Hear My Cry; Listen to My Prayer
…2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. 4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.…
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The Bible tells us to “eagerly wait for the Savior” (Philippians 3:20). It tells us to look for His coming (Titus 2:13), to love His coming (2 Timothy 4:8), to look forward to His appearing (2 Peter 3:14), and to lift up our heads because our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28).
The early Christians had a special word for this, which they used as a sort of greeting or term of exclamation: “Maranatha!” Paul used this word in 1 Corinthians 16:22, where the Greek word Maranatha is translated, “O Lord, come!”
Maranatha! The Lord is coming! Oh, Lord, come!
Tough-Minded About Our Purpose
Peter goes on to tell us that when we keep our focus on God’s future, we become tough-minded about our purpose in life. He wrote, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent…” (2 Peter 3:14). If you read all the way through 2 Peter, you’ll find he uses this term three times.
- But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge. — 2 Peter 1.5
- Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble. — 2 Peter 1:10
- Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless. — 2 Peter 3:14
Ref: David Jeremiah. (2017). Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven. San Diego, CA.