Created in Union With the Messiah

You, Lord, have done all our works in us.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the words of the Lord God and the meditation of his heart? Be attentive.

As you spend time resting in the word of God daily, forgetting everything you know except Jesus the Messiah, are you aware of a growing desire for your every word and thought to please the Lord? Are you becoming conscious of the Lord’s response to your every word and thought?

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root as you wait in anticipation for the Spirit of God to bring them to life in you.

Lord, you have done all our works in us.

Isa 26:12 – Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us. (NKJV)

Lord, you have also done all our works in us. What is the Lord God revealing to us through these words?

What do you know about life? Through what perspective or light do you see, describe, and experience life? Is your view true and clear or is it distorted and murky?

Perspective: a specific point of view in understanding or judging things or events, especially one that shows them in their true relations to one another.1

Lord, you have also done all our works in us. Help us, Lord God, to understand things and events in their true relations to one another.

Find yourself.

Matt 10:39 – If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me [Jesus], you’ll find both yourself and me. (MSG)

Luke 17:33 – If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms. (MSG)

On whose terms are you living? What is your first concern? What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal?

Read the texts again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind. Ask the Lord God what he wants you to receive from them and how he wants you to respond to them.

Lord, you will establish peace for us.
Lord, you will
Establish peace for us.

Establish: to locate, hang on, bring, ordain, set on.2
Peace: to be safe in mind, body or estate; to be, make completed; well, happy, friendly, prosperous.3

Forget about yourself and look to Jesus. Let go of life on your terms, and you’ll get life on God’s terms. Peace. To be safe in mind, body or estate. To be made complete. Well.

How will the Lord our God establish peace for us?

Your God will circumcise your hearts.

Deut 30:6 – Then Adonai [the LORD] your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your children, so that you will love Adonai your God with all your heart and all your being, and thus you will live. (CJB)

Adonai your God will circumcise your hearts
So that
You will love the LORD your God with all your heart and all your being.
Adonai your God will circumcise your hearts
So that
There is no place for self or other idols.
You will love the LORD your God with all your heart and all your being.
In that way
you will live.

Read the texts again. Pause and let them settle deep in your soul. What thoughts and questions and emotions arise? Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

In us.

Lord, you will establish peace for us, For you have also done all our works in us.
Lord, you will
For you have also…
Lord, you have also done
All
Our works
In us.

God is accomplishing his purpose for us.

Ps 57:2 – I call to God, the Most High, to God, who is accomplishing his purpose for me. (CJB)

Heb 13:20-21 – Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

My work:
I call to God, the Most High

Call out: cry out, accosting a person met, address by name, invite.4

The work of the God of peace:
He brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus.
Through Christ Jesus,
Put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit,
God equips you and me with everything good that we may do his will.
He equips us through Jesus Christ,
He works in you and me that which is pleasing in his sight.
He works in us through the Messiah Jesus,
The great shepherd of the sheep.
By the blood of the eternal covenant,
God is
Accomplishing his purpose for you and me.
To Christ Jesus be glory forever and ever!

The way to finding ourselves.

Matt 16:25 – Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my [Jesus’] way, to finding yourself, your true self. (MSG)

Self-sacrifice
God’s way
To finding our true self.

Created in union with the Messiah.

Eph 2:10 – For we are of God’s making, created in union with the Messiah Yeshua for a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do. (CJB)

We are of God’s making, not our own.
We are created in union with the Messiah Jesus
For a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do.
For you have also done all our works in us.

Read the texts again. Chew upon these words. Turn them over and over in your mind and allow their significance to be absorbed by mind, body, soul and spirit.

Breathe holiness in me.

Ps 51:5-13 – I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born. What you’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life. Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.  God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home. (MSG)

I’m out of step with you, Lord God.
I’ve lost my way home.
I’ve lost perspective, forgotten the true relationship of things and events.
You’re after truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then.
Conceive a new, true life.
God, make a fresh start in me
Shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash.
Don’t fail to breathe holiness in me.

Keep being renewed.

Eph 4:23-24 – and you must let your spirits and minds keep being renewed, and clothe yourselves with the new nature created to be godly, which expresses itself in the righteousness and holiness that flow from the truth. (CJB)

Flow from the truth.
You must let your spirits and minds keep being renewed.

Renewed: to renovate, reform, new, youthful, fresh, regenerate.5
Spirit: Breath.6
Mind: the intellect, divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will; understanding.7

Commit your way to the Lord.

Ps 37:5-6 – Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. (ESV)

Commit: to roll away, down, together, remove, seek occasion, trust, wallow.8
Trust: to hurry for refuge; be confident, secure.9

Commit your way to the Lord.

Have you ever watched a cat prepare to lay down? Sometimes she circles, briefly lays down and returns to circling. Sometimes she kneads her chosen spot with her claws over and over and over until she finally settles down, perfectly still, at rest. And she purrs.

Purring is a kind of built-in physical therapy. Cats purr when content, frightened, threatened, in pain or labor, ill or injured, even when near death.10

Perhaps what transpires as cats purr is a picture of what transpires within us when we study, meditate, pray, contemplate the Word of God.

Eugene Peterson describes the biblical concept of meditation:

“Meditate (hagah) is a bodily action; it involves murmuring and mumbling words, taking a kind of physical pleasure in making the sounds of the words, getting the feel of the meaning as the syllables are shaped by larynx and tongue and lips. Isaiah used this word “meditate” for the sounds that a lion makes over its prey (Isa 31:4). They will purr and growl in pleasurable anticipation of taking in what will make them more themselves, strong, lithe, swift.”11

Commit your way to the Lord. Wallow down into the word of God and rest there. God is making us whole, complete, at peace. Sometimes the process is calming, other times frightening, threatening, sometimes painful, sometimes even requiring that we die to having our own way as we begin to see true relations of things and events to one another.

2 Tim 3:16-17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work. (CJB)

Commit your way to the Lord.
And he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light.
He will bring forth your justice as the noonday.
Let go of life on your terms and you will get life on God’s terms.
“Lord, you have done all our works in us.”
We are created in union with the Messiah.
We invite you to keep renewing our spirits and minds,
As we diligently purr and growl your word in pleasurable anticipation
Taking in what will bring forth our true selves.

Read the texts again, setting aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda, to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

Inhale.
Exhale.

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty that you may serve him, that you may get life on his terms.

Col 3:9-10 – …you have stripped away the old self, with its ways, and have put on the new self, which is continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, closer and closer to the image of its Creator. (CJB)

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations, and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him. Become reverently responsive to what he says.

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

Continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

Closer and closer to the image of my Creator

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are. Strive and reach for the goal, alive to the energy that he powerfully works in you as you rest, completely dependent upon him to reach the goal, united with the Messiah.

As you receive the Word of God into that deepest place of your being, the Lord God is rescuing you, he is loosening your bonds to your old nature, he is delivering you from your illusions and foolish boasting. Through Jesus, our Messiah, God is gradually transforming you from within, revealing who you really are, becoming one spirit with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1(Webster’s Dictionary)

2Establish: OT:8239 <START HEBREW>tp^v*<END HEBREW> shaphath (shaw-fath’); a primitive root; to locate, i.e. (generally) hang on or (figuratively) establish, reduce: KJV – bring, ordain, set on. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

3Peace: OT:7965 <START HEBREW><olv*<END HEBREW> shalowm (shaw-lome’); or shalom (shaw-lome’); from OT:7999; safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace: KJV –  do, familiar,  fare, favour,  friend,  great, (good) health, (X perfect, such as be at) peace (-able, -ably), prosper (-ity, -ous), rest, safe (-ty), salute, welfare, (X all is, be) well,  wholly.

OT:7999 <START HEBREW><l^v*<END HEBREW> shalam (shaw-lam’); a primitive root; to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications): KJV – make amends, (make an) end, finish, full, give again, make good, (re-) pay (again), (make) (to) (be at) peace (-able), that is perfect, perform, (make) prosper (-ous), recompense, render, requite, make restitution, restore, reward,  surely. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

4Call out: OT:7121 <START HEBREW>ar*q*<END HEBREW> qara’ (kaw-raw’); a primitive root [rather identical with OT:7122 through the idea of accosting a person met]; to call out to (i.e. properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications): KJV – bewray [self], that are bidden, call (for, forthself,, upon), cry (unto), (be) famous, guest, invite, mention, (give) name, preach, (make) proclaim (-ation), pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5Renewed: NT: 365<START GREEK>a)naneo/w<END GREEK> ananeoo (an-an-neh-o’-o); from NT:303 and a derivative of NT:3501; to renovate, i.e. reform: KJV – renew.

NT:3501 <START GREEK>ne/o$<END GREEK> neos (neh’-os); including the comparative neoteros (neh-o’-ter-os); a primary word; “new”, i.e. (of persons) youthful, or (of things) fresh; figuratively, regenerate: KJV – new, young. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

6Spirit: NT:4151 <START GREEK>pneu=ma<END GREEK> pneuma (pnyoo’-mah); from NT:4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit: KJV – ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare NT:5590.

NT:5590 <START GREEK>yuxh/<END GREEK> psuche (psoo-khay’); from NT:5594; breath, i.e. (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from NT:4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from NT:2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew OT:5315, OT:7307 and OT:2416): KJV – heart (+-ily), life, mind, soul,  us,  you. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

7Mind: NT:3563 <START GREEK>nou=$<END GREEK> nous (nooce); probably from the base of NT:1097; the intellect, i.e. mind (divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will); by implication meaning:

KJV – mind, understanding. Compare NT:5590. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8Commit: OT:1556 <START HEBREW>ll^G*<END HEBREW> galal (gaw-lal’); a primitive root; to roll (literally or figuratively): KJV – commit, remove, roll (away, down, together), run down, seek occasion, trust, wallow. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

9Trust: OT:982 <START HEBREW>jf^B*<END HEBREW> batach (baw-takh’); a primitive root; properly, to hie for refuge [but not so precipitately as OT:2620]; figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure: KJV – be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

10https://pets.webmd.com/cats/features/why-cats-purr#2

11Answering Prayer, by Eugene Peterson, page 26.

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