A Church with a Heart for our Community

September 28th Thursday

Greetings to you in the name of the ‘friend who sticks closer to us than a brother’, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a delightful morning…a little escape from the heat but sunshine…it is going to be a good day! Wow! we are at the end of another month and Thanksgiving is but 10 days away…and all the good food with family and friends. Are you making up your “Thank You” list? I will be praying for you today, asking Father to reveal himself to you in a way that will reveal His delight in the person you are right now…and his desire to do ‘more’ in your life.

I have been really enjoying a new translation of the book of Psalms – the Passion Translation. In particular, I enjoy the choice of words and phrases that are used to reveal the emotions and energy of a ‘worshipper’ … the translation subtitles – Psalms – as “Poetry on Fire”, an apt description. I suppose this translation would not suit everyone, but the freshness and intimacy of the vocabulary encourage me.

There is one particular phrase that is used to describe the personality of God that speaks to me. Several times God is referenced as the “wrap-around God” or the “wrap-around presence” – What a God You are! Your path for me has been perfect! All Your promises have proven true! What a secure shelter for all who turn to hide themselves in You! You are the wrap-around-God that gives grace to me. – Psalm 18:30. The Hebrew word for “shield” means to “wrap around in protection” – one might argue that in the terminology of the future accordingly to “Star Wars”, God is our “force shield”.

Another part of sentence structure that makes this translation enjoyable is the use of the exclamation mark – !. Over and over again the ! is used to emphasize the power that is implied in the words and phrases. Possibly my enjoyment of all this comes from – let me give you a couple of quotes that were on my devotional calendars today: There is a longing in us that can only be satisfied by the loving embrace of the Creator … Joy is the echo of God’s life within us. Yes, it is true – I believe that God desires an intimate relationship with each person that He created…and the words-phrases-punctuation in this translation accent this beautifully.

Have a great day!