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Countdown to Pentecost #9

LEARNING GODS WORD THROUGH THE PSALMS

Fr Paul Stewart

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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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Count Down to Pentecost #6

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Fr Paul Stewart

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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.”

The Count to Pentecost #1

50 days

 

Fr Paul Stewart

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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!

 

Pentecost / Shavuot

pentecost FireThe feast of Pentecost, is upon us, the birthday of the church. We have to ask what is the significance of this special day? ….. Why is it so important to the life of a Christian?

The real question is, have you had an encounter with the Lord, are you prepared to meet him on His appointed times?

Two References…..

One: 

Today we celebrate Pentecost / Shavuot one of those all-important appointed times the Hebrew word for encounter is qara’ from the Strong’s H7122 another word that will help in this preparation is tsa`aqah meaning cry as in Exodus 3:7 have heard their cry Strong’s H6818.

Two: 

In revelation 19:13 and he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Also in John 1:1 in the beginning was the Word, and “the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.

As students of God’s Word we prepare ourselves by prayerfully spending time with Jesus our High Priest and allowing Him to reveal Himself to us through His Word.

One place we see this happen in scripture is when Israel receives the “book of the Covenant or Torah(just as a side note Torah is poorly translated as law… it is more accurately translated to mean instructions), as we have already reviewed in other articles, we read this account in Exodus 19:1-8 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests (Melchizedek), and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.  You see an encounter a qara’ and this is not just any encounter, it’s a marriage proposal, the receiving of the “Ketubah” which is the marriage contract! And if you remember, this covenant was broken! Resulting in the death penalty that was initiated by God all the way back in Genesis 15 the covenant of the pieces with our father in faith Abraham… then years later Jesus come, died on the cross fulfilling the death penalty and taking our place, bringing us back into the marriage covenant. It has always been the Lord Intention that we have a bride, bridegroom relationship with Jesus our savior but the prerequisite has never changes, Now therefore, Exodus 19:5-6 if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. So the prerequisite is obeying His voice and keeping His covenant.

Another qara’ meaning encounter….. We read Acts 2:1-4 and when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. The Lord is giving the first deposit of His Spirit on Pentecost!  

In Greek Pentecost means “the fiftieth day” this is the seven week preparation were we examine our character the period from Passover – Pentecost totaling 50 days we read in Exodus 34:22 and thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end. We also read in Deuteronomy 16:9-10 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Leviticus 23:15-17 and ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Also It’s not uncommon to read Psalm 67:1-7 [To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm [or Song.]] God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. This is because there are 7 verses and 49 words in Hebrew.

Today, don’t miss your encounter with the Lord, cry out from your heart, examine your character, that he may hear your cry, and deliver you out of the bondage of this world through His son Jesus the Word made Flesh, Word of God giving His life as a sacrifice on the cross and rising from the dead, opening the gates for you to have an encounter with the creator of heaven and earth!

Happy Pentecost !