Week 23   Day 7



The Lord is my strength and my song 

says the psalmist 


strength is 

            muscle and power 

            will and sturdiness 

            stamina and character 


but a song what is a song . . . 

    it is the movement of the spirit that touches 

            my body and heart 

            my spirit and mind 

            my soul and voice 


    it does all kinds of things to me and within me 

            it touches and teaches 

            it dances and delights 

            it draws me close and makes me stand back 


            it rejoices and grieves 

            it rushes ahead and walks slowly 

            it shares the feelings of a hundred generations 


            it takes me to the mountain top 

            it makes me soar with the eagles 

            it puts me in concert with angels 


            it helps me through the hard times 

            it lifts me when time hangs heavy 

            it abides with me when there is no time at all


   any experience is material the Lord can tune 

   be ready for the songs the Lord wants to give you 

   alert to the symphonies he is already playing


the Lord is my strength  and my song    





                One man's joy is another man's grief.
                                         Ezra 3, 4 & 5


     8 In the second month of the second year of their coming

to Jerusalem, Zerubbabel, Jeshua, the rest of their brethren,

and all those who had come out of the captivity, began work

and appointed the Levites from twenty years old and above

to oversee the work of the house of the Lord. 

     10When the builders laid the foundation of the temple,

the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the

sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according

to the ordinance of David king of Israel.  11They sang

responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: 

    "For He is good,

     His mercy endures forever toward Israel."

All the people shouted with a great shout when they praised
the Lord, because the foundation of the
house of the Lord
was laid. 

     12But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the

fathers' houses, old men who had seen the first temple,

wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple

was laid before their eyes.   Yet many shouted aloud for joy,

13so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout

of joy from the noise of the weeping, and the sound was

heard afar off.

     4The people of the land tried to discourage the people of

Judah.  They troubled them, 5and hired counselors against

them to frustrate their purpose all the days of Cyrus, even

until the reign of Darius king of Persia.  11This is a copy of

the letter that they sent to king Artaxerxes: 

     12Let it be know that the Jews who came up

     from you are building the rebellious and evil

     city, and are finishing its walls and repairing

     the foundations.  13 If this city is built and the

     walls completed, they will not pay tax, tribute,

     or custom, and the king's treasury will be

     diminished.  16We inform the king that if this

     city is rebuilt, the result will be that you will

     have no dominion beyond the River.

     1Then Haggai and Zechariah prophesied to the Jews

in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel. 

2So Zerubbabel and Jeshua rose up and began to build,

and the prophets were with them, helping them.
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV         

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