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But may all who take shelter in you be happy! May they continually shout for joy! Shelter them so that those who are loyal to you may rejoice!
This verse is a picture of seeking the favor of the Lord. Just because we know it is true that God is a refuge does not excuse us from praying and seeking Him out to be that refuge, and moreover, praising Him for being that refuge and breaking through our sin to meet us where we are! Receive the call to seek God always – yearn for relationship with Him and share with Him what you need. You already have reason to “ever sing for joy”, and He will protect you.
However, fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you!
Remember today what God has done for you! Praise Him for His faithfulness and provision! Share what God has done for you with someone you know (or someone you don’t). Your testimony – your story is full of mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love that all people need. Do not worry whether your story is good enough. God is in the business of using truth to change the hearts of people. Offer Him the opportunity to change someone because of your story today. Be led by the Holy Spirit into how to share your story with others.
But I have this against you: You have departed from your first love! Therefore, remember from what high state you have fallen and repent! Do the deeds you did at the first; if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place—that is, if you do not repent.
We were created to have Christ as our first love. In Rev 2:1-7, Jesus recognizes many positives of the church in Ephesus; hard work, perseverance, intolerance for wickedness, enduring hardships, and not growing weary. Even so, very strong language describes the consequences for turning away from the love you had at first. Search your heart – have you fallen away from the love you had at first? Do not fear an honest answer...Jesus already knows. He is ready to love you through returning to Him. Let Christ love you, and lead you back.
For the Lord, our ruler, the Lord, our commander, the Lord, our king—he will deliver us.
Judge – Lawgiver – King. These are words not used lightly and all of them come with great responsibility and authority. Kings influence many people with each decision. As believers we are subject to God like He is our King, our Lawgiver, our Judge. It is Christ to whom we will give an account...and Him alone. Jesus is the only person who could have saved us…and He did. Praise God that we have a merciful, just, and loving King who is worthy to be praised!
These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up.
The family unit is purposed to instruct every generation about God. Make no mistake – it is not only the responsibility of your church to educate and impart the knowledge and person of Jesus Christ to your children. It is first and foremost the responsibility of the family. If families fail at this task, future generations will gradually forget about God, and smaller becomes the opportunity for them to be saved. Remember the Lord, and what He has done!