I am so filled with wonder today! Wonder is one of those things that is difficult to put in to words! Here are some verses I read today. My study time in the word was on the lengthy side, but I could not leave, because one area that has been lacking in my life is personal worship. There has not been a shortage of thanksgiving as thanking is a regular part of my daily routine. Worship however- Worship is more intimate, and I sometimes find it hard to grasp what personal worship looks like, as it is such a huge word with such rich meaning, at times it bothers me that it is a word/concept that is so often thrown around without the least bit of awe, wonder, or respect. There is so much I don't understand in regards to sincere worship. I begin with this explanation, because today I have experienced a taste of personal worship. I won't go into rich detail of my time with God, because it is richly personal to me I'll start with Micah 5.Find it here
you are small among the clans of Judah;
One will come from you (E)
to be ruler over Israel for Me. (F)
His origin [a] is from antiquity, (G)
from eternity. [b]
when she who is in labor (I) has given birth;
then the rest of His brothers (J) will return
to the people of Israel. (K)
in the strength of Yahweh,
in the majestic name of Yahweh His God.
They will live securely,
for then His greatness will extend
to the ends of the earth. Micah 5:2-4
Now back to my personal reflections. He will Shepherd in the strength of Yahweh, they will live securely! Then it hit me, since I have partaken in God's promises through Christ, I will live in security! I don't mean financial security, I mean a present and eternal security, which is sure regardless of the status of circumstances. As one who wrestled with the matter of my own eternal security for years, to the point of having professorial counseling sessions in regard to this as a stand alone issue, what a comfort this promise is. How sweet it is for Christians to know we have unshaken security in this life and the next! For the believer Christmas isn't a season, it is one glorious, amazing, piece in the eternal never-ending reality for those who have been redeemed!
Next, I went to Lk. Chapter 2. There I took note, that both the response of the wise men and the Shepherds upon seeing Jesus was worship and wonder! This is the response that should be our automatic response as well!
Last I traveled to John 1. John 1:9 "The true Light who gives light to everyone, was coming into the World." We live on the other side of this promise! Christ did come into the world He created. The True Light is with us, God himself is with us, and He the Holy Spirit dwells IN Us! The entire is Bible is a foundation for, and a continuation of Christmas! Merry Christmas!