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Jesus THE History-Maker (Pt I)

There are many ways in which I hope that HistoryMakers 6ix will not be the last one that I shall attend; there is no denying that traipsing off to a location away from Singapore for a fews day to get away from the daily grind is reason enough to go, moreso when you can wake up to a day of buffet meals, to familiar faces, friends and fellowship, and to top all of that — back-to-back services, unrestrained praise and worship, ministering and fellowship after. Certainly all these are persuasive enough for me to want it never to end!

I used to feel like I was coming down from a ‘high’ after heading home from a church camp – I dreaded coming back to a dull house to dive right back again into the monotony of routine existence, which was what everything else felt like after a hypercharged experience at church camp.

This time it was different. That sinking feeling was no longer there, as it’d been for previous camps; what stood in its stead was a unwavering confidence, borne from the hope instilled by Abba in my heart that the path before me led only to an increased abundance of blessings, of personal growth, of the fulfilment of His promises. The camp was only a catalyst for the shifting of my perspectives, but the source is God alone, and confirmed by the Spirit as revelation.

I am humbled and awed by the magnitude of His faithfulness and goodness towards me. Engraved on my heart is the need for me to always turn my eyes to Him. Abba, cause my flesh to dim as Jesus is magnified. Amen!

“His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Psalms 1:1-3

One of the expectations I brought to the camp was confirmation from Abba regarding praise and worship. It was an area in my spiritual walk that used to confound me. The praise and worship session was something that I felt was too inconsistent – sometimes it would be good and I would be ministered; sometimes it felt like I could not “get into the mood”. I blamed the band or worship leaders for not being “in the flow”, or not doing it “with the right spirit”. Yet, praise Abba for his patience and loving kindness for his errant son! He moved me to repentance; he opened the eyes of my heart to behold His glory and the goodness he has sown in my life. I was completely and utterly humbled. From that moment it was as if I had been given new sight; this verse describes perfectly this revelation from Him:

“O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”
Psalms 63:1-5

There were many confirmations about this, one of which some of you heard when John shared about it in our breakout sessions during HM. ‘Praise and worship’ is not one-directional. It’s an intensely personal, intimate communion between you and Abba, and not something you have to pull out of a parched soul to give and give unto Him. David went to Abba when he was dry and thirsty, and as he beheld Him, Abba reached out to him and ministered to him with love, a love that was and is “better than life”. The end result was a man whose soul was satisfied by his Lord. A man who was a king among men, and yet came to the Lord as the young shepherd boy.

It’s easy to get carried away by the music, the performances or your favourite songs. But remember one thing: that Abba is the very reason why we sing and lift our hands. He is the water of life that will quench and satisfy our dry, parched and weary souls. How good is our God! Our Abba that requires no further praise or glory, yet in the act which we are called to honour Him, He still gives unto us so freely the sustenance that our soul and spirit craves so intently!

Indeed, how great is our God!

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