Day 15: Rejoicing in God’s Grace

Reeds always remind me of the story of Moses and his mother’s trusting heart of surrender. Recently, as I went for a walk with an elderly lady next to a river with reeds, I told her it’s only recently I thought about Jochebed’s surrender not being a one-time thing, but a repeated yielding through absolute horror, as her son was raised by strangers, committed murder to avenge his terrorized people and fled to the desert for fourty years (the same number of years he would later wander in the desert, leading his people). Only God can yield our hearts to trust Him and His plan of redemption through all that, to rejoice in His grace for us and those we love.

“. . . [we] don’t have to be in a hurry. [We]’re not running from anybody! God is leading [us] out of here, and the God of Israel is also [our] rear guard.”

Isaiah 52: 12, MSG

One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor.

Proverbs 11:24 HCSB

I bless us to know that our God remains with us in the fire and the floods of this life, and will never ever forsake His unbroken fellowship with His children in Christ Jesus. I bless us in the knowledge that Yahweh will reward us, just like Ruth, for our sacrifice of surrender, and that because of what we’ve yielded to Him, we shall have a full and rich reward from Yahweh, the God of Israel, under whose wings we have come to find shelter!

I bless us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to turn our eyes upon Jesus that He may continually lay bare and pour out His pure and tender heart, emotions, desires, thoughts, intentions, prayers and actions in and through us. I bless us to meditate and feed on His living and active Word to us, day and night, and to by the empowering of the Holy Spirit become not just hearers, but also doers of the Word, as the Word becomes flesh in and through us.

I bless us in Jesus to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and to give thanks in all circumstances that we might do the will of God in Christ Jesus for us.

JOY
Inspired by
Psalm 63

In Your river
I will dance
Washing in Your grace
So undeserved aplenty.

How can it be
That dust like me
You'd shape and mould
Prepare
For heaven's gates?

When I have run away
Deeming man as God
You've chased me
Home in chesed love
To open my mouth in praise.

So steadfast strong
Your strength my own becoming
My Savior
A humble shoot, rejected spurned
In me You're blooming

In rains aplenty
Of mercy
Your thoughts and words
And deeds like a fountain
Gushing and pouring.

The Word in me
You're uncovering
Pure gold
In a waterfall
Of grace is glowing.

For in the rushing
Gushing waters I'm undone
My heart begins to sing
The dross is washed away
Your delight in me revealing.

I remember and in
Remembering rejoice
For Your steadfast love never ceases
Your mercies they are new
Every precious morning.

For You have always been my help
And will always be
In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing for joy
For my soul

Knows its Maker
The One
And only Holy God
Whose right hand
Upholds me still.

“Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].

Matthew 5:12 (AMP)

HELPS Word-studies JOY: Cognate: 5479 xará (another feminine noun from the root xar-, “extend favor, lean towards, be favorably disposed”) – properly, the awareness (of God’s) gracefavorjoy (“grace recognized”). [The etymological link between 5463 /xaírō (“rejoice because of grace”), 5479 /xará (“joy because of grace”) and 5485 /xáris (“grace”) – i.e. that they are all cognates – is observed by LS (p 1,976), Zod (Dict), CBL, Wigram’s Englishman’s Greek Concordance (Ed. Ralph Winters), Word Study Greek-English NT (Tyndale, Ed. Paul McReynolds) – see also DNTT (2,356) and TDNT (9; 359,60). TDNT likewise groups them as cognates, referring to 5479 (xará) as the noun-form (nomen actionis), discussing them separately in light of their distinct connotations.]

Source: https://biblehub.com/greek/5479.htm

2 thoughts on “Day 15: Rejoicing in God’s Grace

  1. Bettie G July 8, 2022 / 3:17 pm

    Such great grace in the timing of this sharing Anna. Thank you so much. My morning devo this morning was also based on Ps. 91:4 “in whose wings we have come to take refuge.” Just what I so needed to hear.

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    • Anna Smit July 8, 2022 / 3:54 pm

      God is so so good to us, isn’t He? Jennifer’s post today on emotions was so timely for me also, as I saw how the Spirit enables us to obey His impulses, rather than our fleshly emotions (fed by pride and shame), but also how through this process of learning to obey His impulses, His pure emotions of joy and peace (untainted by pride and shame and fear) are restored to us.

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