Wanna Memorize Psalm 34 With Us?

Hey TD!

One of my sons called Sandra earlier tonight suggesting that we memorize a chapter of Scripture together in light of the times we’re in and the time we’ll have as we self-quarantine for the next few weeks.

We selected Psalm 34 and aim to memorize about a verse a day.  It’s an amazing psalm and we’d like to invite you to join us as you too must plan on how you will order your days at home during this Coronavirus-induced need for social distancing.  If we start now, we’ll be done around Easter!

As you memorize a verse each day, I encourage you to make good on the verse you are memorizing each day – i.e. v.1 – “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Well, let’s go ahead and do just that! Let’s make it a reality, so His Word isn’t just memorized but lived out. Watch the blessing and power that emerge in your life, as you do!

– Arthur

Psalm 34 (NASB)

The Lord, a Provider and Deliverer.

A Psalm of David when he [a]feigned madness before [b]Abimelech, who drove him away and he departed.

34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O 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.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
This [c]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 rescues them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are [d]crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be [e]condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be [f]condemned.

TD Fri. – A Chance to Help Change a Young Girl’s Life

Hey TD!

Well, we’re down to the final month of the year. Can you believe it? This Friday at TD we’ll be sharing about how you at TD can play a real part in changing a young girl’s life. I hope you’re up for it.

We’ll also be working on our Romans 12 memorization, as well as discussing it, AND we will have our TD Pre-Party at 7:15 p.m.!

In the meanwhile, please be working on memorizing Romans 12, up to where we should be, below. It is a great passage to have sown in your mind and soul:

1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

      3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

      9Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

      14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

TD, Watch This! Debuting …

Hey TD!

On Mother’s Day, I would like to honor TD’s mom … Sandra … by allowing her to bless you in this video devotional debut!

In this wonderful video (made by her son, Randall), you will hear one of her secrets to living the powerful walk with God that she lives.  You’ll hear how that power is culled and simmered daily.  Not only will you hear how she strengthens her walk, you’ll see how she does it. In fact, you’ll walk with her … and Joy! :); and you’ll do it to Psalm 139 (one of  the 17 or so chapters of Scripture she recites everyday), set to Matt Redman’s “Never Once.”

May it encourage you in your walk with God. Enjoy!  Happy Mother’s Day, Sandra!

A New TD Small Group Initiative

Hey TD!

Tomorrow night, we will be launching a new exciting small group initiative to help us be doers of the Word, not merely hearers of it (James 1)!  Make sure you’re at TD tomorrow to catch the vision!

In the meanwhile,  how’s your memorizing of Psalm 139 going?  We need to have verses 1-12 by the end of the month.  Keep working at it!:

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know [a]when I sit down and [b]when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You [c]scrutinize my [d]path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
[e]Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark [h]to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

Psalm 139:1-6 (memorize)

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Hey TD!

How’s your memorizing of Psalm 139:1-6 going?  Remember, we are planning to have these verses memorized by the end of December.  If you haven’t started yet, here you go!

Psalm 139 (NASB)

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.

3You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

4Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

5You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Psalm 139

Hey TD,

Before our TD meeting tomorrow, would you mind reading through Psalm 139 a couple of times through?  Please do so undistractedly, meditatively, thoughtfully, admiringly, enthusiastically, meaningfully, thankfully, prayerfully …

TD will be memorizing this psalm this year.  Tomorrow, we will be studying verses 1-6, so get yourself familiar with it.

Psalm 139 (NASB)

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.

3You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

4Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

5You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

7Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

9If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

10Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

11If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”

12Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

13For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.

14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.

15My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

16Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

18If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

19O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.

20For they speak against You wickedly,
And Your enemies take Your name in vain.

21Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

22I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.

23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

24And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.