103:1) By David.
103:2) Praise Yahuah, my soul!
All that is within me, praise his name!
103:3) Praise Yahuah, my soul,
And do not forget all His benefits;
103:4) Who forgives all your sins;
Who heals all your diseases;
103:5) Who redeems your life from destruction;
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
103:6) Who satisfies your desire with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
103:7) Yahuah executes righteous acts,
And justice for all who are oppressed.
103:8) He made known His ways to Moshe,
His deeds to the children of Yisra’el.
103:9) Yahuah is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness.
103:10) He will not always accuse;
Neither will He stay angry forever.
103:11) He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us for our iniquities.
103:12) For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
103:13) As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
103:14) Like a father has compassion on his children,
So Yahuah has compassion on those who fear Him.
103:15) For He knows how we are made.
He remembers that we are dust.
103:16) As for man, his days are like grass.
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
103:17) For the wind passes over it, and it is gone.
Its place remembers it no more.
103:18) But Yahuah’s lovingkindness is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear Him,
His righteousness to children’s children;
103:19) To those who keep His covenant,
To those who remember to obey His precepts.
103:20) Yahuah has established His throne in the heavens.
His kingdom rules over all.
103:21) Praise Yahuah, you angels of His,
Who are mighty in strength, who fulfill His word,
Obeying the voice of his word.
103:22) Praise Yahuah, all you hosts of His,
You servants of His, who do His pleasure.
103:23) Praise Yahuah, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion.
Praise Yahuah, my soul.
Water, Water Everywhere Nor Any Drop To Drink
I was Second Engineer on the m.v. Swiftnes going to Matanzas, a port more than a day’s full steaming up the Orinoco River in Venezuela. The ship could make its own fresh, drinking water from sea water using the waste heat from the ship’s engines. This was only possible when the ship was moving and far out to sea. Close to land, there is the probability that the sea water would be contaminated with effluent from rivers and towns. I cannot recall the exact details, but the ship was at anchor at the mouth of the river a lot longer than was to be expected. The result of this was that drinking water was rationed until we could get in to port to fill our potable water tanks. In the Tropics, it is difficult to work in the heat and high humidity on water rationing, but the ship still had to be operated. Eventually we got to port, and water never tasted so good. Even now, I do not like to see fresh water wasted, none more so than when the so-called environmentalists encourage us to waste pure water to clean out re-cycling plastic and metal.
In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic tale of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the Mariner’s ship is becalmed in the Tropics. The water supply soon fails hence the famous line that forms the title of this message. Although I have never been as desperate as those sea-fearers, I have been in a situation where the drinking water was severely rationed. We all knew that the rationing was for only a limited time, whereas becalmed or ship-wrecked sailors had little hope to be saved.
The predicament that the Ancient Mariner and his ship-mates had was that there was no fresh water left, but all around them was sea water. The problem with drinking sea water is that a sip does not quench the thirst. In fact, the salt content increases the thirst that leads to a bigger gulp and eventually a downward spiral leading to death.
Sin is attractive to the flesh, if it was not so, it would have no appeal. If sin was poking a sharp stick into the eye, the world would be filled with righteous people or a lot of one-eyed sinners. Sin is so very like drinking sea water; once tasted the body craves for more and more. The more a person sins, the more sin is required to have the same effect. Like most addictions or the drinking of sea water, it is impossible to stop of our own accord.
The only way to prevent anyone from drinking more sea water is to give them fresh, clean, pure water. “Yahshua answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of Yahuah, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ Yahshua answered her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.’” (John 4:10, 13-14). Yahshua was talking about Himself and once a person tastes this ‘Water’ they will never want to go back.
Sin is a great equaliser; it knows no nationality, ethnicity, colour, creed, race, religion, no gender, sexual orientation, age, class or occupation “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of Yahuah.” (Rom. 3:23).
“Shimon Kefa opened his mouth and said, ‘Truly I perceive that Yahuah is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he who is in awe Him and works righteousness is acceptable to Him. The word which He sent to the children of Yisra`el, preaching the Good News of peace by Yahshua the Messiah – He is Master of all.” (Acts 10:34-36). The Good News is that when a person is confronted with their sin, there is a realisation that there has to be an ultimate judgement and final penalty to pay. The person comes to recognise Yahuah `Elohiym as the Judge of all. This has the effect of either driving a person away from Yahuah or of seeking a Saviour who has already paid that sin-price, once and for all.
This Saviour is Messiah Yahshua.
What do you want to drink: the sin that leads to death or the cool, clean, refreshing Living Waters that is Messiah Yahshua?
“Now in Yerushalayim by the sheep gate, there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Beit-Zata, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of Yahuah went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had. A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Yahshua saw him lying there, and knew that He had been sick for a long time, He asked him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’ Yahshua said to him, ‘Arise, take up your mat, and walk.’” (John 5:2-8). What we need to be careful of, is that the world will produce many counterfeits calling all to drink deeply. In this passage, the sick man was totally helpless and the world could not care less. The man was hopeless as there was nothing that the world could give to heal him. Healing was so close to hand but was unobtainable. Then along comes the Master. Some things that this world offers is but a shadow, a poor counterfeit of the true thing.
The sick man would still be sitting there (metaphorically speaking) had not the Master not come along.
Are you sick, troubled and helpless in a world that does not care? Is sin robbing you of a meaningful and fruitful life? Then turn to He who is the Living Waters. Take a deep draught and taste how good He is.
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
If you want to accept Father’s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine as Father knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
“Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.”
If you have honestly said such a prayer as these, and truely renounced the sin in your life and accepted Father’s salvation through Messiah Yahshua, then please drop us an e-mail at ATC to let us know. This not only builds up our faith, it offers an opportunity to prayfully support you. Even if you have Believing friends or family, we at ATC would be privileged to pray for you. Please contact us at email@example.com.
“Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
So is good news from a far country.
Like a muddied spring, and a polluted well,
So is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” (Prov. 25:25, 26).
Our Saviour welcomes all His Family to join in this memorial. If you have accepted Messiah Yahshua as your Master and Saviour please take the next few moments to seek Father and to ensure that all is right between Him and you and between you and your Brothers and Sisters. If not, please put this right before continuing.
If you have not yet accepted Him into your life, then we encourage you to seek Him while it is still possible, as time is running out. When He returns or if you pass away then it will be too late. Please do not partake of the bread and wine as in doing so, it gives thanks for the broken body (bread) and shed blood (wine) for and a witness of salvation.
On the night of the Master’s betrayal, He took the bread, blessed it and broke it saying ‘This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.’
Bless the bread saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
Break and eat the bread (sharing it if within a group setting):
After the meal He took the Cup of Blessing, blessed it saying ‘This is my Blood poured out for you for the remission of sins; take and drink it as a memorial to me.’
Bless the wine saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Drink the wine (sharing it if within a group setting):
Thanksgiving prayer: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who gives us, in Yahshua, all that we will ever need. In your lovingkindness and mercy, you rebuild broken lives. You bless us, in Yahshua, with a perfect blessing. Ameyn.
Counting of the Omer – 08/04/2018 to 27/05/2018
Shavuot – 27/05/2018
4th. New Moon – 15/06/2018
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.