Morning by Morning, May 23 - Safety and Joy in "The City of God"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. King of kings and Lord of lords, be King of my heart and Lord of my life, as I commit my day to You. ...
"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; He utters His voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge" (Psalm 46:4-7).
The city of God is a community of faith. It's a place of genuine relationships and authentic love. It's a place in our hearts, in our attitude, in our perspective where we seek to love God and love one another with all our hearts, all our minds, all our souls, and all our strength. It's a place of safety and joy where we are glad in the salvation of our God.
It's a city of refuge and a city of revival. And when the nations are in an uproar and the kingdoms of this world totter and tumble, we are safe and secure in the holy habitation of the Most High. Our city shall not be moved. Our city is founded upon Your Rock and our city will shine upon the hill of the Lord, the mountain of our God.
When all things are shaken, the city of God will remain. And all who seek their refuge in You will be safe in the strong tower of our God. It's always Your heart for all to come and find their city of refuge in the city of God. "See that you do not refuse the One who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the One who warns from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, 'Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.' This phrase, 'Yet once more,' indicates the removal of what is shaken -- that is, created things -- so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:25-29).
Come, Holy Spirit. In the salvation of Jesus, my heart is "the holy habitation of the Most High" (Psalm 46:4). As child of God, my Father is my city of refuge and my source of revival. Let the river of life -- my eternal life in Christ -- flow in me. Let the streams of Your river make glad the city of God. In this city, I'm never alone and never have to fear. "God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved" (Psalm 46;5).
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray you will be safe and glad in the city of God -- embraced by our Father, secure in Jesus, and filled with the Holy Spirit, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!