Friday, October 23, 2009

A Psalm

By Quiet Spirit

O Lord, You have been my mainstay

Since I can remember.

You guide me through every disappointment and

Each struggle.

You allow me to bounce back from defeat and

Destruction of my heart.

You clear my messes and clean up my sin.

You provide my every need and do so with love.

You, O Lord, minister to me when I ail.

You , O Father, listen to me when I pray and when I wail.

Please continue to hear my prayers and minister to me

when I intercede for others.

I beg of you to speak to me through your Word.

Anchor my mind in You and please allow me to work for your kingdom.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Waiting On The Lord

“We wait in hope for the Lord;

He is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

For we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we pin our hope in you.

(Psalm 33:2022 NIV)

We wait. Do we like to wait? Not always, especially when we are young. We
live in a “fast food” world. Some times we wait in fear. Other times we wait in dread.

But the psalmist says “We wait in hope for the Lord;” we could wait in hope because we know him and believe he will make everything right. We could waiti n hope because we will see him in all his glory.

The writer knows God is our help and shield. He rescues us from this sinful world and take us away from those who injure us.

We will ‘be happy and rejoice’ because we will be seeing a friend, someone we know, someone we trust. The psalmist say, ‘we trust in his holy name.’ We can’t trust in anything or anyone else without getting disappointed or disillusioned, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, delivery men, repair men.

When was the last time we rejoiced over something good that happened to us, our family, or our friends? We will rejoice when we see the Lord, because of who he is.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Why, Lord ?"

How often do we ask this question when we are new in the Christian walk? Do we ever not ask the question? Why or why not? Can we ask that question without God being disappointed?

Whenever a babe in Christ finds himself or herself facing situations they don’t understand. He or she will ask God ‘Why’. For instance, a new follower will pray for a friend who is ill. The friend continues to get worse. The young Christian doesn’t understand why her prayers aren’t answered.

Having been a practicing Christian for almost 40 years, I can say, “Yes, we do have times when we will ask God “Why?”. We have times where we don’t understand the reason we or our families have to go through tough times. A relative finds out she has Breast Cancer a second time. A friend’s youngest son has a positive attitude about beating his Cancer, lasting almost three times longer than most with that type of the disease. But, God takes him away anyway. These have been some of my ‘whys.’

Yet, there are times we don’t ask the question. Our faith carries us through. When we do ask the question, could it be God wants to take us to a new level of faith? The good news is we can ask our Lord why events do or don’t happen in our lives. The quandary is He may or may not answer.

He chose not to answer my many questions that began with “WHY” when I asked them about my relative. But He did allow us to spend a lot of time together and to become closer. When I inquired of the Father about my friend’s son, He did give me an answer. My friend’s son would have suffered quite a bit because the Cancer was everywhere in his body. God told me the Cancer didn’t take him.

We can ask this question without God becoming disappointed in us. He loves us and allows us to approach his throne with all our concerns and worries. God is a just person and has our ultimate welfare in mind as we muddle through times of uncertainty.

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