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Just Finished Talking To The Creator Of The Universe

January 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Free-Outer-Space-Desktop-HD-WallpaperPerhaps one of the most astonishing aspects of God’s revelation of Himself in the Bible is that He wants to have a personal relationship with His Creation, and, more specifically, He wants to be intimate with man, the highest of His Creation.

The Psalmist in Psalm 8:4 asks, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Good question. The answer is both simple and complex, and, since I don’t write–nor do you read–long blogs, I won’t attempt to answer it here. 

Instead, I want to marvel at the incredible fact that God DOES pursue a relationship with me. At a point before time began, He even decided he would die for me in order for us to have such a relationship for all eternity.

Once established, He doesn’t want our companionship to be one-dimensional. That is, He wants me to continually communicate with Him, just as He continually speaks to me. He does so through His Word, through the presence of His Holy Spirit and through His creation. Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

With that in mind, allow Him to speak to you through this incredible video. Worship and listen to your Creator. Here’s the link, if the video doesn’t automatically load.

Worship Our Creator God

The Sound Of God Singing Over Me

December 2, 2014 Leave a comment

notes staffA verse has been playing around in my head for the past couple of weeks. I read it during my Quiet Time one morning, and, since then, I’ve meditated on it, looked up the context, searched for thoughts online about it, and, perhaps needless to say, prayed about it.

Here it is: “He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17.

The phrase, “He will exult over you with loud singing,” is the part that struck a chord in me–oops, sorry, just couldn’t resist that pun. As if it weren’t enough to picture the God of the Universe singing over me, this verse says He will do His singing in a “loud” voice.

When the children of Israel heard the voice of God in the wilderness, they were afraid they might die (Deuteronomy 5:25-27). They were so terrified of hearing God’s voice they asked for His words to be filtered through an intermediary, and Moses became the mediator between the people and God for that very reason. If this incident is any indication of how God’s teaching voice sounded, then I can only imagine what the sound of His loud singing voice might be.

Yet, the writer doesn’t seem to be saying, God’s singing is a fearful thing. In fact, the loud singing part follows another interesting descriptive phrase concerning God, one that pictures Him acting as a comforter: The verse, “He will quiet you by his love,” brings to mind a mother soothing a fretful, restless child by her acts of love–a lullaby, a pat on the back, a hug.

For this reason, I believe His singing is also an act of love, and, just because it’s loud, doesn’t mean God’s exulting over us is a frightening thing. Instead, this is where the first part of the verse, “He will rejoice over you with gladness,” comes into play. This phrase pictures joy, happiness, and exuberance, and in God’s happiness over His children, He breaks out in exuberant song.

What this sentence does is describe all the different aspects of a parent’s love for a child. It also gives us a complete picture of our Heavenly Parent–one who is able to rejoice over us, soothe us, and creatively express His joyful love for us in song.

I’m looking forward to that day when my Heavenly Father will sing over me. Perhaps, each and every day of eternity, He’ll compose a new song, a unique song, just for me.

And, if you’re His child, He’ll do the same for you!

 

 

 

 

Is It A Real Book If It Doesn’t Have Any Pictures?

October 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Picture Book 1The following question was posed by a young child to his grandmother when she allowed him to hold my recently released Christian fiction novel, One Night in Tehran. He quickly thumbed through the pages, handed it back to her with a note of disgust in his voice, and asked, “How can it be a real book if it doesn’t have any pictures?”

Good question.

My book is  full of words. There are no pictures. Can it be a real book then?

Authors who write books for young children use more images than words in their story because a child hasn’t learned to associate the printed letters on a page with objects, events, people, or emotions,. By “reading” such a book, the maturing child will gradually make the transition to fewer images and more words, eventually ending up with a book with no pictures, just words.

However, more mature readers still enjoy having pictures to help them visualize what they’re reading. I believe Jesus fully understood our innate desire to “picture” a concept through common objects. In fact, he constantly used “word pictures” to illustrate his teachings.

His word pictures—a desperate woman looking for a lost coin, a hungry boy eating corn husks, an ordinary field hiding a buried treasure—all served to mesmerize his listeners, drawing them into a story where, in the end, he could present them with Kingdom truth.

What is true for books—with or without pictures—is also true for the words we speak to one another every day. Our words serve to paint a picture, showing everyone around us, who we are and whom we serve. As we paint ourselves anew every morning, may we be like the Christ we serve and, in the end, present our listeners with Kingdom truth.

Proverbs 25:11 “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.”

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