Lent Day 33 Reflection

These were the words of Sunday for our congregation as we continued our Lenten devotions and worshipped together. Listen for the themes of the family of God, the powerful transcendence and immanence of God, as well as the joyful liberation that is available for us to fully receive. I’ve included a brief poem I wrote while listening to the sermon at our Downtown Campus.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear…
– Psalm 46:1-2 –

In the midst of this present chaos, we pray for many throughout our city. Divert a stream of life from Your throne. Give people a taste of the surpassing gladness of knowing the One who is steady, immovable and supreme above all chaos. Give people in our community a glimpse of the coming dawn so they will delight in the certainty of Your help.
–       “Seeking God for the City” Day 33

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory
Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory, the King above all kings
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me
–       This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)

There is no other so sure and steady, my hope is held in your hand;
When castles crumble and breath is fleeting, upon this rock I will stand;
Upon this rock I will stand
Glory, glory, we have no other king 
but Jesus Lord of all
Raise the anthem, our loudest praises ring;
 we crown Him Lord of all
[…]
In all my sorrows, Jesus is better – make my heart believe
In all my victories, Jesus is better – make my heart believe
Than any comfort, Jesus is better – make my heart believe
More than all riches, Jesus is better – make my heart believe
Our souls declaring, Jesus is better – make my heart believe
Our song eternal, Jesus is better – make my heart believe
–       Jesus is Better (Austin Stone / Aaron Ivey)

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry,“Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
– Romans 8:14-17 –

The fullness of Your grace is here with me
The richness of Your beauty’s all I see
The brightness of Your glory has arrived
In Your presence God, I’m completely satisfied
For You I sing I dance
Rejoice in this divine romance
Lift my heart and my hands
To show my love, to show my love
A deep deep flood, an Ocean flows from You
Of deep deep love, yeah it’s filling up the room
Your innocent blood, has washed my guilty life
In Your presence God I’m completely satisfied.
–       Divine Romance (Phil Wickham)

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, 
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
 was blind, but now I see.
–       Amazing Grace (John Newton)

Our subdued reaction to the declaration of “no condemnation” could be due to a misunderstanding of the weight of sin or the fact we don’t fully feel the release from the heaviness of sin. […] Perhaps we’ve only heard the Gospel in word and have not received the message fully and seen it play out in our lives. […] We begin to doubt God’s goodness when we see/feel pain, but God—our Abba, Father—is telling us “I hear your groaning, and I love you. I’m your father, but you shouldn’t be worried about being sent to time-out. Follow me, and receive my inheritance.”
–       “Children of God,” Brady Herbert

You stood before creation, eternity in your hand.
You spoke the earth into motion, my soul now to stand.
You stood before my failure, and carried the cross for my shame.
My sin weighed upon your shoulders, my soul now to stand
So what could I say? And what could I do?
But offer this heart, O God, completely to you
–       The Stand (Hillsong United)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
– Galatians 5:1

Receive.
Do you want to be free?
Are you tired of the chains of slavery?
Receive.
All people—modern Wacoans and ancient Israelite—
They are precious in my sight.
Receive.
Get rid of your hesitation and doubt—
I’m not going to send you to time out.
Receive.
Get rid of your selfishness and shame—
Choose to proudly take on my name.
Receive.
I will be with you—take my immanence.
I won’t forsake you—take my permanence.
Receive.
But when you take my Spirit, then suffering you must share
Because that’s what it means to be my heir.
Receive.

 

galanhughes

Husband. Father. Reader and Writer. Disc Golf Enthusiast. Missions & Growth.

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