Secure

The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27, NIV)

We go our own way.
We make our own plans
for our own reasons,
pursuing our own goals.
Then we build walls,
protecting ourselves from every interference.
We are secure.
We are self-sufficient.
We can handle whatever comes.

But the unforeseen happens — it always does — and
we discover that no walls can keep out
the evil that floods this world.
No matter how strong we are,
we are vulnerable.
No matter how watchful we are,
we are insecure.
We cannot control the reality that engulfs us.

But when our false security is stripped away,
we can rediscover the security on which creation itself rests—
the security that keeps the days and seasons revolving,
untouched and unthreatened by human hatred or pride.
We can rediscover that no matter what knowledge we accumulate,
God is our only wisdom.
No matter much power we try to harness,
God is sovereign.

He is love, and we are His children.
That is the only security we will ever have and
the only security we will ever need.

Father,
salvation is always something
You do.
All I do is bow and allow
God to be God in me.

Hymn: In Your Presence, God Almighty
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Psalm 72

This triumphant hymn celebrates
the ultimate reign of
the ultimate king,
Jesus Christ.
Meaningful for Advent, Christ the King Sunday, or anytime.
Set to a familiar tune.

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Truth and justice, grace and peace
Now reign in Christ the Son.
Endless, unimagined life
Has only just begun.
See them blooming all around –
Every blessing love has sworn.
Earth is bathed in all He is
And gloriously reborn.

All creation sings His praise.
O see the hills rejoice!
Hear the trees all clap their hands
And mountains lift their voice.
Every knee now bows to Him,
Every kingdom, every throne.
Riches, honor, wisdom, power,
And praise are all His own.

Sovereign, all-transcending God,
So quick to condescend,
All-in-all, the Lord I AM,
Our Brother, Savior, Friend!
Every joy forevermore,
Every longing we pursue,
Life and beauty, truth and love
Are always only You.

by Ken Bible, © 2018 LNWhymns.com.

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Monday –      Hope Has No Ifs

Tuesday –     Hear the Voice of Love

Wednesday – Hymn: Constant Love (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Reflection on Psalm 26
Hymn: Psalm 26 (recording) (printed)

Friday –          An Undivided Heart
Hymn: An Undivided Heart (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     The Simplicity of Love

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Father, as I Look Back

What is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:4, NIV)

Father, as I look back,
I realize that as I simply trust You,
You bring a consistency to my life that is
totally beyond me.

I stumble through life.
My response to You is on and off,
lukewarm,
self-centered,
easily distracted.
It is so far less than the truth demands.

But You are always with me,
always guiding,
always enabling,
always blessing.
Thank You,
merciful and patient Father!

Hymn: My Loving Father
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Psalm 98

Celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ with
this jubilant hymn
based on Psalm 98.
For Advent or anytime,
set to a familiar tune.

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Sing our sovereign God unchanging.
Sing a joy each moment new.
Sing His deep and endless wonders.
Sing what mighty love can do.

Refrain:
He comes!
He comes!
Rejoice!
Be ready!
Set your heart on Him alone.

All the earth, receive Your Savior,
Life and freedom, truth and grace,
Justice, peace, and rich abundance.
Praise your Maker face-to-face!

All creation joins the singing.
Earth and heavens, distant lands,
Mountains, islands dance with gladness,
All the rivers clap their hands.

by Ken Bible, © 2019 LNWhymns.com.

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Monday –      Reflection on Psalm 16
Hymn: Psalm 16 (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Reflection on Psalm 25
Hymn: Psalm 25 (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Reflection on Psalms 42-43
Hymn: Psalms 42-43 (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Reflection on Psalm 73
Hymn: Psalm 73 (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Living Water

Saturday –     Hymn: Hungry for God (recording) (printed)

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Eternal God

They said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” (John 6:29, NASB)

Eternal God, You overflow
all the vast universe and
all human thought and imagination.
Though You are consistent,
You consistently stretch every comfortable understanding of You.

But what you require of us is amazingly, stunningly simple:
Trust Me.

As we trust You,
we live in the comforting truth of
Your greatness and
our smallness.

As we trust You,
we fear You
and fear nothing else.

As we trust You,
our horizons are as vast as You are.
We share Your character,
Your power,
Your goodness, and
Your unlimited future.

As we trust You,
we are unmoved by threats and
unconcerned about unknowns.
We look beyond today’s ups and downs.
Fruitless worry disappears into peace
when we see only You.

Father,
as we begin to know You better,
as mental beliefs become personal reality,
more and more life is
simple faith.
We simply rely on
You being You.

Hymn: As I Trust You
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Eternal Life Is Knowing You

How wonderful is
God’s revelation of Himself
in Jesus Christ!
The more we know Him,
the more we realize that
all life, joy, and peace is
knowing Him.
We are complete in Jesus Christ.
Sing at Christmas or year round.
The tune is familiar.

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You made us from Yourself, O my God, O my God.
Your mercy calls us back, O my God.
The love that longs to bless,
The needs that we confess
Are You and nothing less, O my God, living God!
Your promise is Yourself, Father God!

Your promise now is here. What a gift: Jesus Christ!
Our Brother and Your Son, Jesus Christ!
All mystery and delight,
All wisdom and all right,
All power, love, and life fill Your Son, Jesus Christ.
We stand complete in Him, Jesus Christ!

What life and light and joy knowing You, knowing You!
We long for nothing else knowing You.
Our childish fear and pride
We gladly throw aside
With hearts now open wide knowing You, knowing You.
Eternal life is this: knowing You!

by Ken Bible, © 2019 LNWhymns.com.

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Monday –      Treasure God’s Word
Hymn: The Bible Song (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Beautiful Words

Wednesday – Can We Reasonably Trust the Bible?

Thursday –    Gaining the Mind of Christ

Friday –          Prayers to Begin Bible Reading #1

Saturday –     Prayers to Begin Bible Reading #2

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The Most Natural Way

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. (Psalm 25:10, NIV)

What if it’s all true:
What if all that is was created by a wonderful Being,
more vast and mysterious than the universe itself;
if He formed us and somehow patterned us after himself;
if He loves us as His own children;
if He came to us in person to share our lives,
to deliver us from our wrongness,
to die for us when we couldn’t help ourselves;
if this Creator wants to teach us the happiest way to live . . .
What if it’s all true?

Look at this beautiful, orderly, intricate world. Look at Jesus Christ – His love, His self-sacrifice. Look at yourself. Without God, do you sense a wrongness inside?

If all the above is true, then how should we be living? Shouldn’t we turn to our loving, wise Creator to find the best, the simplest, the most natural way to live?

He has put us here together, His children, to care for each other and to depend on each other. He has given us families, friends, communities. Yet we think and live so selfishly, and so many among us are needy and lonely.

He provides for us beautifully and abundantly day by day. What do we need that His world doesn’t provide? Yet we are anxious, fearful, and greedy.

He wants to enrich us in ways we can’t even imagine. He wants us to know Him better. He wants each of us to have a face-to-face relationship with Him. Yet we consider Him irrelevant and look right past Him.

Look at the people around you. Look within yourself. Is anxiety and selfishness really the most natural way to live? The most common, perhaps, but the simplest, the most peaceful, the most satisfying? In our smallness and helplessness, is it logical to ignore the One who created us?

The One who gives us day and night, sun and rain, work and rest, the One who conceived and shaped this world of ours, cannot He guide us to the most natural way to live?

Cannot He help you become the person you were designed to be, that you want to be?

Is He not listening if you talk to Him right now?

I have a personal, constant relationship with
the Lord of all reality.
We converse freely.
We walk together in relaxed silence,
like loving Parent and child.
What could be more wonderful than this?

Hymn: Present Lord
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