As I pondered what to put in this week’s ‘Thought for Today’ the words of a chorus came to mind:
Jesus, Name above all names
Beautiful Saviour, Glorious Lord!
Immanuel, God is with us,
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word!
I want you to ponder each phrase of that chorus, linger over it, and let the truth of it permeate your spirit and you will find Christ draw very near to you and minister to you. You will feel your spirit stilled and refreshed - and surrounded by His love.
Jesus - His Name is Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. Forgive you - yes- but also put a barrier between you and these weaknesses within you. He has power over all the power of the enemy in your life.
Name above all names - there is no one like Christ. He is unique, in His power and greatness, but also in His love, His kindness and compassion. Drink it in as you ponder it.
Beautiful Saviour - think of it - He loved me and gave Himself for me. The immeasurable love and loveliness that brought Him down to this world, to you and to me.
Glorious Lord - this same Jesus, seated at the right hand of God, and a clear path opened by Him to take you and me into that glory. Let a foretaste of that glory flood over your soul as you realise afresh where your ultimate home is.
Immanuel, God is with us - in you, in me, all around us, going before us into our tomorrows, being behind us to guard and protect. What a provision! Let your soul be strengthened as you think of Him and let the truth of it fill your being.
Blessed Redeemer - Bought back out of slavery to sin, out of old selfish ways, out of the bondage of this world!
Living Word - He speaks, and His words bring life to your soul. In the Creation described in Genesis, the word Christ spoke (because we read that without Him nothing came into being) brought life, growth, beauty, abundance. And so it can be with you and me - He gives beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning.
Let Him draw near and let His presence minister to you as you meditate on the words of that chorus. Don’t just think of the words, let the person of Christ be your focus and you will find Him very near.
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