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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV

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psalms of august: #91

He who dwells in the Secret Place…

Some look to luck in the form of objects like rabbit’s feet, or inverted horseshoes, or wishbones. Some look to wishes tossed into fountains and wells on the faces of coins. Some look to fortune cookies or fortune tellers or mediums. Some look to the stars and planets. I look to the Secret Place.

Psalm 91:1 declares: “He who dwells in the Secret Place of the of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” To understand how powerful that is, let’s first explore what it means to dwell and to abide. To dwell or abide in something is to live in it. To live in the Secret Place of the Most High is to take up residence under the protection of God. Meditate on that for a moment. Whoever makes the choice to live their life close to God will also live under His covering.

The rest of the Psalm goes on to say how God is a refuge, a fortress, someone in whom I can rely. He’s a deliverer and a covering. He’s a protector, a healer, a keeper. Yes indeed, He is all those things and more.

Now more than ever, we need to take up residence in the Secret Place. When fear, anger, confusion, worry and the cares of this world seek to overtake you, remind them where you live. Your home is in the Secret Place, and they are not invited. Dwell, my friend, and abide.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge—

no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.

When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.””

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:1-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Peace and blessings from Ebony Moore, my sister in Christ. Glad to share her heart for Psalm 91 this week here on New Day. It was words that brought us together, and I’m always inspired by her passion for THE Word… Thank you for following along as we’ve opened up these Psalms this month! May they be your solace in days to come. -Melchee

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psalms of august: #37

Delight thyself also in the Lord…

Probably one of my favorite Psalms, although I have several… In this Psalm of David, the Lord is very clear with His instructions. He speaks of evildoers and the wicked throughout the entire chapter. Sometimes we find ourselves being jealous of people who practice evil – their lives, the things they have, etc. But God is telling us not to worry about them because they will soon be stopped. Or in His words, “cut down like the grass.” Even though it seems like they are getting away with what they do, God reassures us they will not. Verse 13 says, “The Lord shall laugh at them….” which tells me nothing they do phases God in the least! Or as my former Pastor used to say, while you’re trying to figure it out, God has already worked it out! Ha!

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Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.steps: or, goings

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

Psalm 37 KJV

Post this week shared by LaWana T. Tate, my fabulous sister! Nothing we do phases God in the least, she said! Show her some love in the comments! -Melchee

psalms of august: #100

For the Lord is good…

This is another favorite Psalm of mine as it encourages praise and giving thanks. And why you should…

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
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Psalm‬ ‭100:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

psalms of august: #23

My cup overflows…

Psalm 23 was one of the first sets of scripture I memorized. Had to do so one year at Vacation Bible School at my home church in SC. Didn’t understand the true meaning of the Psalm at the time, but now, its words reveal God’s power and richness. Shows that with Him, I truly lack nothing…

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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Psalm‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬