“Wait for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land …” Psalm 37:34
Oh Sacred One there standing
Grant me now your favor.
Oblige this soul to know
The blessing of the Savior.
No longer exalting self
My Lord stands at the helm.
He alone lifts up
To a higher, unseen realm.
Our part is to wait for the Lord. To walk in daily obedience to his Word and follow as his Spirit leads. It is not our place to exalt ourselves. He alone, the exalted one, lifts up.
“Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me…” Jeremiah 15:16 (LB)
When I find myself depleted spiritually or emotionally, there’s a place to refill the tank…the Word.
God’s word is spiritual nourishment. It is much needed fuel for the day and satisfies completely. His word restores and energizes. It comforts and encourages. It’s packed full of health food for the soul—like peace, wisdom and strength.
The Word keeps me alive spiritually. When I’m feeling down, it restores joy. The Word brings light into dark and hope into disappointments. It settles me when I’m anxious and calms me when I am afraid.
Thank you for your Word, Lord. It satisfies like nothing else.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119:18
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
“…Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.” Jeremiah 4:3
The days go quickly, the years fly by and we will not always have ground to plow. Opportunities come in windows of time that will eventually shut. Once open, soon-to-be-closed doors, will be sealed at some point.
Unplowed ground is a nursery waiting to happen—a field intended for growth. If unplowed ground sits dormant, it’s a grief of the saddest kind: the grief of what could have been. Purposes sit untilled. Precious gifts and talents remain tucked-away. Potential dries up and plans are sadly wasted.
Unplowed, never productive ground, weeps for seed to be sown. Seed to nurture. Seed to surround with warm earth-loving arms and unseen life-needed nutrients.
Has he given me land that’s just sitting there—unproductive for his kingdom? Has he given me a packet of seeds collecting dust on the shelf?
Show me, Lord. May every inch of ground and every tiny seed be used for your kingdom purposes.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back…” Isaiah 54:2
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient path, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.'” Jeremiah 6:16
Years ago a friend shared the above passage with me as she was entering the empty nest stage of life and looking to God for direction.
Now my nest has emptied and I’d like to move forward in the way the Lord has for me. I’m standing at a crossroads and different options vie for my time and efforts.
Where’s the ancient path and what’s the good way? I trust that he’s going to show me as I follow him. I want his plan for the next stage and would like to invest in a kingdom that lasts forever. I cling to this heartbeat of truth—that God has a plan and purpose for me. That’s the ancient path and the good way I’d like to travel.
Lord, show me the good way, that I may walk in it. There is rest in the center of your will. Keep me there—wanting what you want.
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Your love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
Flood waters are going to come. Rivers will rush through uninvited and unpredicted fires will burn. It’s the way of life.
Rather than elements of nature, it could be tough life issues we face. As much as we’d like to avoid the unexpected, sometimes there’s no way around it. The only thing to do is walk through.
We have one who walks through trials with us. He might teach us to swim through rough waters. We may learn to cling to the lifesaver during the flood. The heat might get uncomfortably hot—yet we’re changed for the better.
When rivers gush fast
And floods wreak havoc
When fires claim what was mine.
There’s one who walks with me
He fights battles for me
Mighty warrior, strong at my side.
“But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior…” Jeremiah 20:11
“You will not have to fight this battle…Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” II Chronicles 20:17
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
I grew up on a Kentucky farm with six brothers and sisters. Our favorite pastime was swimming in the creek. Many Sunday afternoons were spent in those cool rippling waters.
Our attention could not have been more fully in the moment as we waded, floated and swam between those tree-lined banks. We delighted in that creek.
To delight in the Lord is to be fully engaged in him. If I delight in him, my desires will be for the blessings of God and those desires will be met. I won’t have to overthink my life satisfaction rating.
If I’m immersed in him my desires will be intune with his wishes and satisfied.
Lord, give me a desire to fully delight in you—to know you more and follow you closer. I’d like to be as delighted in you as a bunch of country kids in the creek on Sunday afternoon.