Great is the Lord!- 10-11-22 1

Greetings Pray-ers,

For the past few weeks I’ve been learning a new song which I will have the privilege of singing with other wonderful singers at our next service. Up until I was around 20 I was exposed to several different languages. But now, I basically can say “please, thank you and where’s the bathroom” in 5 languages. However, looking at Hebrew text is well beyond me. So grateful for transliterations. I’d like to share the translation of this song in hopes that it brings us all encouragement. It is called Gadol Adonai or “Great Is the Lord” by Sarah Liberman.

Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised,

in the city of our God, in His holy place

I will come before Your throne, The God of my joy,

I will give You the fruit of my lips,

and remember the great things You did for me

Behold the tabernacle of God, is now with man

As His people all nations will rise

He will wipe every tear from their eyes

Death, pain and mourning will cease forevermore!

Hallelujah for the Lord God Almighty reigns,

Hallelujah Lord of Hosts the Almighty reigns

Rejoice, oh rejoice my soul, And give Him praise

Wow, we are now in October. Does it seem like days are flying by? Some during this time will have an unusual sense of heaviness, angst or even depression. So, we examine our lives. Nothing out of the ordinary going on and yet something seems amiss. The thought may even enter our minds, “Am I in a spiritual battle?” If this sounds familiar, I want you to know you are not alone. 

In the next few weeks there will be celebrations in our city of time-honored traditions:  Halloween and Dio de los Muertos. This will not be a discourse of their value within our city. As a believer and as a writer, I must confess that I’ve often wondered why I have felt this aforementioned heaviness, at this time, for the past few years. 

As followers of Jesus / Yeshua, we should always be growing in our relationship and understanding of our Lord. Perhaps as a child we accepted Jesus because we didn’t want to go to Hell. Perhaps as an adult, steeped in sin, Jesus was our lifeline – because we didn’t want to die in a hellhole we made for ourselves. In both cases Jesus became the “joy of our salvation”. But does He want us to remain in that “moment”? 

Have you ever asked someone, “What has the Lord done in your life lately?” And the answer was, “Well, I got saved….30 years ago.” This is good….but it is also a sad answer.  Why? Because we should continually be experiencing the Lord’s presence in our lives, if not on a daily basis – at least weekly or even monthly. We often complain that we have no free time to spend with our Lord. Busyness has taken over our lives. However, if there is only a few moments to spend with the Lord each day, take it. It’s a form of time tithing. Committing to 10 uninterrupted minutes, we may find ourselves graduating to 15 minutes and then to 30. It is during these times we draw close to our Lord. We begin to feel comfortable in asking those tough questions. The Lord continues to teach us and help us to learn His truths from His Word. It is during these times when we begin to receive the instructions, answers, and insights for which our souls hunger. But we have to do our part. Draw near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8

Take a moment to reread the words to Gadol Adonai. Some of its words came directly from scriptures: Psalm 48:1, Revelation 21:3 & 4; 19:6 and Psalm 103:1. Some of its words came from spending time with the Lord. 

I believe the Lord is calling His children into deeper fellowship with Him. One of my favorite verses, is found in Revelation 3:15 & 16, where our Lord is speaking to the church in Laodicea: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”  I know it may seem odd that this is a favorite verse. But, knowing how I process information, at times being a centrist (a person who holds moderate views) I will find myself neither hot nor cold; but lukewarm.  Some reading this might also see themselves in this “lukewarm” category. However, the straddling of the fences will come to an end. Jesus’ words are clear, “He who is not with me is against me….” Luke 11:23. 

In closing, we read the powerful testimony of Paul’s faith in Romans 1:16 where he states: I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…. And then in 2 Timothy 1:7, we read the encouragement of Paul’s words, to his son & friend, For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. I encourage us all to make time to spend with the Lord. May we not be found lukewarm! Our Lord is the ONLY one who can assist us and, more importantly, navigate us through trying times. But we must do our part!

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