“ your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.” (Psalm 5:7)
God’s grace is His love and power reaching out to bless and help those who call upon Him. His grace provides an undeserved blessing. This is possible beloved, because of our attitude to bow down in reverence. Though we don’t deserve the blessings, it is God’s unmerited grace that He responds to our close relationship with Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Your blessings are a clear response to our attitude of reverence, our reflection of bowing down before You and our obvious response of a servant towards the Master. Today, we also offer up prayers for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“In the dark? Follow the Son. He will never steer you wrong.”
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the and the temple was filled with smoke. ‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’ Then one of he seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’ Then I hear the voice of he Lord saying, ‘Who shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!”” (Isaiah 6:1-8)
All Christians are called from sin’s darkness and dominion to salvation and service. This passage, long with others (Ex 3:4-10; Jer 1:5; Am 7:14; 14-15), makes it equally clear that God calls some to special ministry and mission. Paul and Barnabas are prime New Testament examples of this missionary call (Ac 13:2). In time of national and personal crisis, Isaiah saw God as the holy Lord of the universe in a way he had never seen Him before. The result in Isaiah is what Christians feel on drawing close to God, that we are sinners and unworthy. The prophet saw that we are sinners as individuals and as congregations. When we confess our sin, God takes the initiative in cleansing us. Cleansed and forgiven, we can bear God’s missionary call. God presents the need, and the Christian with a willing heart responds, “Here am I, Send me.” God still speaks and calls, beloved; I for one can attest to be called and my overwhelming feeling was of being not worthy, but His call was for me specifically and I could not walk away from it. I felt the cleansing of my soul, body, and mind. At this point, there was no other answer than, “Here am I. Send me.” Have you fell His call? If so, do not fear, for He will prepare you for the mission He wants you to participate in.
“He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Revelation 14:7)
The heavenly messenger proclaimed an awesome moment. Fear should produce a glorifying of God in such a moment. All are called upon to worship God as Creator. The approaching judgment should lead all people to reverent worship and faith, praising God.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“They were all filled with awe and praised God. ‘A great prophet has appeared among us,’ they said. ‘God has come to help his people.’ ” (Luke 7:16)
Can you imagine carrying a coffin with a young man, who had died it it, and Jesus walks up and touches the coffin and tells the young man to get up! The dead man sits up and begins t talk and Jesus gave him back to his mother! What would your reaction to this even be? It says they all began to praise God, and note it is God not Jesus who receives the praise. Jesus’ miracles reveal His divine power. In Him God had entered history to redeem His people. The Bible repeatedly underline the historical nature of salvation. The resurrection of the widow’s son in Nain was a sigh that God had come in Jesus of Nazareth to deliver His people. Their awe and praise reflected their salvation. Faith begins with awe and reverence for God.