Deep Calls to Deep

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Psalm 130
Out of the depths I call
to You, Yahweh!
Lord, listen to my voice;
let Your ears be attentive
to my cry for help.
Yahweh, if You considered sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness,
so that You may be revered.
I wait for Yahweh; I wait
and put my hope in His word.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen
for the morning-
more than watchmen for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
For there is faithful love with the LORD,
and with Him is redemption
in abundance.
And He will redeem Israel
from all its sins.

Have you ever called out to Yahweh (God’s covenant name), desperate He would hear your cry from the very depths of your need? Beseeching, “Father!” from the deep well inside you that desires to commune with the refreshing depth of God? Here are some examples pertaining to the deep things of God. “For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths (mystery, the extremes) of God” (1 Cor. 2:10). “Can you fathom the depths (unsearchable) of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?” (Job 11:7) “Deep (the depths) calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls” (Psalm 42:7).

To ‘consider sins’ is the Hebrew word shamar and means to ‘watch over’ or ‘guard’. We know from the Word of God that He does not shamar our sins because He has removed them as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), sweeping them away for His own sake (Isaiah 43:25), which then enables us able to stand in the presence of His glory (Jude 1:14). Hallelujah!

Do you find yourself waiting for the Lord, putting your hope in His word? There is something edifying in the waiting.  Have you found that to be true?  Here are some other verses that speak of waiting for the Lord.  You are the God of my salvation (victory); I wait for you all day long (Psalm 25:5). Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14). We wait for Yahweh; for He is our help and shield. (Psalm 33:20) Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you (Psalm 39:7). Wait on the Lord and He will rescue you (Psalm 20:22). The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, for the person who seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord (Lam. 3:25-26).

May the sojourning DIVAs be enriched and strengthened.  May the same power which has been acknowledged in praise come as a flood in our lives!  Rise up, LORD, come!  May Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and may Your godly people shout for joy!

In His grace,

Amanda

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Bless, In The Name of Yahweh

Psalm 129
Since my youth they have often
attacked me-
let Israel say-
Since my youth they have often
attacked me,
but they have not prevailed
against me.
Plowmen plowed over my back;
they made their furrows long.
The LORD is righteous;
He has cut the ropes of the wicked.
Let all who hate Zion
be driven back in disgrace.
Let them be like grass
on the rooftops,
which withers before it grows up
and can’t even fill the hands
of the reaper
or the arms of the one
who binds sheaves.
Then none who pass by will say,
“May the LORD’s blessing be on you.”
We bless you in the name of Yahweh.

Greetings fellow sojourners! This Psalm begins with repeated statements of duplicated afflictions and terminates with the statement of a victor – but they have NOT prevailed against me. Israel has wrestled and overcome in numerous struggles and decides to gaze upon the LORD’s faithfulness as Deliverer. Indeed, the enemy has had the opportunity and the advantage many times but has NOT gained the victory! Would you agree to the similarity in your own life? Can you claim, “Yes, the enemy has had the advantage many times but will NOT stand as Victor!” With the power of the Name, the blood from the Source, and Truth on our lips we too stand with Israel.

This day, would you be willing to not only read/memorize this Psalm but pray for the victory of Israel? A prayer for those who love the Lord to be strengthened, for those who are seeking to find, and for the nation’s allies to not waiver!

Father God, remove the veil You have sovereignly placed over the eyes of Israel, that they would recognize Jesus as their Messiah. (2 Corinthians 3:14, and taken from a Derek Prince prayer) As I pondered this, I recalled the scripture stating Jesus “approached and saw the city, (Jerusalem) He wept over it, saying, If you knew this day what would bring peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:41-42) Reveal Yourself Jesus to the blind eye!

We are reading/memorizing the 15 Song of Ascents which were recited/sung while the Jews traveled to Jerusalem, anxious to celebrate the Feasts of the Lord. This Sunday will be Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. Pentecost is the Greek name meaning the “50th day”. Pentecost occurs seven weeks, or fifty days, after Easter Sunday. This Feast praised God for giving the 10 Commandments to Moses on top of Mount Sinai. Jews would make their annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem to celebrate and reaffirm their commitment to the covenant of Moses. Of course, that covenant was only a shadow of God’s new covenant which would be given through Christ. While the Jews were gathered in Jerusalem for this remembrance, the Holy Spirit came in power and descended upon the twelve Apostles which enabled God’s church to form (Acts 2:1-47). The Holy Spirit remains powerful to this day acting through Believers who are yielded to God the Father and God the Son!

Please comment if you will be joining in prayer or memorization. Also, if you have a particular prayer you desire to pray please include and perhaps someone else will join you!

In His grace,
Amanda

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Reverence and Happiness, How Perfect

Psalm 128
How happy is everyone who fears
the LORD,
who walks in His ways!
You will surely eat
what your hands have worked for.
You will be happy,
and it will go well for you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house,
yours sons, like young olive trees
around your table.
In this very way
the man who fears the LORD
will be blessed.
May the LORD bless you from Zion,
so that you will see the prosperity
of Jerusalem
all the days of your life
and you will see your children’s children!
Peace be with Israel.

Would you agree that the first 3 sentences in this Psalm are words of wisdom? The Holy Scriptures have much to say about the fear of the Lord. There is also much said about blessings that accompany the fear of the Lord. Because this Psalm speaks of being happy, let’s look at what it says about the blessed state of happiness that accompanies that reverential fear.

The one God corrects, disciplines, and teaches is happy (Job 5:17, Psalm 94:12). All who wait patiently for Him are happy (Isaiah 30:18). The one who takes refuge in Him and trust Him is happy (Psalm 34:8, 40:4). How happy is the one who lives according to the Lord’s instruction and seeks Him with all their heart (Psalm 119:1,2). Happy is the one who is always reverent (Proverbs 28:14). The one who listens is happy and praises You continually (Proverbs 8:34, Psalm 84:4).

What about walking in His ways? Discerning what the Scripture says concerning the character of God and becoming that likeness provides an excellent foundation to walking in His ways. Psalm 106:3 asserts that we are happy when we uphold justice and practice righteousness at all times. Why? Because God upholds justice and is righteous at all times and in mimicking His character we will be happy.

I have a dual challenge for you inspired DIVAs today! Not only do I encourage you to memorize or read this Psalm 15 times, but I also desire to spark an interest in you to search the Scriptures and discover other examples of God’s character. When you recognize some, include the traits in the comment section to inspire others. However, let’s not stop there! Mimic a character trait of God you have not thought much about or maybe have neglected. You can do it! Be bold DIVAs! Don’t settle for what you have always been. Today is a fresh start – do you perceive it? Praise God!!

In His Grace,
Amanda

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Step Up And Be Blessed

Psalm 127
Unless the LORD builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain;
unless the LORD watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vail.
In vain you get up early and stay up late,
working hard to have enough food-
yes, He gives sleep to the ones
He loves.
Sons are indeed a heritage
from the LORD,
children, a reward.
Like arrows in the hard of a warrior
are the sons born in one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has filled
his quiver with them.
Such men will never be put
to shame
when they speak with their enemies
at the city gate.

Greetings DIVAs! Let us accept nothing less today than the power of the resurrected Lord working in our lives! Do you believe your striving is useless unless you trust in the Lord? God’s blessing prospers all things and all human effort is vain without it. Oh what a blessing it is to labor and see the fruit! The highest thinking begins with trusting the Lord with the entirety our work. With His blessing, the saints can rest peacefully knowing the Lord is at work guarding, protecting, and providing for His loved ones. Are you willing to be challenged for the next week to not enter your blessing (sleep) without expressing gratitude to the Lord for your ability to have peaceful sleep knowing the Lord never grows faint or weary (Isaiah 40:28)? Thank you Lord.

I am quickened with a fresh insight from the Most High Spirit. If you have children, they are your inheritance and they are given to provide security and protection as you age. Ah, but looking inward to the Truth that speaks authentically to our spirit we are indeed an inheritance to our parents! What an easy task indeed if we were raised with a godly example while in their care and we are able to go forth in that example! What about those who were not given the godly example in their youth? We shall be taught now by the Spirit! He will teach us to be our parent’s inheritance (heritage and reward) all in the name of Jesus! We will bring glory to the Darling of heaven. Father God Himself knows how we are to respond and the Holy Spirit informs us of our Father’s desires! Praise God there are no excuses! Praise God He teaches us in all righteousness and we are more than able to be faithful to the teaching!

Thank you Jesus that we have been given children as an inheritance but thank you all the more that we are able to bring You glory through honoring our parents and being their inheritance! Glory!!! Ask the Lord for wisdom if you are lacking; He will give generously (James 1:5).

Remember to memorize or read the Psalm 15 times. How are you progressing? Don’t fret, you can write the Psalm on a note card and easily have it read 15 times before the end of the day.

In His grace,
Amanda

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