Psalm 128

Here is a celebration of
the daily blessings of our generous, kind Creator.
Set to a familiar folk tune.
Psalm 128 is part of the Psalms of Ascents series on Psalms 120 – 134.
To download a pdf of the entire “Psalms of Ascents” series,
complete with companion devotional readings,
click here.

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Lord, You fill every day with the gifts of Your love
We receive and we share, gracious Father.
Every simple joy is crowned
With dear people all around,
And with them, we can feel Your loving presence.

As we look up to You, great Creator of all,
We are bathed in the flow of Your blessings.
By Your gift of daily bread
Bodies, minds, and hearts are fed,
And we feast on the riches of Your goodness!

As we work, as we laugh, as we pray, Father God,
As we walk in Your Spirit together,
Every joy is just a taste
Of the sharing soon embraced
Heart-to-heart, fully one in You forever!

by Ken Bible, © 2019 LNWhymns.com.

Justice

His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.
(Deuteronomy 32:4, NASB)

How do we know what is just and right in any particular situation? What is justice after all?

We usually think of justice as a certain standard of fairness, of right and wrong. We say that God is just because He consistently adheres to that standard.

But God is the creator and source of all. There is no separate standard of justice to which we compare Him. There is no outside set of rules by which He must abide in order to be “just”. He Himself is the standard of justice. Justice flows from His character and is seen in all His actions. We say that He is just because we see that He is always consistent with Himself. His actions are always consistent with His perfect wisdom and perfect love.

So how can we understand justice and live just lives?

We are just when we are like Him. Our actions are just when we act like Him.

We often think of justice and mercy as opposites…or at least as two competing values that must be balanced. We see justice as absolute rightness, and mercy as a kindly compromise with justice. But when we realize that justice and mercy are both descriptions of God’s nature, we see them not as opposites to be balanced. They are two facets of the same jewel. God is always completely merciful and always completely just.

Thus when we are called to seek justice in this unjust world, we are not called to a specific social agenda. We are called to think and live and be like God. We are called to be holy as He is holy, to live and speak the truth as He is the truth, to love as He loves. We are called to be His children, His ambassadors, His servants, His hands.

The Old Testament beautifully pictures our just and loving God, reporting His words and actions over many centuries. But He is most completely revealed in Jesus Christ. Christ is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and the exact representation of His being (Hebrews 1:3). What is more, Christ enables us not only to see and know God, but to live in Him, and He in us. He gives us the Spirit of God so that by simple faith, we can live just and loving lives in this present world. Through His people, and above His people, God is creating the just world that He has promised.

Father, Your goodness, justice, and mercy
are such a comfort to us!
We depend on them,
appreciate them, and
praise You for them.
So help us to be good, just, and merciful with
everyone we touch.

Hymn: Justice Hymn

Psalm 127

“Unless the Lord builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1, NASB).
Using a familiar tune, this hymn expresses
the comfort and rest of
complete dependence on God.
It is part of the Psalms of Ascents series on Psalms 120 – 134.
To download a pdf of the entire “Psalms of Ascents” series,
complete with companion devotional readings,
click here.

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Only in You, eternal All-in-all,
Only in You our efforts stand or fall.
All that we do, the simple and the grand,
Withers or blossoms in Your sovereign hand.

Worry and struggle, sleeplessness and strain –
Outside of You our work is all in vain.
All our ambitions, all that we pursue,
Can’t match the fruitfulness of life in You.

You are the Giver, You Yourself the prize.
You are the wealth that fully satisfies.
Fullness of joy, our source and rich reward,
How all our being longs for You, our Lord!

by Ken Bible, © 2019 LNWhymns.com.

Fresh Views of Timeless Truths

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Your Holy Temple

I will be careful to lead a blameless life…
I will walk in my house
with blameless heart.
I will set before my eyes
no vile thing…
I will have nothing to do with evil. (Psalm 101:2-4, NIV)

Do you not know that your body is
a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
whom you have received from God?
You are not your own;
you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV)

Father,
I cherish Your holy presence
always with me,
always in me, and
always enveloping me.

Help me never to entertain thoughts
that are offensive to You
or say words that are unloving
or take actions unworthy of the name of Christ.

By Your Holy Spirit,
by simple faith,
keep my heart, mind, and life pure,
fit for your use.

If a man cleanses himself…
he will be an instrument for noble purposes,
made holy, useful to the Master and
prepared to do any good work.
(2 Timothy 2:21, NIV)

Father, am I clinging to any
habits or
attitudes
that draw me from You?
Show me, and
help me put them aside.

Hymn: My Mind Will Be Your Holy Place

One with God

This hymn celebrates a wonderful truth:
all the love and unity we will ever enjoy
with God and
with each other
overflows from the
love and
perfect unity among the
Father, Son, and Spirit.
The tune is based on a lovely classical melody.

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Father in heaven,
Jesus our brother,
Spirit now breathing around and within,
Sharing Your union,
Sharing Your being,
Sharing the life that forever has been.

One in Your power,
One in Your purpose,
One in the glory Your children all share,

One in Your speaking,
One in Your doing,
One in Your love, You have made us Your home,
Sharing Your present,
Sharing Your future,
Sharing each moment, forever Your own.

One in Your power,
One in Your purpose,
One in the glory Your children all share,

One as we love You,
One as we follow,
Walking in light that is leading above,
One with You, Father,
One in Christ Jesus,
One in Your Spirit in unbroken love.

by Ken Bible, © 2010 LNWhymns.com.

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Wednesday – Fall and Incarnation
Hymn: Before the Starry Universe (recording) (printed)

Thursday –  The Father’s Children
Hymn: We Are Children (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Human
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Saturday –     Grace and Truth
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God Is in His Temple and on His Throne

Father, when life seems hopelessly unjust, You remind us:

The Lord is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth be silent before Him. (Habakkuk 2:20, NASB)

Your temple reminds us that You are holy –
perfect in all Your words,
Your actions,
Your wisdom,
Your timing.
Your temple reminds us of Your presence
with us and
in us.
We are Your temple.
No matter how viciously evil threatens us, Almighty God,
You never leave us alone.
So even when our world seems so very wrong, we remember:
The Lord is in His holy temple.

When our lives fill with problems and turmoil, Father, You remind us:

The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all. (Psalm 103:19, NASB)

Your throne suggests
Your power,
Your control,
Your unfailing goodness.
You are our stability.
You are our unshakable certainty
in this sea of change.
You are perfect strength
in all our weakness.
All reality bows to You, our Savior, our King, our loving Father.

So in this wicked, unstable world, we look to You and remember:

The Lord is in His holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven. (Psalm 11:4, NASB)

Father, how do we praise You for
all You are and
all You do?
Where do we start?
Your greatness and goodness encompass
all we are and
all we experience.

Hymn: God Is in His Temple

Psalms 42-43

Two conjoined Psalms
are here set as
one hymn,
expressing the heart’s deep hunger for
the Living God.
Set to a familiar tune.

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As Your creatures thirst for water,
O my God, I thirst for You!
How I long to drink Your presence
Through the day, in all I do!

When distracted, when discouraged,
O the hours I drift away!
O the fears and fruitless worry
When my heart forgets to pray!

Lord, You see each daily challenge
As my faith confronts my fear.
Help me trust You, God my Father,
Always faithful, always here.

Through the daylight, through the darkness,
Though the wait may seem so long,
I will praise You, I will trust You,
God my light, my hope, my song!

by Ken Bible, © 2018 LNWhymns.com.

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Thursday –  Look to the Horizon
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Friday –          What We Will Be
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Saturday –     When His Healing Is Complete

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