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The Highest Heaven Cannot Contain Thee

September 24, 2015

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The Highest Heaven  Cannot  Contain Thee

But  will God  indeed dwell  on the earth?     Behold,  heaven  and the highest heaven  cannot  contain Thee…     1 Kings 8:27

There is no way anyone  can imagine the awesome greatness  of the LORD.     Our minds  are so confined  to our small,  little parts  of this tiny world  (our world really  is tiny  in comparison  to all  of creation),  that we have a hard time imagining something  greater.     And yet,  the LORD  is the God  who knows  our every thought  and feeling.     This is the God  who has loved  each of us  so much  He sent  Jesus Christ  to suffer  and die  as the just payment  for our sins.

God is so big  and awesome  in every way,  and yet people  “don’t know Him”.     How can that be?     We see  the miracles  of creation  all around us  —  everything  from the stars  to the worm  that aerates  the soil  for us.     What is it  that we don’t get?

Instead  of honoring  and worshiping  the only real God,  silly people  make idols  for themselves  to worship.     Jeremiah  chapter 10  describes  how people  make idols  from wood,  silver  and gold.     They even have  to work hard  to make them  in such a way  that they will not topple over.

God describes  these supposedly  “wise” people  of the world.     In Jeremiah 10:8  God says,

“But they are altogether stupid  and foolish  in their discipline  of delusion  —  their idol  is wood!”

Jeremiah  might have lived 2,600 years ago,  but his words  are just as true now.     There are millions  of people  throughout this world  that worship idols  even today.     They have a  “discipline  of delusion”.     Idol worship  is not considered  old-fashion,  even though  we now live  in the age  of science,  computers,  and space travel.     And,  the idol worshipers  of today  are not uneducated  by this world’s standards.     They are university professors,  scientists,  doctors,  teachers,  etc.     In other words,  they are people  of influence  all around us.

Because  they are still influential,  we need  to be aware  of how their way  of thinking  can affect  our faith  and the faith  of our children.     Their superstitions,  rituals,  and traditions  can create fears  and doubts  that should be  totally rejected  by God’s children.     Therefore,  Jeremiah 10:2-3  speaks  to us,

Thus  says the LORD,
“Do not learn  the way  of the nations,
And do not be terrified  by the signs  of the heavens
Although  the nations  are terrified  by them;
For the customs  of the peoples  are delusion…

It is because  there is only one true God  that our life depends  on giving honor  where honor  is due.     We are not  to be satisfied  with half truths  and outright lies  and delusions.     Why should we want  to fool ourselves?     It’s not worth it.

Our LORD  take a very dim view  of those  who allow  the idolaters  of this world  to run their lives.     That’s why  He warns us  that all their customs  are delusions.     Because God alone  is the Creator,  Redeemer,  and Sustainer  of all things,  He does not want us  allowing unbelievers  to run  our lives,  our faith,  or our children.     God is rightfully  annoyed  when we are dumb enough  to fall  for the ways  of the world  —  after we have learned  and accepted  His truths.

We need  to wake up  to the half-baked truths  that are constantly bombarding us  through the media,  the Internet,  and our  “educational” systems.     If we allow  these  “ideas”  to gradually rob us  of our faith  in the one true God,  we will soon find ourselves  destitute  of everything  that is pure,  honest,  and holy.     We won’t know  where to turn  in our desperate need  for real help.

That is why  it is vital  for Christians today  to spend time  every day  studying God’s word  and applying it  to our lives.     As we see  God’s unchanging love  and faithfulness  over thousands  of years,  we will  be able  to rest  in Him  and say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  Your word  is eternally true.     Carry me  in Your everlasting arms.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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