12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Heb 4:12-13) NIV
Scripture, the very word of God, is so unlike any other written word. It IS alive and active. It grows with me. It changes me. As the Holy Spirit works in me, the word of God takes on new meaning. At one point, the verses revealed what I was able to understand at that point in time. Years later, as I matured in my walk, the full weight of his words were made known to me. There was truth I had not yet learned, a character of God I had not yet grasped. His word reaches me in the depths of my soul. It pierces through the layers of walls I have built around my heart. God’s truth has revealed when my thoughts have needed to be taken captive and renewed. It has laid bare my deepest shame and offered me freedom through repentance. His word changes my heart of stone into a vessel filled with his love that is then able to pour into others. I learn as much from the Old Testament as I do the New. God’s word has purpose and is always relevant.
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb. 4:16) NIV
I have no reason to fear coming before my God. He is always on his throne. Because of Jesus and his finished work on the cross, I am able to approach him with confidence that he is there and that he cares about me. The veil was torn in two from top to bottom giving me 24/7 access. In him, I find mercy, forgiveness, strength, and grace. He is as close as a thought, a whisper, a tear. He longs for relationship with me and takes delight in me. He is my ever-present help in time of need. He is God of the Universe, but still has time for me.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will praise you forever;
from generation to generation
we will proclaim your praise. (Ps. 79:13) NIV
My first Christian concert was a Chris Tomlin concert at Towson University. With him were Louie Giglio and Matt Redman. The place was packed. I will never forget how it ended. The final song was, “How Great Is Our God”. I had sung it many times at church and on the radio. But never with this many people. As thousands of people sang, one by one the band members left the stage. There was no instrumentation, only voices filling the hall. The focus was no longer the band but God Himself. We, generations of people who know the voice of our Shepherd, all lifting our voices praising God in unison. I believe I experienced a taste of heaven that night. One day my voice will join with the heavenly beings and the other saints proclaiming God’s glory: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Is. 6:3)
Lord, there are times when your presence has been overpowering. I thank you for the times you have let me glimpse your glory. I find it in the pages of my bible, when we spend time together, and your word penetrates my soul. It teaches me who You are and how I am to live. I would be lost without you. In Jesus name, Amen