Nobody but Jesus!

Isaiah 46.9

For He is unique in his incarnation (the one and only God-man),

unique in his atonement (only He has died for the sins of the world),

and unique in his resurrection (only He has conquered death).

And since in no other person but Jesus of Nazareth did God
first become human (in His birth),
then bear our sins (in His death),
and then triumph over death (in His resurrection),
He is
uniquely
competent 
to save sinners.

Nobody else possesses His qualifications.

~John Stott, The Radical Disciple

“remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other;  I am God, and there is none like me…” Isaiah 46:9

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 45:5

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe Me
    and understand that I Am He.
Before Me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after Me.
11 I, even I, Am the Lord,
    and apart from Me there is no Savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I Am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I Am He.
No one can deliver out of My hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?” Isaiah 43:10-13

“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

“It is finished.” John 19:30

“My Father, who has given them to me,
is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch
them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:29

Praising God for His special, unique Son who acted on my behalf with the ultimate finished work! Amazing grace and love poured out even when I was His enemy! For  Once you were [I was] not a people, but now you are [I am] God’s people; once you [I] had not received mercy, but now you [I] have received mercy (1 Peter 2:10).”

Isaiah 43.11

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O taste and see!

Psalm 34.8

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt His name together!

I sought the Lord, and He answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear Him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Psalm 34:1-8

The song is true, “When I think about the Lord and all He has done for me, my soul shouts Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord, for saving me!”

When I think about the Lord and Who I know Him to be as revealed in His precious Word, my soul shouts Hallelujah, so very thankful that He has chosen me! I mean, it is just absolutely amazing that the Holy, Righteous, Pure, Perfect, Supreme, Most High, Sovereign, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent God who is Truth, Wisdom, and Glory included you and I in His plans.

Love, compassion, and grace so great and pure that despite our sin and rebellion that He is Savior, Redeemer, Deliverer, Immanuel – God with us, and ! Yes, absolutely amazing!

Surely, He is sweeter than the honeycomb and more precious than silver or gold! Surely, the greatest Treasure that any man can ever have is God, Himself. He is the True Bread that satisfies all hunger and the Living Water that satisfies all thirst!

Day by day He teaches me as I “taste and see” to delight myself in Him…everything and everyone else pales in comparison, including myself. The steadfast love of God is better than life (Psalm 63:3) and all it offers. Yes,I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34:1)” because He is worthy of my love, devotion, and praise. Glory to His Holy Name! 

Psalm 34.1a

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Hope for today: singing to my God…

Hope

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord. Psalm 104:33-35

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Yahweh, You are my God…

Yahweh, You are my God;
I will exalt You. I will praise Your name,
for You have accomplished wonders,
plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
For You have turned the city into a pile of rocks,
a fortified city, into ruins;
the fortress of barbarians is no longer a city;
it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore, a strong people will honor You.
The cities of violent nations will fear You.
For You have been a stronghold for the poor,
a stronghold for the needy person in his distress,
a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat.
When the breath of the violent
is like rain against a wall,
like heat in a dry land,
You subdue the uproar of barbarians.
As the shade of a cloud cools the heat of the day,
so He silences the song of the violent.

The Lord of Hosts will prepare a feast
for all the peoples on this mountain—
a feast of aged wine, choice meat, finely aged wine.
On this mountain
He will destroy the burial shroud,
the shroud over all the peoples,
the sheet covering all the nations;
He will destroy death forever.
The Lord God will wipe away the tears
from every face
and remove His people’s disgrace
from the whole earth,
for the Lord has spoken.

On that day it will be said,
“Look, this is our God;
we have waited for Him, and He has saved us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for Him.
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
10 For the Lord’s power will rest on this mountain.
Isaiah 25:1-10

Isaiah 25.9

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Hope for today: Sing for joy

HopeBut let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread  Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.
Psalm 5:11

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At the Cross

1 Tim 2.5-6
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
  1 Timothy 2:5-6

The old hymn, At the Cross, written by Isaac Watts is in my heart today and offers the strength I need. The solid doctrine and truth found in the hymns of yesterday is worthy of our holding on to with a tight grip. I love the new songs and would miss them if they were not included in our worship services but songs like the two below can never be replaced. I pray that you will have time to read and meditate each word and receive the blessing!

At The Cross:

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I

Refrain
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature`s sin.

1 Tim2-John 14

But drops of grief can ne`er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
`Tis all that I can do.

Down at the Cross

1 Down at the cross where my Savior died,
down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
there to my heart was the blood applied;
glory to His name!

Refrain:
Glory to His name,
glory to His name:
there to my heart was the blood applied;
glory to His name!

2 I am so wondrously saved from sin,
Jesus so sweetly abides within;
there at the cross where He took me in;
glory to His name! [Refrain]

3 Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin,
I am so glad I have entered in;
there Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;
glory to His name! [Refrain]

4 Come to this fountain so rich and sweet,
cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet;
plunge in today, and be made complete;
glory to His name! [Refrain]

Is Your All On The Altar

1 You have longed for sweet peace,
And for faith to increase,
And have earnestly, fervently prayed.
But you cannot have rest,
Or be perfectly blest,
Until all on the altar is laid.

Refrain:
Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest,
And have peace and sweet rest,
As you yield Him your body and soul.

2 Would you walk with the Lord,
In the light of His Word,
And have peace and contentment alway?
You must do His sweet will
To be free from all ill –
On the altar your all you must lay. [Refrain]

3 O we never can know
What the Lord will bestow
Of the blessings for which we have prayed,
Till our body and soul
He doth fully control,
And our all on the altar is laid. [Refrain]

4 Who can tell all the love
He will send from above,
And how happy our hearts will be made,
Of the fellowship sweet
We shall share at His feet
When our all on the altar is laid. [Refrain]

Thank you, Jesus, for the cross!
Laying my burdens down and my soul is at rest!

Psalm 62.5-6

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Hope for today: the Lord delivers

Hope

I sought the Lord, and He answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Psalm 34:4-7
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Hope for today: Oh, magnify the Lord

HopeI will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt His name together!
Psalm 34:1-3 ESV
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Praise the Lord, everybody!

Psalm 111Psalm 111

Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,Psalm 111.3
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

Psalm 111.4He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant forever—
    holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise.

Psalm 111.10

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Hope for today: greatness and power

HopeYours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11

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