Sunday, April 08, 2007
Photo by Jan Curtis of an Aurora Borealis http://www.geo.mtu.edu/weather/aurora/
Christ has risen! The veil that separated us from God's holiness is torn through the selfless act of Jesus's perfect sacrifice on the cross and his miraculous resurrection. Through accepting the gift of his forgiveness and by his grace and mercy we have clean hands and pure hearts so that we may ever be with the Lord. Christ our Passover lamb was sacrificed for us, therefore let us celebrate! I am a sinner, self righteous at times, lacking in mercy, grace, self control, purity,tolerance, forgiveness at other moments. I am one of the hypocrites who attends church regularily, yet I am a forgiven sinner, one who turns to the Savior for repentance and restoration, as often as is needed, and it is needed often as I soil my soul with the frequency of infant diaper changes. Jesus forgives me seventy times seven and then some. The church, my fellow sojourners in the way, push me to press on to the higher calling, like a coach urging a team to do it's best. The earth is the Lord's and all that dwell therein. We are his hands and feet in this world today. May we walk in His holiness being the Easter people we are called to be. This is my favorite Psalm. It is my frequent prayer to have clean hands and a pure heart. I pray that it would be your prayer too in this present world.
1The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
3Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
7Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.