May 28th, 2012 by Robert
Deuteronomy 8:7-10 “For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills,  a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey,  a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.  And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.”
Moses speaks of Canaan, the good land where God was bringing Israel, which was a foretaste of heaven, the forever-good place where God is bringing us. Heaven will be a place where we will “lack nothing” (v9). It will cause us to forever “bless the Lord” (v10).
We, like Israel, live in a time of “already, but not yet.” Israel had already been delivered from Egypt, but had not yet reached the land God had promised. We have already experienced God’s saving grace through Christ in the gospel, but we wait for His promise of life with Him in a good-forever.
We have great cause to “bless the Lord” today because of His saving grace in the gospel and His promise to bring us to that forever-good dwelling place with Him. We experience a small part of that eternal worship among God’s gathered people on Sundays in Williamsburg. We can “eat and be full” (v10) as we partake of the bread and cup together in communion. Worship Jesus today for what He has already accomplished in death and resurrection and for what He has yet to fulfill in heaven. And, join God’s gathered people this afternoon to join voices in praise to the One who was, and is, and is to come!