We worship the God who loved us first,
The one who gave himself for humanity.
We exalt his name for He is worthy,
Of all glory, honor, praise and majesty!
We worship in Spirit and in truth,
For this is the only way,
Through Jesus Christ alone we pray,
Knowing that our God hears us everyday!
Walking home on a dark stormy night was one of the scariest moments of my life. There is a stretch of road with no protection, having rice fields on both sides which I had to pass through. To top it off the street lights had stopped working. The turbulent wind and rain did not help either. My umbrella could hardly stay afloat in my feeble hands. As I waited for the storm to pass by under the shadow of an old tree my thoughts reminded me of how the Psalmist praised God for being his rock of refuge in Psalm 71 verses 1- 3. This old tree could hardly protect me if it got struck by lightning itself but I believe that it was my God who was watching over me that night. He was reminding me that He is in control.
Dear friend you may be caught up in the storms of life today but if you know your Savior you can rest in the cleft of the Rock i.e. the Lord Jesus Christ under whose shadow no storm can destroy you. And yes whatever you’re facing will pass. Let God give you the strength to hold on. This may not be the worst that you’ve faced but God is on your side.
Moses’ experience was a bit similar on Mount Sinai. When he asked God to reveal his Glory to him the Lord told him “there is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. when my Glory passes by I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back but my face must not be seen.” (Ex 33:21-23) Moses did see the glory of God but on another mountain at the Transfiguration where he shared a vision of the Lord’s Glory with Elijah and 3 of Jesus’ disciples. When we get to heaven we will look upon and worship our glorified Lord in the fullness of his Glory. Praise His Holy name forever!
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
An interesting translation of Romans 12:1-2 MSG
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
May it help us to examine our hearts and draw us closer to our Creator.