From: Rich Carlson
Date: February 6, 2019
Subject: It's February 6; Good Morning Union

“Unto you O Lord, do I lift up my soul….”         Psalm 25:1,2

A song came to me the other day that doesn’t seem to want to leave. It was an old praise song that we sang back at Maplewood Academy when I was chaplain there- LOOONG ago! I have, however, changed the words a bit that don’t fit nicely into the cadence of the song, but they make it more of a confidence song/verse that a pleading/begging type song/verse:

“Unto thee O Lord (leader sings, participants repeat)

Do I lift up my soul (same as above)

Unto thee O Lord (same response)

Do I lift up my soul (do I lift up my soul)

O my God (respond)

I trust in thee (I trust in thee)

(all together)

Let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph (clap) over me.”


I just changed the last line to:

“I will NOT be ashamed, and my enemies will NOT triumph over me”

It sounds good when I recite it as a verse I’ve learned, but I can’t make it fit into the music!

I realize that David did have a lot of enemies, I don’t (to my knowledge!) I would rather focus on the confidence that I can have when I lift up my soul to God and trust Him. I have found that with that focus I don’t have to be ashamed of Him or my belief in Him, and I don’t have to worry about the only real enemy that I know I have, and that’s the devil, EVER triumphing over me—as long as I am “lifting up my soul to Him, and trusting Him.”


Have a great day lifting and trusting, then knowing,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day: “Nothing lives for itself. Rivers don’t drink their own water. Trees don’t eat their own fruits. The sun doesn’t shine for itself. A flower’s fragrance is not for itself. Living for each other is Nature’s rule. Let’s rise by lifting others up.”


PS        Enjoy Winter Break. It starts AFTER your last class today

PPS     I leave this afternoon to speak for Parents’ Weekend at Maxwell Academy in Kenya, then down to visit Claudia in Zambia. I’ll be gone 10 days!!

PP..S   Service Month Challenge Day 6-          Fill someone's cup on day 6 of our Service Month Challenge by paying for someone behind you in line. This is not limited to Starbucks! You can simply pay for someone behind in the cafe.

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