DayBreaks for 12/10/18 – More than Enough

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DayBreaks for 12/10/18: More Than Enough

From the DayBreaks Archive, 12/8/98:

Long ago, a poor woman from the slums of London was invited to go with a group of people for a vacation at the ocean. She had never seen the ocean before and when she saw it, she started crying. Those around her thought it strange that she would cry after such an enjoyable holiday had been provided for her. Finally, one of them asked her why she was crying. Pointing to the ocean, she answered, “This is the only thing I have ever seen that there was enough of!”

How would you describe the ocean to someone who has never seen it? Many years ago now, my cousin from Iowa brought his family to California for vacation. We took them to the beach and their kids saw the ocean for the first time. Their daughter innocently turned to her dad and asked if we could drive to the other side! Obviously, she just didn’t have a concept of how much of the ocean there was!

Sometimes I feel I may be on the verge of exhausting God’s love and mercy towards me. It usually happens when some old sin problem pops up in my life once again, grabs me by the throat and pulls me down. Afterwards, I feel miserable, used, helpless and hopeless all at the same time. And it is at those moments when I need to see and feel the magnitude of God’s love the most. Perhaps that is why I love the words to the old hymn, “O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” that goes like this:

“O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured, boundless, free!

Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me,

Underneath me, all around me, Is the current of His love;

Leading onward, heading homeward, to my glorious rest above.

“O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Love of ev’ry love the best;

‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing, ‘Tis a haven sweet of rest,

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, ‘Tis a Heav’n of Heav’ns to me;

And it lifts me up to glory, For it lifts me Lord to Thee.”

Micah 7:18-19 says, Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Can there be anything dearer or more precious to the Christian than the love of Christ? There is more than enough of it to go around – no matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been or how long you were there. God never suffers from a power shortage or a love shortage. And that fact is music to my soul!!!

Prayer: There is no God like You, Lord, we plead for your compassion!  In Jesus’ name,.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 3/08/16 – A Handful of Sand in a Mighty Ocean

DayBreaks for 3/08/16: A Handful of Sand in a Mighty Ocean

From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:

My sons and I have taken up the practice of sharing thoughts once a week on a particular psalm.  It’s been a wonderful experience to read each other’s reflections (they live some distance away from us, so we use email for this practice) and to gather different insights into the Psalm. 

Recently, we were meditating on Psalm 51.  Here’s a portion of the Psalm: (Ps 51:3-4, 7-13) – For I recognize my shameful deeds — they haunt me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just…Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me — now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins.  Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God.  Renew a right spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to sinners, and they will return to you.

This is an incredible Psalm and a long, long time could be spent to digest and incorporate it into our hearts and minds.  My oldest son, Doug, chose to focus on the healing, the mercy of God, and he wrote the following: “This calls to mind, for me, a passage from St Isaac the Syrian (7th century) who wrote that all our sin, in the face of God’s mercy, is like a handful of sand thrown into the ocean.

“A handful of sand is absolutely impotent against the sea.  It’s simply swallowed up as if it were nothing.  It comes into contact with the merest fringe of the ocean and is consumed immediately by the crashing waves.  Though sin is absolutely death to us, and though human sin is the downfall of the whole created order, still, the uncircumscribed immensity of the Father’s mercy, His unbounded love, is present, ready to smother all our microscopic death-dealing sins in an instant, burying them forever as if they never were.  Hence, ‘repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.’
“We stagger under the weight of our grains of sand.  And they’re more than enough to kill us.  But God expends an ocean of mercy on us.  I read Psalm 51 as a testament to this.”
 

Who can fathom the greatest of the mercy of God?  Let the mighty ocean of His love and mercy swallow up all your sin.

TODAY’S PRAYER:  Without Your mercy, Lord, we would all be destroyed.  Without Your love we wouldn’t know what love means or does.  Without Your Son we would remain Fatherless.  Thank you for taking the sins of my life and washing them away for all eternity!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.