Every month, our Koinonia staff gather to read our Bibles and journal together. We are always encouraged and amazed at how we can all read the same scriptures, but journal on such specific and personal revelation - because God's Word is full of life! Here's a recent journal entry from Dee Brubacher, admin assistant extraordinaire!
SCRIPTURE: "Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause, With everything living on earth joining in. Let ocean breakers call out, “Encore!” And mountains harmonize the finale. A tribute to God when he comes, When he comes to set the earth right. He’ll straighten out the whole world, He’ll put the world right, and everyone in it." Psalm 98:7-9
OBSERVATION: This Psalm talks about the earth, creation, and we ourselves, praising God with the emphasis on what He WILL DO. Clearly things are not right in the world – in verse 9 it says, “He’ll straighten out the world, He’ll put the world right, and everyone in it.” But we are to praise Him as if it were done already.
APPLICATION: So in hard times, when the world looks like a dark and evil place, we need to praise God! We know He is victorious. We need to focus on the end, and not the trials we are currently in. This passage reminded me again about teachings I’ve heard in the past about praise ushering in breakthrough. And it reminded me of Psalms 23 when it says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” God is so sure of the victory He sets up the celebratory banquet tables even while the enemy is still present. I should be living in a constant state of praise and thanksgiving; not based on my present circumstances… but based on the victory that is mine through Christ Jesus.
PRAYER: God, You alone are worthy to be praised! You are faithful and Your Word is true. Thank you that You will straighten out the world and set it right! Regardless of what I see around me, I know your Word is a higher reality and YOU ARE VICTORIOUS!
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