Congratulations Graduates, as you go forward to fulfill your Sanctified Destinies and complete your Anointed Works. As you cross a predestined threshold I echo the words of Apostle Paul ‘I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.’ Phil. 1:6. As you walk into adulthood “Follow Jesus, as you go out into the world DO NOT forget the ways of Your Heavenly Father and your fathers and mothers …
Walk with God!
- Prophetess Sandra Dukes
“Jesus Walk with Me” Yolanda Adams and Kanye West
The Pouring in; the Pouring out; the Covering of teaching the Holy Scriptures
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV
Prayer for the Progeny
Father God we come this day praising Your Holy Name. We come to the cross with a repentant heart so that You may be glorified. We come with a plea upon our lips and from our hearts asking that if there is anything we have said or done against Your Holy Word, Laws or Commandments that we are forgiven in Jesus Name according to Your Word Micah 7:18-19; 1 John 5:14-15 KJV; Matthew 7:7-8 KJV. We delight in doing thy will O’ God and we have kept Your law within our hearts according to Psalms 40:8 KJV.
We come to the Throne of Grace asking that You give direction, protection and favor to our children.
We have followed Your instructions in the upraising of our children and Your laws, You said to “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”. (Deuteronomy 6:7)
We have followed Your instructions “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”. (Deuteronomy 11:19)
As we have raised our children, who now begin to walk into their adulthood, we have taught them
“Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day”. (Deuteronomy 8:11)
“Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the LORD your God has forbidden”.( Deuteronomy 4:23)
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”. (Philippians 4:6)
We have done these things because You said
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”.
“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;” (Deuteronomy 4:9 KJV)
“so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life”. (Deuteronomy 6:2)
As our Children go out into the world, no longer under our roofs and supervision we give them back to You O’ Lord ; Commit to their memories
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. (1 Corinthians 13:11)
“That the generation to come might know [them, even] the children [which] should be born; [who] should arise and declare [them] to their children:” (Psalm 78:6)
Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto [this] generation, [and] thy power to everyone [that] is to come (Psalm 71:18)
We pray, declare and decree all these in Jesus’ Name, Amen
*Progeny- [Singular/uncountable] someone’s child or children. A person’s child or children
[Uncountable] things developing from something else. things that develop from something else]
Part3- Study “A Maskil Means: maskil ~ a psalm that teaches you something.”
A maskil[a] of Asaph.
1 My people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
8 They would not be like their ancestors—
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
whose spirits were not faithful to him.
Jesus said, "Your Father in *heaven feeds the birds (that fly) in the air. You are much better than they are!" (Matthew 6:26) (*Heaven is the home of God the Father.)
(This is) a *maskil of David.
(He wrote it) when he was in the cave (hole in the rock).
(It is) a *prayer.
v1 I am praying aloud to the *LORD.
I am asking aloud for help from the *LORD.
v2 I am telling him about everything that I think is wrong.
I am telling him all my troubles.
v3 Sometimes I do not feel brave.
Then you (*LORD) know what I should do.
In the path where I walk (my enemies) have hidden a *trap for me.
v4 Look round me and see.
No (friend) sees that I am here.
There is no safe place for me to go to.
Nobody cares about me.
v5 I am praying to you, *LORD.
You are my safe place (where I can go).
You are all that I need in this life.
v6 Listen to me as I cry (to you).
I have a very great need.
Make me safe from the people that follow me (to hurt me).
You make me safe because they are too strong for me.
v7 Take me out of this prison
so that I can *praise *your name.
Then *righteous people will come to me
because you are so kind to me.
The Story of Psalm 142
This psalm is a "maskil". There are 13 psalms called maskils. They are 32, 42, 44, 45, 52-55, 74, 78, 88, 89 and 142. Bible students think that "maskil" means:
• either a psalm with something special to teach, like 32 and 78, or
• a psalm that the *psalmist wrote in a very clever way. (The *psalmist is the person who wrote the psalms.)
David wrote this maskil in a cave. It is a *prayer to the *LORD. We say *prayers when we talk to God. David was in trouble (or "had trouble".) His enemies were trying to catch him. He does not say who these enemies were. There are two stories about David hiding in a cave. A cave is a hole in the side of a hill. One story is in 1 Samuel 22, the other is in 1 Samuel 24. David feels safe in the cave, but he does not want to stay in it. It seems as if the cave is a prison. But there are no friends to give him help. He writes "Nobody cares about me". This means "Nobody loves me enough to give me help". But the *LORD God can send him help. This psalm prays for that help.
What Psalm 142 means
Verse 1: *LORD is a special name for God. It is the *covenant name. A *covenant is when two people (or groups of people) agree. God agrees to love and send his people help. His people agree to love and obey God.
Verse 3: David wrote this psalm in Hebrew. That is because David spoke Hebrew. The words translated "when I do not feel brave" are "when my spirit feels weak" in the Hebrew Bible. Sometimes we all feel like this. There is so much trouble that we do not want to fight it. We want to run away from it! Our spirits feel weak. We do not feel brave. Our spirit is that part of us that lives after our body dies. But David knows that God will tell him what to do. His path here means what he does. David thinks that his enemies have put traps in the path for him. A *trap is what people catch animals and birds in. David’s enemies wanted to catch him. He did not know where the *trap was. But God knew!
Verses 4 and 5: No human friend cares about David, but God does! This was true for David, and it is true for us. We only have to pray to God and ask for his help.
Verse 7: "*Praise" means "tell somebody that they are very great". Here it means "*Praise God". David says "your name" but he means God. But he means more than the name God. He also means everything that God is. This includes these facts:
• He loves us;
• He is very powerful;
• He will always be alive;
• And many other things.
But who are "the *righteous"? The word means "very, very good". Only God is really *righteous. But he says that his people are *righteous too. They are *righteous if they love him and obey him. Some Bible students think that here "the *righteous" means people who are *praising God with David in the *temple in Jerusalem. The *temple was God’s house. They made it from animal skins when David was alive. Other Bible students think "the *righteous" are people who joined David’s friends. This was while David was running away from his enemies.
Something to do
1. If you are in trouble, tell God. Ask for his help. Do what an old hymn (song about God) says: "Take it to the *Lord in *prayer".
2. If you have a Bible, read the stories of David in the caves in 1 Samuel chapters 22 and 24.
3. Study Psalm 57 in this set of psalms. It is in Book 2. David also wrote it when he was in one of these caves.
care ~ love and do kind things for someone.
covenant ~ two people have agreed what each should do (here, God and his people). Look in Psalm 120 about the covenant.
heaven ~ the home of God.
LORD ~ the *covenant name for God (in a *covenant you agree with someone).
maskil ~ a psalm that teaches you something.
praise ~ to say how great someone is; or, words that say how great someone is.
prayer ~ you say a *prayer when you speak to God.
psalmist ~ the person that wrote a psalm (or psalms).
righteous ~ very good (only God is really righteous). God says that the people who love and obey him are righteous. Sometimes we say they are "the righteous", meaning "righteous people". Look after Psalm 5 in Book 1 of the Psalms of David for more about the word "righteous".
temple ~ a place where people meet to worship God.
trap ~ thing that you catch animals or birds in.
your name ~ See What Psalm 142 means Verse 7.
(© 1999-2002, Wycliffe Associates (UK)
This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words).
“Still We Rise”- Graduation Testimony and Speech
A Must See for You and Our Children
I give praise this morning for the blessing of hearing this young man’s testimony of Faith in God and God’s Grace. He delivers his valedictorian graduation speech at Booker T. Washington High School, Class of 2010 in the state of Maryland.
I employ you to take a moment to Listen, Look and Be Encouraged!
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God bless you, your children, and your children’s children in Jesus Name Amen.
Prophetess Sandra Dukes