September 18, 2008



Selahv, the verses you gave spoke to my heart today. It is all about waiting and hoping in Him. Blessings.


Hi Selah V.. I've been overseas for 6 weeks and have missed your quiet time comments...getting back into the real world again today..


Amy, you are such a dear. I should have answered you days ago. I've been so disconnected from everything lately. selahV


Steve, you cannot begin to know how much this very devotional has been the telling of my soul these last few weeks. I feel like I've been in a dark abyss of silence. I feel as though I've been robbed of spiritual light. Sickness has robbed me of the ability to even dwell in the stillness of the Lord. It's been ongoing for over a month now. Sickness coupled with many other attacks upon my emotions have turned my brain to mush.

There are those who do not comprehend how much one clings to the Lord and His promises in such hours of distress. I find myself without words to describe it all.

I took a break from the daily devotionals because I felt like a hypocrite in telling others to lean, to trust, to fear not, when I myself felt so weak and broken. God must have known how much I needed this kind of voice from you. I told my husband last night that I was tired of me. And God must be pretty sick of me too. Thanks so much for speaking a word of from the Lord to encourage me. selahV


it is so unusual how the Lord uses each of us to support one another in the most unusual and unexpected times and ways.
If I may "encourage you"... my wife and I had a week in ISrael where I understood somethings a little more clearly than I had before. on return 2 days ago I read a passage from james Boice's commentary on Psalm 117. 1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

or HCSB 1 Praise the Lord, all nations! Glorify Him, all peoples!
2 For great is His faithful love to us; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. • Hallelujah!

1. The Greatness of God's grace.. He is praised among the nations.. not Israel alone, but a prophecy of the incoming of the gentiles into the Kingdom of God.
..Here is a BIG Picture on Gods purposes worldwide.. and if it costs the lives of some christians to be christians in some lands so that others may be saved... the BIG picture is God will be praised... and what if it were me or you that should have to suffer and die... what of it... God will be praised.

2. The Greatness of God's Love.
Based upon Exodus 34:6
The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and proclaimed [His]name • Yahweh.
6 Then the Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: Yahweh—Yahweh is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth,
7 maintaining faithful love to a thousand [generations], forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin. But He will not leave [the guilty]unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation. 8 Moses immediately bowed down to the ground and worshiped.

God's Love is great and there is nothing greater than that. Did the Jews not receiving it and rejecting their Messiah stop God from being a God of Love? The answer is no. Whatever we face whereever we are, whichever way the wind blows, God is love.
CH Spurgeon once noted that a farmer was in all sorts of strife for building a barn and on the barn placing a weather vain that said "God is love" . his neighbors considered it blasphemous and took him to task. "Are you saying that God's love is like the wind, variable and changing?" He replied "No! But whatever way the wind blows down here for me, one thing remains the same, God is love."
"Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face" said Cowper.
Whether we feel it or not, one thing remains true, God is love.

3. The Greatness of God's faithfulness.
Whether we feel it or not one thing remains true, the greatness of God's faithful love to His people.
I have struggled with God's faithfulness to the Jews.
yes, by their own sin, He handed them over to deportation to Babylon.
Yes by their own sin he handed them over to eternal destruction in the rejection of the Messiah.
Yet in God's faithfulness to His people there will come a time when He will save "all Israel"
Romans 11:25 So that you will not be conceited, brothers, I do not want you to be unaware of this • mystery: a partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from Jacob. 27 And this will be My covenant with them,when I take away their sins.28 Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved because of their forefathers, 29 since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.
One day His love and faithfulness will prevail over the Jewish people. Zechariah reminds us that they will receive the Messiah Zech 12-14 at the last day.

If God can be so faithful to those who reject the gospel now and refuse His love now, will He not much mroe be faithful to we who have entered the New Covenant through His Son's loving sacrifice?
Will He not be faithful in His love to you and I, even though we go through seasons when we do not feel His love?

Does this not mean that no matter what we feel or think, that we can and must trust the covenant love of God that He has to us?
Boice goes on to quote Romans 8: 35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

We often forget that verse 37.. "super conquerors" is connected to verse 36.."we are put to death all day long"
In God's grand scheme of it all, our suffering is not the main scene on the stage, rather it si God's continuing love to us, and our assurance of it, even though everything in our circumstances, everything in our day to day existence seems to speak the opposite.
He is saying tht there is one thing mroe fixed and more true than our physical circumstances, and that is the covenant love that God has to His people, even though you and I may not feel it, or know it in our cicrcumstances.. His lvoe and faithfulness are rock solid pillars that this is true.
How do you and I know that today?
He, look at the Jews. They are there today. They could not and would not be there today in Jerusalem, were God not working His purposes out to display again His covenant love to those who will turn to the Messiah, Jesus.

I should not blame Boice for all these thoughts... soem are my own mixed in.. but I thought "how strange, that the very thing you are experiencing now is something God had answered deep to my own soul just this last 2 days before I read your notes at http://selahvtoday.typepad.com"
I guess this is the greatness of the faithfulness and love of God.
Psalm 73 should be on my gravestone one day :
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

So many of us love and appreciate the depths of your comments in your devotions, and love you in the Lord in your faithfulness to Him in trial.
The Lord is with you SelahV, and we are too.


Hey friend...I'm thinking of you...holding you in prayer. Thanks for this post.

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  • Sometimes I wonder how much better off the world would be if everyone purposed in their hearts and minds to compliment ten people a day.
    "The eyes of the Lord keep guard over knowledge and him who has it..." Pr.22:12 Oh that Wisdom be confirmed by the knowledge we discover and grasp. God expects discretion be used in the knowledge we have so that He be glorified. God will guard our hearts and minds "but He overthrows the words of the treacherous." With believers, knowledge comes with responsibility. All we do with what we know is accountable to God. Likewise the words of our mouth reveal the integrity of our hearts. May we speak and act with integrity with that which we know that the Lord be glorified. selahV

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    It doesn't have to be a monster at your door keeping you awake. It doesn't have to be a thief with a gun. It doesn't have to be an approaching tornado, or a rising river. It doesn't even have to be an attack on your heart, nor a life-threatening disease. Terrors in the night are anything that robs you of peace. They may waken you with a dream. Like a thunder crash or lightning flash. They chase your thoughts from place to place and whisper words of accusation. They keep sleep in a chokehold and will not let you rest. They remind you of your failings. They taunt you with doubt and offer futility and hopelessness with situations you are facing. Terrors in the night. They are real. Yet... "You shall not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor of the arrow ( the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday." Psalm 91:5,6. "You shall not be afraid." Why? "Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place." Ps. 91:9 I have a little secret that helps me get back to sleep in the midst of a dark night of demonic attack and oppression. Whenever that happens to me, and I am not a stranger to the realms of darkness enveloping my mind and trying to crush my spirit, I go to the Word. Literally. I take my Bible and I lay it upon my chest and pray. I cling to the Word and all the promises within it that may not even be clear in my mind. I begin to pray for others who have difficulties. I pray for missionaries in foreign lands who face incredible dangers. I pray for pastors under attack. I pray for battered wives, and bereaved mothers. I pray for anyone and everyone the Lord calls to my mind. For He has given His angels charge over me to accomplish and defend and preserve me in all my ways of obedience and service. (Ps.91:11) I feel the pleasant pressure of my Bible against my heart and know that God is all-sufficient to meet my needs and those of ones I love and have committed unto His care. And then I sleep. selahV [copyrighted, SelahV Today, 2008]
    ~~~~~~~~~~ Discouragement sits on every corner. It lurks in the shadows of joy, waiting for the opportune time to jump out of the darkness and wipe out all the goodness in a moment's achievement, success, or blessing. It's sole purpose is to impede forward progress. It is born of negative thinking and leads to apathy and uselessness. Many times discouragement is carried into the rooms of our hearts by friends who linger too long at the well of negativity. But we need to take heart and not allow it to attach itself to our lives and destroy our confidence, hope, and faith. "Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward." Hebrews 10:35 Our confidence can be thwarted and our courage quelled when we allow the stones of discouragement and arrows of despair to penetrate the armor of God. We must hold fast and cling to our fearless confidence in the Redeemer and Protector of our faith. He sits on His throne and His enemies are His footstool. Nothing can harm us, nor override His plan for our lives when we rest in His presence and power. selahV [copyrighted, SelahV Today, 2008]
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