Permanent Joy

LifeLink Devotional

Monday, April 9, 2018

Philippians 2:9 – 11 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In case you have forgotten, the overall purpose for my writing these devotionals on the book of Philippians is that we might discover the reality of abiding joy, even when the circumstances of life are producing the opposite response. Today I want to be brief, and simply relate to you the words of two songs that God used to bring joy to my heart during a dark time of my life.

During the days leading up to the death of my mother, I spent a lot of time in God’s Word seeking strength and comfort. I found it in the second chapter of Philippians. I prayed to be made nothing, and to have the nature of a servant. I humbled myself to the divine will and purpose of God, sacrificing the temporary on the altar of the permanent. I am at peace that God guides every step, and even when those steps take us through the valley of the shadow of death, we have nothing to fear (Psalm 23). Even when the situations and sufferings of life seem to indicate that God has forsaken us, “Yet He is still enthroned as the Holy One!” (Psalm 22) And one day, maybe today, I will see Jesus face to face and I will behold Him in all of His glory.

I want to give you the words to two songs today and trust that they will touch you as they have touched me. During that dark time in my life, I listened to them over and over again, and they brought great joy to my heart.

 

Before The Throne OF God Above

Before the throne of God above

I have a strong and perfect plea

A great High Priest whose Name is Love

Who ever lives and pleads for me

My name is graven on His hands

My name is written on His heart

I know that while in heaven He stands

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

 

When Satan tempts me to despair

And tells me of the guilt within

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end to all my sin

Because the sinless Savior died

My sinful soul is counted free

For God the just is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me.

 

Behold Him there the risen Lamb

My perfect spotless righteousness

The great unchangeable I AM

The king of glory and of grace

One with Himself I cannot die

My soul is purchased by His blood

My life is hid with Christ on high

With Christ my Savior and my God.

  

We Shall Behold Him

The sky shall unfold preparing His entrance
The stars shall applaud Him
with thunders of praise
The sweet light in His eyes shall,
shall enhance those awaiting
And we shall behold Him, then face to face

The angels will sound the shouts of His coming
The sleeping shall rise
from their slumbering place
And those who remain
shall be changed in a moment
We shall behold Him, our Savior and Lord

We shall behold Him, We shall behold Him
Face to face
in all of His glory
we shall behold Him, we shall behold Him
face to face, our Savior and Lord.

 

Mom, you showed me the way to find permanent joy. Thank you!

Pastor John

 

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