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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Problems Fade in His Presence

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I was kneeling by my bed early this morning reading and praying from Psalm 150. It’s a Psalm speaking of praising God for all His majesty and greatness.

As I was reading Psalm 150, suddenly the Lord brought another verse to my remembrance. It was Col. 3:2 that says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”  I knew the Lord was telling me to read Psalm 150 with my heart instead of just my head. "Set your affection on things above..." seemed to shout out to me.  I read through Psalm 150 differently. I began to meditate on each verse. Verse one says, ”Praise the Lord in His Sanctuary.” I began to think about God in His Sanctuary – in His Heavenly Home and our future home. Jesus said before He arose into Heaven, “I am going to prepare a place for you…”

Then I remembered that the Apostle John had described God’s Sanctuary in a vision in Rev. 4:2-11. “And instantly I (John) was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it! The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. And from the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven lampstands with burning flames. They are the seven spirits of God. In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings had the form of a lion; the second looked like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth had the form of an eagle with wings spread out as though in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come." Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one who lives forever and ever. And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, "You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created."
As I read these things, it began to stir my love and affection for God even more. It made me want to truly worship the Lord from my heart. It isn’t important that I understand every little thing that’s going on. What is important is when you look and mediate on the reality of Heaven and God’s throne and where we will spend eternity, then the cares of this world begin to shrink, and the bigness of God begins to grow. It makes me feel and want to be more reverent. It draws me into the reality of how short this life is and how long eternity is. It reminds me that it's not man but Jesus I serve and live for. This is where and with whom I will spend all my eternity and its a place of glory that is beyond my comprehension. It helps me live out my life in reverence to Him. It strengthens me in my resolve to represent Jesus as I purpose to be a light. It reminds me that this life passes so very quickly and that what seemed so important today will be a fading memory tomorrow.

He tells us to "set our affections on things above..." so that remember that the God that created this universe, is our loving Heavenly Father who promises us He will never leave us or forsake us.  His miracles and power are still for today but they most often move by true heart faith and trust in Him. When we set our affections on His greatness, faith within us grows.
There are things in our life that deserve attention and affection and that will make our life better for doing so. But they don’t compare to the greatness of God, of His love and gift of Jesus, and on all the things God tells us about our future Heavenly home. Setting our affection on the Lord and those things He reveals to our heart about Himself and His participation in our life will shape our lives with purpose, with strength, and great resolve. Next time life’s circumstances are weighing you down, go kneel down, open up to Psalms, and think about God’s greatness. The Holy Spirit will minister to you, transform you, and lift you up!

Psalms 150:2 (NIV) "Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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