Peek a Boo, He Sees You

You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. Psalm 69:5

In the midst of King David’s prayer against his enemies, he confesses his own guilt and foolishness. It’s actually a very wise man who does something like this. After all, we are not, as they say, as pure as the driven snow. But David confesses based on acknowledging that God knows it all anyway, so why try to hide it? And yet, it’s clear that throughout Scripture people tried to hide from God. Adam and Eve did it. David tried. Peter tried. Jonah tried to run. Elijah curled up like a little child and bemoaned his plight.

We would certainly do well to learn from these men and women of God, for though the dress, customs, language, and culture has changed, sin and the ability to try to hide from God hasn’t.

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From Blessing to Blessing

3 I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched.
My eyes fail, looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal. Psalm 69:3-4

There are seasons of “dry spells” in our lives and seasons that are just flooded with the rich blessings of God. Look no further than the Old Testament to find scores of characters who went through these cycles. David, Elijah, Jonah, Moses, Joseph. The list could go on for pages. If someone tells you they go from mountain top to mountain top experience and don’t experience the dry spells, they’re probably not being honest about it. God can AND does walk us through these times but they do occur.

Why does that happen? Let’s look at it like this. I like rain. I do not mind thunderstorms and rain showers at all. However, I would not want to live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains 300+ days a year. Why? Because I like the sunshine that follows the rain. If you had sunshine 360 days a year you’re probably in a drought like California is experiencing. The rain makes things grow. It waters the ground and replenishes water supplies. Sunshine is important for growth, but so is rain.

So, how does this relate? If you only experience mountain top blessings (where nothing at all ever goes wrong in your life), then you really can’t understand pain and suffering and dependence on God, because you’ve never really had to reach out to God for help. The blessings were always there.

If you’re in the midst of crying out to Him, continue to do so! It’s never a bad thing to be desperate for God.

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At Wit’s End

Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. Psalm 69:1-2

We’ve all been to this place. We’ve been to the place where we feel like we’re drowning and can’t hold on for even one more minute.

Finances. Relationships. Work. Bosses. Inlaws. Kids. Loneliness. Bills. Normal, everyday stresses.

Some reading this may in the midst of these kinds of situations right now.

You don’t know where to turn or what to do. Your prayers don’t seem to go higher than the ceiling. Sleep, chocolate, or binge eating doesn’t help. No one around you seems to understand. No one seems to care.

In fact, you’re probably thinking ‘no one knows what I’m going through!’ Well, King David went through it. Read those verses again. He’s in big trouble. He cannot take it any longer. He is, as they say, at his wit’s end.

Brothers and Sisters, hang on. I know you feel like you’re alone, but you aren’t. We ALL go through these periods. We’d be lying if we say we didn’t. Keep praying. Keep seeking the Lord’s strength. It’s what got you this far, and He’s not letting you go. Confide in someone what you’re struggling with. There are people in your circle who do care about you. They may lift you up as you have lifted them up.

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Thunders with a Mighty Voice

33 to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice.
34 Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens.
35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God! Psalm 68:33-35

When I was in the Air Force flying around in a non-soundproof 707, the joke was, “I hope the Lord doesn’t return when we’re flying because we’d never hear the trumpet or His call!” Needless to say, the noise was deafening.

The same God who holds the universe – the UNIVERSE – in the palm of His hand, thunders with a mighty voice. When He speaks we will all know Who is speaking. There will be no mistaking what the noise is.

Many in the secular world view God as an old, feeble grandfather figure. I believe they try to make Him out to be an incredibly inferior being so that by inference they are somehow elevated. How mistaken they are!

This “old, feeble grandfather figure” will display His majesty so that no one mistakes Him for anything but Majestic. He will show His power like none they’ve ever seen.

I trust you are able to be encouraged by these words. What we see here on earth is very temporary, but because we’re in the midst of it every day, it seems like it will last forever.

Be encouraged, for the Lord is with you and will be your strength throughout these tumultuous times.

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In Due Time

Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, Psalm 68:32

If you’ve ever just stopped and wondered how it is all going to work out in the end, relax. It’s not your worry. It’s not your concern. God is in control and knows what He is doing. Really, He does!

You can point to scores of leaders around the world and almost none of them seem to fear God, so how will they ‘sing praise to the Lord?’ In due time, they will.

Kingdoms come and kingdoms go. Leaders come and go. Kings come and go. Bullies, terrorists, murderers, the greedy, the vile, and sexually immoral all come and go. It’s a fact we have to accept while we’re here. But one day, one day they will bow their knees and confess that Jesus is Lord. We want it to come sooner but we also know “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands.”

I know it seems like a “cop out” to just say, “wait until the Lord returns” but it’s entirely true. We do not like what we see when people get away with evil and treacherous acts. Is there no justice? When will the evil leave us alone?

Unfortunately we will always have evil among us while we live in the body. It’s not comforting, but it’s the truth.

Justice will one day be served. Perfect, righteous justice.

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