We are ONE, Amen.

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One Father in Heaven, our Creator. The reason in life.

Where are we headed? What is your destination? Your destiny?

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The dictionary defines destiny as “the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events” and “the power or agency that determines the course of events.” Synonyms are fatefortuneluckkarmachanceprovidencepredestinationdivine decreeGod’s will. Ironically, these synonyms reflect two conflicting worldviews.

The world tells us to determine our own destiny. The Bible tells us God chose us in Christ before creation to put his glory on display (Eph. 1:4–6), that “those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29), and he even determined the time in history and place on the planet for us to fulfill our predestined destiny (Acts 17:26). Our destiny to reflect God’s glory is based on the authority of God’s word; it is truth, not luck.

Our destination is the place we are going.

The world gives a plethora of options to believe about our destination. The Bible gives two: “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). Jesus is preparing a home for those who are in him, and at the appointed time he will gather us to live with him (John 14:1–3).

Psalm 92 does not blur these worldviews. The second stanza of this Sabbath Song gives the compelling contrast—a typical teaching technique of Hebrew poetry—between the destiny and destination of those who worship God and those who do not.

I sometimes hear Christians, especially older people, say, “I’m okay under the circumstances,” or, “I’m hanging in there.” I am not minimizing their sorrow and suffering, but “under” and “hanging” are not the destiny of God’s people.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote:

The more I try to live this Christian life, and the more I read the New Testament, the more convinced I am that the trouble with most of us is that we have never truly realized what it is to be a Christian. If only we understood what the Christian really is and the position in which he is placed, if only we realized the privilege and the possibilities of that position, and above everything, the glorious destiny of everyone who is truly a Christian, then our entire outlook would be completely changed. . . .

There are only two groups of people in the world today—those who are of the world and those who belong to Christ. . . . . In light of this, it is vital that we should ask ourselves the question: Am I of the world or am I not? (Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Not of the World,” in O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, ed. Nancy Guthrie, 35–36)

Psalm 92:5–11

How great are your works, O LORD!
    Your thoughts are very deep!
The stupid man cannot know;
    the fool cannot understand this:
that though the wicked sprout like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
    but you, O LORD, are on high forever.
For behold, your enemies, O LORD,
    for behold, your enemies shall perish;
    all evildoers shall be scattered.

But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
    you have poured over me fresh oil.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
    my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

This stanza pushes us to answer the question, Am I of the world or am I not? If we belong to Christ, we are exiles in a foreign land, but Peter reminds us we are elect exiles, and that changes everything (1 Pet. 1:1). These verses help us know how to age with grace as we live with the earthly realities of being elect exiles in an anti-aging culture.

Created to Know God

Verses 5–6 of Psalm 92 contrast those who know Yahweh and those who do not. This is not talking about our mental capacity. The word “stupid” here is a translation of the Hebrew word for brutish. James Boice explains:

According to the Bible, men and women are made to know and enjoy God, but when they turn their backs on God, as the unregenerate do, they isolate themselves from all that is spiritual in life and operate on a physical level only. . . . . It is man’s calling to look up to God and become like God, in whose image he is made. But if he will not look up, the only place he will be able to look is down, and he will begin to behave like an animal. (James Montgomery Boice, Psalms, 2:757)

We are made to know God. Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). What an astonishing idea—I can know God! Even more astonishing, he knows me and has a plan for me.

I know the plans I have for you . . . plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. . . . I will restore your fortunes and gather you . . . I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. (Jer. 29:11, 14)

The more we understand that God has a plan for us, and he will gather us to himself, the more we flourish.

The grand mystery of God’s plan of redemption “is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” and Paul wants us to know this hope so we will be “mature in Christ” (Col. 1:27–28). The hope of glory is future, but there are very real implications right here and right now. Our union with Christ results in a radical change from beast to beauty.

Have you heard older people say, “I’m too old to change”? That is not thinking biblically; it is isolating our thinking from all that is spiritual. News flash—just as surely as our bodies change, so do our hearts. The question is, Am I becoming beautiful like Christ, or am I becoming brutish? We are continually confronted with this choice. Jesus made provision for us to choose beauty: “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me” (John 17:22–23).

His glory is in us now. His glory is the essence of who he is. This glory empowers us to actually live in relationship with one another and reflect the beauty of his glory to each other—his mercy, graciousness, slowness to anger, steadfast love and faithfulness, and forgiveness (Ex. 34:6–7).

When our hope for glory is anchored in Jesus, our circumstances and relationships don’t necessarily change, but there is a radical change in our character, attitudes, and actions.

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To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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