6 Rs: 2020 in review

As always, the new year gives me the opportunity to recall, rehearse, reflect, repent, renew, and reset (from br MC’s year-end fellowship here). In fact, my last post was over 6 months ago, and a lot has happened since then…

Recall.

Yet to us there is one God, the Father, out from whom are all things, and we are unto Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we are through Him.

1 Corinthians 8:6

Father, out from You and through You and to You are all things (Romans 11:36). I thank You, worship You, give the glory to You.

Rehearse.

God’s purpose in dealing with His holy people is that they would be emptied of everything and receive only God as their gain; the desire of God’s heart is that they would gain Him in full as life, as the life supply, and as everything to their being.

2020 December Training, key statement #3

Lord, thank You that, while everyone on earth is asking the big question (What is the purpose of God in His creating of man, and what is the purpose of God in His dealing with His chosen people?), You’ve shown me the answer. Job was “disturbed, perplexed, and entangled to the uttermost by his suffering” (Dec Training, M3, I), but I don’t have to be. Thank You for showing me more of Your faithfulness to Your economy.

To the only wise God through Jesus Christ, to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Romans 16:27; Dec Training, M8, II.C

Reflect.

Lord, You’ve truly been both the living God and the God of resurrection to me in 2020. As the living God, You led me to anesthesia when I felt directionless, gave me the work-learn job to stay busy during my 3.5-month hiatus, allowed me to find favour in the eyes of my elective preceptors, gave me a place to stay during ICU at St Paul’s, kept my family safe in the pandemic, and called things not being as being (Romans 4:17). As the God of resurrection, You taught me to wait on You after the disappointment last December, showed me Your mercy in dealing with me, purified my intentions, and visited me according to the time of life (Genesis 18:10).

There is always something over,
When we, from the Father’s hand,
Take our portion with thanksgiving,
Praising for the things He planned…

Hymn 595

I do praise You for the things You planned. Thank You for not allowing me to hinder Your blessing hand.

Repent.

…my confession to the Lord has been mainly that I did not live Christ.

Perfecting Training, Chapter 9

Renew.

I am the Lord’s! Yes; body, soul, and spirit,
O seal them irrecoverably Thine…

Hymn 433

Br AY’s memorial showed a clip of his speaking that contained a secret: when the body is presented (Romans 12:1), the soul will follow to be transformed, and the spirit will follow to be burning (v. 11). So Lord, I present my body anew, with my time, money, energy. I’d like to live a life of the altar and the tent — not only consecrated but practically living to You (2 Corinthians 5:15).

I so appreciated br AY’s hymn 回归主自己

偶像夺取人心,叫人醉倒倾迷,
无知的心受拐,不觉偷被牵离。
只是幼年恩爱,仍然呼召不已,
能否保持此心,永为未耕之地?

虽我羞步迟疑,你仍诱导依依,
赐我葡萄果园,使我陶醉忘己…

As always, Lord, Your drawing power is my pursuing power. My heart is prone to wander (Hymn 300), but remind me, forgive me, sustain me.

Reset.

For he eagerly waited for the city which has the foundations
…confessing that they were strangers and sojourners on the earth.
…make it manifest that they seek after a country of their own.
But as it is, they long after a better country, that is, a heavenly one.

Hebrews 11:10, 13-14, 16

As You place me wherever You will this year, Lord, keep my eyes heavenward, regarding the things which are not seen (2 Corinthians 4:18). As I enter a new chapter in more ways than one, keep me seeking first Your kingdom and Your righteousness (Matthew 6:33). May I yearn for nothing but Your return, long for nothing but Your appearing.

Thy coming bids me seek a better country,
For Thou Thyself art now my final goal.

Hymn 958

Finally, a hymn that br DH introduced to my term:

Sweeter as the years go by,
Sweeter as the years go by;
Richer, fuller, deeper,
Jesus’ love is sweeter,
Sweeter as the years go by.

Hymn 286

He healed the broken-hearted / and caused the blind to see.
That’s me.

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