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Freedom through obedience


I had the privilege of sharing at the HS Girls Fall retreat last weekent.  The theme was Captive, based on 2 Cor. 10:

 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight withare not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

I closed out the time with the last part of the passage.

Here is a very brief summary of what I shared.

The greatest invasion in modern history was D-Day, 6/6/44 when General Eisenhower said, “Let’s go.” 10, 000 men sacrificed their lives for freedom. And yet, there was a greater invasion when God invaded earth in the person of Jesus. Nothing compares to that sacrifice made for our freedom.

Focus on the truth

We are already free, but we do not always think like we are. The truth is that we fight from freedom and not for it.  Thoughts are powerful and Satan would like us to keep listening to his lies, instead of replacing them with the truth.  Satan would like us to think that he has a grip on us, but it is gone.  He hangs on to territory he knows is no longer his. Just as Hitler battled for 2 more years after the invasion and did not give up what the Allied forces did not take, we have to take ground.  the armor of God is only for the front – we are to be on the offense!!! Thoughts are powerful whether they are true or not.  Prov. 23:7 says that a person is as she thinks she is. Sometimes we listen to lies enough that we cannot discern them from reality.  To tear down strongholds and experience freedom we have to listen (actively) and obey. To obey is better than sacrifice (1 Sam 15:22). By example, we believe all kinds of things that are not true – God is not committed to our happiness; that is our country.  God is committed to our holiness.  Holiness is what makes us happy!

Rule your Mind or it will rule you.

The cross means that the only foothold/stronghold Satan has left for humanity is getting people to give in to sin.  He has lost the war and he knows it!  If you are a christ follower then he placed the flag for His country on your heart; the only battle Satan can still win is the battle for your mind. Obedience is the best way to change your thinking. If you are struggling with your faith and your joy, it is because you are building your life on man’s empty philosophies rather than on what Christ taught (Col. 2:8) Paul encouraged the Philippians in 4:8 to think about things that are pure, excellent, right, true, praiseworthy, lovely, admirable, noble (Pert Plan – shampoo for the mind). A little league coach asked his team what their most important piece of equipment was and after hearing the players answers he said, “It is your mind.”  Similarly the Dodgers lost game 7 to the Astros in the second inning, but they had to keep playing to the end.  Hitler knew that all was lost when the Allied troops won the stronghold at the beaches of Normandy, but he kept fighting.  The greatest weapon you have is your mind and letting it be conformed through obedience.

Elevate, Exclaim and Eat. (Worship, shout Praise and Study the Word) Joel.3:9,10

For every New Testament principle there is an Old testament story.  Deut. 10 is the story about Jericho.  The Israelites walked around the walls of the city once a day silently for 6 days and on the 7th day they walked around 7 times and turned and shouted and the stronghold fell.  The walls were demolished through worship of obedience and the Word. Speak the truths about who you are out loud.  Rather than talk about your weaknesses, discouragements and sicknesses, we are told to claim the promises of scripture to be free (Deut. 30:11,14). Declare the truth. Reaffirm your love for God.  Lean in to Hope. Pray. Surrender to the Spirit.

Endure to the End – Every thought everyday!

The story of Gideon in Judges 6 tells of how Gideon, who was not a strong warrior at the start, became obedient to God and tore down the Baal idol with 10 servants (that means it had to be big!).  Yes he did it in the night because he was afraid of the people, but the point is that he was diligent to obey God. We are told to keep going.  Never give up.  Everyday God will give us what we need just as he provided manna in the wilderness.  Paul tells us to press on.  Don’t let anyone rob you of your joy, your power, your influence. Keep the loins of your minds girded. Every time we give in to sin or give way to a defeated attitude a brick is added to the stronghold, the high tower of the enemy.

 

Seven

After Us

I heard a statistic when I was first widowed that every cell in my body would be replaced in a seven year span, so that none of my cells now would ever have “known” Jim.  I googled that and it is not true!

Seven is just a number and on the other side of the grave no one probably even counts! Yet, it feels like more than just a number. 7 years full of birthdays, soccer games, cups of tea, travels and more have passed since Jim went home to heaven. 7 years feels like such a long time and yet it is such a small amount of time too.

Pick a number, any number and chances are it will be a seven. Perhaps it is because it is biblical (7 days of creation, 7 feasts, 7 branches on the candlestick, 7 days siege of Jericho, 7 years Jacob worked for Rachel, seven seals, 7 bowls, 7 churches, forgive 7 times 70….); it occurs more than 700 times!

It is the “most” prime number my math teacher said; because you cannot divide or multiply it within the first 10 numbers it is unique. The optimum number of hours of sleep is 7 hours each night. There are 7 colors in the rainbow. 7 Harry Potter books are in the series.

The night Jim died we were both transformed. Jim was transformed to the past tense on this earth and yet he is more present than I am; he lives in the presence of God! I too began a transformation too. I would never be the person I had been the day before. I have learned some things since that night(more than the 7 listed here), but what remains steadfast is the reality:

  • that God in control,
  • that He is still good,
  • that He can make something good out of the worst situations,
  • that grief may endure through the night but joy comes in the morning,
  • that He sees me and hears me – God is with me to the end
  • that there is hope and joy available everyday
  • that I will see Jim again.

I remain adamant that cancer will not define me, but the death of my husband does define me, and it continues to refine and change my perspective, my life and my relationship with God. As personal as grief is, I resonate with others who are on the same journey. Grief is weird.  It follows me everywhere and replays like background music in my thoughts. My main goal in life shifted as I learned to carefully unwrap the gift of sorrow and carry my grief. I want the world to see joy, hope and gratitude triumph over despair.  I continue to be transformed as I build a different life after “us”.  I have amazing friends and family, a good job that replaced my career, and Jim’s legacy to keep alive.

 

S since 2010

E eternity is

V visible

E everyday

N now

ABC’s of Gratitude

Every year of our married life Jim and I had the discipline of writing down the things we are thankful for every November.  Since meeting with Colleen for the past few months I decided to commit to memory her Alphabet list of Bible Verses this month.  I did adapt a few of the verses from ones for kids to a few I need to commit to memory (bolded).

Here they are:

A – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matt. 7:7

B – Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved – you and your household. Acts 16:31

C – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28

D – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Luke 6:31

E – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

F – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

G – Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

H – Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away. Matt. 24:35

I – I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

J – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Heb. 13:8

K – Be Kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph. 4:32

L – Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27

M – Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Heb. 12:14

N – Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is part of it. I Cor. 12:27

O – Do not be Overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom. 12:21

P – Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands. Ps. 112:1

Q – The Quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Eccl. 9:17

R – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Phil 4:4

S – Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Ps. 100:1,2

T – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Prov. 3:5,6

U – Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
— 1 Peter 4:9

V – Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believes in me has everlasting life. John 6:47

W – What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?   Mark 8:36

X – Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

Y – You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:14

Z – Zealous for Good Works Titus 2:14c

 

Grateful for the power of the Word!

Breathing Room!

I spoke at a parenting seminar on busyness.  Here is the outline I passed out.

Thrive: Busyness and Family

 

B Busyness is Basic

Matt. 6:31-34 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

R Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry

 Ps. 90:10-12 Our days may come to seventy years,or eighty, if our strength endures;yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

 

E Example of Jesus

 Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

 

A Arm Yourself

Ps. 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

 

T Take it Back

 Luke 16:13 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 

H Habits that Build Happiness

1 Tim. 6:6,7 But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

E Enjoy Life/Family

 Eph. 5:15-17 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless–like chasing the wind. (NLT)

 

Discussion Questions

 

  1. Talk about one of your favorite memories from 2017.
  2. How much breathing room do you have in your schedule? Your finances? Your relationships?
  3. Talk about the happiest times of your life. What was your schedule like at that time?
  4. Do you prefer a clutter-free life or do you tend to gravitate toward messiness? How does this preference affect your daily life?
  5. Do you currently have a Sabbath day? What are the benefits , if you do?
  6. What is challenging about taking off a day from your responsibilities and obligations?
  7. What makes it hard to unplug?
  8. What is one thing you need to add to your schedule? What is one thing you need to subtract?
  9. Are you a homebody or do you like to get out and do something whenever possible?
  10. How much do you tend to be at ease at work but restless at home because work gives you a sense of progress and accomplishment? How often do you feel devalued because you chose to stay at home instead of work?
  11. Think about the way you balance your work and home life. To what extent do you find yourself “absent” from important family events and promise to do better by pointing to a future that will make up for the past?
  12. Have you ever wished for a 25 hour day? What would you do with that extra time?

FBCScottsdale Homecoming 10/22

In the fall of 1985 (32 years ago) Jim and I answered God’s call to come as a team to FBCScottsdale. God called us away 21+ years ago and since then:

  1. we moved to Illinois where Jim taught at Trinity and I did Junior High Ministry at Christ Church Lake Forest. We raised our kids there and then moved back to our roots in Southern California. Jim taught at Biola until God called him home.
  2. I work at EvFree Fullerton as an administrative assistant in Student Ministries. I thought I was done with youth ministry but this current job feels like God redeemed back some of the situation. I also teach at Trinity in their online program.
  3. Emily is 25 and married Connor Osborn 2 ½ years ago. Both of them grew up in homes where both parents were involved in ministry and they have decided that they too feel called to ministry together as a team. They live in Chino and work at Crosspoint Church in student ministries and worship arts.
  4. Clayton is 21, a senior accounting major at Biola. He plays on the BUMS (Biola U. Men’s Soccer Team) as a defender. He was hired by the firm he interned for last summer.

 

If Jim was here he would say:

He loves you and never stopped praying for and watching out for you.  He is proud of you.

I am grateful for the ministry of this church in my life. You believed in me and you gave me a chance.  You taught me how to use humor appropriately (hmm did I learn it?!). You gave me your trust, your treasure (lives of your kids), prayers, hugs, memories and great joy and laughter.  You were my internet. You were my Stadler and Waldorf – you told me what you thought .

I wanted to share what you taught me – the things I learned here (in random order):

  • Ministry really does happen best in the context of relationships. What I say is forgotten.  What I do is meaningful for the moment.  How I loved and listened creates legacy and family that is forever!
  • Size does not matter.  Small groups, little people.  All are the same from God’s perspective. Little things can make a big difference.12 isn’t as old as I thought it was but it is old enough.
  • Never overestimate the worth of anyone. 1 Tim 4:12 No one is average, no one should be marginalized, every one deserves respect.
  • Change is the only Constant
  • Pants with pockets are better. (flexibilty and creativity are great gifts)
  • Find the Good. Be the good. Bless. Give grace upon grace. 

 

I learned how to be a better speaker, listener and friend. I learned to see beauty in the desert. I learned to choose joy. I realized that God can use me and I could do more than I thought I could. I learned generosity. I learned to parent.

Here are some snapshots of the weekend!

Taking a Break

Learning to Rest

For some reason I tend to crave rest but I find it hard to do!  It is commanded by God but it seems that it is one of those commands that I tend to think is more of a suggestion; I don’t feel guilty for not resting; in fact, I often feel like resting means I am lazy or wasting time. It is, however, in the top 10 of rules given (Ex 20) by God.  When the Israelites were given this commandment, they had been slaves for 400 years and they had a culture of work. Almighty God says that if we do things His way, we can do more in 6 days with Him than on our own with 7.  This principle is just like tithing; we can do more with 90% and honoring Him with the first portion than by keeping it all and doing things our way.

God certainly did not “need” to rest but he did set aside a Sabbath and he rested.  He set aside time for us because he knows that we need to set aside space for our souls, our minds and schedules to realign our purposes with God’s. We need to set aside, ,aka make holy, time to acknowledge God. When I am tired I tend to sin.  I am more short-tempered. I make mistakes or don’t give my best when I am in a hurry or too busy. I am less creative.  I lack sympathy. There is no sense of wonder. So God rested from his work but I can’t?

 

Identity comes not from what we do but in creating enough space in soul  mind schedule to acknowledge who God is

Laura Ingalls Wilder tells about tying a rope between their house and the barn in the winter so that they wouldn’t lose their way in the storms of life and they could find their way home.  I think that rest is like that rope.  It is a lifeline more than we know. We lose our way when there are no margins, no space, to rhythm of work and rest.

God wants my identity to come from acknowledging Him and not what I do with the time I have been given. If I had an extra hour a day I probably wouldn’t use it to spend 8 hours in God’s presence. I would fill up the margins because that is what culture pushes.  And yet, Is. 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation.”.

Replacing work, busyness, catching up and urgency with space that refreshes and replenishes is critical to not being defined by work.  I get that. The big question for me really is HOW: how to create margins where good stuff can happen; how to prepare in advance for a regular habit of stopping; how to avoid being robbed of a life of meaning because I am overcommitted.

Even though I did not like the weather in Illinois, there was definitely a rhythm to life with the seasons that does not exist in California. Sabbath rest was “easier”  Snow days forced me to slow down and gave opportunity to be in the moment, to pause, to be still (Ps. 46:10).  Maybe I need to think of Sabbath rest as a weekly snow day once a week.

Eph 5:15-17 Be careful and live as a wise person.  Make the most of the opportunity to live with margins because the days are evil.  (My own paraphrase).

 

 

 

 

Ears to Hear Heb. 9:1-10

Hebrews 9:1-10

1 Now the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tent was prepared, the outer one, which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place. 3 And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. 4 It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail.

6 So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties. 7 But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. 9 This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.

My devo for EvFree Fullerton

The writer to the Hebrews continues to point out that the gospel is Jesus plus nothing! There was nothing wrong with the activity of worship in the tabernacle; it was God planned and authorized. But it was designed with a deeper message.

God is not interested in ritual. It means nothing to him. It is a religious play enacted to show people what is going on in their inner life. Further none of the ritual reaches the inner man. It is ineffective.

The tabernacle is another “object lesson” or visual parable of Jesus. God wants to dwell with his people and did so through the tabernacle in the Old Testament. But it was just temporary and symbolic. Now we are reminded of the better promise, the better sanctuary, the better sacrifice provided by the new covenant! The blood of Jesus completely satisfies the ritual so God dwells with us permanently.

How often do we focus on the ritual of worship, which is worthless as a ritual? Do you catch the argument? The first covenant ritual only affects the outer man, the body. Whatever we are trying to do for God, our activity on His behalf, cannot get below the surface. By contrast, the new covenant depends not on the work of the worshipper but on the activity of Christ in our place! Our own activity adds nothing to our acceptance before God. God does not love us more because we come to church each week or because we serve him. God loves us because He is love and we serve Him because we love Him

Mermaid Day!

Well it is my birthday!  I am the age of the minimum wind speed needed to issue a severe thunderstorm warning.  In Spongebob Squarepants Patrick claims that my age is the luckiest number ever!  And my age matches the number of counties in the state of California.

So how did I spend my day?  I made scones to share in the office.  I got my free Starbucks beverage (on a side note I really think it is time to change up my “go-to”).  My desk was decorated. I got flowers and treats.  My mom brought in my favorite cake (Tweed Cake).  My team took me to lunch where I got a free milkshake.  I went with the girls to get ice cream.  Then I went to watch soccer at Biola.  Friends and family called, texted, emailed and used other forms of social media to wish me a happy day.  I went to dinner with Clayton.  The Dodgers ended their slump!

There are several who share my day (Marge Couch, Pat Mills, Cori Lynch M., Joyce Beach, Karen Carpenter, Aaron Wolgemuth, Vanessa Adrian, Lana Kaneko….and I can’t celebrate my day without thinking of my pastor/boss, Bob Brouwer, and friend Vera LaRue who already are home in heaven.

In honor of Mirm I am listing several jokes:

What kind of bra does a mermaid wear?  An Algaebra

What did the sea say to the mermaid?  Nothing.  It just waved.

What has beautiful hair, 2 arms, a tail and looks like a mermaid but isn’t a mermaid?  A photo of a mermaid.

Which part of a mermaid weighs the most?  the scales

Why did the mermaid close her eyes and look away?  Because the sea weed.

Why was the mermaid on a seahorse?  Because she was playing water polo.

Where did the fisherman and the mermaid meet? On-line

What is a mermaid’s favorite song?  Salmon-chanted evening

Where dies a mermaid sleep?  On a water bed.

Where do mermaids go to the movies? at the dive in

How does the mermaid contact her friends?  On her shellphone

What do you call a lady who lives under the water, has a tail and is really funny?  A mirthmaid

What is the opposite of a mermaid? A merbutler

 

25 Pun Salute to Emily

Happy 25th Birthday to my Punny and random girl!  I kept debating what to say or do for your “card” this year and this is what you get:

  • What goes up and never comes down? Your age!
  • If you want a Cinderella birthday party I can invite all your friends over to clean up for you.
  • When you were born I moved to the scariest “hood” ever – Motherhood!
  • I would tell you to act your age except that you wouldn’t know how to act since you have never been this age before.
  • You were born before your due date and it is the only time you have ever been early!  Good thing we didn’t name you Sudden Lee!
  • I took you to many museums growing up and now I finally realize that you are not a “messy”!  You just want to display everything like a museum!
  • The moment I realized you had a twisted sense of humor (you were 18 months) I was not sure if I should be proud or scared.
  • It has been scientifically proven that too many birthdays will kill you.
  • But studies also show that birthdays are good for your health. People who have more birthdays live longer!
  • Hougham does not need any birthday treats because he is stuffed already.
  • Wishing the most beautiful and intelligent person I know a great day. That’s me. And to you a very happy birthday.
  • Happy birthday Em. Enjoy another 365 days of an all-expense paid trip around the sun
  • You are just getting younger in reverse
  • Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be.
  • The older you get the more important it is to NOT act your age.
  • However, I would also caution you to never act your shoe size.
  • You’re not old, But if you were my cereal I’d check the expiration date before consuming it.
  • Dear eyelashes, wishbones, dandelions, pennies, shooting stars, and birthday candles: Do your job.
  • Well. Well. Well. Water we gonna do to celebrate your big day?!
  • WE could go get Mexican food and taco bout how cheesy this pun is and about how spicy you are. That Nacho plan?!
  • How does NASA organize a party? They Planet!
  • If anyone fights over your birthday cake you should keep the piece!
  • If you eat cheese on your birthday make sure it’s Gouda.
  • A little bird told me it was your birthday!  Eggcellent!
  • Harry is Sirius that best witches are in order for your birthday!
  • For your birthday, let’s play quidditch because you are a keeper!
  • Wanna go to Australia?  We could have a koala tea party there!
  • Fur sure you must be an otter year older!
  • What do you get when you cross a mullet and a perm?  A Merm!
  • It may sound corny but I think you are a-maize-ing!
  • Why was the magician bald? He pulled his hare out.
  • Best fishes on your birthday! Let minnow if you get a worse pun!
  • What is this color gradient? Black to the fuschia
  • Puns are the secret ingredient to any awkward moment.  I prefer my puns intended.
  • twenty five is only 22 in Scrabble

I could come up with more but you get the idea!  I love you to the moon and back! And I am so blessed to be called your mom! Always. 

I saw this on-line.  Some good advice!

http://gentwenty.com/25-lessons-you-learn-by-25/

Ears to Hear Psalm 148

Psalm 148

1 Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD from the sky!
Praise him in the heavens!

2 Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all his heavenly assembly!

3 Praise him, O sun and moon!
Praise him, all you shiny stars!

4 Praise him, O highest heaven,
and you waters above the sky!

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for he gave the command and they came into existence.

6 He established them so they would endure;
he issued a decree that will not be revoked.

7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
you sea creatures and all you ocean depths,

8 O fire and hail, snow and clouds,
O stormy wind that carries out his orders,

9 you mountains and all you hills,
you fruit trees and all you cedars,

10 you animals and all you cattle,
you creeping things and birds,

11 you kings of the earth and all you nations,
you princes and all you leaders on the earth,

12 you young men and young women,
you elderly, along with you children!

13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty extends over the earth and sky.

14 He has made his people victorious,
and given all his loyal followers reason to praise—
the Israelites, the people who are close to him.
Praise the LORD!

Response by Miriam Mohler

Student Ministries Admin Assistant

The book of Psalms really is a primer of praise. As we draw near to the end of the hymnal, the psalmist rallies the help of the entire spectrum of creation to join him! He starts with the call for praise from everything seen and unseen overhead, followed by the natural world around him. And finally, humanity, the only part of creation that has a choice, is summoned to join in the praise.

When Jesus was on earth, the winds obeyed him and the waves supported his feet. We are told that the rocks would have cried out if he had let them. The demons feared and reverenced him. But for some reason humanity struggles to own him; His own “received” him not (John 1:11).

One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. (Phil. 2:10) In this psalm, the climax of those praising God is the faithful of Israel, who have a unique role because they know God’s name. They are “close to Him” and can tell His story. They join the praise already given forth by the rest of creation. I don’t know about you but I want to be in the crowd that chooses to declare God’s glory. This matches the crescendo of the gospel as those who were far off brought near by the blood of Jesus. Tune my heart to sing that grace!

I am reminded of the words from the Song “Come Now is the Time to Worship”
One day every tongue will confess You are God
One day every knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those
Who gladly choose You now.

So given such freedom, won’t you choose with me to praise the Lord?

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