3.13.2008

psalm 16


Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the LORD, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you."
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight...
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
.psalm 16.
I love this psalm. I've read it often. This week, I found a new treasure. Verse 3. In a psalm where David is putting His trust in God and choosing joy in Him; he speaks about the righteous ones being his delight. What a good picture of the local church...anyway it jumped out at me. It resonated because I've found it true. I'm encouraged to fight sin and pursue godliness with greater vigor because of the "excellent ones" He's placed in my life. Those in my local churh, some in other churches, some in other countries.
He is so kind to give us such blessings.

3.03.2008

faithfulness

In Your grace, You know where I walk
You know when I fall
You know all my ways
In Your love, I know you allow what I can not grasp
To bring you praise

Thank you for the trials
For the fire
For the pain
Thank you for the strength
Knowing You have ordained every day

Your great power is shown when I'm weak
You help me to see Your love in this place
Perfect peace is filling my mind
And joy in my heart to praise You again

In my uncertainty Your word is all I need to know
You're with me every day
*copyright joel sczebel & todd twining

This song has become my anthem of sorts. {Since December} It paints a picture that reflects the state of my heart. Or rather, the state it should be. It strays. Often I react instead of respond. There are times my sinfulness astounds me. Take today. I was reading the Word of God. Surely my heart would be centered? Yet at that very moment my thoughts were wandering into the not-trusting-God-scenario of "what could go wrong next?" His grace is always avaliable when I'm weak. The glorious gospel never changes!
That's what I love about this song. It helps me fight the battle because it turns my focus. Up to where it should be--the Sovereign goodness of God. Yet it doesn't deny my surroundings--uncertainty and bittersweetness. There is natural sorrow but there is a joy too. It's a paradox I find myself living in. And because I'm sinful, I need scripture, songs, and prayer based on objective truth. (and mum. mums are amazing refocusing tools!) It can be easy to say "I choose to trust God, this is good even if it looks like sadness." Easy to say. Easy to mean 100% and live? That takes a little more effort.
I'm a slow learner, but He is a patient teaher. All that rambling to say: God is faithful. His steadfastness is a sure foundation. I am unendingly grateful for it.
"Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage."