Hebrews 6:19-20 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
I’m holding on to the hope that one day this could be made right
I’ve been shipwrecked, and left for dead, and I have seen the darkest sights
Everyone I’ve loved seems like a stranger in the night
But oh my heart still burns, tells me to return, and search the fading light.
I’m sailing home to you I won’t be long
By the light of moon I will press on
Until, I find, my love
Luke 15: 24 “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to celebrate.”
The hardest thing about being lost, isn’t trying to be found again - but it’s wanting to be found. Shake off the dust from your long-dead heart. Take off that blindfold you’ve gotten used to. It’s time to go back home.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Chapter 54: Let the amen sound from His people again
Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth
Hast thou not seen how thy desires have been
Granted in what He ordaineth
Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him
Let the Amen sound from His people again
Hosea 2:16-20 - And in that day, declares the Lord, you will call me “My Husband,” and no longer will you call me “My Baal.” For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sward, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety. And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.
1 Samuel 18:1-5 “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.”
A spiritual friendship is more than the halfhearted hangouts we call fellowship. There is a divine, soul-knitting, wide-open, transparent connection that emulates the self-sacrificing love Christ has for us. It’s a type of friendship that we need to pray for.
Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
It’s easy to forget that above all, God loves you. But more than that, God rejoices over us - we are a source of God’s delight. And all the worries and anxieties that scream at us everyday are silenced by his love. In its place is his exultations over us. Oh how you love us, oh how you love us. Keep reminding me God.
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live
We were meant for so much more. It is hard to imagine, but God’s promises are more glorious than any worldly dream that might be attained. As doors keep closing around me, it’s harder and harder to believe that the seeds God has planted can grow to be more glorious than my own plans. But what else is there? If I’ve died and Christ is living in me, then there is nothing but Christ in my life. So reign supreme, in you alone I live.