Praise to God our SHELTER
“He who dwells in the SHELTER of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”
God is a SHELTER. From what does He shelter us? Snares. Enemies. Evil. How does He shelter us? He calls us to Himself. Just as we might call a child in from a hailstorm, God calls to us, “Come to Me.” His Word shelters us from wayward thinking. His righteousness shelters us from falling for temptation. God is a SHELTER to the one who stays close to Him.
Lord God, thank You for being a SHELTER in the storms and temptations of life. We praise You!
Praise the SAVIOR
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our SAVIOR, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
Do these verses make your heart sing? You can almost hear Jude proclaiming His praise to God: JESUS is our only SAVIOR!
It is JESUS who is able to: Keep us FROM STUMBLING and Make us STAND in the presence of God’s glory with great joy.
Think about the contrast….”from stumbling to standing.” Celebrate! Tell others! Say it with me…. “to Jesus be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen!”
SAVIOR, we celebrate You! You are wonderful and we praise You.
Praise to Christ, SEPARATED FROM SINNERS
“it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, SEPARATED FROM SINNERS and exalted above the heavens;”
Are you amazed at the various ways Christ is described? Jesus is our friend. He loves us. He offered His life so that we might live. Yet, He’s SEPARATED FROM SINNERS. What does that mean? It means we needed holy Jesus to go before God and intercede for us. Jesus is without sin so He alone could do that for us. If you know someone who is not a follower of Christ, you can find help HERE to explain how to become a Christian.
Lord, we praise You, who are SEPARATED from SINNERS. Thank You for interceding for us so we might stand before holy God in heaven.
Praise to SELECT ARROW
“He has also made Me a select arrow,
He has hidden Me in His quiver.”
Commentator David Guzik explains this description of Jesus in this way: “The Messiah prophetically proclaims that He is like a carefully made and polished ARROW in the service of the LORD, ready to be used at the right time.”* In other words, at the right time, God sent Jesus forth. Commentator Matthew Henry adds regarding Christ being a Select Arrow: “furnished Him with every thing necessary to fight God’s battles against the powers of darkness, to conquer Satan, …”** Christ being a Select Arrow, as with every description of God’s attributes, increases our appreciation and mindfulness of the fulness of His character; giving us more reason to meditate on Him in wonder and awe.
Lord Jesus Christ, SELECT ARROW of the Lord, thank You for coming forth from Your Father and fighting the powers of darkness; securing our salvation and freedom. We love and praise You!
Praise to the SEEKER OF THE LOST
“The Son of Man has come to SEEK and to SAVE that which was lost. ”
The first Bible study I was asked to write was Discovering His Passion. It’s one of my favorites. The premise of the book? Luke 19:10. Jesus explained who He was and what He was doing on earth; that He came from heaven to SEEK and to SAVE us. If you ever feel like your life has no value; or, when you get down on yourself…look up to the heavens. Gaze beyond the beauty of the clouds to the royal eternal home of Jesus. Then, think how He left heaven’s glory to come to earth to save your soul. Glory in that.
Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your passion to SEEK and to SAVE the lost, to save us. We praise You and can’t wait to be in Your presence.
Praise to the SEED of Salvation
“’And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.'”
Have you ever said, “Thank You, Jesus, seed of salvation“? I haven’t. But, I am now. The Bible refers to Jesus as the Seed of the Woman, the Seed of Abraham, and the Seed of David. Commentator Herbert Lockyer’s explains the following:
Christ as the Seed, holds the secret and sustenance of life. Christ as the Seed assures us that He Himself is the Source of life. But in order to produce fruit the seed has to be buried in the earth, a truth Christ applied to Himself as falling into the ground and dying in order to bring forth much fruit (John 12:24). He came as the Seed of a woman, in order that all born of man might become His children by His finished work and the regeneration ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-18).
We are born of Christ’s seed; seed that springs up into eternal life. What a praise to our Heavenly Lord!
Lord Jesus, Seed of Salvation, You are in the garden of our hearts, and Your life seed changes us. Thank You! May we nourish Your seed so Your life in us bears much fruit!
Praise to Our SANCTIFIER
“Now may the God of peace Himself SANCTIFY you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I wish I wouldn’t sin any more. I long for the day in heaven when I don’t. But as long as we live in our earthly bodies, as much as we long to be perfect, we’ll deal with our in-born sin nature. The good news is that God has chosen, by His grace, to SANCTIFY us. That means He has set us apart as His. He has also taken it upon Himself to make sure that we’re perfect. Think about it. You and all who call upon the name of the Lord will one day live together in His presence – sinless. Does knowing that cause you to want to kneel in awe or stand with arms lifted in praise?
God, we praise You, our SANCTIFIER. Thank You for setting us apart for Yourself and for taking it upon Yourself to sanctify us complete and without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can’t wait!
Praise to the Lord, the SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, FOREVER
“Jesus Christ is the SAME YESTERDAY and TODAY and FOREVER.”
Do you ever feel that things change so fast you can hardly keep up with them? Does it seem that people change what they say from one day to the next? It’s difficult to know people’s true beliefs. But, God doesn’t change. He is the SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, FOREVER. Society may shift its standards and morals, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Lord God, thank You that You do not change. You are the SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, and FOREVER.
Praise to Christ, a SACRIFICE to GOD
“…walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a SACRIFICE to God as a fragrant aroma .”
Has anyone ever sacrificed something for you? Have they sacrificed sleep so you could sleep? Have they sacrificed advancing so you could? Have they sacrificed their plans so you could do yours? Sacrifice. Sometimes we may sacrifice, but do so begrudgingly. We can tend to look out for ourselves. But Jesus did the opposite. He willingly SACRIFICED His life as a fragrant aroma for us. He thought of us, not Himself.
Lord Jesus, thank You for willingly giving up Your glory, Your comfort, Your life for us; for being a SACRIFICE to God on our behalf so that we can live in heaven.
Praise to the Lord, Our SABBATH REST
“So there remains a SABBATH REST for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.”
I’m tired! I’m tired of work. I’m tired of the tension in my life. I’m tired of struggling. I’m tired of taking care of…. How would you finish the sentence? God understands. He gets it. The Bible makes a point that God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. One of the Ten Commandments is to keep the Sabbath Day as a holy day and to cease from work on it. Jesus’s work of gaining our salvation on the cross resulted in our NOT WORKING for salvation; but rather resting in what Christ accomplished on the cross. God cares about you being weary. We will one day enter God’s ultimate provision of His presence – an eternal SABBATH REST. Until then, we can thank God that life won’t always be so hard. We can thank Jesus for paving the way for our future rest. And, we can prayerfully ponder Matthew 11:28-30.
Lord, thank You for the eternal SABBATH REST we have in You. Thank You that even though our day is spinning out of control, we can come to You and find rest.