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Jeremiah 33:2-3: Call and response

August 4, 2016

Jeremiah 33--3

The Verse of Day for August 4, 2016 begins with a declaration of who God is and what He says in Jeremiah 33:2-3 (AMP):

“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’

Most remarkably, God can share great and unsearchable things because He is a great and mighty God. This magnificent portrait is repeated in Job 5:9 and 9:10 in the Holman Standard Bible:

He does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.

Indeed, the Psalmist declares:

Psalm 145:3 (NKJV)

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable

Job 36:26 in the Amplified Bible makes it plain as to who God really is:

Behold, God is great, and we know Him not! The number of His years is unsearchable.

As believers, all we have to do is call to Him, but Isaiah 65:24 reveals that God knows our heart’s desires and responds to our requests, even before we articulate what we need:

I will answer them before they even call to me. While they arJobe e still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

I recall the lyrics to a gospel song that speaks of a problem that we can’t solve:

“While you’re trying to figure it out/God has already worked it out!”

To summarize the wonders of God’s matchless ways which seem so far above all that our finite minds can comprehend, take a look at Romans 11:33 in the Amplified Bible:

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!

To tap in the depths of these riches, to access to the unsearchable, we simply have to ask, knowing that God will answer.

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day, I thought of the expression “Call and response.” In music, particularly in jazz which incorporates improvisation, we find a technique labeled “call and response,” whereby a musician issues a phrase or line, and another player answers with a phrase or comment in response. The same technique is also seen in other areas of African American culture involving speakers, such as preachers or ministers of the gospel or worship leaders who issue a series of calls, and the audience, the congregation, or group being addressed answers with responses.

In the case of the Verse of the Day, believers are instructed to issue a call to God and in return He responds with an answer whereby He demonstrates or displays His mighty power. Our response to His response is to confirm what God declares with a hearty “Amen!”

Listen to this innovative teaching from Marler Media of Jeremiah 33:3 as God’s Emergency Number:

The Seeds Family offer this Worship Song based on Jeremiah 33:3:

Opened eyes to see

November 16, 2015

Psalm-119-18The Verse of the Day for November 16, 2015 provides a prayer request expressed in Psalm 119:18:

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

We find a corresponding command from the Lord in Lamentations 3:23:

Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know.

The Psalmist also relates similar views regarding where the believer places his or her eyes;

Psalm 25:15 (NLT)

My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies

Psalm 141:8 (Amplified Bible)L

For my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not pour out my life nor leave me defenseless.

Most providentially, we find a parallel expression of God’s desire that our eyes might perceive what God desires us to see in Ephesians 1:18 (KJV) which was the Verse of the Day in an earlier post this month:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

In actuality verse 18 is part of a prayer, an expression of God’s desire for His people written by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1: 14-23. Verses 17-18 are part of the introduction, as indicated in the Amplified Bible:

17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,

18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),

These two verses were the inspiration, in part, for the following poem:

The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

Ephesians 1:17-18 (AMP)

God gives the Spirit of wisdom and revelation

That we might know Him and experience His great love,

Striving to know more fully total restoration

That flows from the wisdom that descends from above.

We walk as wise, not as foolish ones who rebel,

But we pursue wisdom and do whatever it takes.

We make choices, knowing what will attract, what will repel,

For each life mirrors a lifetime of choices that one makes.

We do not shun the Lord’s reproof but embrace correction.

God wants us to know the hope of His calling in this hour,

The riches of His heritage and greatness of His power.

We press toward the mark, to reach ultimate perfection.

God floods the eyes of our understanding that we might see,

As we seek intimacy of the highest degree.

The passage from Ephesians 1, along with previously cited verses, brings to mind the words of the hymn “Open My Eyes that I Might See” which is, in essence, a similar prayer expressed in song. The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano:

Another contemporary song offering of a similar request is “Open the Eyes of My Heart” performed by Michael W. Smith.

Not only is our prayer to God like the requests found in Psalm 119:18 and Jeremiah 33:3: that God will enlighten us and illuminate our lives, but we also recognize that God’s prayer for us is the same: that by means of the spirit of wisdom and revelation, that the eyes of our heart may be flooded with light, as is expressed so powerfully in Ephesians 1.

Great and unsearchable things you do not know

August 4, 2015

Jeremiah 33--3The Verse of Day for August 4, 2015 begins with a declaration of who God is and what He says in Jeremiah 33:2-3 (NLT):

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name:

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Most remarkably, God can share great and unsearchable things because He is a great and mighty God. This magnificent portrait is repeated in Job 5:9 and 9:10 in the Holman Standard Bible:

He does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.

Indeed, the Psalmist declares:

Psalm 145:3 (NKJV)

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable

Job 36:26 in the Amplified Bible makes it plain as to who God really is:

Behold, God is great, and we know Him not! The number of His years is unsearchable.

This magnificent portrayal of our great and mighty God is captured in music with the song “You Are Amazing”:

As believers, all we have to do is call to Him, but Isaiah 65:24 reveals that God knows our heart’s desires and responds to our requests, even before we articulate what we need:

I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

I recall the lyrics to a gospel song that speaks of a problem that we can’t solve:

“While you’re trying to figure it out/God has already worked it out!”

To summarize the wonders of God’s matchless ways which seem so far above all that our finite minds can comprehend, take a look at Romans 11:33 in the Amplified Bible:

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!

To tap in the depths of these riches, to access to the unsearchable, we simply have to ask, knowing that God will answer.

Listen to this innovative teaching from Marler Media of Jeremiah 33:3 as God’s Emergency Number:

The Seeds Family offer this Worship Song based on Jeremiah 33:3:

Jeremiah 33:3: Call to me and I will answer

August 4, 2014

Jeremiah 33--3

The Verse of Day for August 4, 2014 extends an invitation found in Jeremiah 33:2-3 (NIV):

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name:

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

I recall that this passage was one of the focal points for a “25-day Prayer Focus for Boldly Entering the Throne Room to Restore Covenant Blessings,” an initiative developed by Chuck Pierce over eight years ago. I was inspired to write a series of four-line poems or quatrains based on the scripture readings for each day. Here is the composition inspired by the passage from Jeremiah 33:1-3:

 

I arise at dawn to keep watch on my future.

Open my eyes, flood my understanding with light,

As I am watching and waiting, safe and secure,

On the wall morning, noonday, evening and midnight.

 

That short poem brought to mind a longer work:

Watchman, Watchman on the Wall

 

He made me a watchman upon the city wall. . .

Go, Tell it on the Mountain

Black Spiritual

 

Watchman, watchman on the wall keep your eyes on the Eastern skies

Until the thickened darkness flees and the daystar shall arise.

Consecrate yourself and keep your ears near to the lips of God,

Waiting, anticipating, responding to the voice of God.

 

Your steps are ordered to walk in humility, as the wise,

To covenant with the Lord and serve Him, as you fix your eyes

On the prize and press toward the mark of the high calling of God,

Watchman, watchman on the wall.

 

Attend to the Word of the Lord you hear and see how it applies

To your life. Let it speak: become the message you recognize.

Position yourself to occupy the atmosphere with God.

Know that you are far more than you are now says the Lord, your God,

Watchman, watchman on the wall.

 

Many believers who tend to worry about the future may often forget another promise given by God to Israel in Jeremiah 29:11-13, a related passage that applies to Christians today as well:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

Listen to this innovative teaching from Marler Media of Jeremiah 33:3 as God’s Emergency Number:

The Seeds Family offer this Worship Song based on Jeremiah 33:3: