2 Samuel 23:4

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Time for my weekly, “Hey God, what does this mean to me?” with a verse from the book of second Samuel.

And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after the rain. 2 Samuel 23:4 (NKJV)

This verse spoke to me on many different levels. Initially, I looked at it as a picture of purity and a newness. The clear blue sky and the rain on the grass are untouched, a picture of God’s beauty. The Father as he washes us clean fro m our sins, our beauty emerges. Often, this beauty has to be dug out of many layers of dirt in order to truly shine.

As we seek the Lord, He will make our way possible. He will bless our way.

When I think of the sun rising in the morning, I think of great joy. To me, a sunrise and the first, morning’s light, is representative of hope, a new beginning. Nature and it’s beauty is amazing, if we take it and enjoy time to look at and enjoy it.

God continually gives us indicators all around us of His presence. He is always with us. He never leaves us. He never forsakes us.

Now there may be other ways to look at this verse and I am sure I might even look at it differently at another season in my life. Currently though, I see this as a hope for new life and even new direction in my life where God is leading me in a totally new way.

Take a moment to look around at the beauty in the morning, and after the rain on the grass… see the newness and purity and have hope in what the Father is going to do next!

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Psalm 43:3

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God’s Word is a guidebook to how we should live our lives. It’s truth from God and it’s what I believe. Moreover, it is how I live my life, by seeking God through prayer and reading and meditating on His Word.

I love to dig into the scriptures, looking for nuggets of wisdom. The Father speaks to us as we read about Him.

I have found that writing down the verses that hit my heart help me understand God more. These verses are also ones that often become my favorites that I memorize and remind myself of in times of need and share with others for encouragement.

This week I found a verse in the book of Psalms that really stood out to me…

OH send out YOUR light and YOUR truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to YOUR holy hill and to YOUR tabernacle.  Psalm 43:3 (NKJV)

I also really liked the way The Message Bible puts this verse…

Give me YOUR lantern and compass, give me a map, so I can find my way to YOUR sacred mountain, to the place of YOUR presence.  Psalm 43:3 (MSG)

In looking at this verse, we find out much. The first sentence includes light and lantern. Specifically the light or lantern of God. God lights our way with His light, the light of His Son, JESUS. When we seek God and His wisdom, He shows us the path to take and He even lights it for us, by making it clear which way we should go.

Your word is a light to my feet and a lamp to my path.   Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

This light also represents keeping us out of the dark with His light. As we step out of the darkness to follow the light of Jesus, we become transparent before the world. We are no longer hidden, but out in the open for all to see.

The second part of this verse talks about truth and a compass as well as a map. As we seek the Truth, we find the way. The Truth represents God’s Word. His Word, guides us on the path we should take. How cool, that the light and the truth are both elements that represent God. God is the light and the truth! In this light and truth, our path is made clear.

The final part of this verse takes us to the place of God… His holy hill, the place of His presence. So as we seek Him, we ultimately come into the place of His presence. What a comforting thought and such an amazing truth!

God is so good to us. He shows us how to follow Him and be with Him. Just look into His Word and come to know the heart of the Father!

John 1:4-5

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This week, in my personal time with the Father, HE has been showing me light and what it means for me. The verse that really resonated with me involved light. The Message Bible gave such a cool translation!

What came into existence was LIFE and the LIFE was LIGHT to live by. The LIFE-LIGHT blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.   John 1:4-5 (MSG)

As we read scripture, we must do more than just read it. We must meditate on it and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in it’s meaning and it’s application for our lives.

In meditating on these two verses, I right away see two words that jump out at me… LIFE and LIGHT. Initially they are by themselves in the verse and then they are connected as one word. To me, this means that one cannot have one without the other, at least in this meaning of the two words. LIFE and LIGHT are referenced often throughout God’s Word and often when referring to JESUS.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”   John 8:12 (NKJV)

I love how GOD uses life and light in conjunction with each other. More importantly, I think it is amazing how when we are truly living we are in the light, which essentially means we are in HIM… so we are living in HIM!

Through the light, JESUS, we have life in the FATHER. Jesus represents the forgiveness, grace and unconditional love of the Father. Light and life, because they represent Jesus, who is GOD, represent GOD too. In this, we know the Father AND He is with us as we walk through our lives…

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.   Psalm 36:9 (NKJV)

There is so much comfort in this knowledge. Not only is God showing us the way, He is providing us grace, forgiveness, protection from the darkness and satan… AND HE is showering His love on us too!!! The Lord’s promises are true, as He is a faithful and loving Father. Our God loves HIS creations, you and me… HIS KIDS so much. All HE wants to do is spend time with us… go hang out with GOD today and feel His love and His presence. Walk in the light with HIM and you will have LIFE, TRUE LIFE!!!

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1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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God speaks to us in many ways. One of them is through His Word, the Bible. As we read and dig into His Word each day, He presents us with revelation, understanding and a direct communication with Him.

Direct communication with Father God… and in that, we experience His love.

I have two verses that I was presented with the other day. As I read them, meditated on them, talked to God about them, I began to see. God showed me His truth and how to apply this to my life.

Here’s the verse, 1st in the New King James Version and then in The Message version…

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The first verse is all about who we are as God’s children. We are to be strong, courageous, keep our eyes open… hold on to our convictions. In other words, what we believe and who we are should be evident to the world. Don’t give up or change what we believe, no matter what.

The second verse is key. Love. Do it with love… love without stopping. God is love, so in love, God is present. As we love, we show God’s nature… we host His presence, the world sees our Father and His agape love.

These two verses are essential to our lives if we are to represent God to the world. Why? It’s simple. we must be steadfast in what we believe to be Truth, so when the world looks at us, they see the Father clearly in us. And, we must be love to the world, because that’s who God is.

Love, love, love… repeat it over and over to yourself. It is what the Creator of the Universe has for you… an unending, unfailing, unconditional supply of love for you. Now, go out and give that same love to everyone around you.

let all that you do be done in love