No Losses Only Lessons

I forgot that I had a blog where I was going to talk about my foolishness as it relates to males. I still wanted to write something with this title. I considered writing about work and school. I don’t know if that’s what will follow below because I made this a placeholder, draft. I would say stay tuned but you likely are. I also almost said we would see together. But that isn’t true since I’m gone see when I write it and you will after it is on wax. Bahahahaha.

I think I’m gonna keep this cute and simple. Like a palate cleanser. Cuz God has been giving me the business with what I’ve been writing and y’all have been reading.

Don’t despise what brought you here. It made you you. And it is making who you will be.

One of my favorite Scriptures (search for it so you KNOW I’m not making it up) says all things work together for good.

Salt is kinda gross alone.

Flour is kinda gross alone.

Vanilla is kinda gross alone.

Flour is kinda gross alone.

Eggs are kinda gross alone.

Baking powder is kinda gross alone.

Oil is kinda gross alone.

Sugar is kinda gross alone.

Milk and/or water (to others lol) is kinda gross alone.

But when you, good God, take all of these things and put them together. With the precise measurements. Not the same amount of all of the ingredients. But carefully crafted amounts, according to the recipe of one who has tried it, possibly failed, but taken, wheeeeeeeeeeew, time to perfect something that they find pleasing, and then presented it.

Those tears hurt.

That betrayal hurt.

That abandonment hurt.

God’s no hurt.

Sinning when you knew better hurt.

Losing that job hurt.

Being overlooked hurt.

Walking away hurt.

Isolation hurt.

God what are you dooooooooing to me right now?! This revelation is bananas to me. It is bleeeeeeessing meeeeeee.

I wrote out nine things. If you read 25 to 26, you know I looked up what numbers mean. I THOUGHT, I included what nine meant because I looked it up because that’s how old I was when I received salvation. CLEARLY I got lost in the sauce. Or something. According to biblestudy.org, the number nine means divine completeness or finality.

Once you mix the ingredients, you gotta put it in the oven. You gotta add heat. Those ingredients come to a point of finality. Of completeness. After the heat of that oven cooks it for juuuuuuuuust the right amount of time, it is delicious and ready to be consumed.

After we have, hallelujah! Chiiii. That is a first in the middle of the blog. But this thang is so goooooooood to me. I felt it!

After we have suffered for a while…. When we are tried in the fire…. I know what they say. You go find out so you can figure out why I couldn’t get the thought out at first.

While we will not be truly, divinely complete until we no longer inhabit this earth in these bags of dirt and bones, there comes a point where we are divinely complete and final enough to step into the purpose He has called us to. I just remembered this was supposed to be short and cute. Apologies. Take it to God in prayer and leave it there. Lol.

Anywho. There comes a point where we are ready enough to do what He birthed us to do. Everything will have worked together. Everything will have been necessary. No drop will have been wasted. Like I said somewhere, the tests will have become a testimony that is a testament to who God has been. And your testimony is being prepared so someone can eat and learn how, my God, to make a testimony of their own.

Get up. Get Up. Get UP. GET UP! There is no condemnation to those in Jesus. Go find it. I’ll help this time. It is in Romans. We sin. We fall. We make mistakes. THAT IS NOT WHO WE ARE.

He didn’t die to forgive you once. He didn’t die to just forgive one sin. He died for it ALL. One of my Sunday School teachers told us that when God sees us, He sees us through the blood veil of Jesus. He KNEW what you would do and still chose the cross.

When He sees you He sees someone He loves. You ain’t gone get away with no consequences. I mean, the shame may be the only consequence He has for you since you are already punishing yourself. BUUUUUUUT. He didn’t die for you to stay there. He doesn’t see you there. You see yourself there and are holding yourself captive and prisoner because you expected more. Chiiiii. Get over it.

Do like David did after the son of his sin died and he fasted so God would change His mind. Wash yourself (in whatever way you need to which is likely not literally washing. Listen to a sermon read a Scripture) and eat (again, same instructions). Your legacy awaits.

He had another son with his wife (I’m pretty sure some of this is about to be in another blog that was a draft first but oh well. Apologies but not.) who became king. This son did things God wouldn’t allow him to do. This son became a wise man. This son was Solomon who wrote Proverbs.

The same God that was with them is the same God available to you TOOOOOODAAAAAAAAY!

Go be great. Chiiiii. YOU and someone else is counting on it.

Out Of Place

I said it to myself and it has become evident. David is one of my faves along w my gangsta boo, (I wanna say spirit animal but ion believe in that but the sentiment kinda fits. 🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️😂🤣) who I relate to immensely, Simon Barjona Peter.

The children of Israel were at war.

As king, David was supposed to be at war. He wasn’t. He was at the house. Well palace.

He was up on the roof just hanging out. I mean. Friend. You could have at least been praying. Nope.

Due to what was about to happen, I imagine he was possible preening like a peacock. Just looking around at all of what he was in charge of.

Definitely not acting like what his name means: a man after God’s own heart.

Like. My guy? He knew what he should have been doing. He knew what his position and relationship with God demanded. But buddy was definitely human and had a whole bunch of human moments.

He saw this fine woman bathing. He was like “I gotta have her!”

Pretty sure buddy asked no questions about who she was and if she was married. He was the king so she couldn’t refuse.

Sis gets PREGNANT. I’m sure this was him 🤯. Cuz buddy found out not only was she married, but she was married to a man who was off fighting in the war on his behalf.

Instead of admitting what happened and trying to fix it by inviting God into the disaster, he calls her husband home with the hope of them doing what married people do and passing the baby off as his.

Uriah, that’s the husband, is so honorable, follows protocol so well, he won’t even sleep inside the house. Buddy was focused and in war mode. He slept on the daggone porch.

David has got to be like this now. 🤯🤯🤯🤯 Nothing HE has done to fix something that should have never happened has worked.

Now he comes up with another plan. He sends Uriah back and gives instructions to have him positioned where he can be killed. Sir. What?!

I’m pretty sure this is the same man who, while he was running for his life after being anointed as king but before being seated on the throne, wrote a song (Psalm) that said no matter where he goes the Lord is there.

This is why I said we gotta build altars. The amnesia of it all.

Uriah dies and this clears the way for David to be with his wife Bathsheeba.

Again. At no point does the man chosen by God to be king, who came from being an overlooked by his family shepherd boy in a pasture, to a person who killed a lion, bear, and several giants in the name of the Lord with a leather slingshot and stones, to a victorious warrior fighting to stay alive, consult God or his prophet.

God gave him plenty of time and space to get it together. At each point, each decision, he just kept making bad ones.

So. God sends the prophet Nathan to David. He GATHERS him. He tells him about himself. He puts him in check. Then he tells him the baby is finna die.

David is properly displeased with himself. He also doesn’t like the fact that the child won’t live. He makes a good choice. Finally.

He puts on sackcloth and ashes and fasts. He tries to get God to change his mind.

The people thought my guy was crazy. It didn’t work. They were nervous to tell him about the baby. When David finally found out the baby died, he got up, washed himself, and went and ate.

Here’s the thing. My family (it’s just one person lol. That’s what he called me so we goin with it.) preached and taught a couple of things that are appropriate for this here blog.

In the message I heard first about Shalom (peace), he said that some of us didn’t intend to sin. But, because of life, we did.

Then, in a Bible class about discipleship, he said he got saved young and hasn’t done everything right. But his posture has always been holiness. So, when he made mistakes, there was his mistake not his pattern. He told us to posture ourselves to pursue holiness. When you are pursuing purity and holiness, the pursuit itself is holy. When we come short God gives us grace when we are reaching for the mark.

And then the Sunday before I wrote this, my pastor said he isn’t teaching perfection because that hasn’t worked. He is teaching pursuit. He told us to pursue holiness.

Ya girl can relate to her family.

I got saved super young. At one point I was so sure that I would remain chaste until marriage. I was told to be careful to say what I would and wouldn’t do. I was so sure. That warning was so appropriate.

I allowed loneliness, how I was treated, what other people had going on, and the unnatural and unnecessary pressure to be in a relationship to cause me to fall and sin more times than I care to count.

I was disappointed in myself. I sat myself down in church and stopped the lil stuff I was doing.

Then I graduated to full blown fornication-sexual relations outside of marriage. I didn’t plan on it, didn’t necessarily want to, but I went with it when it happened. Maybe the thought process was why not? I was already doing other stuff. This was attention that I wasn’t getting it from the people I should have received it from. I was ashamed and disappointed. But not enough to stop.

I ended up in what now is a shocking and dangerous situation. It was like I was out of body for the few months this went down. I wasn’t fearful enough when someone was chasing me through the streets in the rougher neighborhood I was in. I wasn’t selfish enough or disgusted enough or displeased enough or in possession of enough self esteem when I was told to wait for him for what had to have been at least an hour.

When one takes their eyes off of Jesus and what they should be doing, danger is waiting.

I managed to keep it together for 13 years. I mean, when someone comes across the pulpit and says your name and then says God says you’re dirty, filthy, stinking, and nasty (something like that) and don’t know what you’re up to? You kinda gotta get it together. Well. You don’t HAVE to. But I chose to. And I’m glad I did. Cuz the consequences of continuing in that sin? I know me and what could have happened. Nothing nice.

Listening to the wrong people and the pandemic was a recipe for disaster. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been but it was worse than it should have been. I’d love to say that was the end of the story. But it wasn’t. It will be now. Tuh. The flattery was what did it. Love bombing (saying a bunch of things and being super nice at first before being…not so great). For all three of these jokers.

I got caught up AGAIN a year and a half after the first pandemic problem. However, I cut it off far sooner. I’d love to say I was unscathed. I think the last time was the worst because of what happened and how utterly reckless I was with my safety. Thank God for His hedge of protection.

And I guess, just to make sure I meant what I said when I said I was ready for a husband who would find me working like Ruth and be running around the church or rolling on the floor, I met a person in the parking lot of an auto parts store. The flattery. Again. This time? I was unmoved and not really taken by it.

Despite sharing the same doctrinal (Biblical) beliefs about salvation, dude had some sus thoughts. Then his words and actions didn’t line up. More love bombing. He had to GO. And did. After like two or three convos and a disappearance and reappearance. When he came back after a week he said he missed me. Sir. Go away. Nah playa. Bye.

I appreciate all that God is and His forgiveness. The fact that there is no shame and condemnation (a lil Scripture hunt for ya). EVEN when I know better. Even when I put myself in places and situations, He still looked out for me.

That’s why, despite how I feel about it, I’m gone give Him my total and complete yes. I’m gone go where my flesh doesn’t really want to go. I’m gone do what my flesh doesn’t really want to do. I owe Him. He didn’t bring me through all of this just for me. It was so that others, via tests that turned into a testimony that is a testament to Him as I keep saying, would know and see that the same God that did it for the people in the Bible is still doing it for people today.

Go be great. Someone is counting on YOU!

It Cost Her Something

I believe when I was writing Two Things Can Be True, and maybe even It’s Gonna Cost You Something, I thought about the person I’m going to discuss. Cuz I definitely though about her today.

It’s good ol Elisha, a woman, and her son again. It’s in one of the Kings. 2 I believe. Happy hunting. Go verify my words.

She was married to a man who was a prophet affiliated with Elisha. She sent word that her husband was dead. She made sure she name checked. She called her husband Elisha’s servant.

She told him her husband’s creditors were coming and going to take her sons as slaves.

E was like what can I do to help? Watchu got in yo house girl?

Sis was like “I ain’t got nothing but a small pot of olive oil.” Ooooh I can’t wait to get where I’m going.

E was like “aight bet. Go to your neighbors and get all the vessels (pots) you can. Don’t skimp. Get a bunch of them thangs. Go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into them and set them aside as they get full.

I’m gonna go somewhere else I wasn’t going. When he prayed over the boy I talked about in Two Things Can Be True, he went in and shut the door.

He gave her instructions that included going in and shutting the door.

When Jesus got to the house of Jairus where his daughter lay dead, he put the people out and shut the door.

When Jesus was teaching the disciples about doing stuff for or with God (go find it chiiii) He told them to do it in secret and their Father would reward them openly.

Sometimes we got to go through the process alone and quietly. This is a word for me!

David was made king in the pasture. Where he was before and after he was anointed as the next king. I am probably repeating myself but oh well.

Joseph was made second in command of Egypt after being sold, ending up in Potiphar’s house as he serving in that position, and then falsely accused and imprisoned.

We need to get behind that door and let God make us into who He showed us we would be. Move in silence. And when it’s time, let Him put us on display in a place nobody can take because nobody put us there but Him.

So, sis is filling pots left and right. Old school assembly line I’m imagining. She ends up asking her sons for another pot. They’re like “dis it moms. Dats alluem (all of them).”

Sis is like “aight. Aye yo E. I filled the pots like you said. Now what?”

E tells her to sell the oil and pay the creditors.

Bruh. I just got something else. Okay.

Before Jesus died, Mary broke open her alabaster box filled with what? Oil. She anointed Jesus for His burial.

Before He was arrested, Jesus sat in the Garden of Gethsemane sweating blood and asking not to have to go to the cross if it was possible. If you read another blog you know where He was: on Mt. Olivet/Mt. of Olives surrounded by what it takes to make oil. As Christ. Which means the Anointed One.

My blogging, author person reminded me that King David was anointed three times. Maybe one for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit who are all one identified by the name of Jesus who is the King on the throne.

All this lady had was the symbol of anointing. That symbol multiplied and provided for her. This brings to mind the Scripture that says but my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory BY CHRIST Jesus.

Sometimes, all we have is the anointing and the Anointed One. Those are the best times. Cuz He shows us who He is. And we have enough because He is all, and everything, that we need.

Do what it takes to be anointed. It ain’t easy bein breezy. But it’s worth it.

Go be great. Someone is counting on you.

Insecurities & Disqualifications

I think it is so interesting how God uses things and people that are insecurities or lack of qualifications.

My pastor taught us about Colossians and Paul during Bible class. He gave us some of Paul’s history.

The way Paul opened some of his letters seemingly points to his insecurity about how he came to be an Apostle. And it seems like it is more because of the other Apostles’ reactions and not anything he felt on his own.

Let’s be real though. Can you blame them for feeling some type of way? I give them initial feelings. But, if they kept it up, that’s not okay. Who knows though.

Cuz don’t we stay in our feelings sometimes long after whoever did it has moved on?

Paul was seemingly the most unqualified due to his persecution of the Christians. But God turned it. He is, after all, the author of Romans 8:28.

Ima run a list of the people I can think of who messed up or had things they thought stood in their way or who people counted out or who never should have been as impactful as they were.

Noah: it had never rained yet he said it would. They laughed. Then they drowned. Buddy got drunk and it wasn’t nothing good.

Abraham: worshiped pagan gods but followed God. Lied about Sarah being his wife and sister (just said sister) twice. Had a baby that wasn’t the promised child.

Jacob/Israel: tricked his brother out of his birthright then let the women and children in his life come in contact with the brother who had wanted to murder him before him (I mean if Esau was ready to fight they would have been killed first and Jacob could have run).

10 of Israel’s sons: sold Israel’s favorite son Joseph into slavery and lied to him about Joseph’s death.

Moses: murdered an Egyptian after being a Hebrew living with the king who enslaved the Hebrews. Had a speech impediment.

Samson: in relationship with a woman who wasn’t his wife who He told about where his strength was so he ended up weak, bald, and blind.

Rahab: a harlot (sex worker).

Esther: a young Jewish girl who was a part of the group one of the non-Jewish king’s right hand man wanted to destroy.

David: an overlooked boy sent to the field who his family couldn’t bother to call in at first when the prophet came to anoint the new king. Slept with a woman and had her husband killed because he got her pregnant when he should have been at war and her husband wouldn’t sleep with her to cover up the pregnancy because they were at war.

Samuel: his mother couldn’t even get pregnant for the longest so his existence was an answered prayer against long odds.

Isaac & Joseph: I couldn’t think of anything for them at first but I guess the same goes for them and their conceptions. And Joseph wasn’t disqualified but his brothers did what they did which surely should have resulted in the inability of his dreams to come true.

Ruth: widowed by a foreigner in her home land who then travels to the foreign land of her deceased husband with his widowed mother.

Jeremiah: young and inexperienced.

Nehemiah: in captivity but wanting to restore the city of God.

Mary: a teenage virgin engaged to be married when she was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and impregnated with Jesus.

John the Baptist: his parents were unable to conceive and he ended up being out in the wilderness talking about some man coming after him

Jesus: a lil carpenter’s son who wasn’t formally trained in the Synagogue saying and doing things that were not the custom or in line with what they saw their Scriptures at the time to say.

Peter: lied and denied his relationship with Christ

Me: a fast talking reader who is rebellious to some in my interpretation of the Bible

Every one of these people, including me, was chosen by God and helped make an impact for His kingdom.

DO NOT despise your journey.

DO NOT despise your past.

A testimony is a story about the tests you were able to eventually pass. It is a testament to the power of Jesus and what He was able to mold as the Potter with the clay of your life.

Oooooooh this is about to be so good to me.

After all. All we are is dirt.

To make pottery, clay is used. Clay is comprised of a substance similar to dirt. Water is added to turn it into clay.

Jesus is the living water that turns our dirt into clay. He puts us on a wheel and shapes us. We make mistakes and He has to add more water or reform the piece.

Just like humans who make pottery. It isn’t discarded. It is reused until it has taken the proper form.

Then we get put in the fire. Set. Then we get painted and decorated. I believe put in the fire again. Set.

Get up from where you are.

David was told that the first baby would die. He went and fasted and prayed hoping God would turn it around.

God didn’t. When he found out the baby was dead, he got up, cleaned up, and went and ate. He accepted the consequences of his actions. He didn’t wallow in his failure. He knew the God he served.

My pastor also talked about this. He ended up marrying Bathsheeba and having another child. Solomon. Who would become king and build the temple-what we all go to when we go to church.

He can use it all. No thing or time wasted. No mistake is too big that you can’t come back from it.

That is part of the point of His death on the cross. To extend grace and mercy and provide everything we need to live a life pleasing to Him. To overcome sin and be a reflection of Him.

Give it to Him and let Him change your story for His glory.

Go be great. Someone is counting on it.

(I wrote a follow up. What Do You See.)

It’s Gonna Cost You Something

One of the Ten Commandments prohibits covetousness aka wanting what other people have.

We are visual people and we see what people have and what they are doing.

Because of the presentation, things look glamorous and we say we want what they have.

The thing is, we don’t know what it cost for them to have what they have.

David?

Samuel anointed him to be king. Highest position in the land.

Surely people wanted the freedom, power, and liberty that came with the title and office of king.

But, what many didn’t know, he was sent off to the fields and pastures with the sheep.

He was overlooked and not hanging around the house.

He was off in the woods tending to obstinate animals.

When Samuel came to anoint one of Jesse’s sons, they didn’t even think enough of him to call him in to see if he was God’s choice.

David eventually had faith to believe he could slay the giant. He gave back the armor he was given and all he took was some leather and rocks.

The people thought he was crazy. What they didn’t know was that he had experience killing animals with that leather and rocks.

After being anointed and chosen, he had to run for his life. Saul and others were out to kill him. Though he was God’s choice.

But the anointing.

He was prepared for the palace in the pasture.

He learned everything that he needed to be king while being an overlooked afterthought.

He remained postured properly in persecution. Because he experienced God when he was just a shepherd boy, he had faith and conviction that remained when facing the giant and threats on his life.

We see the glory but don’t know the story. We don’t know what it cost a person to be where they are.

If we want nice, comfy, easy lives, we shouldn’t desire the anointing or what we see other people with. Cuz that ain’t the life of the anointed vessel of God.

Go be great. Someone’s counting on it.

Oh. This is in Kings and Psalms. Happy hunting.

Bougie About Toilet Paper

I’ve had income levels that have varied.

I’ve had living situations that have varied.

I’ve changed spending habits.

I’ve changed the stores I frequent.

I’ve purchased cheaper alternatives at times.

The one thing that never truly changed-toilet paper.

Even when I did go cheaper, I never went cheapest. And it was truly an alternative for my usual.

Ion know. I just could never bring myself to TRULY, truly skimp on toilet paper.

David wrote a Psalm (139). It’s on point enough.

David went THROUGH went through.

He experienced victory and ran for his life.

He was celebrated and hated.

He was invisible to his family then seen by an entire nation.

In Psalm 139, David points out his realization that God is everywhere.

He realizes he can go nowhere, even making his bed in hell, where God is not.

No matter the lot in life you find yourself.

No matter how little or much you value yourself.

No matter what sin you have or have not committed.

One thing has not and will NEVER change.

God is there. God is here. As is His love.

Once we accept that, no matter what is going on, we should have peace. An assurance. A hope.

Sometimes it may be easier.

Sometimes it may be harder.

Sometimes we may feel it more.

Sometimes we may feel it less.

Sometimes we may see it more.

Sometimes we may see it less.

But, once we’ve received Him and it, we should never be able to TRULY, truly be without either.

Go be great. Someone is counting on it.

Follow Instructions

One of the ppl I live with has been wanting bread pudding.

They used to be able to get it from a store near the house. It’s never there.

I went to another location. I decided I would make it if I couldn’t find it.

Found out it is no longer sold pre-made.

I found a recipe for it. My phone was dying so I looked at all the ingredients. I bought what wasn’t at the house and left.

I decided to watch a Facebook live about love. Shout out to my fellow blogger and her husband.

Honestly, I didn’t even read the recipe in full. Just the ingredients and like one instruction about the bread. And the recipe was behind a pay wall after so many observations.

I thought I could access it after registering. Nope. I had to subscribe. I discovered this after I had cut the bread poured the milk on it, and decided to see if I was following instructions.

Surprise surprise. I was NOT. I should have made a custard with the milk.

Let me pause and say I am not a baker. I make a few desserts that require minimal effort. Cooking though? Baaaaaybeeeee. Ima add a pic. I cooks.

Okay. Back on track. I proceeded to melt the butter and add the sugar and vanilla to it. I beat the eggs.

But, I had a realization. I know from watching cooking shows that ya girl is finna make caramel or something similar.

I tried to squeeze the milk out of the bread. Fail. I opened the refrigerator to see if there was milk. There usually isn’t. But heaven smiled on this mess. Right on the door was a baby container.

I didn’t even measure it. I just dumped it. It was cold so it cooled the butter and sugar. I realize that now. I did notice that the butter stopped melting.

But, there was already the appropriate amount of milk on the bread. I didn’t fully follow instructions for adding the stove mixture to the eggs.

They said it had to cool. But chiiiiii. I knew it wasn’t hot. So, I mixed it then poured it on the bread then put it in the oven.

Oh. I also added more bread. And now that I think about it, it wasn’t as sweet as it could have been because I didn’t add more sugar. Gah.

I just KNEW it was gonna be nasty. However, the two ppl who ate it liked it. One said I just needed to add the pre-made cinnamon sugar to it. I said it wasn’t sweet enough and reminded me of French toast. I def used brioche and, again, not enough sugar.

The ppl in the comments of the recipe also said it should soak in the mixture. I saw that before I baked it. But it was already a mess and getting late. Next time. I’m gonna try again. Lol.

That made me think of us and how we relate to God sometimes. When we don’t follow instructions or kinda follow them we end up with a mess. I could list more of my mistakes but, I’m gonna go to the Good Book.

Abraham was told he would have a baby with Sarah. She didn’t believe or was impatient. She sent her maid Hagar to have the baby, Ishmael. She treated Hagar harshly. She ended up with a baby, Isaac, and then sent Ishmael and Hagar away. As a result, Ishmael’s descendents are at odds with Isaac’s to this day. (Flit around Genesis. I’m usually good about citing. But I’m being lazy. Apologies.)

Moses was told to speak to the rock to get water. He hit it in frustration. As a result, God told him he would never see the Promised Land. After all that he had done. (Exodus my friend.)

Samson was told not to cut his hair or he’d lose his strength. He got involved with a woman who wasn’t an Israelite and spilled the secret. It resulted in him losing his hair, strength, eyes, and ultimately his life. (Judges will tell it all.)

The prophet Samuel gave King Saul instructions from God (Samuel trained as a priest but became a prophet. Priests performed the burnt sacrifices.) to destroy everyone and everything-including the animals. Saul saved the animals so that they could be offered as a sacrifice to God. Samuel was like bro, uh uh. You messed up and God is giving the kingdom to another. (1 or 2 Kings. One of em. You’re already on a device that will let you search or google.)

Saul’s successor David was a man of war after God’s heart. As a teen he killed five giants with five stones and a slingshot when nobody else could kill them.

Israel is at war later after David ascends the throne. Normally, kings were at war with the ppl while they fight. For some reason, David was at the palace on the roof. He saw a beautiful woman and decided he had to have her.

He sleeps with her, gets her pregnant, then realizes that she’s the wife of one of his best warriors. He calls the man home. He tries to get him to sleep with his wife. He refuses bc he is an honorable man and won’t be intimate while they are at war.

Since that didn’t work, David sends word and had the man assigned to a position that would surely get him killed. It did.

A new prophet, Nathan, goes to David and tells him he knows what he did and as a result the baby would die. David fasts and puts on sackcloth and ashes until he finds out the baby has died. Odd to others for sure.

Oh. David married the woman, Bathsheeba, after her husband, Uriah, died. They had another son Solomon.

At this point, the house of God is in tents, the tabernacle, and mobile. It had been since back in the day after Moses freed the people from Egypt when they wandered in the wilderness.

David decides and tells God that he wants to build a stationary house of worship, a temple. God is like cool, cool, cool. But um yeah. Not you buddy. You have too much blood on your hands. Solomon will though.

He lost a child and couldn’t build the temple. After ALL he had been through with God (there’s so much in Psalms and Kings. These particular instances described are in 1 or 2 Kings. Wherever you find Saul, just keep going. David comes after him.).

I’m certain there are more stories and ppl. I have surely gone over the customary length I imagine these to be in my head.

The point is simple and stated in the title: follow instructions. Cuz if we don’t, untold and unimaginable consequences will follow.

Go be great. Someone’s counting on it. 😊

NAME OF GOD: Elohe Tsadeki

Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. I broke each one down separately. However, I felt that it would be nice to have all of them in one place.

MEANING: God of My Righteousness

VERSE: Psalm 4:1

KJ21 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! Thou hast set me at large when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

Hear me.

ASV For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; Thou hast set me at large when I was in distress: Have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

AMP To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and relieved me when I was in distress; Be gracious to me and hear [and respond to] my prayer.

Oh. Okay AMP.

AMPC Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness (uprightness, justice, and right standing with You)! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.

BRG To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

CSB For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

Answer me.

CEB Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God! Set me free from my troubles! Have mercy on me! Listen to my prayer!

CJB For the leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David:

CEV (A psalm by David for the music leader. Use stringed instruments.) You are my God and protector. Please answer my prayer. I was in terrible distress, but you set me free. Now have pity and listen as I pray.

Protector.

DARBY To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. When I call, answer me, O God of my righteousness: in pressure thou hast enlarged me; be gracious unto me, and hear my prayer.

DRA Unto the end, in verses. A psalm for David.

ERV To the director: With stringed instruments. A song of David. God, you showed that I was innocent. You gave me relief from all my troubles. So listen to me now when I call to you for help. Be kind to me and hear my prayer.

😊

EHV For the choir director. With stringed instruments. A psalm by David. My righteous God, answer me when I call. When I was under pressure, you gave me relief. Be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

Relief.

ESV To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

Distress. Situation was dire. Be gracious. Man.

ESVUK To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

EXB For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I ·pray [L call] to you, my God who ·does what is right [is righteous; or who vindicates me]. ·Make things easier for me [Give me room; Widen my way] when I am in trouble. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Who does what is right. Make things easier. Give me room. Widen my way.

GNV When Saul persecuted him, he called upon God, trusting most assuredly in his promise, and therefore boldly reproveth his enemies, who willfully resisted his dominion, 7 and finally preferreth the favor of God before all worldly treasures.To him that excelleth on Neginoth. A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast set me at liberty, when I was in distress: have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.

Trusting most assuredly in his promise. Set me at liberty. Hearken unto. Come to.

GW For the choir director; with stringed instruments; a psalm by David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness. You have freed me from my troubles. Have pity on me, and hear my prayer!

Freed me. Have pity.

GNT Answer me when I pray, O God, my defender! When I was in trouble, you helped me. Be kind to me now and hear my prayer.

My defender. Helped me. Be kind to me.

HCSB For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Davidic psalm. Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

Vindicates me. Freed me from my affliction.

ICB For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A song of David. Answer me when I pray to you, my God who does what is right. Lift the load that I carry. Be kind to me and hear my prayer.

Whew. Lift the load that I carry.

ISV To the Director: With stringed instruments. A Davidic Psalm When I call, answer me, my righteous God! When I was in distress, you set me free. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

JUB To the Overcomer in Neginoth, A Psalm of David. ¶ Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

Enlarged me. I can’t even.

KJV Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

AKJV To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

LEB For the music director; with stringed instruments. A psalm of David. When I call, answer me, O God of my righteousness. In trouble deliver me. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

TLB O God, you have declared me perfect in your eyes; you have always cared for me in my distress; now hear me as I call again. Have mercy on me. Hear my prayer.

Yo. Declared me perfect in your eyes!

MSG When I call, give me answers. God, take my side! Once, in a tight place, you gave me room; Now I’m in trouble again: grace me! hear me!

Yas!

MEV For the Music Director. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

NOG For the choir director; with stringed instruments; a psalm by David. Answer me when I call, O Elohim of my righteousness. You have freed me from my troubles. Have pity on me, and hear my prayer!

NABRE For the leader; with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

NASB Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

Relieved.

NASB1995 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

NCV For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I pray to you, my God who does what is right. Make things easier for me when I am in trouble. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

NET For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of David. When I call out, answer me, O God who vindicates me. Though I am hemmed in, you will lead me into a wide, open place. Have mercy on me and respond to my prayer.

Though I am hemmed in. Lead me into a wide, open place.

NIRV For the director of music. A psalm of David to be played on stringed instruments. My faithful God, answer me when I call out to you. Give me rest from my trouble. Have mercy on me. Hear my prayer.

Fairhful God. Call out to you. Give me rest.

NIV Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

NIVUK For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

NKJV To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

God of my righteousness.

NLV Answer me when I call, O my God Who is right and good! You have made a way for me when I needed help. Be kind to me, and hear my prayer.

God who is right and good. Made a way for me.

NLT For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments. Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Declares me innocent.

NRSV To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

NRSVA To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

NRSVACE To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

NRSVCE To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

OJB (For the one directing. With stringed instruments. Mizmor Dovid.) Hear me when I call, Elohei tzidki (O G-d of my righteousness); Thou hast relieved me when I was in distress; channeini, and hear my tefillah.

TPT For the Pure and Shining OneFor the end, a melody by King David God, you are my righteousness, my champion defender. Answer me when I cry for help! Whenever I was in distress, you enlarged me. I’m being squeezed again—I need your kindness right away! Grant me your grace, hear my prayer, and set me free!

For the Pure and Shining One. Being squeezed again…grant me your grace. I know where to go when things aren’t going well…

RSV To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my right! Thou hast given me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

RSVCE To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my right! Thou hast given me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

TLV For the music director, on stringed instruments, a psalm of David.

VOICE For the worship leader. A song of David accompanied by strings. Answer my prayers, O True God, the righteous, who makes me right. I was hopelessly surrounded, and You rescued me. Once again hear me; hide me in Your favor; bring victory in defeat and hope in hopelessness.

O True God. Makes me right. I was surrounded. You rescued me. Once again hear me. Hide me in your favor. BRING victory in defeat and hope in hopelessness. Ion care that I basically re-typed the whole verse. These wordssssssssss.

WEB For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm by David. Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness. Give me relief from my distress. Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

WYC To the victory in organs, the psalm of David. When I inwardly called, God of my rightwiseness heard me; in tribulation thou hast alarged to me. Have thou mercy on me; and hear thou my prayer. (To victory, on instruments, the song of David. Please answer me when I call thee, O God of my righteousness. For when I was in trouble, thou set me free, or at large. So have thou mercy on me; and hear thou my prayer.)

Yessir! Yep. This!

YLT To the Overseer with Stringed Instruments. — A Psalm of David. In my calling answer Thou me, O God of my righteousness. In adversity Thou gavest enlargement to me; Favour me, and hear my prayer.

Overseer. Adversity.

I skipped over some things. Chief musician, choirmaster, and worship leader. Interesting titles David gave to God…

NAME OF GOD: El Sali

Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. I broke each one down separately. However, I felt that it would be nice to have all of them in one place.

MEANING: God, my Rock

He’s a firm foundation!

VERSE: 2 Samuel 22:47

KJ21 “The Lord liveth! And blessed be my Rock! And exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation!

Okay worship. My rock. Possession. David wrote these words after God delivered him from his enemies and Saul per verse one.

ASV Jehovah liveth; And blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,

AMP “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, And exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation.

AMPC The Lord lives; blessed be my Rock, and exalted be God, the Rock of my salvation.

BRG The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

CSB The Lord lives—blessed be my rock! God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.

CEB The Lord lives! Bless God, my rock! Let my God, the rock of my salvation, be lifted high!

Be lifted high. Also. He is high and lifted up...Isaiah 6:1 King James Version (KJV).

CJBAdonai is alive! Blessed is my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock of my salvation,

CEV You are the living Lord! I will praise you! You are a mighty rock. I will honor you for keeping me safe.

Mighty rock. Keeping me safe.

DARBY Jehovah liveth; and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God, the rock of my salvation,

DRA The Lord liveth, and my God is blessed: and the strong God of my salvation shall be exalted:

ERV The Lord lives! I praise my Rock! How great is my God, the Rock who saves me!

He is alive. Lives. Exists. Present.

EHV The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! May God, the Rock who saves me, be exalted!

Rock who saves me. Not a one time deal.

ESV “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

ESVUK “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

EXB “The Lord lives! May my Rock be ·praised [blessed]! Praise God, the Rock, ·who saves me […of my salvation]!

May the Rock be praised, blessed.

GNV Let the Lord live, and blessed be my strength: and God, even the force of my salvation be exalted.

My strength. The force of my salvation.

GW The Lord lives! Thanks be to my rock! May God, the rock of my salvation, be glorified.

Thanks! Gratitude. Be glorified.

GNT The Lord lives! Praise my defender! Proclaim the greatness of the strong God who saves me!

My defender. Proclaim. Speak up. Greatness. Strong God. Who saves me. Sheesh.

HCSB The Lord lives—may my rock be praised! God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.

ICB “The Lord lives! May my Rock be praised! Praise God, the Rock, who saves me!

ISV The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock, and may my God be exalted, the Rock who is my salvation!

JUB The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God who is the rock of my salvation.

KJV The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

AKJV The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

LEB Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock! May God, the rock of my salvation, be exalted!

TLB The Lord lives. Blessed be my Rock. Praise to him— The Rock of my salvation.

MSG Live, God! Blessing to my Rock, my towering Salvation-God! This God set things right for me and shut up the people who talked back. He rescued me from enemy anger. You pulled me from the grip of upstarts, You saved me from the bullies. That’s why I’m thanking you, God, all over the world. That’s why I’m singing songs that rhyme your name. God’s king takes the trophy; God’s chosen is beloved. I mean David and all his children— always.

Um. Yes. Lol. Singing songs that rhyme your name.

MEV The Lord lives; blessed be my rock. May the God of the rock of my salvation be exalted,

NOG Yahweh lives! Thanks be to my rock! May Elohim, the rock of my salvation, be glorified.

NABRE The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be God, the rock of my salvation.

NASB The Lord lives, and blessed be my Rock; And exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

NASB1995 “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,

NCV “The Lord lives! May my Rock be praised! Praise God, the Rock, who saves me!

NET The Lord is alive! My Protector is praiseworthy! The God who delivers me is exalted as king!

My protector is praiseworthy. For who delivers me is exalted as king.

NIRV “The Lord lives! Give praise to my Rock! Give honor to my God, the Rock! He is my Savior!

Give honor.

NIV “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!

NIVUK ‘The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Saviour!

NKJV “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation!

Let God be exalted. Make the choice. Make the decision.

NLV “The Lord lives. Thanks be to my Rock. May God be honored, the Rock that saves me.

NLT “The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock! May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted!

NRSV The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

NRSVA The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

NRSVACE The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

NRSVCE The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

OJB Hashem liveth; and baruch be my Tzur; and exalted be the Elohei Tzur of my Salvation.

RSV “The Lord lives; and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

RSVCE “The Lord lives; and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,

TLV Adonai lives! And blessed be my Rock! Exalted be God—the Rock of my salvation!

It was at this moment that I finally caught the rock and salvation references. In Matthew 16, Jesus asked the disciples who men said he was. They said the people said all kind of stuff. Bold Simon said he was the son of God. Jesus said flesh and blood didn’t reveal it but his father in heaven. He changed his name to Peter, Petras, rock. Jesus told him upon that rock he would build his church. Then the Holy Ghost came after they obeyed Jesus and waited for the promised comforter mentioned in John (Acts 1; Acts 2). Peter spoke up and provided the people with what Jesus laid out as the plan of salvation (John 3:5; Acts 2). Aaaaaahhhhhh.

VOICE The Eternal One is alive! May my Rock be blessed; and the True God, the Rock of my deliverance be exalted,

Deliverance.

WEB Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,

WYC The Lord liveth, and my God is blessed; and the strong God of mine health shall be enhanced. (The Lord liveth, and blessed is my God; yea, the strong God of my salvation shall be exalted.)

Okkkkkk

YLT Jehovah liveth, and blessed [is] my Rock, And exalted is my God — The Rock of my salvation.

Is. Not be. Tuh.