Saturday, January 1, 2011

my Daily Delight: Magnifying CHRIST JESUS

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together! Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34)

Let those who delight in His righteousness shout for JOY and be glad and say evermore, "GREAT is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of His servant!" Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 35; 37)

WHY do i delight in JESUS? WHY is He MOST precious to me? WHY is He THE treasure of my life and THE passion of my heart?

Because He died for me...while i was YET a TRULY wretched sinner.

Because He bore ALL my sins upon Himself and imputed to me HIS own righteousness. His shed blood cleansed and washed away my filthy rags of self-pride, self-righteousness and self-sufficiency. He made me a NEW creature -- with a NEW heart -- born again of GOD.

Because He is breathtakingly beautiFUL -- His countenance indescribably attractive and altogether lovely (even though the prophet Isaiah said that the Servant-King had "nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance, nothing to attract us to Him). Because He has infinite compassion and unfathomable TENDERness. Because He is ALLmighty, utterly powerful beyond man's comprehension. Because He is faithFUL and TRUE -- He canNOT EVER lie and will NOT EVER break His promises. Because He made PEACE between the Father and me.

Because He is GOOD...perfect and wholesome in ALL ways -- always -- forever and ever more!

Because He sent the Holy SPIRIT to be my Comforter, Counselor, Helper. He intercedes for me. He prays those prayers i cannot utter. He orchestrates and causes ALL things to work together for my BEST -- not just the good enough. His righteous right arm guards me from harm...from that father of lies, that utterly evil one. He empowers and equips me to do the work that my heavenly Father has ordained to accomplish through me. He gives me DAILY provision. He sustains and nourishes me in each moment...breath to breath to breath.

Because He FULLY accomplished the work of saving sinners like me. i OWE Him my ALL. He obeyed the Father's plan of salvation -- even the death on the cross. He gave up His majesty and glory with the Father by humbling Himself -- becoming human, born into poor surroundings, REJECTED by His own. He who had EVERY thing... He who was the apple of His Father's eye, who was in His Father's bosom in perfect oneness and holy intimacy, for whom the whole creation was made -- He gave up ALL to prove the Father's LOVE for the world. JESUS died to exemplify TRUE love.

Because without CHRIST's completed work on the cross, i would STILL be part of the walking dead -- living a pointless, meaningless, empty life! i would STILL be captive to this illusion of being alive, yet never quickened to true Life. Without JESUS' Good News, i cannot call GOD my Father -- my heavenly DAD; but only tremble in fear of His wrath in the coming Day of Judgment. Without CHRIST's gift of eternal life, i would be resurrected in a physical eternal HELL.

But i rejoice and exult in CHRIST JESUS -- my Savior, my Friend, my Good Shepherd -- GOD of my life. He goes before me in ALL things -- even death... and grants me VICTORY over death with His promise of bodily resurrection. For as He Himself defeated the grave, so He gives LIFE! in the heavenlies to those who BELIEVE and JOYfully OBEY and FOLLOW Him, even to the uttermost parts of the earth.

My very real delight is in JESUS, the Person who is GOD. He is the ultimate Husband -- NEVER disappointing, ALLways faithful and true. My TRUE joy is in CHRIST -- there is NO thing, NO person, who can fulfill ALL my needs and desires. Oh, reader, delight also in the LORD JESUS, and He will make your heart OVERflow with DELIGHT as you delight in HIS delights.

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together!

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