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.
that sort of prayer [to speak the gospel boldly] should constantly be on our lips, offered to God on behalf of those whose task is so constantly the heralding of the gospel to others.
– A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D. A. Carson
There’s a great twitter hash-tag I just found recently: #writetheword. The concept is very simple. Just write the Bible out word for word. It’s a great practice, and a very Biblical one.
18“Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19“It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.” – Deuteronomy 17:18-20 NASB
I can’t help but join in:) I’m going through 2 Peter – writing it out and studying it. I want to take it slow and write it out in Greek – getting to know each word as written in the Love Language. I hope you’ll join me:)
Here is the first verse in Interlinear.
Here it is in Greek.
Read it. Pray about it. Read it aloud in Greek, aided by the pronunciation guides in the interlinear version. It’s beautiful:)
Questions we’ll talk about in our next posts: Who is Peter? (character study) What is 2 Peter about? (book overview) And how does that information help us understand 2 Peter 1:1.
Lord, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your love language. Thank You for faith. I praise You because You are righteous, because You are my God and You are my Savior.
ps. I love You back.
“Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...”
Run in a way so that you may win the race –
Run hard. Run long. Run till you’re out of breathe – and then – run on.
Know when to rest and know when to push far beyond the strength you ever thought you had in you and realize – this strength is not your own.
Find out that the race was harder than you thought and longer.
Find out that you’ve got more more moxy than you ever thought possible and that you’re stronger than you thought you could be – ever – in your wildest dreams.
And find out that your dreams were pale in comparison to Reality.
Carve out of this broken world a beautiful monument to the one Who is your salvation, your strength, and your song. And when your arms are aching from your sisters’ burdens you’ve carried. And when you’re out of breathe from breathing life into the dying. Breathe in deep from the Breath of Life. Look into the eyes of your greatest Prize.
And race on.
Lord, thank You for colorful chairs in the classroom, and the happy chatter of knowledge. Thank You for the chipped paint on that wall that is so beautiful and for the sound of hebrew words – Your love language spoken even in this classroom on a wednesday morning.
I praise You because You are a good Creator, giving me eyes to behold and a mind to comprehend all this simple incredible beauty.
It’s working. I’m speaking the language of prayer!
My thoughts are transformed, in the slightest yet most powerful ways. I think and the thoughts come out prayer and the true Word.
It’s only in glimpses I see it. Only in swift phrases do I catch it, but it’s catching. And it’s thrilling my very soul.
Oh, Beloved Abba, praise and glory to Your name! Holy are Thou, my most Dear.
A few years ago I read a book by Donal Miller. I was at my neighbors house in rural Virginia, swinging on a hammock in the summer afternoon sun, reading as he fleshed out pieces of the Bible. He made them sound so real, so living. I realized, as I read his words that he had read the Bible like I’d read my favorite novels as a child – fully imagining it all, pondering it, excavating every ounce of its beauty.
Since then, I remember this from time to time. It occurs to me today, though, as I’m reading that I should be doing this every day. It should be habit – no, more than habit – it should begin as a habit and become an impulse. Because this is a love letter from my Beloved. Have you ever gotten one of those? A love letter? The one you love tells you about where he’s been and what he’s done. You lay back on your bed and imagine the red brick of the building, imagine what his emotions and reactions would be (if you know him well, instinctively knowing) to every sight and smell. You would imagine his work, see his hands moving, seeing his eyes fixed in deep concentration…..on and on your imaginings would go. This is how we should be reading the Bible, isn’t it? If we truly believe it’s a love letter. (Which we should, I’m convinced.)
I think this is what David described in the Psalms when he spoke of longing for it to be night so that He could reflect on the Lord’s Word in this way. The Bible tells us we should be meditating on it all day and night, but it also encourages certain special times when we should sweetly, deeply day dream on the One we Love.
Lord, remind us to remember You,
cause our minds to think on You,
our hearts to feel You,
our wills to choose You,
and all of ourselves to be completely Yours.
ps. I love You back.
This is a beginning – the beginning of a new phase of my journey, and – hopefully – yours. It’s the beginning of me spilling out my heart to you. It’s the beginning of me learning how to let Him spill His heart out to you through words.
See, I’ve fallen in love with Him through words:) That journey began about a year ago when I found a list of some of His names and what they meant. As I read them aloud I felt transformation happening in my whole inner being. I felt this amazing thirst for more, for more of Him, for getting to know Him through His names. This led me to an greater journey, to know Him through every word of His, through every word of the great Love Letter He wrote to us, His Word. I’m learning to understand His Love Language – His Love Language Divine – so that I may know Him, abide in Him, have Him live in and through me, be totally one with Him. Being one with Him is the journey He calls us all to. And a vital part of that journey is learning the language of His love.
This is the beginning:) His divine love letter to us begins with that very word: “Beginning,” the Hebrew word רֵאשִׁית (reshith) How simple and how profound. That was the beginning of all beginnings. There had nothing before it but Himself. Wow. For every new “beginning,” including this one, we’re invited to turn our eyes to the One who always was, always is, and always will be. He should be our focus in every new beginning.
This same word “begining” – reshith – is used later in Exodus, Leviticus etc when the Lord tells his people to offer the first (reshith) fruits of their labor as an offering to Him. That’s what I want this post to be – a first fruit offering. That’s what I want the beginning of this journey to be – a reshith offering.
Dear Lord, we praise You for creating the world, for bringing about the beginning, and for being, Yourself, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. We praise You for Yourself, we thank You for Your Word, and we praise You for the language through which You communicate Your love.
Ps. I love You back.