Jesus THE History-Maker (Pt III)

I’m loving this life as a child of God. I love the way Abba guides my feet to a deeper intimacy with him, illuminating His word that with my spiritual eyes I may perceive the heart He has for me. It seems that for the first time in years, the Bible has come alive – I read a few verses and in the Spirit I start rejoicing and realise what a great, loving Abba I have. Indeed as David declared: Abba’s love is better than life.

It may be that my journal entries appear a tad longer than usual and possibly quite boring as well, but Abba has placed so much in my heart that it feels full to bursting, so I just have to share it here!

“I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!”
Psalm 34:1-3

As I’ve mentioned earlier, HistoryMakers 6ix was the time when Abba opened the floodgates on what it means to praise and worship Him. Oftentimes in the past, in utter foolishness as I now see in hindsight, praise and worship to me was a chance for me to get ‘high’ on the Spirit or overwhelmed with emotion. I actually wonder how many times was I really praising and glorifying Him – I am sure there were moments when I truly was, but I was so easily distracted. My mind would wander to other things – of things of work, personal issues or idle thoughts.

When the band or worship leaders were playing poorly, or when I heard a song I didn’t like, it seemed as if the zip had gone out of the praise and worship. The problem wasn’t any of that, as I’ve come to realise. It was me. I started looking at these things to create the ‘atmosphere’ that I wrongly thought to be necessary for me to praise and worship Him ‘properly’. I felt the music direction was heading the wrong way – too rehearsed, too conscious of keeping up appearances, too constrained (though now it seems the campus band is taking many leaves out of Hillsongs United’s book).

Abba was still faithful with his misguided son. He just placed one thought in my heart when it came to praise and worship: “Just seek to give Me glory.” That threw open the gates for me. I was overwhelmed, not by the music or songs, but by the indeniable grace and beauty of my Lord. I stood like a man who is transfixed by the indescribable glory of a living, undeniably real God. Not only by His divinity and holiness, but rather by the heart He has for me; rendered speechless that I would be loved so much by such a mighty God.

Abba is so, so, so good. Even when we seek Him and give Him praise, He responds:

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.”
Psalm 34:4-7 (continued from above verse)

He delivers from ALL our fears; as we behold Him, we are filled with an overflowing joy because we know how much He favours us; even when we are at our weakest, He still hears our cry – delivering us from our circumstances.

Jesus surrounds us like a shield, a fortification against evil, and yes, DELIVERS us. This psalm is beautiful. It constantly assures us that Abba is our ever present help in time of need. What is even better is that we need not resort to our weak arm of flesh to attain this favour from Him, for all we need to do is to look to Him. To behold a God who is ever-willing, ever-loving, ever-lasting, ever-faithful. Our Abba.

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.”
v.8-10

Jesus himself says, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.” Praise and worship gives us that opportunity to seek Him. To attribute to Him the glory He so richly deserves. To praise Him for His goodness, his loving kindness and tender mercies.

Abba’s heart is always turned towards us, smiling at us, ever ready to pour His favour down on us. Ready to rescue us when we call out for Him. Even in the most dire of circumstances, He is there in the midst of us.

“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.”
v.15-18

Amen and amen. Such are the promises of God toward the righteous. What blessed assurance! Have hope, that confident expectation of good, that Abba will swoop to rescue you from whatever circumstances you find yourself in. His eyes and ears are turned towards you, ready to act when you cry for Him. Imagine yourself as a child in a playground, and Abba the doting father watching you play. When you fall and bruise your knee and cry out in pain, how swift will Abba run to your side? Even when you are consumed by the hurt in your knee, Abba already knows what He will do. He will bring you to the doctor’s, care for you until you are well, and He knows before long you will be again running and laughing in the playground. Yet we sometimes are so consumed by the pain that we fail to see beyond it.

Take heart! For our Abba in heaven has promised us never to leave us in our time of need, for He will always be near; Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

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