Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace,
which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds
as you live in Christ Jesus.
The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison
to give praise and thanks to the LORD.
Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments,
the singers raised their voice in praise to the LORD and sang:
“He is good; his love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud…
2 Chronicles 5:13
“Look, today I am giving you the choice
between a blessing and a curse!
You will be blessed if you obey the commands
of the LORD your God
that I am giving you today.
But you will be cursed if you reject
the commands of the LORD your God
and turn away from him
and worship gods you have not known before.
…commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine.
Teach them to your children.
Talk about them when you are at home
and when you are on the road,
when you are going to bed
and when you are getting up.
Don’t let your heart be deceived
so that you turn away from the LORD
and serve and worship other gods.
…fear the LORD your God
and worship him and cling to him….
He alone is your God,
the only one who is worthy of your praise…
“Look, the highest heavens and the earth
and everything in it all belong to the LORD your God.
“…the LORD your God is the God of gods
and Lord of lords.
He is the great God,
the mighty and awesome God,
who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.
…what does the LORD your God require of you?
He requires only that you fear the LORD your God,
and live in a way that pleases him,
and love him and serve him
with all your heart and soul.
(Olive Columns at Ramat Rachel – Jerusalem. On a hill overlooking Jerusalem & Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and the Judean desert)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Your unfailing love, O LORD,
is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond