Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lines Abound

Psalm 16:6.

My NASB has it as,

“The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.”

Last night at Bible study, though, James read the verse for us, and it read,

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
Surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (NIV)

Now, I’ve come to prefer my NASB (or the ESV or NKJV) as a translation that makes no interpretation; the interpretive work is left (and rightly so, in my opinion) to the reader. However, this is an instance where the translator’s interpretation has helped me. Seeing the descriptive “boundary” shed so much light on this verse, and how it applies for me at this moment.

Relational issues have abounded this past summer. Well. Not issues. I wouldn’t call them that. But relational confusions, certainly. I’ve been confused about God’s timing for relationships, dating, marriage, and been somewhat questioning His plans. But this verse… Reading it and understanding the psalmist’s intentions in describing the “boundary lines”… It’s so comforting! And such a reminder. The Lord has set His boundaries around my life. And I should, with the psalmist, be able to say, “The boundaries that God has set for me are pleasant.” In other words, “I trust His timing.” I should know that God sees the big picture, and that His sovereign will is for my best.

Doubt is unnecessary. Doubt is uncalled for! The hard part, of course, is living in light of what I’ve now seen. But I pray that God will bring this passage to mind when I doubt, that He will give me faith in His will and timing, and that He will continue to prepare me for the future in store.

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Oh, how wonderful

The Father’s Love
Sons & Daughters
Sovereign Grace Music

How has the sinner been forgiven
How has the rebel been made clean
Or blinded eyes been made to see
How have the orphans been adopted
Who hated Your love and ran from grace
Despised and rejected all Your ways

Chorus
How wonderful the Father’s love
The Father’s love for us
That He would send His only Son
To come and rescue us
He has saved us, called us blameless
Guides us now and will sustain us
Oh, how wonderful the Father’s love

Your mercy floods our lives with kindness
Your grace has colored all we see
And You have promised not to leave
You freely give Your Spirit to us
So we can be sure we’re sons of God
And rest in the hope of what’s to come

Bridge
Though suffering may fill our lives
We’re confident we’re heirs with Christ
And so we cry, Abba, Father

I See The Stars

Last night (8/11/12) Sean and I went to watch the meteor shower. I had initially been hesitant, reluctant to accompany him, seeing that it was Saturday night and church was the next morning. And he said that it was fine if I didn’t go. But he said he was going by himself, of which I did not approve, so I decided to join in the fun and deal with sleep deprivation later.

We drove up Sierra to our spot, slipped under the barbed wire with a couple of chairs and Sean’s photo equipment, and settled down for an evening over the city, under the stars. Sean got a few really good shots while we were up there, and at around 3am, I looked up at the East Hills again and saw the tip of the moon beginning to peek over the tops. Sean then had the idea to take photos in 5-minute intervals, following the moon as it tracked its way across the sky.

So we hunkered down for another three hours of taking pictures. This whole time, we were just sitting, talking, laughing, standing when it got cold, doing squats when it got colder, walking off to a spot in the field to relieve ourselves when nature imposed. We had funny talks, deep talks, long talks, silence. Companionable silence as we looked out over the Bay Area or watched meteors streaking through the sky. We stayed up all night, getting pretty loopy, but it was absolutely worth it. Sean has a really cool app that shows the path of the moon and sun in the sky and that identifies constellations. We found one called Cassiopeia. Now we know what inspired the LoL champion. We talked about our struggles, our fears, our hopes and our goals. I thank God for the good time He gave me to get to know my brother a little better, and it was hugely, wonderfully encouraging to get to hear about and see so many evidences of His grace in Sean’s life.

And while watching for meteors, I was absolutely struck by how magnificent the sky, the universe, really is.

After taking the last in his series of moon photos, we headed down the hill and went to IHOP for breakfast. I had 4 cups of coffee. Then we went to church to nap before the meeting. Sean had the key, so we went into the cafe and lined chairs up in a row to facilitate napping. I couldn’t get into any more than a very light sleep, but thankfully God gave me the energy to get through the morning entirely alert. At around 8:45, we put our napping chairs away and did devo’s together. Both reading Matthew, different sections, and half sharing and discussing what we were reading.

The BoB was really, really great as the theme for this morning’s meeting quickly centered around that of God’s love for us. (Not that this is ever not a theme in a BoB meeting, or even in any gathering of believers, but this morning we focused extremely closely on it; all the hymns chosen even sang of His love.) And in light of what we were focused on this morning, and in relation to my reading of 1 John last week, I was struck by how we are able to know love: we know love in that God sent His Son so that through Him we might live. And not that we loved Him, but we love because He first loved us. I spent the whole meeting in prayer, thanking the Lord for His deep, deep, amazing love and for His work on the Cross.

When we joined to sing in worship, one of the songs we sang was How Great Thou Art.
A line struck me so closely this morning: “I see the stars… Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed! Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee, “How great Thou art!”
Having just spent an entire sleepless night gazing at the wonders of the night sky, I could empathize so well with the hymnist’s awe of the Creator.

Brother Sze spoke this morning, and his sermon was titled, “Incorruptible”. How timely and apropos. I’m running a race for an incorruptible crown, to gain the incorruptible inheritance that is Christ. I’m running a race. A race. Work is involved. Grueling, painful, sweaty exertion. ¡Manos a la obra! This ties in so well with what I’ve been reading in Disciplines of a Godly Man, and I love it when God times these things so perfectly.

God is so awesome!