Heaven Tethers

I recently listened to John Piper’s biography of William Cowper (for free from Desiring God’s resource page). After the excellent sermon, Pastor Piper took questions from the audience of the Pastor’s Conference where it was preached. In an answer to a question about helping those who despair, Piper talks about rehearsing the mercy of Jesus.

George Muller said the number one task when you get up in the morning is to be happy in Jesus.

Piper goes on to say that you better fight the battle on your knees to be glad in God in order to be of use to anyone else. We should try to find something in our morning time with God to hang on to and be able to share it with someone who is in need. He says it’s always better than a canned ‘well, I’ve got four texts ready on depression…’ It’s always better to share “here’s what I’m hanging on to today, here’s the rope that’s around me and hooked in heaven…”

So how do we do that? Pastor Piper talks about that morning having read Matthew 23, a hard chapter with tough (not tender) teaching full of woe. But toward the end we see Jesus saying “How often I would have gathered you as a hen gathers her brood” Time was spent meditating on Christ with the ‘hen’s’ heart. Then at the end Christ says, “you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ and more time was spent meditating on the coming of Christ. So John Piper, that day, hooked to heaven with joy and happiness in dwelling on the heart of Jesus, gathering His chicks and dwelling on the second coming and finding joy in knowing that he will be one of the people who will be saying, ‘Blessed is the Lord’ and that’s what was going to carry him through the day.

What will you find in the morning that will hook you to heaven for the day in gladness. Something that you can rehearse about the mercy of God and the sufficiency of the atonement for you? If you read the morning coffee sections, find a tether and be joyful.

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