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Rock Tower

rock tower2Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan Joshua 4:3 (NKJV)

Finding new ways to praise Jesus always brings me joy, and I hope it brings Him joy, too.  Since I like to journal my prayers, I write my verses for exalting and praising the Lord right in my journal. One day I read the story of God parting the Jordan River so Joshua could lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Before the waters returned to the Jordan, Joshua had the leaders of each of the twelve tribes bring a rock from the river bed to create a tower as a reminder of their miraculous crossing.  So, I drew a simple rock tower in my prayer journal with twelve rocks.

Then I chose these prayer verses from the Psalms, underlining the words that describe God:

I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3 (NKJV)

Each of the underlined verses I wrote on the twelve rocks in my prayer journal sketch, raising my own Ebenezer of praise and remembrance to Jesus.  We don’t worship the rocks, but we worship the One who is the Rock, who has brought us thus far. We can trust Him to guard and guide us forever.   Rock Tower

As I exalted my Jesus, He also showed me I had nothing to fear as I faced the tasks of the day. With such a Rock tower as my Friend, I could hide in Him and be safe.  He would be my shield and fortress and strength through another busy day. My praise to Him became a promise from God for me.

For who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?  Psalm 18:31 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP: Try drawing your own rock tower in your prayer journal today.  Draw 12 stones in a pile.  On each stone write a word describing God or giving Him praise.  Claim God’s promise to be your Rock throughout the day.

No one is holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.  1 Samuel 2:2 (NKJV)

 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

amazing2Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the great mountains;
Your judgments are a great deep;
O Lord, You preserve man and beast.
Psalm 36:5-6 (NKJV)

“Mommy look there! Daddy look here!” Joel exclaimed while walking the West Thumb boardwalk in Yellowstone National Park.  His four-and-a-half-year old hands pointed from one side to another at mud pots, fumaroles, geysers, and hot springs.  A tourist from perhaps India was walking toward us.  Upon hearing Joel he smiled and remarked, “Isn’t it amazing?”

“Yes!” I replied, returning his smile, wanting to say so much more, wanting to say, “Isn’t He amazing!  Isn’t God who made all this amazing!”  He put all these cool things to see in our own backyard.  People come from all over the world to witness His creativity and majesty.  (By the way, if you need tips on visiting Yellowstone, the West Thumb area has all the features, and from there it is just a short drive to the peaceful and beautiful Grand Tetons).amazing1

This awesome scenery wasn’t the only time we saw God working on our annual Labor Day weekend camping trip. The very first night we were lost on a dirt road, looking for a forest service campground.  The road was under construction, so all signs marking the campground had been removed.  My husband said a quick prayer to Jesus for help.  Before long we came upon an old car parked sideways in the road we had already traveled.  We asked if they knew the way to the campground. The two ladies beckoned, “Follow us!”

As we tailed their vehicle, I noticed the Florida license plates and wondered allowed, “Why are we following two ladies from Florida to find a campground in Wyoming?”  It was just like the old TV show Touched by An Angel, when the ladies took a turn and said, “Here you are.”  And then they were gone.

A day or two later we were at Colter Bay Campground in the Grand Tetons.  Our campsite was just across the road from the restrooms.  I was setting out food at our picnic table and little Joel was returning from the restroom with his Daddy. Joel ran ahead to greet me when just at that moment a car came along the road, stopping at a water hydrant.  It was God’s angels again who halted that car before it could hit our Joel.

amazing4Yes, God is amazing! We were touched by three angels, enjoyed His beautiful creation, had great family time making s’mores around the campfire, and made it safely home.  Thank you, Jesus!

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Where do you see God’s amazing work in your life?  Exalt Jesus today with the Psalms.

O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Psalm 8:1 (NKJV)

The Lord lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let the God of my salvation be exalted. Psalm 18:46 (NKJV)

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3 (NKJV)

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

 

music-clipart-music-notes-Clip-artSing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!  1 Chronicles 16:9-10 (NKJV)

Oh, wonderful music for worshiping our Savior!  How I love to attend church on Sunday and be filled with music from our worship team.  God bless this talented group who rehearse all week just to bless us on Sundays (and the AV team who blends all their sounds just right).  I’ve found that if I miss a Sunday, I miss having those songs in my head during the week, songs that help me praise Jesus.

If you are looking for ways to praise Jesus today, how about singing Him one of your favorite hymns?  Or write the song in your prayer journal as you hum along.  Jesus knows your heart and hears these songs and prayers.  We can even continue the music as we wash dishes, vacuum the floor, switch the laundry, change a diaper, or drive our commute.

What are some recent songs that stuck in my head from church?  One Sunday, our son was invited to play piano at his piano teacher’s church.  There we sang a lovely tune about being an offering…

“We lift our voices, we lift our hands, we lift our lives up to You, we are an offering.  Lord, use our voices, Lord, use our hands, Lord, use our lives, they are yours, we are an offering.  We are an offering.” (by Dwight Liles and sung by Chris Christian).

Following this inspiring tune, we headed over to our regular church where we sang the beautiful hymn, “It is Well with My Soul.” (written by Horatio Spafford with music by Philip Bliss). So, all week I was singing in my head, “We lift our voices, we lift our hands…It is well with my soul!”

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Make a point to attend worship this Sunday.  Be filled with the music to sing to Jesus during the week.  Journal songs to exalt Jesus in your prayer journal.  Sing while you work. Let your heart call out in praise to Him!

 Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:

“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”

that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud. 2 Chronicles 5:13 (NKJV)

Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!  Psalm 47:6 (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

 

worshipHow do we worship an amazing God, creator of the universe?  How do we exalt Jesus, the Savior or our souls?  How to we give our Lord the praise due His Name?

Sometimes I struggle with this, worshiping my Savior who I love and adore.  But then I turn to the Bible and find all the words I need.  I pray these verses to Jesus and tell Him how much I love Him.

There are wonderful verses throughout the Bible for exalting our Lord, and the last book of the Bible, Revelations, is just packed with good ones.  In Revelations we read about Jesus coming again, so you can imagine there will be great praising and worshiping happening then!

Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come! Revelation 4:8 (NKJV)

You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created. Revelation 4:11 (NKJV)

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing! Revelation 5:12 (NKJV)

Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!  Revelation 5:13 (NKJV)

Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen. Revelation 7:12 (NKJV)

Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
Revelation 15:3 (NKJV)

Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! Revelation 19:1 (NKJV)

Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Revelation 19:6 (NKJV)

And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:16 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  My friend, today as you share a cup of tea with Jesus, tell Him how wonderful He is!  Use these verses or other verses you find in your Bible to exalt our God.  His Word praises Him perfectly.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3 (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

 

Good Friday

This Good Friday I re-run one of my favorite devotions for Jesus called, “Who do you say that I am?”  As you remember His sacrificial death today and His miraculous resurrection on Easter Sunday, I pray you also will answer Jesus….

 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15, Mark 8:29, Luke 9:20

Perhaps the most important question of all time is found in three of the Gospels.  It has implications for eternity, as each of us must answer Jesus’ query, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus was not just asking His disciples then; He is asking us today. We need to answer this question, for what we do with Jesus will determine our eternity.

Our pastor friend delivered an awesome sermon one Sunday by this very title, “Who do you say that I am?” (Rich Parker, January 18, 2004, Big Timber Lutheran Church, Montana).  Pastor Rich opened to us God’s Word and showed us Biblical characters who have said who Jesus is, from angels to demons, to people just like you and me.  Their very words we can use when we pray to Jesus:

God says…

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 (Jesus’ baptism)

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Matthew 17:5 (The transfiguration)

Heavenly spirits say…

“A Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (The birth of Jesus)

Demons say…

“You are the Christ,the Son of God!” Luke 4:41

John the Baptist says…

“The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

“This is the Son of God.” John 1:34

Andrew says…

“We have found the Messiah” John 1:41

Scripture says…

“The Word.” John 1:1

Jesus says…

“He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” John 14:9

“I AM.” John 8:58

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

Paul says…

“He is the Son of God.” Acts 9:20

Peter says…

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Simeon says…

“For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:30-32

Woman at the well…

“Could this be the Christ?” John 4:29

Martha says…

“Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:27

Centurion says…

“Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54

Thomas says…

“My Lord and my God!” John 20:28

Isaiah says…

“And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Revelation says…

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Author C.S. Lewis says…

“Liar, Lunitic, or Lord.”

Who do you say that I am?

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Sit down with Jesus and tell Him who you say He is.  Give Him glory for His sacrificial death on the cross, His miraculous resurrection, and His promise of eternal life.  Tell Jesus today.

Who do you say that I am?

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Today’s TEA CUPP: Praying God’s Word.

Here’s a verse to help us EXALT the Lord in our prayers today:

You, O LORD, remain forever;
      Your throne from generation to generation.   Lamentations 5:19 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Today’s TEA CUPP: Praying God’s Word.

Here’s a verse to help us EXALT the Lord in our prayers today:

Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.  Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Today’s TEA CUPP: Praying God’s Word.

Here’s a verse to help us EXALT the Lord in our prayers today:

But the LORD is the true God;
      He is the living God and the everlasting King…   Jeremiah 10:10 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Today’s TEA CUPP: Praying God’s Word.

Here’s a verse to help us EXALT the Lord in our prayers today:

No one is like You, LORD;
   You are great,
   and Your name is mighty in power.   Jeremiah 10:6 (NIV)

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

Today’s TEA CUPP: Praying God’s Word.

Here’s a verse to help us EXALT the Lord in our prayers today:

How beautiful upon the mountains
      Are the feet of him who brings good news,
      Who proclaims peace,
      Who brings glad tidings of good things,
      Who proclaims salvation,
      Who says to Zion,
      “ Your God reigns!”   Isaiah 52:7 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.