Thursday, January 03, 2013



Happy 2013, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful and blessed holiday!  We certainly did, although I can't count the number of times that I found myself with a lump in my throat and a prayer on my heart for families whose Christmases were dramatically different than they imagined.  Lord, may our hearts be turned to you.

So in lieu of resolutions (which I never keep), goals (which are almost always too lofty), and to-do lists (which only tell me what I haven't finished), let's pick out God's promises to us for this new year.

Unlike my resolutions and goals and lists, these promises will not be broken.  God's follow-through is not based on whether he "feels like it" or whether it works with his schedule today or even whether the recipient deserves the blessing.  God cannot lie and he does not change.  In the same way that I cannot be perfectly holy, God cannot be imperfect.  These promises are solid!

Psalm 145, David's Song of Praise

[1] I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
[2] Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
[3] Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
[4] One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
[5] On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
[6] They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.
[7] They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
[8] The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
[9] The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
[10] All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!
[11] They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power,
[12] to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
[13] Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[14] The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
[15] The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
[16] You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
[17] The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
[18] The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
[19] He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
[20] The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
[21] My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Verses eight and nine stand out most to me because of their references to mercy and my recent realization at how quick I am to get angry and offended at my dear husband.  I am thankful I have a Father whose mercy keeps him from giving me what at times I very much deserve (a stool in the corner, sent to my room with no supper, grounding from now to eternity, etc).

His mercy is an expression of his love and he's calling me to show that same love through mercy towards others.

Which of these promises are you standing on today?

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