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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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God needs nothing, yet He desires us!

I hope you guys are having an amazing, God-filled week. I’ve been doing a lot of studying lately and the following excerpt from the book “Wired for a Life of Worship” by Louie Giglio, really spoke to me last night and I wanted to share it with you:

“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is the Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.” -Acts 17:24-25

Standing before the men of Athens, Paul took a deep breath and unfolded the mystery that his listeners had been searching for. He spoke of “the God who made the world and all things in it.” Paul identified Him as “Lord of heaven and earth.” And this God, Paul said, “gives to all people life and breath and all things.”
Men of Athens, meet the God of gods.
Turns out they were right all along. There was another God greater than all their idols, higher than all the objects inhabiting their altars.
This God is powerful enough, Paul proclaimed, to invent the whole world and everything it contains. And He “does not dwell in temples made with hands, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything.” Turns out, God doesn’t live at the church after all. By the very logic of His immensity, He refuses to be contained by any church or structure.
What a shame. I guess we have to say good-bye to the warning we all were threatened with as kids, “SHHHhhhh! You’re in God’s house!” Although I have to admit it did strike the fear of God into me as I considered that the church building was actually where He lived.
It does make for a nice image, though. Can you see Him at the door after the service, greeting everyone? “Thanks for coming, appreciate you being here, glad you made it, hope you enjoyed it. Was everything okay? God bless. Oh yeah, I’m God–so, just…bless! Come back to see Me! Have a nice week!”
Is that God? Watching all the cars drive away, turning the church lights off, settling in for a long and quiet week, maybe playing a little on the organ, only to fling wide the doors again in seven days. “Hey! Glad you’re back. Good to see you. Come on in!”
I don’t think so. God isn’t stuck in church-world. He might even care less about us running in the church halls than we think! Why? Because He’s huge. Creator, initiator of all things. Way too vast to be stuck in some building all week. Far too interested in our lives to simply watch us drive away from Him. Much more worth of our time than just one hour of just one day.
This God is all-sufficient God. He doesn’t need a thing! He made the world and everything in it. Paul wanted the men of Athens to know that He’s the constant supply of life, breath–everything!
And he wanted them to know that God is near.
And He’s near to us now.

I’m praying for each one of you. I hope we can all realize how much God wants to be involved in every aspect of every minute of our lives- He gave us those minutes, He wants to be involved in them. God needs nothing, yet He desires us! Ponder that one for a while… It’s crazy awesome!


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