Posts Tagged ‘Behold Our God’

Look at God!

October 4, 2020

Many times, I will begin my day by examining the Verse of the Day as I meditate and share my thoughts in a blog post. From time to time, I will begin my morning meditation by examining the Phrase of the Day and what it inspires. The Phrase of the Day for October 4, 2020 is “Look at God!” This past week, I had an appointment with oncologist at the VA Hospital, and I received some good news, bringing to mind a poem that I had written with that title. I also thought of the title of a book recently published by James Edward Wilkerson, Jr.: “But God. . .Look at God!”

The poem “Look at God!” in a sense is also a response to a recent blog post: Pray: the Latter Rain is on the way:

Look at God!

Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news.
lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news.
lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Isaiah 40:9 (ESV)


I am turning a new page, stepping out into the more,
Reaching far beyond anything I have ever thought of.
Beyond anything I have even dared to ask for;
Through Christ, God is able to do exceedingly above,
Way beyond anything my finite mind could ever see.
Recently, God Himself opened the windows of heaven
And poured out a blessing–a miracle crafted for me:
My PSA had skyrocketed to more than ninety,
But within a month, it plummeted to zero point seven.
Nothing is impossible–all things are possible with God.
When we pray, it is no secret what Father God can do.
What He has done for others He can do for me and you.
Behold! The outpouring of the Spirit of the Living God
As we now witness signs, wonders, and miracles: “Look at God!”

But God. . . Look at God!

Here is an excerpt from the book by James Wilkerson:

In this book But God. . . Look at God! I share my testimony of how God touched and transformed my life. I also want to introduce you to some of the people who made a great impact on my life and talk about some of the lessons I have learned. Many times, when God shows Himself strong on my behalf and intervenes in my life to turn what looks like a disaster into a powerful display of His mercy and love, all I can say is, “But God!” When He answers prayer, and it is way beyond my wildest imagination, all I can say is “Look at God!”


Here is a link to the book available on Amazon.com

To cap off our comments, I recently discovered the perfect music video Sovereign Grace Music together with The Shiloh Church Choir: : “Behold our God!”

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:

The Lord’s purpose: The counsel of the Lord

October 10, 2015

Proverbs 19--21The Verse of the Day for October 10, 2014 comes from Proverbs 19:20-21 (NLT)

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.

Isaiah 46:9-10 offers 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 the God,” the topic of the Verse of the Day:

The Counsel of the Lord

October 10, 2014

Proverbs 19--21

The Verse of the Day for October 10, 2014 comes from Proverbs 19:20-21 (KJV):

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.

We find a similar reminder related to the counsel of the Lord in Isaiah 46:9-10:

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 Isaiah 11:2 and elsewhere in the Bible we find a reference to the Seven Spirits of God, one of which is the “the spirit of counsel”:

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,

the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge

and of the fear of the LORD;

Apostle Eric L. Warren’s most enlightening book The Seven Spirits of God: Learning to Walk in the Dominion and Authority of Christ provides an in-depth discussion of this vitally important and relevant concept.

In reflecting on this particular aspect of the seven spirits of God, the spirit of counsel, I was inspired to write this poem:                                          

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 my ears that I might hear.

I seek guidance for the days ahead; draw me near,

Provide clear direction for the paths before me.

Advise and counsel me 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.

I will make known your purpose and boldly declare

The truth and seek wise counsel that I might fulfill

My commitment to serve each day as I prepare

The way of Lord, centered in your perfect will.

Though I am beset by trials on every hand,

I 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 the God, the topic of the Verse of the Day: