Word-Press tells me that today’s post is number 1000.
One thousand posts.
That is staggering to me. Especially to know that the numbering here is incomplete. When The White Stone moved from Blogspot to Word-Press some of the devotions did not export (even after several attempts); so there remain 656 posts over there. And finally there are other devotions stored on discs and flash drives that were written before blogging days. However, I am reminded this would still be an inaccurate account, as we’ve had guest writers from time to time. Oh well. Even so that’s a lot of words. Perhaps it’s enough; at least for a while.
I do have a project that bears much attention. I agreed to teach a study class (in addition to my Sunday School class) at First Baptist Satsuma beginning September 8, 2011 and I don’t have the first note written. All I know so far is the title – Women of Scripture. I turned in this description today:
Women of Scripture
A few of us Scripture Girls are getting together on Thursday nights from 7:00 to 8:00, September 8, 2011 – October 13, 2011 – for a look-see at some of the Women of the Bible. Perhaps a little time with Rahab, Deborah and some others will do us some good. So are you in? Don’t let me do all this studying by myself – see you there. 🙂 Kathie Thompson
So for the month of August and perhaps longer, I think I’ll chew some of my own words again — there’s plenty to choose from — and re-post them for us.
Rather than this detracting from our praying perhaps it will enhance it, so please do not stop sending your requests to me.
Here’s our First CPC (Copy, Paste and Chew-again) ***unedited – as all CPCs will be***
(click HERE to read the CPC at its original post)
Psalm 46 (NKJV)
1 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Did you notice that three times in eleven verses God said He is our refuge? Do you think He wants us to get it? I am reaching way back this morning, all the way to high school English grammar classes, or was the junior high? Whatever — bear with me here. Do you remember learning about superlatives? Good, better, best. Crabby, crabbier, crabbiest. Cuddly cuddlier cuddliest. deep deeper deepest. zippy zippier zippiest. holy holier holiest. However, I am told the Hebrew and Greek languages do not have such superlatives, so when ABBA wants to say something to the greatest degree of emphasis, He says it three times: holy, holy, holy. Get it? HE IS OUR REFUGE! Selah.
You will also note the word Selah is used three times in these eleven verses. Perhaps we should take note of that too. I have been told for years that Selah means ‘pause and calmly think about that’. I have also been told that in poetry it denotes an interlude, a pause. But I like what I found this morning.
Selah, [celah], is from the primary Hebrew root word [calah] which literally means ‘to hang,’ and by implication to measure (weigh). This is readily understood because in Biblical history, money, food and other valuables were ‘weighed’ by hanging or suspending them on a type of balance (the equivalent of our measuring scale) to determine their value.
So seeing that this Hebrew word [calah
] means to ‘measure
,’ as in weighing something in the balances, we better understand how the word Selah [celah
], which is derived from it, is illustrating that we should measure or value what has been said. Taken from URL address:http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/faq/selah.html
So this is what I think. To the highest degree of emphasis ABBA has said: ‘I AM your refuge and I want you to weigh this. I want you to see how heavy I am with this toward you.’ Do we see here that He is serious? And that we are to NOT take it lightly – HE IS OUR REFUGE. ACT LIKE IT! So what would acting like it, look like in you (and me) today? Selah!
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