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34 Thirty-four: Un-ending Continuous Un-stoppable [Q wk 79]
Thanks to the difficulties of the Pandemic, Psalm 34 continues to burst with life and clues to connection with the Father.
Back in Quarantine Week 61, I invited ya’ll to journey together and un-pack the ‘Psalm of the Continued Pandemic’, Psalm 34.
Like the Jar of Flour and the Jug of Oil in the house of the widow in 1Kings 17, this Psalm keeps on giving and giving, and it doesn’t ever run out.
I’ve spent weeks chewing on these verses, over-and-over again:
Lord! I’m bursting with joy over what you’ve done for me!Psalm 34:1-2 (TPT)
My lips are full of perpetual praise.
I’m boasting of you and all your works,
so let all who are discouraged take heart.
I will extol the Lord at all times;Psalm 34:1-2 (NIV)
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:1-7
Perfect, absolute peace surrounds thoseIsaiah 26:3 (TPT)
whose imaginations are consumed with you;
they confidently trust in you.
I am convinced that my personal journey with God is a calling to learn how to “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances”.
Always. Continually. All circumstances.
“It’s a step-by-step, moment-by-moment, 24/7, conversational, connected, student/apprentice love-relationship with JESUS” was a personal/directional prophetic word I received over a decade ago. It has marked every day of my life since then.
If I’m engaged with the Lord always, continually, and in all circumstances, then the Presence becomes un-ending, continuous and un-stoppable.
This is the relational journey with God. It’s not episodic.
I have no idea how people put ‘church life’ in a box, do the ‘church thang’ on Sunday morning, and… something else… the rest of the week.
Like the ‘The Passion Translation’ says of Isaiah 26, even my imagination is consumed with the Lord, His Word, and what He’s up to.
I’m also very aware that praise ‘is the highway to the Throne of God.’ It’s the ultimate attitude-adjustment.
On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.
Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
For God is sheer beauty,Psalm 100 (the Message)
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1
If I’m ‘extoling the Lord’ at all times, then I’m praising, and I’m engaged, and I’m in a constant exchange with the Father, King Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
I find myself singing this amazing song in my sleep lately…
[credit: Ever Be by Bethel Music.}
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