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Psalm 143:8-10


Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
1Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

Psalm 143:8-10

Since we just celebrated Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something that had to do with love this week. What better love story than the one between David and God. David pours his heart out in these Psalms. In some, he is angry and in others, he is praising the name of the Lord.

In this Psalm, David is being pursued by an enemy. I’m not sure when in his life he wrote this particular one. It could have been when Saul was after him, or when he was fighting in many of the wars during his reign, or when his own son was pursuing him. But he comes back to the Lord in this time of need.

I like that first stanza, “Let the morning bring word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” I imagine David is going to sleep after a long, hard day of fighting or fleeing. He sets up camp and before he closes his eyes, these words are on his lips. This trust isn’t completely blind. David remembers the things God has done for him in the past. But it is a trust that walks out into the darkness without knowing what is there.

But even in that darkness of the unknown, David continues his song proclaiming that God is with him, showing him the way he should go and leading him on solid ground. That is faith. It’s knowing in the unknown that God is there.

I am so thankful for a God who walks with us in the low places, in the unknown parts, and even at times in the darkness. He is the light of unfailing love that will continue to show us the way home.

Psalm 3:5


I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

Psalm 3:5

When I am anxious, sleep is the first thing to go. My mind races and plays through my day and every conversation. Or my fears creep in from the edges, almost shaking me awake. It takes faith to sleep sometimes, to let go of the thoughts or the day. I guess that’s why the phrase is “to fall asleep.” Kind of like a trust fall, trusting that you will wake up in the morning.

David was on the run again. This time it was from his own son. I can only imagine how tired he must have been. How much his heart was breaking.

In the midst of all of this, he writes a Psalm acknowledging God as a shield and protector. Even when others have lost faith in him, he doesn’t lose faith in God. His anxiety must have been incredibly high. He didn’t know how this was going to play out, but he knew that it wasn’t going to be good.

Right in the middle he writes the above words. To me, it’s an ultimate sign of faith, to drift into vulnerable sleep while living on the run, trusting that God would protect and sustain him. That he would wake up with the energy to face whatever comes next.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But I want to have the faith of David that no matter what happens, God will protect and sustain me through it all.

Sustaining: Thankful for the Story

We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Psalm 78:4

I don’t think it’s a secret that there is some contentious stuff going on in the Christian community, especially here in America.  To be fair, a lot of my resources come from Twitter and social media in general, which tends to be pretty divisive on a normal day.  But I also hear the heartbreak and frustration coming out of the mouths of friends and family, longing for a redemption for the brokenhearted and oppressed.  Feeling betrayed that the Church is silent or speaks out in half-truths.  Longing for truth, justice, and peace to prevail.

And I wonder how the next generation will view the church when they grow up, view Christianity as a whole, as they watch us from the sidelines today.  Will they see a place of rage or redemption?  Will they see peacemakers or persecutors?  Will it be a place that includes the lost, broken, and hurting, or will it be a place that excludes those who don’t understand the codes, rules, and expectations?

It’s important for me to remember that though the Church is made up of a flawed humanity, it was created by a flawless God.  We won’t get it perfect, but we can trust in the perfection of God’s plan.  When I was in my darkest moments, I looked with desperation to find God’s presence.  And He revealed himself in small and big ways.  That is what I want to pass on to my son, to the next generation.  

You will see a lot of heartbreak if you live for any length of time on this earth.  You will get frustrated, lonely, broken, hurt, and sad.  But there is a God that is willing to walk you through it.  And as heavy as the bad feelings are, there will be moments of joy, wisdom, laughter, healing, and happiness coming.  I have hope in the next generation because God will work through their lives, revealing himself in special ways to them, just as he has done in my own generation.  And that’s a story I can pass on.

Sustaining: Thankful for God

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. Psalms 36:5-6
Six years ago, Michael and I went to Paris, France for our wedding anniversary.  I remember the first full day, we got on the metro to go to the Eiffel Tower.  We entered a tunnel during the trip into the heart of the city.  As we left the tunnel, the Tower came into view.  We were in a train car with other Americans, and there was an audible gasp as we all looked at it. We left the metro and walked to the tower.  We stood under it and looked up.  The sheer size of it left me speechless and overwhelmed.  I’ve had similar experiences underneath the Arizona sky at night, how the entire sky seems massive, stretching from one end of the earth to the other.  Also, looking out over the ocean on a cruise ship, how tiny the boat feels (which isn’t tiny in the least) compared to the unending water around us. This verse reminds me just how small I am compared to the love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice of God.  It is the tall tower, the evening sky, the expansive ocean.  It’s overwhelming and awe-inspiring.  I am so thankful we serve a God like our God.  

Waiting

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I’m giving myself just a little break today, but I wanted to share a psalm that I’ve been meditating on the last couple of days.

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;

Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive

to my cry for mercy.

 

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,

Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness,

so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

 

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,

and in his word, I put my hope.

I wait for the Lord

more than watchmen wait for the morning,

more than watchmen wait for the morning.

 

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,

for with the Lord is unfailing love

and with him is full redemption.

He himself will redeem Israel

from all their sins.