His Loving Kindness Is Everlasting

English Standard Version: Psalm 138: 1-8.

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life;you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Tired from spending the whole day in Universal Studios on January 9, 2004, we were on our way home as the amber glow of the sun started to rest on the western skies.

Laughing and telling stories with each other, my husband suddenly veered off the third lane and tried to avoid a metal object along his path. He saw the other cars actually did that before his turn came to be near that metal spike lying along the center of the 4-lane highway.

Ten seconds after that turn, everyone was just looking into our SUV as if something was wrong. We started wondering why everyone was looking at us as if we had some kind of problem when we didn't even feel anything wrong with our car.

My husband decided to get off on the nearest exit. As he parked on the gravel area, lo and behold! we saw it right on our own very eyes that the rear wheel on the driver's side slowly let out air and became flat. The SUV tilted a little bit to the left because of that. Nothing amazing right if you just had a flat tire?

Well, not if your tire looked like it was slashed with a huge knife all around it.The jagged-torn rubber looked as if our tire was vandalized. What was puzzling to us [up to this day when we recall it], was: how come the tire continued to run with air, when it already had a gaping, huge hole around it and that, my husband who was driving the car didn't even feel anything wrong, not even a vibration the whole time we were running and everybody driving close to us was just staring!

Deep in our hearts, we knew the Lord's hands lifted that tire and carried us through that trouble and kept us away from harm!

Lord, today, I want to recall that event because I knew that You were the One Who protected us and kept us safe! We were not lucky! We were blessed because of Your faithful promises! I want to declare to everyone who will come by here how faithful and true Your promises are! Thank You Lord for Your everlasting kindness!

This was the short song I wrote that day when we got home and I wanted to praise the Lord:

Your Loving Kindness is Everlasting

I will give You thanks with all my heart
I will sing You praises, Oh my God
I know You're there, no matter where we go
Saving us from troubles we don't know

Your loving kindness is everlasting
You make it known that Your love is true
Your loving kindness is everlasting
[And] I will praise You, forever, Oh my King

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

[Source: NLT Bible ]:

We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].