So let there be praise! So let there be praise!

March 5, 2018

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.
(Psalms 89:52 (NIV))

The psalmist wrote about all of the things that have happened, both good and bad, and closed with these words. He felt so strongly about the need to praise God in all circumstances that he repeated a single word at the end to emphasize the importance of lifting up praise to the Lord!

The word “Amen” means “so let it be.” He felt so strongly that the Lord should be praised forever that he said “So let it be and so let it be.” Think about that simple repetition and human nature and how it applies to the following statements.

“I didn’t do it. I didn’t do it!”

“Go to your room. Go to your room!”

“I’m innocent, I tell you. I’m innocent!”

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry!”

Do you see a trend with respect to human nature and how we try to emphasize something that is really important to us by repeating it?

All that we are is due to what God has done. He created us. He placed us in the Garden of Eden. He loved us even when we sinned. He loved us so much that He devised a plan to redeem us for Himself. With the Lord, His Word is truth. If it is said once, it will happen. With sinful humanity, we feel the need to stress what we truly mean by repeating it. Repetition builds habit. Habits can be either good or bad. Praising God is definitely good. With this in mind, it is important that we continually praise God!

So let there be praise! So let there be praise!

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
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Is Jesus the desire of your heart?

June 4, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
(Luke 2:28-32 (NIV))

Simeon waited all of his life to see what God had promised he would see. He had waited a very long time to see his salvation. He was an old man. He was willing to wait for the one thing that he desired above all else. He wanted to see his Savior.

You have heard people say that they could die in peace because they had seen something, or been given something, or had accomplished something that they wanted to happen before they died. What they accomplished was central to their lives. It was who they were. Simeon was a faithful man. Simeon was faithful in his desires. He was so faithful that God promised that Simeon would see what he longed to see before he died. Simeon wanted nothing more than to see God’s anointed one. He saw Jesus! He could die in peace.

Simeon knew who he held even though Jesus was a baby. Simeon had waited for this moment. He prayed for God to send His Messiah. Simeon, through being able to see Jesus, knew that God’s promised plan had become a reality.

How long are you willing to wait for God to fulfill a promise? Do you give up after a few short hours? Perhaps you are able to wait a few days. Maybe you are one who will make it a few months or a few years. Would you have the faith to wait as long as Simeon waited? Would you give up and seek other rewards? Simeon waited because it was the desire of his heart to see the Messiah.

Are you willing to wait to see Jesus? Is He the desire of your heart?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
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What do you want me to do for you?

May 2, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
(Luke 18:35-42 (NIV))

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Jesus asked the blind man these very words. Is He asking you these same words today?

Take a look at what the blind man said. He knew exactly what he wanted Jesus to do for him. He had faced the ridicule and difficulties of his blindness every day of his life. He wanted God’s touch on his life. He wanted to be whole. He wanted to be the way that God created man to be.

Why do we not see these type of results?

You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
(James 4:2 (NIV))

Are we too timid when we approach the throne of God? Do we think that what we ask for is too trivial and unimportant in the eyes of God? Think about the following parable.

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, `Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ”
(Luke 18:1-5 (NIV))

Everything points to the idea that we are to not fear asking God for what we truly want. I believe that our true desires are there by design. God will grant what He has placed within us.

All we have to do is ask !

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
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An amazing gift to be shared!

December 27, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord” ), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
(Luke 2:21-32 (NIV))

Did you breathe a big sigh of relief yesterday? Or maybe yours came this morning because you went out to the after Christmas sales yesterday and you didn’t have time to do anything else. Whatever may have happened, many people look upon the day after Christmas as being the end of the season.

It is only the beginning! Just as Jesus’ birth marked the beginning of our promised hope and salvation, Christmas marks the beginning of our celebration of this gift from God. Simeon knew that Jesus’ birth marked the beginning of salvation, and not the salvation itself. Many things needed to happen before the promise would be fulfilled.

Jesus did not come into the world in a miraculous manner and then spend the next thirty years in quiet solitude preparing for His ministry and crucifixion. We know that He amazed the scholars and priests before His baptism and the temptation in the wilderness.

We do not need to celebrate His birth and the promise that He fulfilled only on the days that we have set aside to remember His birth and His resurrection. We need to look at Christmas as the start of our opportunity to present His light to others as it was presented to us. We have several months until we celebrate His resurrection at Easter. What can we do to show the world the amazing gift that God gave us through Jesus Christ, His only Son? What can we do that will make those around us amazed at the resurrection and the promise fulfilled by it?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
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