A Sabbath Message 7/31/21 – A Joyful Noise

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“…and he shall rise up at the voice of a bird…” (Eccl. 12:4)

Psalms 66

MKJV(i)1To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm. Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth. 2 Sing forth the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. 3 Say to God, How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power, Your enemies pretend obedience to You. 4 All the earth shall worship You, and shall sing to You; they praise Your name. Selah. 5 Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men. 6 He turns the sea into dry land; they went through the flood on foot; there we rejoiced in Him. 7 He rules by His power forever; His eyes behold the nations; let not the rebels lift themselves up. Selah. 8 O bless our God, O peoples, and make the voice of His praise to be heard; 9 who holds our soul in life, and does not allow our feet to slide. 10 For You have proved us, O God; You have tested us, as silver is refined. 11 You have brought us into the net; You have laid affliction on our loins. 12 You have allowed men to ride at our head; we have gone through fire and through water, but You have brought us out to plenty. 13 I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows, 14those which my lips have uttered and my mouth has spoken in my trouble. 15 I will offer to You burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah. 16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. 17 I cried to Him with my mouth, and exaltations were under my tongue. 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, Jehovah will not hear; 19 Surely God has heard; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed is God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.

Psalms 67

MKJV(i)1To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song. May God be merciful to us, and bless us, and cause His face to shine on us. Selah. 2 So that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples thank You. 4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You shall judge the peoples righteously and govern the nations on earth. Selah. 5 Let the peoples give thanks to You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth shall yield its increase; and God, our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

Psalms 68

MKJV(i)1To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song. Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; also let those who hate Him flee before Him. 2 As smoke is driven away, You drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish in the presence of God. 3 But the righteous are glad; they rejoice before God. Yes, let them exceedingly rejoice. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; praise Him who rides on the heavens by His name JEHOVAH, and rejoice before Him. 5 In His holy dwelling God is the father of the fatherless, and the judge of the widows. 6 God causes the lonely to live at home; He brings out those who are bound with chains; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land7 O God, when You marched before Your people, when You walked through the wilderness; Selah. 8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, by which You upheld Your inheritance when it was weary. 10 Your flock has dwelt in it; You, O God, have prepared in Your goodness for the poor. 11 The Lord gave the Word; the bearers of it were a great army. 12 Kings of armies fled away; and she who stayed at home divided the plunder. 13 When you lie among the sheepfolds, the wings of a dove are covered with silver, and its pinions with the shimmer of gold. 14 When the Almighty scatters kings in it, it snows on Salmon. 15 The mountain of Bashan is God’s mountain; the Bashan range is a mountain of peaks. 16 Why do you gaze in envy, O mountain range, at the mountain God has chosen for His resting place? Yes, Jehovah will dwell in it forever. 17 The chariots of God are myriads, thousands of thousands; the Lord is among them, in Sinai, in the holy place. 18 You have gone up on high; You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts for men, yes, for the rebellious also, that You might dwell among them, O Jehovah God. 19 Blessed is Jehovah; He daily bears burdens for us, the God of our salvation. Selah. 20 Our God is the God of salvation; and to Jehovah are the issues of death. 21 Yea, God shall wound the head of His enemies, and the hairy crown of him who walks on in his guilt. 22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan; I will bring back My people from the depths of the sea; 23 so that your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies, and the tongue of your dogs in it. 24 They have seen Your goings, O God; the goings of my God, my King, in the holy place. 25 The singers went before, then the musicians came; among them were the virgins playing the timbrels. 26 O bless God in the congregations, the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. 27 There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the leaders of Judah and their multitude, the leaders of Zebulun, and the leaders of Naphtali. 28 Your God has commanded your strength; O God, be strong in that which You have worked out for us. 29 Because of Your temple in Jerusalem, kings shall bring a present to You. 30 Rebuke the wild beasts of the reeds, the herd of bulls, with the calves of the peoples, trampling down with the pieces of silver. He scatters the people who delight in war. 31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall stretch out her hands to God. 32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises to the Lord. Selah. 33 To Him who rides on the heavens of heavens of old; lo, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice. 34 Give strength to God over Israel; His majesty and His strength in the skies. 35 O God, You are overwhelming out of Your holy places; the God of Israel is He who gives strength and powers to the people. Blessed is God.

Ecclesiastes 12

KJV(i) 1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. 9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Have a peaceful and restful Sabbath.


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