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Psalm 95:1-2

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

What of Today’s Verse…

Joy knows no better explanation than laughter and song.  We sing to the Lord because we are joyful!  Our music is not inhibited or held back, but exuberant and as full of sound as it is of heart.  Thanksgiving brings us into the Father’s presence and it is our joy at being saved that leads us to sing.

Let us Pray:

O most wonderful and glorious God, thank you so much for saving me from sin, death, law, and futility.  Thank you for saving me and giving me the assurance, through your Holy Spirit, that I can come before you with exuberant and overflowing joy.  Your love and grace have not only given me hope but have made me your child.  Hear my heart and be blessed by my songs of praise.  Through Jesus, I pray and because of Jesus, I will shout your praise forever and ever.  Amen.

Words of Wisdom

Losses Overcome

Yes, those wasted years over which we sigh shall be restored to us.  God can give us such plentiful grace that we shall crowd into the remainder of our days as much of service as will be some recompense for those years of unregeneracy over which we mourn in humble penitence.  We now view the locusts of backsliding, worldliness, lukewarmness, as a terrible plague.  Oh, that they had never come near us!  The Lord in mercy has now taken them away, and we are full of zeal to serve Him.  Blessed be His name, we can raise such harvests of spiritual graces as shall make our former barrenness to disappear.  Through rich grace, we can turn to account our bitter experience and use it to warn others.  We can become the more rooted in humility, childlike dependence, and penitent spirituality because of our former shortcomings.  If we are the more watchful, zealous, and tender, we shall gain by our lamentable losses.  The wasted years, by a miracle of love, can be restored.  Does it seem too great a boon?  Let us believe for it and live for it, and we may yet realize it, even as Peter became all the more useful a man after his presumption was cured by his discovered weakness.  Lord, aid us by Thy grace.

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.  —Joel 2:25


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