Did I ever let down those who loved me and sought after me? Even when they failed, did I leave them or stop loving them? Even those who were not my people, did I abandon them? No! I rewarded their faith. Rahab and Ruth and many others simply believed in the God of Israel from the reports and words they heard from others. Simple belief and simple faith. Like a child always trust that I am your Father. A Father who wants to bless you and care for you more than you can imagine.
Unlock my heart, Lord
Break away the chains of unbelief
Release the hope and joy buried within my heart
Tear away the years of darkness clouding the eyes of my heart
Lift the veil over my eyes, so I clearly see you
Show me your glory and great love
Melt away any resistance in me with your love
Meld my heart completely with yours
Embrace me with your unquenchable love and fire until I am consumed
Your love is an ocean that I am drowning in. I sink into its depths with great delight. I inhale it and become intoxicated with your goodness and mercy. Your love flows eternal – waves that constantly beat at the stony cliffs of our hearts. Wave after wave until the walls erode and crumble at the insistence of your love.
[Reposted in memory of my Dad (1943-2016) who is now dancing through the universe with our heavenly Father]
Dance with me, Father!
Let me stand on your feet as we twirl through the universe.
Let us laugh as we round the stars hand-in-hand.
Let us sing to the galaxies as they glisten in unspeakable splendor.
Let me lay my head on your shoulder as the dance draws to an end.
Let your lullaby of love draw me to sweet sleep.
Then dance with me again, Father, in the universe of dreams.
You are my work of art created in Christ Jesus. Nothing you have done or will ever do can mar the beauty I created. I am a master craftsman. I created you. See yourself as I see you. How could you be more beautiful or perfect? You are the bride adorned with beauty. You are altogether lovely!
A wonderful thing about God is that we pursue and apprehend him continuously. If we only pursued and never apprehended, we would grow weary and discouraged. But because God is infinite, we can continuously pursue and apprehend him for eternity. What is even more awesome is that God pursues us. God pursues us with his love, his grace, his mercy, his loving kindness. So we are in an infinite, but ever changing, loop of pursuing, being pursued, catching, and being caught. I picture it like this – a child and their father running and chasing each other – laughing as they “catch” each other. In the same way, our heavenly Father overtakes us with his love, and we fall into his arms as a child with loving abandon. Can’t you see him laughing with us? How truly magnificent and wonderful our Father is.
The starting point? I don’t know the starting point. The result? Yes, I am all too familiar with the result. Fear, anxiety, depression, illness, confusion – a long list of dysfunction. Amazingly, despite my journey of self-destruction, my Father continued to sustain, preserve, and guide me to His destiny.
My eyes unveiled, dawn breaks forth, freedom calls me to new territory. New territory in the Kingdom of God – set aside especially for me by my glorious Father. He’s been waiting for my return. He never once stopped looking, scanning the horizon for me. “Father, I’m home!”
This is something a little different and a bit personal. It is journal and conversation with our heavenly Father told from the perspective of a child.
Today I got lost. I couldn’t find my way home. Dark. Cold. Rain. My tears mingled and merged with the rain.
“Papa, where am I? Have you forgotten your little girl?”
“Child, I will never by any means leave you or forsake you. I love you with an everlasting love, and I am the light of your feet. Child, look up! Your deliverance is at hand.”
I got saved today. Lying in the grime all alone, my tears ran out. But someone beautiful picked me up, washed away the grime, wrapped me in warmth, and mended my tatters.
“Papa, how? Why?”
“My little lamb, how could I not search for you and find you and bring you home? I sent my beloved Son, because I love you. I gave him for you – to save you, to heal you, to love and protect you.”
I received a beautiful, glorious robe today. Jesus gave it to me. It’s called the Robe of Righteousness. He gave it to me for free, but it cost him so very much. He bought it for me because he loves me.
“Child, wear the robe always. You honor and glorify my Son when you accept the gifts he gives you. Be consumed in our love.”
I discovered a great treasure today – Me! I am like a treasure chest with marvelous treasures hidden inside waiting to be brought out. Papa, showed me this story about the Kingdom of God. It is like a man who found a great treasure, and sold all that he had to purchase it. Jesus gave up everything to purchase me, because I am of great value.
“It is hard for me to understand, Papa. I don’t feel worthy?”
“My jewel, you are worth the best of heaven coming to earth to save you. No one is “worthy”, because all have sinned and fallen short. But you are of great value and worth it!”
Psalm 91 is one of my favorite Psalms. At one time, I did not understand that the promises in the Bible were really for me, so I didn’t receive what they had to offer. A wonderful evangelist from Singapore, named Joseph Prince, opened my eyes. Ever since then Psalm 91 has been my favorite, and I declare it over myself and my house. So below are some comments and thoughts regarding this Psalm. [Note: the information regarding the names of God is from http://www.hebrew4christians.com. The Bible translation quoted is “The New Jerusalem Bible”.]
In the first 2 verses of Psalm 91, three names of God are used.
- Elyon – most high God (stresses strength, sovereignty, and supremacy)
- Shaddai – the all sufficient God (related to sufficiency and nourishment)
- Yahweh – the personal name of God the source of all being
These verses describe one who lives in the secret place of Elyon, spends his nights (sleeps/rests) in the shelter of Shaddai, and who says to Yahweh, “you are my refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust!”
What is the result of living, resting, and declaring trust in Yahweh?
The next verses declare that Yahweh rescues, covers, shields and protects him. He has no fear of any calamity whether at night, during the day, at noon, or during darkness. It goes on to state that he will remain unscathed and no disaster or plague will overtake or come near him. God even gives his angles orders to guard him.
The keys all of this protection and shelter is expounded in verses 14 and 15.
It says, since he clings to me –> I rescue him; Since he acknowledges my name (Elyon, Shaddai, Yahweh) –> I raise him high; Since he calls to me –> I answer him. In distress I am at his side. I rescue him and bring him honor.
It concludes in verse 16 with, “I shall satisfy him with long life, and grant him to see my salvation.”
So what are some keys for us to receive and live the Psalm 91 life?
- Believe in the nature of the Father as expressed in His names, His acts, and His son – Jesus Christ.
- Stay (live) in the secret place, communing constantly with Elyon. Jesus opened the door for us to dwell in the Holy of Holies.
- Rest in the shelter of Shaddai. Father provides ALL of our nourishment. Our needs are fully met by the All Sufficient One. We can do nothing without Him. We can do all things through Him. Our power to walk unscathed is a direct result of our ability to rest in the finished work of Christ.
- Declare Yahweh as your refuge, your fortress, your God in whom you trust. Acknowledge His name.
May Father’s love and shalom overwhelm you! May you grow in the revelation of his everlasting love and his mercy that endures forever!