Archive | March 2017

Psalm 98

Sing to the Lord a new song – not the same old tune, but a new song.  Marvelous things deserve new songs.

God has worked salvation and made it known to all nations, to the ends of the earth.  Love and faithfulness especially to Israel. 

Shout for joy.  Make the new song jubilant.

Use man-made instruments.  Listen to nature’s instruments – the sea, the world, the rivers, the mountains.  Sing because God comes to judge.  He will judge fair and square. 

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Psalm 97

God reigns – like a king.  The whole earth is glad – the farthest shores rejoice.

Clouds and darkness are around God – it makes Him hard to see.  Righteousness and justice hold and support His throne.  Fire goes before God and consumes all enemies everywhere.  God’s lightning lights up the whole world and makes the earth tremble.  Mountains melt like wax (volcanos).  The heavens (the clouds and darkness lit up by the lightning) proclaim God’s righteousness (point to the foundation of His throne).  All peoples see the glory and perfection of God. 

Those who worship idols are put to shame – the idols worship God.

The people are glad because of God’s judgments.  God is Most High – over all the earth, over all other gods.

If you love God, then hate evil.  God guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  Light and joy are ours.

Rejoice in the lord.

Praise His name.

Psalm 96

Sing a new song to the Lord – new creatures should sing new songs.  Praise God’s name – proclaim His salvation.  Tell someone every day that He saves, that He does amazing things.

God is great and worthy of praise.  He is more than any other god for our God created heaven.

Give to God His due praise.  Give God the glory.  Give God credit for His strength.  Bring an offering, come into His courts, worship.  His holiness has more splendor than the most beautiful creation.

Tell the nations that God is in charge and will judge fairly.

All creation praises God – The heavens rejoice

The earth is glad

The sea resounds

The creatures of the sea resound

The fields are jubilant

The trees of the forest sing for joy

God is coming to judge the earth.

Buster Brown’s Surgery

Buster Brown was a 57-pound English springer spaniel. I worked with him as a therapy dog. I didn’t realize that I would be his first patient.

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Janet Jean: Buster Brown had knee surgery yesterday. I brought home a pretty sore puppy. He was hurting – I could see it in his eyes. He was restless – it hurt so much, he just wandered around.

God: Janet Jean had divorce surgery. I brought home a pretty sore little girl. She’s hurting – I can see it in her heart. She’s restless – it hurts so much, she just wanders around.

Janet Jean: Buster Brown, I know it hurts. It hurts a whole lot. But you see, your knee was in pretty bad shape and the vet had to go in and take the knee apart and deepen the groove in the bone and tighten up the ligaments and then put everything back together again.

God: Janet Jean, I know it hurts. It hurts a whole lot. But you see, your life was in pretty bad shape and I had to go in and take your life apart and deepen the groove in your heart and tighten up your attitudes and ligaments of faith and then put everything back together again.

Janet Jean: Buster Brown, it hurts a whole lot right now. But it’s going to get better. Every day it will hurt a little less. Every day you’ll get stronger. And I have an antibiotic and a pain pill to help. Remember how you used to hobble along on three legs? When your knee heals, you’ll be able to run better than you did before. Honest. I’m sorry you’re hurting now, but it’s for the best – really it is.

God: Janet Jean, it hurts a whole lot right now. But it’s going to get better. Every day it will hurt a little less. Every day you’ll get stronger. And I have the blood of Jesus, My Word and the Holy Spirit to help. Remember how you used to hobble along depressed and unfulfilled? When your heart heals, you’ll be able to live and love better than you did before. Honest. I’m sorry you’re hurting now, but it’s for the best – really it is.

Janet Jean: I love you Buster Brown. I’ll be here for you. Please don’t be mad at me. I didn’t do it to hurt you or be mean. It’s for your own good. It’s what’s best. I’m sorry you’re hurting. I wish I could take it away.

God: I love you Janet Jean. I’m here for you. Don’t be mad at me. I didn’t allow this to punish you or be cruel. It’s for your own good. It’s what’s best. I’m sorry you’re hurting. I’m hurting too. Let Me take it away. That’s why my Son Jesus died for you.

Janet Jean: Dear Jesus,

I see the pain in Buster Brown’s limp, in his eyes. The physical pain You suffered was so great it killed You. Buster Brown didn’t have a choice. You did. You chose to suffer and die so that I could be forgiven and spend eternity in heaven with You.

I know the pain of rejection. Rejected by a husband whom I loved deeply. Rejected, ignored by people I thought were friends. How You must hurt every time one of us goes our own way, leaves you out, misses the still small voice, forgets to say thank you. My pain is nothing compared to Yours. The prayer of Jabez says, “that I may not cause pain”. Help me to stop causing You pain.

God: Janet Jean, what else can you learn from Buster Brown?

Janet Jean: Buster Brown is always glad to see me.

God: I am always glad to see you. Be glad to see Me.

Janet Jean: Buster Brown is always so expectant, so excited about everything.

God: I expect the best from and for you. Expect the best from Me. I am thrilled to be part of your life. Be excited about everything.

Janet Jean: Buster Brown always wags his tail, even in pain.

God: Be positive, Janet Jean.

Janet Jean: Buster Brown wants to cuddle, but can’t until he’s invited.

God: Cuddle me Janet Jean.

Janet Jean: Buster Brown wants to be with me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

God: Here I am Janet Jean. Come, take my hand.

June, 2003