That I May Know Him

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. ~ 1 John 5:20 (KJV)

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Because He delighted in me

In Genesis 1:31, the Bible tells us that “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good”. He looked back at all His creation and looked at it with delight. We are His creation; the work of His hands and thus, God takes special delight in us. We are so precious to Him that He even bothered redeeming us back!! If we were of no value to Him, He wouldn’t have bothered reconciling us back to Him. But He went as far as purchasing us back with His own blood. That’s a heavy price to pay.

~In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. 1 Cor 1:14

I still don’t really understand how we could bring great joy and delight to His Heart. But that’s a Bible truth, He really does delight in His creation. Even David understood that because in Psalm 18:19, he writes: “he delivered me, because he delighted in me”. That applies to us today – it applies to me. I can say that when my life was a chaotic mess and I was desperate, when sin had a stronghold on me, Jesus Christ came and rescued me, because He delighted in me.

~But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

I am basking in God’s love for me. While I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me. While I was yet a sinner, the Lord Jesus Christ rescued me from the wages of sin, death and gave me a special gift, eternal life. And what did I do to earn this gift? Nothing. It cost me absolutely nothing, but it cost Him his own blood. And He did it all because He delighted in me, because He loved me. When someone delights in you and loves you, it’s easy to love that person back. That’s why today I delight in Him and that’s why I love Him. Because He first loved me…because He first delighted in me!

~We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Psalm 150

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbreland dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Ps. 150
So this is not very deep or anything, but I just realized that Psalm 150 begins with Praise ye the LORD and ends with Praise ye the LORD. It's mentioned in the beginning an at the end. Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end. The Alpha and the Omega. The First and the Last. The Beginning and the End. I don't know how but this made me stop and think. How many times do I praise the Lord in the beginning of a situation and continue praising Him all through the end. Not too many times, I must confess. Psalm 150 is clear - God wants me to praise Him. He commands me to. But praising God should not be a very difficult commandment to obey. It should just come. Even in the darkest of times He can give us peace that passeth all understanding (Phil 4:7). We have great examples of such men all trhough the Bible (Daniel, Paul, Stephen...). They had peace during their darkest trials and never stopped praising the Lord. It's possible - all I have to do is spend more time on my knees. I have to keep in mind that He promised to never leave me nor forsake me. He'll be with me during the beginning of my darkest hour and will guide me through the end. I want to praise the Lord always. He is worthy to be praised. I have so much to praise Him for...I wouldn't know where to begin!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Jesus is coming SOON

Isn’t it great knowing that Jesus is coming soon! Yep, He’s not just coming, but He’s coming SOON. “Behold, I come quickly”, Rev. 3:11. How do we know that quickly is not another 2000 years? Because the Bible teaches us to compare current events with the signs of His coming.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:28
The verse doesn’t read “maybe, just maybe, your redemption will draw nigh soon”. Nope, YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. From every Believer’s point of view, things are looking bad. Even from a lost soul’s point of view, the world is in a mess. Everyone is looking for hope. Many think Obama is that hope - that light at the end of the tunnel. But we know that there is no hope outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. “For thou art my hope, O Lord God”, Ps. 71:5. My hope is in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ – my hope is KNOWING that Jesus is coming soon.

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity. Psalm. 98:5-9

The theme is joyfulness! The King is coming!