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Friday, March 7, 2014
"Thirsting for God"
"O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
in a dry and thirsty land
where there is no water.
So I have looked for You
in the sanctuary.
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness
is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your Name.
My soul shall be satisfied as
with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise
You with joyful lips.
When I remember You
on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings
I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me."
Psalm 63:1-8 NKJV
This morning I awakened with a heaviness in my heart and soul. I did not sleep very well last night...anxiously awaiting news about our son, who is in the hospital far away from us, with complications due to the cancer that has been ravaging his body for the past four years.
But when I sat down with my Bible and my morning devotions one of the passages I read was from Psalm 63...above....and this is what I read from the book, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young:
"Let me help you through this day.
The challenges you face are far too great for you to handle alone.
You are keenly aware of your helplessness in the scheme of events you face.
This awareness opens up a choice:
to doggedly go it alone or to walk with Me in
humble steps of dependence.
Actually, this choice is continually before you,
but difficulties highlight the decision making process.
So consider it all joy whenever you are enveloped in various trials.
These are gifts from Me, reminding you to rely on ME alone."
(Jesus Calling, page 70, March 7)
This day definitely has had its challenges...and there are no easy, ready answers. But, I have found that Jesus has helped me through this day...He brought people near to pray, to encourage, to love and give me the words of encouragement I needed to hear. The situation itself has not changed...but I believe God is strengthening me to face whatever lies ahead with grace and hope.
"Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You."