Our Hearts Are Filled With Adoring Praise

Devotions From the Heart
“Our Hearts Are Filled With Adoring Praise”
Author: TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
March 17, 2017

Beautiful are the Words of God which fill our hearts and mouths with adoring praise and thanksgiving.  Today many of us celebrate our Irish heritage and give thanks for God’s great mercies and blessings throughout our history and especially for His providence in blessing the gospel throughout our lands.  What a joy to read the Word of God and His heart-blessing Psalms which exalt Him in our thankfulness for all He has done and is doing in our lives and in the world through His creation blessings, life and hope for tomorrow.  Remember today as you give and receive blessings of the great blessings that He has given you in life and for eternity.  Blessed be our God and blessed be His Word, the light of our life and path for our walk

◄ Psalm 148 ►
Praise the Name of the LORDPraise the LORD!
Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!Let them praise the name of the LORD!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together, old men and children!

Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the LORD
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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017

 

Winter Has A Joy For Me


I WILL PRAISE THE LORD AT ALL TIMES

Our Spring in the valley had sprung with new-born buds, flowers and the always incredible tulips and daffodils when the King of Heaven in His great providence rained upon us from Heaven water in the form of snow for the earth.  How beautiful it is and in its purist form looks like heavenly clouds of white beauty.  So as we approach the end of winter and begin our spring we are filled with joy everlasting because of His love, His gift of life eternal, His daily providence in our lives and His grace to meet the day with anticipation for our future here in all seasons and forevermore with Him in eternity.  Be  filled with joy today as you praise and worship your Holy God and Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ and thank Him for your daily blessings in all seasons! _TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen

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Winter has a joy for me,
While the Saviour’s charms I read,
Lowly, meek, from blemish free,
In the snowdrop’s pensive head.

Spring returns, and brings along
Life-invigorating suns:
Hark! the turtle’s plaintive song
Seems to speak his dying groans!

Summer has a thousand charms,
All expressive of his worth;
‘Tis his sun that lights and warms,
His the air that cools the earth.

What! has Autumn left to say
Nothing of a Saviour’s grace?
Yes, the beams of milder day
Tell me of his smiling face.

Light appears with early dawn,
While the sun makes haste to rise;
See his bleeding beauties drawn
On the blushes of the skies.

Evening with a silent pace,
Slowly moving in the west,
Shows an emblem of his grace,
Points to an eternal rest.**
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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017

**William Cowper “Olney Hymns”

LORD, Shine on Me

Devotions From the Heart
“LORD, Shine on Me”
Author: TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
March 8, 2017

How beautiful and lovely in heart and mind are the promises of God in His Word that His light shines in us, guides us, protects us and gives us the glow of the light of His countenance upon us.  We, like our God and Saviour, shine because He has made it so. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Matt 13:43a  The “Light of the World” has given us joy unspeakable and full of glory to shine forth for Him and His Kingdom.  We are His and He is ours forever.  Today, let your “light shine”  so “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16  _TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen*

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In The Light Of Thy Countenance

“In moments of tense joy the human face is radiant. When the soul is cast down the face expresses gloom, the eye becomes darkened, and it seems that instead of showing itself in the face and speaking through it, the soul turns the face into a mask and hides itself behind it.

So there is a relation between color and states of mind: with joy we associate light, with sorrow somber shades, and mourning expresses itself in black.

This same contrast presents itself when we enter the world of spirits. Satan is pictured in greyish-black tints; good angels appear as kindly appearances of light.

In the Father’s house above there is everlasting light; for Satan is reserved the outer darkness. The righteous shall shine as the sun in the firmament, clothed in garments of light. And when on Patmos the Christ appears to S. John, the Apostle beholds a sheen of glory that blinds him.

Could it be otherwise than that this selfsame rich thought of light as the expression of what is exalted, holy and glorious should likewise find expression for itself in the world of our worship by application to the Majesty of God? God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. He dwelleth in light unapproachable and Father of Lights is His name.

Hence after the creation, God could not appear in the world that He had made save as He first sent out the word: “Let there be light.” The Majesty of God revealed itself in a column of fire at the Red sea, in a cloud of light in Jerusalem’s temple. When Moses is marked as ambassador of the Lord, a blinding splendor shines forth from his face. On Tabor the Savior showed Himself as in a radiating light enveloping His entire Person. When the new Jerusalem is portrayed, its highest glory is that there shall be no sun and no moon there, because of that world of glory God Himself shall be the Light.

Sacred art for centuries expressed this by portraying the head of Christ and of saints surrounded by a halo, and their person in glistening robes.

We do not treat this from its material side.

It is well known that certain people are strongly impregnated with magnetism and can make electric rays of light to radiate from their finger-tips; and doubtless in moments of great joy, the radiancy of face is connected with material operations; while the source of this facial light is not in the magnetic current but in the spirit, in the soul, in the hidden self, and all the rest is merely used as vehicle and means of direction.

He who carefully watches a child – who never conceals anything – in moments of its exceeding gladness, observes in the outward play of countenance that the eyes dilate and increase in brightness; that the complexion heightens so that it glows; and that it is by supreme mobility that this expression of the soul portrays itself in the face.

In part, this portrayal of the soul upon the face is even permanent. In contrast with the noble countenance of self-sacrificing piety, there is the brutish, dull, expressionless face of the sensualist.

Especially with young persons of constitutional delicacy, with the fire of youth in their eye, and of transparent complexion,the expression in the face of true nobility of soul is sometimes unsurpassingly sympathetic.

Thus the language of Holy Writ that speaks of “walking in the light of God’s countenance” (Psalm 89:15), receives a voluntary explanation from life itself.

With God everything material falls away, but what remains is the utterance of the spiritual, the rich, full expression of the essential. God can not step forth from His hiding, save as everything that reveals itself of Him is Majesty, animation and glory.

It is evident that this revelation may also be an exhibition of anger, but this we let pass. We here deal with a soul that seeks after God; a seeking soul that finds God; a soul which, happy in this finding, looks into God’s holy Face, in order to watch in blessed quietness everything that goes out from it. This brings but one experience, to wit: that that which beams out from God is never darkness, never somberness;,that it is all light, soft, undulatory, refreshing light, and in that light of the Divine countenance the flower-bud of the heart unfolds itself.

This is the first effect.

Gloomy people may be pious but they do not know the daily tryst with God. They do not see God in the light of His countenance and in its brightness they do not walk.

When they who are otherwise brave of heart get hard lines in their face, it only shows that they have wandered out from the light of God’s countenance – and how difficult it is to regain it!

A human face that beams with genuine kindness and sympathy is irresistible, and draws out the glow from your face which expresses itself first of all in a captivating smile.

But this is far more strongly the case with God the Lord. You can not look adoringly at God in the light of His countenance without the gloom in your face giving way to higher relaxation.

In the light of His countenance you learn to know God. When this beams forth, His Spirit emerges from its hiding and approaches your soul in order to make you see, perceive and feel what your God is to you. Not in any doctrinal form, not in a point of creed, but in outpourings of the Spirit of unnamable grace and compassion, of an overwhelming love and tenderness, of a Divine pity which enters every wound of your soul and anoints it with holy balm.

The light of God’s countenance which shines on you also envelops you. It encloses you. It lifts you up into a higher sphere of light, and you feel yourself upborne, as it were, on the wings of this light by the care of your God, by His providence, by His Almightiness. In the light of God’s countenance everything, including your whole life, becomes transparent to you, and from every Golgotha experience you see glory looming up.

Also this:

The light of God’s countenance penetrates every part of your inmost self and leaves nothing of your sins covered in you, though these are covered by grace.

Of course it can not be otherwise than that as soon as you are aware of the light of God’s countenance shining through your person, every effort to hide sin is futile; altogether different from X-rays, the light of God shines through your entire self, your life, including your past. Nothing is spared. It is an all-pervading light which nothing can resist.

The light of God’s countenance ought to frighten you, but yet – it does not do this. It can not do this because it lays bare to you the fullness of the grace that is alive in the Father-heart of God.

Hence, if there is one who does not yet believe in the perfect forgiveness of his sins, from him God hides His face; only when fullness of faith in the Atonement operates in you, does the light of God’s countenance shine out to you, compass and penetrate you.

And then follows the walking in that light. Walking here implies that not only occasionally you catch a beam of that light, but that it has become constant to you. That it is there even when you do not think of it, and that it is ready at hand whenever your soul longs for it.

And then you continue the walk on your pathway of life from day to day in that light.

No longer led by any phantasies of your own, or spurred by worldly ideals that have proved themselves false, with no more darkness of sky above you in which at most a single star glitters, you pursue your way by the light that is above the light of the Sun – even by the outshining of ever fuller grace in the light of the countenance of your God.”**

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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017
**To Be Near Unto God, Abraham Kuyper