Women Embracing Faith

Thinking Through the Bible

Priceless November 16, 2009

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Knowing Jesus personally in your own experience, “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,  that are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…”  (Ephesians 1:18-19) is priceless.

This kind of knowledge is experiential–part of our heart-felt spiritual experience.  Because God is faithful, we can trust him.  Simply put, he keeps his promises! He directs his creative power in our direction.   That relationship is the reason for hope for today and tomorrow.

Even as a teenager, David knew about this kind of  experiential relationship with God.  In Psalm 13, he affirms his faith:

But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.  I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

See his resolution to continue expressing his faith, and his hope that once again his heart will be moved by God’s love for him.  We might be unmoved today, but we can persevere and endure by continuing to reaffirm our faith, waiting expectantly for our heart to be stirred again by his faithful and enduring love for us.  Jesus showed that love by going to the cross.  That is quite a demonstration.

 

Our Songbook November 9, 2009

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“America’s Songbook” is the program for several productions each year in my community.  The goal is to keep American music and lyrics around for future generations.  The Psalms  are really the songbook of  God’s people.  Most of them were written by David, whom the historian called “the sweet psalmist of Israel” ( 2 Samuel 23:1).  Our purpose in reading them is to draw closer to God, to stir up our hearts to love Him and His purposes and ways more.  Reading them should put a song in our heart, and like “America’s Songbook,” they are to be passed on to the next generation.

Psalm 9

“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and exult in you: I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

You could sing this to your own tune as you go about your day today.  It can be your resolution to “Rejoice in the Lord, always.  And again I say Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).  Ask the Holy Spirit to stir your emotions, as well as your will and determination, so that gladness and praise will be yours no matter  your circumstances this day.

As you read the rest of Psalm 9 and 10, notice that David’s praise centered around the Bible’s major theme: Redemption– that God will set everything right again through the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus Christ!  Those who in arrogance, pride, and greed renounce God and scoff at His justice will be held to account (10:13), and “every knee shall bow, and every heart confess that Jesus is LORD.”

Always look for the great themes of  the Bible as you read a Psalm.  True religion engages the mind, the will, and our emotions.  Recounting these themes to yourself might stir up your emotions (as it did David’s),  and you will experience the love of Christ Jesus for you personally which is far better than knowing facts.  Knowing that you are His is priceless.