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Feb 14th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. The word is ‘joy’, a spiritual reality to be entered into if one is to know God to live a true life and extract the best from life.

JOY – THE LORD’S PEOPLE ARE HIS JOY – Zephaniah 3:16,17

Twice it is affirmed how much the Lord is excited and enthused over His people in Zeph 3:17 “He will rejoice over you with joy . . . He will joy over you with singing”. It has to be realized and sink home in the minds and hearts of those whose trust is in the Lord, that they are His special pleasure and treasure. They are really the apple of His eye and how delighted He is with and over them when they are most responsive to Him. It is quite remarkable and noteworthy that He should be thrilled and go into raptures with those who are closely associated with Him.

One of the great objectives of Jehovah was to make Israel a praise to Him so that they would be the envy of nations. Other peoples would see the close affinity with their God and note how much He was immensely pleased with their faith and conduct. His delight would know no bounds as they made it their priority to give Him cause for joy.

We who have tasted the blessings of His grace and salvation in and through Christ and now represent His Family, should likewise give Him every reason to sing with joy over us. Just as an earthly father gets enormous inspiration an excitement over sons that are capable and successful, and sings their praises, so the LORD would like to do the same over you, today. Let the Godhead in heaven find tremendous delight as it beholds your belief and behaviour. Set heaven a singing and ringing over your faith and commitment to heaven’s values and virtues.

SACRED SONGS

There is a Story Sweet To Hear

It is true to say that there is no story like the Gospel story, the message of Jesus Christ’s coming and the extraordinary difference it has made to our world. Literally millions throughout the centuries have heard it and come to a dynamic faith in Him and been miraculously transformed. No regrets, only a grateful appreciation of His love and salvation, and to think, it has only begun! Heaven awaits its consummation!

1/. There is a story sweet to hear, I love to tell it, too:
It fills my heart with hope and cheer, ’Tis old, yet ever new.

Refrain

’Tis old yet ever new; ’Tis old yet ever new;
I know, I feel it’s true: ’Tis old but ever new.

2/. They tell me God the Son came down From His bright throne to die,
That I might wear a starry crown, And dwell with Him on high – refrain

3/. They say He bore the cross for me, And suffered in my place,
That I might always happy be, And ransomed by His grace -refrain

4/. O wondrous love! so great, so vast, So boundless and so free!
Low at Thy feet my all I cast; I covet only Thee – refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – inspiration

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present – Jim Rohn

DAILY MEDITATIONS

IN QUESTIONING MOOD – Psalm 77

Pondering the words of the psalmist here it is most obvious that he is in a real questioning mood. The reason for this stems from the fact that he appears to be in deep trouble and though he engages in a true spirit of prayer to the Lord there is no response. the point The point is made in v1: “Oh that God would listen to me!”  He then reaches a further stage where he exclaims: “I am even too distressed to pray” – v4. There is no doubt that he is perplexed and overwhelmed in the situation he finds himself in. It was not a welcome experience and it had repercussions in raising a series of questions that were of a personal nature.

He states in vv7-9 six probing, challenging questions and they are all directed to the Lord. In the New Living Translation he asks: “Has He slammed the door on His compassion?” He is bewildered, lacking understanding and possible faith in his immediate trying circumstances.  He reaches the point where he feels the Lord has switched in his attitude towards him – v30. But in this dilemma he refuses to let go of God but calls to memory his past dealing and goodness – vv8-20. In the depth of his being he senses the real nature of His kindness.

There are occasions when it will seem that the heavens are like brass and that the Lord has switched off from you in listening to your prayers. How to negotiate this sort of situation is not easy.  All kinds of untoward questions arise and the tendency will be to query the Lord and His care. When faith is put on trial it is possible to wrongly react and think He is in the wrong. Assert your love of Him and trust Him. You will discover that His love, compassion and power are still towards you.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS 

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DIVINE EXPECTATION  

Micah 7

 

The prophet senses personally a powerful conviction from the Lord within his being as to what is to be his lot. He has nothing to fear or be alarmed at because he has performed his task and his whole estate and future is in the hands of Jehovah. At a time of upheaval and grave mistrust at all levels without, He has an anchor of hope within that is able to hold and at the same time give certainty of greater fruition. Birthed within is divine expectation that is sure to materialize. His confidence will be duly rewarded at the right time.

1/. HIS EXPECTATION IS THAT THE LORD WILL HEAR HIM – v7

He has not only been the messenger speaking for the Lord to the nation, he is in the happy position of being able to talk to and have communion with the Lord in prayer and share his problems. He knows he will have the ear of the Lord and that his petitions will not be a vanity. When once the ear and attention of the Lord has been obtained there is the guarantee of answer in His time.

2/. HIS EXPECTATION IS THE LORD WILL SAVE HIM – v7 

It is evident that he is seemingly placed in extreme situation of need, but that in no way disturbs or perturbs. Such comes along to try and agitate and aggravate but he is not overwhelmed in the slightest. The Lord is sufficient for every crisis and emergency. His saving power and ability is well known.

3/. HIS EXPECTATION IS THE LORD WILL DEAL WITH HIS ENEMIES –vv8-10

There are those that wish to do him harm and see him come a cropper personally. He does appear exposed to malignant and arrogant foes but he is confident that he will come through this ordeal with flying colours. It may be the Lord is allowing him to go through such in order to enable him to sift and sort himself out to positive good.

4/. HIS EXPECTATION IS THE LORD WILL SHOW COMPASSION – v18

This is an outstanding passage that asserts His grace in forgiveness to the point of the absolute removal of all their sins. The anger of the Lord will cease and His good will is extended to the remission and removal of all evil. Such will be placed in the Sea of God’s Forgetfulness. This ensures for Israel a new start with glorious prospects.

CONCLUSION

The hope is given of seeing much more of God’s goodness based on the oath of the covenant given to the patriarchs. So the prophecy ends on a high note with the assurance that the Lord will honour His word.

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