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Jehovah Tsidkenu

I came across this beautiful poem last week.  “Jehovah Tsidkenu”, which means The Lord our Righteousness.  It was written by Robert Murray McCheyne, and it is a beautiful testimony of God’s grace in his life.

I love the rhyme of this poem – it reminds me of the”Night Before Christmas”. :)However, this poem is much more meaningful!!   It moves my heart every time I read it – I hope it does yours as well!

“I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

I oft read with pleasure, to sooth or engage,
Isaiah’s wild measure and John’s simple page;
But e’en when they pictured the blood sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.

Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul;
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu ’twas nothing to me.

When free grace awoke me, by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety in self could I see
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Saviour must be.

My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life giving and free
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me.

Jehovah Tsidkenu! my treasure and boast,
Jehovah Tsidkenu! I ne’er can be lost;
In thee I shall conquer by flood and by field,
My cable, my anchor, my breast-plate and shield!

Even treading the valley, the shadow of death,
This watchword shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life’s fever my God sets me free,
Jehovah Tsidkenu, my death song shall be.”

By Robert Murray McCheyne

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The past week was a difficult one for our family. Nothing major, just life circumstances. Last night a dear friend prayed a special prayer over our family. She prayed that we would stand still and see God work in our lives. It was a beautiful prayer that was so timely and meaningful! Those words that she prayed brought to my mind an old southern gospel song that I haven’t heard for years….

Stand Still And See His Glory

Verse 1
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
WATCH AS HIS MYST’RIES UNFOLD
BASK IN THE SWEETNESS OF PURE LIVING WATERS
REFRESHING, REVIVING THE SOUL
Chorus
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
HALLELUJAH ‘TIS WONDROUS
HIS VICT’RIES AND TRIUMPHS
STAND STILL, YE PEOPLE BE SILENT AND SEE HIS GLORY
HALLELUJAH, HIS GLORY, HALLELUJAH
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
Verse 2
ALL HAIL HIS INFINITE WISDOM
NONE IS SO MIGHTY AS HE
MASTER, CREATOR OF ALL THINGS ENDURING
NONE ELSE IS SO PRECIOUS TO ME
Chorus
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
HALLELUJAH ‘TIS WONDROUS
HIS VICT’RIES AND TRIUMPHS
STAND STILL, YE PEOPLE BE SILENT AND SEE HIS GLORY
HALLELUJAH, HIS GLORY, HALLELUJAH
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
(Writer: Dottie Rambo)

Many times in the Old Testament we read of God telling His people to stand still and let Him fight their battles for them, or stand firm and see the deliverance God will bring.

Often (in my human nature) I try to “fix’ my own problems, when really, God just wants me to rely on HIM.  It’s my prayer and my desire that I stand still and see God’s glory!

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of hymns.  Partly because the lyrics are chocked-full of timeless truths!  These ageless songs are poetic and they minister to the soul.  Sometimes when I don’t know how to voice my prayers, I’m led to a hymn that describes my heart perfectly.

Today was one of those times.  This beautiful hymn, written by Benjamin Mansell Ramsy, is a prayer for the Lord to teach and guide us when we don’t know the path to take.  Check out the lyrics – they’re lovely…….

  1. Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
    Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
    Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
    Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!
  2. When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
    When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
    In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
    In failure or success, teach me Thy way!
  3. When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
    When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
    Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil, and pain;
    Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!
  4. Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
    Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
    Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
    Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/406?
    (here is a link to the tune, if you’ve never heard it before – warning, it just may get stuck in your head!)  😉

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Three weeks ago today, we took Byron to Children’s Hospital ER, and our lives were changed forever with a medical diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes!   It was a shock to us and our lives were thrown in a tail spin!

The first few days, we went day-by-day, in a blur, just trying to manage and survive.  Since then we have gone through some of the grief stages – shock, anger, depression, and then finally, acceptance comes.

Some days are really rough, but I can honestly say that through the past few weeks we have felt God’s presence with us.  Byron and myself are very squeamish when it comes to needles/blood, but God has given us strength to do things we never thought that we could do!!!

This beautiful hymn, by Annie J Flint, totally describes our past few weeks.  I love the verse that talks about “when our strength has failed, and the day is half done“.  (We’ve had a few of those lately) 🙂   We have truly felt God’s increased strength, added mercy, and yes, multiplied peace.  I’m so thankful that God’s grace has no measure and His power no boundaries!!!

“He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”

Hymn Lyrics printable | He Giveth More Grace    "He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labors increase, To added affliction He addeth His mercy, To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.":

Do you enjoy washing dishes??  When we I was young, we didn’t have a dish washer in our house.  In fact, I was convinced that one of the main reasons my parents had 4 children was so that we could wash the dishes for them.  🙂

The other day I came across an interesting article that caught my eye,
“9 Health and Life Benefits of Hand Washing your Dishes”.   http://theheartysoul.com/wash-dishes-hand-benefits/?t=JERF
Some of the main points were :
– It encouraged Mindfulness
– Reduces Stress and Relaxes You
– Boost Immune System
– Teaches Independence to Kids
– Better for Delicate Dishes
– More Time with Family
– Uses Less Water/Energy

There you go…… who knew that washing dishes was good for you?  🙂

We I was little, my family sang a song called “Thank God for Dirty Dishes”……
“Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell.
While other may go hungry, we’re eating very well.
With health, and food, and happiness, we must not fret nor fuss,
By the stack of evidence, the Lord’s been good to us!”

Now, many years later, I have my own house and family, and we still don’t use a dish washer.  I don’t always ‘enjoy’ washing dishes, but when I do, I try to take a moment to be mindful and thank God for the many blessing that I have.  Dirty dishes mean that we have the blessing of food…… some people don’t!

 

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This week I heard a lecture on I John. I John 5:4 says, “because everyone who is born from God has overcome the world. Our faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”

When I heard this verse, it reminded me of an old hymn that I sang as a child.  It’s a beautiful song and now that I’m older, the words are much more special and have a totally new meaning……

“Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise,
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below,
Let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

Refrain:
Faith is is the victory!
Faith is is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith they, like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er ev’ry field;
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

On ev’ry hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array;
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray;
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.

To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n;
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in heav’n.
Then onward from the hills of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring name.”

Be Still My Soul

Do you ever feel like you are going through life like a hamster on wheel??  That’s kind of what I feel like now.  I have a million things running through my mind, and a to-do list that never ends.  There is so much noise, movement, and technology that never ends!

This morning as I was getting ready for the day, I heard this beautiful old hymn, “Be Still My Soul”.   It was so refreshing to my spirit.  Many times God’s Word tells us to be quiet or be still, and know Him.  We only need to be still and remember that He is in control.  He has been faithful in the past and He will continue to be faithful in the future!

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1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

(Written by Katharina Von Schlegel in 1752, and still relevant today.  Amazing!)