Issue #603 ~ March 16, 2020

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Blessing From the Lord
"He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior."
Psalm 24:5

"Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah"
Psalm 24:6

Verse 5: "He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior."

Because this person does the 4 things we looked at in verse 4, he is going to receive 2 gifts: (1) "He will receive blessing from the Lord" and (2) "He will receive...vindication from God his Savior." These are gifts from the Lord just like our salvation.

Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (NASB)

A. W. Tozer said: "The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us."

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army said: "The greatness of a man's power is in the measure of his surrender."

" He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior. "

Isaiah 54:17: "no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,' declares the Lord" (NIV).

Isaiah 50:4,5: "The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away" (NLT).

Verse 6: "Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah"

In verse 6 we have a summary statement of the issue. We see it in 2 things. "such is the generation of those": (1) "who seek him" and (2) "who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah."

The word "seek" is in the present tense. We could translate it: "who are seeking him" or "who are seeking...your face, O God of Jacob. Selah."

Numbers 6:24-26: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace" (NIV).

Bruce Wilkinson says: To help you remember this portrait of a life God rewards, I've used words beginning with S...
  1. God will reward you for seeking Him...
  2. God will reward you for submitting [to Him]...
  3. God will reward you for self-denial in His service...
  4. God will reward you for serving...
  5. God will reward you for suffering...
  6. God will reward you for sacrifices...
  7. God will reward you for sharing...
( A Life God Rewards , 38-39)

David Jeremiah says: "Would you like to know a priceless secret? Here it is" God is awesome and He'll change your life, He'll change your marriage, He'll change your family, He'll change your future for generations to come. That's what God, through Christ, will do!" ( Sanctuary , 29)

Jack Hayford says: "Learning to invite the Lord to search our hearts can protect us from many future problems. When we abandon ourselves - our thoughts, motives, ambitions, and plans - to God's scrutiny, we open ourselves to His leading in every decision of our lives, great or small." ( Praise in the Presence of God , 48)

"Our God of Jacob, " do within my heart and life whatever is necessary to qualify me for the blessing that You have prepared for me.

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:  ...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man;
Ephesians 3:16 (NASB)

2.   Praise:  The Lord has brought about our vindication; Come and let us recount in Zion the work of the Lord our God! Jeremiah 51:10 (NASB)

3.   Pray:  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ
Ephesians 1:3 (NASB)

4.   Pray:  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NASB)

5.  Pray: You are the world's seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world? Matthew 5:13a (TLB)

6.   Pray:  Thank you for the many gifts to provide Bibles and study materials to complete inmates requests. The need is so great.
Because I am longing for that blessing from the Lord, I find myself singing that wonderful hymn of preparation, " Come, Thou Fount ":

Come, Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise His name! I'm fixed upon it! Name of God's redeeming love.

Hither to Thy love has blest me' Thou hast bro't me to this place;
And I know Thy hand will bring me Safely home by Thy good grace.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger, Bought me with His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  

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