All Posts in Category: (11) The Manifestation of Life
I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.
God keeps an eye on his friends.
Is anyone crying for help?
God is listening, ready to rescue you.
If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
Sing joyful songs to the Lord!
Praise the mighty rock
where we are safe.
Come to worship him
with thankful hearts
and songs of praise.
The Lord is the greatest God,
king over all other gods.
Then I looked and saw a Lamb standing in the center of the throne
that was surrounded by the four living creatures and the elders.
The Lamb looked as if it had once been killed.
The Lamb went over and took the scroll
from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.
After he had taken it, the four living creatures and
the twenty-four elders knelt down before him.
Then they sang a new song:
“You are worthy
to receive the scroll
and open its seals,
because you were killed.
And with your own blood
you bought for God
people from every tribe,
language, nation, and race.
I will praise the Lord no matter what happens.
I will constantly speak of his glories and grace.
I will boast of all his kindness to me.
Let all who are discouraged take heart.
Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name.
For I cried to him and he answered me!
He freed me from all my fears.
Others too were radiant at what he did for them.
Theirs was no downcast look of rejection!
This poor man cried to the Lord—and the Lord heard him and saved him out of his troubles.
Put God to the test and see how kind he is!
See for yourself the way his mercies shower down on all who trust in him.
So I looked, and there was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall. He came to the One Seated on the Throne and took the scroll from his right hand. The moment he took the scroll, [the heavenly hosts] fell down and worshiped the Lamb. And they sang a new song:
Worthy! Take the scroll, open its seals.
Slain! Paying in blood, you bought men and women,
Bought them back from all over the earth,
Bought them back for God.
I looked again. I heard a company of Angels around the Throne, ten thousand times ten thousand their number, thousand after thousand after thousand in full song:
The slain Lamb is worthy!
Take the power, the wealth, the wisdom, the strength!
Take the honor, the glory, the blessing!
Then I heard every creature in Heaven and earth, in underworld and sea, join in, all voices in all places, singing:
To the One on the Throne! To the Lamb!
The blessing, the honor, the glory, the strength,
For age after age after age.
God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus
and has given us a position in heaven with him.
He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us
in order to show his extremely rich grace in the world to come.
God saved you through faith as an act of grace.
You had nothing to do with it.
Being saved is a gift from God.
It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it.
We have become his masterpiece, a re-created people
that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus. Even before we were born,
God planned in advance our destiny
and the good works we would do to fulfill it!
We are broken people living in a broken world with other broken people.
We all need grace!
But grace has only one direction that it can take. Grace always flows down.