READ: Revelation 1:9-17 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters. —Revelation 1:15 While inMessage 1 of 90 , Nov 6, 2011View SourceREAD: Revelation 1:9-17
His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters. —Revelation 1:15
While in Brazil, I went to see Iguazu Falls, one of the greatest waterfalls
in the world. The massive falls are breathtaking, but what impressed me
most at Iguazu was not the sight of the falls or the spray of the water. It was the sound. The sound was beyond deafening—I felt as if I was
actually inside the sound itself. It was an overwhelming experience that reminded me how small I am by comparison.
Later, with this scene in mind, I couldn’t help but think about John in
Revelation 1:15. While on the island of Patmos, he saw a vision of the
risen Christ. The apostle described Jesus in the glory of His
resurrection, noting both His clothing and His physical
qualities. Then John described Christ’s voice “as the sound of many
I’m not sure I fully appreciated what that meant until I visited Iguazu and was overwhelmed by the thundering sound of the falls. As those mighty
waters reminded me of my own smallness, I better understood why John
fell at the feet of Christ as if dead (v.17).
Perhaps that description will help you grasp the awesomeness of Jesus’ presence and prompt you to follow John’s example of worshiping the Savior. —Bill Crowder
Pay honor to our marvelous
Daily His wonders proclaim;
Dwell always in the presence of Jesus,
And worship His holy name. —Branon
True worship of Christ changes admiration into adoration.
READ: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26 Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26 Do you know which psalm is quoted most often inMessage 90 of 90 , Nov 1, 2012View SourceREAD: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26
Do you know which psalm is quoted most often in the New Testament? You may have guessed the familiar and beloved 23rd Psalm, but actually it is
Psalm 22. This psalm begins with David’s poignant, heart-breaking words
that were quoted by Jesus on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34).
Imagine the situation David must have found himself in that caused him to cry
out to God in this way. Notice that he felt forsaken and abandoned: “Why are You so far from helping me?” (Ps. 22:1). He also felt ignored: “O
my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear” (v.2).
Ever been there? Have you ever looked up into the heavens and wondered why
it seemed that God had abandoned you, or was ignoring you? Welcome to
David’s world. But for every plaintive cry David expresses, there is a
characteristic of God mentioned that rescues him from despondency.
Through it all, David discovers that God is holy (v.3), trustworthy
(vv.4-5), a deliverer and rescuer (vv.8,20-21), and his strength (v.19).
Do you feel forsaken? Seek the Lord. Rehearse His character. And “let your heart rejoice with everlasting joy” (v.26 nlt). —Dave Branon
Lord, sometimes I feel as if You don’t care about
my life. When those times come, please remind me
of Your character as You did David. Help me to
lean on You again and know that You are there.
Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.