mount Carmel reforested. At that time the deaf will hear word-for-word what’s been written. After a lifetime in the dark, the blind will see. The castoffs of society will be laughing and dancing in God, the down-and-outs shouting praise to The Holy of Israel. For there’ll be no more gangs on the street. Cynical scoffers will be an extinct species. Those who never missed a chance to hurt or demean will never be heard of again: Gone the people who corrupted the courts, gone the people who cheated the poor, gone the people who victimized the innocent.
22-24And finally this, God’s Message for the family of Jacob, the same God who redeemed Abraham: “No longer will Jacob hang his head in shame, no longer grow gaunt and pale with waiting. For he’s going to see his children, my personal gift to him—lots of children. And these children will honor me by living holy lives. In holy worship they’ll honor the Holy One of Jacob and stand in holy awe of the God of Israel. Those who got off-track will get back on-track, and complainers and whiners learn gratitude.” — Isaiah 11-24

What will you do? How will you do it? God’s Word tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

1-5“Doom, rebel children!” God’s Decree. “You make plans, but not mine. You make deals, but not in my Spirit. You pile sin on sin, one sin on top of another, Going off to Egypt without so much as asking me, Running off to Pharaoh for protection, expecting to hide out in Egypt. Well, some protection Pharaoh will be! Some hideout, Egypt! They look big and important, true, with officials strategically established in Zoan in the north and Hanes in the south, but there’s nothing to them. Anyone stupid enough to trust them will end up looking stupid— All show, no substance, an embarrassing farce.” 6-7And this note on the animals of the Negev encountered on the road to Egypt: A most dangerous, treacherous route, menaced by lions and deadly snakes. And you’re going to lug all your stuff down there, your donkeys and camels loaded down with bribes, Thinking you can buy protection from that hollow farce of a nation? Egypt is all show, no substance. My name for her is Toothless Dragon.
8-11So, go now and write all this down. Put it in a book So that the record will be there to instruct the coming generations, Because this is a rebel generation, a people who lie, A people unwilling to listen to anything God tells them. They tell their spiritual leaders, “Don’t bother us with irrelevancies.” They tell their preachers, “Don’t waste our time on impracticalities. Tell us what makes us feel better. Don’t bore us with obsolete religion. That stuff means nothing to us. Quit hounding us with The Holy of Israel.”
12-14Therefore, The Holy of Israel says this: “Because you scorn this Message, Preferring to live by injustice and shape your lives on lies, This perverse way of life will be like a towering, badly built wall That slowly, slowly tilts and shifts, and then one day, without warning, collapses— Smashed to bits like a piece of pottery, smashed beyond recognition or repair, Useless, a pile of debris to be swept up and thrown in the trash.” — Isaiah 30:1-14

God’s Timing is perfect! His plan is to give us a hope and a future!

15-17God, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel: “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me
and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me— The very thing you’ve been unwilling to do. You’ve said, ‘Nothing doing! We’ll rush off on horseback!’ You’ll rush off, all right! Just not far enough! You’ve said, ‘We’ll ride off on fast horses!’ Do you think your pursuers ride old nags? Think again: A thousand of you will scatter before one attacker. Before a mere five you’ll all run off. There’ll be nothing left of you— a flagpole on a hill with no flag, a signpost on a roadside with the sign torn off.”
18But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.
19-22Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he’ll answer. Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.” You’ll scrap your expensive and fashionable god-images. You’ll throw them in the trash as so much garbage, saying, “Good riddance!”
23-26God will provide rain for the seeds you sow. The grain that grows will be abundant. Your cattle will range far and wide. Oblivious to war and earthquake, the oxen and donkeys you use for hauling and plowing will be fed well near running brooks that flow freely from mountains and hills. Better yet, on the Day God heals his people of the wounds and bruises from the time of punishment, moonlight will flare into sunlight, and sunlight, like a whole week of sunshine at once, will flood the land.
27-28Look, God’s on his way, and from a long way off! Smoking with anger, immense as he comes into view, Words steaming from his mouth, searing, indicting words! A torrent of words, a flash flood of words sweeping everyone into the vortex of his words. He’ll shake down the nations in a sieve of destruction, herd them into a dead end.
29-33But you will sing, sing through an all-night holy feast! Your hearts will burst with song, make music like the sound of flutes on parade, En route to the mountain of God, on the way to the Rock of Israel. God will sound out in grandiose thunder, display his hammering arm, Furiously angry, showering sparks— cloudburst, storm, hail! Oh yes, at God’s thunder Assyria will cower under the clubbing. Every blow God lands on them with his club is in time to the music of drums and pipes, God in all-out, two-fisted battle, fighting against them. Topheth’s fierce fires are well prepared, ready for the Assyrian king. The Topheth furnace is deep and wide, well stoked with hot-burning wood. God’s breath, like a river of burning pitch, starts the fire. — Isaiah 30:15-33

How would things work out if life were all based on numbers?


If everything in life was based on numbers that people have how would things work out? With every number being created, generated, or produced by a human or something that a human programmed or designed doesn’t this leave open the door that something could be wrong? What if everything that was being valued ended up being bad numbers? dead numbers? profit and loss?

Life is to be lived with a foundation based on LOVE. Life without LOVE is empty. Even when we consider what will last forever, we learn that it will be FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE and that the greatest of these is LOVE. So without love we would have nothing.

Without love …

1If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love is/does…

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
So as we consider what to do, how to act, what to think, what’s important, let’s consider the truth of the matter. Let’s keep our focus on what is really important and make sure that everything we do is in LOVE. Don’t allow pride to fill you up to the point where you are so puffed up by the numbers that you miss what is really important. Remember why you are doing it, it’s not for the numbers or the money, for the love of money is the root of all evil (money isn’t evil, it is the love of money that is the root of all evil).
What is the reason for doing what you do?
Let’s make sure that we are doing things that will leave a legacy. Let’s make sure that we are doing things based on what will last forever (Faith, Hope, Love) rather than the temporary things that will be burned up and destroyed. Be a good steward of what you have since you don’t really own it, it is something that has been given to you to take care of, so be responsible. Be it your life, your health, your home, your family, your land, your world, …
As I start this day, I give it up into the hands that I can trust, the hands of God! As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
As today’s reading comes to a close from Isaiah 23-27, Psalm 6, we read the celebration of God’s people. Let’s ensure that we have chosen wisely and allow God’s will to be what is directing and ruling over our lives. There will be a great battle in the end times, and if we chose wisely, we will be on the winning side where we can spend eternity with God.

Are you connected to the vine?


Were you from the original growth? Were you grafted onto the vine? Either way, you are connected and how you grow and the fruits you produce will be seen and considered by the gardener as He decides where to trim. What stays and what goes. What is trimmed and what it cut off. What stays connected and what gets burned up.

My reading from Isaiah 18 starts with the story of the time just before harvest and what will take place. How God will prune.

God’s Word speaks of the vine also in the new testament:

5-8“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
9-10“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.
11-15“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.
16“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.
17“But remember the root command: Love one another.

What will it take for you to turn back to God? What type of an event would it take to really get your attention?

In Isaiah 19, we read and learn what it will take for some to turn to God, the one true God. Have you heard of the visions taking place around the world, in the middle east, where visions of Jesus appear to people and they are transformed? What would it take  for you?

16-17On that Day, Egyptians will be like hysterical schoolgirls, screaming at the first hint of action from God-of-the-Angel-Armies. Little Judah will strike terror in Egyptians! Say “Judah” to an Egyptian and see panic. The word triggers fear of the God-of-the-Angel-Armies’ plan against Egypt.
18On that Day, more than one city in Egypt will learn to speak the language of faith and promise to follow God-of-the-Angel-Armies. One of these cities will be honored with the title “City of the Sun.”
19-22On that Day, there will be a place of worship to God in the center of Egypt and a monument to God at its border. It will show how the God-of-the-Angel-Armies has helped the Egyptians. When they cry out in prayer to God because of oppressors, he’ll send them help, a savior who will keep them safe and take care of them. God will openly show himself to the Egyptians and they’ll get to know him on that Day. They’ll worship him seriously with sacrifices and burnt offerings. They’ll make vows and keep them. God will wound Egypt, first hit and then heal. Egypt will come back to God, and God will listen to their prayers and heal them, heal them from head to toe.
23On that Day, there will be a highway all the way from Egypt to Assyria: Assyrians will have free range in Egypt and Egyptians in Assyria. No longer rivals, they’ll worship together, Egyptians and Assyrians!
24-25On that Day, Israel will take its place alongside Egypt and Assyria, sharing the blessing from the center. God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who blessed Israel, will generously bless them all: “Blessed be Egypt, my people! . . . Blessed be Assyria, work of my hands! . . . Blessed be Israel, my heritage!”

Would you need to be exposed? Would you need to be mocked? Would you need to be jeered?

We read in Isaiah 20 about how it took that from some to turn and give their attention to God. Will you give and put your hope in God who is the one true source, or will you be shaken up when you see those you had put your hope and trust in taken away?  It’s not in our own strength, but in God’s strength that we can find true hope. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved and can be saved. Don’t be shaken, but rather turn to God now and follow after Him.
Some take good news to make their decisions. Many more need bad news or risk of bad news or actual bad or challenges to make a change. How about you? How long are you willing to wait? How long are you willing to suffer or worry or wonder?

Do you have the courage to do what is right, what is real, what is necessary? Or are you surrounded by a group of cowards?

Isaiah 22 starts with the topic of a country of cowards. Imagine living somewhere where everyone is afraid to do the right thing. Imagine living somewhere where everyone is afraid to do anything.  What would happen? What would life be like then? Do you have the wisdom to call on God? Do you have the guts to turn to Him for the answers? I hear of people who go searching for something. I hear of people who are looking for answers. I hear of people who are trying to find themselves. But how many of them go to the One who knows everything? How many turn to God for wisdom and knowledge? How many have the courage and the faith to call on God?
We see someone who did believe and did call out as we finish today’s reading with Psalm 5
1-3Listen, God! Please, pay attention! Can you make sense of these ramblings, my groans and cries? King-God, I need your help. Every morning you’ll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.
4-6You don’t socialize with Wicked, or invite Evil over as your houseguest. Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you; you shake your head over Mischief-Maker. God destroys Lie-Speaker; Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.
7-8And here I am, your invited guest— it’s incredible! I enter your house; here I am, prostrate in your inner sanctum, Waiting for directions to get me safely through enemy lines.
9-10Every word they speak is a land mine; their lungs breathe out poison gas. Their throats are gaping graves, their tongues slick as mudslides. Pile on the guilt, God! Let their so-called wisdom wreck them. Kick them out! They’ve had their chance.
11-12But you’ll welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you. Let the party last all night! Stand guard over our celebration. You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers, for decking us out in delight.