Day 19: In Christ Revealed

Prayer candles lit in a church we visited in France with our girls last summer.
Deuteronomy 33:18-19
Of Zebulun he said, "Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going forth, And, Issachar, in your tents. "They will call peoples to the mountain; There they will offer righteous sacrifices; For they will draw out the abundance of the seas, And the hidden treasures of the sand."

The Hebrew Word translated here as to “draw out” means according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: give milk, nursing mother, give, make to sucking child, A primitive root; to suck; causatively, to give milk — milch, nurse(-ing mother), (give, make to) suck(-ing child, -ling).

Source: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/3243.htm

The Hebrew Word translated here as “hidden” means according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: hide, lay privily, in secret. A primitive root; to hide (by covering over) — hide, lay privily, in secret.

Source: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/2934.htm

The Hebrew Word translated here as “treasures” means according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: cieled, cover, seated. A primitive root; to hide by covering; specifically, to roof (passive participle as noun, a roof) or wainscot; figuratively, to reserve — cieled, cover, seated.

Source: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/5603.htm

I bless us to be humbled and to humble ourselves beneath the mighty hand of God. I bless us to boast in nothing but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to us, and we to the world. I bless us, just as Jesus, to become of no reputation, to empty ourselves and to take on the form of a servant, to humble ourselves even unto death, that no longer we, but the glory of our God and His resurrection power, that is perfected in human weakness, may be seen in and through us.

I bless us to walk in the light, as Christ is in the light. I bless us to speak the truth to one another in love, confessing our sins to one another freely and praying with and for one another that we may have fellowship with one another through Christ Jesus, and be cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus. I bless us to lay down our life for one another, to pick up our Cross and to follow Jesus, wherever He leads us.

I bless us to rejoice, in our going forth, and in our places of waiting and camping with our LORD. I bless us, through our obedience in either going or staying, where God has called us to, to call peoples to the mountain of our God to offer righteous sacrifices, to draw out the abundance of the seas, and the hidden treasures of the sand. I bless us to receive God’s acceptance and approval at the foot of the Cross, as we lose our life in this world to find it in Christ alone.

 
On Rock
He teaches
Us to build
With human hands
We go to work
Believing
Our self-righteous works
Our Rock
Must build.

And so
He sends us forth
In waters deep
Storms now come
Our human rock
To shipwreck
Break
On foreign shores.

We sift our debris
Eyes laid low
Yearning now
Our rock of old
To clasp
But on foreign shores
This rock of old
Now lies
Shattered, broke
Undone, we cry.


But in our weeping
He bows our knees
Each missing grain to see
Now bathed in Light
Our tears are washing
Hidden treasures
In shifting sands
Laid bare
Eternity
Now glowing.

His Promises
As gifts in weakness
Now laid bare
Hidden treasures
An abundance
Out of the seas
Christ in us
Is drawing out.

Let waters
Rise
Let storms now
Come
Let sand here
Shift
His Promises
Shall then
In Spirit rise to
Glow.

Rejected by humans
But chosen by God
And precious to Him
Each missing grain
Sparkles bright
Each jewel
In shifting sands
We see unveiled.

Each living stone
God builds
Into a Temple
In Spirit One
A holy priesthood
We now come
Offering
Spiritual sacrifices
Acceptable to God
Through Jesus Christ
Alone.

For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord God will [most certainly] cause righteousness and justice and praise
To spring up before all the nations [through the power of His word].

Isaiah 61:11 (AMP)

Day 16: Sinking into Jesus

One of my favorite places to “sink” into Jesus and His righteousness for me. This is where I love to walk and pray, to hear and feel God speak and breathe fresh hope, faith and love into my heart, body and soul. By His Word and Spirit He keeps opening my blinded by sin eyes to see Him again and to give Him all the honor, glory and praise.

12 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. 14 Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity.

Colossians 3:12-14 (HCSB)

“put on” =  1746a. enduó  Strong’s Concordance: enduó: to clothe or be clothed with (in the sense of sinking into a garment) [my emphasis] Source: https://biblehub.com/greek/1746a.htm

I bless us to sink into Jesus as our garment of praise, to take eat of His Word to us that covers us and binds all brokenness together into wholeness. I bless us to see ourself as He does: as a chosen and purposed part of His Body: not as being set aside by Jesus, but as being set apart unto Him and His glorious purposes. 

I bless us to see how He is empowering us to hold all He gives us loosely, to surrender ourselves and man into His safe and capable hands, setting our eyes upon what is above and not upon the perishing things of this earth. I bless us to see how He is teaching us, like King David, to dance with abandon in Jesus. I bless us to let His love lead our every step. I bless us to sink into the love of God that binds everything together in perfect eternal peace.

I dance here in abandon 
The lover of my soul
He calls me forth
Wild and free
I AM is He.

Pointing fingers
Cutting words
Shaming stares
Our accuser can't tame
These Gospel feet.

My childlike heart
The Father hears
No fear me withholds
For my Abba Father's
Love holds me still.

Safe here in His arms
I sway
The breath of Life
My every step
Now leads.

A dwelling place
In His arms I find
Awaking in His Spirit breath
Each day afresh, I now know
I AM forever Home.

Yes, I dance here in abandon
The lover of my soul
Does call me forth
Wild and free
The Great I AM is He.

This is a song I sung as a teenager, tears streaming, as I was walking through trauma from spiritual abuse. As I prepared this post, it sprung up afresh in my heart, as I wept yet again, seeing God’s incredible faithfulness to me my whole life long and His continuing patient and tender healing of my heart. He never ever let’s us go:

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 

1 CHRONICLES 16:8 NIV