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Communion Meditations (2023)


Strength to Strength

Originally scheduled for November 19

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion.
(Psalms 84:5-7 NASB)
In this short selection from Psalm 84 we see three of the main characteristics of the strong Christian.
·        The strong Christian is not strong in the ways of the world, but in the ways of the Lord. How do you do this? The answer is relatively simple; you set your sights on heaven, not on earthly success. As CS Lewis once remarked, if you aim for heaven you get it — and the earth thrown in also.
·        The path of the strong Christian goes through suffering. The phrase, “valley of Baca” means the valley of weeping. The secret to handling this is you turn suffering into blessings. You may not realize this but you do this frequently. When you go to a party and tell all stories about you and your family, are they about the good times or the suffering times?
·        The strong Christian goes from “strength to strength.” It’s as if you were being prepared for something and are in training. Perhaps the Almighty is readying you for something. We can see but little of the way into the future; He sees it all.
The great example of this is Christ himself. We may look at how he did it.
·        His sights were set on heaven; “I have come to do your will” he says of the Father.
·        Valley of Tears? Consider the night he spent in Gethsemane before the crucifixion.
·        Strength to Strength? He was made perfect through suffering, as the author of Hebrews tells us (Hebrews 5:9).
As you partake of communion today, it should be reminder of his suffering. The bread should bring to your mind his body on the cross — held there by the nails in his hands and feet. In the cup you should see his blood, pouring from his body like great drops of sweat (Luke 22:44).
Strength to Strength? Consider how he went from the crucifixion to the resurrection, from endurance to triumph. Think on these things, and partake in a worthy manner.


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