This past week specifically has been a reminder of how much I need The Lord in my life. There was no major life altering event that brought me to this realization, but the simple routine of everyday things, the irritations, frustrations, pain, and even the joy. The good and the bad. This Psalm has been one that has been on my heart and mind for a while, one that is so sweet and comforting to the soul. Throughout this Psalm many things are brought to our attention. I believe two things very clearly spoken of in this Psalm would be conviction and terror to the persecutors, and also comfort and peace to the persecuted… Verses 8-19 say:
“ Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke? He who teaches man knowledge- The Lord- knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath. Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage; for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in the heart will follow it. Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers? If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, “My foot slips”, your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”
God will not forget you, misunderstand you, leave you, or cast you off. God will love you, encourage you, comfort you, and give you a joy and a peace so much more powerful than we would expect…God will bring your dead bones to life… All you have to do is submit your fragile heart to Him. The Creator of the universe wants to be a part of your life, how beautiful is that?
The Lord knows every thought in your mind, and every intention of your heart… how can that not be a scary thing? But how often do we look at that as such a sweet blessing? I know that I am not a great communicator, so for me it is comforting to know that God knows what I am feeling and thinking before I even do. It is comforting to me to know I do not have to formulate a conversation to explain how I feel, but that I can come to Him in simplicity, admitting my faults and shortcomings, as well as my love and thankfulness for Him.
“When I thought, “My foot slips”, your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”(v.18-19)
Let the God of peace reign over your hearts….When life is busy or stressful, when nothing seems to be going your way….Stop and take a minute to communicate with your Father.. He already knows your daily struggles, your shortcomings. But He loves you anyways. When your mind is clouded with noisy thoughts, when your heart is heavy, look to Him to cheer and comfort your soul.
Love you all!