Happy?!

IDOK DEVOTION for Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Psalm 128
A Song of Ascents.
1 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways.
I’ve been studying Psalm 128 with Beth (Moore) and I want to share verse 1 in particular with you. She asked us (those of us working our workbooks) to sum up what Psalm 128 means to us and as I was discussing that with Father, He gave me a beautiful summary. Here it is:
Trust And Obey Hymn
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Refrain
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Refrain
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
Refrain
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Refrain
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Refrain

That’s it! Trust and Obey for there’s NO OTHER way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey. Our Trust and Obedience MUST be ‘music’ to HIM!
Did you notice the all inclusiveness in verse 1? Father said EVERY ONE; not a selected few; not that one you admire so much because you think she has it all together; no EVERY ONE. Every One who will trust and obey Father is blessed. And yes another word for blessed is HAPPY. We Christians are big on the word JOY and we use it often; especially when we are not happy, we talk about we still have the JOY of the Lord. And that is true and glory be to His Name for it. BUT precious sisters and brothers, IT’S OKAY TO BE HAPPY!! That’s what Beth said. And I believe her.
So the next time someone says how are you; shake ’em up real good, tell them you are HAPPIER THAN YOU DESERVE. They may look at you strange and back away or they may say, really? Why? And you can say Happy is EVERY ONE who trusts the Lord and walks in His Ways and that includes ME! Hallelujah!!
Father, thank You that happiness originated with You; thank You that laughter comes from You. Thank You for all the holy emotions You have built into us; help us embrace them and give You glory with holy laughter. And Father, help us choose wisely in what we expose ourselves to so that our laughter will be holy and will be a blessing to You. And in those times when laughter does not come; but rather sadness, help us then to rely upon Your Strength because our JOY is in Your Strength. I don’t know Your plan for Emily and Jfer as to caregiver and working and all the family dynamics but I pray this morning that You will make Your Will known and bring alongside who You desire to minister to this family. And Father, I look over this list and there are babies and toddlers and children with medical problems and family and friends are sad about this and want so desperately to see these children not just survive but thrive. We want them well and it is hard for us to even imagine that would not be Your Plan too and yet we know that our wants and Your Will are not always the same at the same time. But this we do KNOW that You do all things well, all the time, every time, and so we come with our children and we pray You will touch them and heal them.
And we pray for those here who are struggling with not medical illness but spiritual illness and we pray that each will turn and receive Your Plan of Rescue for them. And if we can help in this rescue, please enlist us. And we pray for grieving families for whatever reason, that You will send alongside comforters and that You from within will be their Greatest Comfort and Unexplained Peace.
And for our IDOK Troops we pray for their protection today in mind and body and spirit. Watch over them carefully and bring them safely home we pray. We pray for a successful conclusion to this war and we thank You for the news we heard yesterday that progress is being made, thank You Lord; and we continue to pray for the Peace of Israel, for Repentance for America, for the Election of Your Choice for President, for the Revival of Your Church. And Father, I pray that each and every IDOK will KNOW today that she and he are loved – that You LOVE them Lord. Amen and amen.
A Caregiver for Baby Emily while her Mom works. Anita. Kearley Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Kaitlyn T and Family. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Charles and Renee’. Dall T. Dylan. Mark, Margie & Duncan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glen and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and girls. Frankie and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Cindy K and family. Chuck. Jessie L. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G. (Hawk and Lyndon A – home for R&R)
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside: Edward J.
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.

As I post this it is 70°F and partly cloudy in Balad, IQ & the time there is 3:36 PM AST – on February 12, 2008

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