Weekend Music - June 10, 2012
- Heaven Fall Down - Phil Wickham
- Our God - Chris Tomlin
- Made Alive - Dustin Raley
- The Victory - Phil Wickham
- Forever Reign - Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding
Recently, I have been thinking about and meditating on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. In Matthew 5, Matthew records the ultimate sermon of Jesus' earthly ministry that is excellently titled "The Sermon on the Mount." Jesus begins his sermon with what we call the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are really a list of qualities that all of Jesus' disciples will have. They are:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I encourage you to consider all of these and whether or not this describes your life. If it doesn't, you may not be a disciple; however, do not despair if you know you are a disciple and are still failing. Jesus knows how weak his disciples are. But that's why He has given us a Helper: God the Holy Spirit! Press into the Spirit and depend upon His strength to lead you into your heavenly identity.
But I would like to focus on "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." In Jesus' time, there was a great emphasis on physcial, external purity. People often saw it as a reflection of spiritual purity, if you will. However, Jesus, like always, takes it to the heart. Jesus says that it's not the external purity that makes you truly pure; its the purity of the heart.
As Christians, we are to seek purity of the heart. Why? Because we will see God. Even though no one has truly seen God, and that this promise most accurately refers to eternity when we see God through Jesus Christ, I believe there is a sense in which this pertains to the present. As we strive to be pure in heart, we will be blessed for our obedience by experiencing a deeper intimacy with God and a greater communion with the Son through the Spirit.
Dustin Raley / Worship Leader