Day 27: Glorious Light

Walking and praying with the sun streaming onto my face, I so often feel God’s love resting upon me and calling me forth to follow Him into a deeper knowing of His love and grace for me. This is the path toward the bench that became my go-to place to pour out my heart as God called me – a recently returned Prodigal, walking through massive triggers of trauma – to intercede for my pastor and church. It’s there I poured out brutally honest laments and it’s there God continually transformed Satan’s accusations against me and the Body of Christ into faith, hope and deep abiding compassion. The Holy Spirit poured out upon me, stilling my heart to seek, receive and obey God’s Word to me. Yes, God and God alone has the final say: and the Word He speaks to us and through us never ever returns void.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.

2 Chronicles 20:17

I bless us to see and rejoice in the beauty of Jesus arising and shining in us and through us. I bless us to deep down know ourselves crucified with Christ, dead to sin and the world and set free from all condemnation in our obedience to His call to us. I bless us to glorify God for and in every surrender He works and has worked in us. May we see and praise God for closing the door on our fleshly striving to open the door to a deeper abiding in Him by the indwelling of His Spirit.

I bless us to continually seek the face of God, when our flesh rebels, so that we don’t begin to babble like the idolaters, who imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. I bless us to continually heed God’s call to seek the quiet and pray in secret, knowing and trusting our Father knows the things we need before we ask Him. I bless us to lean into Jesus and His grace for us in our weakness and need that we may sow unto and thrive in the Spirit of God.

I bless us to bless Jesus for laying down our bodies as a living sacrifice, for setting us apart, for our good and the good of the whole Body of Christ. I bless us to be strengthened with power through the Spirit of God in our inner being, that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. I bless us to be rooted and established in love, that we may have power together with all the Lord’s holy people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. I bless us to be continually thrown over and beyond our present experiential knowing of God’s love, by the power of His Spirit, that we may be filled to the fullness of God. I bless our eyes to be open to see and bless the Presence of Jesus in ourselves and in others.

Strapped to the altar again
In this obedience 
I dread
I'm tethered and taut.

Pouring confession 
Of sin and fears 
Of horrid pain
In seeping wounds.

Burying myself deep
In shame I cringe 
At who I am
A mess, laid bare.

But in my pouring out
You lift my eyes to truth 
My striving dies 
Your Face to see.

Eyes of love
My face in light cascade
My weak and feeble frame
In warmth You bathe.

The tears now flow
Released in streams
My heart unburdened, 

Oh no
Not broken mess
But Christ in me 
The Eagle freed.

Your Voice 
Upon this altar cries
"Sin and shame
Are not your name.

"For not you
But I have chosen 
And appointed you 
To go and bear much fruit.

"Now go: depart under
A new authority 
Be cleansed to see
The pure as pure."

Where sacrifice 
Of pain
On altar strapped 
To die, I see.

You lift my gaze
To see 
Your face 
In mine.

Shem yah nihe'ra 
Your renown, Your Name 
Your gold glowing
You're shining bright in me.

No longer I
But Christ in me I see
Your burning coals 
My heart and lips have freed.

My heart explodes
A waterfall of grace 
Splashing on my face.

No! I will not die
But live to tell 
What You: the LORD 
Have done.

My lips 
You've set apart
From a new heart 
Blessings to bestow.

My lamp is shining brightly
On salvation's hill 
For I live by faith not in myself
But in the Son of God.

In the One who loved me 
And gave Himself for me
Who called me out of darkness
Into His glorious light.

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