Babylon . . .

Revelation 18:1-3 NASB
After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. [2] And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “allen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. [3] For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”

Who or what is Babylon? In the last sentence of chapter 17 it tell us that the woman that John saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth. In John’s time that city was Rome. Rome was an enemy of God and persecuted many Christians. Babylon represents any evil city, nation, place or even government systems. It has great influence over people with material possessions, luxuries, wealth and the worship of anything other than God.

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Delight in the Lord. . .

Psalm 1:1-3 ESV
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; [2] but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. [3] He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

My Rock and My Fortress

Psalm 144:2 (NIV)

He is my loving God and my fortress,

my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

who subdues peoples  under me.

Psalm144_12Psalm 144:5–8 (NIV)

Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;

touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;

shoot your arrows and rout them.

Reach down your hand from on high;

deliver me and rescue me

from the mighty waters,

from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:10–11 (NIV)

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;

rescue me from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:15 (NIV)

15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;

blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

Psalm 139:1–3 (ESV)

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways.

Psalm 139:6 (ESV)

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is high; I cannot attain it.

Psalm 139:13 (ESV)

13  For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:14 (ESV)

14  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:16 (ESV)

16  Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:17–18 (ESV)

17  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18  If I would count them, they are more than the sand.

I awake, and I am still with you.

I Love the Lord

Psalm 116:1–2 (ESV)

I love the Lord, because he has heard

my voice and my pleas for mercy.

Because he inclined his ear to me,

therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 116:5–6 (ESV)

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;

our God is merciful.

The Lord preserves the simple;

when I was brought low, he saved me.

Psalm 116:9 (ESV)

I will walk before the Lord

in the land of the living.

Psalm 116:10–11 (ESV)

10  I believed, even when I spoke:

“I am greatly afflicted”;

11  I said in my alarm,

“All mankind are liars.”

Psalm 116:12–14 (ESV)

12  What shall I render to the Lord

for all his benefits to me?

13  I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the Lord,

14  I will pay my vows to the Lord

in the presence of all his people.

Psalm 116:16 (ESV)

16  O Lord, I am your servant;

I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.

You have loosed my bonds.