Cast Out

Here are more uses of my Word of the Year, cast:

And they came to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves…   Mark 11:15 [KJV]

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called.  And they called the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise, he callers thee.  And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.  –Mark 10:49-50 [KJV]

And they brought him [the donkey] to Jesus, and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.  –Luke 19:35 [KJV]

 

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Storms

In thinking about my Word of the Year (“cast”) I saw some amazing applications of it in scripture related to weather:

He unleashes His lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it (casts it) to the ends of the earth.  –Job 37:3 [NIV]

He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters (casts) His lightning through them.  –Job 37:11 [NIV]

He spreads the snow like wool and scatters (casts) the frost like ashes.  –Psalm 147:16 [NKV]

He hurls down (casts) his hail like pebbles.  –Psalm 147:17 [NIV]

 

Standing

Although I love hymns and choruses focused on God Himself, rather than on us as worshippers, there are some great lyrics that refer to the actual worship of the believer.  These too have a place in our hymnals and in our worship.

Standing on the promises of Christ my King, thro’ the eternal ages let His praises ring.  Glory in the highest I will shout and sing; standing on the promises of God.  — R. Kelso Carter

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation!  O my soul, praise Him, for He is they health and salvation!  All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; join me in glad adoration!  — Joachim Neander

What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?  I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.  — Elisha A. Hoffman

 

 

 

Hymns

This week I’ m focusing on hymn lyrics.  I’ve been seeing these in my devotions this year and some of the lyrics have made their way into my journal.  I’m not one to say that we need only hymns in our worship services, but I do think they have a way of worshipping God that is truly special.  But chorus or hymn, I love the ones that are more focused on God (His character, His works, His heart) than on us (our worship, our service, our hearts).

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater;  He sendeth more strength as our labors increase.  To added afflictions He added His mercy; to multiplied trials He multiplies peace.  –Annie J. Flint

I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise.; that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.  I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day.  The moon shines full at His command and all the stars obey.  — Isaac Watts

Wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching to all the lost.  By it I have been pardoned, saved to the uttermost.  Chains have been torn asunder, giving me liberty; for the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.  — Holder Lillenas

He framed the globe, He built the sky.  He made the shining worlds on high and reigns in glory there.  His beams are majesty and light; His beauties, how divinely bright!  His dwelling place how fair!  — Isaac Watts

 

Power

Each of these quotes has something to do with power, if you think about it.

The godly minister has no more difficult, no more solemn, no more blessed task, than to lead his people out to meet God.  –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 73

Power can be used for good or evil.  This is underscored by the fact that the inventor of dynamite was Alfred Nobel, for whom the peace prize is named.  — One Year Book of Psalms, 8/7/17

Each act of self-denial is a seed-germ of the harvest of gladness.  — F. B. Meyer

Measurement

This is another interesting quote from A. W. Tozer about the infinite nature of God.

As created beings, we have devised ways to account for ourselves.  Measurement is a way we have of accounting for things, and we are compulsive about this…We know how big the sun is, how big the moon is, how much the earth weighs, how much the sun weighs and how much many other of the heavenly bodies weigh.  We can weigh all of these things and measure them because they are finite.  When we come to God, there is no way to measure anything of His grace.  The grace of God is infinite and beyond our ability to measure.  His grace has no beginning and therefore no end.  — A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 231

Boundless

It’s time for more quotes from my journal.  I love these thoughts about God–big, limitless, boundless.

The mercy of God is an ocean divine, a boundless and fathomless flood.  Launch out in the deep and cut away the shore line, and be lost in the mercy of God.  –A. B. Simpson

We misuse the words ‘boundless’ and ‘unlimited’ because the words ‘boundless,’ ‘unlimited,’ and ‘infinite’ all mean the same thing.  They are words to describe God.  In no way, shape or form do they describe man.  We have a limit to everything about us.  God, on the other hand, has no limits.  We are not using words carelessly when we say that God is boundless, limitless and infinite.  — A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 230

Bravo, God, Bravo!  Everyone join in the great shout:  Encore!  In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might.  — Psalm 96:7 (MSG)