Our Way Into the Presence of God 042213
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Laughing Our Way
Into the Presence of God 042213
Psalm 100 (below) is a
song of thankfulness, but it may surprise us to be reminded that our
laughter is a gift of God and also a gift of God, with our songs a
way for us to find His presence amongst us.
Of all the experiences
one could have in church, the gift of a church song leader or pianist
is wonderful. There have been many times when the hymns chosen by the
church’s song leader were a better sermon or message than I’d ever
attempt to give….they seem to have directed by God.
Another important idea
worth our prayer and consideration is Ps 100, verse 3:
Know this: God
God, and God, God.
made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his
some form or another we’ve probably considered this idea. It says or
implies several different things. It implies that God is so far above
us, that it is logical that we cannot even consider what God really
is. The lesser cannot envision the greater. Further, it implies that
we can ‘conceive’ of our children, our families and our
lives—because we made them. But God made us, so we cannot know
specifically what God is.
God is the only real equation in the universe: God (equals) = God.
enough to make one laugh.
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The Message (MSG)
100 1-2 On your feet now—applaud God!
a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into
The Message (MSG)
15-17 God’s Message came to me:
“You, son of man: Take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, with
his Israelite companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it,
‘For Joseph—Ephraim’s stick, together with all his Israelite
companions.’ Then tie the two sticks together so that you’re
holding one stick.
18-19 “When your people ask you,
‘Are you going to tell us what you’re doing?’ tell them, ‘God,
the Master, says, Watch me! I’ll take the Joseph stick that is in
Ephraim’s hand, with the tribes of Israel connected with him, and
lay the Judah stick on it. I’ll make them into one stick. I’m
holding one stick.’
20-24 “Then take the sticks
you’ve inscribed and hold them up so the people can see them. Tell
them, ‘God, the Master, says, Watch me! I’m taking the Israelites
out of the nations in which they’ve been exiled. I’ll gather them
in from all directions and bring them back home. I’ll make them one
nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and give them one
king—one king over all of them. Never again will they be divided
into two nations, two kingdoms. Never again will they pollute their
lives with their no-god idols and all those vile obscenities and
rebellions. I’ll save them out of all their old sinful haunts. I’ll
clean them up. They’ll be my people! I’ll be their God! My
servant David will be king over them. They’ll all be under one
The Message (MSG)
Song of the Lamb
15 I saw another Sign in Heaven, huge and breathtaking: seven
Angels with seven disasters. These are the final disasters, the
wrap-up of God’s wrath.
2-4 I saw something like a sea
made of glass, the glass all shot through with fire. Carrying harps
of God, triumphant over the Beast, its image, and the number of its
name, the saved ones stood on the sea of glass. They sang the Song of
Moses, servant of God; they sang the Song of the Lamb:
Mighty your acts and marvelous,
O God,the Sovereign-Strong!
Righteous your ways and true,
King of the nations!
Who can fail to fear you, God,
give glory to your Name?
Because you and you only are holy,
all nations will come and worship you,
because they see your judgments are right.
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