January 18, 2019
Seeker of Lost Things
"'For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:10)
God is the Seeker of lost things. More specifically, He is the Seeker of lost people. Glad though He is about all who are safely in His care and keeping, He will not rest as long as one is missing.
Sweet friends, if you are lost—whatever "lost" might look like for you right now—know this: the Seeker is looking for you.
"God is the shepherd in search of his lamb. His legs are scratched, his feet are sore and his eyes are burning. He scales the cliffs and traverses the fields. He explores the caves. He cups his hands to his mouth and calls into the canyon. The name he calls is yours. God is [also] the housewife in search of the lost coin. No matter that he has nine others. He won't rest until he has found the tenth. He searches the house. He moves furniture. He pulls up rugs. He cleans out the shelves. He stays up late. He gets up early. All other tasks can wait. Only one matters. The coin is of great value to him. He owns it. He will not stop until he finds it. The coin he seeks is you." (Max Lucado, from And the Angels Were Silent)
January 17, 2019
"The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise Him." (Exodus 15:2 CSB)
Songs communicate truth in a way that nothing else can quite match. They tell of passions, hopes, hurts, and joys. When they are anthems, they declare what we believe in and who has our loyalty. When God is our song, we sing of His goodness, majesty, and love. We declare, with words and melodies, that He has our allegiance.
God gives us a song to sing, but no one has to give Him one, because He is the song. He is everything eternal there is to sing about.
He is the Singer. He is the Song.
"You are the love song we'll sing forever,
Bowing before You, blessing Your name.
Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain.
Highest praises, honor and glory,
Be unto Your name, be unto Your name."
("Be Unto Your Name," words and music by Lynn DeShazo and Gary Sadler,
January 16, 2019
"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)
Music has been part of my life for my whole life. In my earliest memories, I'm sitting on our front porch in a little wooden rocking chair that belonged to my great-grandmother, singing to the neighborhood. (The neighbors were probably glad when we moved.)
I sang to my husband at our wedding and to my babies in the deepest hours of their newborn nights.
I picture God as our heavenly parent, singing to us, too...singing love and comfort and tenderness and blessing over us while He holds us close to His great heart.
He is a God who sings. He is a God who saves.
"Savior, He can move the mountains.
My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save."
("Mighty to Save," Hillsong Worship,