I’ve learned to know a name I highly treasure.
O how it thrills my spirit through and through!
O precious name, beyond degree or measure,
My heart is stirred when-e’er I think of You!
My heart is stirred when-e’er I think of Jesus,
That blessed name which sets the captive free –
The only name through which I find salvation.
No name on earth has meant so much to me.
That name brings gladness to a soul in sorrow.
It makes life’s shadows and its clouds depart –
Brings strength in weakness for today, tomorrow.
That names brings healing to an aching heart.
That name still lives and will live on forever,
While kings and kingdoms will forgotten be.
Through mist or rain, ’twill be beclouded never,
That name shall shine and shine eternally.
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”
My son was emotionally moved by the news that a peer was arrested yesterday for multiple felonies. The 18 teen-year-old had been stealing large volumes of merchandise and selling it, to his demise. This news and my son’s reaction allowed us to talk about how God could be using this young man’s demise to get his attention, change his selfish heart, move him to repentance, and his life, although suffering the consequences of his sin, inevitably he will begin to grow in grace with a softened regenerate heart. Please, God, have mercy.
Similar scenarios are true in your life and mine, with ultimate outcomes that glorify God according to his plan. The principle is true. Our sovereign God intervenes. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I do not want to forget my demise and God’s mercy. “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” God works through “the demise!” Thank you, Lord. Because of God’s mercy, you were supernaturally changed, and by God’s abundant grace, in Christ, we are continually changing to God’s glory!
Do you see the continual change? I long for the Spirit of God to help me discern. How do I grow in grace? “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” The psalmist expresses the Spirit-filled heart longing for God. May we grow in grace by echoing the living words of the psalmist, crying out, earnestly seeking our gracious God at every turn. “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.” “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts…. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” (Psalm 119)
The hunger, the desire, and the pleas before the throne of grace expressed, reflect salvation, the gift of God directed by his indwelling Spirit! And, he keeps giving! Therefore, we pray, direct us… Teach me, O Lord… Give me understanding… Direct me in the path of your commands. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain…. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life… How I long for your precepts! Preserve my life in your righteousness. Amen.
Friday Morning Prayer..:). First Baptist Church, 1929 Arnold Way, Alpine.
Sisters meeting at 0900.
Brothers meeting at 0730.
You are invited to join saints for a time of prayer and encouragement. Join us, if your schedule allows. You are missed, especially if you haven’t been in a while.
Men’s breakfast! This Saturday, June 18, @ First Baptist. 0800. Sharing the living word, and great gravy… thanks, Bo! Good food and fellowship.
 Psalm 119:50
 Romans 8:28
 Ibid. v. 26