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The Sacrifices of the Wicked

Make a Joyful Noise unto the LORD

I was sent a link to a rendition of Amazing Grace, and truly, it is probably one of the best, if not the best, rendition I have ever heard. Yet, when I researched the group (which I had never heard of before, they are “famous” in secular circles), not a one even claims to be a Christian let alone saved. As I watched their eyes, there was truly no comprehension there, just showmanship. My heart has been torn with grief to hear such a soul stirring song sung by people that have no comprehension of what it means. I have cried for them and prayed for their salvation over the last couple weeks.

As I was pondering over how beautiful it sounded, and how feeble my attempts are sometimes, I was reminded of this verse and others:

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. Proverbs 15:8

On the flip-side, God talks about how His children are to offer Him the sacrifice of praise and singing:

Jer 17:26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD.
Jer 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD. Jer 17:26

The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD. Jer 33:11

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Heb 13:15

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Psalms 27:6

Regardless of what I think my voice sounds, I am commanded to make a “joyful noise unto Him”. It is obvious by the context of these verses that the Lord is talking about singing.

Ps 66:1-2  Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

Ps 81:1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

Ps 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Ps 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

Ps 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Ps 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

Ps 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

God is not pleased with the empty song sacrifices of the lost, but when his children truly sing to Him, that is well pleasing.

I just recalled an incident when I was in the hospital a few months ago to have my gall bladder removed. I was in a room with 3 other people, one of which was not pleasant. I had had enough, so I just started humming various hymns. When one of the nurses heard me sing Blessed Assurance by Fanny Crosby, she thanked me and said that it was her mother’s favorite. I got to witness to her, found out she was saved, but not attending church.

I don’t know if anything will come of what happened, but that event and the song that spurred on this devotional have been an encouragement for me to not be ashamed to sing/hum for my Lord, and have stirred me on to sing again in my life. I’ve still been singing for church, but I used to sing all the time at home and hum when shopping, and I’m not really sure what “stole” my song away. This has helped to renew my zeal to praise the Lord in song, regardless of how I sound. I’ve even found myself humming again as I’m shopping.

Praise His glorious name!!!!


The Greatest Honour

The Greatest Honour

Before I get into this devotional, I want to make it clear that our family does not follow most of what is on the TV. Besides an occasional history show and well screened movie, we usually only watch conservative commentators, reporters, etc.  The following thought came to me as I heard the tail end of a news report about a contestant of a very popular secular British TV show, Britain’s Got Talent. I guess it is the British equivalent of American Idol (another show we avoid.) It was the voice of Susan Boyle that stunned me into following her story.

Susan Boyle was basically a nobody. She is past middle-age, worked in her church, but was currently unemployed, and as I found out later has a learning disability due to oxygen deprivation during birth. She is not particularly pretty, but has a grandmotherly quality about her. She is someone you would easily pass by on the street without even noticing her. Please understand, I am NOT being critical, but rather making the observation that she is just the “average Jane”.

As she walked on stage and spoke of her ambitions of becoming famous as a singer, the audience laughed her to scorn while the judges tried not to snicker. But when she opened her mouth to sing, out came what I consider to be one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard! The audience and judges obviously held a similar view as the applause and chears roared. She won that competition and  the “hearts of the world” and had an album deal signed within a few weeks. She performed for the Britain’s Got Talent grand final, which she lost.

One of the honours she would have gotten upon winning the final contest was to sing before the Queen of England. For Americans, that would be like singing before the President, or Canadians – the Prime Minister. Now that’s quite an honour, I thought, but when I realized the following I was humbled and awed.

As children of God, we realize we really are no one special: nobodys. Just like Susan ,we have done nothing worthy to stand before a monarch, yet we have the highest honour and priviledge of singing for and speaking with and about the King of kings and Lord of lords any time! We have complete unfettered access to The Mighty God of all creation day and night, any moment of the day!  We can sing for him, and no matter how poor our voice sounds, He is ALWAYS pleased and to hear from a humble heart.

We “Get to” come before Him!

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Psalms 95:2

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Ps 66:1

Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Ps 81:1

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Ps 95:1

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Ps 95:2

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Ps 98:4

With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. Ps 98:6

A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Ps 100:1

Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Ps 66:2

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. Ps 71:8

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Ps 34:18

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ps 51:17

LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: Psalms 10:17

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

I don’t know if Susan Boyle can claim that great honour, and that grieves me greatly. She was not doing well emotionally before the final and had an “emotional breakdown” after and had to be hospitalized for possibly several weeks to recover. I kept thinking, what if she dies? Where will she go?

If you are a born again child of God, won’t you join me in praying for Susan that she might gain the highest honour of all: having the honour and privilege to humbly stand before the King of kings and Lord of lords as His child.

If you do not know what it means or what it takes to be God’s child, please read THIS

Angela Trenholm
June 3rd, 2009


He that Goeth forth and Weepeth…

I have read Psalm 126 yearly for the last 15 years, but it was only this morning that I realized that the order of events are actually reversed.

Psalms 126:1-6 A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, 3 The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. 4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

In Ps. 126:5-6 the psalmist is saying that while they were in captivity, they sowed in tears. Now that the Lord turned again thee captivity of Zion (126:1) they were reaping joy.

There’s several applications for people today:1

1. The Lost: Those whithout Christ are kept captive by the devil.

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:26

And it is only through a humble heart filled with repentance and faith that they can be set free.

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21

2. Christians:

A) Everyday life: Just like the children of Israel were in physical captivity, Christians can be in captivity spiritually. The only way to have our captivity turned is through a humble heart and repentance towards the Lord.

Ps. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

B) Soulwinners: Likewise, for the soulwinner, the only way to reach the lost is to show them that we really do care. We MUST go forward with a weaping heart, and sometimes with tears!

If the child of God does not go soulwinning with a heart full of concern for souls, how will the lost world even consider what we are saying. The words will be as “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”1Cor. 13:1We MUST go forward with a weaping heart, and sometimes with tears!

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

In other words, it will just be a lot of confusing noise that has no application to the heart.

Do people see we care?

How can we reach a world we never touch?

How Can We Reach a World We Never Touch?

The John Marshall Family

Handful of Weeds – Trenholm Girls

Our girls sang this for Mother’s Day 2009. This is the first time all 6 of them have sung together, and may not be able to again for a long time as Sarah (taller blond) goes to college this fall.

Handful Of Weeds
Sherri Easter

Four years old with dirt on my face
I’d been out in the yard picking dandelions all day
I burst through the front door when I’d gathered enough
To give to my mom to show her my love
When I held out my hand she looked down at me
Said ‘I’ve never seen flowers as beautiful as these.’

Chorus

She’s the one who told me about Jesus
She’s the one who taught me to sing
She deserves an arm full of roses
But she’s satisfied with a handful of weeds.

Now that I’m older and out on my own
I wish I could find more time to make it back home
I could have done better, I know in my heart
Than to scribble a note on a last minute card
Then she calls on the phone and the first thing she says
Is ‘I read this card over and over again.’

Chorus

She’s the one who told me about Jesus
She’s the one who taught me to sing
She deserves an arm full of roses
But she’s satisfied with a handful of weeds

She’s always known what true love means
And I want her to know what she means to me

Chorus

She’s the one who told me about Jesus
She’s the one who taught me to sing
She deserves an arm full of roses
But she’s satisfied with a handful of weeds

She’s more than satisfied with a handful of weeds

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