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14 Plays
The Earth Is Yours

"Always faithful, always good."

The rain today calls me to remember God’s goodness, his loving preservation of his Creation, his faithfulness to my cries to him.

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immovable hope in a transient world

All my stuff is breaking. My phone’s screen is shattered. My computer is toeing death. My car is pretty well smashed (although that is another story; one of the Lord’s protection and how he works all things - in this case, a car accident - for our good). I’m definitely going to be extra-careful with my guitar for a little while.

It’s a good thing, though, to be able to vividly see how futile it would be to put any real hope in those things. If I can only depend on the things I can hold in my hand, I’m in serious trouble. Even if I’m the one breaking some of these things - I need a hope that my own foolishness cannot make obsolete. I need a hope that is able to cover over the things my hands have done.

"Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting rock."

(isai 26:4)

I love the uncomplicated rationality of this verse. Why should we trust in Yahweh forever? Because he is always, for eternity, our rock - we will never have cause to put our trust anywhere else. Nothing in this world will temper his strength, his constancy, his faithfulness. His power is incorruptible and his love for his people is unchanging.

Our God can hold the weight of our greatest hopes. Material things just cannot. Put your hope in all the phones and cars you want, but they will rust and fade away. When we store up treasure where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal, our confidence is fully in Christ.

He, too, tasted the transient nature of this world, and he himself grew bodily frail and passed away within it - but now! now he lives and will never again be submitted to the disrepair of this world or to death. And we who are shepherded by him have the same hope.

He is our immovable hope!

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

(heb 13:8)

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Holy Holy Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! 
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! 
God in three persons, blessed Trinity 

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, 
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; 
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, 
who wert and art and evermore shall be. 

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, 
though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see, 
Only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, 
perfect in power, in love, and purity.