The Unending Joy of Friends

For many years it has been our family’s tradition to recite Psalm 100 before we eat our Thanksgiving meal. Now with our children grown, our grandchildren grown and establishing family traditions, we are thrilled to hear that they also have adopted for the fourth generation, the reciting of this Psalm.

This morning our phone rang. We knew who it was. He is always the first one to call. And when we reminded him to read Psalm 100 today, he said “Already have.”

Whatever your family traditions are, my prayer today is that you will make it something that your children and grandchildren can pass down and in this small way keep the memory of this close thread of family tradition continuing.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness:
come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord He is God;
It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise;
Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting;
and His truth endureth to all generations.

This Is My Son

Then a cloud appeared, (Shekinah, the glory cloud, throughout the OT symbolic of God’s presence, Exodus 13:21), and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud (Mark 9:7)

“This is my Son.”

Not the carpenter’s son who helped sand a wooden table Joseph had just assembled; Not Mary’s son although she willingly gave birth to Jesus, God’s Son; No, the Shekinah voice declared, “This is MY (emphasis added) Son.”

“Whom I love”

What is it that God loves the most? His holiness, his sovereignty, his omniscience? No, His Son. And if God loves him the most, then we better align our love where God’s love is. When’s the last time you told God you love his Son? When’s the last time you told someone else that you love Jesus.?

In one of John Piper’s meditations he said, “I’m man enough to say, I love Jesus.” Dr David Jeremiah said recently in a sermon, “I want everyone to know, I love Jesus.”

“Listen to Him.”

But to listen presupposes that you hear his voice. The sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd “He calls his own by name and he leads them” (John 10:3) and “I know my sheep and my sheep know me “(John 10:14).

Why is it important to hear His voice? Simon Peter gives us the answer: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:67, 68).

These are the conditions from which you “listen.” You know him and he knows you. You recognize his voice and you follow him.” So we listen to his voice and shut out any distracting voices from our ears.

Like Jesus on that mountain praying when the Glory cloud settled on him, does it settle on us when we’re alone talking with Jesus?

Let’s practice hearing his voice and listening to it.


My memoir Naked With Clothes On will be published the end of September.