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Fulfilling God’s Purpose

1 Timothy 5   Jeremiah 1-2   Psalm 119:145-176

“And you shall speak whatever I command you” (Jeremiah 1:7). For what purpose are we created? The Westminster Catechism answers, “to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” Today’s readings, which include the psalmist’s concluding reflections on God’s law, the prophet Jeremiah’s call, and practical instructions to a pastor and his people, affirm this statement of purpose.

“Seven times a day I praise you” (Psalm 119:164).  That is, day in and day out, I offer you complete, full, total praise. How? Well. Certainly by stopping to worship and “sing of your promise” (v.172) . . . However, at heart, such praise is defined as “keeping” God’s “precepts and decrees” (v.167,168), or, as God said to Jeremiah, “you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you” (Jeremiah 1:7). By means of such obedience we fulfill God’s purpose. And, lest we miss the point, the letter to Timothy reminds us that this purpose always involves the way we interact with, care for, respect — love — one another (1 Timothy 5).

“Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a . . .” (Jeremiah 1:6). “Don’t say it!” says God. “Only a child . . . only a man . . . only a woman . . . only a . . .” How easy it is to travel down the road of  “I’m only,” or “I’m just,” or “I’m too!” But the God who calls you and me is the God who created us and knows us intimately (v.5). And we can fulfill God’s purpose because God goes with us (v.8), equipping us fully (v.9). Do you see it? Can you hear it? It is for this we have been created, called, and saved: that we might together glorify God and enjoy God forever. May we go where God sends us. May we serve those whom God places before us. And may we speak the word God gives us with purity and without partiality. In the words of the daily morning prayer,  “Lord God . . . In all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.”

“Great peace have those who
love your law;

nothing can make them stumble.”
— Psalm 119:165

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