Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hosea

"Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you."
Hosea 10:12
Hosea is so poetic.  I like the words, the sound of righteous judgements showing God is just and the declarations of loving compassion and mercy.  I almost wish there was more about Gomer, but perhaps what is told about her is just to show how God made Hosea understand His love for unfaithful Israel.  I wonder if she did run away multiple times, if each time he brought her back, torn by her betrayal or lovingly able to forgive, was when the word of the LORD came to him.
Here I am seeing again, what God gives us is deeper in meaning than I might first understand.  Hosea's life, his unfaithful wife, his morbidly named children, were a living illustration to Israel.  But it must also have been for Hosea to understand and feel what God wanted to say; so that, from experience, he could express it well.  I think the prophet was invited to empathize with God.  Which means he must have loved his wife very much.  Which means that these words given by God were also written out of the prophet's own anguish, yearning, anger, and love.  He must have been a faithful man to be entrusted with this.  I like Hosea.  I admire his faithfulness, his ability to convey the words God gave him, his courage and strength in empathizing with the LORD, if I may say that.
God, thank You for Hosea.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Psalm 16: A Heart That's Secure

"Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.  I will praise the LORD who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me." 
Psalm 16: 5-7
LORD, You are the God who knows me, who has my heart.  You know my every desire, my every wish, my every thought.  You are intimately acquainted with each and every feeling that touches me.  You know every reason and every cause for every wistful look and quiet moment and soft smile and racking sob.  You know exactly what springs me into exultant joy.  And everything perverse in me is laid bare before You.
You know who I am , who I was, and who I will be.  You know and understand all my words and fully know every intent behind them.
Knowing full well, You are the God who rescues me.  You give me worth and then set me up above all the mire I could have sunk in.
LORD, You are the God who knows me; and knowing full well, loves me.  You have my heart.  And every heart is known to You.
I lay my heart bare before You, God.  Even before the people in this world.  Knowing You hold it, I will not fear.