Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blessed be the Lord 7/9/2013

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," Eph 1:3

How wondrous it is when we are able to set aside the demands, pursuits and responsibilities of the day and really meditate on God.  To be sure, everyone has their own way of visualizing God but how do we conceptualize Him?  How do we contemplate His existence before everything?  How do we imagine creation was realized and completed?  What comes to mind when we picture heaven?  How can we order in our minds the forming of man out of the dust of the ground and the blowing of the very breath of God into it that we became living souls?  And how can understand at all that He knew us before we ever were?

The mind spins with these thoughts, but eventually settles down to the thought, "blessed be the Lord."  And what does "blessed" mean in this context?  It comes from a Greek word from which we get the English, "eulogy."  It is to use fine speaking and elegance of language to lavish praise and adoration on someone.  Oh I bless the Lord for all He is, all He does, all He gives, all He knows, all He provides and for His unsurpassed love, compassion, grace, mercy and long suffering toward me.  I bless Him for saving me while I was yet in my sins (in which I still struggle).  And I thank Him for the wonderfully amazing gift of His only begotten son, a sacrifice for me.

Beloved, we must never neglect to take time to be with God and to consider the mighty works of His hand in our lives and in everything around us.  Our goal is to meet Him face to face, but we can know, love and serve Him right now.   Scripture confirms that we are blessed by Him and in this case, it means that we are made to prosper, to be happy and to be favored.  Most particularly, it is the "spiritual blessings in the heavenly places" that are his guarantee that the faithful will meet Him face to face and that what will occur then will be unimaginably greater than all we can imagine.

Is not God awesome?  Let us meditate on these things.



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