Do you ever bow your head to pray and you have no idea what to say? Or you’re at Wednesday night Bible study and in your little prayer group and praying along, and all the sudden you realize, what in God’s green creation am I saying?! I just am thinking about my God and how big and awesome he is. But that sounds so trite and even limiting. Our language doesn’t seem adequate for expressing the wonderful message of what God has done for us. That one day long ago, on a hill called Calvary, or what he does for me each and every day. I was doing my devos earlier and was reading through some of my favorite passages and I literally got butterflies in my stomach just reading about how amazing God is! And he is living inside of me! How exciting!! I’m ready to burst out of my polka dot blanket and dance and sing. Here are some of the things that stuck out to me tonight.
Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Even though lately God’s will has seemed unsure and even scary at times, this verse promises not only God’s presence, but his strengthening.
Then I came across Psalm 84. Pastor preached a message on this a loooong time ago but I remember it very well. The key verses of his message were 5-7 and 11b-12
“How blessed is the man whose strength is in you, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca (weeping) they make it a spring; The early rain covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, every one of them spears before God in Zion. . . The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in you!
The little notes I have in the margin from his message says “pass though (the valley of Baca or weeping; basically hard times or trials) don’t get lost, don’t die. Find your strength in God, come through it and end up a little stronger. Then God will shower us with blessing. I wouldn’t experience God’s blessing if we didn’t face the valley of Baca first! But I can face that valley knowing God is with me. 11b says He will withhold no good thing, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that that verse is right after the verse about facing trials. A lot of times I see my body as a trial. It causes me a lot of pain and sometimes I just pray God please take it remove this thorn in my flesh! But God sees it as a good thing. Isn’t that crazy?! God created the world and each day said it was good. God gave Heather headaches and says it is good.
“My grace is sufficient for thee. . .”