God—you’re my God!
I can’t get enough of you!
I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God,
traveling across dry and weary deserts.
drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love I am really living at last!
My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
My arms wave like banners of praise to you.
I smack my lips. It’s time to shout praises!
If I’m sleepless at midnight,
I spend the hours in grateful reflection.
Because you’ve always stood up for me,
I’m free to run and play.
I hold on to you for dear life,
and you hold me steady as a post.
marked for death, bound for hell.
They’ll die violent deaths;
jackals will tear them limb from limb.
But the king is glad in God;
his true friends spread the joy,
While small-minded gossips
are gagged for good.
Loved the commentary of the above verses in the blog below.
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Random thoughts on my journey through life - By Kate Muchoki
I've embarked on a cover to cover study of the Bible...again (one day i will actually finish!!) and I'm in Leviticus. So I was reading this chapter on uncleanness... Leviticus 15. It talks about the uncleanliness of a woman who has a discharge of blood for many days other than her monthly period. NIV puts it as below:
25“‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.
26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period.
27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
One of my absolute best verses in the Bible is the one for "she touched the hem of his garment and she was healed"! The woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5: 25-34 had had it for 12 years!! 12 years people! For 12 years she had bled and for 12 years no doctor had been able to help her.
Leviticus continues to say...anything she sits on will be unclean and anyone who touches them will be unclean. Think about this for a second. You could not invite her to your house!! If you did she'd have to stand and probably not touch anything...otherwise you risk becoming unclean yourself! Her friends probably tried in the early days... they'd probably stand around with her chatting in the first month... but as time went by and life went on, they moved on and started hanging out with people they could sit in their houses with and chat. People they could sit on the same couch with... people who could give them a hug when they needed one or a shoulder to cry on... literally! Point is - they moved on!
In my thinking, this woman was probably a poor lonely shunned outcast who had spent all her money trying to get well...for 12 years...with no success. After 12 years, surely she must have thought she had seen it all...mganga kutoka Tanzania, miracle medicines, prayer crusades...you name it...she had been there, done that, bought a t-shirt, made a movie...and yet with no healing.... for 12 years. No friends, No money, No love...for 12 years.
And yet Mark 5: 27 says "...when she heard about Jesus..." and we all know how this story ends. She touched the hem of his garment and was healed. But think about that verse for a minute… "when she heard about Jesus." After 12 years of trying different doctors with no success, when she heard about Jesus...she knew. She knew her healing had come. I always wonder who was it that told her about Jesus and what did they say? The Bible doesn't say ... when she saw the miracles that Jesus performed...no, when she heard about Jesus.
What can you tell someone who has had an issue of blood for 12 years, tried different doctors and only gotten worse. What can you tell them to get them to the point of thinking... “if I just touch the hem of his garment I will be healed”? This challenges me so. I cannot be reciting to them something I learnt in Sunday school. I cannot be regurgitating bible verses or sermons to them. I cannot be telling them about doctrines that I believe in. I cannot even be selling them a text book Jesus. What kind of Jesus do I need to be talking about for someone to hear me and know in their heart of hearts that all they need to do is to touch the hem of his garment?
How well do I need to know this Jesus myself and how well... and often... do I need to represent him? Am I preaching Jesus to the point where people hear me talk about Him and they know... they believe? Is my Jesus big enough, powerful enough, practical enough to solve everyday problems... big and small? Is the Jesus I am preaching the Jesus I should be preaching?
Is the Jesus you are preaching the Jesus you should be preaching?