Archive for October, 2008

I was reading this morning on the Desiring God Blog, an article entitled, “Bad Times are Good for Missions” and I absolutely love how Piper sees God’s sovereignty in the midst of hard times. Obviously right now America as well as the rest of the world is going through economic uncertainty, but our God is sovereignly ruling and causing all the things to work for our good; for our sanctification. Despite having less money, Piper says that God’s peoples hearts will be enlarged to give more as they savour Him above all things. I particulary liked this portion of his post.

“During an economic downturn people… may be wakened to the brevity of life and the fragility of material things, and so may become more generous not less. And when they give under these circumstances, it will make Christ look all the more like the all-satisfying Treasure that he is.”

May God be merciful to us and open our eyes to see His beauty; to see that He remains the same, unchanging in His Faithfullness and love. May he be our all-satisfying treasure, and give us giving hearts in the midst of uncertainty. Amen.

J. C. Hahne

Well, what can I say but… God is Holy and righteous, yet still full of mercy to His elect.

Once again I was over on the Desiring God website and really enjoyed the Piper quote that they posted. So just incase you missed it… here it is…

“God is glorified most not merely by being known, nor by merely being dutifully obeyed, but by being enjoyed in the knowing and the obeying.”

—John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory

Yes, the demons knew Him, the Pharisees even obeyed God, but neither enjoyed Him and thus neither glorified Him.

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”

Romans 8:33-34

 So… Who is it, that will bring a charge against us? Well, Satan will do that, the world will do that, even some among the church will do that… But that doesn’t matter, for we are God’s elect, His purchased possesion. Indeed it is God who has justified us from all the charges that could be held against us. It was Christ who died, suffered God’s hatred and judment of sin, who endured the wrath for the joy set before Him. It is Christ who sits at the Father’s right hand who pleads our case, who washed us clean and defends us in the holy court of God. O, Praise Him all you peoples, for His love has conquered sin and death! Praise Him for His sacrifice is enough! Praise Him for He has risen victoriously!

J. C. Hahne

“The Godly are designed for unknown and unconceivable happiness.” – Jonathan Edwards

Obviously, this unknown, unconceivable happiness of which Edwards speaks is found in the mystery of who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. It means that you will be rich in the grace of God and He will satisfy your ever wandering heart with all that He is.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Cor 2:9

How can God be worshiped? This morning I was reading from David’s song of repentance from Psalm 51, and I came across this verse that brought me to meditate upon what God desires from us. Verse 17 says:

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

God wants us broken before His holy throne. He wants us humbly bowed down admitting failure to live up to His standards. He will not despise the broken heart. David came humbly broken before God and was described by God as “a man after God’s own heart.” Truly there is none righteous, no not one! We have all sinned, and fall short of God’s righteous standard.

In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector from Luke 18 we see this same thing. The one who is justified is not the self-righteous Pharisee, but the lowly tax collector; the sinner who cried out for mercy. After telling the parable Jesus goes on to say, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.Luke 18:14.

So how will you worship God? There is only one way. Come before Him with a humble, broken, contrite heart. God will not turn you away. Just as He did not despise David or Peter, He will not despise you as you bow before Him. May God be our only boast, for we are but sinners saved by grace. Any good thing that comes out of us is the fruit of His grace.

I now close with Jeremiah 9:23-24, “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

J. C. Hahne

Uhhmmm… Yeah…

Posted: 10/14/2008 in Uncategorized

Well… I just wanted to say sorry for not posting for the last week… I’ve been pretty busy with a ton of stuff… tiling our hall, preparing for a trip to the States, and our 6 year anniversary of marriage… Anyway… I won’t make anymore excuses… I have been reading some good stuff so hopefully it’ll come out of my head soon!!!

J. C. Hahne