Note to self.......
Do not curse God for your trials,
for you will bring more sour notes
to your requiem.
Don't take for granted the gifts you have
for it God's gift on loan to you.
Look for the next open door
and praise Him all the while
knowing full well He has you in His arms.
Through the devotion and connection of the few,
they keep the manifestation of what is right
on the planet, alive.
Those who know You,
who You have a personal relationship with
understand that it is You
who gives the gift of mercy.
Let us rejoice and sing
dancing the praises of God for the
intersessions of His servants
saving a nation!1
So pleased You are with
Moses that You say,
" I will do everything you asked,
for you have found favor in
My sight, and I know you by name."
So powerful is God that He
would brace Moses in the cleft of a rock
and shield his face protecting
him even from Himself.2
Always, always in unison with Moses
we give praise to the
to whom we owe it all!
For while some were saved
Take for instance in the time
of Elijah and Elisha.
With Elisha by his side Elijah ascended
straight to heaven
having led an incorruptible life.
Elisha learned from the best
and was a close friend to God as well.
He performed miracles
even in the midst of war.
Warring Kings asked Elisha
to ask God for water
for they had none.
Elisha said," As the Lord
of Hosts lives, whom I serve,
were it not that I have regard
for King Jehoshaphat of Judah,
I would not give you a look nor a glance."
Nevertheless he summoned musicians
and through praise,pleased God
causing Him to proclaim
the valley full of pools.3
He also promised them victory
in their battles. Until
while they were battling the losing King
against Israel dedicated his first born son
to Him, and then a great wrath came
Whose side is God on?
Whoever pleases Him in His sight.
A Shunammite woman offers a room
in return he grants
through God that she shall bear a son.
He is born, and years later when he was
older, he died in his mother's arms.
She lay him on the bed and searched
for Elisha high and low.
When she found him she fell at his feet
pleading in distress.
Elisha went to the boy
and lay on him mouth to mouth
eye to eye and prayed.
He soon was revived.
The boy's mother fell at his feet
again, praising God.4
Who are we to even receive one miracle?
And yet we do.
Let us never take this for granted,
but give credit where credit is due.
For who has known the mind of God
or who has been His counselor?
Or who has given a gift to Him
to receive a gift in return?5
I will praise You
even when times are uncertain,
knowing that if I stick close to You,God,
I can't go wrong.
For while I am you,
one may be on my path and wander astray
and could trip me.
But through my constant reciprocation of
I will sing the praise
of Your everlasting gifts!
1 Exodus 15: 20 Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea."
2 Exodus 33: 17 The Lord said to Moses, "I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name." 18 Moses said, "Show me your glory, I pray." 19 And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, "The Lord'; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live." 21 And the Lord continued, "See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; 23 then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen."
3 2 Kings 3: 12 Jehoshaphat said, "The word of the Lord is with him." So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. 13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, "What have I to do with you? Go to your father's prophets or to your mother's." But the king of Israel said to him, "No; it is the Lord who has summoned us, three kings, only to be handed over to Moab." 14 Elisha said, "As the Lord of hosts lives, whom I serve, were it not that I have regard for King Jehoshaphat of Judah, I would give you neither a look nor a glance. 15 But get me a musician." And then, while the musician was playing, the power of the Lord came on him. 16 And he said, "Thus says the Lord, "I will make this wadi full of pools.' 17 For thus says the Lord, "You shall see neither wind nor rain, but the wadi shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your cattle, and your animals.' 18 This is only a trifle in the sight of the Lord, for he will also hand Moab over to you. 19 You shall conquer every fortified city and every choice city; every good tree you shall fell, all springs of water you shall stop up, and every good piece of land you shall ruin with stones.
26 When the king of Moab saw that the battle was going against him, he took with him seven hundred swordsmen to break through, opposite the king of Edom; but they could not. 27 Then he took his firstborn son who was to succeed him, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. And great wrath came upon Israel, so they withdrew from him and returned to their own land.
4 2 Kings 34:11 One day when he came there, he went up to the chamber and lay down there. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, "Call the Shunammite woman." When he had called her, she stood before him. 13 He said to him, "Say to her, Since you have taken all this trouble for us, what may be done for you? Would you have a word spoken on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?" She answered, "I live among my own people." 14 He said, "What then may be done for her?" Gehazi answered, "Well, she has no son, and her husband is old." 15 He said, "Call her." When he had called her, she stood at the door. 16 He said, "At this season, in due time, you shall embrace a son." She replied, "No, my lord, O man of God; do not deceive your servant." 17 The woman conceived and bore a son at that season, in due time, as Elisha had declared to her. 18 When the child was older, he went out one day to his father among the reapers. 19 He complained to his father, "Oh, my head, my head!" The father said to his servant, "Carry him to his mother." 20 He carried him and brought him to his mother; the child sat on her lap until noon, and he died. 21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, closed the door on him, and left.
32 When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. 33 So he went in and closed the door on the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he got up on the bed and lay upon the child, putting his mouth upon his mouth, his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands; and while he lay bent over him, the flesh of the child became warm. 35 He got down, walked once to and fro in the room, then got up again and bent over him; the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, "Call the Shunammite woman." So he called her. When she came to him, he said, "Take your son." 37 She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground; then she took her son and left.
5 Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?" 35 "Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?" 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.