Monthly Archives: May 2019

He knows, guides and loves us.

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!”

And so begins a deeply comforting Psalm, #139.

It is a Psalm that is based on the greatness of God. Our loving Father, who never leaves us, who orders our days, and knows ours hearts better even than we. Go to him with the Psalmist and ask:

“And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

How great is our God!

Psalms 139:1, 24 ESV,24.esv

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Invitation to contemplate the greatness of God

One of the incredible comforts of God is who he is, his nature, his attributes, his character.

The angels sing “holy, holy, holy” – how fabulous that will be, to hear and see! But that’s then, this is now.

So, the wisest thing for me each morning is to dwell with my father and contemplate his greatness and his steadfastness. See, that steadfastness is rooted in God’s holiness.

And so, with David I cry:

“Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes.

I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!” (Psalms‬ ‭119:124-125‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

To contemplate and grow in my knowledge of God, what a joy!

Each morning, to begin each day reading his word, hearing his voice, speaking my heart and receiving forgiveness after confession, what a joy, what a privilege.

How can I forsake such an honor?

How can I ignore such an invitation?

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Don’t just ✅ the box…

Sometimes I’m told that people feel that “having a quiet time” or “doing their devotions” feels like checking a box.

I get that.

So what?

I would even suggest that ESPECIALLY then is it important to be reminded of God’s promises.

Indeed, when we just ✅ the box, we are actively cultivating a heart to love God’s word, so that we can agree with the Psalmist:

“Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:49-50‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My hope is is the Lord, not my devotions. They are just a tool to ready my heart to hear and have life!

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We stumble because we’re human. As disciples of Jesus, I thank God that it is not my skill, ability or strength that enables me to go on. It is Christ in me…

consider and be thankful, fellow disciple….

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:24-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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