What a word! Have been challenged recently with this tongue twister of a word. It’s a word that children find hard to read and to spell and for us adults it’s not always easy to remember its structure especially when typing it. However, it is a rich word, full of meaning, that the Bible seems to relish in especially in the Psalms that I am currently reading and endeavouring to meditate upon.
The Psalmist in Psalm 71:3 wrote of God, “Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually.” It’s so amazing that we can resort to God our strong refuge at any time in any place as many times as we need to. He never lets us down.
I was challenged the other day to say ‘Let God be magnified’ continually – it certainly made me focus on God not that I did this continually but as often as I remembered! Psalm 70:4 exhorts “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually ‘Let God be magnified.'”
Then in Psalm 71 again there is more! Verse 6 says “My praise shall be continually of You.” Oh to praise God more – He has done so much for mankind and for each of us personally. Then in v.14 “But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.” Our hope is in God alone.
In Psalm 72:15 “Prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.” We’re to ‘pray without ceasing’ the New Testament tells us – a way of life? Verse 17 echoes more “His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun.” Wow!
The amazing thing is that regardless of how many times we get things wrong as humans and fall short of what He would like us to be, the Psalmist in Psalm 73:23 says, “Nevertheless, I am continually with You.” God is always with us. How our children need to know this and that God continually watches over them and us and keeps us from falling, sometimes literally. A few times, I have been inches away from death – on a bicycle one day, when a car cut across me to go into a drive and more recently on a road while driving I turned a corner only to find a car coming straight towards me. God has kept my life and for this I am most grateful. He has purposes and plans for each of us and keeps our lives from being snuffed out. What a security is this when our children can know the depth of the love of God and His keeping power. Don’t forget to get/read with very young children, ‘The Creation Series’, to keep our youngsters focused on the great Creator during this holiday time! Then they may learn to love God continually!