August 29, 2018
We all have those moments. Times when we do not know what to do or where to go.
Sometimes it is just a decision we are making. Or enemies that have surrounded us. Or tough circumstances. At other times, it's something else ... a distance from God. A sense that we have drifted and we're not even sure how, but we are missing the intimacy we once enjoyed with Him.
David was in this place in Psalm 43. We don't know the particulars, but it was such that it caused Him to cry out in this Psalm. His soul was in despair. He felt rejected. He was mourning. He was oppressed by his enemies.
So, what did David do? He prayed.
O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling places. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God. (Psalm 43:3-4)
Notice what he asked God for at this dark time (and what should we ask for when we encounter the same).
LIGHT AND TRUTH TO LEAD ME
David needed light to see the path and truth to see the right path. He admits his inability to find the way on his own. So, he humbly cries out to God. And God ALWAYS hears the prayer of humility and dependency. God will always give light and truth to those who seek Him.
FOR GOD HIMSELF
But notice this all-important part of the prayer. He was not simply praying for independent direction. He was praying for God Himself. He wanted to go to God's ""holy hill and to (God's) dwelling places ... to GOD my exceeding joy.""
David knew that everything flows from the presence of the Lord. What He needed was God. Nothing less would do. And, he knew enough about God to know that God would disclose Himself. That he could experience God, and when he did, would have all he needed!
Where are you turning in your despair and disconnection? Don't run to any THING; run to God Himself!
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August 04, 2020
We are enamored by wealth. Commercials promise it, television shows us the biggest homes and fanciest cars, and we are amazed. Wall street records the richest business tycoons. But we are using a false measure of wealth.
The humblest believer who has recognized his poverty and come to Christ and received salvation has more than the wealthiest among us. He has the kingdom of heaven.
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