postheadericon Psalm 20


It is really totally amazing how God works! I was catching up on some Bible readings while I was on the treadmill on Sunday morning. One of the passages from that hour of reading time that stuck out the most was Psalm 20. Only a few hours later, Psalm 20 was our responsive reading at church! Hmm. Was I supposed to get that hint, God?

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary.
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!

Oh man, how I love the psalms! I don't even know where to begin here!

I think what caught my attention first was verse 4: "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." I do believe that God wants to give us the things we desire. However, I also believe that as we learn to follow Him more closely, our desires will begin to align more closely with His. And that's a tricky thing sometimes. I mean, it would be really nice to win the lottery, but will that bring God glory? It definitely could, don't get me wrong! But before I start praying for that, I better figure out how God can use me best.

I also particularly like verse 7 and 8: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses,but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.They are brought to their knees and fall,but we rise up and stand firm." I think I like it because of a Jennifer Knapp song called In the Name. I used to listen to her music all the time! It was like the coolest thing getting to see her live at Sonshine when I was in high school. Every so often, some of her lyrics will pop into my head, and this Sunday was one of those days. Her song that's based on this psalm is simply awesome. I highly recommend you check it out!

The bottom line is that there is only one place we can place our trust; one place that we won't be disappointed. That place is God. This psalm is just a reminder that God won't let us down. He won't disappoint us. He is always there. He always wants what's best for us. In Him, we will find victory. In Him we can stand tall. We can rise up and stand firm.

There is so much to learn from such a short passage. Spend some time this week studying the 20th psalm. See what nuggets God gives you. It is always a good thing to be in God's word and learning and growing. Happy Monday, everyone!

 

postheadericon He Knows Your Name


I've been listening to a lot of Christian music lately. It's a good way for me to hear truth and for it to get stuck in my head; engrained in my heart. I've been listening only to Christian radio when I'm in the car and mostly Christian Pandora stations at the gym, though I will admit that I toss in some Disney every now and again. Anyway, I've been hearing a pretty awesome song called "He Knows My Name" by Francesca Battistelli quite a bit lately and I just have to share.

Spent today in a conversation
In the mirror face to face with
Somebody less than perfect
I wouldn't choose me first if
I was looking for a champion
In fact I'd understand if
You picked everyone before me
But that's just not my story
True to who You are
You saw my heart
And made
Something out of nothing

I really can't say it enough. It does not matter in the slightest that we're not perfect. God already knows that. We're not supposed to be perfect. And it doesn't matter if we're chosen last every single time. God doesn't care about any of that. He sees and knows our hearts, and that's what's important; that's what matters. He made something out of nothing with my heart, and I'm guessing that I'm not the only one who can relate to that.
I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name
He knows my name
This is not the easiest thing for me. I know I've said before that sometimes I like recognition. It's nice to feel appreciated. But the fact of the matter is, I shouldn't need that. It doesn't matter if my name is in lights, or if people acknowledge my accomplishments. I am already famous in the eyes that see through me to the core of who I am. I'm famous in the eyes of the King.

I'm not meant to just stay quiet
I'm meant to be a lion
I'll roar beyond a song
With every moment that I've got
True to who You are
You saw my heart
And made
Something out of nothing
I find this verse quite empowering. We are not made to stay quiet; we're meant to ROAR! I don't necessarily mean that we have to out screaming the Gospel from rooftops. Our actions can roar just as much as our words can. We don't have to be shy and timid; we can be bold in Him.
I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name
He knows my name
The line in this song that has stuck out to me the most since the first time I heard it is here in the chorus. "I'm not living for applause; I'm already so adored." Whoa. Again, I don't need the earthy recognition. Earthly applause should not be my goal. And the kicker...I'm already so adored. Nothing on this earth will ever compare to that. I really love the word adored. It is such a strong and powerful word. I almost think I like it better than the word "loved." Maybe because it's not as used. I'm not sure. But think about being wholly and completely adored by the One True King.
He calls me chosen, free forgiven
Wanted, child of the King
His forever, held in treasure
I am loved
This bridge is just awesome! These words speak such truth We are all these things! Let them sink in... Chosen. Free andforgiven. Wanted. Children of the King. We are His forever. Held in treasure. Loved. Know these things. Believe these things. Trust in these things. You are loved!
I don't need my name in lights...
I'm famous in my Father's eyes...
I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name
He knows my name
I mean really, what's not to love about this song? Blessings to all!

Last Updated (Friday, 30 January 2015 23:05)

 

postheadericon Eternal Glory


"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

I was honored to spend my weekend last week with about 100 high school students at T.E.C. (Teens Encounter Christ) #98. Our theme verse for the weekend was 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. Our lovely youth leaders led an awesome devo about that verse and what it meant to them.

One of the things that really stuck out to me was the analogy of the wind. We can't see the wind, like we can't see God. But we can feel the wind, just like we can feel God. Now that part, I had heard before. But then it goes a step further. We can't see the wind itself, but we can see its effect on people and things. We can't see God Himself, but we can see His effect on people. How awesome is that?!

I think about my life, and I see the way that God changes and works in and through people every single day. Over the weekend, I saw God's love shine through the teenagers who gave up their time and even paid money to serve other students who they didn't even know. I watched as God changed and softened hearts right before my very eyes. I heard God speak through some of these kids as they shared their stories. I felt God's arms around me as I received hugs. I felt God's love as I read notes from my teammates. I saw God's effect on all 126 people who were there.

I was reading today and read this:

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I thought it was rather fitting.

When you think about it, we can only see a glimpse. But in that glimpse, we should trust all that is beyond our vision. We know that God is working is our lives and we can feel Him and see His effect on us and those around us. And that is a gift!