Monthly Archives: June 2013

My Praise

BibleIn the last month I have distanced myself from my Bible.  I can’t give you any deep, distressing reasons except that I have allowed distractions to trash gifted time.  But, as the deer pants for water so did my soul pant for those Words.  Words of life, of love, of praise.

Today, I have posted two versions of the same narrative.  The first is just my words of praise about what I know of God.  The second is the same post that links all my thoughts to passages.  When given the time, receive it and enjoy.

“He is your praise, He is your God…” Deuteronomy 10:21

Version 1

I know that all things exist because You exist.  I know that You do anything You please and that You find pleasure in me.  I know that all Your plans happen, and all that happens is part of Your plan.  I know that You call me, wait for me, assure me, equip me, heal me, and save meI know You know all things and You know what to do and what will be done in all situations.  I know You are good and every good and perfect thing comes from You.

You know where I’ve been, where I am, and where I am going.   You know when I fall short, when I thrive, when I run, and when I abide.  You know what I should say, what I will say, and when I have said too much.  You know when I am weak and when I am strong.  You know when I am abandoned and when I belong.  You know when I sin, when I repent, when I judge, and when I defend.

You know who is right and who is wrong, whose days are short and whose are long.  You know who is Yours and who is not.  You know what should be remembered and what should be forgot.  You know who seeks, who asks, and who knocks.  You know who loves, who gives, who cares, and who forgives.  You know what we need, what we want, what brings a smile and what leaves a haunt.  

I know You are wise, therefore we have knowledgeI know You are just, therefore we have justice.  I know You are faithful, therefore we have hopeI know You are peace, therefore we have rest.  I know You are love, therefore we have compassion.  I know You are grace, therefore we have mercyI know You are salvation and therefore we have life.  

I know that you place me, move me, prosper me, and break meI know that you withhold no good thing from meI know that no matter what I do or what is done it will be good because I love you.  I know that You encircle time and You embody space and without beginning there will be no endI know that You are the Father, You are the Son, and You are the Spirit.  I know You are everywhere, all the time, and that You were there, You are here, and You will return

I know You are Holy, You are Sovereign, You are One, and You are God.

My praise.

Version 2 

I know that all things exist because You exist.  I know that You do anything You please and that You find pleasure in me.  I know that all Your plans happen, and all that happens is part of Your plan.  I know that You call me, wait for me, assure me, equip me, heal me, and save meI know You know all things and You know what to do and what will be done in all situations.  I know You are good and every good and perfect thing comes from You.

You know where I’ve been, where I am, and where I am going.   You know when I fall short, when I thrive, when I run, and when I abide.  You know what I should say, what I will say, and when I have said too much.  You know when I am weak and when I am strong.  You know when I am abandoned and when I belong.  You know when I sin, when I repent, when I judge, and when I defend.

You know who is right and who is wrong, whose days are short and whose are long.  You know who is Yours and who is not.  You know what should be remembered and what should be forgotYou know who seeks, who asks, and who knocks.  You know who loves, who gives, who cares, and who forgives.  You know what we need, what we want, what brings a smile and what leaves a haunt.

I know You are wise, therefore we have knowledgeI know You are just, therefore we have justice.  I know You are faithful, therefore we have hopeI know You are peace, therefore we have rest.  I know You are love, therefore we have compassion.  I know You are grace, therefore we have mercyI know You are salvation and therefore we have life.

I know that you place me, move me, prosper me, and break meI know that you withhold no good thing from meI know that no matter what I do or what is done it will be good because I love you.  I know that You encircle time and You embody space and without beginning there will be no endI know that You are the Father, You are the Son, and You are the Spirit.  I know You are everywhere, all the time, and that You were there, You are here, and You will return.

I know You are Holy, You are Sovereign, You are One, and You are God.

My praise.


It looks like life

Life

“It’s just the way I am…”  I’ve said it and heard it from others and every time, it drives me to immediately go to God and ask for a change.  I can’t hold onto the belief that there is anything in us that is unchangeable.  I’m not talking about genetically designed manners or even the proverbial “thorn in the flesh.”  But I am talking about character traits, the habits and inclinations in our personality that bring about our immediate reactions, our initiations, how we respond to entrenched situations, what we are attracted to and repulsed by.  If we accept that we are unable to change then I believe we have in essence deified ourselves as an unchanging god more powerful that the God who saved us and made us new by His grace.

If we are born again then why do we crawl back into the skin of the dead?  Why do we find solace in the smell of the decomposed?  We long for new mornings, new mercies, new friends, new scenery, new jobs, new shoes… but we hold fast to our old habits, old nature, old desires, old sin.  We give power to the reminiscent and glory to the good ole days.  New is only chic if it honors the old.

So, what does it look like to truly be born again?  To go back into the womb of God willingly, responding to the election of His call to not only redemption but to “newness of life (Romans 6:4).” To pray for and accept new desires (Psalm 37:4).  To allow the death of ourselves to have its victory so that reconciliation of the new creature will exist (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).  To “seek the things that are above, where Christ is… (Colossians 3:1).”   To spend time every day choosing behaviors just as you spend time choosing your clothes—putting on “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you… And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony…and be thankful (Colossians 3:12-15).”

So, what does it look like to truly be born again?  It looks like life.