The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
The Lord has impressed upon my heart to begin our journey together in prayer
with an emphasis on our love relationship with God, the One who created us for Himself.
John 17:1-3 gives us biblical understanding of the Father’s work that Jesus completed at the cross. Jesus prayed this prayer the night before: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
All of God’s Word is important but for this moment, the emphasis is on verse 3, “Now this is eternal life: that THEY KNOW YOU, the Only True God, and JESUS CHRIST whom you have sent.”
Please note, these are the words of Jesus! Is there any better or greater place to turn to find the true definition of eternal life? Any better or greater place to turn to understand that eternal life is far greater than a one day, in the sky promise? That in fact, God is a Person who allows Himself to be known in an intimate, personal relationship…right now, in the present.
Please note the verbs in both Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is” and “THEY KNOW YOU and JESUS CHRIST”.
“is” = present tense verb
“know” = verb
Let’s look at the word “know” in Philippians 3:10a in the Amplified Translation as it will help us understand God’s heart in regards to our relationship with Him. I must tell you that this was an emphasis in a Bible Study years ago and it is a difference maker in my relationship with the Lord.
The Apostle Paul is speaking, “For my determined purpose is that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers].
Oh what a privilege! God draws us into relationship with Himself…imagine that BUT it is true. I know some believe they found the Lord all on their own. God has never been lost and Jesus speaks to this truth in John 6:44, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” We would have never known God on our own. Romans 3:11, “there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.” What love, amazing grace and tender mercy…that God so desires relationship with us that He initiates and draws us unto Himself! Romans 12:3,”For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” God has given us the measure of faith needed to believe as His Word comes forth as faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:9-10). SURELY, ALL GLORY BELONGS TO GOD!
How blessed we are that “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).”
ETERNAL LIFE, intimate, personal, experiential, overflowing, active relationship, TO THE FULL!
Heavenly Father, You are the Only True God. We thank you for Jesus, the Living Word who gave His life that we would have eternal life: an intimate, personal, experiential, overflowing, active and to the full relationship with You. Thank you for bringing us out of darkness into Your marvelous light that we know in such a way that we are reflectors of Your light as a display of Your glory. We bless Your Holy Name for how Your Word and Spirit transforms us into the image of Your Son and our Savior, Jesus the Christ. As You take us through Psalm 27, we ask that You would “Show us Your ways, Oh Lord, teach us Your paths, guide us in Your truth and teach us, for You are God our Savior, and our hope is in You all day long.” In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
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