Psalm 148: All creation to praise the LORD

Praise ye the LORD: Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in his heights.
Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapor; stormy wind fulfilling his word.
Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:
Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying foul:
Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him.
Praise ye the LORD.

Blessings in Christ Jesus,

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A covenant by faith

Genesis 15:xx After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abraham in a vision saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and exceeding great reward. Verse 1 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Verses 5-6 The LORD made a truly incredible promise to Abram (Abraham), which was not to be fulfilled during his lifetime. The descendants of Abram would go on to father new nations and peoples over the earth, commencing with his sons Ishmael and Issac. Notice how the LORD counted Abram’s belief in him (i.e. actions) as righteousness. This is not the same kind of “belief” that most christians claim to have today. No, the type of belief Abram had was much, much more. I do not have the space here today to delve into all his stories, but would encourage you to read these for yourself in the book of Genesis . Abram’s belief, the true belief in God, always involved some action on his part. Unlike far too many christians today, he did not say in his heart, “Yes, LORD, I know you are God , and in you I trust” – although this is very, very important. True belief in God must be much more. Notice the words of the Apostle John “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:2-3. Also in James 1:22-23 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding is natural face in a glass.” And finally the words of Jesus, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15. Scripture is filled with examples of and reference to the true belief in God. What kind of “belief” do you have?

Blessings,

I shall keep thy law

Teach me, O  LORD, the way of thy Statues: and I shall keepe it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy Law: yea I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to goe in the path of thy commandments: for therein doe I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies: and not to covetousnesse. Turn awy mine eyes from beholding vanitie: and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant: who is devoted to thy feare. Turn away my reproach which I feare: for thy judgements are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

Psalm 119:1-24 (1611 KJV)

Many blessings to all,