1 Praise ye Yah: for it is good to sing praises unto our Elohim; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
2 Yahweh doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our [Adon], and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
6 Yahweh lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing unto Yahweh with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our Elohim:
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
Mere mechanical energy or artistic beauty is but an element in the scheme of things. Enlightened intelligence in harmony with Himself is the apex of the scheme. This is the centre of the circle. Apart from this, other things and qualities are but as the disjointed parts of a machine.
This intelligence is the result of observation and reflection of which God has made the human brain capable. Knowledge and understanding directed to Himself are the conditions in the human mind that afford Him pleasure. The majority of men have no pleasure in this knowledge.
"They say unto God, Depart from us: we desire not the knowledge of thy ways."
They prefer sensation on the basis of the instincts which they forget are God's invention with a right place when He is head.
"They hate knowledge, and do not choose the fear of the Lord."
They are not given to reflection: they are given to sociality, conviviality, emulation, excitement. They do not chew the cud: they belong to the unclean animals.
Law of Moses Ch 29
11 Yahweh taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Faith recognizes God's existence though we see it not. We do this as the result of evidence, for there is no other road to faith than evidence; but the faith that rests on evidence is as great a reality in its way as the conviction that comes from sight. Many people have a wrong idea on the subject of faith; they think it is a shadowy, sentimental thing without roots in anything substantial. This is a mistake; faith is -the substance of things hoped for," as Paul says; hoped for because promised. What God promises He will certainly perform.
...The evidence of our senses is direct or indirect, either in having seen or heard, or having received information from those who have done so. This rule holds good in matters of divine faith; our faith is the result of the evidence of God having spoken.
Here is where the importance lies of our keeping in habitual contact with the evidence. This is where many people die. Separated from the evidence, their faith withers as inevitably as a plant cut from its root. A person who embraces the Truth, and then subjects his senses to things not related to the Truth, while at the same time keeping himself apart from the things that constitute the evidence of the Truth, is bound to lose his faith, and become what Christ calls -a withered branch."
...None have spoken like the prophets since inspiration ceased. If their inspiration is denied, then there is a total lack of explanation of this extraordinary peculiarity which pervades the whole Bible. But, on many grounds, this inspiration cannot be denied...we are in the presence of God, ... of whom we can say, as Peter said about Christ,
"Whom having not seen, we love."
We cannot see Him as we are now. We may be permitted this sublime privilege in the state to which we are going forward, and of which Jesus said,
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
Though we cannot see Him, we can love Him; we must, it is the first and the great commandment,
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart."
True brethren and sisters are God lovers and God worshippers. Men who do not love and worship God are not His children. All other spiritual attainments go for nothing. How can knowledge or strength or cleverness commend a man to God?
All the teachings of the Law and the Prophets converge upon God. Look at the encampment in the wilderness; the tabernacle was the central object, and the kernel of the tabernacle was the glory of God between the cherubim. All the sacrifices, all the utensils, all the furniture, everything connected with the tabernacle, looked to God, which is a lesson in parable remaining good for all time. Men knowing the Truth, whose hearts are not fixed upon God, are mere doctrine mongers.
Bro Roberts - History follows Bible prophecy
12 Praise Yahweh, O Jerusalem; praise thy Elohim, O Zion.
13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye Yah.