31 Oct 2018

Lest We Drift Away

by Annie Brown

Start by reading…Lamentations 4:1 - 5:22Hebrews 2:1-18Psalm 103:1-22Proverbs 26:23

Our reading today in Hebrews 2 ties in wonderfully with our reading in Psalm 103. We begin with a warning in Hebrews not to drift away, like a ship without an anchor, for “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation…?” (see Hebrews 2:3).

Our salvation was bought with a price that is beyond our understanding. Of course, we know the facts. We read the prophecies and see that Jesus fulfilled them. But do we even begin to comprehend what that meant to God? Can we understand the enormity of what He went through as Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the agony of Jesus becoming sin for us and the torment of separation – all accomplished with complete and utter willingness for the joy of seeing us restored to the abundant life that has always been God’s plan for us.

In Psalm 103 we are adjured to “bless the Lord”, but how do we bless the One from whom all blessings flow? Thankfully, the instructions are right there.

Psalm 103:2-5 says:

“…And forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 103:13 says:

“As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.” This gives us a glimpse into the source of this great salvation and the price that was paid to redeem us; just one verse in this beautiful prayer of blessing and awe that says it all.

Pause and reflect: “Father, we bless You with thanksgiving in our hearts for this so great a salvation that cost You such agony, yet brought such unspeakable joy. Amen.”

Annie Brown
Annie Brown

I’ve been part of the Victory Livestream congregation since April 2013 and visited Cwmbran twice in June 2013 when we were last in the UK. At home we fellowship with a small church in a village nearby. I was born in Wales and we emigrated to New Zealand 40 years ago. I’m married to Mike, a walking miracle, in 2009 God miraculously healed him and brought us back into a living and amazing walk with Him. We have 2 adult children, 7 grandchildren and a gorgeous new great grandson. I’m a Locum Chaplain at our local hospital and passionate about God’s ministry there, bringing the Presence of God onto the wards is such a privilege.

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