Monday, December 23, 2013

Heaven: a sneak preview

The Word for today:
Psalm 145
My friend Debbie and I go 'round and 'round about heaven. We try to imagine what it's going to be like.
Yesterday I told her that I think it will be possible to make mistakes in heaven. She was typing something, so I seized on that as an example:
F.-- "I think there will be typographical errors in heaven."
D.-- "No, Franklyn, heaven is going to be perfect."
F.--"But 'perfect' leaves no room for improvement. I think God will allow us to look forward to painting a better picture, writing a better poem, or running a faster race tomorrow. There will be things we can improve upon."
D.--"Maybe. But the way I see it, we will make the perfect more perfect. No typos. No falling down in the race and skinning our knees."
F.--"To 'make the perfect more perfect' makes no logical sense."
D.--"Oh, don't bring logic into this. Heaven will be bigger than logic."
Most of our discussions are just guesses--conjecture--about heaven, because there isn't really that much in the Bible about the subject.
But when I want more than conjecture, I go to Psalm 145. Because when we're in Psalm 145, we're in heaven:
I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
All you have made will praise you, O LORD;
your saints will extol you.
They will tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,

so that all men may know of your mighty acts 

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.
The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made.
The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.   (Psalms 145:1-18)
D.-- Well, you said Psalm 145 is like heaven, and I don't see any typos there.
F.-- But notice that "The LORD upholds all those who fall." It looks like there's going to be some skinned knees in heaven.
D.-- Will not!
F.-- Will so!
D.-- Will not!
(To be continued, probably until Kingdom Come...)

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