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February 11, 2012

Greetings,

“O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.  Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.  The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead.  So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.  I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.  I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.  Selah  Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails.  Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you.  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.  For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life;  in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.  In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.”  Psalm 143

I was only going to share a portion of Psalm 143 this morning, but it was so rich that I felt led to share the whole thing.  In my times of PTSD flashback distress I have cried out to Him like this on many occasions and He always answered me.  Sometimes not as quickly as I would have liked, but eventually He always brought comfort, love and mercy to me.  I trusted Him and by morning He would bring me word of His unfailing love.

Unfailing love, what a concept?  What a reality?  If we all could only grasp that His love for us is truly unfailing, it would reshape the entire way we think, live and walk forward in this life.  Far too often we focus on our wretched state and His discipline or punishment.  When what He really wants us to grasp is His totally unfailing love.  He wants us to be engulfed in it.  Are we worthy of it?  No!  But Jesus was crucified, put to death and resurrected so that we can experience His love in this life and the next.  Did you hear me?  Yes, I said in this life!  His sacrifice is for the here and now as well as for things eternal and in the future.  Problem is that we seldom live that way in our daily walk. We need Him to rearrange how we think about such things.  We need Him to change our perspective, totally and radically….

Love and….

Kirk Out !

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One Comment
  1. michaeldc110 permalink

    Kirk, it occurred to me as I read this that the amount we as His saints walk in his unfailing love for those “whom we can see” around us, the more that Christ has succeeded in crucify that old Adam within and has taken His place. Unconditional love is a blood red thermometer of Him. Hot or Cold or Luke Warm, the more the hotter His love rises within us the more of Christ that is seen. Turn up the heat, Lord!

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