The Eyes of the Lord are Everywhere

Daily Bible Reading

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The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. Proverbs 15:3

Eyes of the Lord see everywhere, everybody, and everything that goes on all of the time. He never stops his looking and no one can hide from his sight. He sees into our hearts. He will give strength to those whose hearts he sees are fully committed to him.

Let’s not worry then how the wicked may prosper; let the Lord take his vengeance on evil in his own time, and let us continue to be seen loving him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength

Into the Scripture on the Eyes of the Lord

  • Proverbs 5:21; 15:3
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9
  • Job 31:4
  • Hebrews 4:13
  • Job 10:4; 34:21
  • Job 26:6
  • Psalm 139:8
  • Jeremiah 16:17; 32:19

Loving the Lord Your God is a Big Deal

Day 28 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5.) But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Joshua 22:5.) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37.)

I wanted to wrap up this #LoveChallenge series with some other verses on loving God and loving others (Psalm 90:14; 91:14), but I kept coming back to these. It’s right where we started on Feb.1, with the first and greatest commandment.

It’s fitting we end here, too. Not really end, though, because our love for the Lord our God should never stop. Just like his unfailing love towards us never ends, so we must continue to walk in love and obedience to his command: to love him above all else.

I started listening to Read Scripture Podcast with Francis Chan a few days ago. Today, as I was walking to work from the bus stop I tuned to the current episode, Week 8 of reading through the Bible. The theme was on loving God from the Scripture in Deuteronomy 22:5, which Jesus quoted in Matthew 22:37.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5.)

“This is,” said Chan, “the greatest commandment – is love – to love God. And that’s really what this podcast is all about – it’s not a sermon, it’s not here’s someone else teaching you about God, it’s me begging you: please, please get alone with him. Get alone with the word of God because you want to learn about this person that you love.”

He went on passionately pleading: “Get away from everything else so it’s just you and him, because he’s your first love and because this is the greatest command. It’s to love him…there’s an intensity to this. It’s not just about, hey, wake up and do some Bible reading. No, it’s get up and love him with all of your heart.”

Loving God is a big deal. No, it’s the biggest deal of our life. Nothing else matters as much as putting God first and loving him with all of our being: our heart, our mind, our soul, all of our might.

Loving God is in response to his unfailing love toward us. It’s in response to his satisfyinunfailing loveg us with his unfailing love. And when we know God loves us we love him back with a response to sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14

(See, I was able to get Psalm 90:14 into this final love challenge post!)

Right now I’m thinking of the soldier in the movie Hacksaw Ridge who kept going back to bring more of his wounded soldiers off the battlefield where they lay. “Help me get one more,” he would say after each one was lowered to safety off the ridge. “Help me get one more…help me get one more,” on and on he went – 75 times.

This is unfailing love. God keeps bringing us back – time after time. He loves us so much. He loves us with an everlasting love.

He wants to love us and he wants us to love him back.

What will you do today to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength?

He’s waiting. He knows your heart. And, as Paul wrote, God wants to give you a “Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may  know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17.)

There are plenty of Bible reading choices to help get you started in spending time with God. You could get the YouVersion Bible app and pick out a plan from 100s of choices. You could also check out the ReadScripture.org app and plan.

Choose a plan, any plan, and begin to spend time with the one you love.

Previous Posts in the #LoveChallenge Series of February

When Loving God is Too Easily Forgotten

Day 27 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

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So be very careful to love the LORD you God. Joshua 23:11

When you reach the final chapters in the book of Joshua you find everything has turned out extremely well for Joshua and the Israelites – finally!

They had defeated their enemies, taken possession of the land and were beginning to finally enjoy it without the threat of war or conflict.

Moreover, it was the Lord who fought for them and brought about their good fortune.

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises failed; every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45

Now, in chapter 23, we have Joshua’s farewell address to the leaders. He reminds them of everything they’ve experienced and everything the Lord has done for them, and then he says:

Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left…The Lord has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you. One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised. So be very careful to love the Lord your God.

It seems a bit ironic, doesn’t it? During a time when they were all set to experience their greatest blessings, Joshua warns of a most perilous downfall brought about by failing to obey and love the Lord their God.

Have you experienced this in your walk with the Lord? I sure have. There are times when the Lord does great things for us. We have it made. We start coasting. We start thinking we’re invulnerable to the very things that corrupt holiness and we take God for granted. Or, worse yet, we start paying more attention to the things of this world and we take our eyes off God. We forget he’s a jealous God.

A pastor told the story of a child who wanted to do something the mom knew would be spiritually unhealthy and that could lead to bigger issues. She was baking cookies at the time and suggested to her child she’d go out into the yard, pick up a little dog poop and add it to the cookie dough.

“What,” exclaimed the child, “that would ruin the cookies and nobody would eat them!” “Oh no,” replied the mom, “it’s just a little chunk of poop and that won’t hurt anything.”

I’m not sure why we let “other things” creep into our life. I do know, however, the danger of doing so is to easily forget our love of the Lord. There are several things we can do to help keep our love for the Lord more top of mind, which will serve also to guard our hearts in Christ Jesus.

Joshua points out in chapter 23 several things to be mindful of in our love for the Lord:

  • Obey all that is written in the (Book of the Law of Moses) Word of God (v6)
  • Don’t associate with ungodly influences or bow down to other gods (v7)
  • Hold fast to what got you to where you are – the Lord your God (v8)
  • Remember the Lord is on your side and will fight for you (v9-10)

Let me suggest some practical ways we can be very careful to love the Lord our God in lieu of forgetting him when things go well for us. Practice one or more of these for the #LoveChallenge:

  • Spend time reading the Word of God, daily. We can’t be living the word and loving God apart from reading his Word. Here are some tips and tools to help get you started or restarted.
  • Surround yourself and spend time with other believers for mutual support and encouragement. Proverbs 20:23 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
  • Don’t grumble, complain or rebel, instead be humble. Grumbling, complaining and rebelling is what got Israel in trouble with the Lord and caused them to wander and die in the wilderness. The thing that got them to victory in the promised land is when they humbled themselves under the mighty hand of God – they let go and followed God’s commands. Whenever you start to grumble or complain about something stop yourself from going down that path. Say to yourself, “I’m not going to grumble complain or be rebellious.”
  • Be more patient and content with what you have. Have the perspective that God in his providence and grace has placed us where we are and has given us what we have. The problem is when we want more when we hurry up to get things instead of being still and waiting on the Lord and his timing. “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.'” (Luke 12:15)

Previous Posts in the #LoveChallenge Series of February

I’ve been writing on the theme of #LoveGod and #LoveOthers – the #LoveChallenge for the month of February – #LoveFor28. Here are the other posts in this series:

Sing of the Lord’s Great Love

Day 26 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

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I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. Psalm 89:1

Warm up your vocal chords and break out the band! Today’s #LoveChallenge is to sing of the Lord’s great love.

I understand if you can’t carry a tune to save your life – I’m with you on that score. But God doesn’t care about the quality of your voice. Rather, he looks at music and song as an expression of your love for and worship of him, no matter the circumstance.

I have been chronicling references of singing and making music to the Lord for a couple years in my Evernote app. The references are too many to mention in this post. Suffice it to say, making music, joyful song, and singing hymns to the Lord is a universal practice (with benefits) throughout all of Scripture.

Here are just a few of the multitude occurrences of singing and making a joyful sound to the Lord:

  • Singing and playing musical instruments is a fitting way to praise God – Psalm 3:1-3
  • “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30
  • Believers are commanded to teach and admonish one another through psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with thankful hearts – Colossians 3:16
  • “But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.” Psalm 59:16
  • On joyous occasions – after Solomon had the Ark moved into the new Temple – 2 Chronicles 5:12-14
  • Upon going into battle – the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army – 2 Chronicles 20:21-22
  • Singing and making music has the power to defeat your (spiritual) enemies – Psalm 27:4-6
  • The singing and praise of children silences the devil – Psalm 8:2
  • Because the Lord has compassion on his people in their suffering – Isaiah 49:13
  • There will be music and songs of praise at the second coming of Christ – Rev. 15:3-4
  • Paul and Silas experience the power of prayer and singing hymns while in prison: “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:25-26
  • Plus many more references to singing and making a joyful sound to the Lord.

I am persuaded that if we spent more time in corporate and private singing and making music to the Lord we’d have more hope, love, joy, power, and fruit of the Holy Spirit in our life.

Take some time today to sing of the Lord’s great love for you. Here are some tips and suggestions of how to make this #LoveChallenge happen and engage with singing unto the lord:

  • Page through the book of Psalms (the Book of Songs) and sing the verses out loud.
  • Play some of your favorite worship music and sing along – one of my favorites is the Voice performance of Great is Thy Faithfulness by Jordan Smith (viewed over 9 million times and available on iTunes, Google Play, etc.
  • Do a Google search for the lyrics of your favorite hymn or worship song, then sing the lyrics out loud!
  • Make up your own song and sing it to the Lord as I did here with The Non-Musician’s Guide for Making a Joyful Sound.
  • Some churches publish their song list on social media or their website. This is a great way to extend your worship and praise following a service. Grab a song from the list that ministered to you, then get the music for it, sing along with it, maybe even memorize it to “take it with you” while you’re out and about. Here’s an example from Grace Church in Eden Prairie.
  • Sing a new song by adding a new song (to you) to your music library. For example, I have Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “In Christ Alone” modern-day hymn and have loved learning it and singing along to it!

Here is their YouTube version of In Christ Alone:

Those should give you a great start toward our #LoveChallenge goal: I will sing of the Lord’s great love and use my mouth to make his faithfulness known.

In case you missed them…

Previous Posts in the #LoveChallenge Series of February

I’ve been writing and posting on the theme of #LoveGod and #LoveOthers – the #LoveChallenge for the month of February – #LoveFor28. Here are the other posts in this series:

Put on Love

Day 25 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

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And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14

 

There are these attributes or virtues Paul singles out as essential to God’s chosen, holy and dearly loved people. He says we are to clothe ourselves with:

  • compassion
  • kindness
  • humility
  • gentleness
  • patience

He goes on to say we must “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:12:13)

And then comes the capstone, climax and chief command of the entire discourse in verse 14 that follows:

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

If we’re honest, it’s one thing to hear that, and while we know and believe it’s essential to godly Christian living, it’s sometimes extremely difficult to do.

How do you “put on love?”

The first thing I would say is there’s a kind of parallel thought to this matter of putting on love, which unites us together in the aforementioned virtues, instead of our own hardened and selfish hearts. In Romans 13:14, Paul says to:

Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

With the visualization of clothing ourselves with Jesus, we gain the perspective of putting something on outwardly to represent that which has already taken place on the inside: a changed and loving heart – the heart of Christ.

The Israelites were commanded to make and place tassels on the corners of their garments. When they looked at them they’d be reminded of the Lord’s commands and to obey them. (Numbers 15:37-41)

I thought that was kind of a cool thing, but couldn’t see myself walking around town with tassels on the corners of my clothes – that would be weird. But then as I was cleaning out some things in my keepsake box I came across a set of dog tags.

I now think about them as my “God Tags” (a little corny I know). I have them two of them paired together on a chain. I’ve been wearing them around my neck for the past several months. One of them is mine from when I was in the Navy, and the other one is from my dad and his time spent in the U.S. Air Force during WW2.

To me, they are a physical reminder of a spiritual commitment to be wholly devoted to the Lord and to follow his commandments. You might say it’s also a way to “put on love” and “clothe myself with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I feel them against my chest. They rattle together and make a slight clanging sound when I’m on the go. When I look in the mirror I see the chains hanging around my neck. In all of these ways, I am constantly reminded to be wholly devoted to the Lord. To give him control. To follow him. To obey, and yes, to put on love.

Do you have something like that? Something you could clothe yourself with as a reminder to put on love: love for God and love for others?

Take this #LoveChallenge by taking something that’s meaningful to you and wear it. Maybe it’s a piece of jewelry, a favorite article of clothing, or something you can fashion or make. Maybe it’s a necklace or a simple strand of leather cord you could tie around your wrist or ankle.

The possibilities are endless, but the benefits are out of this world. Let it serve as a physical reminder of a spiritual commitment to put on love by clothing yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is also a great conversation starter and way for us to share the love of Jesus with others. So my final tip on this is to make it visible. It’s first and foremost for you, but it may also serve as something others may ask you about. And when they do, you can tell them what the Lord will put in your heart to say.

Excuse me while I go now to get dressed, and to be clothed in Jesus’ love for the day.

Previous Posts in the #LoveChallenge Series of February

I’ve been writing and posting on the theme of #LoveGod and #LoveOthers – the #LoveChallenge for the month of February – #LoveFor28. Here are the other posts in this series: