The one who is high and lifted up, who lives forever, whose name is holy, says: „I live on high, in holiness, and also with the crushed and the lowly, reviving the spirit of the lowly, reviving the heart of those who have been crushed.“
Isaiah 57, 15
So is God’s will: He wants to be with those who have no hope. He wants to comfort those who otherwise have no comfort. He wants to be close to those who are left. He wants to give strength where discouragement is. His heart is full of love and compassion for the crushed and the lowly. He does not care whether the misery was caused by own fault or through the fault o others. For He is our Father who comforts firstonce and connects the wounds. A father who forgives every sin of His children. By Him and in His heart, we really are at home. Therefore, we want to seek Him and let us be comforted by Him. We do not want to give up, but always come before Him with our concerns. Until He takes us in His arms and comforts us. He has promised and He will keep His promise. He is with the crushed and oppressed, to revive their spirits and to let their heart beat anew.
Father, where is a God like You? You are the Holy One, but so full of mercy on us! You look at our misfortune and want us to be close and comfort. You forgive all the guilt and sin. Yes, where is a God like You? Your father heart beats with love for Your children. How could You ever forget us?
The scripture says: “It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.” If you really knew what this means, you would not condemn people who are not guilty.
Matthew 12, 7
Kindness, that always sounds like warmth, or even like “hot heart” to me. If anyone sees a man, then he has a cold or warm heart for him. When His heart is cold, then he sees the errors and offenses. Is it warm, he sees chances and the good, strong sides. The Pharisees were not interested in people, they only cared whether anyone followed the rules.
When we listen to ourself what we say or even think about others, then we often realize how we get upset about outward things and possible errors. But this is not how God wants us to have! For He doesn’t deal with us this way, but sees us with eyes of love. He simply forgets our failures and constantly gives us a new start. He sees so many good sides of us and sees our possibilities! Yes, He is good and looks at us with a warm, actually even hot heart. Therefore, we want to see our fellow human beings with the eyes of Jesus and so think and talk about them as Jesus wants it.
What God requires of us, namely kindness, He is itself. He is the mercy in person. Just read the Gospels about the life of Jesus, there you will only find merciful deeds, thoughts and words. Just as He is with you. He is merciful to you. He is gracious to you. He loves you without fuss and quibble. He forgets your failure. He longs for you. Yeah, He is love and kindness in person.
If God is for us, who can be against us? Who can accuse God’s chosen people? It is God who justifies. Who can condemn? Not Christ Jesus, who died, or rather, who was raised to life and is at the right side of God, pleading with him for us! Who, then, can separate us from the love of Christ? Neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or principalities, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below – there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8)
Thank You, Jesus, You are so full of kindness for me! Yes, I want to take Your mercy, it shall rule over me. I will bring You my concerns and needs, for You have only good thoughts about me. You are a wonderful Lord, my Savior and Redeemer!
While Jesus was having a meal in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and other outcasts came and joined Jesus and his disciples at the table.
Matthew 9, 10
Jesus was a guest at Matthew’s, the tax collector. Publican cheated travelers and usually were quite rich people. But of course they were very unpopular and social outcasts. Only Jesus called publicans in His successor! Because:
“People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts.” (V. 12f)
Jesus wants to save sinners, this is why He has community with them, eats with them and calls them. He had no inhibitions due to his reputation! It was more important to Him, what God thought about Him, than what people might thought. And they really were mocking Him and called Him a glutton and a drunkard.
The more we become one with Jesus and follow Him, the less it means to us, what people talk about us. It becomes less important to us and hurts less when they gossip about us. Insecure people can be beaten with some pointed remarks. But who is rooted in the Lord, stands firm. People need to be big, strong, prosperous and beautiful outwardly, so no one hurts them, but they are admired. The men have the fastest and best cars, women make themselves pretty. They find it very, very important what others think about them.
And to us it is very important what Jesus thinks about us. As soon as we begin to believe that we are very important and worthy to Him, our dependence from other people’s honor changes. We stand firmly, even when others revile. We want to sacrifice our reputation to Him and do not let us stop from doing the works that Jesus would have done in our place.
Thank You, Jesus, I’m worth a lot to You! You build me up and give me security. You hold me and comfort me when others hurt me. Yes, I’m dependent on You and want to please You. To You I sacrifice my reputation and name. It shouldn’t matter what others think about me. I want to go my way so that You like it! I will not feel to good to talk to the “outcast” and to love the “sinners”. You are my Lord and my good shepherd!
Or perhaps you despise his great kindness, tolerance, and patience. Surely you know that God is kind, because he is trying to lead you to repent.
Romans 2, 4
Our God is totally different as we can imagine. He doesn’t want to judge over us even though there is much to be judged. He knows that we are very simple, limited man; in our hearts is not automatically good. But He loves us! He is our Father and wants to bring us to His heart. But this does not work by threats and punishment, but by His goodness, mercy, patience and love. How can you continue to live in sin, when you once have tasted the kindness and love of God? When we understand how much God loves us, we want to be as He is: Full of kindness, love, gentleness, mercy and patience. We want to reflect His character. And God sends us His Spirit who causes this in our hearts. Let us no longer be afraid of God’s judgment, but believe in Jesus’ forgiveness and be free of any conviction. We also want to stop condemning ourselves, because God does not do it as well.
Thank You, Father that You love us so much. You never ever condemn us. And I will not be afraid of Your judgment, and I no longer blame myself. Because Jesus took all my guilt. Help me to reflect Your goodness and love in my life! For You are the God of Mercy.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me!
Matthew 23, 37
Parents like to have all their children around them. If one is not there, they are restless. This is the normal love and concern of mothers and fathers. But when the children are grown, they should be released into the wild. Some mothers “tie” their children and do not want to let them go; and some young men stay with mom because the food is so good. But that is unhealthy! These young men are lazy! And many girls can not found a normal family because they do not separate from their parents. The Word of God says: A man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife and they will found their own family.
God is a good father. He educates his children to independence and freedom. He likes to be with them and takes them under his wings to protect them. But He doesn’t tie and gag His children. It is a happy and free together! And the beautiful thing is, when all the kids are there and celebrate happily together; – Then the heavenly father is there among them and pleased with them!
God calls His children. But many do not want. They resist the call of God. They make His heralds bad, make their life difficult or even pursue it. Or they discuss everything to death: “Well, should God really be there? Who knows! – Should God be interested in me? I see things differently. … “. Everything is put into perspective and discussed to death, so no one has to decide, so no one needs to say a clear yes or no. But Jesus sees her heart and says clearly: You do not want to. I would like to put them into my arms so much, sheltered under my wings, but they do not want.
But we want! We want to gather around Jesus, enjoy the security under His wings, and together celebrate the Lord! He is very kind to His children!
Thank You, Jesus, for loving Your kids! You gather them under Your strong wings and give security, peace and joy. You are a wonderful Lord who loves His children genuinely. Yes Lord, I belong to You and want to find safety, security and joy under Your wings. I want to be with You and stay with You!
Lord, our Lord, how majestic
is your name throughout the earth!
You made your glory higher than heaven!
From the mouths of nursing babies
you have laid a strong foundation
because of your foes,
in order to stop vengeful enemies.
When I look up at your skies,
at what your fingers made—
the moon and the stars
that you set firmly in place—
what are human beings
that you think about them;
what are human beings
that you pay attention to them?
You’ve made them only slightly less than divine,
crowning them with glory and grandeur.
You’ve let them rule over your handiwork,
putting everything under their feet—
all sheep and all cattle,
the wild animals too,
the birds in the sky,
the fish of the ocean,
everything that travels the pathways of the sea.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!
How good has God planned the human being and equipped him with so many skills! He really reigns over the earth. But many people do not correspond to the image of God. There are so many ruthless egoists in business and politics, so much murder and manslaughter with words and deeds. No, they are not the people who God has imagined! Sin has distorted the image of God in an image of evil. And the return to the real mission can just come, when we let God be Lord again. Then the earth really will be a ‘heavenly’ place again!
God has said YES to us humans. He remains in his opinion, even though so much is going wrong. He never abandons us. He is waiting for us! God’s YES to a human is of the utmost importance for him. So many are wondering, where their place in life is. Many suffer from the meaninglessness, emptiness and loneliness. Many are oppressed by their own badness. Some feel rejected everywhere and find no self-confidence. Many create their own little world in which they feel comfortable and at home. Some feel so worthless that they are on the path of self-destruction. Somehow the human being is hovering in a vacuum; he has lost touch with something bigger.
God is here! And he is the only one who can heal the human heart from false, inferior self-reference. Only He can heal, where rejection has torn deep wounds. Only He can lead you on the right track. ONLY HE!!!
Thank You, Jesus, You are THE Savior! You lead me to the right way, You have prepared for me and for which You have created me. In You my heart finds healing and satisfaction. Your YES to me is the reason for my hope. How good that You exist!
But no one says, “Where is God my maker;
who gives songs in the night.”
Iob 35, 10
Praise pulls up ! All the great people in the kingdom of God had this realization. When Israel once had to fight against a superior force, they placed the singers and musicians right in the front. They praised God and the enemy destroyed himself. When Paul and Barnabas were in prison, they began to praise God. Thereupon the earth shook, their chains fell off and the doors broke up. Georg Müller, founder of orphanages in England (when there was no youth welfare office, no social security office and no other orphanages) knew these ” tactics “. If they had nothing more to eat and the breakfast threatens to be canceled, he bent his knees and praised God that He never let the children starve. And somehow they really got something to eat everytime. These children always had a meal! Even Mother Theresa in Calcutta knew of the worship. Constantly 50 or more sisters were in the chapel and praised God. So many wonderful things happened by Mother Theresa. There is a man who has an alarm clock in his pocket, ringing every 10 minutes, which constantly reminds him to praise God. Maybe it sounds a little weird, but God is doing great things by him. The pastor of the largest church in the world in Seoul, Korea, has a lot to do. But every day he prays many hours because he knows, otherwise he will not make it.
Yes, if we choose to always thank God for everything and if we constantly praise Him, He will help us and “give us songs in the night” and will show himself in our own lives! A businessman told me that he has become experienced over time and often felt a restlessness, when a contract somehow is not okay. Then he carefully checks the contract a second time and often discoveres some traps in small print. He thinks it is his own ability. But I know, as he prays a lot and searches for community with Jesus, Jesus himself gives him this gift and saves him from mistakes and wrong decisions. It is not his own art, but the work of God! We have to keep an eye on where we see. If everything are only “coincidences”, we actually do not need God. If all these are our own abilities, then why do we need a helper and savior? We rather should look on our Lord and thank Him for everything, all the time! Then He also gives us “songs in the night” when everything is dark and we see do not see a way out. We will soon have a reason to thank Him! Because the Savior is there, where He is praised!
Thank You, Jesus, I have experienced so many good things with You! So I can thank You without end. You are so wonderful that I want to praise You without a break! Yes, You are my wonderful God and Savior!
I’m overjoyed at your word,
like someone who finds great treasure.
Psalms 119, 162
God’s personal word to us pleases us more as every rich prey! It is simply stunning when the Heavenly Father speaks to us. That brings joy to our heart!
This morning I will enter the kitchen, on the stove there is my “office” and I will say: “Good morning, Father! Here I am again with all my burdens and problems. Hopefully it’s not too much for You, always the same things. I hope it does not annoy You.” Thereupon He whispers into my thoughts: “Don’t worry, I am waiting for you. I enjoy having community with you.”
Then I understood what Jesus wanted to say: “When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do. Your Heavenly Father knows what you need.” He really knows all my needs, because He is interested in every little thing in my life. Actually I don’t need to moan and complain, begging Him for help. He knows it all and holds everything in His hands. He, my Father, will never let me down! And I realized I could enter another dimension of prayer; – The little things are quickly cleared up. His words to me make my heart beat faster and send out joy. I began to praise Him and to sing little songs for Him.
Yes, then life becomes more fun! Look away from the “harassment and odds and ends” and turn your eyes upon Jesus! He wonderfully cares for me! His Word revives, pleases, makes free from all encumbrances, gives deep peace, encouragement, comforts, gives courage and hope….. where else could I make such a rich “booty”?
Songs of praise in mouth and heart, that is possible by the trust in our Heavenly Father. Praise makes you free from worries and burdens. Worship makes our heart grateful and where a grateful heart is, the Heavenly Father is near!
Thank You, Jesus, You have taken me all my burdens. Now I can praise You, and I am free! Give me more of Your spirit of worship, pleasure and gratitude! My life should be marked by Your heavenly joy! For You are my rock of salvation.
And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1, 6
God is a God of patience. Therefore He can constantly carry us, even if we do not care about Him for years. He namely has a goal for us, that we find our place in His heart. And for that He has time, ways and means.
Sometimes there are times full of doubt: Does God love me? Am I ever a child of God? Do I really believe or is that all just imagination? Did he forget me because of my sin? – There are so many nagging, agonizing questions!
And He is above such things. He still holds everything in His mighty hand. And when He began His work in you and has started to draw you to himself, then He will also complete His work and you will find your place in the Lord.
Be glad if you doubt again and again! Because if you wouldn’t care for you and God, you certainly would have no doubts; – It wouldn’t interest you at all. He wants to put your faith on a stronger foundation, therefore He is testing you. Actually, it is impossible for a human to find the way to God. How are we small, limited and unholy people able to comprehend the eternal, holy and all-powerful God? God knows this and therefore He says: With human it is impossible, but with God everything is possible! He will make His word come true and He will bring you to the aim!
But if we are rebellious and stubborn, only discussing with God because we do not want to give up our old, comfortable life, God will simply ignore us. He then will wait until we truly seek Him, or until we forget Him entirely. Please, do not play with God!
Thank You Jesus, You’ve already started working in me. Now You will also bring it to an end! For me, everything looks so difficult, as a matter of fact impossible. But You are almighty and have a way for me. For Your great name’s sake You will take pity on me and completely capture me.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13, 13
The bible often refers to God, the Father, Jesus, the Messiah and the Holy Spirit. There are many questions about that! Nobody can fathom this trinity to the last detail, but we want to try to understand it better.
To whom should we pray? When I pray to Jesus, is the Father not “superfluous” or does he feel left out? No, the three are so closely connected that each is happy when the other is worshiped and honored. There certainly is no jealousy! You really are one heart and one soul. Everything what one thinks, the other perceives just the same. There are no secrets between them. There is such a deep bond and warm fellowship that the three really are one unity – inseparable.
When God created the human being, He made a man and a woman. Together, they are intended to reflect the image of God. But one alone is imperfect, unfinished. Only together they comply with the image of God. God has imagined marriage as the lowest form of humans being together, community and familiarity. And where two people grow together over the years, they really represent a unit. In heaven we will all together have such a deep familiarity that a marriage is superfluous. We will be one! Also in meetings one often feels this deep unity and familiarity with each other, although there are huge differences between individual people. But we realize how we are longing for a profound community!
The community of Trinity is even more intense and deeper, as we can imagine. That’s why the Bible can write: God is one!
The Father is our Creator who loves His children immeasurably. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer who has redeemed us and has paved the way to God. By His stripes we are healed and by His blood we are cleaned! The Holy Spirit is working with us today. He is the helper, the friend, the Comforter, the Reminder. He gives His gifts, where He may act. His fruits grow where God is worshiped.
Thank You, Father, You have ordered all things wonderful!! Amazed I stand before You and often do not know what to say. You’re so big, so powerful, so inscrutable! I just can adore You, with words or silent, when words alone are not enough. You are a wonderful God!