THE SIMPLICITY OF GOD'S WORD
For some of you that are still not
real familiar with me personally, and only know me as a columnist in this
magazine, I actually have a few other gifts, and the Lord is helping me
with them daily.
One such gift is the art of writing lyrics and hearing the tunes
that accomplice them. I hesitate to say, I
as I abhor hearing my fellow song writers say as they get up to sing and
brag about in ignorance what God alone gave them through the spirit. But
in recent years He alone has impressed on me words and melodies that have
touched many hearts. Recently, I had the privilege of recording my fifth
CD and one song on the project was given to me by the Lord about the very
lesson I want to speak about this month. The
Simplicity of Gods
I truly enjoy much more as I get older, just the simple
pleasures in life. One is to curl up in an oversized easy chair in the
colder months, or a warm breezy place in the sunny months outside, and
just reread those rich words of our Lord. It never ceases to amaze me how
I can just turn in my Bible to a passage and begin to study, and it speaks
to the very thing I am faced with that day or hour.
Even though I am a college graduate, I
humbly admit that it took almost six years for me to complete a four-year
program, so you will know that I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Still there has got to be ¾
word that anyone born of the Spirit can understand, if they will just stop
getting hung up on those little things we all want to discuss that trip us
Just this morning, I was rereading in
Ecclesiastes the meaninglessness of many of the things we run after in
life that are of no advantage. I also read about the things that are so
simple to understand that will keep a young person from trouble in
Proverbs if they will just follow them. In Isaiah 58, I reread what the
real meaning of fasting is to the Lord, and in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and
7, Gods word covers just about every area of our daily lives and
how we should live them.
I guess if I had to pick a favorite verse in the Bible, which is almost impossible, it would be the hope of Romans 4:17b that I pray and remind myself of weekly as I go through trials. It reads. "We (that is us) serve a God (the One who has everything in full control no matter what appears to the contrary) who gives life to the dead (that is whatever is not working right for you now, or seems to not even be there needs to be resurrected!) and calls things that are not as though they were. (fixes the problem; makes it right again; vindicates us)" Example: We have a whole list of people in our family that need salvation, and five of them are our sons and grandchildren. We could go around down and ou,t and please the devil in every way if we just acted defeated and felt sorry for ourselves. But instead we know who we belong to and are already Thanking God for their salvation, just as if it had already happened! We know that when it does, we will not have enough time and energy left to praise Him for what He alone did for us and them.
Gods word says, He inhabits the praises of His people! I want and need Him right in the center of whatever I am doing. What about you?
As I shared earlier in the article, I was recently given a new song to sing by the Father, and I thought you might be encouraged by the lyrics for whatever you are facing today. It is called:
Chorus: How rich, how deep, how pure, are Your words to me,
When I awake I know Youre there, loving me tenderly.
If I am sick, You touch my pain; bound u,p You make me free,
How rich, how deep, how pure are Your words to me.
Vs. #1: Sometimes it seems no one understands, I feel so all alone
I cant move past my former sins, Im not where I belong.
But then I read Your words of grace, they touch my longing heart.
And then I know I can go on, I have a brand new start.
Vs. #2 Where can I go when I am scared, where can I run and hide?
Then in Your word, Youve rescued me, Youre right there by my side.
My bodys broke, my spirits low, I feel Im fading fast
Just then You walk and meet with me, praise God, Im home at last!
Until next month,
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