Ten psalms for the traveler: And so I walk in the Lord’s presence

Psalms for the traveler.
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Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed. In Context

Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest— a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me. In Context

You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. In Context

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. In Context

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. In Context

For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light. In Context

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. In Context

And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! In Context

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. In Context

“Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. In Context

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Isaiah 25: There he will remove the cloud of gloom

today’s watch: the watchman sees Good News. “The morning comes”. Remember Isaiah 21:12: “the morning comes and also the night.”

What are the positive words today that give hope to those of us who believe and are watching and praying?

  1. God plans and carries out His plan just as He has revealed and spoken.
  2. He will remove the evil things and put in the good things.
  3. He will invite all the people (no favoritism) to join Him in celebration of His goodness.
  4. He mentions specifically those whom nobody really bother: The needy. The poor.
  5. He offers shelter and refuge (from the natural elements and the cloud of gloom-economic bad report- we read in the previous chapters)
  6. He is our God. We can trust Him.

The Power that Jesus has:

Romans 8:2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
Revelation 1:18 I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
Revelation 20:14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death.

_________________Bible verses from Isaiah 25

Isaiah 25 New Living Translation (NLT) Praise for Judgment and Salvation

1 O Lord, I will honor and praise your name,
for you are my God.
You do such wonderful things!
You planned them long ago,
and now you have accomplished them.
2 You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins.
Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble.
Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear
and will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore, strong nations will declare your glory;
ruthless nations will fear you.

4 But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord,
a tower of refuge to the needy in distress.
You are a refuge from the storm
and a shelter from the heat.
For the oppressive acts of ruthless people
are like a storm beating against a wall,
5 or like the relentless heat of the desert.
But you silence the roar of foreign nations.
As the shade of a cloud cools relentless heat,
so the boastful songs of ruthless people are stilled.

6 In Jerusalem,[a] the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will spread a wonderful feast
for all the people of the world.
It will be a delicious banquet
with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat.
7 There he will remove the cloud of gloom,
the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.
8 He will swallow up death forever!
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears.
He will remove forever all insults and mockery
against his land and people.
The Lord has spoken!

9 In that day the people will proclaim,
“This is our God!
We trusted in him, and he saved us!
This is the Lord, in whom we trusted.
Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”
10 For the Lord’s hand of blessing will rest on Jerusalem.
But Moab will be crushed.
It will be like straw trampled down and left to rot.
11 God will push down Moab’s people
as a swimmer pushes down water with his hands.
He will end their pride
and all their evil works.
12 The high walls of Moab will be demolished.
They will be brought down to the ground,
down into the dust.

Footnotes:
a.25:6 Hebrew On this mountain; also in 25:10.

He will lift the cloud of gloom
He will remove the cloud of gloom

Isaiah 24: God’s economic future report

We cannot avoid and skip this chapter of economic future report. It was written and we just have to read on chapter by chapter one chapter a day. It is not a coincidence that the chapter number is the same as date of the month.

Points to ponder below and questions (on solutions) to ask: What shall I do now?

The well developed and viable nations, cities and many professions are affected in this economic future report. We summarize below some severe breakdowns, burdens and destructions on the following:

  1. Many well developed areas will no longer be inhabitable. People are dispersed globally.
  2. What organizations and professions will be affected? Religions, employments, domestics and households, traders, suppliers and consumers, debtors and creditors, financers and borrowers.
  3. Law and order keepers. Security enforcers. Civil and military authorities.
  4. Farming and food production industries.
  5. Food and beverages industries.
  6. Health care industries.
  7. Housing industries.
  8. Developers.
  9. Entertainment industries.
  10. INVESTORS.
  11. Politicians.
  12. Practically every aspect of a modern and civil life is broken down into chaos.

Isaiah 24:1-13

Look! The Lord is about to destroy the earth
    and make it a vast wasteland.
He devastates the surface of the earth
    and scatters the people.
Priests and laypeople,
    servants and masters,
    maids and mistresses,
    buyers and sellers,
    lenders and borrowers,
    bankers and debtors—none will be spared.
The earth will be completely emptied and looted.
    The Lord has spoken!

The earth mourns and dries up,
    and the land wastes away and withers.
    Even the greatest people on earth waste away.
The earth suffers for the sins of its people,
    for they have twisted God’s instructions,
violated his laws,
    and broken his everlasting covenant.
Therefore, a curse consumes the earth.
    Its people must pay the price for their sin.
They are destroyed by fire,
    and only a few are left alive.
The grapevines waste away,
    and there is no new wine.
    All the merrymakers sigh and mourn.
The cheerful sound of tambourines is stilled;
    the happy cries of celebration are heard no more.
    The melodious chords of the harp are silent.
Gone are the joys of wine and song;
    alcoholic drink turns bitter in the mouth.
10 The city writhes in chaos;
    every home is locked to keep out intruders.
11 Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine.
    Joy has turned to gloom.
    Gladness has been banished from the land.
12 The city is left in ruins,
    its gates battered down.
13 Throughout the earth the story is the same—
    only a remnant is left,
like the stray olives left on the tree
    or the few grapes left on the vine after harvest.

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a hymn: Love lifted me

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
Refrain
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!
All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling
In His blessèd presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.
Refrain
Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.
Refrain

Words: James Rowe, 1912.

Music: Howard E. Smith ( ).

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5vz6QUIDf8 (listen to the hymn)

Excerpts quoted from above link:

“Famous song writer James Rowe (1865-1933) didn’t have an easy life..Born January 1, 1865,..He and his family lived in Wales.
In 1889 James, as a 24-year-old man, immigrated to the United States, where he settled in Albany New York. .. James worked as a teacher, government worker, railroad worker, and an inspector for the Hudson River Humane Society.
..It is said that James Rowe wrote some 20,000 hymns and poems…
What makes this so amazing is what he overcame in order to pen these thousands of songs. According to his daughter, she witnessed her father, who suffered with a serious case of arthritis, spending day after day working on the words, melody, and music to many different songs. Despite the pain with which he lived, he pushed through and achieved his goals of putting his faith to the written word.
One of those songs which he laboured over is the well-known hymn, “Love Lifted Me.””

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Bible verses:

Matthew 14:29-31 New Living Translation (NLT)

29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong[a] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

Isaiah 23: God talks about shipping business future

Today the watchman sees an economic future. What is God saying about the shipping business? Is any nation exempted from the global impact when the shipping business becomes crippled? The ocean is relatively free and borderless today. When the sky is too risky and expensive to fly (as we have observed during recent events this year), we go back to the ocean. When the ocean is hit, what transport shall we rely on? What will the global economy look like? This is what we have not learned in our economic textbooks.

Points to ponder and meditate upon:

  1. God has spoken and it will happen on an appointed date.
  2. Can I (and or my family) live on without anything or amenities I am now accustomed to depend on for my (our) daily living?
  3. Are we fully prepared for that day ? (‘end days’)
  4. What is God saying to me personally?

Excerpts quoted from Isaiah 23: (read the whole chapter)

Isaiah 23 English Standard Version (ESV) An Oracle Concerning Tyre and Sidon

1 The oracle concerning Tyre.

Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
    for Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor!
From the land of Cyprus[a]
    it is revealed to them.
Be still, O inhabitants of the coast;
    the merchants of Sidon, who cross the sea, have filled you.
And on many waters
your revenue was the grain of Shihor,
    the harvest of the Nile;
    you were the merchant of the nations.
Be ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea has spoken,
    the stronghold of the sea, saying:,,,
The Lord of hosts has purposed it,
    to defile the pompous pride of all glory,[c]
    to dishonor all the honored of the earth.
10 Cross over your land like the Nile,
    O daughter of Tarshish;
    there is no restraint anymore.
11 He has stretched out his hand over the sea;
    he has shaken the kingdoms;
the Lord has given command concerning Canaan
    to destroy its strongholds...

_____________________New Testament Bible verses:

Revelation 18:11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, In Context | Full Chapter

Revelation 18:15 The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud, In Context | Full Chapter
shipping future
shipping future

a hymn: Nothing but the blood of Jesus

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Refrain

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Refrain

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Refrain

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Refrain

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Refrain

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Refrain

Words & Music: Ro­bert Low­ry, in Gos­pel Mu­sic, by Will­iam Doane and Ro­bert Low­ry (New York: Big­low & Main, 1876) (MI­DI, score).

doane

A gift­ed mu­si­cian, Doane (1832-1915) helped di­rect mu­sic while at­tend­ing the Wood­stock Academy; with­in two years he had pub­lished his first com­po­si­tion. Al­though he called music his “avo­ca­tion,” he pro­duced over 2,000 hymn tunes in his life­time. How­ever, his main trade was sec­u­lar: He was pres­i­dent of the J. A. Fay wood­work­ing ma­chin­ery com­pa­ny, and an ex­treme­ly suc­cess­ful bus­i­ness­man. He al­so served as Sun­day School sup­er­in­tend­ent and choir di­rect­or at the Mount Au­burn Bap­tist Church in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, and be­queathed large sums to var­i­ous caus­es. The Doane Me­mor­i­al Mu­sic Build­ing in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, was named af­ter him.

lowry

Lowry(1826-1899) at­tend­ed the Un­i­ver­si­ty at Lew­isb­urg (later re­named Buck­nell Un­i­ver­si­ty), where he be­came a pro­fess­or of lit­er­a­ture. He was or­dained as a Bap­tist min­is­ter. He wrote about 500 Gos­pel tunes.

________________Bible verses:

“without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.” (Hebrews 9:22)

The blood of Jesus is salvation, healing, and eternal life. “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Hababkkuk 2: And watch to see what He will say to me

2 am watch. A watchman must be prepared to be corrected. Habakkuk is such a person. He is quite indignant about the conditions around in his nation and not satisfied with the first answer from God. So he puts forward his feeling and decides to continue watching and waiting for a further answer from the Almighty God.

The Lord did not disappoint him and gave him a second reply. But He also instructed the watchman what to do instead of complaining. The watchman continued to see and realized the greatness of God. He saw the glory of God and burst into a prayer in song.

Habakkuk 2 New Living Translation (NLT) verses 1-4

I will climb up to my watchtower
    and stand at my guardpost.
There I will wait to see what the Lord says
    and how he[a] will answer my complaint.

Then the Lord said to me,

“Write my answer plainly on tablets,
    so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
This vision is for a future time.
    It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
    for it will surely take place.
    It will not be delayed.

“Look at the proud!
    They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.
    But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.[b]

(AMP: “but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall [a]live by his faith and in His faithfulness.”)

Habakkuk 3 Amplified Bible (AMP) verses 1-4

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, set to wild, enthusiastic, and triumphal music.

2 O Lord, I have heard the report of You and was afraid. O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make [Yourself] known! In wrath [earnestly] remember love, pity, and mercy.

3 God [approaching from Sinai] came from Teman [which represents Edom] and the Holy One from Mount Paran [in the Sinai region]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! His glory covered the heavens and the earth was full of His praise.

And His brightness was like the sunlight; rays streamed from His hand, and there [in the sunlike splendor] was the hiding place of His power.

_________________________New Testament

Luke 21:26-28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

26 Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and [a]caused to totter.

27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great (transcendent and overwhelming) power and [all His kingly] glory (majesty and splendor).

28 Now when these things begin to occur, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption (deliverance) is drawing near.

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words of hope and power

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