Thursday, July 8, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
things that He's done, too, but thoughts of those things always point
back to thoughts of who He is. I'll be honest in saying that when I
think of who God is my mind is boggled. I've lived long enough to be
let down and rejected and abandoned and humiliated. Thinking back on
some experiences, I can truthfully say that I've seen the nature of
man and it ain't pretty. But the nature of Jesus is Love. It is
incorruptible. It is pure. To me that is mind-boggling and I will not
apologize for being in awe of this magnificent God.
I read one of David's psalms again today. Psalm 23 speaks volumes
about our God's nature. It speaks of how He takes care of and
protects us. With each verse, I become more and more grateful. More
and more amazed.
The verse that stood out to me this time was verse 3. This verse says
that our Lord restores my soul. It says that He leads me in paths of
righteousness for His Name's sake. I don't think that I am able to
describe how much this means to me. I think about God's nature:
strong, kind, compassionate, faithful, unchanging. I think about human
nature: desperately wicked, frail, fickle and weak. If God were to
lead me in paths of righteousness for my own name's sake I would be
worried. It would be easy for me to believe that I could get lost,
somehow, in the thickness of life. But it's not based on my name.
Righteous living and righteousness itself are not based on my nature. They are based on the nature of One who is steadfast and unchanging. He is
steady and faithful. He is trustworthy and good. He is really really
I think this verse means so much to me because it means that God will
never let us go. He won't let us slip away. It will never be His
choice if we walk away from His providence. As long as we remain as
sheep, following with complete trust a mighty Shepherd, He will always
show us the right way to go. He'll never change His mind and choose to
lead us astray. He will not choose not to lead us. It is not in His
nature to abandon us. These paths of righteousness, paths of peace,
paths of love, paths of grace are ours to walk along.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Fill me up with You
Do not let the cares of this world
Distract me from what is true
Cleanse my heart and make it pure
My mind, daily renew
So that when all is said and done
I'll look just like You do
Wash me, purge me, do what You must
For You are my reward
And if I cannot be with You
I want nothing, my dear Lord
My heart's desire is to see Your face
And to dance with you indeed
For all else could fade away
But You are all I need
You are so holy, Lord, so pure
And I look to You for peace
Let my heart always be right with You
My praises will never cease
Remind me, so gently, why You are the song that I sing.
If ever my heart and mind wander from the path of Truth
Guide me, dear Saviour, to the scars that are Your proof.
If ever I give less than my all, or try to walk away
Renew our love and make it clear that this is the place to stay.
You are my Life, my Hope, my Breath
Without You I have no thing.
So if ever I make a single mistake,
Forgive me, for to Your cross I cling.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
This reality that I have found in my Redeemer is irreplaceable and priceless. I haven't a clue what anyone could offer me to turn away from Him. If I was given the chance to choose between one day in the Presence of my King and a thousand days in the lap of luxury, my choice would be simple. I would choose Jesus. I would choose Him every time.
I'm not well-versed in very many things, but of this one thing I am sure: I am desperate to know Jesus. I am desperate to see Him face to face and to know His heart. I have been redeemed. If I lost everything else, of this I can be sure. I am His. He is mine. The very thought of this brings words of uncommon praise to my heart and from my lips.
It is true that in a mathematical equation, the gift of one day with Jehovah is greater than the offer of a thousand days in any other place. This God, this King, is more immense than the sound or formation of any word, but I will not relent until I know Him fully, as I am fully known. I will not stop the songs, I will not cease to praise until it is made known to all who care to hear that there is a God who is greater, more perfect, more immeasurable than any other thing that could ever exist.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Living life with God and being propelled by purpose is exhilarating and exciting. I love reading Isaiah 61, because this chapter is a very strong reminder that every gift and talent that God has given is for a purpose. That purpose has to line up with God's love-plan for humanity.
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
These three verses of Isaiah 61 serve as a guide to me. This is why I was born. This is why I am anointed. This is why God called me to intimate relationship. So that as I fellowship with Him and bask in His loving kindness, I can tell other people about Him. I can carry good news, proclaim freedom and comfort those who mourn. This divine purpose is bigger than even we that carry it, but it is ours nonetheless.
Ephesians 2:10 says this:
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
As children of God, we are born to live lives filled with purpose. What are the good works that God prepared for me to do? What am I created for? These are questions that I ask myself over and over again as seasons change in my life. I pray that our lives will be given fully to be used by Jesus to do the work that He so masterfully prepared us for before we were even a thought in the minds of our parents. I pray that our lives will be filled and consumed with divine purpose.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Wrapped in Your embrace
Kept firmly in the shadow of Your wings
I'm at home
I close my eyes
I let my guard down
There is rest here
I want to cast myself into Your arms
This is where I belong
And peace surrounds me
Eyes filled with tears
There are no words
Your glory is in this place
I push on further
Longing to see Your face
Overwhelmed by the sheer power of Your presence
You are beautiful
My heart sings a new song
And my arms are spread wide
The earth tells of Your majesty
And speaks of the newness of You
Joy that's overwhelming
Peace that floods my heart
Sunday, February 7, 2010
And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Examining the world around me
Singing of the power of Your love
Reminiscing on our best times together
Never let me go
Sovereign and holy One
Faithful as the day
One true God
Reserve me for Your glory
Early will I seek You
Righteous You are, wholly perfect
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I think that Paul felt this way. In Philippians 3:7-8 (NIV), he says:
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Paul says here that everything that he once found profit with now seems to produce only loss. The things that he once held in high esteem are now nothing compared to his ultimate goal: knowing Jesus. This "surpassing greatness" proves more honorable, more precious than any other thing. Everything that once took priority in life is now rubbish compared to gaining Christ.
What things in our lives are important to us? I assure you that these things are worth less than nothing compared to the beauty and the privilege of knowing Jesus in pure and intimate relationship. Being established in this truth, let us reach for and press toward those things that are important. Let's press on toward Jesus, toward His cause and toward His church.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
All of creation whispers of Your greatness
When my soul was in a dark and dry pit
Your love reached down to lift me onto the mountain top
At these heights I will dance
I will sing of Your wondrous works
Who can compare to You?
Whose works are greater than Yours?
Whose ways are more noble?
There is none
My heart, my soul will chase after You
Until I see Your face
My God, my Rock, my Keeper.