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The Unfolding

August 29, 2014

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The Unfolding

When things are folded up,  we don’t know  exactly what they are like,  although our imagination  is working.     It could be a letter  from a dear friend  —  the bud  of a flower  —  or a new sweater  in a box.     When it is unfolded,  it is delightful  and brightens our day.     The psalmist says the same thing  about God’s word  in Psalm 119:130,

The unfolding  of Your words  gives light;
It gives understanding  to the simple.

God’s word  is all “wrapped up”  in the pages  of the Bible.     We can imagine  what might be  in it  —  based on pro  and con hearsay.     But,  our imaginations  could be faulty  because of that hearsay.     No one can read  the whole Bible  in one sitting  and gain  any sort  of real understanding.     Rather,  we read  a bit,  think about it,  and see how it applies  to our lives.     The more we read,  the more  we will recall  similar passages  on the same subject  —  so,  we will compare them  and see  how they agree  with one another  —  and that adds  to our “understanding”  of each passage.     They complement one another.

Reading,  studying,  applying,  and comparing  are all a part  of  the unfolding  of Your words”  that  “gives light”  and  “understanding”  —  the  “understanding”  that delights and brightens our day.

When God’s word gives us  “light”,  it is giving us  insight  into the awesome majesty,  power,  and infinite love  of our Creator  and Redeemer.     When we start knowing God  for who He really is,  we come  to love Him  and put our faith  in Him.     The  “unfolding”  of God’s word  lets us see  a little at a time,  so we can absorb it  to understand  the wisdom,  and perfect goodness  of God.     That builds trust.

This gradual  “unfolding”  shows us  how God made promises  of a Savior  over thousands  of years  —  and then kept all those promises  in the one man,  Christ Jesus.     The  “light”  and  “understanding”  that we will get  will prove  to us  that such a thing  is totally impossible  for mankind  to accomplish  —  and it is also  the absolute proof  of God’s love,  power,  and trustworthiness.     With this  “understanding”  we have no reason  to mistrust  the LORD,  our Savior.     This witness  proves  our LORD’s  almighty power and wisdom.

Then,  when troubles  come our way  in this life  —  as they surely will  —  “the unfolding”  of God’s words  will be  our strength  and stay.     We will be sure  that God’s way  with us  can be trusted  —  and He will surely lead us  in His salvation.     Delighted  in “the unfolding”  of God’s promises  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your love  that is ever so true.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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