Thursday, December 8, 2011

What a Great Comfort!

As you know I have had this stinkin cold all week - and I've been whinin and belly achin about it too!  Well - hopefully not too much.  I started out with a sore throat that lasted for a few days, which then turned to a stuffy nose, now its stuffy and runny with a bit of chest congestion.  The cough is on... which gets the throat hurting when it gets out of control.  My eyes are itchy and watery which gets the nose running which has gotten red and sore.  The other day I bought some tissues that were cool touch or something like that.  I did like them, but they didn't have lotion which led to the sore red rudolph nose.  As my day progressed it glowed brighter and brighter so I figured I'd head to Wally World to pick up the tissues with lotion.  I'm so glad I did - there was a great find on the shelf!  Not only did I find tissues with lotion - I found them with lotion and vicks! 
 Wow - why didn't they think of that years ago.  Well  - all that to say - what a comfort it was to my sore little nose.  It was so soothing and breathing them in opened up my sinuses - my nose is on its way to healing up.
     This was all just about my little nose - but I'm sure you know exactly what I was talking about.  We all have had little ills that need comforting.  It might be a cold, an ache or pain...something physical.  It might be hurt feelings, something that made you hurt inside....something emotional.   It might be doubt, distance....something spiritual.  So many different things in your life may need comfort or healing - well the Lord can provide it and He will.  He promises He will comfort us and He is faithful - not waivering in His love for us.   I know this is a long chapter - but it is good!  I have posted the Easy to Read Version and that it is!  It tells about how so many in the Bible just kept screwing up, failing, forgetting and being down right selfish.  But - it also reminds us that no matter how much we fail....Praise the Lord - His faithful love will last forever!  He is good and He keeps His promises.  Thank you Lord for being my best source of comfort!

Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Psalm 106

 1 Praise the LORD!
Give thanks to the LORD because he is good!
   His faithful love will last forever!
2 No one can describe how great the LORD really is.
   No one can praise him enough.
3 Those who obey his commands are happy.
   They do good things all the time.
 4 LORD, remember me when you show kindness to your people.
   Remember to save me too!
5 Let me share in the good things
   that you do for your chosen people.
Let me rejoice with your nation.
   Let me join with your people in praise.
 6 We sinned just as our ancestors did.
   We were wrong; we did bad things!
7 Lord, our ancestors learned nothing
   from the miracles you did in Egypt.
They forgot your kindness at the Red Sea
   and rebelled against you.
 8 But the Lord saved our ancestors for the honor of his name.
   He saved them to show his great power.
9 He gave the command, and the Red Sea became dry.
   He led them through the deep sea on land as dry as the desert.
10 He saved our ancestors
   and rescued them from their enemies.
11 He covered their enemies with the sea.
   Not one of them escaped!
 12 Then our ancestors believed what he had said.
   They sang praises to him.
13 But they quickly forgot about what he did.
   They did not listen to his advice.
14 They became hungry in the desert,
   and they tested him in the wilderness.
15 He gave them what they asked for,
   but he also gave them a terrible disease.
16 The people became jealous of Moses.
   They became jealous of Aaron, the LORD’S holy priest.
17 The ground opened up and swallowed Dathan.
   Then the ground closed up and covered Abiram’s group.
18 Then a fire burned that mob of people.
   It burned those wicked people.
19 The people made a golden calf at Mount Horeb.
   They worshiped a statue!
20 They traded their glorious God
   for a statue of a grass-eating bull!
21 They forgot all about God, the one who saved them,
   the one who did the miracles in Egypt.
22 He did amazing things there in Ham’s country [a]!
   He did awesome things at the Red Sea!
 23 God wanted to destroy those people,
   but Moses, the leader he chose, stood in the way.
God was very angry, but Moses begged him to stop,
   so God did not destroy the people. [b]
 24 But then they refused to go into the wonderful land of Canaan.
   They did not believe that God would help them defeat the people there.
25 Our ancestors complained in their tents
   and refused to obey the LORD.
26 So he swore that they would die
   in the desert.
27 He promised to scatter them among the nations
   and to let other people defeat their descendants.
 28 At Baal Peor they joined in worshiping Baal
   and ate sacrifices to honor the dead. [c]
29 The LORD became angry with his people,
   so he made them sick.
30 But Phinehas prayed [d] to God,
   and God stopped the sickness.
31 He considered what Phinehas did a good work,
   and it will be remembered forever and ever.
 32 At Meribah the people made the LORD angry
   and created trouble for Moses.
33 They upset Moses,
   and he spoke without stopping to think.
 34 The LORD told the people to destroy the other nations living in Canaan.
   But the Israelites did not obey him.
35 They mixed with the other people
   and did what those people were doing.
36 They began worshiping the false gods those people worshiped.
   And their idols became a trap.
37 They even offered their own children
   as sacrifices to demons.
38 They killed their innocent sons and daughters
   and offered them to the false gods of Canaan.
   So the land was polluted with the sin of murder.
39 They were unfaithful to him,
   and they became dirty with the sins of other nations.
40 So the LORD became angry with his people.
   He rejected those who belonged to him.
41 He gave his people to other nations
   and let their enemies rule over them.
42 Their enemies controlled them
   and made life hard for them.
43 He saved his people many times,
   but they turned against him and did what they wanted to do.
   His people did many bad things.
44 But whenever they were in trouble,
   he listened to their prayers.
45 He always remembered his agreement,
   and because of his faithful love, he comforted them.
46 Other nations took them as prisoners,
   but the Lord caused them to be kind to his people.
47 LORD our God, save us!
   Bring us back together from those nations.
Then we will give thanks to your holy name
   and joyfully praise you.
48 Praise the LORD, the God of Israel!
   He always was and will always be worthy of praise.
Let all the people say, “Amen!”

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