ways we have known God…

There’s a song I’m listening to as I type… “Hold Me Jesus” by Rich Mullens.  I catch pieces of things in his lyrics that take me down different paths.  “You have been King of my Glory, won’t you be my Prince of Peace”…

How have I known God?

Have I known Him at a point in my life as King… have I known Him as Merciful Savior…Great Shepherd… Sovereign LORD…Redeemer…Intercesssor…?

How many ways have I known Him and is He really all these things together?  Just how big is my God?

How does a man approach God?

How does a man know his God?

In our worship of God this morning this event stands to be reckoned with…

And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. 13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” 17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

I recently completed reading through Esther.  I have heard, time and again this phrase ‘for such a time as this’, but if I don’t understand it in the midst of how and why it was said, I can turn it into anything I want. 

Shame on the pulpits where this is occuring.    Shame on those who pervert the pulpit by grandstanding their own agenda rather than the Word of God.  I say this boldly and with hope that the Spirit of God and the Word of God would confront every preacher of the Word who has forgotten that God’s Word is PURE, HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, POWERFUL, SANCTIFYING, REDEMPTIVE, SAVING, among many other things.  It is complete in its purposed revelation and authority, the believer needs to hear nothing beyond God’s revealed Word in order to follow, love and obey.

But there is no shame for the righteous.  Our response to the Gospel matters.

It is a blessing to hear God’s word clearly enunciated…proclaimed both topically and expositionally.  And my understanding of God is that He addresses me in specific areas often and always from the consistent eternal Truth of the Word.

And, may I add… I believe that the revelation of truth by the  Holy Spirit is made just as accessible to the hearer of God’s word as the scholar of God’s word.  I’m grateful for both.

Psalm 31…

31:1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!

3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

6 I hate [1] those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.

9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.

11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous
in pride and contempt.

19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
20 In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
22 I had said in my alarm, [2]
“I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!

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