BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…
I want to try to keep my blogs shorter, so I decided to begin at my usual end with a Bible verse. This is one of the Psalms that I read today in my daily Bible reading. This verse is not unique to this chapter, but is a refrain that we will find often in the Psalms.
The repetition of these phrases is something that should get our attention. Why not repeat these three lines of praise and allow them to sink into your heart.
The Lord is good. This points the fundamental character of God. He is good. In the New Testament John declared, “God is light in Him dwells no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
The goodness of God is not open for debate; it is (as we say in political parliamentary procedure) a settled question. The enemy of our souls wants us to view the circumstances of life, the condition of our world and bring into the question the character, the goodness of God. Don’t allow those doubts to enter your mind. As you thank the Lord for His goodness you will find strength and encouragement to face each day and any problems it will bring.
His mercy endures forever. If mercy means I don’t get what I do deserve, I need that every day! The Lord’s compassion and His love for us allows us to live our lives not trusting in our own abilities or goodness, but the daily strength that comes from God and the power of His Spirit working in our lives. Without His mercy we would be doomed. Lamentations 3:22,23 puts it this way: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
His faithfulness endures through every generation. What God has been, He will be. What He has done, He will do. What He has promised, He will fulfill. He will be that for us, for our children, for our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren….every generation can know God’s faithfulness to forgive, provide, direct, empower, restore, heal….the list can go on.
Our task to reinforce in our own lives and in the lives of our loved ones just three simple but power truths: The Lord is good! His mercy endures forever! His faithfulness endures through every generation!
I am thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness expressed in His work in my life and through so many who have provided support and encouragement in my journey. Perhaps no one epitomizes that more than my Aunt Paula (my dad’s younger sister – one of them) She along with my Uncle George, who was great to see, came to visit me today. I have a quilt that Paula made me that I told her had become my “security blanket.” She had been instrumental in me securing the use of my aunt and uncle’s (Vic and Joanne BeBee) handicap van and power wheelchair. She has given me some of Sarah Young’s devotional books, I know that she has not only prayed for me but others in her circle of friends have as well. And she has a standing offer to join me in the first 5K walk/run that I am able to pull off at the end of my recovery! (Picture above my Aunt Paula and Uncle George)
I also had a visit from my at-home physical therapist today. He re-evaluated my progress and leg strength. He actually felt that there were some signs of some significant improvement since his last evaluation in spite of my recent two weeks of hospitalization and in-patient rehab.
Later today my mother and her friend Sue came for a visit. In characteristic fashion mom came bringing a plant and food. It has been a long time since my mom has been to my house so it was good to show her my standing and walking ability. She is 88 and in good health and is one who is convinced that Lord is good, His mercy endures forever and His faithfulness endures throughout every generation.
Well my blog isn’t any shorter. Will try again next time!