The Lord that brought us out

The God Who

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:1-3

As I read the above verses, a post from nine months ago came to my mind and heart. The Lord brought us out of the bondage of sin for Himself, not that we would be enslaved to anyone or anything else.

“But he brought us out from there to bring us in and
give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors.”
Deuteronomy 6:23

Moses and the Israelites’ Exodus from Egyptian bondage is such a rich garden from which to feed. I believe the Lord is leading me to write from the Book of Exodus and am excited as it is one of my favorites places to read and meditate. I am blessed by your faithfulness to this site and that you will coming along with me. I am praying that the Lord would open His Word to us and then open our hearts to His Word that transformation would take place. 🙂

First of all, the word “Exodus” means “exit” or “going out” and as we eat we will see that it is the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage. As we look into this book, we will find God’s character including that He is a Promise Keeper who loves and keeps His children.

God will teach us that whenever He moves in our lives to bring about an exit, we also “enter” or “come in”.  His bringing out is always to bring us into a new realm or season as we will see with the Israelites. Deuteronomy 6:23, “But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. The Lord does not change as this was truth for the Israelites so it is true for all His children.

This principle is worth holding in our hearts. No matter how hard life becomes, the issues we face, the obstacles in our way, the things we so desperately want to hold on to and God is us urging us to let go, no matter strongholds and yokes, traditions and SELF…God is never desiring to harm us BUT to prosper us and give us hope and a future. All His plans and ways are perfect, it is okay…more than okay, it is safe to let go and follow. He brings us out to bring us into His great and glorious land and promises.

Exodus 3:8 records the plan the Lord had for Israel, So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” We will look at this is greater detail later but the place God has for us is ALWAYS the place of promise. It is to our blessing and benefit to follow Him all the way!

1 Peter 2:9 is the perfect example of God’s redeeming love and perfect plan and ways, But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

What place is God calling you to exit in order to enter or come into the new? Remember that His plan is not to harm but to bring prosperity, hope and a  future!

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The place of prosperity, hope, and a future!

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As we look back to the Exodus 20:3 verse, we see the Lord declare that the God who brings you out is the God you should worship. He is not only Savior and Deliverer but He is Lord! From there, He begins to give them the terms of the covenant. Remember from Exodus 19:8, All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”

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The commandments of the Lord

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Blessings today! The last time we saw Moses and the Israelites, they were at the foot of Mount Sinai: “There was loud thunder, a very loud trumpet blast, lightning flashing, fire, a thick cloud which brought darkness, and billowing smoke like from a furnace…” and the whole mountain trembled violently” as the Most High God of the universe made His presence known. Moses spoke to God and the voice of God answered him. The Presence of God on the mountain to a people He has rescued, delivered, and chosen for Himself! WOW! Selah!” Only Moses and Aaron could come up the mountain. 

Exodus 19:25, “So Moses went down to the people and told them.”

Today, we read Exodus 20 as we ask God to speak to our hearts today and in future posts on this chapter. May God ever bless you as we journey in His Word together.

The Ten Commandments

2And God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” 21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

Laws About Altars

22 And the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold. 24 An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it. 26 And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.’

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A heart check…

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10 For cross over to the coasts of Cyprus [to the west] and see, send also to Kedar [to the east] and carefully consider; and see whether there has been such a thing as this:

11 Has a nation [ever] changed its gods, even though they are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory [God] for that which does not profit.

12 Be astonished and appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked and shrivel up with horror, says the Lord [at the behavior of the people].

13 For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.
Jeremiah 2:10-13 AMPC

It’s heart month and many of us take this as an opportunity to test our physical hearts for any sign of disease or danger. This is wise for a good heart check and proper treatment of any revealed problems can bring us back to health, healing, and wholeness.

Perhaps, we should take the opportunity to check our spiritual hearts as well for the Scriptures do teach us that “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23).” One of the reasons that this is so necessary is that God has also told us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9)?” The Lord has also counseled us to “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test (2 Corinthians 13:5)!”

Since we have an enemy who has come to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), a flesh which rises up to take control, and a world system that allures us to sin, it would be wise to test our hearts. We will use the above text from Jeremiah as our testing tool asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in all truth (John 16:13). I have placed the NLT translation below as well.

“Go west and look in the land of Cyprus; go east and search through the land of Kedar.
Has anyone ever heard of anything as strange as this?
11 Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet My people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols!
12 The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay,” says the Lord.
13 “For My people have done two evil things:
They have abandoned Me—the Fountain of Living Water.
And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!
Jeremiah 2:10-13 NLT

Jesus is the Fountain of Living Water. He promises that “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:14) and in Isaiah 12:3, With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In these verses, we see the promise of life, joy, and satisfaction. Praise God. 

The Jeremiah verses speak of exchanging our Glorious Fountain of Living Water for worthless idols. God calls it abandonment, such a horrible exchange that even the heavens are astonished and appalled…in shock, shrinking back in horror and dismay. My, my, my…if this is how creation responds, how it must wound the heart of our Creator!  We do know that God sees it as evil (vs. 13). 

The devil will never tell us that God sees it this way, neither will our flesh or the world system. If fact, they will all chime in at the same time and sing the Whopper song, “Have it your way.” God says it is abandonment to choose the worthless idol instead of Him.

Most of us would quickly say, “I have no idols.” It is heart month and I believe the Lord is typing these keys to say, put it to the test by the Word and the Spirit. After all, those who worship Him must do so in Spirit and in Truth. You may say, what idols could I possibly have and the answer is shown in the text, anything we love, value more than God Himself is an idol. Perhaps it’s the love/practice of money, sex, power, prestige, intellect, wisdom of man, emotions…things like bitterness, not willing to forgive, greed, deceit, pornography, etc. These all speak of self-indulgence and self-exaltation.

God declares it all to be broken cisterns that have no possibility of holding water…cracked pots that are incapable of holding the Living Water that gives life, joy, and satisfaction. Not only does a broken cistern not hold water but it separates from the Fountain of Living Water which means death. Now, since we are God’s people, saved by grace through faith this blog is not about losing our salvation because the Lord has said that we can not be plucked out of His hand (John 10:28-30). Rather, it about the separation from the abundant, life to the full, intimate and soul satisfying relationship with our Creator, the Glorious Fountain of Living Water who so freely gives life, joy, and satisfaction. It is about valuing someone or something other than Jesus as our great Supreme Treasure which usually begins as little cracks along the way. So thankful that God had prompted this little heart check!

O Heavenly Father, Blessed is Your Name! We desire no other God but You. Please help us to examine our hearts and help us to know if we are chasing other ‘gods’ that separate us from a full, God-exalting, Christ honoring, intimate and personal relationship with You. We are mindful of Your Word, “Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you (James 4:8-10).” Bring us back to you as a person, people, and nation.”
In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen!

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Wisdom Wednesday – Holy is the Lord!

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! Holy is the Lord!
Today, the Word of God only. God speaks, revealing His holiness to man.
Truly, a ‘selah’ and worship moment.

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“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power
and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
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You, God, are my

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You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.1 John 3:16-18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

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Preparing to meet God

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And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.”
When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

I am sure that Moses was quite excited as he shares with the Lord the people’s response to His most gracious offer was “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” We then see the Lord share with Moses the next steps:

  1. The Lord told Moses that He would make certain the people understood that Moses was hearing from the Lord and trust his leadership. “I will come to you in a thick cloud, Moses, so the people themselves can hear me when I speak with you. Then they will always trust you (verse 9).” I am blessed that this is God’s work and not man’s. Many leaders could learn from God’s faithfulness to Moses as a leader. The walk of faith includes trusting God to do this and not try to do it ourselves by lording over people and becoming controlling. Faith allows leaders to trust God in His gifting within the entire body without fear of losing our leadership. “All these [gifts] are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as He determines (1 Corinthians 12:11).” When the people would rise up against Moses along this wilderness journey, the Lord handled it. We can expect no less today. God always calls His people, leader or not, to walk by faith and not fear.
  2. “Go down and prepare the people for my arrival. Consecrate them today and tomorrow…
    1. “…have them wash their clothing.”
    2. “Mark off a boundary all around the mountain. Warn the people, ‘Be careful! Do not go up on the mountain or even touch its boundaries. Anyone who touches the mountain will certainly be put to death.”
    3. “Get ready for the third day, and until then abstain from having sexual intercourse.”

The image is one of preparing to meet with the holy and righteous God. The holy God plans to make His presence known and make covenant with a sinful, rebellious people. Despite being chosen by God, for these people to approach Him in some type haphazard, presumptuous way would cause death.

The Old Testament reveals to us the God whose eyes are too pure to see evil and look upon wrong (Habbakkuk 1:13). But here He is ready to make covenant with sinful man and it is His love that provides them a leader and instruction that protects them from rushing into His presence and therefore, death.

This gives us a selah opportunity because as believers in Christ we know that this was a shadow or picture of what, or better yet, Who was to come. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” His Name is Jesus and He opened a new and better way into the presence of the Living God (Hebrews 10:1-25).

12 But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. 13 He is now waiting until His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He says:
16 This is the covenant I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts and write them on their minds, 17 He adds: I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts. 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way He has opened for us through the curtain (that is, His flesh), 21 and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. 23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Praise God, instead of saying stay back, because of the blood of Jesus we are now invited to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).” The Lord promises when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). Praise His Holy Name! We don’t deserve this relationship any more than the Israelites did. It is all because of His ‘so’ love poured out in grace and mercy that we can proclaim

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

SELAH and give God praise, honor, and glory!

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love, faith, mercy, and praise

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Jude

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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Exodus 19: Preparing to receive

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The Book of Exodus can be split into two sections: 1) The Israelites deliverance from Egypt (Chapters 1 – 18) and 2) The Israelites are given the law (Chapters 19-40). Today, we begin the second section as we ask the Lord to speak to our hearts and open our hearts to receive His Word. Thank you for coming along with me. Today, we read Chapter 19.

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19 On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.”

When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

16 On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly. 19 And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. 20 The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

21 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the Lord to look and many of them perish. 22 Also let the priests who come near to the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.” 23 And Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.’” 24 And the Lord said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest he break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

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“I am God, and there is none like me”

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“remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
    and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
    and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
    the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
    I have purposed, and I will do it.” Isaiah 46:9-11

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Remember…

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And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday!

I pray that you will be blessed with some quick and easy things worth remembering to the glory of God! Enjoy your day!

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“I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.” Psalm 119:55

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“Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.” 1 Corinthians 11:2

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“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel…” 2 Timothy 2:8

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“”In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35

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“Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…”
Psalm 105:5

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“I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11

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“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” Psalm 103:2

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Let’s trust God as remember His wonderful grace, mercy, and goodness
and give Him the highest praise, Hallelujah!

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