Archive for January, 2013
My readings this morning came from Psalm 36 and Psalm 100. Both focus on God’s faithful love but from different angles. Psalm 36 seems to look on God’s love with admiration and awe while Psalm 100 sees God’s love as humbling to thankfulness. These do not stand in opposition to one another but lead to the same place: praising God.
I was struck by something this morning, that I probably had thought of before, but never really stopped to ponder over. It’s nothing profound, just a thought. Psalm 36:5 reads, “Lord, Your faithful love reaches to heaven, Your faithfulness to the skies.” In the ancient times when this was written, this had to be nearly absurd. With modern technology over the last 60+ years, some of the magnitude of this statement may get lost. Hundreds of thousands of people “reach the skies” every day in airplanes, and we have even gone beyond the skies into “the heavens” with space exploration. Stop, then, and catch what the psalmist is saying. Said with sincerity, he is portraying God’s faithfulness and love as completely unmatched, unthinkable, inexplicable. Paul would echo this praise with similar thought in his letter to the Ephesians, He “…is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to [His] power that works in us – to Him be the glory…” (v. 20-21). God’s love is not confined the finite understanding of man. Even though our understanding of our world has increased tremendously since the writing of the Psalms, God’s faithful love is still reaches far beyond our understanding. In Paul’s day and certainly in the Old Testament time, soaring through the skies was nonsense. No one could “reach the skies” except Him who created all things (Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:16).
I really don’t know what a modern equivalent to this statement might be (perhaps “reaches to the ends of the universe” or “encompasses all of the vast galaxies”), but I encourage you to take a moment today and ponder that God’s faithful love is just as unmatched, “above and beyond all” today, as it was in ancient times. In fact, this is exactly what the psalmist is declaring in Psalm 100:5, “For the Lord is good and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.” And it is this consistent, faithful, unwavering, unmatched love that bids us “Come, follow Me” (Luke 9:23).
Today, my wife and I celebrate 13 amazing years together as husband and wife and the beginning of our 14th year. 156 months, 676 weeks, 4,749 days…not that I am counting. Those 4,749 days have brought a wide variety of emotions and circumstances. We have had 6 pregnancies which brought us the births 4 of the most incredible children I know and the loss of 2 in my wife’s womb. We’ve moved our home more times than I care to admit, living in both Tennessee and Texas, purchasing our first home together a few years back. We have had the privilege of serving 4 different churches in various roles and capacities, and celebrating 5 years at First Baptist Keller las Fall. We’ve had next to nothing; we’ve had more than our fair share. We’ve walked with dear friends and family through marriages, births of children, loss of jobs, loss of family members, and so much more. We have been blessed by the communities God has placed us in over the years and are incredibly blessed where we are today.
My prayer for our family in 2013 is to take the attitude of Paul in Philippians 4.
…I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret ⌊of being content⌋ — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
As long as I have known my sweet wife (nearly 20 years now), she has been as close to a Proverbs 31 woman as I have ever met.
10 Who can find a capable wife?
She is far more precious than jewels.11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,and he will not lack anything good.12 She rewards him with good, not evil,all the days of her life.13 She selects wool and flaxand works with willing hands.14 She is like the merchant ships,bringing her food from far away.15 She rises while it is still nightand provides food for her householdand portions for her female servants.16 She evaluates a field and buys it;she plants a vineyard with her earnings.17 She draws on her strengthand reveals that her arms are strong.18 She sees that her profits are good,and her lamp never goes out at night.19 She extends her hands to the spinning staff,and her hands hold the spindle.20 Her hands reach out to the poor,and she extends her hands to the needy.21 She is not afraid for her household when it snows,for all in her household are doubly clothed.22 She makes her own bed coverings;her clothing is fine linen and purple.23 Her husband is known at the city gates,where he sits among the elders of the land.24 She makes and sells linen garments;she delivers belts to the merchants.25 Strength and honor are her clothing,and she can laugh at the time to come.26 She opens her mouth with wisdomand loving instruction is on her tongue.27 She watches over the activities of her householdand is never idle.28 Her sons rise up and call her blessed.Her husband also praises her:29 “Many women are capable,but you surpass them all! ”30 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting,but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.31 Give her the reward of her labor,and let her works praise her at the city gates.