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Oh the beauty and power of God’s Word!

Most beautiful diatmondsDuring my time of “coffee with the Lord” this week I’m reading and reflecting on Psalm 119 – the longest chapter in the Bible and a celebration of God’s infallible, wonderful word!

Over the years I’ve told my students Psalm 119 is like a beautiful diamond! It displays and describes the incredible power and beauty of God’s Word – all of its various facets! Just like one of the world’s most beautiful diamonds (pictured), each way you turn it the various facets reflect and refract its glory!

I began my daily time with God’s word, the Bible, in high school at the urging and challenge of a public high school teacher who happened to be a Christian, Dean Shenaman. I was frustrated with the quality of my Christian life and he asked me, “How much time are you spending, LeRoy, in God’s word?” The positive results in my life of his challenge have been incredible! Ask former and present students… ask my family… ask my wife… ask former members of congregations I have served… ask anyone – I LOVE GOD’S WORD!!!

And as I read these words in Psalm 119 this morning I found myself heartily agreeing with the Psalmist, who said…

“I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches! I meditate on your precepts and consider your way. I delight in your decrees! I WILL NOT NEGLECT YOUR WORD! … Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law! … My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times! … Your statutes are my delight – they are my counselors.” (selected verses from Psalm 119: 14-24)

So I wrote this in the margin of my Bible today: “This is my prayer today Oh Lord… May I continue to love and long for Your word! May you daily speak counsel and comfort to my heart from its inspired message!”

Dealing with the ugly creatures in dark corners of your life

creatures in dark cornersI heard Sharon’s insistent, intense voice from the kitchen… “LeRoy come here!”  I hurried into where she was, and she explained that there was a very large ugly bug that she had seen scamper into the dark drawer where we keep our garbage can.  She wanted me to find that “critter” and kill it.  Problem was, I couldn’t see back behind the garbage container.  So I got my cellphone, turned on the flashlight feature, shone the light in the dark corner, found the creature and killed it.  The light made dealing with the intruding bug possible!

Read a passage that dealt with that kind of issue morally and spiritually this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”… Luke 11:33-36 (check it out)!

In it, Jesus declares the moral and spiritual input of your life matters!  It either brings “light” within or increasing “darkness!”

We need to watch what we allow to enter by way of our ‘eyes” (or for that matter any sensory gateway to your inner self)!  When you are intaking healthy, godly, righteous things (“light”) your whole body is being filled with “light.”  The critters of the dark flee!  But when your intake is unhealthy, morally bankrupt, negative and unrighteous (i.e. “darkness”), it darkens everything within you and creates a context for what is evil and harmful!  In the words of the passage then: “See to it that the ‘light’ within you is not ‘darkness’ (i.e. that what you have allowed to enter your life is darkening you within, rather than bringing light within).

In other words, don’t allow moral and spiritual critters to enter the dark corners of your life!  Drive them out and deal with them by bringing the “light” of God’s presence and His word to bear on what is deep within.  What is needed then, is for us to have more significant time with “light” than “darkness!”

In these troubling times… It is better to trust in the Lord, than in humans leaders and institutions!

Who to put your confidence in and look to for answers in these troubling times?  Which political party holds the best promise and course of direction for our future?  Which politicians can deliver on the promises they are making?  Who has the answers for the crises we find ourselves in at the present time – crises of COVID-19, racism, and lawlessness in our cities?

I fear that we who claim to trust in God will be tempted to put our confidence in weak human leaders, political parties, and human institutions; more than in the Almighty God!  Listening to conversations around me (some, sadly, in which I have participated) what I fear is already a reality!  Those who claim to trust the Lord must make a course correction!

My Bible reading this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” helped me in that regard!  Psalm 18 has an antidote to the error!  Here it is…

The affirmation I need to have… “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His steadfast love endures forever! … Let those who fear [reverence] the Lord say: ‘His steadfast love endures forever!’” (vss. 1-3)

“The Lord is with me, I will NOT be afraid!  What can mere mortals do to me?  The Lord is with me, He is my helper! … It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans!  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes [mere human leaders]!” (vss. 6-9)

Then an embedded prayer… “Lord save us!  Lord grant us success! (vs. 25)

And the affirmation reiterated… “You are my God, and I will praise you!  You are my God, and I will exalt you!  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His steadfast love endures forever!” (vss. 28-29)

(From Psalm 118 NIV)

So on this Lord’s day I’m going to shift my focus – from human institutions and human solutions,  from political parties and politicians and their promises, from mere human resources and power – to the Lord!  Sure am glad it’s Sunday – the “Lord’s Day!”  I need “the Lord’s Day” and Psalm 118 to help me refocus… and I needed this video clip of Billy Graham to help me refocus as well!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7rdbHaoMZ4

 

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