My #Glory

My Glory

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me;
my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
—Psalm 3:3

That God is “glory”—or “excellence”—beyond our understanding, none can deny. But do our hearts look up to Him today in humble, earnest worship, and know the truth, and speak the truth—”Thou are MY GLORY“? Our safety lies in the fact that He possesses us. Our deepest, holiest joy comes only when we humbly say in the hour of secret worship: “Thou art mine.” Oh, Lord my Glory, be Thou my shield this day. Amen.

The Lifter Up of Mine Head

Oh, Thou who hast given
Thy glory to me,

Anoint my blind eyes

Till Thy glory I see.

Lift up my bowed head,

Be my shield and my light,
Till Thy radiant glory
Shall banish my night.

[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]

My thoughts

I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for You alone, O LORD,
make we dwell in safety.
—Psalm 4:8

According to Dr. J. Vernon McGee, Psalm 3 has been called a “morning psalm:” in other words, a good psalm with which to start the day.

He calls Psalm 4 “an evening prayer.”

I love the way Dr. McGee puts it: “In spite of all the problems and troubles that David had, he trusted in the Lord. He could sleep at night … He simply trusted in the Lord, pillowed his head on the promises of God, and went to sleep.”¹

Imagine! David “pillowed his head on the promises of God, and went to sleep”! I love the visual imagery this conjures up.

A good night’s sleep is something our bodies need in order to regenerate and get ready for the next day. But for many of us, sleep problems dominate our lives. When we don’t get the refreshing and restoring deep sleep we need, we suffer the physical, psychological and emotional effects throughout the next day, and often beyond.

I’ve always been a very light sleeper. I will fall asleep almost immediately, but then wake up at the least bit of sound. After years of sleepless nights, I’ve learned to wear ear plugs. These do a great job of muffling the harsh sounds that jar me awake.  Certain sounds slip through anyway every so often, like the barking of neighbors’ dogs or the annoying beeps of a smoke detector that needs new batteries.

As I begin to fall asleep, there is usually a hymn going through my mind, one of several that I’ve somehow remembered from listening to Scripture songs over the years. I drift off while praising the Lord in my mind and heart and this, plus the silence that surrounds me, usually puts me right to sleep. And I notice that when I wake up during the night to change positions, that same song is still running through my mind.

But then there are the nights when I can’t sleep, no matter what I do or think about. That’s when I need to remind myself—like David did—to pillow my head on the promises of God, letting thoughts of anything else work their way out of my mind. I need to relax and allow Him to comfort and soothe me through any negative or unsettling thoughts, which only work against my desire and need for sleep.

Beloved, no matter how much or how little sleep we get, one thing should be a constant source of comfort to us: that the Lord is always with us while we sleep, keeping us safe in His care. And no matter if our night is sleepless or not, we can still rejoice in each new day and take comfort from the knowledge that the Lord is:

  • OUR SHIELD
  • OUR GLORY
  • THE LIFTER OF OUR HEADS

Now that’s something worth counting on!


¹Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee. Copyright © 1982 by Thru the Bible Radio.

My REDEEMER

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

As part of my continuing Wonderful” series on the Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, here is today’s offering.

THE REDEEMER

And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. —Isaiah 59:20

When failure comes and disappointment, when thy soul has been defeated and the race seems hopeless, stop and think “thy Lord redeemed thee and at countless cost.” If He saw in thee that for which to pay His life, Himself, His all, is it not worth while to rise and try again, walking with Him and worshiping Him who redeemed thee?

[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]

My thoughts

“Who are you?” [Boaz] asked.

“I am your servant Ruth,” she said.  “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.

“The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier. You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.”—Ruth 3:9-10

Ruth was a widow who chose to remain with her mother-in-law, Naomi, when Naomi decided to return to her home town of Bethlehem after her husband died. Even though Naomi urged Ruth to stay with her own family, Ruth decided that it was more important for her to go with Naomi. “Where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).

I doubt we could find such loyalty today.

In Biblical times, a kinsman-redeemer was a relative who volunteered to take responsibility for the extended family. When a woman’s husband died, the law provided that she could marry a brother of her dead husband. Naomi had no more sons, but in such a case, the nearest relative to the deceased husband could become a kinsman-redeemer and marry the widow.

Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer of Ruth. They met when she asked permission to glean wheat and barley in his fields for herself and Naomi. Ruth found favor in Boaz’ eyes so he made the appropriate preparations to marry her. In this case, Boaz had to meet with a man who turned out to be a closer relative to Ruth than Boaz was. Boaz needed to ask permission of this relative for the right to marry Ruth.

When the relative agreed to Boaz’ request, the relative gave one of his sandals to Boaz: “(Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel)” (Ruth 4:7).

In effect, Boaz purchased the right to marry and care for Ruth.

Beloved, we have a Kinsman-Redeemer in Jesus Christ. Through His death at Calvary, He redeemed us from our sins by taking them on Himself. He thereby purchased our way to heaven to live with Him forever! His death and resurrection on our behalf paved the way for us to enjoy an eternal inheritance with Him.

Isn’t it amazing that God would go to such lengths to enable us to always be with Him? In exchange for Jesus Christ’s death on our behalf, we were made beneficiaries of His eternal promise of salvation. All we have to do to claim this promise is admit that we are sinners, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He paid the price for our sins through His death and resurrection, and confess and repent of our sins and fully acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of our lives. [You can read more about this here.]

And then live it out!

Our Kinsman-Redeemer lives! Let us always remember the huge price that was paid for our sins through the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25

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MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

As part of my continuing Wonderful” series on the Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, here is today’s offering.

MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. —Psalm 118:14

The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. —Exodus 15:2

We know Jehovah is our “STRENGTH” but do we make Him also our “SONG”? As we make Him so and sing of Him, we lose our fear. We are able to “trust and not be afraid,” only as we sing of Him. Our Redeemer is our “STRENGTH.” Make Him your “SONG” today.

[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]

My thoughts

By day the LORD directs his love, at night His song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life. —Psalm 42:8

Have you ever had a song run through your mind during the day when you least expect it? Has it ever awakened you at night?

That’s what often happens to me. I shift positions during the night and a sweet song of praise is running through my mind and heart. Or I’m doing the laundry or the dishes and find myself humming a praise song.

God’s presence is like that praise song that runs through my mind: soft, soothing, sweet and always available to comfort and guide me.

Get this: He knows everything about me and still loves and cares for me.

It used to annoy me when a song would haunt my mind. Now I hang on to every word and melody that slides around my brain because I finally understand that this is really a prayer of praise to my God. How can I resent it when it helps me focus more fully on Him?

These days I long for God’s musical prayers to fill my mind, especially during times when I have too much to do and not enough energy. Or when I’m driving somewhere. Or even when I’m just sitting on my patio and contemplating the wonder of God’s creation in the nearby mountains.

When those sweet-sounding songs of praise fill my mind, I know for sure God is right here with me, surrounding me with His love and presence.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.—Isaiah 12:2


My HIDING PLACE FROM THE WIND

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

As part of my continuing Wonderful” series on the Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, here is today’s offering.

AN HIDING PLACE FROM THE WIND

And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind.—Isaiah 32:2

Standing one day on the deck of a steamer in the harbor at Aden, a traveler saw a storm of wind sweeping across the desert like some high, mountainous wave, rolling and sweeping forward until it struck the ships lying there at anchor, till nearly every boat was torn from its moorings or forced to loosen every cable and steam with full force into the face of the terrific wind. No hiding place was there. So do the storms of hate, of evil, and of sin sweep over our lives as we journey toward our everlasting home. But for every soul who knows his own helplessness, our Savior is Himself “AN HIDING PLACE FROM THE WIND.”

[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]

My thoughts

Since, then, you have been raised in Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. —Colossians 3:1-3

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.Psalm 119:114

What does it really mean to be hidden with Christ or think of Him as your hiding place? The word “hidden” means covered, concealed … in other words, safe. It means that this very day, I am safe in Jesus Christ’s arms as one of His very own children.

What a tremendous comfort! Especially when life throws us curve balls. So often we plan something only to find we don’t have enough energy. Or funds. Or time. Perhaps we’re in a deep depression or are suffering from pain so bad that we can only lie in bed and brood about how nothing about our life has any worth.

That’s how we start believing we’re not much good to ourselves or our loved ones.

Well, I’m here to tell you that God uses everything and everyone to His advantage, even those of us who feel we’re leading unproductive lives. My mother was a terrific example. For many years, she suffered from congestive heart failure with its associated complications. More than once, in the midst of yet another terrible bout of pneumonia, we were told she only had a couple more months to live. But she stayed with us for much longer than any doctor predicted, for about eleven years!

Mom raised up a family of five girls. She was always cooking or cleaning or doing laundry. But during her the last few years of her life, she had to learn to pace herself to get through her days. In fact, a lot of her time was spent in her recliner. And what did she do to keep busy even while resting? She prayed!

Mom was in constant communication with her Savior and found such complete comfort and strength in Him. She learned what it meant to “set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Her focus was on the eternal rather than the temporary as she purposely chose to cling to her heavenly hiding place. And God definitely continued to use her in spite of her limited physical abilities.

So take heart, Beloved. You are much more important to God than your particular set of circumstances. God can use you in your present situation to show His love to those around you… if you’ll only allow Him to be your hiding place.

My GLORY and THE LIFTER OF MY HEAD

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

MY GLORY AND THE LIFTER UP OF MY HEAD

“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” —Psalm 3:3

That God is “glory”—or “excellence”—beyond our understanding, none can deny. But do our hearts look up to Him today in humble, earnest worship, and know the truth, and speak the truth—”Thou are MY GLORY“? Our safety lies in the fact that He possesses us. Our deepest, holiest joy comes only when we humbly say in the hour of secret worship: “Thou art mine.” Oh, Lord my Glory, be Thou my shield this day. Amen.

Oh, Thou who hast given
Thy glory to me,
Anoint my blind eyes
Till Thy glory I see.
Lift up my bowed head,
Be my shield and my light,
Till Thy radiant glory
Shall banish my night.

[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]

My thoughts

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O LORD, make we dwell in safety.” —Psalm 4:8

According to Dr. J. Vernon McGee, Psalm 3 has been called a “morning psalm”: in other words, a good psalm with which to start the day.

He calls Psalm 4 “an evening prayer.”

I love the way Dr. McGee puts it: “In spite of all the problems and troubles that David had, he trusted in the Lord. He could sleep at night…He simply trusted in the Lord, pillowed his head on the promises of God, and went to sleep.”*

Imagine! David “pillowed his head on the promises of God, and went to sleep”! I love the visual imagery this conjures up.

A good night’s sleep is something our bodies need in order to regenerate. We all know that a good night’s sleep is something our bodies need to help us regenerate and get ready for the next day. But for many of us, sleep problems dominate our lives. When we don’t get the refreshing and restoring deep sleep we need, we suffer the physical, psychological and emotioal effects throughout the next day…and often beyond.

I’ve always been a very light sleeper. I will fall asleep almost immediately, but then wake up at the least bit of sound. After years of sleepless nights, I’ve learned to wear ear plugs. These do a great job of muffling the harsh sounds that jar me awake.  Certain sounds slip through anyway every so often, like the barking of neighbors’ dogs or the annoying beeps of a smoke detector that needs new batteries.

As I begin to fall asleep, there is usually a hymn going through my mind, one of several that I’ve somehow remembered from listening to Scripture songs over the years. I drift off while praising the Lord in my mind and heart and this, plus the silence that surrounds me, usually puts me right to sleep. And I notice that when I wake up during the night to change positions, that same song is still running through my mind.

But then there are the nights when I can’t sleep, no matter what I do or think about. That’s when I need to remind myself—like David did—to pillow my head on the promises of God, letting thoughts of anything else work their way out of my mind. I need to relax and allow Him to comfort and soothe me through any negative or unsettling thoughts, which only work against my desire and need for sleep.

Beloved, no matter how much or how little sleep we get, one thing should be a constant source of comfort to us: that the LORD is always with us while we sleep, keeping us safe in His care. And no matter if our night is sleepless or not, we can still rejoice in each new day and take comfort from the knowledge that the Lord is:

  • OUR SHIELD
  • OUR GLORY
  • THE LIFTER OF OUR HEADS

Now that’s something worth counting on!

*Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee. Copyright © 1982 by Thru the Bible Radio.

My STAR

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

For the next couple of months (or more) worth of Wonderful Wednesdays, I will be sharing excerpts from a small but wonderful book titled, Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Here is the first one.

A STAR

“I shall see him, but not now; I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.” —Numbers 24:17

What could be more beautiful or more fitting than that our Lord should be called of God “A STAR”? Those who know Him best may say, “I shall see him, but not now. I shall behold him, but not nigh.” From far beyond our world of trouble and care and change, He shines with undimmed light, a radiant, guiding STAR to all who follow Him—a morning STAR, promise of a better day.

My thoughts

Oh, how I cling to this promise!

As I am too often in the midst of unbelievable pain, I have the tendency to wonder why I must go through it. But on the heels of that thought comes the reminder that I need to trust that God always knows what is best for me and that there is a reason for this particular season of my life.

These times grow my faith in God and in His unwavering love for me—why? I’ll never know—and I cling to the knowledge that there is something much better for my eternity. So much better, in fact, that I can hardly imagine it!

Oh, my STAR, come quickly!