What the Lord has done, for us…
There is an old-ish song titled “Give Thanks” in which one of the verses reads, “And now, let the weak say, ‘I am strong,’ let the poor say ‘I am rich – because of what the Lord has done, for us’ – give thanks.”
| The easy melody lulls the singer into not really thinking about the words. The focus is on “thankfulness,” which is inspiring and appropriate….but the phrase “because of what the Lord has done, for us,” slips away unnoticed, like a gold coin sliding right through a deep crack in the sidewalk.
Pastor Larry shared in his teaching last week, “We are ‘invited’ to God, we are not ‘sent.’ He is the One opening His home, and we are being invited to the Throne. We need to change the way we think about the Throne…”
What do we believe about “what the Lord has done, for us”?
Pastor emphasized that many people enter the Throne Room of God with their eyes downcast, not sure how they will be received. This is partly due to the wording of Hebrews 4:12-13, which precedes the invitation: “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. 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.”
It puts us in the mindset that we are more likely to be “sliced and diced” by the sword, than greeted warmly and affectionately by the King, our Abba, Father. After all, if everything is uncovered…laid bare….and we are getting ready to to face He to Whom we must give account…
Wait a minute. That Sword has already done its penetrating. That account is settled – “…because of what the Lord has done, for us…” Psalm 102:12 states, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” 2 Cor. 5:17reminds us, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature.” A new creature enters the Throne room: Holy, chosen, beloved, desired by God for His own possession, a redeemed child growing into a greater reflection of His glory daily (1 Peter 2:9, Hebrews 2:10), and God can’t wait to share conversation with us.
Pastor Larry posed this question: “Do we — or don’t we — believe that what’s ‘on the inside,’ behind the physical mask we wear…is that acceptable to God, or not? Do we believe the testimony of our fear, or do we believe the testimony of God – that I am accepted in the Beloved?”
It’s a good question. It’s a pivotal question whose answer impacts our entire spiritual walk…”because of what the Lord has done, for us…..”