Solid Ground and a New Song

Psalm 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the LORD;
and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit,
out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock,
and established my goings.

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And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God:
many shall see it, and fear,
and shall trust in the LORD.

‘The Gospel is the stunning story of Christ
coming into the world to lift us from the mess,
to set us on solid ground with Him.
And when He raised us up,
He gave us somethingbto sing about.
He replaced the old songs of dispair
with new songs of praise–
songs for the One who makes us new.’
~~~~Louie Giglio

O Holy Night

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure,  1847

Be Still, My Soul

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Psalm 46:10-11
Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Selah.

Quiet moments are rare
and it can be difficult to find stillness,
but take a few minutes today
to quietly and deeply consider our Lord.
Try not to read or stucy or be distracted–
just be sitll and meditate on the person of Jesus
and all He has done for you.
Think about His birth, His infancy
and the dawn of light rising over
a dark and weary world.
Think about His death and sacrifice,
and the gift of life He extends to you.
Meditate on His resurrection,
His power over the darkness and the grave.
Drink in His presence
and in the stillness seek His face.
~~~Louie Giglio

Let be and be still,
and know (recognize and understand)
that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations!
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our Refuge
(Our high tower and Stronghold)
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
Psalm 46:10-11 Amplified Bible

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In the Fullness of Time

Advent simply means arrival,
in the case of Christmas,
the arrrival of Jesus,
the greatest gift ever given to the world.
Louie Giglio

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But the waiting for Jesus,
throughout the Old Testament promises were given of a Messiah.
Waiting through judges, kings, and prophets.
Waiting through 400 years of silence.

Waiting with encouragement,
songs, psalms and prophecies
makes the waiting bearable,
sometimes joyful,
but waiting in silence.
Waiting when God seems do far away,
when the ceiling seems as brass,
when even the precious words
read again and again seem dry as dust.
That is the hard waiting.
That is the real waiting.
That waiting produces,
when the waiting is over.

” Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men” Luke 2:10,14

All waiting has an ending.
Not all endings are of our choosing.
That is why we need to choose
to place our waiting in God’s hands
with a sigh of ‘Not my Will’

Our waitings will bring peace and rest.
Our endings will bring contentment and joy.

Galatians 4:4-5
But when the fulness of the time was come,
God sent forth his Son,
made of a woman,
made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law,
that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Hark the Glad Sound

Hark the glad sound! the savior comes.
The Savior promised long;
Let ev’ry heart prepare a throne,
And ev’ry voice a song.

He comes the pris’ners to release,
In Satan’s bondage held.
The gates of brass before Him burst,
The iron fetters yield.

He come the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His grace
To enrich the humble poor.

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim,
And heav’ns eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved name.
Philip Doddridge 1702-1751

May God bless our waiting.

Ready? I Am Not

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Tomorrow is December 1st
Can you believe it?
It comes the same time every year.
Ready? I am not.

Waiting is my theme this month.
Little children (that does include many of us)
wait for this time of year since last December.
Others of us just wait until it is over, again.

While we are waiting . . .
I’ll post some poems, songs, meditations to ponder
Where ever you fit on the waiting scale.

Christmas led to the Cross,
and on both days Jesus accomplished
what on one else could.
~~Louie Giglio

Philippians 2:5-11 NIV
In your relationships with one another,
have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

May God bless our waiting.

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