Food for Thought

       My Psalm - Richard Jesse

Lord you are Mighty and Majestic.
You are Awesome and Sovereign.

Lord Your eyes are never closed,
they are continually watching over me,
always showing me where I go wrong.

You turn my face to see You.

    I remember my misspent youth and
how You reached down from Your throne
and lifted me out of my way
into Your way.

I remember the day
when You touched my heart
and made it soft again.

They said it wouldn't last
but it has.

They said You didn't exist
but You are here.

    Anytime, anywhere You are there.

You know my mind and my needs.

I think Your name and You are there.

Your voice is always gentle and instructive.
    You love me with an everlasting love.
    As long as You are here,

I will not fear.

As long as I live,

I will praise Your name.

Everything You say,
everything You do,
is to protect Your people.

Lord of Heaven and earth,

I stand before You,

clothed in a robe of righteousness

provided by you, Jesus my Lord.

    Why would the Holy one of Israel,
the one true living God
take notice of a sinner, then,
reach down from heaven

and redeem me?

Lord I wasn't worthy,
but You made me worthy.

I was an unclean sinner,
but you cleansed me.

I repented of my sin
and You cleansed me
from all unrighteousness.

    What a mighty God You are.

Lord I deserved to die
but You died that I could live.

    What an awesome Saviour You are.
I should have been punished for my sin,
but You clothed me
in Your righteousness.

    I should have been condemned,
but You set me free.

You should have sent me away

from Your presence,

but instead You adopted me.

Father, today I am your son,

You are my Father.

I am joint heirs with
Jesus my Lord. Thank You.

Quotable Quotes

Being humble does not mean thinking less of yourself,

but thinking of yourself less.

Choices

Choices, choices, choices! Every day, all the time, we have to make choices: shall we do this, or that? At what time, when, who with and where? Tea or coffee? Hot or cold? Large or small? Shall we get married? Shall we have children? Where shall we live? Two thousand years ago, because he could see people were not making good choices, Jesus chose to leave the perfection of heaven and come to this imperfect world in order to show us how to live useful and healthy lives. He knew he would face opposition by some sections of society but, because he cared about us so passionately, he came anyway. Down through history, there have always been people who were prepared to risk everything for their beliefs, even to the point of opposing kings and governments. Eventually, Jesus was sent for trial and sentenced to be executed by crucifixion. The Jewish authorities of the day had already chosen to have him put to death - they felt threatened by this man and accused him of blasphemy when he hinted that he was the Son of God, the Messiah for whom they had been waiting many hundreds of years. But they didn’t recognise him and therefore didn’t believe him. Blasphemy was punishable by death. Now Jesus made another choice. He chose to let them nail him to the cross. He didn’t plead for his life or say “You’ve got the wrong bloke”. Why did he choose to die? The Bible says it was because he knew he would have such joy later on. By dying, he would make the way clear for us to go to heaven when we die, and be with him there forever. His one desire was to be with us forever. So, now, along with all our other choices, there is another one - shall we choose to get to know Jesus so we can spend eternity with him?

Beryl