Today’s Scrip-Bit 1 January 2015 Psalm 146:1-2

Psalm 146:1-2.  (Hallelujah) Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.        

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR !

Well a happy 2015 to all you Friends, families, neighbours, fellow believers, unbelievers, and all God’s human creation!

Let’s hope and pray that 2015 will be a much less tumultuous and disastrous year than 2014 was. Let’s hope and pray that there will be peace, LOVE, and prosperity around the world, and much less strife and war mongering!

Let’s also hope and pray that the poverty, homelessness, inequality, economic deprivation and all those negative things which flourished in 2014 will abate substantially, and that the invincible LOVE of Jesus and the good works of His followers will win the day!

And all God’s people shouted out a hearty, ‘Glory Hallelujah!’

But yuh know what Friends and fellow believers? We can glory all we want, but unless we get some serious action from all of us believers, it won’t be worth a thing.

For as the world renowned, ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, Plato (428-348 B.C.E) -for whom our Platonic LOVE is named – is reputed to have said: ‘The beginning is the most important part of the work.’

And that’s indisputable truth, my people! It also follows logically, that if we don’t start something, nothing will ever get done! So I am asking, imploring, pleading with us, this first day of 2015, to first come together as ONE, as ONE body in Christ, the way we’re meant to be, lessen all the petty divisions amongst Christ’s people.

And secondly, let’s get some serious Christian action going in our world; actions that will reap fruit for and glorify Jesus! Oh my brethren, none of the stuff we want to lessen and/or eradicate will ever happen until WE do something about them.

Remember, Christianity is an action movement. Jesus went out everyday and did things. He didn’t just sit around and wait for things or people to come to Him. So let’s get a serious move on nuh, in Jesus’ name!

And to help us do that, here is a most appropriate poem from the One Year Book of Bible Promises that I just could not pass up. It’s titled Happy New Year.

‘This very first day Of the fresh new year I sing a new song – A joyful, exalted song! With Israel’s sweet singer I exclaim: “How good it is to sing God’s praise How delightful and how right.”

The volume increases The tempo accelerates. With glorious anticipation I shout a rousing welcome To the up-and-coming days.

The future cannot daunt me Every inscrutable mystery Becomes a consolation of joy For with You in control, dear God The worst may happen But the best is yet to come.’

And that’s gospel truth my people; the best is yet to come! As my Bubba Joel, (Joel Osteen) likes to say: ‘I believe and declare that 2015 will be our best year ever!’

And all God’s children sang out a loud and lusty: ‘Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! For He is indeed worthy to be praised!’

And strangely enough, coincidentally, or by divine foresight (smile) the promise for that poem is also our Bit for today. ‘(Hallelujah) Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.’

Oh my brethren, those words are filled with so much promise that if we don’t do them, then we’re truly foolish!

Oh Friends, we’re talking here about the omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-present God who created the universe and all therein!

It’s the same Deity who provides for us daily, with new mercies and blessings and grace and forgiveness and mercy, not to mention salvation and eternal life through the sacrificial and atoning death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Wow!

So in all wisdom and truth, whom are we going to worship and praise and serve righteously eh? None other than Jehovah God, obviously! It’s a no-brainer, a forgone conclusion!

As the psalmist wisely and rightly continues: ‘Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man (human beings), in whom there is no help (salvation). His breath goeth forth (spirit departs), he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth forever: Which executeth judgement (justice) for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry.

The Lord looseth (gives freedom to) the prisoners: The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: The Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord LOVETH the righteous: The Lord preserveth (watches over) the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down (makes crooked).

The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord (sing Hallelujah).’ (Ps.146:3-10)

Oh my fellow believers, I just thought that that would be a most excellent way for us to begin this new year of 2015, by remembering and recalling all the good things that our God does. It’s a refresher course; Christianity 101! (smile)

However, to do all that wonderful stuff, the Lord often needs our help, and that’s what I’m asking us to seriously consider this New Year’s morning. We need to make a new resolution – well not really a new one, but to renew the priority of our earthly decisions, and that means again pledging to make Jesus NUMBER ONE IN OUR LIVES, to follow Him more closely than ever this year of 2015!

Remember His promise, His warning, His wise advice: ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.’ (Matt.6:33)

Oh my people, that’s the only way our world will ever improve. The evildoers are happy with the way it is, but we believers are not. So what are we going to do about it eh? Are we just going to sit around, complain, and feel sorry for ourselves?

Of course not! We’re going to ‘seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness!’ We’re going to rise up this fateful year of 2015 and retake the world from the evildoers and make it more like the paradise that our great and wonderful God envisioned it to be when He so LOVINGLY created it!

Yes my Friends, that’s our purpose and plan for this new year! So please, let’s get up and get a move on with it nuh, for times a wasting, and time is one of those things we can never reclaim! It’s time to push forward with serious action to build Jesus’ LOVE Revolution, as He so desperately desires of us!

Now may the Lord bless and keep us this new year, may He smile upon us and give us His everlasting peace that cannot be matched, and also grant us His divine wisdom, so that we can do His work successfully down here on earth. Have a happy and prosperous New Year my people! Much LOVE!

…my New Year’s resolution…as always…to walk in closer step and companionship with Jesus Christ…

 

 

 

 

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