Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pristine Felicity!

While journeying though Busy Mom's Bible Study on Psalm 103, I just got stuck being able to use the study tools on BlueletterBible.com.  But when I got it figured out, it led me to a wonderful thought.  You see, in Psalm 103:3 says: 

Psalm 103:3New King James Version (NKJV)

Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases,

Our family has been journeying through R.C. Sproul's Bible survey class, Dust to Glory.  He just was teaching about Hebrew poetry and explained how couplets help explain and emphasize a thought.  

If you go to Blueletterbible.com and look in the lexicon on this verse, you will find that "heals" in this verse refers to "pristine felicity".   And just what is that?

Here is where it gets really exciting.  You see, "pristine" according to Webster 1828 means the prior state of innocence  and "felicty" means "rather great happiness, blissful; appropriately, the joys of"

We can be positively blissful, as He has provided a forgiveness that is so complete it is truly as if we have never sin!  Imagine what joy and relationship we can enjoy with the Father as we enter into the Most Holy Place. Think of what joy we do have, being able to serve the Living God without fear or condemnation, all because of His most literal self-sacrificing love!  

As we face a world that seems to be displaying it's evil more vehemently by the day, let us remember to encourage one another daily, with His great love!  

"19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

I'm no poet but the first line of this poem came to me while studying earlier this morning so iI tried to pattern it after Wordsworth;s original

Wordworth Redeemed
“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—”
Much we see what in Christ is ours
We have given our hearts away, a gift too free!
To worldly lusts and fears,dancing to the world’s sensual tune
The sacrificial love of God is ours
He is our refuge , our strong tower
For He is coming, gathering us to him soon
Let our hearts ever blissful be
From our sinful nature we will be torn
Like Him we will be, when Him we do see
While with the groaning creation we are forlorn
and longing for His presence with voracity
Our joys will be fulfilled , our bodies reborn

Monique Stam

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