Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The God of Self Sufficient Fullness

It was such a blessing to have Dr. Bruce Ware speak on Sunday! His high view of God and passion were encouraging and edifying. These words of his are worthy of repeating.

When we compare what we have, can we add to the greatness, wisdom, and knowledge of God? No--all we have is what He has granted to us. He is infinitely full. We depend on God for everything, He depends on us not at all.

So then, why are we here? What is our purpose?

The answer is not that God was lonely and needed fellowship. Psalm 50--He's offended and dishonored to think so.

Rather, particularly in relation to His people, the answer is this: Though He doesn't need us, He loves us, and His purpose in creating and redeeming us is not that we might fill up some lack in Him, but that he might fill us up with Himself. He made us empty to be filled with His fullness, thirsty to drink of the water of life, weak to receive His strength, foolish to be instructed and corrected by His wisdom. In His love, He longs to give, to share the bounty. He wants us to experience in finite measure the fullness of joy and blessing that He knows infinitely--all to redound to the praise and glory of His name, the Giver and Provider of all the good we enjoy.

These truths just make me love God more....for who He is and what I am which is...an empty, thirsty, weak, and foolish person...that He chooses to love and fill. Incredible.

His book, Big Truth for Young Hearts, is a wonderful teaching tool for your families. Through its pages, you will clearly see how great and BIG our God is!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.

Psalm 103:1-14