Frequenting the Spiritual Air

To Fill All Things (3)

Be gracious to me, O LORD, for to you do I cry all the day. Psalm 86:3

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1s and 0s Everywhere, All the Time
The world which Jesus rules, and which He is filling with Himself, is a strange, wonderful, and sometimes spooky place.

The other day I downloaded the new operating system for Susie’s iPad. The longer the process took, the more I began to wonder about what in the world was going on during that 30 minutes or so. I had no idea. How was that new operating system getting to Susie’s iPad and then in her iPad working its wonders to transform the innards of that marvelous machine?

So I did what any sane person would do. I asked our son-in-law, David Durant.

Souls Overflowing

To Fill All Things (2)

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit… John 7:37-39

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Got it, Getting It
This morning, while we were registering for something or other, the woman taking our information asked us our preferred language. “English,” Susie said, obviously enough.

Of course, English. We were born in an English-speaking country, learned English as children, and have spoken it in a wide variety of contexts for over 60 years. I’ve written millions of words of English, even some which were sufficiently well-crafted and assembled to have been brought to publication for others to consider.

From Heaven through All Things

To Fill All Things (1)

(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth. He who descended is also the one who ascended far above the heavens, that he might fill all things.) Ephesians 4:9, 10

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The Purpose of the Ascension
Linger with me a bit over this text, will you?

First, let’s note the action: “ascended”, “descended”, “ascended.” From above to below to above again. It’s clear that Paul is referring to the incarnation and exaltation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one who “descended into the lower parts of the earth.” He came from the throne of God on high and was incarnated as a lowly servant among the lowliest of people in a strictly backwater sector of the Roman Empire. He was born in a lowly stable, lived a life of poverty, died a criminal’s death, and was buried low in the ground.

Honor in the Ordinary

Worship and Public Policy (7)

This is the honor for all his godly ones. Praise the LORD! Psalm 149:9

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The Beginning and End
Psalm 149 begins in the presence of God, where His people honor Him in worship and praise His holy name. It ends not in a service of worship but in the everyday arenas of life, including the arena of public policy, where the people of God express the honor and glory of God which they have experienced, unto the praise of God in everyday life situations.

This they do by wielding the Sword of the Spirit with power.

Wielding the Sword

Worship and Public Policy (6)

Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written! Psalm 149:5-9a

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People with a Mission
Some people struggle with psalms like this because they employ military terminology. All that war and killing was for the Old Testament economy. We don’t take up such tactics to do the Lord’s bidding in this age of grace.

And, certainly, there’s truth to that statement. But just because the Church doesn’t bear the sword of military conflict doesn’t mean we’re not involved in serious warfare, and that we haven’t been given a more powerful Sword than even the mightiest military systems on earth.

Armed and Ready

Worship and Public Policy (5)

Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands… Psalm 149:5, 6

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Prepared How?
We said that one of the purposes of worship is to prepare the saints of the Lord to live out the joy of their salvation – the song of their Creator/King – in every area of their lives. But how are we prepared? What happens in us during worship, and what are we given that enables us to fulfill this high and sacred calling?.

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