Archive for October, 2016

The Lord’s purpose: The counsel of the Lord

October 10, 2016

Proverbs 19--21

Taken from Proverbs 19:20-21 (NLT), the Verse of the Day for October 10, 2016 offers these words of wisdom:

Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

The King James Version puts it this way:

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

In Isaiah 46:9-10, we find another reference to “the counsel of the Lord”:

Remember the former things of old: for I am God and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

In the Book of Psalms we also find references to “the counsel of the Lord”:

Psalm 25:14 (Amplified Bible)

The secret [of the wise counsel] of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will let them know His covenant and reveal to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning.

Psalm 33:11 (Amplified Bible):

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts and plans of His heart through all generations.

Psalm 33:11 in the King James Version provides the introductory scripture or the epigraph for this poem based on the topic at hand:                                  

The Counsel of the Lord

The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, 

the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Psalm 33:11 KJV

 

As your will unfolds in splendid epiphany

And you speak life, open our ears that we might hear.

We seek guidance for the days ahead; draw us near,

So that we might be all that you desire us to be.

Advise and counsel us to help others to see

That to walk in perfect love is to cast out fear,

To follow the precepts of all that you hold dear.

We will make known your purpose and boldly declare

The truth and seek wise counsel that we might fulfill

Our commitment to serve each day as we prepare

The way of Lord, centered in your perfect will.

Though we are beset by trials on every hand,

We will abide in your presence, yielded and still:

The counsel of the Lord forevermore shall stand.

The hymn, “Behold, Our God” makes reference to “the counsel of God,” the topic of the Verse of the Day:

To serve, to fear, to obey, to listen, and to cling

October 9, 2016

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Revised and re-posted below is the Verse of the Day for October 9, 2016 taken from Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT):

Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

This verse contains directives to the Children of Israel expressed in the form of five verbs:

To serve, to fear, to obey, to listen, and to cling: in a similar way these action words could be applied to our lives today as believers.

To serve:

Deuteronomy 6:13 (Amplified Bible) reiterates the same message that the people of God are to serve Him alone:

You shall fear [only] the Lord your God; and you shall serve Him [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect] and swear [oaths] by His name [alone].

When Jesus Christ was tempted of the Devil in the wilderness, the Savior’s response came from this very passage in Deuteronomy 6:13:

Matthew 4:10 (Amplified Bible)

Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

To fear:

Regarding the fear of the Lord, Job 28:28 (NLT) offers this reminder:

And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”

The Psalmist echoes a similar sentiment in Psalm 111:10 (NLT)

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

Amplified Bible also connects the fear of the Lord with obedience:

The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that leads to obedience and worship] is a fountain of life, So that one may avoid the snares of death.

To obey:

Regarding this verb, Deuteronomy 11:22 offers these words of wisdom:

“Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.

To listen:

In addition, the people of God are to “listen to His voice:

Deuteronomy 13:18 tells us:

“The Lord your God will be merciful only if you listen to his voice and keep all his commands that I am giving you today, doing what pleases him.

The expression “listen to his voice” brings to mind the following poem which encourages believers to perfect listening as a highly developed art:

The Art of Listening

God has something to say to you,

God has something to say.

Listen, Listen, Pay close attention.

God has something to say.

Children’s Song

 

The Lord GOD has given me

The tongue of the learned

That I should know how to speak

A word in season to him who is weary.

He awakens me morning by morning,

He awakens my ear

To hear as the learned.

The Lord GOD has opened my ear;    

And I was not rebellious,

Nor did I turn away.

Isaiah 50:4-5

 

Listen, listen, children: hear with the inner ear.

Tune your ears to hear in the center of your heart.

I will whisper cherished secrets as you come near.

To listen intently and obey is an art,

Practiced and perfected day by day.

As you hide my Word in the center of your heart,

I perform and bring to pass every word I say.

In my unfolding Kingdom, you too have a part,

For to walk in love is the more excellent way.

Partake of my promises and consume my Word.

As precious as life-giving water, hold it dear

And do my will, proving all things that you have heard.

Listen intently and obey: Perfect this art.

Listen, listen, children: hear with the inner ear.

To cling:

The final verb means to stick to or to stick with, stay close, cleave, and keep close.  It has also been translated to follow closely, join to, overtake, and catch. As believers, all of our energy and efforts should be toward pursuing and adhering to the precepts of the Lord, our God.

Deuteronomy 10:20 provides another directive to fear and to cling:

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone.

The Psalmist makes this statement:

Psalm 119:31 (NLT):

I cling to your laws. Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!

We conclude our discussion with a musical reference to the final verb:

“Cling to Christ” by Sovereign Grace Music

 

 

 

Can I get a witness?

October 8, 2016

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Once again, from the Prophet Isaiah come words to encourage and strengthen our hearts, as the Verse of the Day for October 8, 2016:

Isaiah 43:11-12 in the Message Bible

Get the blind and deaf out here and ready— the blind (though there’s nothing wrong with their eyes) and the deaf (though there’s nothing wrong with their ears). Then get the other nations out here and ready. Let’s see what they have to say about this, how they account for what’s happened. Let them present their expert witnesses and make their case; let them try to convince us what they say is true. “But you are my witnesses.” God’s Decree. “You’re my handpicked servant So that you’ll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am. Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me. I, yes I, am God. I’m the only Savior there is. I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before these upstart gods appeared on the scene. And you know it, you’re my witnesses, you’re the evidence.” God’s Decree. “Yes, I am God. I’ve always been God and I always will be God. No one can take anything from me. I make; who can unmake it?”

Here is how the New Living Testament puts it:

Isaiah 43:10-13

“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord.
“You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God—
there never has been, and there never will be.
11 I, yes I, am the Lord,
and there is no other Savior.
12 First I predicted your rescue,
then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.
No foreign god has ever done
You are witnesses that I am the only God,”
says the Lord.
13 “From eternity to eternity I am God.
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.”

In this passage the phrase “you are witnesses” brings to mind an expression said to have its origins in the African American Christian Church: “Can I get a witness?”

Many times an individual will testify of the goodness of God and relate an incident whereby God intervened in that person’s life in a divine and supernatural way. The speaker who is sharing his/her testimony will seek affirmation from the congregation from those who can agree and bear witness of the same. The question is raised “Can I get a witness?” also the title of the following:

Can I Get a Witness?

This is the third time I am coming to visit you

 (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established

by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).

2 Corinthians 13:1

Can I get a witness? Tell me what do you see?

Can you testify God is who He said He would be?

Probing the depths of God’s love, what do you discern?

We embrace afflictions that we might truly learn

To please the Master, striving toward our destiny.

As we stand, do you see bond-slaves now set free?

Those transformed who yearn for deeper intimacy,

As the passion for God’s Word continues to burn.

Can I get a witness?

Assess the whole of our life’s work done heartily

As to the Lord, who reigns for all eternity.

By grace, far beyond any wages we might earn,

Wherein we boldly stand blameless at Christ’s return

When we will hear “Well done, you have served faithfully.”

Can I get a witness?

Philipps, Craig, and Dean raise the same question: “Can I Get a Witness?”

Psalm 63:1 and this ever-present truth about storms

October 7, 2016

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Psalm 63:1 and “this ever-present truth regarding storms”:

This morning as I reflect upon the Verse of the Day, I also think about Hurricane Matthew, the life-threatening storm that is approaching.

The Verse of the Day for October 7, 2016 is taken from Psalm 63:1 in the Message Bible:

[A David Psalm, When He Was out in the Judean Wilderness] God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts.

The reference to “hunger and thirst for God” brings to mind this original psalm:

Hunger and Thirst

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst

after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Matthew 5:6

 

All those who hunger and thirst after righteousness

Shall no longer need food but shall indeed be filled.

They shall know firsthand the Father’s desire to bless:

In His presence deepest desires are fulfilled.

We learn to yearn after God and to put Him first;

He alone feeds this hollow and aching absence,

To satisfy our hunger and to quench our thirst.

Food and water appease but for a season, hence

We partake each day of first fruits of our labor.

To serve food and drink is to glimpse eternity,

A foretaste of the place where we all shall savor

Forever the pure pleasure of God’s company.

So we prepare to feast once more upon God’s Word,

As we strengthen our souls and wait upon the Lord.

Another song inspired by the David’s cry to Yahweh in Psalm 63 is written by Deanne Shallenberger and Michelle Glenn, performed by Deanne:

Not only is Psalm 63 the inspiration, in part, for that song that I composed, but it is also the basis for “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” performed as a medley with “I’m Gonna Love You,” two classic praise and worship compositions of Don Moen of Hosanna! Music.

In addition, our thoughts and prayers extend toward the residents of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina as Hurricane Matthew, a “life-threatening storm”, barrels up the East Coast. The Category 4 hurricane is said to be the first major hurricane to hit the US since 2005. In thinking about this devastating storm, we recall the statements related to the life cycle of life, whereby, as believers, we are either in the midst of a storm or coming out of a storm and preparing to go through another storm.  We are reminded of

This Ever-present Truth

For He commands and raises the stormy wind,

which lifts up the waves of the sea.

They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths;

Their soul melts because of trouble.

He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.

Then they are glad because they are quiet;

so He guides them to their desired haven.

Psalm 107:25-26, 29-30

 

As we navigate through the stages of our lives,

Mild breezes that caress our days are soon transformed

Into wild gales and floods, as one more storm arrives.

Despite this ever-present truth, we are alarmed

And unprepared for life’s torrential winds and rain,

As the raging storm center races toward our shore,

Gathering force and mounting into a hurricane.

We find ourselves near the eye of the storm once more.

The whirlwind soon passes over and leaves behind

Rising flood waters that would overwhelm the soul,

But through prayer and strong faith we know that we shall find

Courage to endure, though each storm exacts its toll.

God prepares us to go through howling gusts and rain,

With strength between storms, ready to go through again.

We are comforted and strengthened by the song “Peace in the Midst of the Storm” offered by Alvin Slaughter and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Perfect peace

October 6, 2016

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The verse for October 6, 2016 comes from Isaiah 26:4 where the Prophet Isaiah issues a command to trust in the Lord; however, to more fully appreciate what the verse reveals about trust, we need to examine the preceding verse as well, where a familiar reference also speaks about those individuals who trust in God:

Isaiah 26:3-4 (MSG):

People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.

The two verses are rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

23 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

24 So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

Verse 3 states that the Lord will keep in a state of “perfect and constant peace” those whose mind is stayed on Him. To stay the mind is to meditate, to concentrate, to remain focused. In thinking about this passage, the following poem came to mind:

Hold Your Peace

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Isaiah 59:19

The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Exodus 14:14

These days when the enemy enters as a flood
With distress and intense pressure on every side,
Despite signs of defeat, the Lord God is still good.
In the thick of battle in peace we will abide.
The Spirit of the Lord raises a bold standard:
Lord of Hosts bears His arm, as Jehovah Nissi
Covers us with His love, though foes may have slandered.
His banner of triumph displayed for all to see,
Faithful Adonai has never slept nor slumbered.
He is not slack but hastens to perform His Word.
Despite outward signs we are never outnumbered,
For we know that the battle belongs to the Lord.
On the battlefield, fierce attacks seem only to increase,
But as God told Moses, “Stand still and hold your peace!”

A previous blog entry entitled “Learning to trust God: Five songs of trust” focused on Isaiah 26:3 and other related verses dealing with trust. The final song of trust was written and performed by Gary Oliver: “I will trust in you.” In actuality the lyrics refer to Isaiah 26:4, the Verse of the Day, which reinforces the comforting and reassuring message expressed in Isaiah 26:3 which promises that God will keep us in a state of perfect peace, as we trust him. As a result, we should trust in the Lord God forever, for He is the everlasting Rock of Ages.

The ways of God: The ways of man

October 5, 2016

Isaiah 55--7-8

The Verse of the Day for October 5, 2016 is found in Isaiah 55:5-6, but to round out the context, verses 7-9 are added:

Isaiah 55:5-9 (MSG)

Seek God while he’s here to be found,
pray to him while he’s close at hand.
Let the wicked abandon their way of life
and the evil their way of thinking.
Let them come back to God, who is merciful,
come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness.

8-11 “I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.  7 Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.  8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

These verses point out the distinction between the thoughts and ways of God and the thoughts and ways of people. In previous blog entries, I discuss the term “way” which in the Old Testament is translated from the Hebrew word derek, meaning “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, and a lifestyle. We speak of the expression “the ways of God” and “the ways of man.”

There is a notable contrast between the “ways of God” and the “ways of man.” 2 Samuel 22:31 and Psalm 18:30 provide the same rendering in the New King Version:

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Jeremiah 10:23 provides this reminder:

O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

The Prophet Isaiah also makes known:  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way;

The difference is striking, indeed. The ways of God are righteous altogether; whereas the way of man are wicked and unrighteous.

Another verse from the Old Testament also points out  one of God’s promises to His people:

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT):

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

The Verse of the Day from Isaiah 55 encourages the people of God to turn from their own unrighteous ways and follow the ways of God who is rich in mercy and who will abundantly pardon.

In one of a series of posts on the will of God, I spoke of the will of God as path that believers should ever seek to follow. To follow the will of God is to decide which path we are going to take. Many times it is easier to follow our own path and seek our own way rather than God’s way or God’s will. Like the Psalmist, we should choose to follow the path of truth, and when we choose to follow that path, we take comfort in knowing that as for God, His way is perfect. The following poem also provides assurance as to where the path that is the will of God will take us.

 The Will of God

Author: Unknown
The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

We conclude with musical summary of the Verse of the Day:  Indeed, His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways, as this Christian Worship and Scripture Song from Isaiah 55:6-9 reminds us:

You don’t know tomorrow

October 4, 2016

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Verse of the Day for October 4, 2016 is found in Proverbs 27:1 in the Message Bible:

[You Don’t Know Tomorrow] Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.

I recall the lyrics to a popular song from the early days of my Christian walk, a song that recall my late sister-in-law used to sing in her own distinctive way: “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”:

I don’t know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

A similar exhortation regarding tomorrow is found in James 4:12-16

Do Not Boast About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

This passage provides the introduction to a poetic reminder of how we should speak regarding tomorrow:

“If the Lord tarries. . .”

James 4:13-16

 

 

 

“If the Lord tarries” and “If the Lord will”:

May these phrases ever be our preface.

With each decision may we learn to be still

And never presume to know your desire.

Though we may read your Word and apply

It diligently to our hearts to do

All you ask of us, some secrets are not

Ours to know. Once more you tell us to watch,

To prepare our hearts and to look above.

Whether we understand or misconstrue,

We cannot deny we have tasted your love.

God is faithful and His word is true.

In our hearts the hope continues to burn

As we yearn even more for Christ’s return.

 

I also recall the following statement about tomorrow, but I am not sure of its source: “Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and tomorrow is today’s promise already fulfilled but yet to be received. When will we receive it? ‘Tomorrow . . .” This statement was, in part, the inspiration for the following:

 

 “Tomorrow Is Today’s Promise”

For you have need of patience, that,

after you have done the will of God,

you might receive the promise.

Hebrews 10:36

 

We work in faith, labor in love and wait in hope,

Patient in all our trials that test and refine.

Despite the times, we perceive His divine design

And see with new eyes far beyond our narrow scope.

After doing all God’s will, we receive the promise.

We come through intense fires as a precious gem.

Rewards await those who endure to receive them,

As time swiftly passes with each sunset and sunrise.

Yesterday was the promise of the day before.

Today is yesterday’s tomorrow as it unfolds:

A gift full of potential and all that it holds.

Tomorrow is today’s promise waiting in store.

Past, present and future all merge in Christ, the Lord,

Who upholds all things by the power of His Word.

 

We conclude with Alison Krauss singing “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”:

 

 

Mirror image of “now” is “won”

October 2, 2016

 

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Rather than posting an entry on the Verse of the Day, I sometimes comment on the Word for the Day. Such is the case, for October 2, 2016, as I think of a word of enduring significance—a word for all seasons—“a right now” word—the adverb indicating time: NOW.

Years ago I recall a Bible study where I taught on this important three-letter word. I have long since lost my notes, but I remember asking the participants, “What time is it?” Several responses included the day and time, down to the minute and even the seconds as revealed on a stop watch. I then said. “The time is now.” I went on to ask, “What time will it be in 5 minutes, in 50 minutes, in 50 years, if the Lord tarries

To illustrate my point even more graphically, I had a poster board with the outline of a clock with minutes and hours marked out. On the face of the clock there were no hands, however. In the center of clock in bold block letters was “NOW.”

In the teaching were a number of references to scriptures that included the word now. 1 John 3:2 (NKJV) makes known this truth:

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Elsewhere believers are identified in this distinctive way:

2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV):

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

For past several years, I will sometimes give myself a morning motivational talk, as I look in the mirror and repeat an expression attributed to Kim Clement, “I see myself somewhere in the future, and I’m looking so much better than I look right now.” I go on to add this little quip: “But right now, I’m looking good!”

The word now recently came into play at my church, Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC when the church displayed a new logo and adopted a new theme: “The Future is Now!” In thinking about that expression, I also recall this phrase from an original poem with the same title: “Now is the yet to be.” The essence of the timelessness of now is also revealed here:

The Eternal Moment

Redeeming the time because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:16

Now is always the time.

Though grains of sand

fall and form

a mountain

range,

Now

does not

add nor take;

the moment cannot change.

The time is always Now.

I made a remarkable discovery regarding looking at words in the mirror. What you observe is the mirror image of the word or the word is spelled backwards. What do you get when you reverse the letters of NOW?  The word WON: a reminder that as believers we have already won the victory through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Another verse that begins with “now” immediately came to mind:

2 Corinthians 2:14

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Graham Kendrick offers a song that make reference to this verse: “May the Fragrance of Jesus”

Blessed are you

October 1, 2016

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Revised and re-posted is the Verse of the Day for October 1, 2016 found in the section of Scripture known as “The Beatitudes.” Here we find one of the celebrated passages from Matthew 5:11-12 in the Message Bible:

“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

The New King James Version puts it this way:

Matthew 5:11-12

Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Part of the “Sermon on the Mount,” which some scholars maintain is really the “Sermon on the Plain,” the Beatitudes form a series of eight declarations that begin with the word “blessed.” Translated from the Greek word, makarios, “blessed” refers to a state of spiritual well-being and prosperity, expressing deep joy and fulfillment of the soul. The word has been translated, happy, fortunate, favored. A contemporary response when asked about one’s state of being is the expression, “blessed and highly favored.”

The following scripture memory song speaks of the passage from Matthew 5 in this way:

The Beatitudes Are the “Be Attitudes”

The Beatitudes are the “Be Attitudes.”

They help us to see. They help us to be

All that God wants us to be.

We will be blessed and be a blessing in return

When we learn to follow the “Be Attitudes.”

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 

Blessed are you.  You shall be blessed.

You shall be blessed when you follow the “Be Attitudes.”

 

The Beatitudes are the “Be Attitudes.”

They help us to see.  They help us to be

All that God wants us to be.

We will be blessed and be a blessing in return

When we learn to follow the “Be Attitudes.”

The Sermon on the Mount begins with Matthew 5 which offers the Beatitudes which are dramatically recited in this video:

Jami Smith offers this musical rendering of “The Beatitudes”: