Ellen Royal, one of our firm’s dedicated employees, wanted us to include Psalm 103, which contains a good message and especially during the holidays, in this month’s issue. That was an excellent suggestion and I have set it out as a holiday message for all.
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
The Christian Legal Society has again sent in a number of verses. They were all so good and timely, we decided to use all of them.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.
Ephesians 2: 14
Randy Strickland, who works for the State of Alabama, attends St. James United Methodist Church. He sent in the following verse:
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
The following verse came from Lance Kelley, a resident of Butler County. I understand Lance and his wife Hope are moving to Lee County.
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
The Christian Legal Society also sent us the following prayer. It serves as a very clear reminder that we must all keep things in perspective and that our focus must always be on God, our provider.
Lord, may it not be that the focus of control in my life would be a composite of external forces. God forbid that I should build my life upon the sands of professional reputation or, worse, upon the deceitfulness of riches. You are my Life, and You dwell within me. My ambition is to walk worthy of You, period. Work now in me to will and to do of Your good pleasure.
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