Countdown to Pentecost #9

LEARNING GODS WORD THROUGH THE PSALMS

Fr Paul Stewart

TET ט

Psalm 119:65-72 

  1. You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your Word.
  2. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe your commandments.
  3. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word;
  4. You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes.
  5. The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep your precepts with my whole heart.
  6. Their heart is as fat as grease, but I delight in your law.
  7. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.
  8. Then thousands of shekels of gold and silver.

David learned in the progression of his life suitable instructions from the Torah.  As a young boy he learned to shepherd the flocks, and then when called on he learned to become a warrior, but then when he was anointed he learned to rule as a King.  However, nothing advanced him greater than in the stillness of the night- this is when he poured his heart out in song; his joys and sorrows, his praise and disappoints, to his Lord.

Over and over he cried out, “You are good, and do good.  Teach me your statutes”.  Every time he strayed the Lord would not let him stay away long.  The afflictions came, but the word pulled him back to God.  Our hearts get overwhelmed too, with the boring mundane things.   But under the careful eye of the Holy Spirit, we can only drift so far before He acts.  Gently, persuasively, tugging us back to Jesus. The demonstration of Holy Spirit is greater than thousands of dollars of silver and gold.

As a young boy, David learned to be a shepherd. As an unsteady youth, he learned to become a warrior. As God’s anointed, he learned to rule as King. But in the stillness of the night, King David learned to worship His God, and to pour out his heart in song; his joys and sorrows, his praise and his disappointments, his own lack of judgment and the understanding he found in God and the Torah.

“You are good, and do good”, King David proclaims. God is good! His very character is good, and what He gives to His children is good. We live in a culture that is increasingly cynical and negative. People all around you are looking for encouragement, a steadfast spirit, and an unwavering hope. They are searching for answers and wondering if anyone or anything is truly good?

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Countdown to Pentecost #8

GOD’S WORD THROUGH THE BOOK OF PSALMS

By Fr. Paul Stewart

CHET ח

Psalm 119: 57-64

  1. You are my portion O Lord, I have said I would keep your words.
  1. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart. Be merciful to me according to your word.
  1. I thought about my ways. And turned my feet to your testimonies.
  1. I made haste and did not delay to keep Your commandments.
  1. The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your Law.
  1. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You. Because of your righteous judgments of those who fear You.
  1. I am a companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.
  1. The earth, O Lord is full of Your mercy. Teach me Your statutes.

Each day we have work, jobs, appointments, responsibilities, and commitments, and it is so easy to get whelmed over.  The more we take onto ourselves, the more we tax our ability to complete them all.  “I entreat Your favor with my whole heart.  Be merciful to me according to your word.”  This favor comes, The Holy Spirit opens favor to us to make our way easier.  Someone we need to talk to is calling us; something we need to buy is on sale; if our car is about to break down, it does in a convenient place.

The Lord covers us with this grace, His Holy Spirit is above us and around us.  Wherever our feet carry us, this canopy of love moves with us.  “The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy, Teach me Your statutes.”

The word is not a code of rights and wrong, rather testimonies of His love, mercy, and grace.  He likens you to His bride, sending the Holy Spirit to remind us, that He will never leave nor forsake those who have made Him their portion.

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Count Down to Pentecost #7

GODS WORD THROUGH THE BOOK OF PSALMS

By Fr. Paul Stewart

ZAYIN ז

Psalm 119: 49-56

  1. Remember the word to Your Servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.
  2. This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
  3. The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
  4. I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, And have comforted myself.
  5. Indignation has taken hold of me. Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
  6. Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
  7. I remember Your name in the night O Lord, And I keep your law.
  8. This has become mine Because I kept Your precepts.

David had come to a place where the word became his greatest comfort!  He faced many accusations against him, and through these trials, he turned not from the law of God.  It seems we are always in some kind of conflict and we are ready with a sword to combat them.  Often our zealousness causes us to react in ways that outside of Gods word.  Peter pulled out his sword and cut the soldiers ear off, but Jesus quickly spoke, this is not my way.   During the night we ponder the day, wishing like Peter that our choices were different.

David had hope, the word taught him the judgments of God.  He comforted himself in knowing His Lord’s mercy. Peter after the denial was haunted- but Jesus came through after the Resurrection; “tell Peter too.”

The Holy Spirit reminds us that every promise of the Father, the things He spoke to us and said we would do, are restored through Jesus.  This is the house of our pilgrimage, the call to us; walk, and be lifted up by the Spirit of God.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE GEESE

2017-04-13 Geese Up State NY

By Fr Stephen Young

There is something so inspiring about the flight of geese as they wind their way across the morning or evening sky.  Even more incredible and captures our imagination is to watch a flock in the field lift off and almost magically move from randomness into a beautiful and coordinated “V” shaped pattern.

Woven into this ancient flight plan is a deep message that reflects the “V”ictorious life promised by God to those who will follow His flight plan as presented through His Son Jesus.  What lessons can we realize from these magnificent creatures?

FACT:  As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the birds that follow.  By flying in the “V” formation the whole flock adds 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

LESSON:  People who share a common purpose and direction; who form community, get where they are going quicker and easier.  They lift each other up along the way. Encouragers!!

FACT:  If a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone.  So it quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

LESSON:  If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those committed to the same direction as we are headed.

FACT:  When the lead goose tires, it rotates back in the formation and another takes the point position.

LESSON:  t pays to share leadership and be humble enough to let others take a leadership turn when needed.

FACT:  Geese flying in formation honk to encourage one another and those up front to keep together and keep up the pace. The honking helps keep the pace and momentum.

LESSON:  It is important that we “honk” and that our honking be one of encouragement.

FACT:  When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down other geese drop out of formation to follow it down to help and/or protect it.  They remain until it dies or is able to fly again.

LESSON:  When one of us is down, it’s up to others to stand by us in our time of trouble.

PONDER: Reflect upon these lessons from the Goose.  What scriptures, parables and Biblical precepts are portrayed through their actions?  In Christ and in following in His pattern we do find “V”ictory.

 

Count Down to Pentecost #6

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Fr Paul Stewart

VAV ו

Psalms 119:41–48

41 Let your mercies come also to me, O LORD-your salvation according to your word.

42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in your ordinances.

44 So shall I keep your law continually, Forever and ever.

45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek your precepts.

46 I will speak of your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

47 And I will delight myself in your commandments, Which I Love.

48 My hands also I will lift up to your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

“Let your mercies also come to me, O LORD-“How we need the mercies of the Lord each day in our lives. We are faced with so many decisions each day, and each answer will affect those around us. David sat in a judgment seat, he was the king- whenever he spoke, blessings or hardship came to those seeking his counsel. The last thing any of us wants to do is to bring harm to someone by our counsel.

These scriptures grip our hearts and exhort us to be filled with mercy and compassion for those who cross our paths; especially those needing encouragement and love. Many people come to us who are seeking a better life and do not know how to find it. We have become the distributors of the way, the truth, and the life. We are not to keep it for ourselves, but to give it away. The Holy Spirit fills you so that you become a storehouse of His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, so when a needy soul comes; you have provision. Built up in you, the hungry will find truth in good measure, poured out with the love, mercy, and compassion of the

One who gives. 1 Peter 3:15 “…be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you, a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

Count Down to Pentecost #5

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Fr Paul Stewart

HEY ה

 

Psalms 119: 33–40

 

33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.

36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, And not to covetousness.

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way.

38 Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing you.

39 Turn away my reproach which I dread, for your judgments are good.

40 Behold, I long for your precepts; revive me in your righteousness.

We feel the desire in this Psalm to be taught by the Lord. When our late Bishop was a young man in the Lord, he marveled with those who could recite one scripture after another. He longed to be able to do the same- there was a time when a man came who could rattle off one verse after another. The young bishop asked the man if he could teach him how to do it. That very night the Lord spoke to him in that quiet still place within him. “Do you want that man to teach you or do you want me?” From that day until he went to the Lord, the Holy Spirit was his instructor.

“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way.” It is so easy to become dependent on others for our instructions when the Holy Spirit greatest desire is to lead you, Jesus. We can call out to him when we are dry and weary, Revive us, Lord! Not because I’m righteous in myself, but because you are. “Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing you.”

Like David and the men and women who have found this secret, turn to the Lord, and He will give you the ability, the Holy Spirit, to lift you up under His wings.

Count Down to Pentecost #4

dsc04444.jpgBy Fr Paul Stewart

DALET ד

Psalms 119: 25-32

25 My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.

“Revive me according to your word,” each morning as we awake we seek the Lord in some way.  Most of us read the Word and are quiet before Him.  He strengthens us, and refreshing takes place each new day.

King David knew the place where the weary soul finds its rest and the broken heart finds healing.  He knew the loving care of a Shepherd and the restlessness of the sheep.  “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my soul” (Psalms 23)

David knew the pasture to run in, the direction that would lead him to peace.  A man after the heart of God, he knew the impartation of the Lord.  Jesus gave us this impartation of the Holy Spirit, His direction for us.  This Holy Spirit clearly points us to our purpose and gives us the ability to carry it out.

He stops us from pursuing the ways that seem right, the lying voices around us and turns us on to the laws of life.

I can say like David, “I have chosen the way of truth,” and because of it I will not be denied.  My heart transformed, enlarged, because of your testimonies I am encouraged to run the course.

Thank you, Holy Spirit for your charge over my life!

 

 

Count Down to Pentecost #3

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By Fr Paul Stewart

GIMMEL ג

Psalms 119: 17-24 

17 Deal bountifully with your servant; then I will live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your word.
19 Though I’m just a wanderer on the earth, don’t hide your commandments from me.
20 I am continually consumed with longing for your rulings.
21 You rebuke the proud, the cursed, who stray from your commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your instruction.
23 Even when Princes sit and plot against me, your servant meditates on your laws.
24 Also, your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors.

David continues his praise for God and his word; he cries out in song,  “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your word.”

He was one of the wealthiest kings in the history of Israel, yet he asked the Lord to “deal bountifully” with him.  There wasn’t much that David did not have at his disposal and yet he was crying out to the Lord for a greater bounty.  What was this? “That I might live and keep your word,” he pleaded with his God.  David found abundance layered within the precepts and instructions of the Word of God.  He saw each day an opportunity to know, and to follow the Him, more passionately.

The lands, the riches, and power he could obtain being king could not satisfy him. But the mysteries and the wonders of God brought tears to his eyes.  David knew from his own experiences it took an impartation from God’s Spirit to perceive the hidden things.  Moving towards Pentecost, we are saying these same things.  “Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your word.”  I want this intimacy with you, Jesus, come Holy Spirit, help me

Count Down to Pentecost #2

Holy Spirit

By Father Paul Stewart

BEIT ב

Psalms 119: 9-16

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvot.
11 I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, ADONAI! Teach me your laws.
13 I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken.
14 I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth.
15 I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways.
16 I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.

David’s life was changed when the Lord called him.  Our lives have been changed because the Lord has called us too.  Now like David we see this favor of God in our lives and with it unbelievable struggles.  How do I live now?  King David asked the question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?”

We live in a nation that has risen from rags to riches. No other country has experienced the favor we have here.  A missionary from Africa standing at the entrance of one of our mega food stores said, “What is this!”  He could hardly believe his eyes.  With all the abundance we are like kings in a palace, the potential we have to do well, to help.  However the temptations are all around us, worldly desires, weaknesses, and craving of the flesh, power, prominence and position, luring us away from God.

When these temptations and troubles arose in King David’s life, he knew the only safe haven was the Word of God.  The Lord said He would write this Word on our hearts and mind. He would give us His desires- How?  By the Holy Spirit.  Come Holy Spirit we need you!  Take us into the safe harbor of your Word.

The Count to Pentecost #1

50 days

 

Fr Paul Stewart

ALEPH א

Psalms 119: 1-8

 

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”

(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)

The Counting of the Omer- a fifty day period of time from the feast of first fruits until Pentecost.  Seven complete weeks plus one – 50 days.  Fallowing the inspiration of the dove given to us at Passover, let us journey together with expectation for the feast of Pentecost!

Moving now from our great celebration of the Resurrection we can continue with Psalm 119, stirring the condition of our hearts toward Jesus.  It is one of the most powerful Psalms in which King David praises the wonders of God.  Led by the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be taken over by the Testimonies, precepts, Commandments, and Statutes of the Living God. 

Listen to the still, small voice within you, be carried away like David in the simple ways of worship within you.  Your voice like David’s will please the heart of God; it will cause you to want more intimacy with Jesus.  A heart submitted, willing for the breath of God.

Psalms 119: 1-8

  1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!
  2. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!
  3. They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.
  4. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.
  5. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!
  6. Then I would not be ashamed When I look into all Your commandments.
  7. I will praise You with uprightness of heart When I learn Your righteous judgments.
  8. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

 

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