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Psalm 95

This Psalm is a perfect reminder and follow up from yesterday’s reading…

Psalm 95

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10  For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.”
11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.”

A Lesson From Sam

I want to introduce you to Sam. Sam is a really awesome seven-year-old in our congregation. He’s funny, creative, and insightful. He also has mind-boggling medical challenges. But this kid continues to amaze me. I haven’t known him for very long, but I am really glad that I do know him!

Recently Sam has been in and out of the hospital because of his medical needs. And when I say “in and out,” I mean for like a week or so at a time. It was basically coming down to complications with his feeding tube and his stomach’s ability to process nutrition. It has caused a lot of pain and a lot of concern. Sam has some great doctors, but the complications and issues are crazy. Everyone has been doing all they can for him, but nothing was really working like they wanted it to.

Then there was yesterday… Here’s what his mom posted on their CaringBridge Journal this morning:

Sam has now been getting g-feeds (through his stomach) for a little over 24 hours.  Along with formula and meds through his feeding tube, he’s also been eating small meals throughout the day by mouth.  This is where it gets good.. 

When we last tried that, as recently as Sunday, he was retching hard after no more than 4-5 bites and complaining of tummy pain because his formula was backing up into his stomach.  After a rough morning yesterday, where we ended up having to stop his feeds for a little while and then resume with diluted formula instead of full strength (30cal/oz), we managed to get through the day at a much higher rate than we’d thought possible.  He did need several short breaks from feeds throughout the day but ended up going to bed pain free that night!!  No levsin (pain), no phenergan (nausea), nothing.  From everything we’ve seen, this shouldn’t have been possible..  There’s no explanation for the success of this other than God answering our prayer.  We could not have made this happen on our own. 

Even if he doesn’t continue to tolerate g-feeds long term, at the very least it’s buying us enough time to come up with a plan for how to proceed.  We’re home, not stuck in the hospital.  Sam’s no longer on the brink of dehydration like he was on Tuesday.  He’s still not taking in enough calories to maintain his current weight, let alone gain, but it’s a much better start than we were expecting.  Praise God! 

Sam’s advice for the day is that sometimes you just have to try as hard as you can and never give up.  That’s exactly what we’re doing.  Thanks for all of your support, and especially for all of the prayers that have been going up on Sam’s behalf.  This is definitely not something we could have accomplished on our own.   😀

“Never give up…” I can tell you that Sam really does believe that. He also really does believe that God is the One who helps us never give up. The times I visited Sam in the hospital or sent him messages on facebook, he has amazed me by his simple trust that God really can and will help him. And in the middle of all of his complications, he has joy. Circumstances are not always what he wants. He will still have to try again tomorrow. But he is teaching me that when God is with me, I really can keep going. God really does give me what I need to “never give up.”

Song of the Month

I thought I would go fairly old school with this month’s song. But in a different kind of way. I thought about some really good songs from The Eagles or something from Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, that could be fun and old school. But that is not the direction I’m taking this time.

I actually thought I would share with you one of my favorite church hymns. The words were written in 1901 by Maltbie D. Babcock and put to a traditional English melody. The title is This Is My Father’s World. The lyrics and melody fit so well together in my mind. I love listening to and singing this song!

One of my favorite things to do is to be outside and for me this song expresses why I love to be outside. Being out doors reminds me that this is my Father’s world. This song helps me remember that when I am not outside!

This is my Father’s world
And to my listening ears
All nature sings and round me rings
The music of the spheres

This is my Father’s world
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks, of trees, of skies and seas
His hand the wonders wrought

This is my Father’s world
Oh, and let me never forget
That though the wrong seems often so strong
God is the ruler yet

This is my Father’s world

Oh, the battle is not done
It’s Jesus who died will be satisfied
And the earth, heaven will be one
It’s Jesus who died will be satisfied
And the earth and heaven
Oh, earth and heaven
Oh, earth and heaven will be one


What is the difference between “praise” and “thanksgiving”? Do you know? Have you ever thought about it?

Dictionary.com defines PRAISE as “the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.” It defines THANKSGIVING as “the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.

Those definitions are just for you to think about. Here’s what I think 🙂

Praise has so much more to do with admiring the character of someone than just acknowledging the things someone gives us. When it comes to God, we can be pretty good at recognizing what God gives us… but do we see who God is? Do we see the character of God and the attributes of God or are we wrapped up in just seeing the things from God?

The Psalms can help us move from just seeing what God gives us to who God is. Today’s Engage the Word passage is Psalm 103. I would encourage you, after reading the Psalm, to spend sometime writing your own Psalm of praise (either on your own or with your family).

What about God do you admire? At what qualities of God are you amazed? What do you praise and thank God for?

Praising God

A small devotional thought. It’s designed with kids in mind…..

Start by reading Psalms 118:26.

Did you realize what a big job it is to praise God?

Read Luke 19:39-40.

What will happen if we don’t praise Jesus?

Jesus is to great to forget about or stop praising. What is something that you can praise Jesus for today?

Ask God to help us to always remember to be praising Jesus.

Who can you pray for today?