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light of the world

Mitzvah Walk: Know that He is One

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!" Deuteronomy 6:4

Jesus quoted this verse.

Mark 12:28-30 "Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, 'Which is the first commandment of all?' Jesus answered him, 'The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment...'"

We must first know God before we can love Him. We must first know God before we can worship Him. How can we walk with God at a distance?

My wrestling the past couple months have been particularly been around the implications raised by these verses. I can sum up the wrestling with this verse: "Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth Thee - for Thou art my God" (Psalm 143). In the past, I wanted to do "the thing that pleases God" because it was right; but now I'm beginning to have a deeper motivation. I want to do "the thing that pleases God" because He is my God. I want to know God, to enjoy fellowship with Him, to spend time together with Him both privately and in public worship, to find out who He is, to find out what things please Him and what things offend Him, to taste eternal life and to fulfill the purpose of my life. The first step is to hear His words and take Him at His word - believing what He says - and basing all else upon that.
judgment, censer, frankincense, between

modah ani - I offer thanks

"This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent." John 17:3 (CEB)

It's so easy to slip into a god-less mindset. But true joy is found in God alone. As the Psalm says, "Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance." I want to think less about my wish-lists, to-do lists, and regrets and think more about the Lord Jesus. May HaShem direct my thoughts toward Him in the morning and throughout the day so that I would not forget Him but remember Him and rejoice. I've been learning one Jewish prayer that is offered first thing in the morning. May my thoughts and prayers come up before him as the morning sacrifice.

".מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקיים, שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה; רבה אמונתך"

Transliteration:
Modeh [Modah f] Ani L'fanecha
Melech Chai V'kayam
Shehechezarta Bi Nishmati B'chemla
Raba Emunatecha

Translation:
I offer thanks to You,
living and eternal King,
for You have mercifully restored my soul within me;
Your faithfulness is great.

Source: Modeh Ani Song Song by Chayim B. Alevsky. Published on www.chabad.org
i kings 8, be with us

Remember!

How can we call others to a God whom we ourselves do not love and honor?

That's the thought that's been rolling around in my mind lately. And so, this line of the ancient Akkadian story Atra-hasis jumped out at me: "He spoke [with his god] And his god [spoke] with him." (original: itamu itti ilishu / u suu ilshu ittishu itamu) -Atra-hasis by Lambert and Millard (1969) p 66-67.

Could I say the same about my relationship with God? Collapse )
john 4, fountain, living water

In Him, For Him

My prayer is to live under the Lordship of Christ. I want to understand His creation, to understand where I come from, what I've been given, what I've been saved from, the life that I have in Him. I want neither suffering for the sake of suffering nor pleasures for the sake of pleasure but joy in all circumstances - joy that is rooted in Him. I want Him to write His words on my heart, to show me wondrous things in His word, and to put His praise in my mouth. I want to pray the Scriptures to Him, speak the Scriptures to my brethren, and share the Scriptures with those who are yet dead in Adam. I want the word to bring life to my soul and to bring life to other's souls. I want the word to bring me closer to Him and to bring others closer to Him.

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:4

"Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
Jonah 2 v6, jonah

Prayer from the fish's belly

In the second chapter of Jonah, the prophet prays from the fish's belly. And it's amazing how confident his prayer is. I pray that over time, my prayers will be less focused on my weakness and more focused on God's faithfulness. Walking with God is surely not a mechanical process, but a journey to sit before the King, the Living God.

"When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD;
And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple." Jonah 2:7