….my heart has been heavy and unsettled with a lot of things. Not much time to dig deep into His Word & rest in His Presence. And I feel down in a pit.
But God is loving and faithful. He sent Words to me this morning from my friend through her devotional. The EXACT Words I’ve given her before. The EXACT Words that He usually gives me…the “do not fear or be discouraged,” the “I am with you,” the “I have gone before you,” the “come to me,” the “take every thought captive.” My friend and I laughed through our tears at His wonderful sense of humor. Just perfect. Nothing new or earth-shattering. Things I already know. Things He has to keep telling me in His patient, loving way. I can just hear Him saying, “Chrystal, Chrystal. How many times do you need to hear this? Here it is once more.”
Last Sunday, our message at church was about Psalm 84. THIS, too, is perfect.
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young– a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. “Selah” 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 8 Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. “Selah” 9 Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.
And here it is in music. Perfect again. My heart feels lighter. Thank you, LORD.
- Psalm 84. The Blessedness Of Dwelling In The House Of God. Longing For God’s House (bummyla.wordpress.com)