I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. (Psalm 122:1)
As the years go by, I have come to realize, that God and God alone is our best bet. Many a life that I have had a relationship with shouts volumes that this is true. It is more than a privilege to have an association with God as our Father. Here in the house of the Lord is where that relationship will blossom. This is a time of joy unspeakable for those who love, serve and are loved by Jesus. Here today there will be a symphony of adoration, fellowship and a filling of the spirit of God. Unlike the marketplaces of this world, here in God's house, his resources are inexhaustible. The true believer will never be disappointed and their soul will experience an oasis of living waters! Praise the Lord!
Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance, let us plead together; declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. (Isaiah 43:24-26)
What a most marvelous word this is. Here we see that Father God has a personality; a sensitive, warm and caring character. "Thou hast bought me no sweet cane," and "put me in remembrance;" also, "let us plead together." In the book of James, we can read, "The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy." Such emotions. A God and Father that is most affected by our daily routine. How he loves us!
When you or I, through our earthly abilities, show our affections for him; a most wonderful event transpires. He is touched with our expressions of love.
The Jews came to Jesus with a request from someone who was not a Jew. Their presentation, "Oh, how he loves our nation and has built us a synagogue." Everything you do to promote Jesus, every time there is a cost in your life to further the gospel; God is pleased! The gift of your sweet cane will be accepted and when you plead your cause, you will not be alone. Praise the Lord!
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.(Proverbs 1:24 – 31)
These are words taken right out of the Bible (holy Scriptures). Sometimes God's words seem dormant; not having much reality to the times we live in. Is God's word powerless? Should it be used as a doormat to promote every imaginable error among man? Are dollars more important than prayers? Is pleasing oneself more than pleasing God our purpose to existence?
Just think, someday every Scripture of God will not only be read before man, but fulfilled in its' entirety. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:18)
Be encouraged, your earthly love for the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost can never be overlooked. Praise the Lord!
How wonderful and marvelous it was to be here in God’s house Saturday evening. True praise and worship was offered up from hearts aglow with adoration and love for the Lord. There were times when God’s presence was so strong. I did all to stand in that presence. As I looked around the sanctuary, all were engulfed in the amazement of what was taking place; Here we were on earth a place that the “word of God” says is out of course with Him. Contrary to this: praise, worship, and Thanksgiving flowed through the hearts of God favored children.
Dr. Thomas Snyder