May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock (Psalm 18:2) and my Redeemer (Isaiah 47:4). (Psalm 19:14)
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:45)
Oh, Lord, may I bury your words in my heart.
The person who delights is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night, is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does, prospers. (Psalm 1:2-3)
Oh, Lord, may I delight in your words, your laws, your decrees, your statutes. When I lay down and when I awake may your law be in my heart. Not simply in order that you would bless me, though you will, but that my joy in you may be complete.
Who can discern their own errors? Who can forgive their own hidden faults? Oh, Lord, keep your servant from willful sins. Oh, Lord, may my sins not rule over me. Only after you discern my errors, expose my hidden faults, restrain me from my willful disobedience, and save me from sinning over-and-over, will I be blameless in your sight. Oh, Lord, may I be innocent of great transgressions. Let it be, Lord. Let it be! (Psalm 19:12-13)
The fear of the Lord is pure. The fear of the Lord endures forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm and sure. The decrees of the Lord are righteous. The decrees of the Lord are gold like much pure gold. The decrees of the Lord are are sweeter than honey, like honey from the honeycomb. The decrees of the Lord warn your servant. Keeping the decrees of the Lord bring great reward. (Psalm 19:9-11)
Looking fer a 100% guarantee? Look ter Skip’s words. His words be pure, sure, firm, and endure. His words be more valuable than all the gold buried on Treasure Island. His words be sweet in the mouth and go down slick like honey. Skip’s words warn us from danger. Keep Skip’s Code of Conduct and yer treasure ‘ill be great mate, ya may lay ter that.
From infancy, if our mum and pop trained us up properly, we be familiar with the Holy Scriptures. When we follow Skip’s Code of Conduct, his law kin make us wise fer salvation through faith in his Son. (2 Timothy 3:15)
Only thar be another group that claims Skipper’s Law be not perfect, but flawed.
“God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)
In response ter this lie from the devil, Skipper said ter that lying snake, “Cursed are you!” (Genesis 3:14)
Cursed, indeed, we all be, fer we fell fer that lie. In response Skip offered us a way back inter his loving arms. “If you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then you will be my treasured possession.” (Exodus 19:5) Fer a while we did everything Skip said. (Exodus 19:8)
Then we went back ter our old sinning ways.
In this way Skip’s truth be revealed: all who rely on works of the law be cursed under the law. (Galatians 3:10) Not a single one of us kin keep Skip’s law. (Romans 3:23)
“Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.” (Deuteronomy 27:26)
Cursed we be.
Now we be set free from the curse of sin. Not because we kin keep Skip’s laws, but ’cause his Son kept them fer us. Skip gives us his Spirit ter work miracles among us, not by the works of the law, but by believing what we heard and read ’bout his Son. (Galatians 3:5)
Skip’s law be but obedience. (Galatians 3:12)
Freedom from the curse of sin comes because Skip’s Son became accursed fer us. (Galatians 3:13)
Skip’s law does not set aside the covenant established between Skip and Abraham, fer if our inheritance of Skipper’s promises depend upon us keeping his law, then the promise of our inheritance be not a promise, but a transaction. (Galatians 3:17-18)
Does Skip’s Code of Conduct oppose his promises? Heaven ferbid!
Fer if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But Skip’s Code of Conduct locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in the Son, might be given to those who believe. Befer the coming of the Son, we whar held in custody under the law, chained, as it whar, until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law whar our guardian until the Son arrived. In this way we be justified by faith, not by works and holding ter every law. (Galatians 3:21-25)
Because we believe in the Son as our savior, we are no longer be under the guardianship of Skip’s Code of Conduct.
Only, if we do not ‘ave faith in the Son as our savior, then we remain under the supervision of the law and subjects ter it.
Does Skip’s law promote sin? Heaven ferbid! We would not know what sin whar except fer the law. (Romans 7:7) Apart from Skip’s Code of Conduct, sin be dead. But when the commandments arrived, sin sprang ter life like a snake. Bit us, sin did, and in that moment we died. (Romans 7:9)
Skip’s law be holy. His Code of Conduct be holy. (Romans 7:12)
And the only way we get back inter the loving arms of a holy skipper is ter be holy. We kin not be holy on our own. Skip’s Code of Conduct proves this. Only through the blood of his Son kin we be holy.
Praise be Skip’s Son kept ever’ command and died in our place fer our sins so that we might be with him in his Father’s house. This be a mysterious journey, but one which, if we ‘ill dare take, leads ter peace and a joy that ‘ill ne’er end.
The Lord’s statutes — his formal written enactment of authority — makes wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7-8)
Should we stumble over a law of the Lord know this: it be us who need a course correction, not Skipper’s Law. Plot yer course based on Skip’s Law, not men’s idears. Do this and ya ‘ill always sail the right heading.
Should we find ourselves beat down, discouraged, in despair, think dark thoughts, know this: Skip’s Law kin revive yer soul. Might be when we in a dire mental fix, the reason be we reject Skipper’s law and think we know best. Renew yer soul by reading and believing Skip’s words.
Should we be flailing about, confused, unsure what ter believe, know this: we kin rely on the formal written enactment of Skipper’s authority. He ‘ill ne’er let us down. If he says a thing, we kin stand on his words. Trust in Skipper’s written authority.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming from God’s pavilion. It is like a champion rejoicing to run his course. The sun rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other. Nothing is hidden from its heat. (Psalm 19:4-6)
When seen, we feel the sun’s heat. Unseen, we still feel its heat.
The sun be above all. Skipper’s Son also be above all.
The sun comes like a bridegroom.
Skippers’s Son comes ter us as our bridegroom, fer we, his Church, be his bride. (John 3:29) (Matthew 9:15) (Mark 2:19) (Luke 5:34) (Revelation 22:17) (2 Corinthians 11:2) (Luke 5:35) (John 2:9) (Revelation 19:7) (Mark 2:18) (Ephesians 5:25-27) (Matthew 9:14-15)
The sun rejoices in its daily run.
Skipper’s Son rejoiced when his work on the cross whar completed, fer his joy was complete. (John 15:11) (Luke 15:5-7) (John 17:13) (Hebrews 12:2)
Nothing is hidden from the sun.
Nothing is hidden from Skip’s Son.
Nothing is hidden from the sun’s heat.
Nothing is hidden from Skip’s Son’s intense heat.
Praise be that the sun that warms man and the earth and provides us with life-sustaining warmth.
Praise be that Skipper’s Son provides us with eternal life through his shed blood on the cross.
May we look up at the heavens, see the sun, and praise Skipper fer his Son, our Lord and Savior.
The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day the work of his hands pour forth speech. Night after night the heavens reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words. No sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth. Their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
Ah good many like ter claim thar be no captain, no skipper, no God. That science and reason and book smarts kin explain how all we know and enjoy come about. Only think on this a wee little bit:
Tha evidence of Skip’s glory be available fer all ter see. Even them without eyes ter see kin tell thar be a creative order ter his work tha shames tha efforts of fellers. Tha birth of a child be a miraculous and joyful thing and yet, not nary a feller ‘as ever made a tiny human from nothing. Only Skip done that.
We kin procreate folks, but we kin not create folks.
Skip’s fingerprints be clearly seen in tha skies.
Though silent, tha heavens speak of his supremacy.
We like ter think we be in charge of land and sea, that we kin control tha weather and climate, but that be foolish thinking. Skip alone be tha one with his fingers on tha pulse of tha waves and winds.
If ya wish ter be wise, open yer eyes and see. If ya wish ter be learned, listen with yer ears and hear.
Not a single feller or lass on tha planet ‘as any excuse fer denying tha grandeur of Skipper. As a result, Saul Paul warns:
Although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie.
They worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.In the same way the men also abandoned natural relationswith women and were inflamedwith lust for one another. Men committed shameful actswith other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.
They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.
They are gossips,slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful.
They invent ways of doing evil.
They disobey their parents.
They have no understanding.
They have no fidelity, no love, no mercy.
Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-32)
Thar be no excuse fer shutting yer eyes, ears, and mind ter tha glory of Skip. No excuse, that is, unless ya prefer ter worship another god — a god made in yer image — instead of tha God of tha heavens and earth.
If that be tha case, yer blood be on yer own head.