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"No matter where I am, your teachings fill me with songs." - Psalm 119:54 (CEV)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Changes


They've been happening a lot lately,

These changes.

I've been causing a lot of them.

(You may have noticed the different appearance here?

To match my new website?

I've been very busy lately . . .)


Yesterday, I put the final touches on my website.

(Admittedly, for the third time, so maybe it's still not quite done.)

Then I put the final touches on my new blog template,

Uploaded some headers to Bandcamp,

Double-checked,

Triple-checked,

Then suddenly realized that I had nothing to do;

Nothing pressing to work on,

Nothing urgent to get done,

Nothing near the top of my list that had to come before the things I want to do and have been putting off.

Putting off because I need to get these things done first,

Putting off because I need to get at least six hours of sleep at night,

Just putting off.

I had nothing to do.


I think it was the first time in weeks I'd felt like this,

The first time in weeks I actually felt like I had time -

And lots of it.

I didn't really know what to do with myself.

I went to my keyboard for awhile,

Did some vocal exercises,

But then I had to be back where everyone else was to babysit.

I did some things with my sister,

Flipped through a catalog,

And finally ended up getting on my computer.

And counting.

And the Psalm I was on I didn't really know what to do with,

What said something distinct about God,

And what said more about me.

What should go on the list

And what shouldn't

And, really, when I get to the end of all this, how much will I have missed?

But, when I'm digging into the Word like this, does it really matter?

No matter what I do, I'm just scratching the surface.

And, oh, these words are such priceless treasure!

Maybe the biggest changes happening around here

Are the changes inside of me,

Changes big enough to appreciate, but small enough to miss if one isn't watching.

But, oh, I'm watching.

I'm watching.

God is so Good.

So, so Good.


Reasons 4197-4295 today,

Still seeking to know Him

And see Him as He is

And always will be:

  1. He hears His people's voice (Psalm 116:1)
  2. He is Gracious and Righteous (Psalm 116:5)
  3. He is full of compassion (Psalm 116:5)
  4. He protects the unwary (Psalm 116:6)
  5. When His people are brought low, He saves them (Psalm 116:6)
  6. He has been good to His people (Psalm 116:7)
  7. He has delivered His people from death (Psalm 116:8)
  8. He has delivered His people's eyes from tears (Psalm 116:8)
  9. He has delivered His people's feet from stumbling (Psalm 116:8)
  10. He has delivered His people from death, that they may walk before Him (Psalm 116:8-9)
  11. He has delivered His people's eyes from tears, that they may walk before Him (Psalm 116:8-9)
  12. He has delivered His people's feet from stumbling, that they may walk before Him (Psalm 116:8-9)
  13. He has delivered His people from death, that they may walk before Him in the land of the living (Psalm 116:8-9)
  14. He has delivered His people's eyes from tears, that they may walk before Him in the land of the living (Psalm 116:8-9)
  15. He has delivered His people's feet from stumbling, that they may walk before Him in the land of the living (Psalm 116:8-9)
  16. Precious in His sight is the death of His faithful servants (Psalm 116:15)
  17. He has freed His people from their chains (Psalm 116:16)
  18. His Love toward His people is great (Psalm 117:2)
  19. His Faithfulness endures forever (Psalm 117:3)
  20. He brings those who cry to Him when they are hard pressed into a spacious place (Psalm 118:5)
  21. He is with His people; He is their helper (Psalm 118:7)
  22. He is His people's helper (Psalm 118:7)
  23. It is better to take refuge in Him than to trust in humans (Psalm 118:8)
  24. It is better to take refuge in Him than to trust in princes (Psalm 118:8)
  25. In His Name His people cut down all the nations surrounding them (Psalm 118:10)
  26. In His Name His people cut down all the nations surrounding them on every side (Psalm 118:10-11)
  27. In His Name His people cut down all the nations surrounding them on every side, swarming around them like bees (Psalm 118:10-12)
  28. In His Name His people cut down and consume as quickly as burning houses all the nations surrounding them on every side, swarming around them like bees (Psalm 118:10-12)
  29. He helps those who are pushed back and about to fall (Psalm 118:13)
  30. He is His people's defense (Psalm 118:14)
  31. He has become His people's salvation (Psalm 118:14)
  32. His right hand has done mighty things (Psalm 118:15)
  33. His right hand is lifted high (Psalm 118:16)
  34. He has chastened His people severely (Psalm 118:18)
  35. He has chastened His people severely, but He has not given them over to death (Psalm 118:18)
  36. He caused the stone the builders rejected to become the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22-23)
  37. He caused the stone the builders rejected to become the cornerstone, and it is marvelous in the eyes of His people (Psalm 118:22-23)
  38. This very day, He caused the stone the builders rejected to become the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22-24)
  39. He has made His light shine on His people (Psalm 118:27)
  40. Those who walk according to His law are blessed (Psalm 119:1)
  41. Those who keep His statutes are blessed (Psalm 119:2)
  42. Those who seek Him with all their heart are blessed (Psalm 119:2)
  43. Those who seek Him with all their heart, doing no wrong are blessed (Psalm 119:2-3)
  44. Those who seek Him with all their heart, doing no wrong, but following His ways are blessed (Psalm 119:2-3
  45. He has laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed (Psalm 119:4)
  46. His laws are Righteous (Psalm 119:7)
  47. A young person can stay on the path of purity by living according to His Word (Psalm 119:9)
  48. There are wonderful things in His law (Psalm 119:18)
  49. He broadens His people's understanding (Psalm 119:32)
  50. His unfailing love comes to His people according to His promise (Psalm 119:41)
  51. His salvation comes to His people according to His promise (Psalm 119:41)
  52. His Word is the Word of Truth (Psalm 119:43)
  53. His people walk about in freedom, for they have sought out His precepts (Psalm 119:45)
  54. His promise preserves His people's lives (Psalm 119:50)
  55. His decrees are the theme of His people's song (Psalm 119:54)
  56. He is His people's portion (Psalm 119:57)
  57. The earth is filled with His Love (Psalm 119:64)
  58. He does what is Good (Psalm 119:68)
  59. His hands made people and formed people (Psalm 119:73)
  60. In Faithfulness He afflicts His people (Psalm 119:75)
  61. His Word is eternal (Psalm 119:89)
  62. His Word is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens (Psalm 119:89)
  63. He established the earth (Psalm 119:90)
  64. He established the earth, and it endures (Psalm 119:90)
  65. His laws endure to this day (Psalm 119:91)
  66. His laws endure to this day, for all things serve Him (Psalm 119:91)
  67. All things serve Him (Psalm 119:91)
  68. By His precepts He preserves His people's lives (Psalm 119:93)
  69. To all perfection there is a limit, but His commands are boundless! (Psalm 119:96)
  70. He Himself has taught His people (Psalm 119:102)
  71. His Word is a lamp for His people's feet (Psalm 119:105)
  72. His Word is a light on His people's path (Psalm 119:105)
  73. His statutes are His people's heritage forever (Psalm 119:110)
  74. His statutes the joy of His people's hearts (Psalm 119:110)
  75. He rejects all who stray from His decrees (Psalm 119:118)
  76. He rejects all who stray from His decrees, for their delusions come to nothing (Psalm 119:118)
  77. All the wicked of the earth He discards like dross (Psalm 119:119)
  78. His people's flesh trembles in fear of Him (Psalm 119:120)
  79. His people stand in awe of His laws (Psalm 119:120)
  80. His statutes are wonderful (Psalm 119:129)
  81. The unfolding of His Words gives light (Psalm 119:130)
  82. The unfolding of His Words gives understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130)
  83. He always turns to those who love His Name (Psalm 119:132)
  84. He always has mercy on those who love His Name (Psalm 119:132)
  85. His laws are Right (Psalm 119:137)
  86. The statutes He has laid down are Righteous (Psalm 119:138)
  87. The statutes He has laid down are fully trustworthy (Psalm 119:138)
  88. His promises have been thoroughly tested (Psalm 119:140)
  89. His Righteousness is everlasting (Psalm 119:142)
  90. His law is True (Psalm 119:142)
  91. He is near (Psalm 119:151)
  92. All His commands are True (Psalm 119:151)
  93. He established His statutes to last forever (Psalm 119:152)
  94. All His Words are True (Psalm 119:160)
  95. All His Righteous laws are eternal (Psalm 119:160)
  96. His people's hearts tremble at His Word (Psalm 119:161)
  97. All His people's ways are known to Him (Psalm 119:168)
  98. He teaches His people His decrees (Psalm 119:171)
  99. All His commands are Righteous (Psalm 119:172)


(Sylvia's already made it to - past - 10,000!  So amazing to think of who He is like this!)

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2 comments:

CynthiaJSwenson said...

The Panama Rose pink is lovely with the gray carpet! I will be back to look at reasons to worship Him from Psalms again, but #4287 stands out to me today...He is near! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia


Mary said...

Thank you, Cynthia! I was originally trying to find a color to match the ugly green, but when we decided to replace the carpeting (which was about 40 years old), I had to find carpeting to match the pink color! Glad you think it came out so well!

Yes! So simple, but such a comforting thought. He is always near to us. Thank you so much for sharing, friend!

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