Psalm 121

Psalm 121

A song of ascents

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;

the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Lord, I am overwhelmed with the truth of this Psalm tonight. You are Creator God and yet You are willing and able to move Heaven and earth to come to my rescue! I cannot even fathom that before my eyes open in the morning, Your eyes have never closed and Your every thought has been towards me. Thank you for being my shade. When life is hot and dry and I’m thirsty and ready to faint, You are there lifting me up, giving me Living Water and shielding me from being utterly destroyed. I don’t do anything, go anywhere, walk through any valley or climb any mountain that You don’t know about it and even mark out the path for me to take to walk through it and come out on the other side victorious. As David said, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.” I cannot even imagine it and yet You do this and all other things so very well. Who am I, Lord, that You would do that for me? I’m amazed, God. And I’m speechless. I love You. I love that I am so loved by You.

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With My Whole Heart

“With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments.” Psalm 119:10 Amplified

I don’t always just randomly open God’s Word, but today I did.

And the treasure I found is Psalm 119:10.

The thought occurred to me that, while I certainly loved the richness of this scripture I have fallen way short of what it requires — seeking God with my whole heart, inquiring of Him, yearning for Him. And while I would like to think that I’ve never ignorantly or willfully stepped aside from or wandered from His commandments, I have — time and time again. I was challenged once again to set aside anything that distracts me from getting to know the heart of God and sitting at His feet to learn from Him.

I love that in one of my most random Bible reading moments, God spoke a very good Word into my heart.

His Word is like that!

So today I’m thankful for the Word of God — the Bible!

I love that He speaks to me every single time I open it.

I love that no matter how many times I read a passage, I always learn something new.

I love that it is full of men and women just like me – those that followed God, trusted Him, had a few missteps along the way, but who always came running back because He is everything.

I love that it is simple and complex all at the same time.

I love that sometimes I read it through tears and sometimes it makes me laugh out loud with joy.

I love that it penetrates my heart, “exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 Amplified)

I love that I’m drawn to it every day. It can’t be ignored.

I love that He has chosen to speak to me in such a tangible, “hold it in my hand” kind of way.

I love that He has invited me to sit at His feet and study what He has to say about life and love.

I love that His Word is eternal.

I love that His Word is LIFE to me!

God, You spoke worlds into being and named stars one by one. You created man with Your very hands out of mere dust and breathed life into Him. You parted seas and made the sun to stand still to deliver Your people. You opened blind eyes, made sound rush through deaf ears and called dead men to live again. How marvelous and extraordinary You are! And, yet, in the midst of all the wonder and the miraculous, You desire to speak to Your children! You want us to know that You are for us and not against us. You want us to hear that no weapon forged against us will prosper. You want us to see that Your Son is the only Way, Truth and the Life. You want to show us that You are preparing a place for us right now so we can dwell with you forever and forever. You want us to know You — the One True God WHO SPEAKS! Thank you for Your Word. I would be lost without hearing Your voice. Thank You for desiring to speak to me. Amen.

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Thankful

So thankful as I sit here in the middle of the night for just minutes alone to spend in the Word. His Word is indeed life to me, but you have to know that I wrestle and wriggle and try to worm my way out of going to that little couch in my living room every day…and sometimes in the middle of the night. Whenever He invites me to come.

Sometimes I fight enough that He just gives up nudging me. That is when chaos usually ensues, doubts arise, fears overwhelm, anger stirs, love wains, hate wins and anxiety prevails.

Sometimes I give up and meet Him there. Those are the times that He has serious business to do with me. When I just give in to get it over with, He makes sure that there is a lesson for me that will cause me to rethink the whole wrestling and wriggling and worming thing. That’s when I see that His Name is, indeed, Jealous and that He will accept nothing less than my full cooperation.

But then there are times I can’t wait to meet Him there. While I certainly still approach with a lot of baggage and some unloading to do, He tenderly listens and waits for me to finish. Then when His Word comes alive to me, read in His voice into my heart and illustrated with the most beautifully vivid colors you can imagine…

Grace abounds…
Mercy drops…
Love wins…
Peace prevails…
Joy is abundant…
Goodness follows…
Patience rules…
Spirit renewed…
Life restored…
Me? Decreased…
Him? Magnified and Glorified!!

The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. John 6:63

 

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Still

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:5-8 NIV84)

A friend shared this scripture in Bible study yesterday with tears streaming down her face from the sheer love of this powerful Word and the comfort that it provides. I love that when God speaks, He speaks to the individual and then the Body is strengthened through their sharing. Continue reading

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Recalculating

I was on the phone with someone this morning. They were lost. Their GPS had led them in the wrong direction. As I tried to determine where they were exactly and get them back on track, I could hear that familiar voice in the background, “In 800 feet, make a u-turn. Recalculating. In 500 feet, turn left and make a u-turn. Recalculating.”

Sometimes we just need to do that. Recalculate. But sometimes, we just need cancel the route and start over.

That’s what I did this afternoon when I logged into my website. I haven’t been here in months. When I came here, I read through some very familiar posts. Some are good. Some are okay. Some are mortifying and left me scratching my head wondering, “Why in the world would I say such a thing?”

So here I am back on the site. Recalculating. Canceling the route. Starting over.

I hope to be able to find something meaningful to share with you from time to time.

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