Right now I am reading Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow, Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints by Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson, Martha Snell Nicholson's book of poetry Treasures.
There are so many books to read. I am thankful for those moments in the day I can explore thoughts and worlds and history in the pages of book.
Every Day - Thoughts
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Really? That is what David says in Psalm 145. Sometimes I don't like blessing other people or the LORD. Can you relate? Maybe the kids are going crazy, the house is a mess, work is overwhelming, or you are stuck on the road waiting for a tow. Every day? How does David honestly say that? How can we move towards a heart of praise every day? David and the other psalmists certainly offer a variety of psalms to help us in the difficult days. This Psalm is one of them. It helps our heart praise and worship every day. How? If we keep reading, we see a catalog of truths, that can move us in that direction. David writes,
God's greatness is so great it is unsearchable vs. 3, 6
God is mighty vs. 4, 5, 11-12
God is majestic vs. 5
God's work is awesome v. 6
God is righteous v. 7, 17
God is abundantly good v. 7, 10
God is gracious v. 8
God is merciful v. 9, 10
God is slow to anger v. 9
God is abounding in love v. 9
God is faithful v. 13
God is kind v. 13, 17
Then, David gives several specific examples:
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. 20 The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
Ponder God's attributes.
Consider just one, faithfulness. He never breaks a promise. He always holds up his end of the bargain. He keeps his word. He doesn't lie. He is true. You can trust him. He is trustworthy. He is honest. He is faithful. Who is like that consistently? No one. Only God is. Isn't that great?
From the specific promises of this text to the general declarations of God's nature, we can hop on a bullet train to praise God every day.
Are you forgetful? I am. Ask my wife. Tile has been a blessing. Psalm 145 is like the Tile app. It hones in on why we can bless our creator. We, I often forget. We need reminders like these from time to time so that we can bless and praise the Lord every day.
I have wanted to write a book for nearly 15 years. In 2013, I began a series of creative messages on Good Friday. They developed into my book: Last Words: Seven Sayings from the Heart of Christ on the Cross set to print January of next year.
The process is so much more involved than I imagined. I think I spent over 350 hours on it! Some of that was because it was my first time writing a book. Several of you have read and offered valuable feedback for this book. Thank you! With your help, this book is better than it has ever been. Here is what Jon Bloom (Author, Board Chair & Co-founder of Desiring God Ministries) had to say about it before my editors got to it. "We are fascinated by the last words a person speaks. We ponder them, even dissect them, looking for meaning. Since the church's earliest days, Christians have pondered the last words the greatest Man ever spoke as a mortal. Here Rob Nash joins this ancient succession of meditation, dissecting the dying words of the divine Son. And he shows us that in them is a world of profoundly personal meaning. For Jesus meant them for each of us."
October 18, 2017, I finished my first draft and sought prayers and some feedback from friends.
August 16, 2018, I submitted my manuscript to New Growth Press.
November 28, 2018, Cheryl White, the Acquisition and Production Manager, reached out to me about working with New Growth Press.
December 17, 2018, Cheryl sent a preliminary contract to me.
April 4, Ruth Castle, the Editorial Project Manager, sent me her edits for me to review.
June 4, Jack Klumpenhower, the Content Editor, sent his edits for me to review.
In the upcoming month, New Growth Press will typeset the book and do some small fine-tuning. I also have the privilege of preaching and teaching at Sawyer Highlands, as one of the pastors on staff. Writing: November - December Pre-orders should be available. January The print version of the book will be available for purchase.
Speaking 7/28 Preach - Acts 11 8/11 Teach - The History of the Puritans (1700's) 8/25 Preach - Acts 14 9/1 Preach - Acts 15
Prayer Request: Pray: Would you consider praying for this book release? I would like it to help the church understand the power of the gospel through meditating on Jesus's last words on the cross.
As summer is heating up, I hope you are staying cool. God's blessings to you and your family.
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