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GOD’S THOUGHTS

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Day 261

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me,
O God! How great is the sum of them!”
Psalm 139:17

You are continually in the thoughts of our heavenly Father. There is not one moment He does not consider you; so much so that those thoughts are many. That God should think about us is our treasure. He knew us before the foundations of the earth, knows us now and unto eternity with Him.

Proverbs gives us another glimpse of our Father when it reveals He is “delighting in mankind.” He takes pleasure in His people. We are His vineyard and He is interested in everything we do. As a parent delights in His children, so our Father delights in us.

How great is the sum of Your thoughts towards us, O Lord.
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19). Yes, it seems impossible that God would continually hold us before Him, but He is our Father. This is our inheritance in Christ.

“How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I cannot even count how many times
a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken
in the morning, you are still thinking of me!”
Psalm 139:17-18

HIS MERCY SEAT

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Day 187

“And over it the Cherubims of glory
shadowing the Mercy Seat”
Hebrews 9:5

The Tabernacle in the wilderness reflected the heavenlies and God’s order. To fulfill this God instructed Moses to build the Tabernacle exactly to His specifications. Why? The purpose of God’s tabernacle was to be a place to meet His people. He created us to fellowship with Him and share in His kingdom. The Tabernacle was a place where the people could have their sins dealt with through sacrifices. It was a place of thanksgiving, praise and worship.

The heart of the Tabernacle was the Holy of Holies and in the inner most room was the Ark of the Covenant. A chest type object, it held the two tablets of the law, Aaron’s budding rod and the manna. Covering the Ark was a lid called the Mercy Seat. It had two Cherubims arching over it. A special wood was used to build the Ark, but the Mercy Seat was solid gold.

That Mercy Seat is Jesus Christ covering our sins. He was the propitiation for us. The Cherubims of Glory are related to God’s throne where His Glory is manifested. His mercy brings us His glory for it covers our sins and the effects of sin. And it is a place of rest where His children find peace. Christ Himself is God’s resting place. What a wonderful God who takes our burdens and sins away. Because of the Mercy Seat we can now fellowship with God and call Him our friend.

“By His own blood . . . [He] obtained
eternal redemption for us”
Hebrews 9:12

TRUE COMMUNION

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Day 163

“Is not the bread that we break
a participation in the body of Christ?”
1 Corinthians 10:16

Communion cannot be reduced to a liturgical practice or ritual. In fact, Paul warns us that we are to discern the body of Christ. And he points out that some of those that haven’t are weak and sick. This is a very serious warning. The body of Christ is the church, its many members are one body.

True communion relates to the body of Christ and our participation in it. At the Last Supper Christ humbled himself and became a servant washing the feet of the disciples. He told them to do the same. He chose to have a meal together and be a servant. We are called to do the same – love others more than ourselves, honor others, be a servant laying down our lives, owe no man any debt except love.

This is true communion; I lay down my life and live for others, and build them up in Christ. God gave us the body of Christ to work out our salvation while we walk this earth. As we participate in it, partaking of one loaf, though we are many, we find communion with Christ and our brothers and sisters.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together
in unity! It is like a precious oil poured on the
head, running down on the beard . . . For there
the Lord bestows His blessing. Even life forevermore”
Psalm 133