I was so affected by this scripture passage this morning~
A love more faithful than a mother, than a father or a brother: this is our God!
I want to be just like Him!!
You are Lord, you alone. You have made Heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
You are the Lord,the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldean's and gave him the name Abraham. You found his heart faithful before you, and made with him the covenant to give to his off-spring the land of the Cannanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jesuit and the Gigabyte. And you have kept your promise, for you are righteous.
And you saw the afflictions of our fathers in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea, and performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for you knew that they acted arrogantly against our fathers. And you made a name for yourself, as it is to this day. And you divided the sea before them, so that they went through the mist of the sea on dry land, and you cast their pursuers into the depths,as a stone into mighty waters.
By a pillar of cloud you led them in the day, and by a pillar of fire in the night to light for them the way in which they should go. You came down on Mount Sinai and spoke with them from Heaven and gave them right rules and true laws, good statutes and commandments, and you made known to them your holy sabbath and commanded them commandments and statutes and a law by Moses your servant. You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and you told them to go in and posses the land you had sworn to give them.
But they and their fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their necks and did not obey your commandments. They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.
Even when they made for themselves a golden calf and said, "This is your God who brought you out of Egypt, and had committed great blasphemies, you in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud to lead them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night to light for them the way by which they should go. You gave your good spirit to instruct them (Thank You, God!)and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell!!!
And you gave them kingdoms and people and allotted to them every corner. So they took possession of the land of Sihon king of Heshbon and the land of Og king of Bashan. You multiplied their children as the stars of heaven, and you brought them into the land that you had told their fathers to enter and posess. So the descendants went in and possessed the land, and you pursued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gave them into their hand, with the kings and the people of the land, they might do with them as they would.
And they captured fortified cities and a rich land, and took possession of houses full of good things, cisterns already Hew, vineyards, olive orchards and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate and were filled and became fat and delighted themselves in your great goodness!
Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies. Therefore you gave them into the hands of their enemies, who made them suffer. And in the time of their suffering they cried out to you and you heard them from heaven, and according to your great mercies you gave them saviors who saved them from the hand of their enemies.
But after they had rest they did evil again before you, and you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them. Yet when they turned and cried to you, you heard fro heaven and many times you delivered them according to your mercies. And you warned them in order to turn them back to your law. Yet they acted presumptuously and did not obey your commandments, but sinned against your rules, which if a person does them he shall live by them, and turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their necks and would not obey. Many years you bore with them and warned them by your spirit through your prophets. Yet they would not give ear. Therefore you gave them into the hand the peoples of the lands. Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end them of them or
forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.