12.13.2015

Today was good - and I needed it.


Today was a good day.

The Lord provided opportunities to worship with the body of Christ three times.
Church.
A memorial service.
A Christmas concert.

Our church service was uplifting, thought-provoking, and pushed me in my faith.
Our youth service was challenging and energizing.
I left each one feeling encouraged and ready to charge into a new week with passion and intensity.
Always a good way to leave the church parking lot, yes?

The memorial service was touching and thoughtful.
A life celebrated with joy because he redeemed the time he had on earth, and used it to honor the Lord and make sure everyone he knew was aware of the One who redeemed his life from the pit and set him on solid ground.
Family, friends, and classmates rejoiced over a life well-lived for the Lord.
And, of course, it made me ponder my own life because "It is better to be in a house of mourning than a house of feasting because death is the end of every man, and the living take it to heart." Ecclesiastes
Oh, Lord, may my life not be wasted, but used for Your glory and the edification of others. 
May it be so, Lord. May it be so.

The Christmas concert was festive and fun and full of believers lifting their voices in praise to God through the beauty of Christmas hymns.
O, Come let us adore Him, Christ the KING!

Every Sunday I sneak into the church to read my Bible in the peace and quiet of the sanctuary.
This morning, after reading several chapters, I turned to the Psalms for my daily Psalm reading.
(You know the secret, right? You read the Psalm of the Day, then add 30, read that Psalm, add 30, read that Psalm, etc. So today's chapters were 13,43,73,103,133. 
Every day you read five chapters and complete the entire book each month. It's a wonderful discipline!)
Anyway ...
While reading, I discovered a theme running through the chapters.
Take a look.

But I have trusted in Your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 13

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him,
my salvation and my God.
Psalm 43

But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all Your works.
Psalm 73

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103

Do you see it?
PRAISE!
Sing to the Lord - Praise Him - tell of His works - bless His name.
I LOVE this!
And I needed this today.
My heart is not heavy, but it is numb.
I need to 'feel.'
And when I worship, the walls around my heart and my emotions come crashing down leaving me vulnerable and defenseless.
Exactly where I need to be with my Lord.

How I LOVE Scripture!
And how much I love the God who spoke it into the hearts of men so we might know and understand who He is and how He works.

"Let me live that I might PRAISE YOU!" Psalm 119:175

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