Our God is the God who fills. Immense, He fills the vast heavens with His presence (Jer. 23:24). Thrice-holy, He fills the whole earth with His glory (Is. 6:3). Righteous Judge, He fills the world with His knowledge as waters cover the sea (Is. 11:9). Sovereign Lord, He sends His servants into the streets and lanes, highways and hedges to bring in the poor, maimed, halt, and blind to fill His house. Gracious, full of compassion and plenteous in mercy, He fills empty rebels with peace and the fruits of righteousness (Rom. 15:13-14; Phil. 1:11). Spirit, He fills dead men with the living fullness of Himself (Acts 2:4; Eph. 3:19, 5:18). Infinite, He could fill everything to overflowing without ever being emptied Himself; no matter how much fills, He Himself will always remain full.
To fill is to supply, furnish, or provide so that which is planned is accomplished, that which is lacking is supplied, the unfinished is completed, and the exhausted is replenished (Dan. 9:2; Is. 40:2, 65:11; Lam. 4:18; Jer. 31:25; Eccl. 1:8; Ps. 96:11).
Our God only fills that which is empty. He fills the hungry soul while the rich He sends away empty, the full away hungry, and those laughing away mourning (Luke 1:52, 6:25). When our God fills the empty vessel, He also fills it to capacity. The longing soul He fills so that it is satisfied (Ps. 107:9). He fills such that deserts bloom, parched ground becomes a lake, and thirsty lands springs of water (Is. 35:7). Petition Him when lacking, He will provide (Ps. 20:5). Open thy mouth wide, and He will stuff it full (Ps. 81:10).
God fills the empty vessel with precisely that which it needs. The sad He fills with joy (Acts 13:52). The poor He fills with riches (Matt. 5:3). The distressed soul He fills with comfort (II Cor. 7:4). The crying mouth He fills with laughter, and mourning lips He fills with singing (Ps. 126:2). Those who honor Him with their substance He fills with more substance (Prov. 3:9). Fools he fills with wisdom (Prov. 8:21). Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness He fills with righteousness (Matt. 5:6). The longing soul that turns to Him He fills with Himself (Ps. 107:9).
In great contrast are the ungodly (and ourselves in our fully depraved natures) who are filled with wrath and madness (Luke 4:28, 6:11), lies and indignation (Acts 5:3, 17), envy and confusion (Acts 13:45, 19:29); filled with unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, coveting, malice, and malignity (Rom 1:29). Their mouths are filled with gossip and cursing, their hands with blood and bribes, their eyes with adultery and sin, and hearts with murder and evil (Micah 6:12; Ps. 10:7, 26:10; II Pet. 2:14; Is 1:15; Eccl. 9:3). They fill their houses with violence, their cities with robbery (Nah. 3:1), and their land with idols (Zeph. 1:9; Nah. 3:1; Jer. 23:10; Is. 2:8). Their cup of iniquity they fill to the full (Rev. 18:6). On them the Lord will empty His cup of wrath, and the bitter dregs they shall drink (Ps. 75:80). In the harvest, when His sickle cuts them down, the winepress will be filled to overflowing because their wickedness is great (Joel 3:13).
On the other hand, the church, which knows the love of Christ, will be filled with all the fullness of God. For the church is the body of Christ, the fullness of Him who fills all in all, yet who in the fullness of time emptied Himself that she might be full (Eph. 1:23; Phil. 2:7). Thus Zion is filled with the glory of the Lord, with His righteousness, and fruits of righteousness by Jesus Christ; and her streets filled with playing boys and girls whose minds are filled with His knowledge and whose mouths are filled with His praise (Is. 3:5; Zech. 8:5; Ps. 71:8).
Rev. William A. Langerak (Wife: Karen)
Ordained: September 2003
Pastorates: Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI: 2003-2019; Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI - May 2019-Website: www.prca.org/current/news/churches/usa-canada/trinity-prc-hudsonville-mi
Address3421 Hillcrest Rd.
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