Easter All Year Round

Is it too early to start celebrating Christ’s resurrection?

Talk about a ridiculous question! The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ provides the cornerstone of our faith, and really should be celebrated throughout the year. Because He rose from the dead as He said He would, He guarantees that He will one day raise us to live with Him forever. That promise fills me with joy!

Since celebrating Christ’s resurrection can never begin too soon, let’s get into the Resurrection Day spirit with this contemporary hymn that accentuates the joy of His triumph over sin and death.

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Pavilioned In Splendor

As a writer, I love hymns with expressive lyrics. The Lord deserves to be praised with the best language that hymn writers can possibly employ because He is so glorious.

But can human writers, with our many limitations, really describe the Lord with any degree of adequacy? Probably not. This side of heaven, none of us can begin to conceive of His glory in its fullness. Yet Sir Robert Grant, a member of English Parliament in the 19th Century, came wonderfully close to capturing it in the magnificent hymn that I want to feature today.

Please listen to Grant’s majestic hymn with an attitude of worship, allowing the words to direct your attention to the Lord’s incredible splendor. May the Holy Spirit use these powerful words to enhance your awe of our King.

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Praise Is His Gracious Choice

According to my Facebook feed, many of us have had a rough week. I certainly have, but several of my friends have experienced difficulties far worse than mine.

In trials, we easily get distracted from the Lord, or else we harbor bitterness and resentment towards Him. But He calls us to praise Him, even in our frustration and sorrow, trusting His sovereignty regardless of anything we go through.  And praising Him, even when it hurts, often realigns our perspective by reminding us Who He is and how deeply He cares for us.

Today’s hymn sweetly encourages us to praise the Lord simply because He deserves our praises. Its cheerful tune and uncomplicated lyrics lift our attention to Him, assuring us of His unfailing presence.

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And Yes, My Heart Got Overwhelmed This Past Week

One of the difficulties inherent in embracing Reformed Theology lies in the tension between knowing the doctrine of God’s sovereignty and maintaining a trusting attitude when serious trials assault you. And if you blog about His sovereignty, you know people are watching to see whether or not you really believe what you so loudly profess.

Well, I’ve been tested quite a bit lately, starting with wheelchair problems that began over two weeks ago. Other issues, in varying degrees of intensity and severity, ensued, and I found myself struggling to trust the Lord to take care of me and John.

To God’s glory, the most threatening matters got resolved yesterday, thanks to a very alert pharmacist who took time to investigate and to my husband’s determination to fiddle with our printer. Other issues remain, including my temperamental wheelchair. New problems seem ready to pounce. And yes, I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed amid it all.

By God’s providence, my reading plan had me in Psalms during the thickest part of these trials. So many songs my church sang back in the 80s came directly from Psalms, including one from Psalm 61 that resonates with my struggle to trust God’s sovereignty in my circumstances.  This ancient hymn of David set to 20th Century music reminds me that when my heart is overwhelmed, He will be the Rock that is higher than I.

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It’s WHO We Know That Matters

Sometimes Christian bloggers, because we teach God’s Word, can come across as know-it-alls. Occasionally we even fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. Thankfully the Lord graciously humbles us when we get cocky, reminding us of our limitations before Him.

In particular, we have no idea why the Lord chooses any of us for salvation. None of us has done anything to attract Him to us — much less to merit His favor! Why would a holy God, Who has every reason to condemn the lot of us,  condescend to bring any of us to a saving knowledge of Himself?  If we’re honest, we see no reason for such mercy. It should baffle even the most astute Bible scholar.

But, as today’s hymn tells us, we can embrace this question by placing our confidence in Him. We don’t know all the answers, but we know Him. We especially know His faithfulness to His people. Maybe that’s all we need to know.

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Our Longings Have Been Granted In What He Ordaineth

Today I’m posting a hymn I’ve loved since my college days. It reminds me that, even when circumstances don’t go the way I think they should, the Lord still works behind the scenes for my good and His purposes.

Sometimes we lose sight of the truth that He is active in the details of our lives, and we need to realign our thinking about His great love for us. We forget how tenderly and intimately He arranges our lives as He cares for us and showers blessings on us. Interestingly, He does all these wonderful things as an expression of His sovereignty.

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