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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 93 – How to get honor

“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor.” -Proverbs 21:21

So many people, including some of my True Beauty girls, are afraid that if they give control and reign of their lives to the Lord of the universe that they will be put to shame, mocked and made fun of.

This verse quiets that thought lie.

Whoever pursues righteousness and honor (package deal, you can’t pursue one without the other) will indeed find life, righteousness and HONOR.

Those who seek these things will not be put to shame (Psalm 34:5), they will be honored.

What is this principle?

Honoring the humble. Those who humble themselves (notice they don’t need someone else to humble them) will be exalted. We see it time and again throughout Scripture.

Does this mean a believer will never encounter persecution? Of course we know that isn’t true. Look at believers righteously pursuing God around the world. Moreover look at Christ Himself. O sacred Head now wounded.

The most righteous One was put to shame by all accounts and appearances, but He was actually in the process of being honored.

He pursued kindness to the death, teaching us all the ultimate kindness is found in laying down your life for a friend.
He pursued life through death, thus making a way for all of us to find life.
He pursued and “found” righteousness in the form of being restored to sinless perfection after He swallowed sin and the holy wrath of God for us, conquering sin, Satan, death and hell.
He pursued and “found” honor as He endured the cross, despising the shame, and set down at the right hand of God.

The way up for a Christian is the way down. This has always been the case.

So if we are counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus, let us remember who will ultimately be put to shame (I’m looking at you, Satan and all your legions) and remember our Lord, who was exposed, broken and shamed for our transgressions.

With that in mind, we can be effectively joyful in all our circumstances or situations, knowing whatever trial may come has not only been filtered through the fingers of God’s love but is working for us a glory unworthy to be compared to the joy that’s coming.

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 93 – How to get honor

  1. iasb31 says:

    Humility is essential for followers of Christ. Great post.

    1. I’m just now catching up on comments–ahh, thank you again! Praise Him!

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