EUPHORIC ADVANTAGE AND EXPRESSION - PART 3
MONDAY 09 JANUARY 2023
The excellency of euphoric advantage and expression! I will not say too much today, yet I will say much, if enough could be said, to persuade my fellow Christians to keep testifying and shouting in joyful jubilation whenever the right hand of God has performed wonders. Such euphoria is good for our spiritual and physical well-being; it is also good for our honour and comfort, and it brings constant delight to those who are expecting a miracle from God, and also draws the attention of unbelievers to the true and demonstrative evidence of the knowledge of God.
Reference: Psalm 118:15 Brenton Septuagint Translation (BST) "The voice of exultation and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord has wrought mightily."
The Message translation says, 'Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? "The hand of God has turned the tide!"' In another way, there are shouts of joy and victory in the TENTS of the righteous, which suggest their dwelling place, whether fixed or movable. Moreover, the reason I mentioned the Message translation is that I'm excited to point us to what God does with such ebullient voices. Now pay attention: Outsiders overheard the voices and could figure out the location where the shouts and triumph songs originated from. Simply put, the idea is that there was a vibration of sound that travelled through the air and could be heard by other people from a distance. Got it? So they acknowledged that the hand of God had responded to them valiantly.
What lessons can we learn from this? Beloved, it's true that when the right hand of God fashions an inexplicable wonderment, it causes us to emit joyous sounds and triumphal exuberance but it's not just for our benefits. It reaches out to others in our world both far and near, meaning that the right hand of the Lord is not just limited to giving us life-changing encounters, it also has a wide-ranging, all-embracing and far-reaching voice. Got it? When the right hand of the Lord executes a miraculous event in your life, it is aimed at reaching out to people at far distances which you don't even think of. So the voice of exultation, victory and salvation you emit is not limited to your camp because the Lord is up to something. He wants others to notice your euphoric expressions and come to His knowledge.
Now watch this: When Jesus was raised from the dead by God, the news spread to many, which was God's perfect intention, and today, Christ's triumph over death is celebrated by Christians and the whole world is aware of it. The news didn't end with the disciples or in that generation, which signifies its far-reaching global effect and glory, hence leading many to salvation in Christ. Admittedly, we understand that there are many ancient stories that are not far-reaching and so, they no longer have widely applicable or relevant effects in today's world, let alone, getting passed from one generation to another. But the narrative and saving impact of the resurrection power of Christ and His victory on the cross still spread from one generation to another.
Now Paul is directing our attention to the same power or right hand of God that exerted Christ's resurrection, thereby making us aware that it's designed for our glory. He noted this in Ephesians 1:19-21 (NLT) which reads, "I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honour at God's right hand in the heavenly realms..." It is the same right hand that Paul wants us to sustain close connection with or gain knowledgeable understanding of it so we can blend with the flow. He expressed it as "the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe Him", which means, it's for our benefits and it's the same as the right hand (mighty power) that raised Christ from the dead. Now the question is, "How are you interweaving with the right hand of God and most importantly, with Christ in you? Stay tuned for part 4. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Psalm 89:13; Ecclesiastes 2:24; Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 118:16; Isaiah 48:13; Jeremiah 32:17.
Exuberant Declaration: I have gained a hearty concord with the right hand of God and it brings lasting joy, peace, goodness and pleasure upon all that concerns me. The hand of God commands the blessing in my life and always causes me to triumph, excel, celebrate and become a blessing to others in my world. Hallelujah!