As Dreamers: Psalms 125 & 126

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[[A Song of Decrees]] Psalms 125

“They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭125:1-2‬ ‭

This passage is quite possibly a pilgrim’s songbook, a song of decrees, and some even speculate this may have taken place after Israel was restored from Babylonian captivity. I can imagine the joy the pilgrims were feeling, as they sang verse 1 and 2 while climbing the hill, and the smile on each face afterwards as they stood overlooking Jerusalem. They had made it!

The church, in general, is called Mount Zion (Heb. 12:22-23)

Did you know that the hill of Mount Zion is completely surrounded by mountains? Mount Olivet is on the east, hills on the south and west side and further mountains to the north.

The church in general is called Mount Zion (Heb. 12:22-23)

We are completely surrounded by His hedge of protection. There is nothing that can go through that protection, unless allowed by God Himself for the testing of our faith.

The key word here is TRUST—(a) firm belief in the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something (b) a person or thing in which confidence is placed.

If we place our TRUST in Him, we will be as Mount Zion, we shall not be moved! We simply cannot afford to place our trust in any other source.

“For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭125:3‬

We have a promise that our enemies cannot totally overcome us, lest we be discouraged and tempted to fall into sin ourselves. They can afflict but not triumph over a child of God.

“Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭125:4‬

Here is a prayer for those who are standing firm in Him. Steadfast and unmovable, just as Mount Zion.

And for the conclusion of the chapter, there is a note of warning in verse 5.

“As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.” Psalms 125:5


Psalms 126

“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭126:1-2‬

This particular verse holds personal meaning for me, as it may have for the pilgrims after being led from captivity here. Throughout times of deep trials in my own life, I have already seen the hand of the Lord deliver me out of situations so quickly that I felt I was dreaming!

If you have ever been in a place of waiting on a promise to come to pass, you can certainly relate to the joy and rejoicing that occurs after that promise literally comes into fruition! Just as a mother forgets the pain of childbirth after holding her precious baby in her arms, we soon forget the agony and suffering we went through to obtain that blessing of promise.

I will leave you with the last two verses of the chapter, as a promise to you. If you trust in Jesus with all your heart and not let Him go, there will be rejoicing as you hold your promise in your arms. Don’t give up praying! It will come to pass!

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭126:5-6‬ ‭

We have so much to be thankful for! Each time God has delivered us and brought us through a hard place in our lives is a milestone that we can look back on. What promise has God given you that you are still waiting for? What promises have already come to pass?

Jesus, we are not giving up on the promises you have birthed in our spirits! We will stand as Mount Zion with unshakable faith! We praise you in advance! And we ask that you put a hedge of protection around that promise till we hold it safely in our arms. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!

Thanks for joining me on another adventure with Blogging Through the Bible, where like-minded sisters share their thoughts on each chapter of the Bible. 😊 It’s a blessing to have you here! Feel free to join in the discussion in the comments below.

More chapters in this series can be found at Blogging Through the Bible Archives and here:

Grandma Mary Martha Tammy

Words From the Wheel Stacey Lynn Wells

No Longer Lukewarm. Angela

In Pursuit of God Renae

God Will Come To You

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I have a feeling every woman needs to read this one! It hit home with me…like a brick slamming me straight between the eyes! 😂

Take care of yourself mothers, grandmothers…there’s only ONE you! That is some great advice there shared with me recently.

A Rose By Any Other Name

My Mother’s Day!!!

Mother’s Day flowers & card
Mom & Me
My Baby Girls & Me
Mom & Nerene
Blessed to have Two Moms

Ok so I had to bake the chocolate cake, Amy …. (my Aunt Ruthies’s recipe)

Family requested potato salad

…and needed to make the chocolate gravy, Stacey !!!

Which was divine and reminded me of my favorite chocolate doughnuts, when drizzled over homemade biscuits!!! I am sure to be making this quite often!!! The fam loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

She is Merah – Otherwise Known as Wofiira

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEBBIE !!!❤️

Possessing fiery red hair

And the courage of a lion,

She is Merah,Wofiira

—A daughter of Zion!

Warrior in battle

Marching bravely on,

Wielding a sword of Truth

With wisdom far beyond.

She doesn’t know she’s beautiful

Both inside and out,

Lives are changed by those

Who meet her, no doubt.

Here’s to her many attributes

And a prayer our friendship never ends!

Happy Birthday, I love you

So blessed to call you my friend!❤️


Psalms 119 & 120 Devotion

As an all time go-to favorite of mine, Psalms has been a place of refuge for me on just about any path I found my feet walking. Whether I’m happy or sad, grieved or anxious, there’s a verse that speaks, uplifting my soul to greater heights in the Lord. So it’s of no surprise that I could personally relate to both these chapters.

Psalms 119

A noticeable theme recurred and hit home with me till the end of the passages of Psalms 119–The importance of God’s Word.

  • Walking in the laws/ keeping His ways/ statutes/commandments/
  • Keeping His testimonies

I can’t help being reminded of the love my own father had for the hidden treasures that the Word of God held.

Here are a few of my favorites:

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” verse 11‬ ‭‬‬

“This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” verse 50

“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” verse 89‬ ‭‬

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” verse 105‬ ‭‬‬

“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” verse 114

Growing up I remember the gentle strength my father showed by taking out the old family Bible every Sunday, reading it for hours on end and at times reading aloud to us kids.

My little eyes were watching, taking it all in.

Even though I can count on one hand the few times we went to church. The living room was our church as we watched the tv evangelists.

There must be something good hiding within those pages, I guessed.

“And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.”

Isaiah‬ 45:3‬ ‭

For my Daddy sat long hours, mesmerized by the content it held. It made me desire to look further into the matter.

Staying busy, he mostly worked to provide for us seven kids. He could not afford to be wasteful with his time. This little detail always had me puzzled.

Oh, how I loved to look inside the pages of that huge weathered white Bible! There were paintings of Jonah being swallowed up by the whale. (great fish) Solomon, in all his grand wisdom, grabbing the heels of a baby to divide among the two mothers who claimed it was their own. And how brave David looked with his slingshot and stone, standing before that great giant! How cool was that? He quickly became my favorite character because of that family Bible.

Perhaps the most important evidence of just how much my Dad loved God’s Word was revealed to me the day of his funeral. My stepmom related with my pastor and myself, every night before retiring to bed, they each silently read a chapter from their bibles. She shared when Dad got done reading, he closed the book and kissed its cover. Every night he did that! This must have been a habit he developed as he got older, after all us kids moved away and he rededicated his life back to God. I never recalled seeing him do this while I was still at home. It deeply moved me to tears.

Psalms 120

“In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭120:1, 7‬ ‭

How many times have we tried to live as a peacemaker only to find ourselves in a place where chaos and drama ensued and surrounded our lives?

How sad it is in today’s day and time, even families can be at war with one another! Time is so short, and God’s forgiveness is so great to usward! How can we not overlook our brother, sister, friend or family’s weaknesses, faults or failures? Considering our own shortcomings? And yet at times we struggle to forgive.

May we allow ourselves to be cleansed from all unrighteousness and let God’s good Word sanctify and wash over us!

How important is the Word of God to you? Do you struggle to find the time to glean from its wisdom on a daily basis? Do you search its pages as if it held hidden treasure? What can you do to set aside a time to read more of the Bible?

Heavenly Father, we ask you today to fill our hearts with a thirst and hunger for more of your Word. Help us to follow after Your commandments and let it wash over us like fresh living water! In Jesus name, we pray! Amen!

You can find more of this series here: Blogging Through The Bible Archives and here: Tammy @ Grandma Mary Martha StaceyLynn Wells @ Words From the Wheel and Angela G. @ No Longer Lukewarm.

Thanks for joining me on another adventure with Blogging Through the Bible, where like-minded sisters share their thoughts on each chapter of the Bible. 😊 It’s a blessing to have you here! Feel free to join in the discussion in the comments below.

The Power of Empowering

If there’s something I’ve discovered, it’s that I truly feel God wants us ladies to empower each other.

Not only ladies, but every brother or sister in Christ.

To cheer each other on in the things God has called us to do.

We all have gifts and callings that God knows we will shrug off and not get done, because we really feel unworthy.

We all have handicaps.

Those handicaps stop us from doing great things for God.


Think of Moses. Can you imagine how dumb he felt he sounded when he tried to talk and stuttered so bad?

Brother or sister, I can relate to that! I may not stutter, but I’m not very photogenic, feel I look well AT ALL or even have the voice for video! If you only knew how many pics it takes and how slow I talk! 😜

My point is, even though we are not perfect at all, God can still use us! A lot of times he takes our strengths and gifts and uses them for His Glory, but sometimes He takes the weak to confound the wise!


I had a dear friend send me a video message last week. It really blessed my heart! I cannot tell you how much so, that it encouraged me – just putting a face to her sweet voice!

I have never met her in person. I do know for a fact she stepped out of her comfort zone, but the truth is, she was so beautiful on the video! Inside and out! She don’t see HOW beautiful she is to me and to God!

I have never cared much what people looked like on the outside. I feel a person’s true beauty is inside the heart. I just love people. They don’t have to be all that and a bag of chips. Lol.

Another point I’m trying to make is, the things we do to encourage (from the heart) our brother or sister, can give them wings and courage to feel they can storm hell with a water pistol and do ANYTHING they feel led from God!


I pray that I can be that kind of friend to this community! I know you have made me feel I could do greater things, even when I felt ignorant lol. Thank you for that! I will always be grateful! I love you to the moon my friends!

What do you say? Will you accept the challenge to be your brother or sister’s keeper? Their encourager, their prayer partner, their bright light at the end of the tunnel? 💜💕 Their angel?😇

Taste & See

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:8‬ ‭

You will be happy to know that I have discovered the most ultimate diet plan ever. I am so happy to share it with you today, my friends, and am anticipating great success with it!🤞🏼

😂😂😂

Oh, who am I kidding? The only kind of diet I’m on is a seafood diet at the moment. I seem to be eating all the food I can see! 🙊 As you can see below. ⬇️

I found this patch of berries growing from a stump, while I was out mowing the lawn.

If AmyBlount happens to be reading, this may not be the chocolate cake you were wanting me to bake and post, but will this do for now? 🤷🏼‍♀️ (that cake has lots of elliptical mileage attached to it! Maybe even a jog or two!😂🤣)

Stacey Wells, I’m trying your recipe next! 😁

I even got visited by this magnificent little creature. I’m sure he would have loved to show me just how magnificent he could be, with those prickles, if I had just let him! Those things sure can sting! And so can those ants that I stepped in and the thorns that stuck in my fingers! OUCH!!!!

I guess it was worth the effort! The hundred year old recipe I tried for the first time from google was tasty! Oh my goodness!!!! 😍

What Is The Joyful Sound: Psalm 89

1-“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. 

2-For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. 

3-I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant.

For those of us who enjoy singing, these passages give us plenty enough reasons to make a joyful “noise” unto the Lord.” But the last time I tried that though, the neighborhood cats could be heard caterwauling for miles around! The poor things!

Seriously though–

  • God’s faithfulness alone is enough to cause our tongues to testify and sing of the greatness of the mighty acts He has done for each and every one of us!
  • His mercies are new every morning! His compassions fail not!
  • His Covenant He will establish with us and to our seed.

Covenant – a promise, agreement, commitment. bond, a guarantee.

Obeying His commandments is key to establishing that covenant relationship He longs for all His children to have with Him.

We are the fellow servants of David. The same mercies that were David’s will be shown to us. Even though David’s sins were great, God’s mercies were even greater. His quick repentance, earned him the title of a man after God’s own heart.

5-And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

9-Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.

15-Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

16-In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.

17-For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. 18-For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

19-Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

20-I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:

24-But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

28-My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.

33-Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

35-Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.”

Psalms‬ ‭89:1-3, 5, 9, 15–20, 24, 28, 33, 35‬ ‭KJV

 

One need not go far in this world to see the precious handiwork of God’s creation. Even the heavens declare His beauty and majesty! From the raging of the seas to the tallest peaked mountain, He shall be exalted!

The JOYFUL NOISE

  • Walking in the light of His countenance can be no other recognizable feature than the glory of His Spirit living on the inside of you and shining through to the outside!
  • Showing forth His praises, rejoicing and singing unto His Name is a very JOYFUL NOISE indeed!

In verse 24, the horn is a symbol of strength.  The name of the Lord is his strength. Jesus has promised He will sit on the throne of David forever.

We shall be BLESSED going in and blessed going out – fellow heirs in the mercies of David. I don’t know about you, my friend, but that deal sounds mighty sweet to me! To think that the God of the vast universe wants to establish a deep relationship with ME still blows my mind at times!

What about you? Do you still find yourself having trouble believing that God could love YOU that BIG even if He could do it for David who messed up many times in His walk with God? Which verses spoke to your heart? How can you endeavor to establish a closer relationship with God today?

Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you today asking you to humbly show us a better way. Make us to know the joyful sound and to walk in your LIGHT! We want to build a lasting covenant with you, just like your servant, David. Speak to our hearts today, Lord. We ask you to keep your lovingkindness and faithfulness ever so near. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!

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A Tale That Is Told: Psalms 90

 

Psalm 90:

9-“For all our days are passed away in thy wrath:  we spend our years as a tale that is told.

12-So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

17-And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭90:12, 17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Here we have the beginning of the fourth book of the Psalms called the Psalm of Moses (A Prayer of Moses, the man of God).

Skipping down to verse 9, (Our lives are as a story that has already been told) the sadness and shame of Israel’s plight and sin can be felt right here in black and white.

In the East, story tellers loved to share stories with the people. It was how they kept their heritage alive throughout the coming generations.

Imagine hearing the story of how God had brought them out of bondage from Egypt. Their lives were chock-full of God’s Promises! The excitement would be evident on the faces of the crowd.

As the narrator left them breathless, sitting on the edge of their seat, the scene would unfold. But instead of entering into those promises, they had chosen to go in the wrong direction instead.

I can imagine how many times they had each hitten the “replay” button in their own minds. Their failure a shadow, always before them in the wilderness, instead of the land of flowing milk and honey.

Their lives had become a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

My favorite of the whole chapter is — Verse 12– “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

We tell ourselves that as long as we are healthy, we will live forever in this body. But life is fleeting. We need wisdom more than ever to use the time we’ve been given wisely.

On up to the ending verses, Moses pleads with God to show them happiness for as many days as He has shown them trouble.

Afterward, he beseeches God to bless them with kindness and to help the work of their hands.

Have you ever wondered how things may have turned out differently if only the Israelites had stepped forward in courage and faith, rather than shrinking back in fear and disbelief? I know I have! Have you ever found yourself in the same predicament? How might things have turned out if you had chosen the path of the Israelites, one of disbelief? Or chosen one of faith?

Let’s Pray. Dear Jesus, we are living in desperate times. Help us to hide your Word in our heart that we might not sin against you. That we may stand in the evil days. Teach us to count our days well. Give us a heart that follows after you and thinks as you think. Let your beauty flow over us and bless the work of our hands. Help us to choose faith over disbelief. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!

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