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The love of God. God's promised rainbow.
God’s Promise, The Rainbow

The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell;

The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His erring child He reconciled and pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!  How measureless and strong!  It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,  When men, who here refuse to pray on rocks and hills and mountains call,  God’s love so sure, shall still endure all measureless and strong; Redeeming grace to Adam’s race— The saints’ and angels’ song.

Frederick M. Lehman wrote this song in 1917 in Pasadena, California. The lyrics are based on a Jewish poem and have been translated into at least 18 languages.

Here is what Frederick Lehman said: “One day, during short intervals of inattention to our work, we picked up a scrap of paper and, seated upon an empty lemon box pushed against the wall, with a stub pencil, added the (first) two stanzas and chorus of the song. Since the lines (3rd stanza from the Jewish poem) had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave, the general opinion was that this inmate had written the epic in moments of sanity.”

(Frederick M. Lehman, “History of the Song, The Love of God,” 1948)


Man Praying

Man PrayingBelow are 18 names of God with their meanings.  Also included are their pronunciations.  There are more but too many would be overwhelming.  God is so Good.

1. YAHWEH-TSIDKENU [yah-way-tzid-kay-noo]: “The Lord Our Righteousness”
2. YAHWEH-ROHI [yah-way-roh-hee]: “The Lord Our Shepherd”
3. YAHWEH-NISSI [yah-way-nee-see]: “The Lord Our Banner”
4. EL-OLAM [el-oh-lahm]: “Everlasting God”
5. EL, ELOAH [el, el-oh-ah]: God “mighty, strong, prominent”
6. EL SHADDAI [el-shah-dahy]: “God Almighty,” “The Mighty One of Jacob”
7. ADONAI [ˌædɒˈnaɪ; ah-daw-nahy]: “Lord”
8. YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH [yah-way / ji-hoh-veh]: “LORD”
9. YAHWEH-SHAMMAH [yah-way-sham-mahw]: “The Lord Is There”
10. YAHWEH-JIREH [yah-way-ji-reh]: “The Lord Will Provide”
11. YAHWEH-RAPHA [yah-way-raw-faw]: “The Lord Who Heals”
12. YAHWEH-M’KADDESH [yah-way-meh-kad-esh]: “The Lord Who Sanctifies, Makes Holy”
13. YAHWEH-SHALOM [yah-way-shah-lohm]: “The Lord Our Peace”
14. YAHWEH-ELOHIM [yah-way-el-oh-him]: “LORD God”
15. ELOHIM [el-oh-heem]: God “Creator, Mighty and Strong”
16. EL ROI [el-roh-ee]: “God of Seeing”
17. YAHWEH-SABAOTH [yah-way-sah-bah-ohth]: “The Lord of Hosts”
18. EL ELYON [el-el-yohn]: “Most High”


I AM the oldest book in existence, having outlived the storms of thirty centuries. Men have endeavored by every means possible to banish me from the face of the earth. They have hidden, torn, burnt, reviled and despised me, and have done to death tens of thousands of my faithful witnesses. Indeed no other book has been more bitterly hated, no other book has been more dearly cherished; no other book has been so misrepresented and misunderstood. Nevertheless, today, while many of my foes slumber in death, I still live on.

It is not for me to speak of the conflicting creeds laid to my charge, but on behalf of the one true purpose of my Revered Author, I appeal to reason. Look at the stately trees of the forest, the living green of the meadows bespangled by a thousand lovely flowers, the singing birds that delight themselves amid the beauties of nature, the blue dome of heaven, illumined by the sun, moon and stars that space out a universe too immense for man to fathom. And know that the Creator of these things has a wise and loving purpose equally great and beautiful on behalf of man. Here is revealed within my covers a chain of testimony, which gives evidence of a plan so broad and a design so deep as to be beyond the power or human origin.

My story centers around the dear Redeemer, who “by the grace of God tasted death for every man”. Based upon this atoning sacrifice, all the dead will be raised, and the whole earth made glorious with life and happiness everywhere, without a trace of sorrow, pain or death. My message has blessed every follower of Jesus. It has inspired them with hope, encouraged them to zeal, comforted them in sorrow and strengthened them in faith until they have laid down their all in death, awaiting their grand reward. Like the crystal springs from the mountain side which flow on and on to refresh the luxuriant verdure on the plain below, so in the glad day now dawning, the waters of truth will impart its life-giving blessings to the willing and obedient of humanity, who will forever with one sweet accord, praise, love and adore my Beloved Author.


There are so many promises in God’s Word that it was hard to decide on only 15 of them.  These promises, like all His Word, you can depend upon.  These are from the New Living Translation Bible.

Below the list is a youtube video entitled, “God’s Promises Do Not Expire”.

  • Father knows what we need before we even ask Him.  (Matthew 6:8b)
  • Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  (Matthew 10:32)
  • Your faithfulness continues through all generations.  (Psalm 119:90a)
  • The Lord hears when I call to Him.  (Psalm 4:3b)
  • You are the Father of the fatherless.  (Psalm 10:14 b)
  • Though my father and mother forsake me the Lord will receive me.  (Psalm 27:10)
  • The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit  (Psalm 34:18)
  • Come near to God and He will come near to you.  (James 4:8a)
  • The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer.  (1 Peter 3:12a)
  • Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:6b)
  • If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9)
  • He will wipe every tear from our eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away.  (Revelation 21:4)
  • Yes I am coming soon!  (Revelation 22:20b)
  • He rewards those who diligently seek Him.  (Hebrews 11:6b)
  • Praise be to the Lord, to God our savior who daily bears our burdens.  (Psalm 68:19)


 

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”          (Zephaniah 3:17 – NIV)

Zephaniah 3:17 includes an interesting description of God singing over people: “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Two important observations about this passage: first, singing represents God’s joy. The Hebrew phrase translated “he will rejoice over you with singing” can also be translated literally as “he rejoices over you with a shout of joy.”

Second, God’s singing parallels the singing of His people in Jerusalem. “Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion!” (verse 14). This unit of poetry begins with the people of Jerusalem singing praise to God and ends with God singing over His people. God rejoices with His people, and He expresses joy when His people praise Him.

The question then is, why is God so joyful? This passage of Zephaniah speaks of a future time when God has ended His judgment upon Israel. All of their enemies have been destroyed, and Israel is entering a time of safety and blessing (verses 8, 15, 19). Zephaniah is speaking of the future millennial kingdom when the Messiah (Jesus) will reign with His people in Jerusalem (Isaiah 9:7Revelation 20:1–6).

The word picture in Zephaniah 3:17 is full of emotion. God the Father is the One who holds His daughter Jerusalem and sings joyfully in her presence. Just as a loving parent cradles a child and sings out of love, so God’s song over His people is born of His great love. After a time of hardship, our loving Lord dries His people’s tears, comforts their hearts, and welcomes them to a new world.

Finally, Jesus also taught in the New Testament that “there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10). Whether or not God Himself sings in this passage is not made clear, but it is clear there is rejoicing in God’s presence when those who are lost repent and are made right with God (Ephesians 2:8–9John 3:16).

“What Does it Mean That God Rejoice Over Us With Singing?” GotQuestions.org. What Does It Mean That God Will Rejoice Over Us With Singing?

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