If you look on the right side of this blog —->> you will see a heart that contains my words for 2010…
Usually I only pick one word…perhaps two to focus on during the year.
For whatever reason, this year demanded four words!
You can read more about it here.
I don’t think I will ever abandon these words as they are becoming what I want to be about as it pertains to my walk with the Lord.
I want to be present in my life with Him and with others. I want to present my days to Him as an offering…my spiritual worship.
I want to savor each moment of life and each time my eyes fall upon His Word.
I don’t want to hurry away from my time with Him or relegate it to a “have to” or a “I should”…I want to linger and soak…coming out of the living water changed…or maybe just prune like.
I want to know Him more with each passing breath…I want to find His heart…I want to know His ways.
Having these words direct my year has changed the way I spend time with Him…yes, there are times that I am really rushed or don’t have a moment until day’s end but it has taught me to be less critical of myself and my own failings and weaknesses and more grateful that He is waiting for me whenever I get there…arms extended…heart open and overflowing with affection, delight and love for me.
Last night, found me crawling into bed and the first scripture I read was enough and captivated me until I shut my eyes to sleep.
I have read Psalm 62 many times as I am sure you have as well. Last night, I noticed a subtle difference and it lead me on a little trail to learn why…it ministered to me…I hope it will do the same for you.
1 Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.
3 How long will you attack a man?
You shall be slain, all of you,
Like a leaning wall and a tottering fence.
4 They only consult to cast him down from his high position;
They delight in lies;
They bless with their mouth,
But they curse inwardly. Selah
5 My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
9 Surely men of low degree are a vapor,
Men of high degree are a lie;
If they are weighed on the scales,
They are altogether lighter than vapor.
10 Do not trust in oppression,
Nor vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase,
Do not set your heart on them.
11 God has spoken once,
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God.
12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy;
For You render to each one according to his work.
Volumes could be written about this psalm, I am sure. I want to focus on the part that is underlined.
This psalm contains repetition and I may have always read verse 1 and 5 as essentially the same wording. As I spent time last night savoring God’s Word, I found that they are the same sentiment but not exactly the same.
Both verses speak of finding our rest in God…alone. Each one uses wording that means having a confident expectation in God.
Don’t you love that…we can have many expectations of the day…perhaps our expectations get dashed little by little as the hours tick away…but God always meets our expectations…we can be confident in Him…because He never changes and He never stops being Himself…GOD!
What I learned was that verse 1 is the ideal response…the ideal life. It is the response to what is spoken of in verse 3-4, 9-10. The harsh things of life are thrown at, in this case, David and his soul is unmoved…it finds rest in God alone despite the grenades being lofted at him.
Verse 5 is called an imperative…it is a command or a plea. This time David is telling his own soul that it must find rest in God alone…no matter what he sees with his own eyes.
Verse 1…the ideal response…based on who God is…our rock, salvation,defense and fortress.
Verse 5…a response that is commanded because of the hope we have in who God is…He is our rock, salvation,defense, fortress…it bears repeating, He is a mighty rock and our refuge.
This ministered to me last night because I want to live in the reality of verse 1 but it is alright to live in the imperative of verse 5.
It is alright to give my soul a little pep talk…to remind myself of who God is in the midst of my days…even those really hard and dark days.
Whisper through your day if you must that you can find rest in God.
Remind yourself that God will always live up to your expectation of Him.
Take time in the midst of your day to present yourself before Him, savor and soak so that you will know Him more.
I assure you…you will find rest for you soul…when it is in God alone.
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