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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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.

1 Peter 1:1

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This is “just” the introduction to 2 Peter, but it’s such a powerful verse – expressing the identity of the author, the name of Jesus Christ, the intended reader’s relationship to the author, and the source of our faith. Now that we’ve seen it translated into our heart language, let’s see it in His love language:

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We’re going to study this verse word for word in the next few posts. Here is the first word:

Συμεὼν ΠΕΤΡΟΣ: This is Simeon Peter. This was one of the men on earth chosen, not only to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but one of the three closest disciples to Jesus (along with James and John.) This was Simeon Peter – the rock on which Jesus would build His Church (Matt 16:18) And this was Simeon Peter – the one who promised to stand by Jesus no matter what, but was not diligent in prayer, and instead denied Him three times. This was Simeon Peter who – when filled with the Holy Spirit – was not the fearful man he used to be, but instead proclaimed the gospel boldly, even in the face of death. This was Simeon Peter – the one with enough faith to walk on the water when he had his eyes on Jesus, but as soon as he took his eyes off of Him, began to drown.

With God Under the Tree

Today I got a word wrong on my Hebrew test, but that wasn’t the real problem. The real problem was that I gave this lesson half-effort. I wasn’t pouring my heart and soul into it. I wasn’t using this opportunity to get to know the Lord and glorify Him and grow in His knowledge and work out His will for my life. I feel awful about it. And I’m so greatful to the Lord that He forgives us and gives us grace in what we lack, not merely wiping away our transgressions but even filling us with holiness, with His very Self, for His Name’s sake.

The word I got wrong was תַּ֥חַת – a word that simple means “under.” When the Lord appeared to Abram by the oaks of Mamre, Abram said to Him “My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not pass Your servant by. Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant.” And they said, “So do, as you have said.” So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.” Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it. He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree as they ate.” (Gen 18:3-8)

I don’t have some incredible exegesis for this passage, but what strikes me about this is that when He saw the Lord, He asked Him to linger there, he immediately began to serve and honor Him – in a holy hurry, and then he stood in the presence of the Lord under the tree. That’s what I always want to be doing. I want to be ever asking the Lord to linger with me, ever serving Him, ever standing in His presence תַּ֥חַת   the tree.

Like Abram, Lord, I falter – desperately. But like Abram, I long to serve You. Oh, God, I want You more and more.

Ariel

ps. I love You back.