“There will always be times where you will lack the inspiration or desire to pursue Christ. Do the work anyway.”~TB
Everyone experiences a feeling of stagnation or plateau when developing their relationship with God. More often than not it’s due to us disconnecting from Him because we’re off trying to accomplish our own agendas. Friends, remember His will and plan for your life. I can guarantee you that when you allow God to lead, His plan will always bring a better outcome than any plan you could imagine. When you start to feel bored or uninspired, that’s when you need to speak to Him the most.
Have a talk with God
Prayer is like a casual conversation with the wisest being in existence. You don’t have to be ceremonial or ritualistic about it. Come to Him as you are and He will delight in your humility. There are times where I just say, “God, what gives?” and will air out my grievances honestly and openly. When I’m done ranting, I then listen and am inspired by the response! Friends, you can only get answers from God when you communicate with Him regularly. Don’t get too bold in your own thinking, trust that God’s answers are better than yours and you’ll find an infinite well of inspiration in your Heavenly Father.
Are you talking to God or are you only listening to yourself?
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1I cry out to the LORD ; I plead for the LORD ’s mercy.
2I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles.
3When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me.
4I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me.
5Then I pray to you, O LORD . I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.
6Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.
7Bring me out of prison so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for you are good to me.”
“Wherever God sends you, whatever job He gives you, be sure to follow through.”~TB
In the eyes of man, God’s ways and plans for your future may appear to be foolish to your peers. If He’s given you a purpose or a plan, follow through. Because we are unable to understand the infinite perspective of God, we can talk ourselves out of amazing opportunities. Of course, with these opportunities comes the potential for great setbacks.
The devil will always try and find a way to disrupt the joy and peace in your life. This is especially true when you are operating in an assignment from the Lord. My point in saying this is that obstacles will always happen. It’s why we must arm ourselves with the Word so that when opposition comes, we know to avert our gaze and focus on the task at hand. Friends, life is easy for no one, persevere anyway.
So, no matter how obscure or miraculous your work for God is, follow through and finish well. Avoid the pitfalls and traps laid out by the evil one. The truth is, his distractions cannot harm you, there merely exist to get you to fumble your task. Learn to ignore the noise. When you walk and talk with God regularly, you build up the discernment to finish the job. Develop your relationship with Christ to follow through with the call He’s placed on your life.
Are you following through or full of excuses?
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1O LORD, rescue me from evil people. Protect me from those who are violent,
2those who plot evil in their hearts and stir up trouble all day long.
3Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from their lips. Interlude
4O LORD, keep me out of the hands of the wicked. Protect me from those who are violent, for they are plotting against me.
5The proud have set a trap to catch me; they have stretched out a net; they have placed traps all along the way. Interlude
6I said to the LORD, “You are my God!” Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy!
7O Sovereign LORD, the strong one who rescued me, you protected me on the day of battle.
8LORD, do not let evil people have their way. Do not let their evil schemes succeed, or they will become proud. Interlude
9Let my enemies be destroyed by the very evil they have planned for me.
10Let burning coals fall down on their heads. Let them be thrown into the fire or into watery pits from which they can’t escape.
11Don’t let liars prosper here in our land. Cause great disasters to fall on the violent.
12But I know the LORD will help those they persecute; he will give justice to the poor.
13Surely righteous people are praising your name; the godly will live in your presence.
“There’s a reason why fear is a main tactic of the devil. It’s effective, unless you double down on the truth.”~TB
The devil will implement all types of lies and situations to get you fearful of your destiny. Like a pretend boogeyman, he’ll get you to avert your gaze from the Lord and onto your fears. Friends, this is merely a distraction ploy. Fear is such a visceral and powerful emotion, but it holds no bearing on the truth. Yes, the feeling of fear is very real, but the reality of its effects are only as real as you allow them to be. The devil is banking on you to cower in a corner because if you turn on the light with the truth, you’d see there is nothing actually there. The truth is your friend and guiding light. Lean into it!
The truth is that while bad things happen, we can overcome them. The only person that wins when you lose heart is the opposition. Friends, I implore you to look closely at your fears. They are not serving you, they are hindering you. God has and will continue to be a guiding force, but only if you let Him. This is where the Bible really comes in handy. When you read on a consistent basis, you will see that people have faced and endured hardships since the dawn of time. Granted, the battlefield has transferred from the land and into our thoughts. Be vigilant in what you feed your mind. Let the word of God guide you in times of fear so you can avoid the fake taunts of an inconsequential boogeyman.
Have you read the Bible to light your way or are you still believing the lies of a boogeyman?
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1When the LORD brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream!
2We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the LORD has done for them.”
3Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us! What joy!
4Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert.
5Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.
6They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
“Be present and pay attention while on your walk, as some lessons you’ll want to avoid”~TB
On the Path
On the path requires focus, patience, and presence because, in an upside down world, the devil will not hesitate to throw a decoy in your path. If you are humble enough to heed the teachings in the Bible, some test will be easier than others. Friends, walking and talking with God, not only brings peace, but also discernment. Set your eyes on Him to avoid being derailed.
Off the Path
The devil wants you to be like Red Riding Hood, wandering all willy-nilly while a wolf seeks to destroy you. The threat is real, but not to be feared, unless you didn’t adhere to the teachings. Off the path brings chaos and turmoil, but fortunately for you, God is a loving savior who will place you back on track when things get dicey.
The Added Measure of Discernment
No one’s walk is perfect, and we all will face a “big bad wolf” from time to time due to our negligence. Understand that faith and follow through are critical in being one with God. These aren’t just nice “safety nets” without a purpose. Evil is real and the devil is more than happy to trip you up, especially if you are soldiering on for Christ. Do well to root your attention in the Word, so that you are vigilant, diligent, and discerning when challenges arise.
Are you on the path or are you headed for a wolf’s den?
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1I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven.
2We keep looking to the LORD our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.
3Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy, for we have had our fill of contempt.
4We have had more than our fill of the scoffing of the proud and the contempt of the arrogant.
“Ditch the fake reality of the world and cling to the Truth of Christ”~TB
When God puts you on a path, be vigilant in your thoughts and actions because the opposition will lie in wait to push you into a ditch and into a world of sinful desires. In an upside down world, evil will use people, thoughts, and anything he can to get you to give up your position in Christ. Keep yourself disciplined in the Word so that you may see the fake reality for what it is.
When you continually read and study the Truth, you are able to throw off the sinful traits and behaviors of the life you once lead. Though there are tests from time to time, remember that you are redeemed in Christ, and He looks at you through His eyes. When you lean on this Truth, that you are saved and made whole in Christ, the past evil deeds are less tempting because you know your inheritance is stored within your salvation.
Are you safely driving on God’s highway or are you veering towards the evil ditch?
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1Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
2Why let the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.
4Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.
5They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see.
6They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell.
7They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound.
8And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.
9O Israel, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield.
10O priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield.
11All you who fear the LORD, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield.
12The LORD remembers us and will bless us. He will bless the people of Israel and bless the priests, the descendants of Aaron.
13He will bless those who fear the LORD, both great and lowly.
14May the LORD richly bless both you and your children.
15May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
16The heavens belong to the LORD, but he has given the earth to all humanity.
17The dead cannot sing praises to the LORD, for they have gone into the silence of the grave.
18But we can praise the LORD both now and forever! Praise the LORD !
“Being made new in Christ means rejecting your old ways and adopting the lifestyle of Christ”~TB
Now that the Truth has been revealed to you, you are marked, cemented in God’s stable. This means that you have to reject previous sins, thoughts, and actions. The same behavior that got you into a turbulent lifestyle cannot remain when you are made new in Christ. You can try to cling onto your past life, but what you will find is the behavior of yesterday will never grant you the peace you experience in Christ. This is because the Holy Spirit within you can never find satisfaction in the fleshly sinful practices of man. No, it requires Biblical fuel to thrive. Save yourself some time and headache by adopting the principles and behaviors of Christ.
Freedom in Christ means existing in the Holy peace that a Christlike mentality brings. This can only happen when you let your guard down and allow Him to lead your life. If you can continually check your ego and pride at the door, you will eventually see that what you were trying to defend was not yours to defend at all! Allow God to handle your affairs. Live in peace among one another and do not let the judgments of man dictate your perception of the Lord. Focus on Him to learn how to Biblically move in this world and you will see that life isn’t as chaotic and random as the world would let you believe.
Are you hitting your head trying to keep a dead lifestyle or are you reading to adopt your new life?
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1Praise the LORD ! How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands.
2Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever.
4Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.
6Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.
8They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.
9They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.
10The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.
“Set your mind on God to experience His Truth” ~TB
Your mind is a gift or a curse– depending on how you use it. You can choose to fill it with God’s wisdom, live an obedient life, and be kind to your neighbors. Or, you can fill it with filth, walk around mindlessly, preferring destruction over peace. Sure, those seem drastically different, but the Truth is living in or out of God’s Will Isdrastically different. Do not be fooled by the external lives of others. Only God can truly examine one’s heart. Work on your mind and don’t fall prey to the fake minds around you.
When you set your mind, thoughts, and actions of God you rely on His strength and wisdom and not your own. The impossible becomes possible because you understand that you need Him in everything that you are and everything that you do. Allowing God to steer your mind sets you up for the peace and joy He graciously offers. It is a gift like no other and humans are unable to recreate such things. When you set your mind on the things of the flesh, you welcome confusion, stupor, and chaos. Friends, the human mind is incapable of such a Holy Mindset. Rely on Him.
Is your mind set on God or do you have a fleshly mindset?
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1Praise the LORD ! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
2Who can list the glorious miracles of the LORD ? Who can ever praise him enough?
3There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right.
4Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me.
5Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones. Let me rejoice in the joy of your people; let me praise you with those who are your heritage.
6Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
7Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the LORD ’s miraculous deeds. They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.
8Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power.
9He commanded the Red Sea to dry up. He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.
10So he rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes.
11Then the water returned and covered their enemies; not one of them survived.
12Then his people believed his promises. Then they sang his praise.
13Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!
14In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.
15So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it.
16The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and envious of Aaron, the LORD ’s holy priest.
17Because of this, the earth opened up; it swallowed Dathan and buried Abiram and the other rebels.
18Fire fell upon their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.
19The people made a calf at Mount Sinai ; they bowed before an image made of gold.
20They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull.
21They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt—
22such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea.
23So he declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the LORD and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.
24The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
25Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the LORD .
26Therefore, he solemnly swore that he would kill them in the wilderness,
27that he would scatter their descendants among the nations, exiling them to distant lands.
28Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor; they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!
29They angered the LORD with all these things, so a plague broke out among them.
30But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped.
31So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time.
32At Meribah, too, they angered the LORD, causing Moses serious trouble.
33They made Moses angry, and he spoke foolishly.
34Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as the LORD had commanded them.
35Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs.
36They worshiped their idols, which led to their downfall.
37They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons.
38They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder.
39They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the LORD ’s sight.
40That is why the LORD ’s anger burned against his people, and he abhorred his own special possession.
41He handed them over to pagan nations, and they were ruled by those who hated them.
42Their enemies crushed them and brought them under their cruel power.
43Again and again he rescued them, but they chose to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin.
44Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries.
45He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love.
46He even caused their captors to treat them with kindness.
47Save us, O LORD our God! Gather us back from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you.
48Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD !
“Don’t root your faith in man, because the roots will not take hold. For a firmly rooted foundation, look to God.”~TB
When you base your faith solely on the actions of your brothers and sisters in Christ, you will be disappointed time and time again. Humans are imperfect, prone to sin, and fundamentally flawed. Even the wisest will fall prey to their wickedness. So what happens when the wise fall? All of a sudden you begin to question your Creator over the misdeeds of your leaders. How foolish! It is arrogant and naive to hold God accountable for the actions of man. Free will gives us the choice to obey or disobey. When your faith is rooted in man, what you thought was firmly planted gets ripped away by the gentlest breeze. Plant your seeds accordingly.
When you place your faith in God and God alone, He opens your eyes to the Truth, planting you firmly in His Holy Garden where you are permanently rooted. With that Truth, you begin to crave discipline and obedience. Forgiveness becomes easier and you give it as freely as He freely forgives you. When the wise fall, as they do, you understand that it happens and that the transgression is between them and God. You begin to experience the joy of minding your own relationship with God rather than rationalizing your shortcomings because “other people are doing it too”. Tend to your Holy roots by reading the Word and walking close to the Lord. Watch how it changes your world view.
Are your roots planted in the Holy Garden or are they shallowly rooted in foolishness?
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1I will sing of the LORD ’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
2Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.
3The LORD said, “I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant. I have sworn this oath to him:
4‘I will establish your descendants as kings forever; they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.’” Interlude
5All heaven will praise your great wonders, LORD ; myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.
6For who in all of heaven can compare with the LORD ? What mightiest angel is anything like the LORD ?
7The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.
8O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O LORD ? You are entirely faithful.
9You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves.
10You crushed the great sea monster. You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours—you created it all.
12You created north and south. Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon praise your name.
13Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.
14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.
15Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD .
16They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness.
17You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong.
18Yes, our protection comes from the LORD, and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.
19Long ago you spoke in a vision to your faithful people. You said, “I have raised up a warrior. I have selected him from the common people to be king.
20I have found my servant David. I have anointed him with my holy oil.
21I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong.
22His enemies will not defeat him, nor will the wicked overpower him.
23I will beat down his adversaries before him and destroy those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and unfailing love will be with him, and by my authority he will grow in power.
25I will extend his rule over the sea, his dominion over the rivers.
26And he will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27I will make him my firstborn son, the mightiest king on earth.
28I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end.
29I will preserve an heir for him; his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven.
30But if his descendants forsake my instructions and fail to obey my regulations,
31if they do not obey my decrees and fail to keep my commands,
32then I will punish their sin with the rod, and their disobedience with beating.
33But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him.
34No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.
35I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie:
36His dynasty will go on forever; his kingdom will endure as the sun.
37It will be as eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky!” Interlude
38But now you have rejected him and cast him off. You are angry with your anointed king.
39You have renounced your covenant with him; you have thrown his crown in the dust.
40You have broken down the walls protecting him and ruined every fort defending him.
41Everyone who comes along has robbed him, and he has become a joke to his neighbors.
42You have strengthened his enemies and made them all rejoice.
43You have made his sword useless and refused to help him in battle.
44You have ended his splendor and overturned his throne.
45You have made him old before his time and publicly disgraced him. Interlude
46O LORD, how long will this go on? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your anger burn like fire?
47Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence!
48No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. Interlude
49Lord, where is your unfailing love? You promised it to David with a faithful pledge.
50Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced! I carry in my heart the insults of so many people.
51Your enemies have mocked me, O LORD ; they mock your anointed king wherever he goes.
“Listen carefully to what people say. Pay even greater attention to their actions, because though wheat and tares grow together, only one produces good crop.”~TB
The world is full of cheap imitations, claiming they love the Lord. They loudly sing and dance, putting on a great show. They are captivating and alluring in this way. In the beginning, it will appear as though they are devoutly spiritual, as they smile and say the right things. Their lives seem opulent and for a time, they will appear to be prosperous and divine. But in time, their evil deeds will outshine their false personas, revealing that their treasures and virtues are simply just gold-plated crap. When you carefully inspect the cheap knockoffs, don’t be surprised if the smell is more than you can bear.
Leap to Destruction
Oh you foolish people, do you not see that you are dancing your way into the mouth of hell? Is the party that great that you’ve abandoned the Truth? You temporarily took the peace of Christ, but you rejected His teachings. So you pretenders, actors, and thieves, enjoy your feasts, your parties, and your fanfare. The curtain is coming to a close and the crops will be separated from the weeds. Friends, pay attention because the imitators do not truly know the Lord. And soon, it will be made apparent that He does not know them either.
Are you devouring the truth or are you feasting on the crap fed to you by the imitators?
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1O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God.
2Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up?
3They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones.
4“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”
5Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you—
6these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites;
7Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre.
8Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude
9Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
10They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil.
11Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12for they said, “Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!”
13O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind!
14As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,
15chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest.
16Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD .
17Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace.
18Then they will learn that you alone are called the LORD, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth.
“We must look at ALL of our brothers and sisters in the same manner that Christ looks at us. Or have you forgotten when He personally guided you back to the flock?”~TB
Change by example
We are called to share the Good News by living the life of Christ. There is no need to beat the lost with formalities. The light of the truth is how we change hearts and minds. Callous judgment and legalistic Biblical interpretations only damage the hearts of the young or lost. Like a newly rooted plant, your self-righteousness tramples the meek and downtrodden. Don’t be a hindrance, Christ’s stable is big enough for everyone! God does not need us to judge and condemn on His behalf. We must mirror the love, grace, and mercy that Christ imprints on our hearts each and every day.
Keep in mind that you are already set aside, carefully and lovingly tucked inside Christ’s stable. Friends, is that not enough? Why do you grow jealous of His love for the lost? Have you not received the most precious gift– salvation? Are you foolish enough to believe your judgment is better than His? Set your pride aside for your hardened hearts will be encased in the hellish stable of judgment you so foolishly built around yourself.
Friends, rejoice in the fact that Christ is in control and working in the hearts of the lost. Do not feel contempt or envy, but feel encouraged that the eyes of the lost are opening. God’s love is infinite and incomprehensible to man. There’s enough grace for everyone.
Question of the day
Are your actions directing lost sheep to the stable or are you blindly building the case for your impending judgment?
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1May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude 2May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. 3May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 4Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world. Interlude 5May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. 7Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.