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Psalms 69:30–32

I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
This will please the Lord more than an ox
or a bull with horns and hoofs.
Let the oppressed see it and be glad;
you who seek God, let your hearts revive!

“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” It is a mark of all the true children of God that they long to magnify the God of their salvation.

May all who seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee.
May those who love thy salvation say continually,
“Great is the Lord!” (Psalm 40:16)

O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. (Psalm 48:1)

This was the heart cry of every Old Testament saint. And now it is the longing of every true Christian. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). That is, do everything so that God might be magnified. If you have met the living Son of God, Jesus Christ, and have joined yourself to him in faith, then does not your heart say with Paul, “It is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not at all be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be magnified in my body whether by life or by death”? Therefore, I say it is the mark of all God’s true children that they long to magnify the God of their salvation and his Son Jesus Christ.

Let us pray.

Gracious and all-knowing God and Father of our Lord Jesus, discerner of every heart, before whom we are all laid bare, we confess the weakness of our longing to magnify you. And we acknowledge that not everyone here has this longing. Some here are still outside the eternal family, more eager that they themselves or other things be magnified more than you. O God, I pray that in these next moments you would so speak as to awaken a longing in all of us to magnify you. Beget saving faith that loves to do all things to your glory. Lord, the heart of stone is impregnable by me or any man. But you have promised to take out the heart of stone and put in the heart of flesh, to turn hardness into tender joy. Almighty God, may nothing in anyone’s mind stop you this morning from performing this radical surgery to make us new—that we might all leave this place magnifying you with thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Telescope Magnification

David said, “I will magnify God with thanksgiving.” The word “magnify” can be used in two different senses. It can mean: make something appear greater than it is, as with a microscope or a magnifying glass. Or it can mean: make something that may seem small or insignificant appear to be as great as it really is. This is what our great telescopes help us begin to do with the magnificent universe which once upon a time spilled over from the brim of God’s glory. So there are two kinds of magnifying: microscope magnifying and telescope magnifying. The one makes a small thing look bigger than it is. The other makes a big thing begin to look as big as it really is.

When David says, “I will magnify God with thanksgiving,” he does not mean: “I will make a small God look bigger than he is. He means: “I will make a big God begin to look as big as he really is.” We are not called to be microscopes, but telescopes. Christians are not called to be con-men who magnify their product out of all proportion to reality, when they know the competitor’s product is far superior. There is nothing and nobody superior to God. And so the calling of those who love God is to make his greatness begin to look as great as it really is. The whole duty of the Christian can be summed up in this: feel, think, and act in a way that will make God look as great as he really is. Be a telescope for the world of the infinite starry wealth of the glory of God.

That God is great in every way that greatness is to be valued should be obvious to everyone. As the apostle says,

Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So men are without excuse for, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks. (Romans 1:20, 21)

It ought to be obvious. But it isn’t, due to the sinful insensitivity and forgetfulness of our hearts. Many of God’s greatest attributes and most awesome and loving deeds pass in one ear and out the other without causing the slightest ripple of emotion within our hearts. Seeing we do not see, and hearing we do not hear. When our hearts are in such a condition, we need to beg God (like Paul did) to open the eyes of our hearts that we might know (that is, really know and feel) the hope to which he has called us, and what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe (Ephesians 1:18, 19).

But even when God graciously removes the scales from our eyes so we can be moved by his greatness, we are still prone to straightway forget what we have seen.

Haven’t you all had experiences like I have in which you feel the goodness and faithfulness of God so intensely that you leap in the air and shout and hug your kids or hug somebody and say, “O God, how could I ever doubt you after this? How could I ever again despair of your help?” And then some short time later you find yourself doing just that—discouraged, and feeling no confidence in the goodness and greatness of God. Why? Because we are so prone to forget the evidences of God’s goodness which we ourselves have experienced, not to mention the evidences in Scripture.

Isn’t that why David preaches to himself:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (Psalm 103:1, 2)

Soul, do not forget what God has done for you. Instead, soul, do what Asaph does in Psalm 77:11.

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; yea I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate on all thy work, and muse on thy mighty deeds. Thy way, O God, is holy. What God is great like our God?

We are called to be telescopes: people who make the greatness of God seem as great as it really is. This is what it means for a Christian to magnify God. But you can’t magnify what you haven’t seen or what you quickly forget. Therefore, our first task is to see and to remember the greatness and goodness of God. So we pray to God, “Open the eyes of my heart,” and we preach to our souls, “Soul, forget not all his benefits!”

The Response That Magnifies God: Thanksgiving

But suppose that we have seen and do remember the greatness of God’s power (Psalm 147:5; Revelation 11:17; Nahum 1:3), and wisdom (Romans 11:33; Proverbs 3:19), and mercy (Psalm 57:10; 103:11), what sort of response will magnify him best? What must the human telescope do in order to cause God to appear as great as he really is?

Our text in Psalm 69:30 answers: “I will magnify God with thanksgiving.” When we give thanks to him from our hearts, God is magnified. Gratitude glorifies God.

Why does it? The answer is simple: Givers are more glorious than receivers. Benefactors are more glorious than beneficiaries. When we thank God, we acknowledge and display that he is the giver; he is the benefactor. We pay him a high compliment. When my sons are angry at each other they do not say, “Thank you,” very easily. “Karsten, tell Benjamin, ‘Thank you.'” So he mumbles, “Thank you.” “Benjamin, say, ‘You’re welcome.”‘ So he mumbles, “You’re welcome.” And we all do this. Why? Isn’t it because saying “thank you” is a compliment; it magnifies people: You did a good thing for me; I’m indebted to you. But when you are angry at somebody, you hate to pay them a compliment; you want to belittle them not magnify them; you hate to think of them as your benefactor.

Therefore, when gratitude springs up in the human heart toward God, he is magnified as the wealthy source of our blessing. He is acknowledged as giver and benefactor and therefore as glorious. But when gratitude does not spring up in our hearts at God’s great goodness to us, it probably means that we don’t want to pay him a compliment; we don’t want to magnify him as our benefactor.

And there is a very good reason that human beings by nature do not want to magnify God with thanksgiving or glorify him as their benefactor. The reason is that it detracts from their own glory, and all people by nature love their own glory more than the glory of God.

In Psalm 35:27 David says, “Let those who desire my vindication shout for joy and be glad and say forevermore, ‘The Lord be magnified!”‘ And he contrasts this group of people who love to magnify the Lord with another group in verse 26, “Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me.” There are only two groups of people in the world whose differences from each other are of any eternal significance: those who love to magnify God and those who love to magnify themselves.

At the root of all ingratitude is the love of one’s own greatness. For genuine gratitude admits that we are beneficiaries of an unearned bequest; we are cripples leaning on the cross shaped crutch of Jesus Christ; we are paralytics living minute by minute in the iron lung of God’s mercy; we are children asleep in heaven’s stroller. Natural man hates to think of himself in these images: unworthy beneficiary, cripple, paralytic, child. They rob him of all his glory by giving it all to God. Therefore, while a man loves his own glory, and prizes his self-sufficiency, and hates to think of himself as sin-sick and helpless, he will never feel any genuine gratitude to the true God and so will never magnify God, but only himself.

There is an interesting connection between our text (Psalm 69:30–32) and Psalm 50 and 51 which bears this out. The text goes on, “I will magnify God with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.” Why is that? Why does the offering of some expensive animal please God less than offering genuine thanks? Psalm 50:9–14 suggests an answer:

I will accept no bull from your house, nor he-goat from your folds, for every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the air, and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you for the world and all that is in it is mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving. And pay your vows to the most high.

One of the reasons God was not pleased with the offering of an ox or bull or goat was that the giver often thought that his gift was enriching God, was supplying some deficiency in God. But what seems like an act of love among men—meeting someone’s needs—is an insult to God. “Every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.” You can’t give me a bull or an ox! They are already mine.

Here is man’s self-exaltation again. Even in the practice of religion, he finds a way to preserve his status as giver, as self-sufficient benefactor. In the very act of worship, he belittles God by refusing to assume the part of a receiver, an undeserving and helpless beneficiary of mercy.

As an antidote to this arrogance in worship, God prescribes the opposite: “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanks!” Acknowledge God as the giver and accept the lowly status of receiver. This is what magnifies God. That’s why the last verse of Psalm 50 (23) says, “He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors me.” So when David says in Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise,” he is simply describing the only sort of heart from which the sacrifice of genuine thanksgiving can flow. Until the stiffness of man’s arrogant neck is broken and the hardness of his self-sufficient heart is softened, he will never be able to offer genuine thanks to the true God, and therefore will not magnify God but only himself.

The last verse of our text (v. 32) says, “Let the oppressed see it and be glad; you who seek God let your hearts revive.”

The Liberating Demands of God

Even though the words we have spoken so far have been bad news for those intent on maintaining their pride, their love for their own glory, and their commitment to their own self-sufficiency, they are not bad news to the oppressed. To those who have come to the end of their rope, who have fallen exhausted from pulling at their own bootstraps, our text is good news.

What are God’s demands? What does an all-sufficient God, who owns and controls all things, demand from the creature he has made? His demand is great, but it is not that we be great, but that we cease to be great in our own eyes and become small that he might appear great. “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” “It is not the well who need a physician but those who are sick.” Jesus has nothing to do for those who insist they are well. He demands something great: that we admit we are not great. This is bad news to the arrogant, but words of honey to the oppressed who have given up their charade of self-sufficiency and are seeking God.

For by such he will be found; and he will pour into their empty hearts such a love as they have never known. And there will arise freely and joyfully a sense of gratitude so genuine and so visible that God will be greatly magnified as the merciful giver of everything we have and are.

I beseech you all by the mercies of God, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility . . . for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:5–6).

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)

I will praise the name of God with a song. I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)

Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is in me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits. (Psalm 103:1, 2)

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November 23, 1980 | by John Piper | Scripture: Psalms 69:30–32 | Topic: Gratitude

 


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Pomul necrescut …despre bonsaii spirituali

”Culeg oamenii struguri din spini, sau smochine din mărăcini?” Matei 7:16

Desigur NU.
Strugurii cresc în vița de vie iar smochinele în smochin. Este o imagine a roadei Duhului care  rodește în omul duhovnicesc, în omul cel nou, de fire nouă, în pomul bun”.
În locul îngrijorării lipsei roadei e mai bună îngrijirea pomului bun, căci nu-i așa?: ” ..cine îngrijește de un smochin va mânca din rodul Lui:”
La fel ne învață și Domnul Isus: ”..ori faceți POMUL BUN și rodul lui bun… punând accentul pe creșterea Omului
Duhovnicesc ce ve ajunge să rodească Roada Duhului.
Nu vreau să scriu despre absurditatea pretenției de a dori să culegi struguri din spini sau a te mira că mărăcinii nu fac smochine, nu că n-am găsi-o chiar în inima noastră, ci vreau să spun că deși a fi chior e mai bine decât orb nu e sănătate curată. Vreau să scriu despre maturizare spirituală, despre creștere.
Omul Duhovnicesc, Pomul Bun este sădit, udat și făcut să crească, nu pică din cer.
Creșterea este tot un imperativ, nu numai viața!
Rodirea este Gloria spre care am fost chemați. Nu putem vorbi de rodire fără creștere. Unii se mulțumesc că trăiesc, că sunt mântuiți. Dar Fiul a venit să aducă pe mulți fii la Slavă(Glorie), nu numai la mântuire.
Diferența este dată de creștere.
Fără creștere nu este rodire sau este una firavă, anemică, rușinoasă nu glorioasă. Creșterea dă rodirea, rodirea înseamnă Glorie.

Să ilustrez:
Bonsaii sunt tot pomi. Crescuți chinuit ….dar să luăm de pe wikipedia: ”Un bonsai nu este genetic o plantă pitică, ci este o plantă normală, arbust sau arbore, care prin limitarea spațiului de “locuit”, dublată de o atentă tăiere a rădăcinilor și ramurilor, la care se adaugă o anumită conducere a creșterii plantei devine un exemplar pitic al speciei”.

Iată câteva exemple chiar de soiuri ilustrate de Domnul Isus: viță și smochin.


Creșterea este oprită voit prin limitarea mediului de dezvoltare. Viața există dar acea viață care era destinată dezvoltării în grădină este înghesuită într-un vas mic, alimentată cu puțină apă……(Apolo n-a mai udat) și nici Dumnezeu nu poate face să crescă.

Unde?

Adunarea este comparată cu o grădină, nu cu o seră: ”ești o grădină închisă soro mireaso…”.
Dreptul la spațiu, la pământ, la apă, este LIBERTATEA GLORIEI COPIILOR LUI DUMNEZEU. Unde acestă libertate este limitată se produc bonsai, pomi ne-buni, nu pomi buni.
Desigur va zice cineva, dar uite câți bonsai încap într-o seră, într-o sală. Chiar…mulți! Iată: Parcă sunt ”la biserică”!
Altcineva va zice că sunt și bonsai cu roade!
Desigur:iar cine n-a văzut niciodată o Vie adevărată va rămâne chiar entuziasmat.

Am prezentat aceste imagini pentru a ilustra comparația dintre limitările creșterii duhovnicești într-o organizație religioasă (sau într-o megabiserică) ostilă firii noi și Libertatea din Împărăția Fiului Dragostei Lui, din Adunarea unde Domnul Isus e Cap și noi toți suntem frați. Pomul cel Bun este Domnul Isus, firea Lui, Omul ascuns, Omul cel Nou. Dacă-L iubim, nu-l putem strangula într-un mediu ”bonsai”, cu puțină apă, puțin pământ dar mult decor și…vas frumos. Spre delectare nu spre hrănire.
Gloria cultivatorului de bonsai nu este rodul, ci numărul de plante și micimea lor, poate bătrânețea lor, grosimea tulpinii. El va limita cât va putea creșterea, nu o va încuraja, el nu este slăvit prin roadă ci prin număr, formă și aspectul artistic al vaselor. Cât de multe vase cu bonsai vrea el, nu urmărește rodul.
Gloria Adevăratului Viticultor stă în roadă: ”prin aceasta Tatăl Meu este proslăvit, ca voi să aduceți Roadă….” (Roadă înseamnă Roada Duhului-Virtuți.)
Poate într-o grădină sunt numai un smochin-doi sau trei fire de viță, nu încap mai mulți. Dar cât spațiu, câtă libertate, câtă umbră, câtă apă, câtă bucurie, să nu fi ciopârțit ci curățit, să nu-ți umble nimeni cu foarfeca  la Rădăcină pentru că e sfântă, să fii sădit lângă un izvor de ape.
Cât har!
În Efeseni ne este scris ”trupul crește prin ceea ce DĂ fiecare închietură, prin lucrarea fiecări părți în măsura ei”. Unde lipsește părtășia în a da și a primi har nu este nici creștere.
Am scris aceste lucruri pentru încurajarea fraților, obișnuiți poate cu pretențiile absurde, limitate și reduse ale crescătorilor de bonsai, cu foarfeca de decor(taie tot, abuziv, chiar și ce e bun), nu de rod(care taie doar ce e neroditor). Am scris să aibă așteptări mai mari de la Harul Credinței decât standardul bonsaizat al ”grădinarilor” începători, epitropi și îngrijitori ai prunciei neînțărcate. Am scris pentru ca să nu fie mulțumiți cu roade puține, slabe și rare.

Pentru cei ce sunteți încă ”în ghiveci” nu în grădină: rugați-vă să fiți răsădiți! Nu vă mulțumiți cu a fi creștini de ghiveci frumos, de magazin, de expoziție. După ce aduci un copăcel de la supermarket, spargi sau tai vasul acela și-l răsădești în Grădină. Arunci eticheta Învățătorilor începători(megasupermarketurilor(megachurchuri) lăudate) și vei crește spre a aduce roadă pentru Cel ce îți dă creșterea. Uitați acel ghiveci odios și restrictiv al formei ce nu te lasă nici să mori nici să trăiești!

PS
Despre bucurie:
Mulți vor observa că în orice mediu, chiar ”bonsaic” atunci când cineva este adus la viața cea nouă se bucură mult, bucuria este reală și ”întreagă”.
Este un lucru interesant la bonsai: nu fac flori pitice: să lăsăm pe wikipedia: ” Este de remarcat că orice bonsai nu este mai puțin sănătos sau activ ca exemplarele similare crescute liber în natură. O dovadă simplă de “normalitate” este proporția florilor unui bonsai. Dimensiunile florilor unui arbore sau arbust bonsai…sunt întotdeauna “normale”, deoarece în ciuda miniaturizării trunchiului, ramurilor și frunzelor unui bonsai, florile nu pot fi pitice.”

FLORILE NU POT FI PITICE. Nu e o mângâiere. Nimeni să nu se laude cu florile. Am scris mai sus despre roade, ”bonsaiul” le are aproape normal de mari dar extrem de puține, pe când dorința Tatălui este să aducem MULTĂ roadă.

http://vesteabuna.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/pomul-necrescut-despre-bonsaii-spirituali/

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THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I COULD EVER TEACH – Francis Chan

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Stone-cold truth.

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VERSURI MUZICA CRESTINA -O PAGINA BUNA DE CERCETAT

Versuri

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Colectia de versuri de muzica crestina creste zilnic datorita voua. Va invitam sa adaugati versuri ale melodiilor preferate.

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Topical Bible Study: Rapture

http://www.khouse.org/topical_bible_study/rapture/

Introduction:

 The Rapture. Harpazo. The “taking out”. Who stays? Who goes? When will it happen? Pre-Tribulation? Post-Tribulation? Somewhere in the middle?

Join Bible teacher and scholar Chuck Missler as he examines in detail the many beliefs about this pivotal event in prophecy. He will clear up some common misconceptions, as well as explore some provocative possibilites regarding the Church, the anti-Christ and the nation of Israel.


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Radio/Conferences

66/40 – The Rapture
Where does this strange view come from? Is the term “rapture” even in the Bible?

Study The Rapture in Real Audio
Chuck Missler takes a in-depth look at what the Bible says about the Rapture, in Real Audio format.

Rapture: The Great Escape?
by John Ankerberg, from the Steeling the Mind Conference ’98

Thy Kingdom Come: Christ’s Millennial Reign
Chuck Missler and Albert Israeli explore mysteries of the Kingdom teachings, including the detailed Millennial Temple and the confinement and release of the Evil One.

Articles

Rapture Questions Continue:
Our Blessed Hope

Pattern is Prologue: The Rapture, Part 2:
The Wedding Model

A Concluding Review:
The Harpazo

The Great Snatch?
Chuck Missler takes a look at the Biblical accounts and prophecies regarding The Rapture.

Ephraem The Syrian
Chuck Missler examines the origins of the Pre-Tribulation rapture theory.

Date Setting?
Chuck Missler examines the perils in trying to set exact dates for Christs return, as well as signs and trends to look for in current events.

This Generation Shall Not Pass…
Chuck Missler answers the question, ‘Who is Jesus referring to when he says, ‘…this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled‘?’

Pentecost in May
Chuck Missler examines the historic traditions and prophetic implications behind the many Feasts of the Jewish faith. What significance do they have for us as Christians?

Thy Kingdom Come: The Millennium
Starting with Origen and continuing with Augustine, the Church grew to allegorize the prophecies concerning the earthly reign of the Messiah. However, the Bible treats the Millennium as the literal thousand-year rule of Christ from Jerusalem.

The Rapture Myth
John Loeffler addresses the attacks on the Western Church during these days of ‘tolerance’, and the dangers of believing the Rapture will rescue us from any tribulation or suffering.

Other Web Sites

Pretribulation or Prewrath?
by Ron Graff

According To Prophecy – Pre-Trib Research Study Group

The Harpazo Network

Lambert Dolphin – Eschatology


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Days of Praise

Stand Fast

November 21, 2011

“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” (Philippians 4:1)

 Several adjectives precede the command contained in this text. Not only does Paul twice use “dearly beloved” to describe his relationship with the Philippians, but he also insists that he longs for them and anticipates joy at the recognition of the “crown” he will receive in heaven.
 These are intense words. Agapetos is the descriptive Greek term translated “dearly beloved.” The Heavenly Father uses agapetos to express His love for His “beloved Son” (Matthew 3:17). Most of the New Testament letters freely use agapetos to describe various personal relationships with their brothers and sisters in Christ. That unique and deeply spiritual love is what demonstrates our difference to the unsaved (John 13:34-35).
 Since Paul is separated from the Philippian church (probably writing the letter from Rome), his love for them caused him to “long after [them] all in the bowels of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:8). That passionate ache is mitigated by the joy coming from the certain knowledge that his work will result in a “victor’s crown” (Greek stephanos, today’s verse) when God rewards our service. “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” (1 Thessalonians 2:19).
 So, “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27). “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). Stand fast in the liberty that salvation provides. Don’t become tangled up in the bondage of legalistic burdens (Galatians 5:1). “For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 3:8). HMM III
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DAVID JEREMIAH-When America Would Turn Her Back on Israel

BROADCAST DATE: 11/13/2011

A most unusual promise in Scripture pertains to how one treats the nation of Israel. Those who bless Israel will be blessed while those who curse Israel will be cursed. In recent years, America’s support for Israel has wavered, which could have disastrous results for our nation.

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