Vast, Unmeasured, Boundless, Free

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I’ve heard it said before that more often than not we won’t remember the words to a sermon, but we WILL remember the words to a song.  I believe this is true and exactly why God told Moses and Joshua:

“I am going to give you the words to a new song. Write them down and teach the song to the Israelites.  If they learn it, they will KNOW what I want them to do…”   (Deuteronomy 31:19)

Because the truth of the song below is important and is something that God wants us to know, I’m sharing it in my blog post this week so that perhaps we will all learn it, remember it,  and know what God wants us to do…

(Click title to hear a beautiful rendition.)

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!

Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!

Words:  S. Trevor Francis, 1875

The Direction of His Presence

 

Order my steps in your word…

Steer me in the right direction.”

 

~ Ps. 119:133 (Paraphrase)

 

My prayer list right now is packed with the names of friends who desperately need God’s guidance and direction.  I am currently praying for the following serious prayer requests:

  • Seven people on my list need a job
  • Two friends need housing
  • Quite a few have severe Health issues
  • Others are dealing with aging parents
  • Marital and child custody issues
  • School related problems
  • And Guidance for Parenting Teenagers and Grown Children

If you’re in need of God’s guidance too, see below for three good pieces of advice…

1)    Don’t be afraid to ask for God’s guidance and direction.  James 5:1 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

2)   Then, as Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

3)   Read the devotional below from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers for what to do next…

“There is no thrill in walking; it is the test of all the stable qualities. To “walk and not faint” is the highest reach possible for strength. The word “walk” is used in the Bible to express the character “.  John looking on Jesus as He walked, said, Behold the Lamb of God!”  There is never anything abstract in the Bible, it is always vivid and real.  God does not say—Be spiritual, but—”Walk before Me.”

When we are in an unhealthy state physically or emotionally, we always want thrills.

  • In the physical domain this will lead to counterfeiting the Holy Ghost; in the emotional life it leads to inordinate affection and the destruction of morality;
  • and in the spiritual domain if we insist on getting thrills, on mounting up with wings, it will end in the destruction of spirituality.

The reality of God’s presence is not dependent on any place, but only dependent upon the determination to set the Lord always before us. Our problems come when we refuse to bank on the reality of His presence. The experience the Psalmist speaks of—”Therefore will we not fear, though…” will be ours when once we are based on Reality, not the consciousness of God’s presence but the reality of it—Why, He has been here all the time!

At critical moments it is necessary to ask guidance, but it ought to be unnecessary to be saying always—”O Lord, direct me here, and there.” Of course He will!  lf our common-sense decisions are not His order, He will press through them and check; then we must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence.

“They that wait upon the Lord… shall walk and not faint.”

~ Isaiah 40:31