"Give Thanks" CLICK HERE FOR LYRICS
This morning on my way to the front of the church sanctuary preparing to start worship, I greeted a brother in Christ who I know is in the middle of a trial far greater than most of us may ever know, Lord willing. I shook his hand and asked "How are you?" He replied with a saintly smile, firm handshake, a humble, confident and joyous tone "Good, it's a great day to worship." That response nearly floored me. In him, I saw the faith written about in Hebrews chapter 11, the kind of joy written about in Psalm 28:7 sitting right there in the last row, clothed in humility. Family, let us learn from our brother, and give thanks with a grateful heart always.
Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
"Overwhelmed" CLICK HERE FOR LYRICS
Often times, we experience God in a unique way when we are surrounded by nature, perhaps hiking, at sea, on a mission trip, or on vacation. These enviroments tend to open our eyes To God in people, places, and things we are not regularely exposed to. The trick is to maintain that same level of sensitivity and awareness of God in the people, places, and things that we are exposed to everyday. The interesting thing is that God is always there, but our awareness is often sporadic. A great example is the story of when Peter the fisherman met Jesus. Initially Peter heard Jesus' suggestion on how to catch fish, but up untill that point it seemed to Peter an ordinary encounter and nothing of the supernatural. Not long after Jesus and Peter met, Peter's eyes were opened and he suddenly became aware of the presence of God. How often do we miss the miraculous? When we become aware and overwhelmed by the presence of God we will fret even blinking, not wanting to miss even a single moment!
Luke 5:4-10 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
"Open The Eyes Of My Heart Lord" CLICK HERE FOR LYRICS
Even now as I write this, my prayer is that God would open the eyes of my heart, so that I would not be merely rushing through another task in vein, murmmuring and complaining, but that I would see God's purpose even in this very blog, as I stare at the screen on my laptop. Too often, we go through the motions, blind to what is or could be, if only our eyes would be opened. I am not satisfied with merely reading, writing, or talking about The Lord, my desire is to see and experience The Lord in everything that I do.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
"Hosanna" CLICK HERE FOR LYRICS
Jesus, the King of Kings has come to dwell among us. He is here. When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem riding on a colt there were some who rejoiced, and others who were indignant. Today the same division is prevelant when it comes to the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a line drawn in the sand, upon which side do you stand?
Joshua 25:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."