A Son, A Servant, A Steward

Speaking Heaven’s Language

Speaking Heaven’s Language

AS WITH EVERYTHING else in 2020, this will be a difficult Thanksgiving for many. The impact of COVID is being felt with fewer members of our families sitting around our tables. I know for our family, this saddens us.

And yet, it is amazing how often Scripture points to the attitude of thanksgiving as something that marks the life of one who loves Jesus. You could say that “thanksgiving” is the language of heaven.

To help you “speak the language of heaven” this Thanksgiving, I would like to offer you Psalm 138. Perhaps, between now and tomorrow, you could spend time using this psalm as a template to give voice to your words of thanks.

The Psalmist begins by saying that he gives thanks to God with his whole heart. There is nothing half-hearted about his offering of thanks.

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name

What is the cause for thanks?

  1. For your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
         How have you seen God’s love in your life?
         How has God been faithful to you?
  1. For you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
         How has God’s sovereignty over all things been a source of comfort for you?
         How have you seen the wisdom of God on display in your life

  2. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
         How did God meet you in your time of need?
         Where has God answered prayer for you?
  1. All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth,  and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 
         How has God’s Word ministered to your heart?
         What song do you like to offer as a tribute of thanks to God?

  2. For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
         How has God been your comfort?
         Where have you seen God at work in your life?

  3. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.
         Where have you experienced the deliverance of God?
         Where are you persevering by God’s strength?

  4. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
         What is God teaching you?
         How is God using you to touch others through the circumstances of your life?

I would encourage you to take some quiet time and think through these questions as a means of forming a heart of gratitude. Then, take one of these thoughts and speak the language of heaven. Give thanks to God and be an encouragement to others.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

God Will Judge with Equity

God Will Judge with Equity

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

75 WE GIVE THANKS TO YOU, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.

 2 “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.
 3 When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
        it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
4 I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
        and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
5 do not lift up your horn on high,
        or speak with haughty neck.’”

6 For not from the east or from the west
        and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
7 but it is God who executes judgment,
        putting down one and lifting up another.
8 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup
        with foaming wine, well mixed, and he pours out from it,
        and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs.

9 But I will declare it forever;
        I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
        but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.

God is the ultimate judge. No one else is. Only God. That is the message of this psalm. Where does this truth land on your life today?

Perhaps you find yourself haunted by a past in which you were a victim of some form of abuse.  God will judge. Maybe your life today is plagued by animosity from family members toward you.  God will judge. Perhaps you feel discouraged when you read or listen to the news and hear the media, and those whom they interview, twisting the truth. God will judge. All will be put right.

Or maybe you find yourself tormented by a conscience that knows you yourself to be the perpetrator of evil – of selfishness, of mean words, or relational withdrawal, of deceit. If so, repent and seek restitution with those whom you have wronged. But beneath it all, take heart in the greatest truth of God’s judgment: God judged his own righteous Son in place of us unrighteous rebels, so that any who turns to take refuge in him gets the future that Jesus deserves.

This, above all else, is reason to give thanks to God for is wondrous deeds (v.1).