# 98

Blessed be the name of our Lord,
The God of my salvation,
My iniquity and sin was ever before You,
Going my own way, living for self, rebelling against You,
Looking for contentment and satisfaction in the things of this world;
Searching and seeking, but never finding,
Knowing there must be more, but suppressing the truth,
Despairing and empty, no future, no hope,
A lonely longing in my heart
And an aching in my soul;
Agony upon agony and not knowing where to turn,
Slipping into oblivion and darkness,
Hanging by a thread;
But in just the perfect moment You, O God,
In Your amazing mercy and grace,
You took pity on my wretched state,
Sending Your very own Son as the atoning sacrifice;
You washed away my sin and cleansed me from within,
Washed and made new new by the blood of the Lamb,
He took my place on that bloody Roman cross,
My sin and iniquity laid upon Him,
He was crushed in my place under Your wrath,
Your justice satisfied, my sins forgiven,
Redeemed and reconciled by Jesus, my Lord;
No longer Your enemy and under Your wrath,
But now at peace with my Maker, my great God and Savior.
Despair and hopelessness washed away,
I’m a new creature in You,
A new heart and new spirit,
New life and fresh hope,
Guided by Your Holy Spirit
Who dwells within me.
No longer a slave to sin,
Set free to live for You,
Filled with joy and thanksgiving
For who You are and what You’ve done.
You give strength to face each day
And bright hope for tomorrow,
Looking to that blessed day
When I’ll see You face to face,
My glorious God and King
Around Your throne worshipping
With my fellow believers
From every tongue, tribe and nation,
Adoring and praising Jesus our Savior
Forever and forever!

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# 99

Lovely and beautiful,
Graceful and true,
God above all gods
Making all things new.
You are the finest and fairest,
The best of the best,
No one comes close,
No one compares,
You are glorious and radiant,
The rarest of the rares.
Embodying grace and mercy,
Tenderness and love,
Shining Your light down from above,
You are close and ever closer,
You are near and never far,
You are brighter than bright,
The great Morning Star;
Shining forth in glory,
Shining brighter than the sun,
Shining with all brilliance
God’s only begotten, beloved Son.
You are faithful and just,
You are compassionate and kind,
A God we can trust,
Righteous and noble,
Steadfast and strong,
Watching over Your precious ones
All the day long,
Never sleeping nor slumbering,
Ever vigilant and caring,
Never leaving nor forsaking,
Sticking closer than a brother
Or a sister or a mother,
You are the pearl of great price,
The lover of our souls,
You are the Messiah, Jesus the Christ!
The Savior of mankind,
Redeemer and Restorer,
Opening the eyes of the blind,
Reaching out to the downtrodden,
Binding up the broken-hearted,
Holding close the lost and hurting,
Kind words ever spoken,
Jesus, You are great and glorious,
You are awesome and victorious,
You defeat Your enemies
Making them Your footstool,
And one day coming back in glory to rule,
In Your hand an iron rod
Your mission from Your Father God,
To judge all unrighteous ones
And cast all evil, death and wicked ones
Into the lake of fire.
You are able,
You are capable,
You are triumphant and victorious
You are God over all,
All-wise and glorious
Lord of lords and King of kings
Magnificient and majestic,
Our all in all and our everything!
Praise Him, O Praise Him
Jesus our Savior,
Our King and Redeemer
Around Your throne forever.

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The Lord Triumphant

The Lamb of God
Spotless and pure,
Slain for the lost,
The just for the unjust,
Shedding His blood
On a Roman cross.
Washing away
Crimson stains,
And scarlet sins
Now whiter than snow,
Sins remembered no more.
As far as the east is from the west,
Cast down into the depth of the sea,
No guilt, no shame, no condemnation,
Not a license to sin,
But freedom in Christ
To do with is right.
A perfect Savior and Redeemer,
Perfectly reconciling lost sinners
Back to His Father in heaven,
Accomplishing His task.
He cried out, ‘It is finished.”
Commending His spirit to God,
While His body lay dead
In a rich man’s grave.
But death could not hold Him,
Up from the grave He arose,
Triumphing over His enemies
Final teachings for His followers
Ascending to the right hand of the Father
Back into His full glory,
Now High Priest to His own,
Ever interceding for them
Until that day He returns in glory,
Satan, evil, death, hades and sin,
All enemies slain by the breath of His mouth
Cast into the lake of fire
White Throne judgment for sinners
Covered in nothing but their sin,
Perfect judgment, perfect justice,
Every wrong made right
Cast into the lake of fire
Receiving just what they deserve,
Welcoming His beloved children
To the new heaven and earth,
No more tears or sorrow or sin or disease,
Perfect fellowship with God
And one another,
Worshipping around His glorious throne
With angels and believers from every tongue
And tribe and nation and language,
Forever with the Lamb and His Father
In everlasting loveliness and perfection.

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The Lord Triumphant

The Lamb of God
Spotless and pure,
Slain for the lost,
The just for the unjust,
Shedding His blood
On a Roman cross.
Washing away
Crimson stains,
And scarlet sins
Now whiter than snow,
Sins remembered no more.
As far as the east is from the west,
Cast down into the depth of the sea,
No guilt, no shame, no condemnation,
Not a license to sin,
But freedom in Christ
To do with is right.
A perfect Savior and Redeemer,
Perfectly reconciling lost sinners
Back to His Father in heaven,
Accomplishing His task.
He cried out, ‘It is finished.”
Commending His spirit to God,
While His body lay dead
In a rich man’s grave.
But death could not hold Him,
Up from the grave He arose,
Triumphing over His enemies
Final teachings for His followers
Ascending to the right hand of the Father
Back into His full glory,
Now High Priest to His own,
Ever interceding for them
Until that day He returns in glory,
Satan, evil, death, hades and sin,
All enemies slain by the breath of His mouth
Cast into the lake of fire
White Throne judgment for sinners
Covered in nothing but their sin,
Perfect judgment, perfect justice,
Every wrong made right
Cast into the lake of fire
Receiving just what they deserve,
Welcoming His beloved children
To the new heaven and earth,
No more tears or sorrow or sin or disease,
Perfect fellowship with God
And one another,
Worshipping around His glorious throne
With angels and believers from every tongue
And tribe and nation and language,
Forever with the Lamb and His Father
In everlasting loveliness and perfection.

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Israel

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;” Deuteronomy 7: 6-9

The Jews are God’s chosen people, not because they are so great and wonderful, but because God chose to set His affection on them. He loved them because He loves them.

So what has happened today. We learn in Romans 11: 1-2
” I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.”

No He has not rejected His chosen people and even today just as God told Elijah, there is always a remnant. But in our time under the New Covenant established in the blood of Jesus, God is working through the Church and calling Gentiles into His kingdom. We are told what is happening as Paul continues in Romans 11: 25-27

” For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,

“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
‘This is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.’ ”

Paul describes the Jews as broken off olive branches during the time of the Gentiles and then at the proper time, God will turn back to the Jews and all Israel will be saved.

And Paul continues with verses 28-29 “From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

God is faithful and He is a God who cannot lie. What He promised Abraham in Genesis 12: 1-3

“Now the Lord said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

All this God is working out according to His plans and His purpose and all his good pleasure and He will bring it to pass.

“For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”
Isaiah 46: 9-11

“I have planned it, surely I will do it.’ We can trust Him to accomplish all He has set out to do in history and in our own lives as His followers.

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Marianas

“In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 and on day 3 “The God said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land earth and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw it was good.”
Genesis 1: 9-10

So amazing!! I am watching a utube show about finding the Marianas Trench. Scientists believed the sea only went so deep and then leveled off–the prevailing view of the time–the late 1800’s.

Kind of like Al Gore and the “scientists” of today–climate change is settled–no discourse or discussion and jail for the deniers!!! But then not really because the scientists back then were open to discovery and challenging the prevailing ideas.

So they went to the Pacific with depth testers and all went according to prevailing science—until the distant Pacific–and the depth preceptors kept going down and down and down!!

And wow!! What did they find–the Marianas Trench and amazing life and depths that they never imagined!!

Where are the scientists today who can’t be bought by money and political correctness and who are willing to be ridiculed and persecuted and ostracized and outlawed and threatened with jail for scientific truth and discovery?

There are a few who stand against the prevailing tide of political correctness and I applaud them for standing up for the scientific method following where the data leads and not making the data fit a preconceived notion. That is not science. The scientific method tests and questions and challenges and is not afraid of new ideas and theories and dialogue.

True scientists are always questioning and never static and always ready to say that we do not have all the answers and we have not reached all truth and there are always more discoveries out there and when evidence suggests something contrary to believed notions, then they are willing to question and test.

The Al Gores of the world shut down knowledge and learning and discovery and take us to the dark ages and lead to stagnation and bondage.

True science always questions and challenges and drives to exploration and expansion and is not afraid of new and or differing views, so unlike our society today which does not countenance any varying view or opposing thought.

We have the choice–enlightenment or darkness–

The darkness of politically correct thinking or the enlightenment of freedom to explore and make new and amazing discoveries that were previously not imagined.

God is a God of light and of knowledge and the heavens and the earth display His glory. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1: 20

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Jesus Does All things Well

And He does all things well. Who does all things well? – – Jesus. Mark 7

Many people do some things well. Some people do many things well. But no human being does all things well.

Only Jesus, the God-man, does all things well. Only Jesus completely accomplished the purpose set out for Him.

“And you shall call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1: 21

And He perfectly saved His people on the cross, taking on sin and being crushed by the Father so that His own, all who repent and believe, will have forgiveness and eternal life.

And He cried out, “It is finished!” John 19: 30 and “gave up His spirit.” John 19: 30

He lived the perfect life, died a sacrificial death and now sits “at the right hand of the Majesty in high”. Hebrews 1: 3 where He is our High Priest–Hebrews 4: 14-15 ever interceding for His own–Romans 8: 34 and someday returning for the final defeat of all evil and the establishment of the new heaven and earth where all believers will be with Him forever. Revelation 21: 1-4

He truly does do all things well!!

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