Worship Wednesday: “Great Are You Lord”

Today’s Worship Wednesday song comes to us from the group All Sons & Daughters and is entitled “Great Are You Lord”.

The Bible tells us:

Jeremiah 10:6
There is none like you, O Lord;
you are great, and your name is great in might.
Psalm 104:1
Bless the Lord, O my soul! Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
As we begin preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, may we always remember that every breath we are given is a gift from God and we should those breathes to praise & worship Him.
I hope you are encouraged today through this song and I hope that you take the time to worship our GREAT GOD today!


Worship Wednesday: “The Lord Is My Salvation”

It has been a little over a month since I posted a Worship Wednesday song, and for that I am sorry. I was off for several weeks and getting ready for that was just crazy.

So, here we go!

Today’s Worship Wednesday song comes from Keith & Kristin Getty (modern-day hymn writers) entitled “The Lord Is My Salvation”. In the book of Psalm we read:

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2

We must understand that without the grace of God, we are nothing more than sinful, depraved sinner destined for an eternity in hell.

BUT GOD! (I love these two words!!!!!!)

This song starts out with these words:

The grace of God has reached for me. And pulled me from the raging sea, and I am safe on this solid ground – The Lord is my salvation!

The song builds to the tag with the words:

Glory be to God the Father, glory be to God the Son, glory be to God the Spirit, the Lord is my salvation!

I hope you find this song encouraging today and it causes us to understand a little more clearly that without HIM we are nothing! He is our God, our Sustainer, our Rock, our Redeemer, our Savior, our Provider, our Healer – and HE is our SALVATION!

Worship Wednesdays: “You Are My Shepherd”

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I am sure that we have all heard these verses (even if you aren’t a follower of Jesus) at some point in our lives. Psalm 23 says,

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord forever.

Today’s Worship Wednesday song is “You Are My Shepherd” by Tricia Brock. It is a beautiful reminder of the words from Psalm 100:3,

Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

I hope you enjoy “You Are My Shepherd”!


Foundation Verses #4 – Psalm 1:6

How are you doing on your foundation verses memorization? Hiding these words in our heart will help us in times of temptation or when we need an answer and don’t have our Bibles with us.

Today’s foundation verse comes from the book of Psalm – Psalm 1:6:

Righteous“For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish”

The book of Psalms begins with a stark contracts of pictures. One side we see the righteous man and the other we see the wicked. The Psalmist continues by painting a picture of a tree that is firmly “planted by streams of water”. The reason for this tree being so firmly planted is because “his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night”.

The Psalmist quickly does a 180 and shows us the other side. Verse 4 says,

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

While the first half of this chapter focuses on the godly person, the second half focuses on the ungodly.

I would ask you today to look through God’s eyes at both of these people. The ungodly seem to be “have it all”, but from God’s stand point they are destined for judgement.

Don’t miss this: Warren Weirsbe says this about the word “know”:

The verb “knows” in verse 6 doesn’t mean that God is aware of them intellectually and has the godly on his mind. Rather, it means that God has chosen them and providentially watched over them and brought them finally to His glory. The word “know” is used, as in Amos 3:2, to mean “to choose, to enter into covenant relationship with, to be personally acquainted with”.

If you are a child of God know this, you are blessed! And with that blessing we need to be a blessing to others, especially to those who do not know Christ as their Savior.

Which direction are you going in today?

Foundation Verse #1 – Genesis 1:1

Today we begin our journey as we look to dig deeper into God’s Word and to lay a foundation of what we believe. In my last post about the Foundation Verses, I challenged you to join me and to memorize these verses so that we can do what I Peter 3:15 tells us to do –

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

So, are you ready? Here we go…

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

genesis-1-1-bible-lock-screenIn the movie The Sound of Music, there is a song that many of us have heard before and I believe these words are true for our first foundation verse. The words of this song say,

Let’s start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with A-B-C
When you sing you begin with do-re-mi

As we look at this verse, it is imperative that we “start at the beginning” and know Genesis 1:1. It was God that created everything – not man nor was it a “big band” – IT WAS GOD!

Hebrews 11:3 tells us,

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

I love that when God speaks – things happen!

Warren Weirsbe say the following about Genesis 1:1,

When you consider the acts of God recorded in Genesis 1:1, you can’t help but bow in reverent worship, for His creative acts reveal a God of power and wisdom whose word carries authority.

In the beginning, GOD!

Follow Up Verses: Psalm 33:9, Romans 4:17

God Is In Control

God Is In ControlBack in 1993, Twila Paris released a song entitled “God Is In Control”. The chorus goes like this,

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken – God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken – There is no power above or beside Him, we know – Oh, God is in control, oh God is in control

I love that line that says, “there is no power above or beside Him, we know…”. But do we always “know” that God is in control?

When storms hit; when bills are due and there is no money in the bank; when you get a call from the doctor with some bad news, do we really know and understand that God is in control?

I am preparing to teach a lesson this Sunday on “The Day The Sun Stood Still”. I will be talking to a group of elementary children on about how, when all seemed lost for Joshua, that he prayed to God to make the sun stand still. To kids, the fact that God made the sun stand still for almost a day seems pretty cool, but what hit me today was what God told Joshua in verse 8, even before Joshua asked for the sun to stand still.

God said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands.” Did you notice that statement was in past tense? God had already decided on the outcome, but Israel still had to do some fighting.

I don’t know what you are going through nor do I know of what you will face in your life. You don’t know what I am facing in my life as well, but we can know for sure that God is in control!

I love what Psalms 115:3 says,

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

I Chronicles 29:11 should give us some great comfort to know that God has everything under control.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

I love this quote by Alistair Begg,

All of the ebb and flow of history is to be viewed in light that there is a throne in heaven, that throne is not empty, it is occupied by God and God is in control.