The Triune God’s Lovingkindness is better than life
"Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name." Psalm 63:3-4
This emeritus Christian pastor seldom relates personal experiences in his topical sermon messages. However, this time, is an exception:
About 14 months ago I was involved in an auto accident in which my vehicle was totaled. Thank God, that when all was said and done, there was no loss of life or serious injury. As I was transported by ambulance and spent 3 and ½ hours in emergency waiting for x-rays and a CAT scan, I was the recipient of God’s lovingkindness.
While laying in the hospital emergency room, not knowing if my injuries were to reveal broken bones, ribs and / or, internal injuries, God’s Holy Spirit, did for me, what He does best. He brought me the comfort and assurance of the Lord’s awesome presence. John 14:16-17 ; John 14:26. Precious Scriptures were readily recounted, such as Psalm 63:3-4 and Psalm 94:19. My life was in God’s hands and He allowed me to be very much aware of that – with a thankful heart with praise directed towards His presence for His wonderful goodness toward me.
While waiting for the hospital to do its emergency “thing” on me, I could not help but recount at least 6 different (specific) occasions in my 6 decades of life, where the good Lord spared me my life. He spared me from a polio death as a 4 year old youngster and also various accidents along life’s way. I live to rejoice at his lovingkindness toward me and to share His love, faithfulness and presence as I continue to interact with family, acquaintances, friends and those who visit this website around the globe.
People are generally, not thankful to a loving God
We have just entered the annual holiday season with Thanksgiving Day and are approaching the December days before Christmas. Yet, what people are thankful, for, is not what the Lord would have them to be thankful. Special dinners will be cooked and gifts exchanged, but relatively, few people, will look to the One who provides for their physical and material possessions and enjoyments.
Scripture specifically points out that unthankfulness is the “predecessor” for many sins of rank style
The descending (deviation) digression is, as follows:
When people fail to honor God, as He intended to be honored, they become unthankful to God. Hence, they become vain in their thinking -- and, without understanding. As a direct consequence, their hearts become darkened to the truth of God. They then profess to be wise; but God says that they have become fools. These unthankful, vain, (without understanding fools) then (instead) falsely worship themselves and graven images. Romans 1:18-32
Why is the Triune God’s lovingkindness, better than life?
When visiting a dying person, I often mention that this life (here on earth) is, but [like] a grain of sand on the whole seashore of eternity. Those souls who have received the eternal forgiveness of their sins through the shed (perfect) blood of the Savior, Christ; -- they can understand that simple statement. They are the ones, who have embraced, by faith, the sinless, God-man, Messiah, Christ, who was born into our world and who suffered and died for all human sin. Not only do the historical Scriptures record this reality, but they also document that this special person rose from the dead to live and reign as the one Triune God. Colossians 1:13-18 ; Colossians 2:10 ; 1 Peter 3:22
It is this true God who created all physical life, and, who sustains that life. [Colossians 1:16-17 ; Acts 17:16-28] And, most importantly, it is this God who made gracious provision for a hereafter (eternal) life, as opposed, to death, eternal.
Because of human sin, our physical lives are cut short. [Genesis 3:1f ; Romans 5:12] Judgment and eternal sentencing and punishment (because of sin), must follow. [Romans 5:18 ; Romans 2:1-16 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10] However, this does not need to be the destiny of the sinner because the lovingkindness of God was poured out on the human race by Christ’s existence and sacrificial (sin forgiving) action. John 3:14-21
You [unsaved] Sinner:
Come to know the Savior who can set you free. [John 8:31-36] Read and listen to the divine revelation gift of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. [2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Romans 10:17] Come to know the Triune God, so that you can be truly thankful. [Psalm 100:3] Come to know Him, whose lovingkindness is better than temporal [physical] life, itself. Psalm 63:3-4 ; John 10:10 ; Romans 5:13-21 ; Hebrews 7:25 - Amen.
Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:
Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins
Related Scriptures To the Above Message
Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures
Psalm 63:1f – The Lord’s lovingkindness – better than life
Psalm 103:1f – A psalm of thanksgiving
New Testament Christian Scriptures
1 John 3:2 – "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."
Romans 8:18 -- "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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