Thrive

Just last Sunday I sat in the morning worship service at Keystone Fellowship in Montgomeryville, PA and asked the Lord how I could become more involved in the church and be a benefit to His ministry. Without ever leaving the … Continue reading

Great is Our God! ‘El Gadol’ Eloha

For ADONAI is a great God, a great king greater than all gods. Psalm 95:3

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‘El Gadol’ translates in Hebrew to ‘Great God’! Great! …Remarkable, Outstanding, Extraordinary— Grand in power and intensity and size, on top!

When we encounter greatness on this earth we can be left speechless or stricken by the presence of another whom we deem above the average or normal—starstruck. When we truly encounter God, we are powerless.

#10 God Doodle

#10 God Doodle: A lions eye was used for the Lion from the tribe of Judah, Rev 5:5

In the bible are many accounts that men have fallen down in the presence of God, passed out and have even fallen in a deep sleep. Beyond mere human emotional response, this is purely spiritual! The glory presence of God is as a weighted blanket of Peace and Comfort and no man can stand under it’s potency. The manifestation of God is Great in Power!

Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. Ezekiel 1:28 (ESV)

Everything about God is Great—His creations, His love, His miracles, His Justice and His Faithfulness, to name just a few. Composer Thomas Chisolm wrote Great is Thy Faithfulness after Lamentations 3:22-23, one of his favorite scriptures:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Titus 2:12-13 instructs us:

training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

El Gadol has asked of us to be great. BE GREAT for His Glory!

‘Machsi’, Adonai is my ‘Refuge’

20_christmas-countdownYou are my hiding place.
You always fill my heart,

With songs of deliverance.

Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You.

~ Selah lyrics
        

You are here Lord, right? Can I come and hide with you, if just for a while? Can a just curl up and call you Dad and sob in your arms? Can I rest my head against you and hear your heartbeat knowing you are sheltering me from the storm that is raging and whirling about me? At times Lord, this world is too much for me to try to process and you know I always try to process everything! You understand me, right?

Your Word says you know my innermost thoughts and even those of my enemies— I want to stay with you. I am safe here.

But Lord, I know your Word states that nothing can penetrate my camp because “you have hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me”¹. You Lord, shared these Words so that I would know to be secure in You. I trust You are with me.

“…Adonai is my Rock, my fortress and deliverer, the God who is my Rock, in whom I find shelter, my shield, the power that saves me. my stronghold and my refuge…”²

Your name is Refuge, ‘Jehovah Machsi’.³

¹Psalms 139:5
² 2 Samuel 22:2-3;
³ Hebrew name for God, Jehovah Machsi – The Lord my Refuge (Shelter); Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— Psalm 91:9 ESV