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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Study of Psalm 139, Part 3

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. ~verses 7-12

 

What comforting words when we are bowed down with sorrow. Even in our darkest of times, God is with us and provides us with light. These verses uplift our spirits. No matter the trials and tribulations we find ourselves faced with, God will see us through it, if we allow him. Someone asked the other day if a Christian can ever be lost. After all Romans 8:38-39 says

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

However, we can separate ourselves from God—nothing can cause us to lose our salvation except our own foolish will. Romans 8:1 tells us that we must walk after the Spirit to avoid condemnation. Some of us turn aside from our first love, forgetting our purpose. But, if we stay in God’s hand, he will hold us up. Let us encourage one another, to remain faithful. Our reward will be great when we pass the finish line.

A friend shared this on Facebook that details how a person will feel when they die and go to Heaven:

This isn't death--it's glory!
It isn't dark--it's light!
Or even faith--It's sight!
This isn't grief--it's having
My last tear wiped away;
It's sunrise--it's the morning
Of my eternal day!

This isn't even praying--it's speaking face to face
Listening and glimpsing
The wonders of His grace.

This is the end of pleading
For strength to bear my pain;
Not even pain's dark mem'ry
Will ever live again.

How did I bear the earth-life
Before I came up higher,
Before my soul was granted its every deep desire,
Before I knew this rapture
Of meeting face to face
The One Who sought me, saved me,
And kept me by His grace!
~Martha Snell Nicholson

Yes, this world is not my home, we’re just passing through. We’re not bodies with a soul but souls with a body—no more than souls. Within our souls dwell our Sprit, the Spirit we’re commanded to use when we worship God. Our Spirits will be with God forever and how glorious that will be!

It’s natural to mourn when loved ones die—after all, Jesus mourned with Martha and Mary in the death of Lazarus. However, after the mourning, after the saying of the temporary goodbyes, after the tears are dried, we should rejoice that our loved ones have gone on to be with the Lord, where there will be no more pain, no more dark memories, no more sorrow but instead the glow of the Savior’s face, his touch, his smile.

We are on this shore watching the ship sail away. On the other shore are those welcoming the ship full of the saved. Let us not mourn as one who has no hope. Instead, let us imagine the joy our loved ones feel as they are welcomed to their permanent home, the place where all tears are wiped away!