PSALM 117:1-2-----O PRAISE THE LORD, ALL YE NATIONS: PRAISE HIM, ALL YE PEOPLE.
FOR HIS MERCIFUL KINDNESS IS GREAT TOWARDS US: AND THE TRUTH OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOREVER.
PRAISE YE THE LORD.
Am elated and full of praise and gratitude for the one who made all things
It is the first day of the sixth month
I feel so humble in my spirit and am totally broken in all my humanness because it is the month of my birth, yet another year and I imagine all sorts of things, my thoughts run deep, trying to piece together clips of this film reel to form a clear motion picture in my mind’s eye of the time before I was formed in the womb, at least he says he knew me before I was formed in the womb and by name too! What was He thinking, what level was my spirit, how ready was I to take the journey outside the womb that I now have taken thus far.
Did I at some point say HERE I AM, SEND ME! (Doubt that, looking back at some things I did in the past, and perfection is still far ahead in the horizon!)
I mean, just imagine John the Baptist, he took his cross DAILY and followed a course that he believed in because he was told that he was sent on a life’s mission, even in the womb, he acknowledged Jesus as LORD!
He started a fashion trend, maintained a most unusual but steady diet, which most people wonder today, how such sustained him!
He chose a very uncomfortable location as his regular abode which I believe many Christians of today would not think twice about rejecting even when God Himself thunders the order from Heaven (it will be said that it was the devil trying to send them on a wild goose chase, remember Jonah, eh!), not to talk of them CHOSEN TO BE sent to the mission fields from their home churches (God bless the true missionaries on the field in RAW environments), not with the trend these days, of chasing after and lobbying for the juicy parts of the world to be sent to as pastors! (I guess though, that the environmentalists would cheer John today!)
Not only did John not take his eyes off Jesus, he did not envy him nor question God at any time about this seemingly second-class citizen type of job description from the beginning of his life, after all WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE HEADS AND NEVER THE TAILS! ---LISTEN TO HIM REPLY SOME ‘WELL MEANING FRIENDS AND DISCIPLES’ when told that Jesus has magnetized away to His side MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR CONGREGATION.
“He must increase while I decrease, no man can be what he has not been divinely chosen to be”(my translations of actual quotes)---check out John 3:23-36
He died on active duty!
I now ask and converse with the one who sent me, have I done well thus far? What next?
Am I on the right track? I need your wisdom, guidance and strength to run the race smoothly to the end because in good times and bad times, in the joyous moments and sorrow of spirit, in my fears and confusion, when I was weather beaten by circumstances and issues of life, when I felt on top of the world all puffed up with chest thrown out ready to take on any challenge and of course, when I just felt like digging a hole and burying my head in the soil of shame, I know now that you were always there.
Although then, in my childish innocence and times of ignorance I asked, ‘Where is He and what is He really doing (Of course I know now, from FOOTSTEPS IN THE SAND that You carried me when there was only a set of visible foot prints rather than two sets to show us walking side by side), I thought, was He just watching at some points with arms folded across his majestic chests or arms akimbo, wondering what I was up to or did He simply send a host of Angels to surround me when I had a horrid bombardment of attack that I could not fathom what they were, where they came from and most especially WHAT TO DO!
Please bear with me I can not help all of these thoughts because I see and appreciate my Lord more with each passing day and year, when I look back and realize that, REALY, WHAT WOULD MY ISRAEL HAVE DONE if He is not a merciful God? If he did not have this big heart so full of love for the works of His hands and if he had not promised Noah that He will NEVER end the world the way he did in Noah’s time (the Lord’s anger is something I do not personally want to experience—Are there remnants of the descendants of Sodom and Gomorrah today to chip in a word? Though obviously there are various Sodoms and Gomorrahs all over the Earth now in various forms from land to land with SIN being celebrated and written into law each new day) where would I be today? Probably in hell or at least taking the fast lane on a journey towards there!
ALSO IN THE DAY OF YOUR GLADNESS, AND IN YOUR
SOLEMN DAYS, AND IN THE BEGINNING OF YOUR MONTHS, YOU SHALL BLOW OVER YOUR BURNT OFFERINGS, AND OVER THE SACRIFISES OF YOUR PEACE OFFERINGS; THAT THEY MAY BE TO YOU FOR A MEMORIAL BEFORE YOUR GOD:
I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD