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“As Long as You are Glorified”

30 Jul

I found this song on a great blog called worshipmatters the other day. Bob Kaufflin is a great blogger and has lots of interesting things to say. His church started to sing this song recently because it reminds the church how we must praise God in the good times and bad. The song “As Long as You are Glorified” reminds us of the Lord’s right and duty to receive all glory in all situations of all His disciples’ lives.

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Shall I take from Your hand Your blessings
Yet not welcome any pain
Shall I thank You for days of sunshine
Yet grumble in days of rain
Shall I love You in times of plenty
Then leave You in days of drought
Shall I trust when I reap a harvest
But when winter winds blow, then doubt

Oh let Your will be done in me
In Your love I will abide
Oh I long for nothing else as long
As You are glorified

Are You good only when I prosper
And true only when I’m filled
Are You King only when I’m carefree
And God only when I’m well
You are good when I’m poor and needy
You are true when I’m parched and dry
You still reign in the deepest valley
You’re still God in the darkest night

So quiet my restless heart
Quiet my restless heart
Quiet my restless heart in You

by Mark Altrogge.

His Banqueting Table

6 Feb

My mind was so preoccupied last night that I couldn’t sleep. I was trying to imagine what it will be like in paradise with our Lord Jesus Christ. I was trying, but of course,  I failed. My earthly human mind cannot grasp the exceeding joy we will feel in Hi presence when He comes back to earth.

One of my favorite verses in the bible is Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forever.” For all eternity we will feel joy. No more strife, no more pain, no more confusion, no more stress, no more sorrow, no more hunger, no more thirst, no more discouragement, no more… (I can go on and on), but most of all, no more enemy.

I was trying to imagine what it will be like to sit next to Jesus, the one with holes in His hands where the nails pierced His flesh, and eat at His banqueting table. To talk with Him, to laugh with Him, to have fellowship with Him, to play with Him. Just the thought blows my mind and I can’t help but smile.

But for now, we are on this earth for a reason. We must spread the gospel to those who have not heard it so that we might see them sitting next to Jesus one day. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate reward? To know that you, with His help and by His grace, literally lead a lost soul to Jesus?

I end with words from the apostle Paul.

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.” Philippians 1:21-24

Four Points of 2009

3 Jan

January 1 is always a very amazing day. We look back at the previous year and hope for better things in the year to come. I feel we always take for granted the years that pass by. Let’s look at some of the things that happened every day for the last year.

  • In 2009, we woke up 365 times still breathing, God spared our lives 365 times. God could easily choose to end our lives whenever He wants, and it could be in our sleep. But God chose to leave us on earth so that we can continue to glorify Him in all that we do and spread the word of His love and grace.
  • In 2009, we had the opportunity to go to church and worship God in midst of Christ-loving Christians 52 times! There are so many Christians in the world who are in persecution. They can’t even declare their faith in public in fear of getting arrested, or worse, murdered, but we have the privilege of going to church and encouraging each other in Christ. I hope you took advantage of those 52 Sundays. If you didn’t, make sure you do in 2010.
  • In 2009, God constantly and lovingly reminded daily us that we His treasure if we die with Him every day. We were supposed to die to self 365 times in 2009. It is a constant battle with the devil and it will not stop until God wills it to stop. We might as well practice now so that it gets easier with time. Did you successfully achieve this Christian goal in 2009? I know I could improve on this aspect this year.
  • In 2009, God fulfilled His promise by granting us His mercies every morning. Have you been through trials this past year? Has not the hand of God worked in you through those trials? Wasn’t His light ever apparent in your darkest times of trouble? In fact, we Christians are persecuted and tempted every day to give in to our worldly nature, but by the graces of God, we fight to resist the temptation 365 times. Praise the Lord!

Never take these four points likely in 2010. Make sure you make the most every day and every week. Don’t overlook God everyday blessings. If you do, you just might look back on 2010 as an unsuccessful spiritual year.

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