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Who gets invited to dinner with God?

Who gets invited to dinner with God?

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King David asks God a great question. David talks with God all the time and he asks God a lot of questions. Do I want to have dinner with God? Is that my desire today? What will it take to get invited? All great questions.

David gets an answer from God. It is great to ask the question. Am I open to the answer? Do I hear what God has to say to me? I hear but many times I miss the goal that God has in mind for me.

Jesus simplified it for me. Love! That is it. Love God and love everyone else I know. the goal is clear. The good news is that God is in a great mood. When I miss the goal, Jesus picks me up, sets me straight on what happened and sends me on my way. God’s gift is to make me whole.

What does it mean to trust in God? How does that work in the “bad times”?

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“Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship, and punctuate it with Hallelujahs: God has never let you down, never looked the other way when we were being kicked around. God has never wandered off to do his own thing; he has been right there, listening.” ~King David | Source: Psalm 22:22-24 (The Message)

David has just spent 20 verses talking about how he feels abandoned by God. Seriously, he goes on and on about it. David is depressed and in despair. It is worth reading to put this in context. He starts out by saying “God, God . . . my God! Why did you dump me miles from nowhere? Doubled up with pain, I call to God all the day long. No answer. Nothing. I keep at it all night, tossing and turning.” Not only is he depressed, he is whining about it to God.

What is God’s goal for our hearts?

Heart, dedicated, caring and committed

Heart, dedicated, caring and committed

It is God’s goal for us to align our hearts with our words in a way that is acceptable to God. We are to love Him and everyone else with all our hearts.

Do our words reflect that? Does God’s love in our hearts cause us to think amazing things and then act in a way that reflects His love?

Beyond what we have to say, is what we are thinking and meditating on acceptable to God? It starts with our heart.

Without a right heart, the rest is all futile.  It continues with our thoughts. It translates into our words.

May we align God’s love in our hearts with what we say.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

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Can I really escape God?

Hound of Heaven

Hound of Heaven

Ever heard of Francis Thompson? Young guy, drop out, drug addict, drifter, sometime homeless. Eventually diseased and dead at 48.

Probably not the kind of guy you would want to hang out with nor call a friend. And certainly not the kind of guy you would be inclined to be loyal to.

But right before his death in 1907, Thompson came to know to very the core of his soul what true loyalty was. He expressed it in his poem, “Hound of Heaven.”

It begins:

“I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears I hid from Him,
and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated, Adown Titanic glooms of chasmèd fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
But with unhurrying chase, And unperturbéd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat—and a Voice beat
More instant than the Feet—
“All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.”

The poem goes on and as Thompson unsuccessfully seeks peace through various human pursuits, he continues to hear, but ignore, the Voice that follows him unfailingly.

The poem, on its surface, is a dark story reflecting Thompson’s lifelong struggles. But beneath the surface, it is truly a love story. Thompson’s Hound of Heaven is God, our Good and Great God who loves us so much, He follows us through each step of our lives. He is at our side. He is loyal.

And so King David says:

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139: 7-14


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Should I beg God?

Beg GodJesus said, “Everyone who asks (begs) receives …” Sometimes it takes a lot for us to ask.

We think we don’t need help. We can do it ourselves. God’s help is not needed. We want to be independent, not dependent. Our pride gets in the way. I know mine does.

We will ask if we don’t have something we want or if we can’t do it ourselves. Otherwise, God tends to be our Genie in a bottle.

That isn’t the way of God. Like David, I need to get my feet back on the trail and follow God’s orders. I must remember God has a plan. I need to focus on what God wants, not what I want.

God has promised so much.  His love fills the entire earth. There is no end to it. God is good.

Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise to do everything you say. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile, be gracious to me just as you promised.

When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders. The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out— but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning! I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you, of those committed to living by your rules. Your love, God, fills the earth!

Train me to live by your counsel. | Psalm 119:57-64 (The Message Bible)

May I humble myself and ask.

May I beg for His help.

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Jesus brings calm into our lives. Jesus brings peace. Jesus drives out the darkness.

God is lightI remember as a child not wanting to sleep in the dark. There were monsters in the closet and under the bed. The light helped. It always does.

There is something about the light. Jesus is the light. He drives out the darkness and all fear.

Jesus brings calm into our lives. Jesus brings peace. Jesus drives out the darkness.

God’s goal for us is for us to live in the light. He is God and He is light. When we live in the light of His truth, there is no fear. The perfect love of Jesus drives out all the fear. Love has a way of doing that.

The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1

May I live in the light with Jesus. 

What is God’s message to us today?

Dancing in the StreetThis is both prophecy about Jesus and also a message to us as God’s children. Our God is a living, today kind of God.

What is His message to us today? God is in a good mood. He wants the best for us.

See today like you would your birthday. Today is a day of celebration.

What gift do we want from our Heavenly Dad? He will give us anything. Nations? Continents? Dancing in the street? Or, like Solomon, do we ask for wisdom.

I also think this is in the physical as well as spiritual world. He has promised it is all ours. Supernatural courage and His powerful Spirit make it so.

Let me tell you what God said next. He said, “You’re my son, And today is your birthday. What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? Continents as a prize? You can command them all to dance for you, Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.” Psalms 2:7-9 (The Message Bible)

May I seek and ask for His power today. What gift do I want from my Heavenly Dad? May I live like today is my birthday in Him.

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