After reading an encouraging and inspiring passage from the Old Testament, I suddenly felt the urge to praise God. Finding myself bursting into worship was a beautiful, unexpected experience. Although my problems weren’t suddenly solved, I felt an immense peace and confidence in God’s presence with me.
The writer of Psalm 119 must have experienced similar emotions and thoughts when he penned, “I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word” (Psalm 119:14-16). Regardless of our wealth, status, or age, all us can delight in meditating on Scripture. As the psalmist wrote, followers of Christ can “stay pure . . . by obeying [God’s] word” (Psalm 119:9).
Psalm 119 highlights knowing God deeper through soaking in His truth from the Torah—the first five books of our current Bibles—by reading it out loud, studying it, meditating on it, and memorizing it (Psalm 119:13-16).
All of these practices are a way to, as the psalm puts it, hide God’s word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11)—which the Amplified Bible translates as “treasured and stored in my heart.” Sin separates us from God, while drawing near to God through Scripture helps break sin’s hold in our lives. But we can’t know God by our own efforts, so the psalm asks God to direct our spiritual growth, to “teach me your decrees” and “don’t let me wander from your commands” (Psalm 119:10,12).
Today, we have both the Old and New Testament books as inspired Scripture to read and meditate on. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, may we come to know God more and more as we seek the wisdom found in Scripture.
The glory of Christ—beheld
‘And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.’ John 1:14
Suggested Further Reading: Exodus 25:1–9
Let me read the text again, giving another translation: ‘The Word was made flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ Now, you remember that in the Jewish church its greatest glory was that God tabernacled in its midst: not the tent of Moses, not the various pavilions of the princes of the twelve tribes, but the humble tabernacle in which God dwelt, was the boast of Israel. They had the king himself in the midst of them, a present God in their midst. The tabernacle was a tent to which men went when they would commune with God, and it was the spot to which God came manifestly when he would commune with man. Here they met each other through the sacrifice of an animal, and there was reconciliation between them. Now, Christ’s human flesh was God’s tabernacle, and it is in Christ that God meets with man, and in Christ that man has dealings with God. The Jew of old went to God’s tent, in the centre of the camp, if he would worship: we come to Christ if we would pay our homage. If the Jew would be released from ceremonial uncleanness, after he had performed the rites, he went up to the sanctuary of his God, that he might feel again that there was peace between God and his soul; and we, having been washed in the precious blood of Christ, have access with boldness unto God, even the Father, through Christ, who is our tabernacle and the tabernacle of God among men.
For meditation: Some of the things in the tabernacle which point to Christ are the veil (Matthew 27:51; John 14:6; Hebrews 10:19–20), the manna and the shewbread (John 6:31,35,48), the mercy seat (see 29th March) and the lampstand (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46). There is no need of tabernacle, temple or lamp in heaven where mere pictures are replaced by the actual presence of the Lord and the Lamb (Revelation 21:22–23).
Breakfast with My Daddy
Author: Pauline Hylton
“Okay, Sister. After you peel the potatoes, put them in this,” my daddy said pointing to a metal gadget with a handle. “Then turn it and they come out sliced ready for the frying pan. Fried potatoes and onions for breakfast — I’ll think I’ve died and gone to heaven!” Dad shifted his head, faced me, and smiled.
My eight-year-old-self couldn’t help but smile back. When it’s Saturday morning, you get to watch cartoons and make breakfast with your Father – well, what’s not to smile about?
In fact, just thinking about those Saturday mornings make me smile now and I’m well into my 50′s. I remember the crusty fried potatoes and onions covered with ketchup and a side of buttered toast.
Delicious. But you know what I loved more? The time I spent with my daddy.
So when I read Beth Moore’s study of 2 Thessalonians 3:1, and her definition of prayer, I beamed and warmed at the same time. Here’s a quote:
“Prayer is accepting a royal summons to the King for breakfast with your dad.” Children of the Day by Beth Moore
Munch on that for a while.
Here’s another quote:
“God loves you. He loves your company. He loves to search the depths of your soul and hear the dreams of your heart. He knows what troubles you when you crawl into bed and what awaits when you crawl out. He knows why you’re scared and where you’re unprepared.”
You know, as great as my earthly father was, sometimes he was too busy for me, or too far away, or maybe just too preoccupied to listen.
But not my heavenly Daddy.
I can enter into His presence any time. But often, I don’t. Mostly because I’m too busy, or tired, or lazy, or just too wrapped up in myself.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s the truth.
Maybe you have the same problem.
It’s kind of like being invited to Buckingham Palace for a private dinner with the Queen with all that delicious afternoon tea stuff, and turning it down.
Except better. Because God is not just royalty or an earthly leader, He’s our heavenly Father, and King of His universe. He not only owns the cattle on a thousand hills, He made the cattle and the hills.
And He cares about me. And He cares about you.
Jesus said in Luke 11:9-10,
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (NIV)
The good gifts God has for us are eternal. James 1:17 says,
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (NIV)
Not the gifts you get at Christmas and enjoy for a time. His gifts are rich and meaty and eternal. They are good gifts. Sometimes they are hard gifts, but they always produce eternal dividends.
Recently, in our church home group, we discussed prayer. One man I admire in our church prays this way.
“Father, we come to you by the blood of Jesus, and through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
That’s a mouthful of eternal blessings. And meeting with our Father isn’t just for Saturdays. We can come anytime we want.
And have breakfast.
And you can skip the cartoons and enjoy the feast.