Friday, December 4, 2009

Rejoicing in My God Today

Psalm 18:46-47
“The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Saviour! He is the God who avenges me.”

To be found significant in the eyes of the Lord brings much joy! How can I repay Him for times such as these? When He swoops in and allows me to sense His Presence, His love, His rescue from my deadness of heart and darkness of mind. I can only thank Him and praise Him, exalt Him in my heart and in my life.

The Lord saved me—ME! He didn’t have to, but He did. When I needed deliverance from panic attacks, He was there. When I needed deliverance from deepest depression, He was there. And just recently, after another time of deep despair, He allowed me to feel His love and compassion when a complete stranger offered to pray with me. If He loves me enough to intervene in such awesome ways in my times of desperate need, then He also must love my husband, my children, my family and friends—the whole world! Because who am I? Who am I that He would do this for me? I am no one special, but the Lord God loves me anyway. He sees my faults, my weaknesses, my insecurities and doubts, my fears and times of despair—and loves me despite myself. Before I was even born He knew I would need a Saviour. He sent His Son to die for me so on days like today I can enter His courts with joy and gratitude. He made a covenant with me over 2,000 years ago and sealed it with the precious blood of my Lord Jesus Christ. And because we are in covenant together—a covenant that cannot be revoked—He remains faithful and true to its terms.

His part of the covenant is to love me always in my best interest; to lead, guide, and protect me from all enemies; to reside in my heart and renew my soul; to bring to fruition in me the fruit of the Holy Spirit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; to enjoy His presence and to allow me to see some of His glory; to give me an eternal inheritance that no one can steal, kill, or destroy; to bring me safely to my eternal home. My part of the covenant is to love Him with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love my neighbor as myself; to remain in His love and for His words to remain in me; to deny my right to live my life my own way (and why in the world would I ever want to do that again?), to adore Him, fellowship with Him; to allow Him to take my extraordinarily ordinary life and turn it into something glorious for His kingdom.

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Ro. 11:33-36)

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