Have a Happy Sunday everyone!

Holy God We Praise Thy Name   I recommend this beautiful rendering of one of my favorite hymns, to start off a completely restful Sabbath day.

Then read Psalm 92 a Psalm for the Sabbath-

 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:  To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.  For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.  A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.  When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

 But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.  For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.  But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;  To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

The Psalmist would have us consider that the wicked are like the grass, which grows speedily, spreads wide, and seems at times to be invincible, but it is soon mowed down, and is good only for burning.

But by contrast, the Righteous are as Palm trees. The Palm tree takes a long, long time to get to the point of fruitfulness, but can bear fruit for decades!

This is reminiscent of Psalm 37,

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed… I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.  Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

These are good things to remember in these wicked and disheartening times brothers and sisters. I will close this mini service off with this song of praise and adoration,

I Lift My Hands To the Coming King

Have a restful day brothers and sisters!

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3 Responses to Have a Happy Sunday everyone!

  1. Jenny says:

    I thank God for my earthly shepherd who through his gifts and example teaches me to pray and worship, who reminds me Jesus is coming just as we have heard, and who encourages us with “grace and peace” as a salutation. Thank you, Pastor Bill, for this post which blessed me when I could not be with the congregation today.

  2. Gloria J says:

    i too was not able to be with my brothers and sisters in Christ i had to work. When i got this blog this morning i had to send it to others and also to my pastor. i look forward to read your blogs pastor Bill Randles and send them to others. May our LORD GOD continue to use you to help me be more like Him. Blessed to be a blessing, that is who you are, thank you!

  3. wayne says:

    What a King! What a glorious King we have!

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