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A Very powerful Message and a beautiful song ” I Thank you, Lord “.



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A word in season – A Thanksgiving Psalm

Brethren, a happy happy Thanksgiving to you! May we praise the Lord more and more as He leads us to our desired haven – heaven!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 107 


Thanksgiving to the Lord for His Great Works of Deliverance

107 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.

They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
They found no city to dwell in.
Hungry and thirsty,
Their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.
And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons—
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And broke their chains in pieces.
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For He has broken the gates of bronze,
And cut the bars of iron in two.

17 Fools, because of their transgression,
And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food,
And they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
20 He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And declare His works with rejoicing.

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters,
24 They see the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.
25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
26 They mount up to the heavens,
They go down again to the depths;
Their soul melts because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,
And are at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses.
29 He calms the storm,
So that its waves are still.
30 Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.
31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people,
And praise Him in the company of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a wilderness,
And the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness,
For the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
35 He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
And dry land into watersprings.
36 There He makes the hungry dwell,
That they may establish a city for a dwelling place,
37 And sow fields and plant vineyards,
That they may yield a fruitful harvest.
38 He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly;
And He does not let their cattle decrease.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
Through oppression, affliction, and sorrow,
40 He pours contempt on princes,
And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;
41 Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction,
And makes their families like a flock.
42 The righteous see it and rejoice,
And all iniquity stops its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise will observe these things,
And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

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While the Hebrew words הָלַל (halal) and יָהּ (Yahh) combine form “Hallelujah” (Halleluyah) the word itself does not appear in the KJV of the Bible, nor does its literal translation “Praise ye Jehovah.”  However, it is rendered “Praise ye the LORD.”  Because this phrase stands at the beginning of ten of the Psalms (106, 111-113, 135, 146-150), they are called the “Hallelujah Psalms.”  As can be seen below, it also appears twelve additional times in the Psalms:

Psalm 104:35 – “Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more.  Bless thou the LORD, O my soul.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 105:45 – “That they might observe His statutes, and keep His laws. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 106:1, 48 – Praise ye the LORD O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good:  for His mercy endureth forever….Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting:  and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 111:1 – “Praise ye the LORD I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.”

Psalm 112:1 – “Praise ye the LORD.  Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.”

Psalm 113:1, 9 – “Praise ye the LORD Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD….He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 116:19 – “In the courts of the LORD’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.  Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 117:2 – “For His merciful kindness is great toward us:  and the truth of the LORD endureth forever.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 135:1, 21 – Praise ye the LORD.  Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise Him, O ye servants of the LORD….Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 146:1, 10 – Praise ye the LORD.  Praise the LORD, O my soul….The LORD shall reign forever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 147:1, 20 – “Praise ye the LORD for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely….He hath not dealt so with any nation:  and as for His judgments, they have not known them.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 148:1, 14 – “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise Him in the heights….He also exalteth the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 149:1, 9 – “Praise ye the LORD Sing unto the LORD a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints….To execute upon them the judgment written:  this honor have all His saints.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 150:1, 6 – “Praise ye the LORD.  Praise God in His sanctuary:  praise Him in the firmament of His power….Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Jeremiah 20:13 – “Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD for He hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.”


[Note:  The phrase “Praise ye the LORD” appears in Judges 5:2 and Jeremiah 20:13, but both are based on different Hebrew words.]


The Greek form of the word actually does appear in the KJV, and it is not translated.  All four occurrences are found in Revelation Nineteen: 

Revelation 19:1-6 – “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God:  for true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand.  And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever.  And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great.  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia:  for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”





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Brooklyn Tabernacle: The Church That Prayer Built

Brooklyn Tabernacle

Before long, seeing few victories and feeling personally defeated, the discouraged pastor decided he needed to quit. It was during that dark period he received a distinct and unexpected call from God to lead the people to pray. The next time he was before the church, he told them about his strange call from the Lord to focus on prayer.

The following Tuesday night, about a dozen members joined the pastor for prayer. They joined hands, stood in a circle and prayed. Five minutes later, they were finished. They obviously weren’t sure yet how to conduct a prayer meeting but they had taken the first steps. Over the next few years, Brooklyn Tabernacle would become known around the country and around the world as a praying church.


Today, about 10,000 people every Sunday wait in line to attend Brooklyn Tabernacle. The attendance is a miracle, but it doesn’t end there.

Carol Cymbala has led the Choir since soon after arriving at Brooklyn Tabernacle. Her original choir consisted of nine people. In spite of not reading music, Pastor Cymbala’s wife Carol has received five Dove Awards, six Grammy Awards and has written hundreds of songs for the now 270-voice choir and for their 28 albums.


How has all of this occurred? Jim Cymbala traces it all to that call from the Lord so long ago to build a praying church, and to make the weekly prayer meeting the most important service of the week. He calls the prayer meeting  “the barometer of the church.”

It didn’t start big but it grew. The first Tuesday night prayer meeting of a few members gathered in a circle is now 3,000 people a week crowding into the church to call upon the Lord. The prayer meeting officially begins at 7 p.m. but people start pouring in at 5 p.m. to pray for the prayer meeting!



In my life, the most spiritual experiences I’ve ever had in church have been at Brooklyn Tabernacle—both at the Sunday Church services and at the Tuesday night prayer meetings. The book Fresh Wind Fresh Fire, written the same year I came to Hyde Park Baptist Church as senior pastor, is the most influential book I’ve ever read.

Not everyone has had the privilege yet of attending the Tuesday night prayer meeting in Brooklyn, so we are bringing it to Austin. On Thursday, September 14, Jim Cymbala is coming to lead a City Wide Prayer Meeting at Hyde Park Baptist Church. This gift to the city is a ministry of the Unceasing Prayer Movement of Austin. Everyone is invited to attend. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for prayer before the service begins at 7:00 p.m.


God is moving in Austin, and around the country, through a prayer movement. Brooklyn Tabernacle is nothing short of a miracle but God can do anywhere what He has done there. We are praying now that the prayer movement in Austin will be energized and pastors and churches will be encouraged to pray as never before. God still hears and answers prayer!

This article originally appeared here.


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Kie Bowman

My name is Kie Bowman. I am the Senior Pastor of Hyde Park Baptist Church and The Quarries Church (“one church in two locations”) in Austin, Texas (www.hpbc.org). Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska (the rumors are true- it’s cold!), I arrived in Texas for Seminary in the 1980′s where I earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. Following my Seminary training I made my way to the Atlanta area where I served two churches in 10 years until 1997 when I came to Hyde Park in Austin as Senior Pastor.

Praise and worship brings answered 


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Marți 1 August

Ezra s‑a suit din Babilon; și el era cãrturar priceput în legea lui Moise, pe care o dãduse Domnul Dumnezeul lui Israel. Și împãratul i‑a împlinit toatã cererea, pentru cã mâna Domnului Dumnezeului sãu era peste el …

Ezra a venit la Ierusalim în luna a cincea, care era în anul al șaptelea al împãratului … Pentru cã Ezra își îndreptase inima sã caute legea Domnului și s‑o împlineascã și sã învețe în Israel rânduieli și judecãți.                          Ezra 7.6,8,10

Dupã captivitatea babilonianã (22) – Noi exerciții de inimã

Am ajuns acum la o nouã secțiune a cãrții Ezra. Împãratul care se afla acum pe tron era Artaxerxe, fiul soțului Esterei. Trecuserã cam șaizeci de ani de la întoarcerea primilor captivi din Babilon și cam patruzeci de ani de la încheierea reconstruirii templului. Un nou slujitor al Domnului apare acum, cu noi exerciții de inimã: Ezra, preotul și cãrturarul, omul ai cãrui înaintași rãmãseserã în Babilon, în zilele lui Cirus.

Ce exemplu minunat este Ezra pentru noi! El și‑a îndreptat inima sã caute legea Domnului. A fi plãcut Domnului este mai întâi o chestiune de inimã. „Fiul meu, dã‑mi inima ta, și sã gãseascã plãcere ochii tãi în cãile Mele“ (Proverbe 23.26). Cãutarea voii lui Dumnezeu trebuie fãcutã cu scopul de a împlini aceastã voie. Doar când cãutãm voia lui Dumnezeu și o împlinim suntem într‑o stare potrivitã de a‑i învãța pe alții cu privire la aceastã voie.

Fiind preot și cãrturar priceput, Ezra avea acces la legea lui Moise și o putea citi. Cu secole în urmã, Moise încredințase preoților legea, poruncindu‑le, lor și bãtrânilor, sã strângã poporul la fiecare șapte ani și sã o citeascã înaintea acestuia (Deuteronom 31.9‑13). Ce privilegiu minunat pentru noi sã putem avea fiecare Biblia noastrã și sã o putem citi! Mulți oameni nu au beneficiat și încã nu beneficiazã de așa ceva!

Ezra s‑a pregãtit sã meargã la Ierusalim și i‑a încurajat și pe alții sã meargã cu el. Domnul l‑a fãcut sã gãseascã favoare în ochii împãratului.DOMNUL ESTE APROAPE-GBV- AUGUST 2017

E. P. Vedder, Jr.



coordonatori Bob & Debby Gass


August 2017


„Tu dai viață tuturor” (Neemia 9:6)

Astăzi vom vorbi despre o altă minune a geniului creator al lui Dumnezeu: ciclul nitrogenului. Nitrogenul este extrem de inert – dacă nu ar fi, toți am fi otrăviți de diferite forme de combinații nitroase. Datorită caracterului său inert, este imposibil să combinăm nitrogenul în mod natural cu alte elemente. Dar el este absolut necesar plantelor în sol; așadar, ce dispoziție dă Dumnezeu ca să-l extragă din aer si să-l introducă în sol? Fulgerul! O sută de mii de fulgere ne lovesc planeta zilnic, creând o sută de milioane de tone de nitrogen, utilizat ca hrana de către plante în fiecare an. La patru mii de kilometri distanță de sol există un strat subțire de ozon. Dacă l-am comprima, ar rezulta un strat de numai o jumătate de centimetru si totuși, fără el, viața nu ar fi posibilă. Opt raze ucigătoare cad în fiecare zi pe planeta noastră din soare; fără ozon, am fi uciși, orbiți sau fierți. Razele ultraviolete vin sub două forme: raze mai lungi, care sunt mortale și care sunt blocate și raze mai scurte, care sunt necesare vieții pe pământ si care sunt administrate de stratul de ozon. Mai mult, cele mai mortale dintre aceste raze sunt lăsate să treacă prin stratul de ozon numai într-o cantitate limitată, suficientă pentru a ucide algele verzi care altfel ar crește și ar umple lacurile, râurile și oceanele lumii. Fără îndoială, suntem cu totul dependenți de bunătatea lui Dumnezeu. De aceea psalmistul a spus: „Toate aceste viețuitoare Te așteaptă, ca să le dai hrana la vreme. Le-o dai Tu, ele o primesc; Iți deschizi Tu mâna, ele se satură de bunătățile Tale” (Psalmul 104:27-28). Avem un Dumnezeu măreț, nu-i așa? Slavă Lui!CUVÂNTUL LUI DUMNEZEU PENTRU ASTAZI-AUGUST 2017


Volumul IVJean Koechlin



loan 12.1-19

            În acest tablou emoţionant, zugrăvit de primele trei verse­te (1-3), sunt figurate diferite aspecte ale închinării: prezenţa Domnului, comuniunea, mărturia, slujirea sfântă, lauda. Nu este vorba de o sărbătoare în cinstea lui Lazăr: Isus este cen­trul acestei adunări: Lui „I-au pregătit deci o cină”. Şi singurul titlu dat lui Lazăr pentru a fi la masă cu El era acela de mortul care a primit o viaţă nouă (cum este cazul tuturor celor răs­cumpăraţi). Acest om nu spune nimic, nu face nimic, ci pur şi simplu este aici viu, prezenţa lui fiind îndeajuns pentru a le aminti tuturor ceea ce a făcut Domnul pentru el. Marta slu­jeşte şi activitatea ei este aici în totul cum se cuvine (spre deo­sebire de Luca 10.40). De asemenea, Maria răspândeşte parfumul care este „de mare preţ” şi pentru inima Mântuitorului şi care umple casa, imagine a adorării exprimate în comun de răscumpăraţii recunoscători. Cel necredincios nu are decât dispreţ pentru o asemenea închinare şi, în fond, aceasta se în­tâmplă pentru că el onorează un alt dumnezeu: banul (v. 6).

            În versetul 10 îl vedem pe Lazăr asociat cu Domnul Isus ca ţintă a urii oamenilor.

            Apoi asistăm la intrarea solemnă a împăratului lui Israel în cetatea Sa, Ierusalim, precedată de reputaţia atât de trecătoare pe care o dăduse marea Sa minune.SCRIPTURILE ÎN FIECARE ZI-AUGUST


                                       SĂMÂNŢA BUNĂ


Marţi, 1 August 2017

… dragostea desăvârșită izgonește frica …1 Ioan 4.18

Frica fermierului

Un turist călătorea cu mașina prin țară, când a zărit un fermier bătrân așezat pe un balansoar pe verandă. În spatele casei se afla un teren mare. Turistul a întrebat: „Este pământul dumneavoastră?“. — „Da“, a replicat el. — „Și ce faceți cu el? Vă gândiți să cultivați bumbac?“, a întrebat turistul. — „Nu, mă tem că va fi furat“, a spus fermierul. — „Ce ziceți atunci de porumb?“, a întrebat turistul. „Mă tem că-l vor mânca lăcustele“, a răspuns el. „Ei bine“, a întrebat atunci turistul, „ce ziceți de creșterea vitelor?“. Fermierul a răspuns: „Mă tem că prețul cărnii de vită va scădea“. — „Atunci ce intenționați să faceți cu tot acest pământ bun?“, a întrebat turistul. — „Nimic. Vreau doar să fiu prudent.“

Aceasta este „filozofia“ multor oameni și în domeniul credinței. Când în viață nu ai curajul să-ți depășești frica, potențialul tău spre succes este ca și acel teren gol, nelucrat. Biblia spune că fără credință este cu neputință să fim plăcuți lui Dumnezeu; și în același timp trebuie să știm că Dumnezeu va răsplăti pe cei care Îl caută. Învingerea fricii de viitor începe numai în momentul în care ne apropiem de Cel care este dragostea desăvârșită – Domnul și Mântuitorul. În prezența Lui nu este frică de prezent și viitor. De aceea vino chiar acum la acest Salvator!SĂMÂNŢA BUNĂ-AUGUST 2017





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I AM – 365 Names of God with Scripture Quotations

I Am Who I Am ,I Am The God Who Shows Wonders,I Am The Lord And My Voice Is Powerful And Full Of Majesty ,I Am God – Nothing Is Too Hard For Me I Am God Who Made All My Wonderful Works To Be Remembered I Am God And My Glory Thunders I Am The Spirit Of Knowledge And Understanding … I Am The Holy Spirit That Moved Upon The Deep I Am Worthy Of Worship, Glorious And Incomparable I Am God Who Makes Himself Known Through Visions I Am Dynamis Power I Am The Giver Of All Revelation I Am Glorious And Full Of Weighty Splendour I Am He – That Ascended To The Father I Am The Triune God Of Israel I Am God Who Performs Signs I Am God Who Speaks In Night Seasons I Am The King Of Glory I Am He Who Searches The Mind And Heart I Am Great And Greatly To Be Praised I Am Yah And Yahweh I Am The Creator Of All True Worship I Am Wisdom I Am Omniscient I Am The Lord Who Stretches Out The Heavens I Am God Who Speaks I Am Jehovah Rava, Your Healer I Am God Who Declares New Things Before They Spring Forth I Am The Answer Of Your Tongue I Am Prophecy Fulfilled – Never Early – Never Late I Am God Who Gives You Dreams I Am Above All Who Were Thought To Be Gods I Am Found In My Appointed Feasts I Am The Anointing Oil I Am The Bright Cloud That Comes To You I Am The Synagogue, Church, Tabernacle And Temple I Am The Living Water Of Life I Am The Shofar Trumpet I Am The Fountain Of Israel I Am Israel’s Living Star I Am The Passover I Am The Ark Of The Covenant I Am The Door I Am The Altar Of The Tabernacle I Am The Balm Of Gilead I Am The Rose Of Sharon I Am The Tree Of Life I Am The God Of Bethel I Am The Lily Of The Valley I Am God Who … Or Assigned Between You And Me I Am The Rainbow’s Colour I Am The Rock, There Is No Other I Am The Glory And The Cloud Of The Temple I Am The Bread Of Life I Am Your Rock – Full Of Living Water I Am The Light Of The World I Am A Consuming Fire I Am The North, Your Promoter I Am The Bright And Morning Star I Am The Light, Luminous, Glowing And Radiant One I Am God Who Is Merciful I Am Favour And I Grant Favour To Whom I Choose I Am God Of Hosts I Am The Prince Of Peace Prophesied By The Prophet Isaiah I Am God Who Restores Your Soul I Am The Friend Of Sinners I Am God – I Tempt No One I Am The God Of Peace I Am He Who Weeps With Those Who Weep I Am He Who Speaks From A Position Of Mercy I Am Longsuffering I Am My Spirit I Am Gracious I Am The Forgiver Of All Transgressions I Am The Manna Which Came Down From Heaven I Am The Breath That Gives You Life I Am He Who Will Not Remember Your Sins I Am The Beloved In The Song Of Songs I Am God Who Stretches Out His Hand I Am The Liberty You See Through My Spirit I Am Ever Faithful I Am God In The Midst Of Your Land I Am The Forgiver Of Inequity I Am Abundant In Mercy I Am The Altar Of Peace For Your Fear I Am The Lord Who Makes Wise The Simple I Am God Who Is Daily Full Of New Mercy I Am God Who Comforts You I Am God Of The Poor And Stranger I Am Gentle And Lowly In Heart I Am God Who Exercises Love And Kindness I Am The Enemy Of The Enemies Of Israel I Am Saviour Of Both: The Gentiles And The Jews I Am He Before Whom Every Knee Will Bow I Am The Battle Standard I Am Your Sharp Two-Edge Sword I Am Your Battle Cry I Am A Warrior And My Kingdom Is Spread By Force I Am The Lord Mighty In Battle I Am The One Who Annialates Satan’s Plans I Am The Spirit Of Might I Am The Master Planner Of All Nations And Kingdoms I Am He Who Leads You For My Great Name’s Sake I Am The Conqueror Of Death, Hell And The Grave I Am Both: Warrior And Poet I Am The Supreme God, Deliverer And Possessor I Am The Lord Of Hosts I Am The Kingdom, The Power And The Glory I Am God Who Cast Out Nations Before You I Am Commander And Chief Of All Heavens Armies I Am He Who Drives Out The Wicked Before You I Am The Defender Of Those Who Believe In Me I Am Your Strength I Am The Lamb Sitting On The Throne I Am Your Victorious Banner I Am The Fullness Of Greatness, Power, Glory, Victory, And Majesty I Am God Almighty And Infinite In Strength I Am Your Mighty Shield I Am The Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah I Am The Sword Of The Spirit I Am Your High Tower I Am The Defender Of Israel I Am Your Fortress

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Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

Read: Isaiah 49:13-21

New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Sing, O heavens!
Be joyful, O earth!
And break out in singing, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
And will have mercy on His afflicted.

God Will Remember Zion

14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
17 Your sons[a] shall make haste;
Your destroyers and those who laid you waste
Shall go away from you.
18 Lift up your eyes, look around and see;
All these gather together and come to you.
As I live,” says the Lord,
“You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament,
And bind them on you as a bride does.

19 “For your waste and desolate places,
And the land of your destruction,
Will even now be too small for the inhabitants;
And those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 The children you will have,
After you have lost the others,
Will say again in your ears,
‘The place is too small for me;
Give me a place where I may dwell.’
21 Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has begotten these for me,
Since I have lost my children and am desolate,
A captive, and wandering to and fro?
And who has brought these up?
There I was, left alone;
But these, where were they?’”

I will not forget you! Isaiah 49:15 

New King James Version (NKJV)

15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.

At her mother’s 50th birthday celebration with hundreds of people present, firstborn daughter Kukua recounted what her mother had done for her. The times were hard, Kukua remembered, and funds were scarce in the home. But her single mother deprived herself of personal comfort, selling her precious jewelry and other possessions in order to put Kukua through high school. With tears in her eyes, Kukua said that no matter how difficult things were, her mother never abandoned her or her siblings.

God compared His love for His people with a mother’s love for her child. When the people of Israel felt abandoned by God during their exile, they complained: “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me” (Isa. 49:14). But God said, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (v. 15).

When we are distressed or disillusioned, we may feel abandoned by society, family, and friends, but God does not abandon us. It is a great encouragement that the Lord says, “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (v. 16) to indicate how much He knows and protects us. Even if people forsake us, God will never forsake His own.

Thank You, Lord, that I am Yours forever. I’m thankful that I won’t have to walk through any experience alone.

God never forgets us.

INSIGHT:The love of a mother for her newborn child serves as a powerful symbol of God’s love for us. Life has its inevitable painful surprises and upsets, and we can sometimes be tempted to doubt the goodness, protection, and provision of the God who has redeemed us. But as this wonderful Bible passage shows, our heavenly Father could no more forget about us than a nursing mother can turn her back on her child. The example of faithful parental care can serve as a reminder of God’s never-ending love. 

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