As I said last week, I’m afraid that I will not have too many deep thoughts for a while. We are moving quickly. I have just a little over a week of teaching full-time left, and my class is working hard to get our Kindergarten program ready for our graduation. Then at home, we are packing and cleaning, trying to get our home on the market this week — please pray that we can do that!
I teach in a small Christian school, which allows us to memorize Scripture. The school will be closing for 1st-12th grade next year due to the fact there are not enough students to pay the bills. This means that most of my students will be going to public school next year. Some of the students do not come from Christian homes which means this may be the last time they hear about Christ’s salvation for their sins. I am doing a Bible story every day in school as well as trying to teach them many Bible songs and verses that will stay with them in those little brains that can memorize anything right now.
We are learning Psalm 100 and the hymn “Blessed Be the Name” for our program. Every day, we say the verses and sing the song together. I love both of them as both of them praise God for who He is and what He has done.
Look at Psalm 100:
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
I love how these verses talk about being joyful. God wants our service — but He wants us to be happy and praising Him as we serve. He doesn’t want grouchy followers. When we look at verses 3-5, how could we be grouchy? He made us, and we are His people! He is good! His mercy is everlasting! His truth still endures and will forever endure to all generations!
I take great comfort from these verses. No matter what happens in our world, in our country, or even in our politics, I belong to God. I am His sheep. I can always be thankful, and I should be praising Him for what He has done for me. He is good. His mercy never fails. I do not need to worry and fret about what will happen to my children in the years to come in this increasingly dark world as His truth will endure and be here for them and for my grandchildren and for my great-grandchildren.
What a great God we serve!
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