Lovingfaithfulness Eternal

I can never return to the names of The Lord enough. While every word of the Love Languages in their Love Letter contexts inspire my heart, none can compare to the overwhelming and inexpressible reaction my soul has to the names of my God.

As I have been studying Psalm 136 recently (a Psalm I very much hope to write a book on someday. I have begun work on it, but you can pray for me that The Lord will help me finish it.) I came immediately to this name.

Give thanks to Yahweh for He is good
For His unwavering lovingfaithfulness endures eternally.

(My translation)

When I looked up this word Yahweh I found so many things. The truth that presented itself most strongly, though – especially in context – was this:

One of the meanings of Yahweh is “Eternal.”

Ponder that in your heart for a moment.

Then add to it this truth:
In Exodus 34:6 when The Lord reveals His glory, He declares Himself to be “abounding in lovingfaithfulness”

And so we find that His abounding lovingfaithfulness endures forever, because He both is lovingfaithful and is Eternal.

What does this truth mean for you today? How does the reality of His forever lovingfaithfulness change the way you look at your hardships, give you comfort, deepen your knowledge of God, secure your trust in Him?

And how can I be praying for you? What aspect of your life needs to be filled with His lovingfaithfulness toward you?

Father, Your name is a strong tower. The righteous run ini it and are safe. Call our hearts. Teach us to run into the tower of Your lovingfaithfulness. Amen

Ps. We love You back:)

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A Sparkling Sweet Holiness

The Psalmist said that the holy Word of the Lord was like honeycomb. He knew it’s sweetness. He recognized the Holy One time and again as the King of Glory. He knew His powerful beauty.

Holiness is beautiful
The way pure, white, unadulterated snow is beautiful
Holiness is sweet
The way pure, ripe, fair-trade organic mangoes are sweet

It is a lie to believe that holiness is cold like winter and stale like old crackers. Purity does not make things pale but perfect.

Holiness in the Old Testament – Kadosh in the Hebrew – means set-apart. What English words do we use for something that is set-apart from the commonplace? If it is not ordinary, what is it? Extraordinary. If it is not common? Rare. If we try to attain the extraordinary or the rare we will likely find that it is costly, inestimable, and perhaps even priceless. We will find it counted as a treasure. Words like rare and extraordinary are synonyms of holiness. They are similar and help flesh out its meaning. Holiness too is a treasure which is costly, inestimable, and priceless.

This is real holiness – sweet, beautiful, and sparkling beyond compare.

Let us worship our Holy God and pursue to be like Him such a holiness.

Good – beautiful and kind

ἀγαθός (agathos)

“agathos means “good,” though its connotations overlap with kalos (“beautiful”) and chrēstos (“kind”).” – Mounce’s Expository Dictionary

Luke 11:13
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Meditate with me on all this wonderful verses containing this agathos good.

Lost

אָבַד (ʾābad) “to perish, destroy, demolish, become lost.”

“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold. All who found them have devoured them, and their enemies have said, ‘We are not guilty, for they have sinned against the Lord, their habitation of righteousness, the Lord, the hope of their fathers.’” – Jeremiah 50:6-7

The Lord is our habitation of righteousness.
The Lord is the hope of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Without Him, we are lostp.

Father

אָב (ʾāb)
Father

But now, O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.
– Isaiah 64:8

The Hebrew word ab means father, and it is used to talk not only about earthly fathers but also God as a Father to Israel. It is this same Father Who gave His Son so that we too may be called sons of God, that we may graphed in, adopted, that we may call Him our Father.

The Compassion of Christ

When he saw the crowd, he had compassion on them because they were harrased and helpless like sheep without a shepherd

The Greek for compassion here is splanchnizomai:

definition of compassion

This splanchnizomai kind of compassion isn’t a mere thought of pity: Christ-like compassion moves our inner man so deeply that we feel it in our gut. It is this kind of compassion that moves us to show compassion, just as it moved the Lord to show compassion (Mt 14:14). It was when He was filled with this compassion that he went on to tell the disciples in the following verse to “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Mt 9:38). Compassion should move us too to living out compassion in deed and prayer.

Lord, You are a compassionate God. We praise You for the compassion that moves You to save us, sanctify us, and one day glorify us in Your presence. Father, fill us with Your compassion. Make us like You in this way. Move our hearts to feel deeply for the lost and the needy. Move our hearts to pray more and more for You, the Lord of the harvest, to send out laborers into Your vineyard. Open our eyes to see how great the harvest is, how white these fields are. Open our mouths to tell of Your name, to bring justice to the oppressed, and to lead these lost sheep to the good Shepherd. Fill the prayer warriors and future missionaries with compassion. Fill the translators and the persecuted church with compassion. Fill the hearts of all believers, Father, with Your compassion, for the sake of Your glory. Amen.

Ariel Vandebrooke

This post was also posted on raisinghands.wordpress.com my blog about missions, especially deaf children’s ministry in India.