Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Kierkegaard: At the Lord's table

Haggai 2:29 Yet from this day I will bless you.

Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness! "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!"

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."

At the Lord’s Table

Father in Heaven, Thy grace and mercy change not with the changing times, they turn not with the course of years, as if, like a human, Thou wert more gracious one day than another, more gracious at first than at the last.

No! Thy grace remains unchanged, as Thou art unchangeable, it is ever the same, eternally young, new every day – for every day Thou sayest, ‘Yet today!’

Oh, but when one gives heed to this word, is impressed by it, and with a serious, holy resolution says, “Yes, yet today!” then for that one person it means that this very day, s/he desires to be changed, desires that this day will be above all other days a new confirmation in the good s/he once chose…

It is an expression of Thy grace and mercy that every day Thou dost say, “Yet today.” But it would be to forfeit Thy grace and mercy and the season of grace if a person were to say indiscriminately from day to day, “Yet today.” For it is Thou who bestoweth the season of grace “Yet today,” but it is we humans who must grasp the season of grace “Yet today.”

Thus we talk with Thee, O God – between us there is a difference of language and yet we strive to understand Thee…and Thou dost not blush to be called our God!

That word, when Thou, O God, dost utter it is the eternal expression of Thy unchangeable grace, that same word when we repeat it becomes the strongest expression of deepest change and decision – yea, as if all were lost if this change and decision did not come to pass “Yet today.”

So grant to us today who worship Thee, that to us, without external prompting, and hence the more inwardly, will resolve “Yet today” to seek reconciliation with Thee by confession of our sins; so grant that this day will be truly blessed to us, that we may truly hear the voice of Him whom Thou didst send into the world, the voice of the Good Shepherd, that we may hear His voice, that He may know us, and that we may follow Him!

This day!



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