“As we have heard, so we have seen” Psalm 48:8, NIV
Reading these words this morning I am struck by how succinctly they encapsulate the vision God has given our church.
After naming how God’s power has protected his people in the past (in verses 3-7), the writer pens words that connect God then to God now; God heard about to God seen. God then (in the bible) and God now (in our lives today). God heard about (through written and spoken words) to God seen (with your own eyes). God described to God experienced. God known cognitively to God known via all of your senses (touched, felt, incarnate).
At the end of the book of Job, God answers all of Job’s existential questions by revealing himself through the mysterious wonders of nature (God’s answer to Job’s pain filled queries came from the book of creation!), leading Job to conclude, “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” Job 42:5, NIV.
This is what our church is all about; seeing what you’ve always heard about. God everywhere present. Jesus standing right in front of you.
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