Saturday’s Meditation Before Sunday’s Celebration

Our God is so powerful. Everything that we can see on this Saturday has come into being by the power his thoughts, words, and hands. Look at his mountains. Consider the great ravines and canyons. The Great Lakes and oceans, they are breathtaking. The specifics of our particular planet continue to blow our minds. The brightest of scientists have yet to discover the magnitude of our Creator’s universe. Wow! How great must be our God!

Our God is so creative. As we recall the brilliance of spring, which led to the green of summer, and is now slowly and surely displaying the colors of autumn, don’t we find ourselves captivated by his beauty. Or, from the cute and chubby cheeks of precious babies to the mountain peeks surrounding us, aren’t we always reminded of his class and style. A master artist he is; our God is so creative.

Our God is so wise. The principles found in his Word have proven to be of fantastic benefit to the individual, family, and culture who follows his lead. The Bible is the “owner’s manual” of the planet; it has been proven trustworthy from generation to generation. How great of a blessing it is to have the Teacher’s insight and counsel. How sweet it is to be a people instructed by his Word and familiar with his ways.

Our God is so holy. He is good. He does good. He loves good, and every single day he loathes Satan, abhors sin, and is angry with the wicked. He can’t stand the sight of devilish dishonor and injustice; with nauseous disgust he turns his face away from such. Our holy God will not be in the presence of such. He will not forever allow such depravity to remain. It will all forever go away as he has promised his children they will enjoy a paradise with him free of such rot. Additionally, he will never let sin go unpunished. Every single transgression will be covered. In the end, all those who have done wrong, and all their wrongs, and all those who have been wronged, will see everything has been perfectly and permanently made right.

Our God is so gracious. Great is the long-suffering nature of our God to all those characterized by wrong. The Bible talks about how God allows his good rain to fall on the just and the unjust. Sodom and Gomorrah had more days in the sunshine than they deserved. Every individual deserves to be immediately swallowed up by the just wrath of God at the moment of their birth. However, the love of God is continually showered on all men in varying degrees and ways. All people are created in his image. All receive his General Revelation. All experience his common grace. Everyone enjoys glimpses of God’s power, creativity, wisdom, and holiness. Even Satan and his demons are given more time and rope than they deserve. Great is the long-suffering grace of our God.

And then there is the Gospel-grace of God shown to us who are believers. photo-1485115905815-74a5c9fda2f5

Grace that determined to create us in his image with a passion for a relationship with him.

Grace that saw our fallen condition and relentless rebellion and covenanted to save us.

Grace that wrote our name in his “black book” before the foundation of the earth.

Grace that sent the Sacred Son to earth to obey and then be accursed by the Holy Father.

Grace that spoke to us in nature, our consciences, and by means of his inspired text and preachers.

Grace that saw our yet unconvinced response and determined to finish the deal; he saved us from our free wills, convicted us of our sin, and gave us faith to see the fantastic beauty of his Gospel love.

Grace that inspired our initial prayer of confessional repentance and then answered it with a loud and boisterous, “Welcome Home!”

Grace that has legally declared us to be perfectly righteous — an unalterable declaration of truth from the Most High and Holy God.

Grace that has betrothed us to himself as his sons, daughters, and bride.

Grace that has called us saints, called us to live as saints, and inwardly compels, constrains, and conforms us to more and more live as such.

Grace that freshly blesses us by means of his Word, our prayers, his sacraments, and his worshiping family. Deeper and deeper he calls us into experiential communion with him.

This is sovereign grace! It is irresistible Grace! Effectual grace it is! Saving grace has been poured out upon us — a grace that is greater than all our sins! God’s grace secures. It it sanctifies. It is amazing grace, and the sound is sweet!

Our God is so consistent. As he was in the beginning, so is he today and forever will remain. He is perfect, and he never changes. This is true of his being, and this is true of his promises. Right now, he is praying from within and above. Right now, he is building our eternal abode. Soon, he is either parting the skies and coming again or closing our eyes and taking us home. He has promised. He never lies. Every jot and tittle of his covenantal promises always come to pass. He is the way, and he is the truth. How confident we can be!

Therefore, after such Saturday musings, the following passages make more sense to me:

Psalm 16:5     The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.

Psalm 42:1–2     As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Song of Solomon 1:1–4     … Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you. Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers ….

2 Corinthians 5:8     Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:23     I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

Philippians 3:8     Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

And how do I find myself responding?

I find myself freshly worshiping this morning. How grand it is to be a tabernacle of God’s Spirit on this day – Saturday. That’s who I am, for the Holy Spirit has indeed made us me his sacred space. I am a temple of the Most High God. He has moved and taken residence. I am his, he is mine, and I don’t have to wait for tomorrow and go anywhere to worship him. Today is a day of the Lord. Today is the Lord’s day. Today, I get to worship him on may back porch, and you get to worship him anywhere you desire.

That being said, today, Saturday, I find myself panting to be found in one of the Lord’s houses on another of his days — the Lord’s Day — Sunday. After this morning’s musings, David’s song resonates freshly with my heart:

Psalm 27:4     One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

How fantastic it will be to gather together in my local church tomorrow. I can’t wait to be there. I can’t wait to see my brothers and sisters in the household of faith. I can’t wait to add my voice to theirs in song. Together we get to experience the fresh falling of the Holy Spirit as we make much of Jesus. We get to pray. We get to hear again of his Gospel affection. We get to be further educated in his wise counsel. Will will encourage, sharpen, serve, and grace one another. When it is all said and done, sin will look more odious to us. We will find ourselves further lusting for Jesus, heaven, and holiness. Saturday worship is great, but Sunday worship is divine.

And then, one day, how grand it will be to gather with all our church family around the throne in glory. On that glorious day, we will worship and celebrate as one does at a wedding feast. And imagine this, he will make us his “bride of honor” at this festal gathering. We will focus on him, and he will adoringly gaze upon us. All will be perfectly holy. All will be vibrantly engaged. There will be no divisions or denominations. The clock will not be a factor. How fantastic it will be when that which we practiced in church on Sundays becomes a reality in our heavenly home.

Oh friends, it is Saturday, and I encourage you to meditate a bit about the Lover of your soul. Spend some time in prayer, song, and meditate worship. Read his word and have church on your porch, at the coffee shop, or even at the pool. God is there. He is with you. You too are his sacred space. Have a great day of Saturday worship on one of the Lord’s days.

Then, why party and celebrate on your own. Tomorrow, it is the Lord’s Day and the Lord’s Family will be gathering in one of the Lord’s Houses. Plan for your worship today. Get up and get ready tomorrow. Then go to church and share your Gospel-delight with your brothers and sisters.


photo-1514430700556-1807904774e8Psalm 27:4     One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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