Is there any better time to write a post than when my heart is overflowing? You may ask why? … a raise? … a new sofa? Is it because of the beautiful covering of snow this morning? … the 25+ birds on my feeder? … my terrific husband? …wonderful kids? … adorable grandchildren? No, none of these. My heart is overflowing because of the feast I just enjoyed this morning from the Bible! Oh, the joy of precious time alone with my Lord and Savior! It brings tears to my eyes and a pain in my chest because my heart is ready to burst!
Just a little background …
I started off this year using a new Bible reading plan which will take me through the Bible in 90 days! That’s a lot of Bible, but I wanted to give it a try. Now, here on day 13, I’ve been able to keep up with it, but it’s been a challenge. The greater challenge is getting something from the Word. With that much Bible pouring into my brain, there hasn’t been the luxury of “studying” the Bible, and I’ve missed it.
So, this morning I studied God’s Word. My friend, Matthew Henry, was a great blessing and took me over the top! I suppose I love his writing because he wrote before…
- The 2000s millennial worldview
- The 1990s fundamental shift
- The 1980s contemporary movement
- The 1970s Christian school movement
- The 1960s anti-establishmentarian movement
- The 1950s post-war era
He wrote before…
- The colonies were even established in America!
- Voltaire made his inroad into “modern” thinking
- World Wars
- Hitler’s diabolical Third Reich
However, his times were not without troubles:
- His father was ejected as a pastor from the Church of England because he would not conform to church policy (Act of Uniformity 1662)
- Matthew Henry himself was a Nonconformist, which certainly meant swimming against the tide!
That was a bit of a sidetrack, so back to this overflowing heart and a challenge:
Will you be at church tomorrow? Why do you go to church? You see, when we spend time with God it will make our hearts overflow with joy, gladness, thankfulness, adoration, praise. We just want to honor and praise and glorify our wonderful God.
We go to church for those reasons: to glorify, praise, worship, and honor God. We go to express our love and thankfulness to Him for all that He has done for us! We don’t look at the color of the carpet, the outfit someone is wearing. We don’t complain about what hymn or song is sung. We don’t go to critique the teacher, pastor, song leader, pianist or instrumentalist. We don’t ultimately go to see our friends, but we go to focus on God and realign our hearts and lives back to HIS normal. It’s sort of like going to the chiropractor!
Here are the thoughts and Words from God that triggered the overflow:
How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Psalm 84:1-2
The whole sparrow thing took me to Matthew Henry. Look at this:
David … would rather live in a bird’s nest nigh God’s altars than in a palace at a distance from them. It is better to be serving God in solitude than serving sin with a multitude. David envies the happiness not of those birds that flew over the altars, and had only a transient view of God’s courts, but of those that had nests for themselves there. David will not think it enough to sojourn in God’s house as a way-faring man that turns aside to tarry for a night; but let this be his rest, his home; here he will dwell. And he takes notice that these birds not only have nests for themselves there, but that there they lay their young; for those who have a place in God’s courts themselves cannot but desire that their children also may have in God’s house
I hope your church is your “home away from home” –a place where you gather with your fellow journeymen and gain strength, rest, and the satisfaction that you have done what God commands, not grudgingly, but with a heart overflowing! Make your “nest” there! Own it! Make it yours! 🙂