Beauty

God Sings

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Been feeling really frustrated lately…as I’ve looked at the world around us, a feeling of heartbreak and even disgust has taken hold of me. This morning these feelings were especially heavy on my soul as I went to get my two year old daughter out of bed. As we walked down the stairs my daughter said, “Daddy, God can see!” I said, “Yes Baby, he sure does. Did you know he can see you right now?” She said, “God sees me and he sings!”

Wow…

Zephaniah 3:17 is one of my favorite and one of the most powerful verses in all of Scripture in my eyes…It says this: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

My daughter has never heard this verse and I’m not sure where she got this statement or why she said it…but what a powerful reminder as she brought this verse to my mind this morning. As God dwells in the midst of his people, those whom he has redeemed…he will rejoice to the point of singing over us. If that doesn’t encourage and lift our spirits I don’t know what will. We have a mighty God who is at work redeeming his people and his creation. It is in him that we hope. It is on him we put our focus…Not the troubles of this present world.

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Simple Faith, Simply Beautiful

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I’ve spent the better part of the day with my family at the hospital. My step-dad had a procedure, nothing too major, but major enough that several family members felt the need to join us to offer their prayers and support.

I don’t come from a particularly well educated family. I don’t say this in an insulting way, it’s the reality. This doesn’t mean they are unintelligent, in fact in real world smarts it is actually quite the opposite. Most of my family grew up very poor, and in an area that most people would call ”the country”. I often refer to my family members as “simple” people. Again, some would see this as an insult. I do not.

Along these same lines, if I were to describe the faith of my family members, I would say that they have a very simple faith. Again, for some this would not be seen as a compliment. In fact, I myself have looked down on people who only exhibited this type of “simple” faith. Today however, I was struck by the beauty of a faith so simple. Don’t get me wrong…I love discussing theology. I love learning about the “deep” things of God. I think there is tremendous value in this. I think it is important to discover as much about God as one possibly can. This happens in a variety of ways including spending much time reading books by the great theologians past and present. It includes discussion of the deeper and perhaps even controversial theological issues of the day. I love doing this, and I don’t intend to stop. Yet, today…these things didn’t seem to matter that much.

Today my family didn’t care about the current debate about the relationship between grace and the law. They didn’t care about progressive sanctification. They didn’t care to discuss predestination, election, and free will. Today what I saw was my family simply trusting in the God they read about in the Bible. I saw them trusting, and resting in the promises of God. And you know what? God was faithful, and he delivered. God comforted and brought peace. God granted strength where it was needed. For our part, the throne of grace was approached boldly, and God was praised and worshiped as faithfully as we knew how. I’m not sure that God really asks for much more than that.

Simple faith…today I found it simply beautiful.