Thursday, August 5, 2021

Orange Moon Thursday, August 5, 2021 "The Sublime Simplicity"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"The Sublime Simplicity"

    In a Bible study recently, a friend raised the issue of why God loves us.  "Surely, this is the greatest of all mysteries!" he suggested.

    "The love of Christ… passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19).

    Certainly, all believers feel such wonder in the light of this glorious truth.  We know how unworthy we are of God's favor, and even more, we know how much favor He has graciously bestowed upon us through the Lord Jesus.  "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20).  Thus, we rightly acknowledge my friend's affirmation of mystery, perhaps "the greatest of all mysteries."

    But is it?  In another light, the fact that God loves human beings may actually be the easiest of all truths to understand.

    "God is love" (I John 4:8).
    "Thou art good, and doest good" (Psalm 119:68).

    Our Lord always acts in accordance with His character, nature, and way.  His "I AM" directs His "I will do" (Exodus 3:20, 14).  If He is love, then He must love in accordance with who and what He is.  The nature of the objects do not govern His devotion.  He governs His devotion.  Certainly, if we focus on ourselves in regard to why God loves us, even the most godly among us must fall to our faces in utter despair.  If, however, we direct our gaze onto the inestimable goodness of our Lord, mystery dissolves as the crystal clear water of life  saturates our being with the truth that fills and fulfills us.  "The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us" (Romans 5:5).

   God loves us beyond our ability to comprehend.  Certainly!  At the same time, however, no truth could be simpler to comprehend.  Our Lord is who He is and He does what He does, based on His glorious character, nature, and way.  For eternity, the redeemed will fall before Him in wonder.  But as we do, we will also smile in the grace of the sublime simplicity that solves the mystery in the light of His glory.

Why, oh why do You love me?
How can this be true?
How can You give,
oh, how can You forgive?
Why, oh why do You love me?
Why, oh why do You love me?

How often I have failed and ignored You,
forgetting all the kindness You've bestowed.
Oh how I've turned away, 
oh how my feet have strayed
Why, oh why You do You love me?
Why, oh why do You love me?

Your heart must be filled with mercy,
You must be so full of grace.
Love must be who You are, Lord.
Oh how it must shine in Your face!
Surely, this is why You love me,
this is why You love me.

This is why You love me,
it's all about the grace of who You are.
The goodness of Your heart,
the sweet wonder of Your heart.
This is why You love me,
this is why You love me.

"And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God."
(II Thessalonians 3:5)
"And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus."
(I Timothy 1:14)

Weekly Memory Verse
    Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake.
(Psalm 115:1)






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