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© Jeanne E Webster

2 Chronicles 5

Temple Preparation
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Solomon ordered the elders of Israel to place all David’s treasures of silver, gold, and musical instruments in the house of God, for these were committed to the Lord. Later all the men of Israel gathered before King Solomon as the priests and Levites sacrificed multitudes of animals for the feast. Afterwards the priests carried the ark into the house of the Lord, into the Holy of Holies.

The ark contained only the two stones on which were the laws of the covenant. When they came out of the Holy place, the priests and Levites sang and played musical tributes of praise to their God, thanking Him in one voice: “He is good, His mercy endures forever.” Suddenly the temple was veiled as His glory occupied His house!

When we covenant with God, our bodies become His temple. Having dedicated all our treasures (all we have and all we are), we lay them at the feet of Jesus, the ultimate, supreme Sacrifice. God can then enter our hearts and fill us with His glory. We must remember…this is the living God!

Does He occupy our houses?

May we praise and thank Him in voice and heart for His covenant with us! Amen

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul;
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole.
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation, so full and free!

Hold My Hand

Hold My Hand

PSALM 25—a Paraphrase

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To You, my loving God, I bundle up my entire being and offer it to You.

I trust in You for everything, Father.

Don’t let me down.

Don’t let sin win out over me.

Yes, I know You won’t fail anyone who clings close to You.

The wicked ones will hang their heads in shame for the evil things they do.

Let me see your character, Father.

Teach me more of You.

Hold my hand as You disclose the reality of Your being,

For You’re the One and only God.

I wait  always for Your presence.

Father, bring Your gentle mercies of love to mind,

For they go back to my beginnings.

Wipe away the foolish evil things I did when I was young,

With a loving heart, break bread with me,

For You are all good and righteous.

Almighty God is honorable and mighty.

He will show people their sinful ways.

He will show mercy to those who are sorry for their wrongs.

He will instill in them the virtuous things of life.

God is loving, kind and steadfast

To those who live righteously.

For Your sake, Father,

Forgive my sins, for they are numerous.

Who doesn’t revere God?

He knows how to lead everyone in His ways, so

They will have peaceful spirits.

His heirs will be blessed with the land.

God remains with those who honor him.

He will let them know what he expects of them.

My focus lies on my God,

For He will rescue me from the pit.

Look on me and have mercy,

For I am forsaken and sick at heart.

My problems are getting worse.

Oh, save my life!

See how sinful I am.

Forgive my sins!

Glare at the many people seeking to harm me.

They despise me and are cruel.

Protect me and rescue my life.

Don’t forsake me, for I trust You.

Wrap me in Your integrity and uprightness,

For I wait for You.

Ransom Your people Israel, Lord,

And let them be free of their burdens.