The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the LORD
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah Psalms 24:1-6
As Easter approaches, I am reminded through this Psalm about the G-d we serve. The troubles we are experiencing are nothing new to mankind. In the centuries past, present, and future the same G-d who built this world is the same G-d who holds the foundation still. Good Friday or the day Jesus was impaled on the cross was a day of immense tragedy. To the ragged bunch of disciples, “everything was wrong”. The man this group of men and women followed and served faithfully appeared now to be alone and they were afraid. It was firmly believed that the Messiah when he came would be around “forever” but 3.5 years into the ministry it appeared the wheels came off of the axel. You see, Jesus’ death was not the end of life as the disciples knew it, it was the beginning of a new road “Learning to Trust”. and “learning obedience in face of a disobedient world”.
On this special day when we stop to reflect on the tragedy of the lonely Golgatha where your son was impaled, I pray that this message encourages the people who read my posts. I know that you are Sovereign, Holy, and Just. You gave your laws and precepts so that we would learn to listen and obey. I pray for a topsy-turvy world that is bent on war not knowing the ultimate price that will be required from us. Jesus could very easily have staved off the cross with no ill effects if only he had thrown in his lot with the Sanhedrin. The problem was that Jesus knew the price tag for both directions and chose to honor you and because of his actions, I am here today as are millions upon millions of others. I pray for a world where your peace will speak louder than the threats of war. Be with my family as we share an Easter meal and maybe a joyous time. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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