SSMT: verse #10

Good Morning! It’s already May 15th and that means it’s time to post the tenth SSMT verse of the year. I’m still working through Psalm 103 so today’s verse is:

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. ~ Psalm 103:9 (KJV)

I’m going to have to pray about the full meaning of this one and get my hands on some commentary too. Be sure to check out today’s post over at LPM Blog. It’s rather short, but sweet.

Blessings!

SSMT: verse #9

Oh my goodness. I’ve been so caught up in the Thin Within series that I totally flaked posting my 8th verse yesterday. I didn’t even think about it being May 1st already.

So, I’ll make this quick. I’m still moving through Psalm 103:

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. ~ Psalm 103:8

So glad this is one of the shorter ones. I think this verse is perfectly timed as I need “plenteous” grace and mercy at the moment.

SSMT: verse #8

Tax Day (do you hear the ominous music playing?). I am so not thrilled to write that check to Uncle Sam… he’s become a nasty, greedy bugger in his old age. I refuse to let his greed overshadow today’s SSMT celebration though… well, I’m going to try not to let it. Lord, help me!

Today is SSMT verse # 8. I’ve already posted at LPM blog. Be sure to read Diane Vaccaro’s message today. I’ve got a really busy day ahead so I’m going to get right to posting my verse. I’m continuing through Psalm 103:

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. ~ Psalm 103:7

Tomorrow will be the first post in my “Thin Within” series. Until then, I hope your April 15th is one of grace and beauty.

Blessings!

 

SSMT: verse #7

April showers bring May flowers… oh how I hope we get some April showers! Since it’s April first, it’s time to post my next Siesta Scripture Memory Team verse. I’m still moving through Psalm 103, so it’s no surprise that today’s verse is:

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. ~ Psalm 103:6

Super short. I’ll go deeper with this one before it’s time to post the next, until then, please be sure to watch Beth’s message to the Siestas today. It was a word from the Lord that I needed and I’m sure it will bless you as well.

Deeper w/ Psalm 103:5

Continuing in Psalm 103, we are following David as he counts the “benefits” of walking with God. It is suggested that perhaps David had recovered from an illness when he wrote this Psalm. During an illness, his food (if allowed any) would have been bland and unsatisfying. His youth was restored and he was able to enjoy food again. We also know from David’s story that there was a period of time when he was on the run, and very likely went without food and was quite weak. So, he would very likely be appreciative of good food and renewed strength.

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. ~ Psalm 103:5 (KJV)

This could also be a general acknowledgement of being satisfied in the Lord. Recently I purchased a shirt that says, “Do more of what makes you happy”. When I saw this shirt, I didn’t see it as a declaration of focusing only on my personal happiness at the cost of everything else. However, someone remarked to me (at the sight of said shirt) that God doesn’t want us to pursue happiness. Which was rather deflating of my happiness-level at seeing the shirt. Clearly God’s goal is to further His kingdom, but couldn’t serving the Lord bring happiness? Isn’t that why it is called the “joy of the Lord”? Didn’t the Creator give us the ability to feel happy? It has often been my experience that those who begrudge others’ happiness are simply trying to make themselves feel better (by dragging down) about their lack thereof.

Personally, I saw the shirt as a reminder that we often become bogged down with so many things we think we must do and we miss out on the little joys of life. We don’t make time for smiling and laughter. We somehow feel “noble” for being a “happiness martyr”. Our lives become “to-do” lists and general busyness, that if we’re honest, probably aren’t always in line with God’s will. Hugging my kids makes me happy. Spending time with my husband makes me happy. Shouldn’t we do more of those things? Aren’t they honoring to the Lord? And yet, they make me happy. Imagine that.

Maybe we feel guilty for enjoying the “good things” in life. Or maybe others try to make us feel guilty. I mean, there will always be suffering in this world, does that mean God doesn’t want us to take vacations, smell the roses, take a nap, read a good book, play a board game, go for a walk, enjoy a tasty meal…etc? King David obviously didn’t feel that way. He praised God for the “good things”. In fact, he went so far as to say that God satisfies him with good things. Satisfaction often brings a feeling of happiness. When we read about David, we know that he danced before the Lord, something that brought him criticism, but which I fully believe pleased God and made David happy.

I wonder if someone came along when David was singing this Psalm and said, “you should give that tasty food to the poor because your happiness is not God’s priority.” There will always be “boo birds”. I would prefer to see that shirt in a positive light rather than seeing only the potential dangers of doing more things that make you happy. You see, we know God gives blessings. We know He delights in blessing His children, and does He do so to make them miserable? No, He knows they will experience happiness. If you’re a parent, it isn’t difficult to understand the joy you feel when your child smiles. Does this mean that all of life should be smiles? No, that would be impossible in this fallen world. Can people distort the pursuit of happiness into something that is quite selfish and self-serving? Absolutely. Does this make happiness the root of all evil? Heavens no.

David chose to praise God for the good things bestowed upon him. He recognized where these things came from, and he was thankful. Was David’s life all “good”? No way. He had plenty to cry about, but when joy, goodness… and yes, I’ll say it, happiness presented themselves, he embraced them with open arms.

Well, that’s Psalm 103:5. Tomorrow I’ll welcome April by posting my next Siesta memory verse. Until then, may you delight in the Lord and His many benefits.

SSMT: verse #6

Howdy Hey, it’s March 15th! That means it’s time for SSMT verse #6! Be sure to read Melanie Toup’s post on the LPM blog today. We chose the same verse as our first verse of the year. Too fun! It’s really cool that this is her seventh year participating with the Siestas.

Ok, so now on to my sixth verse of the year. I think this may be my favorite one so far, but that’s probably only because I’m really focusing on living free from dieting. You’ll see what I mean when you read the verse below.

I hopped online and posted my verse over at LPM. It’s really pretty neat to be joining all of these women in memorizing scripture. It’s like we’re unified in a way without ever knowing one another. Anyway, this is supposed to be a short post, so without further ado, here’s my verse #6:

“Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” ~ Psalm 103:5 (KJV)

I think I could write up an entire sermon on this… I guess I’ll save that for my “deeper with” post later.

Blessings to my fellow Siestas! Praying that we won’t just “eat the seed” of God’s Word, but will allow God to sow it into our lives and reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Also, it appears that LPM now has an SSMT app. Check it out 🙂

Deeper w/ Psalm 103:4

As we continue through Psalm 103, it’s important to keep in mind that David began this Psalm with praise and has now begun to recount the benefits of walking with God.

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; ~Psalm 103:4 (KJV)

I cannot see the word redeem without thinking about the song, Redeemed, by Big Daddy Weave. Yes, God redeems us from the pit of despair (couldn’t resist the Princess Bride reference). Check out the Amplified Bible version of this verse:

“Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies,and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;” ~Psalm 103:4 (AMP)

Have you been corrupted by the world? Yes, we all have. And yet, He redeems, avenges, purchases, delivers us from destruction, corruption, graves, ditches… the pits. His redemption isn’t just setting us free, which in and of itself is priceless. No, He repairs what was broken… He restores what was lost… He brings beauty from ashes. That destruction no longer defines us because it has been transformed to our benefit. I simply love the commentary from The Treasury of David, for this section:

“By purchase and by power the Lord redeems us from the spiritual death into which we had fallen, and from the eternal death which would have been its consequence… Glory be to our great Substitute, who delivered us from going down into the pit, by giving himself to be our ransom. Redemption will ever constitute one of the sweetest notes in the believer’s grateful song.”

Which brings us to the second half of the verse. I love how the AMP version says, “beautifies, dignifies, and crowns”. Picture that with me for a moment. Visualize something stained and ugly being beautified. Now picture something undignified being restored to dignity. What about being crowned… that’s royalty. We are His children and as such, He crowns us with loving-kindness and tender mercy. Talk about a benefit we do not deserve apart from him! Check out this quote, also from The Treasury of David:

“Our Lord does nothing by halves, he will not stay his hand till he has gone to the uttermost with his people. Cleansing, healing, redemption, are not enough, he must make them kings and crown them, and the crown must be far more precious than if it were made of corruptible things, such as silver and gold; it is studded with gems of grace and lined with the velvet of lovingkindness; it is decked with the jewels of mercy, but made soft for the head to wear by a lining of tenderness.”

Isn’t that beautiful? Can you imagine if people still talked like that today? It is so expressive, visual, and fraught with feeling. I can picture it, can you?

The 1599 Geneva Bible is more to the point in it’s footnote summary of this verse. It says, “For before that we have remission of our sins, we are as dead men in the grave.” I don’t know about you, but I’m really thankful not to be spiritually “dead in the grave”. You may be thinking, how is this different from the verse before where David says God forgives all our sins. Well, redemption is different because it takes that forgiveness to the next level. It takes it all the way to restoration. Psalm 23:3 says, “He restores my soul”. Yes… redemption moves to beautify, dignify, and crown.

Our next verse will arrive on March 15th. If you’re interested in joining the Siesta Scripture Memory Team, please do jump in.