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Psalm 91 in Rhyme

Psalm 91

I dwell in your shelter, O Most High Go
And Take comfort in your shade

You are my cover, my fort from danger
Of disease I’m not afraid

I am safe within your shelte
Protected by your might

Your faithfulness surrounds me
From your shelter I’ll not take flight

With you no fear in darkness
No terror in day I find

I’m not afraid of night-time noise
Or fear I’ll lose my mind

Although I see fallen comrades
And many they shall be

I know your hand protects me
Their plight shall not touch me

I’ll only see around about
What might have been my fate

And feel again your shelter
From wanton lusts and hate

No wicked thing will touch me
No illness near my home

For angels hover ore’ me
I’ll never be alone

They lift me up, they help me soar
Above the hardened clay

I’ll even tame the animals
They’ll not disturb my day

These blessings, though they’re many
Are mine from your great love

Because I know my Father
Who calls me from above

I know your hand will guide me
Rescue and uphold

My whole life long, you’ll be my song
Till heaven I behold

Ava Zettel

2005

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A Family Line . . .

My New Year’s Resolution continues – this week, part of my reading has carried me through the New Testament book of Luke. I dare you to read chapter 3 verses 23-38 and pronounce, if you can, every name in the family line of Jesus. The men in the family line are named with prominent people you might recognize if you are familiar with Scripture . . . names like Joseph, Joshua, Levi, David, Jesse, Boaz, Judah, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham, along with Noah and Adam, just to name a few. And those are the ones that are easy to pronounce.

As I thought about my family line, naming the men as in the book of Luke, since I have 5 sisters and 1 brother, naming the men would go like this . . .

Caleb is the son of James, James is the son of Jim, Jim was the son of Clarence, and that’s about as far as I can go. Yet this section of Scripture lists 77 “son-of” instances! People today researching their genealogy find it quite a job going from county offices to libraries, to on-line resources, etc., in order to draw a family tree with all the branches connected.

Yet here, in the Bible, we find the family line of Jesus traced all the way back to Adam, who was the son-of God. AMAZING! Another reason to love God’s Word – it is complete, it is truth. Yes it is! Every word – here’s why I know this . . . well, the Bible says so and I believe that, but my mother said it was true too. I can still remember a song she used to sing . . .

I believe the Bible, oh it is divine, Heaven’s golden sunlight in its pages shine

It lights my way to glory (Heaven) and I’m surely going through

I believe the Bible for I know it’s true.

 Reading on . . .

PS – let me know if you meet my challenge to read those names!

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The Resolution Continues . . .

Numbers with borders

As I continue the journey through my “read-the-Bible-in-a-year” plan I am currently passing through the Book of Numbers.

The name of the Book is appropriate as it is a book of a census of the Israelite people. Today, reading through chapters 4 and 5, I was impressed with the way God assigned duties for each of these clans or tribes and the thousands of people who were included to carry out their assignments.

The LORD told Moses and Aaron to select people 30-50 years of age. This impressed me too because God chose people who were young enough to do the tasks and mature enough to know the importance of those areas in which they would be required to serve. Yet, they were not so old that they would be infirm or unable to carry out the duties assigned.

Now, don’t be offended if you are under 30 or over 50 – because God has a purpose for each one of us no matter our age. But today, this reading through Numbers has helped me in two ways:

  1. It helped me realize that the seasons of life come and go
  2. And that I am to enjoy each one as it comes and wave a fond farewell when it has to go

There is nothing more rewarding than knowing when to do a job and when to step away; than knowing when it is your place to help and when it time to bow out. It makes one miserable to know you belong somewhere you are not or to stay somewhere you are no longer needed.

So, thanks to God for the Old Testament book of Numbers – Reading on!

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How’s that New Year’s Resolution Going?

Read it in a Year

God’s Word

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  I do.  This year I decided to read through the Bible in a year.  In December our church made a One Year Bible Reading Plan available to us.  The Reading Plan gives Scripture references and there are only a few chapters for each daily assignment . . . a couple of chapters in the Old Testament, then the New Testament and then some verses from Psalms and Proverbs.  I’ve tried to do this before and have always given up when I get to the Book of Leviticus.  Well, I am currently in that book and only have 3 chapters left before moving on to the next book, Numbers, so I’m still on track!  I love God’s Word and am learning even more about this wonderful guidebook for living.  To make my reading even more interesting I’m reading from this wonderful version called The Holy Bible Illustrated in Calligraphy by Timothy R. Botts and Tyndale House Publishers.  The calligraphy is beautiful and adds to the text keeping my interest.  I’m determined to make it – I’ll share a favorite verse now and then through the year:

Oh God, we give glory to you all day long and constantly praise Your name.

Psalm 44:8

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