Today’s Scrip-Bit 21 October 2018 Lamentations 3:22-23

Lamentations 3:22-23. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

 
Glory be! It’s Sunday my people! That means the Lord’s house is open to whosoever will, that may come in humble repentance and expectant heart to receive His wonderful mercy, grace, LOVE and forgiveness! Please, let us not refuse this divine invitation, because it might just be the best decision we ever make. 
 
And as always, to soften our hearts and make them more receptive to God’s Word, we open with some praise and worship, sending up thanks and glory to our heavenly Father for His undeserving goodness to the children of men. And today’s hymn is that ole faithful from Charles Wesley; ‘LOVE Divine, All LOVES Excelling.’ 
 
So, without further ado, let’s raise our hearts, heads, hands and voices heavenward and give God the glory. As one magnificent choir now: ‘LOVE divine, all LOVES excelling,joy of heav’n, to earth come down, fix in us Thy humble dwelling; all Thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion; pure, unbounded LOVE Thou art; visit us with Thy salvation; enter ev’ry trembling heart. 
 
Breathe, O breathe Thy LOVING Spirit into ev’ry troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit; let us find the promised rest. Take away the LOVE of sinning; Alpha and Omega be; end of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty. Come, Almighty, to deliver; let us all Thy life receive; suddenly return and never, nevermore Thy temples leave. 
 
Thee we would be always blessing, serve Thee as Thy hosts above, pray and praise Thee without ceasing, glory in Thy perfect LOVE. Finish then Thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be. Let us see Thy great salvation perfectly restored in Thee. Changed from glory into glory, till in heav’n we take our place, till we cast our crowns before Thee, lost in wonder, LOVE, and praise.’ 
 
Yeh friends, mighty sounds of praise and worship! And before I add my two cents worth, (smile) I’d like to include a short description of that hymn from the Hymnary.org site. It says: ‘Addressed to Christ, this text begins as a prayer for the indwelling of his LOVE in our lives: “fix in us thy humble dwelling” and “let us all thy life receive” (st. 1-2). 
 
A tone of praise and adoration runs throughout the text. But the final stanza is clearly a prayer for sanctification, for consistently holy lives. Though this stanza was an outcome of the Specifically Wesleyan doctrine of perfection, it is our fervent Christian prayer that our sanctification will ultimately lead to glorification. As is customary in a Charles Wesley text, biblical allusions abound.’ 
 
And it’s some of those allusions that I want to deal with today. And we begin with ‘joy of heav’n, to earth come down, fix in us Thy humble dwelling; all Thy faithful mercies crown.’ They say that alludes to: ‘And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.’ (Rev.21:3) 
 
And the scholars offer this explanation: ‘The presence of God will be with His people, and He will forever dwell with them. A primary purpose of redemption will be accomplished: the complete fellowship of God with His redeemed people.’  Oh my fellow believers, what a glorious day that will be, when the Lord will wipe away all tears and pain, sorrow and crying and no more death will grieve our souls. (Rev.21:4) 
 
And turning now to our Bit which talks about the Lord’s compassion. ‘It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.’ Yeh friends, if the Lord wasn’t like Wesley says: ‘Jesus; Thou art all compassion; pure, unbounded LOVE Thou art;’ we’d be gone through long, long time. 
 
And how can we forget the first words of the hymn eh? ‘LOVE divine, all LOVES excelling…’ That certainly purports to one of the greatest passages in the Good Book: ‘For God so LOVED the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16) Mama Mia! Where, and what would we be without God’s great unconditional LOVE eh? I shudder to contemplate it!  
 
And when Charles talks about ‘Alpha and Omega,’ the passage that immediately comes to mind is again from John’s Revelation: ‘And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst (thirsty) of the fountain of water of life freely.’ (Rev.21:6) Yes friends, I can’t wait to get that ‘water of life,’ the eternal sustenance and provision. (smile) 
 
And ‘Praise thee without ceasing,’ surely refers to the constant praise that goes on in heaven, where the seven beasts and twenty four elders bow continuously before the Lord and cry, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.’ (Rev.4:8) Meanwhile the elders throw their crowns and themselves before the throne of grace and sincerely declare: ‘Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.’ Rev.4:11) 
 
Now when he talks about, ‘Changed from glory into glory,’ there’s no doubt that the scripture he’s referencing is: ‘But we all, with open (unveiled) face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed (being transformed) into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.’ (3 Cor.3:18) Yeh friends, bit by bit we’re becoming more Christ-like, led by the Holy Spirit, as is the Father’s dearest desire. 
 
And finally, ‘thy new creation,’ refers to one of our favourite and well known passages from Bruh Paul to the Corinthians. ‘Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.’ (2 Cor.5:17) 
 
Friends, I have to leave to go and get ready to go to Kingston, the duchess is on my case. (smile) So I pray that we will all have a blessed and perfect day, as we live in faith for Jesus. Much LOVE!
 
…living for Jesus…is infinitely more rewarding…than living without Him… 

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