Why go I mourning?

Psalm 42[9]  I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Not a second…Or another minute
Not an hour…Or another day

But at this moment with my arms outstretched …I need you to make a way
As you’ve done so many times before…Through a window or an open door

I stretch my hands to you…Come rescue me…I need you…Right away

If I never needed you before…To show up and restore
All of the faith that I let slip…While I was yet searching the world for more

The true best friend I have indeed…You’re my best friend I know indeed
I stretch my hands to thee…Come rescue me
I need you right away

The agony of being alone…The fear of doing things on my own
The test and trials that come to make me strong
The feelings of guilt, hurt, shame, and defeat
The way the trials that beat upon me
But to know Lord that in you I’ve got victory
Smokie

“Canst thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the sea of circumstances would ebb out till there should be nothing left but long leagues of the mud of horrible poverty? Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed from frost to frost, from snow, and ice, and hail, to deeper snow, and yet more heavy tempest of despair? Knowest thou not that day follows night, that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter? Hope thou then! Hope thou ever! For God fails thee not. Dost thou not know that thy God loves thee in the midst of all this? Mountains, when in darkness hidden, are as real as in day, and God’s love is as true to thee now as it was in thy brightest moments. No father chastens always: thy Lord hates the rod as much as thou dost; He only cares to use it for that reason which should make thee willing to receive it, namely, that it works thy lasting good. Thou shalt yet climb Jacob’s ladder with the angels, and behold Him who sits at the top of it–thy covenant God. Thou shalt yet, amidst the splendours of eternity, forget the trials of time, or only remember them to bless the God who led thee through them, and wrought thy lasting good by them. Come, sing in the midst of tribulation. Rejoice even while passing through the furnace. Make the wilderness to blossom like the rose! Cause the desert to ring with thine exulting joys, for these light afflictions will soon be over, and then “for ever with the Lord,” thy bliss shall never wane. Spurgeon

“Faint not nor fear, His arms are near, He changeth not, and thou art dear; Only believe and thou shalt see, That Christ is all in all to thee.”

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Isaiah [54:1]  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

In Christ we are more than conquerors. Amen

Culled from Spurgeon Devotional

God bless you.

Bode

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Davos 2010 and the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar

 

as  “Business Titans”  and the “Best Minds” meet to discuss global economics …

Daniel [2:1]  And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. [2]  Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. [3]  And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.

“We have an absolutely unique opportunity today, but it comes with its set of challenges. The first big challenge comprises ecological sustainability and tackling climate change. The second is that of reducing poverty and inequality in the world. Azim H. Premji, Chairman, Wipro, India

 “Bankers are already trying to wriggle out of their responsibilities. In some countries they are lobbying quite successfully against tougher capital and liquidity requirements, against more effective depositor protection and they are planning to pay out their largest-ever bonuses.” Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor of Economic Affairs, Switzerland

The WEF had the insight and the courage to recognize that underneath the economic crisis, there was also a values crisis; and that an economic recovery must be accompanied by a moral recovery as well.” Jim Wallis, Author, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer, Sojourners, USA

We have to ask what an economy would look like if it were genuinely focused on making and sustaining a home – a social environment that offered security for citizens, including those who could not contribute in obvious ways to productive and profit-making business; an environment in which we felt free to forego the tempting fantasies of unlimited growth in exchange for the knowledge that we could hand on to our children and grandchildren a world: a social and material nexus of relations that would go on nourishing proper three-dimensional human beings – people whose family bonds, imaginative lives and capacity for mutual understanding and sympathy were regarded as every bit as important as their material prosperity.” Archbishop Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

 “Yes, the bankers have done a lot of mistakes.  There were a lot of mistakes made. But it is time to stop the shame and blame. There are a lot of people unemployed in the world [and] the market economy can only be maintained or continued by confidence.” Ferit F. Sahenk, Chairman, Dogus Group

“It’s not just about shareholder return anymore.  That’s not the focus. It’s stakeholder return. Let’s look across the entire system, and not just focus on short-term profits, but on long-term stakeholder value.” Timothy P. Flynn, Chairman, KPMG International

“I think the big question is how strong the recovery will be, how self-reliant and resilient it will be, once governments and policy-makers begin to pull back on the various forms of fiscal and monetary stimulus that have been put in place.” Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank, United Kingdom

 “I think the biggest problem in the U.S. is . . . far too large a percentage of our resources go into the relatively unproductive segment of Defense. If we had not started the war in Iraq, and spent a trillion dollars there . . . we would have far more freedom now to respond to this short-term crisis.” Barney Frank, Congressman from Massachusetts (Democrat), 4th District; Chairman, Financial Services Committee, USA

“This is a fool’s paradise, for people who think [the recession] is over… If we don’t have jobs, there is no sustainable way of re-balancing the global economy…People… sit here and say ‘It’s over’, while we know there are millions of jobs still to be lost.” Sharan Burrow, President, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

“I think we’re over the hump. When you look, at least in Asia, the manufacturing sector, they’re back. And I think… it is going to be the emerging countries who are going to be leading the recovery.” Hirotaka Takeuchi, Dean, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University

 “I also believe that a country can rise from the ashes in a very short time . . . ” Don’t tell me Haiti can’t do this. This is an opportunity to re-imagine the future, for Haitian people to build the country that they want to become, instead of to re-build what they used to be.” William J. Clinton, Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation

“This is the time to show that the WTO is not only about profit and greed. This is the time for all countries to offer duty-free, quota-free, to all Haitian products with simplified rules-of-origin.” Celso Amorim, Minister of Foreign Relations of Brazil

 

Daniel 2 [44]  And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. [45]  Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. Daniel

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. KJV Bible

Jesus reigns forever…

Bode

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