Getting to know Jesus will take the rest of your life.
He is Eternal and there is always more to know about Him!
I will share with you some ways that helped me get to know The Lord.
Let’s start by looking at Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy Name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to
everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the Voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
I have found that when I read Scripture the best way to do it is to read it very slowly. When I do this it allows me to meditate on what is being said. I have found that when I am not in a rush to read through a passage, the truth of the passage will fill my heart. I really must prepare my heart to receive from the Lord. What I mean by this is, I must be willing to yield my desires, time, agenda and be willing to be teachable and pliable to what it is that I am reading. God wants to speak to me through His Holy Word and when He speaks, I know that I have “heard Him” if I do what He says.
So after surrendering my heart to the Lord for the day, I can receive what His Word is saying. Psalm 103 is a wonderful passage to hear “The Heartbeat” of God. Here are some of my reflections.
God is worthy to be blessed. He is worthy to be remembered. It is so important that my soul keep Him as “the center” of my heart. His Name alone is worthy to be blessed with ALL that is within me. It has been through being able to call upon His Name in my time of trouble that I was saved from danger a number of times in my life.
There are real benefits in following Jesus. The greatest one being that God is with me all of the time. He is my dearest and best Friend. He never leaves me. He never changes His Mind about loving me. He is always there when I need to talk to Him or cry to Him. He does not condemn me when I sin but allows me into His Presence with all of the yucky stuff that is within my heart. He allows me to come near to Him and welcomes me to pour out whatever sorrow or sin or pain that I am experiencing in my life. And then after I give Him my cares, He replaces them with His beauty.
God’s Heart is pure compassion. It is a Divine Compassion that goes beyond the Heavens. It is Eternal. God’s Compassion cannot be contained inside of His Own Heart. It has spilled over into all of creation and beyond. It is Infinite. However, the ONLY way to access this compassion is by going to the cross and humbling my heart before Him in repentance. By asking Him to take my filth and sin and give me His beauty and purity in exchange. (This is a lifelong process!)