Good morning Saints~
I hope is all well for you today. Keep up the good habit of reading every day. Tomorrow we will literally be half way. It has been so good for me. I had lunch with one of our fine young men of CRBC yesterday, I was so encouraged by his words of growth, challenge, and learning. As I hear from you all, the diverse angles of how the Holy Spirit is working in your lives is so great. It surprises me how some of you are being affected. It shouldn’t surprise me as the “the word is living and active… judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Let the Holy Spirit work in you. Don’t grieve Him by ignoring what he may be speaking to you.
Just a quick thought about something as I just finished reading today- I have heard the comment or argument that the God of the New Testament is different than the God of the Old Testament. Has anyone else heard that? Part of the argument is that the God of the Old Testament is mean, angry, vengeful, closed minded, and on and on. While the God of the New Testament is gracious, forgiving, loving, merciful, accepting, happy, and on and on. I am wondering if the folks who make this assertion have ever read the closing chapters of the Eightieth Psalms through the middle portion of the early One hundreds? As I read yesterday and today, all I could see over and over again, was the kindness, compassion, and love of Father for humanity. I saw the New Testament version of Father some of the interlocutors describe in the Old Testament. Just think back to Psalm 103 and you get a picture of Jesus standing before a person who has never seen or walked, healed, and able to see or walk. You see the adulterous women about to be stoned to death by religious hypocrites, walking away free, while the religious hypocrites continue to walk in their blind deceit. I see the Jesus who is so in love with people, He will do anything, including give His life, for anyone and everyone. I see a Father who is so desperately reaching out to get the attention of His chosen nation who wants to stray away from Him. There is a resounding reminder of how Father worked in the lives of Israel through the ages. Maybe I am missing something, but I can see the same God on both sides of the Testaments.
Just for fun, I read the first verses of every psalm from 90 at the start of a new book within Psalms to chapter 108, the end of our reading today. It created such a cool and beautiful flow, I thought I’d write it down for you to enjoy:
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,
The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed in strength.
O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.
Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
The Lord reigns, let the nations, tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you.
Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Have a great day Saints. Jesus bless you as you do life. See you tomorrow. Pastor Mark.