Meditating on Psalm 108.
For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth. (vv. 4, 5))
I hate it when (I’m sorry to say that, forgive my choice of word) I find myself drifting away from the sweet holy presence of the Lord. There are long seasons when I just hunger for Him, when I thirst to feel His presence enveloping me and I cry both in delight and longing. In those times my heart is at peace and my soul seems to be full always. But I’m afraid that there are times that I feel far from His presence and I know that it’s my own doing.
Sometimes I find myself entangled in the busyness of everyday, delighting in my plans, chores, and even a little entertainment. I praise and worship in the mornings and evenings but my heart and mind are —- distracted. This brings me sorrow and disquiet.
I don’t want to worship with my lips alone while my spirit remains detached. I want that my whole being is engaged with the living God. And it pains me when I just can’t do it. Does this happen to you? Or am I hard on myself like that? But you see, I think we have these stirrings because we are to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and might. And don’t we find ourselves feeling guilty when temporary things, things of this world, occupy our hearts and minds, from our waking moments to the time we rest for the night?
Psalm 108 reminds us to awake to the fullness of the presence of God. Not only to rise up and dutifully sing praises but that our whole being is alive with the awareness of the living, breathing, loving God! I want that, though I may find myself busy doing chores or playing and having fun with the kids or spending sweet moments with my husband, my mind is aware of Him, that my heart beats for Him! That in the midst of my joys and happiness and busyness, I gently whisper, “Thank you, Lord Jesus. I love You. Thank You for loving me like this.”
O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
I will awaken the dawn. (vv. 1, 2)
For His love for us is unchanging. We receive His mercies – they are new every morning! Faithfully, He answers our prayers, yes, despite our blunders, failings, and shortcomings (and occasional foolishness!). Patiently, He leads us in the way we should go and does not come short in giving us inspiration and delight to pursue the things of God – spiritual things. No, He does not leave us high and dry in our arid places. He lovingly draws us back and waters our souls. Wonderfully, He enables us to accomplish His purposes and plans, giving us courage and wisdom to minister to others. He makes us worthy. He makes us to triumph.
Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies. (v. 13)
May the meditations of our hearts and minds and our words and deeds give glory to Him who never gives up on us.
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