I guess I’m on a bit of a “thankful” kick again, but I suppose that’s a good problem to have!
I just… well, I am just seeing and feeling… God… lately. I mean, I have had two other major times of renewal in my life before but it has been a long, long time since. By no means because of Him, but because I haven’t taken the time to invest in renewing my soul for so long. I have known that God was there during the rest of the time between- He was by no means silent or absent.
Let me explain it this way in a little analogy: If the condition of my soul was relative to how “close” God lives to me, then for the past 15 years or so he has moved back and forth from living down the street and a few times in another subdivision.
Now don’t get me wrong, He wouldn’t have been the one moving closer or farther, but it is I who move Him closer or farther. But since I have been at home and able to reallocate my time a little differently, I have been able to spend more time with him.
So, I have moved Him from a far away subdivision to a few streets over. This is when I essentially went from not attending church to coming back again (long story for another day).
Then, I started to stay at home and went to the women’s bible studies at my church. Through those studies, I very quickly moved Him from a few streets over to being my next door neighbor. I saw Him more frequently… I sought Him out more frequently.
But since I have started this covenant and let God get to work on the most basic part of my life… my eating… I have (almost subconsciously) moved Him into my house. He is here all. the. time. But in a good way!
And well, He is just about the best roommate… ever!
This morning, I had a different post written altogether, but after I read this Psalm, I bumped it back. So, here ya go… my “inspiration” for this post…
I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him.
Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to God for help: “Please, God!” I cried out. “Save my life!”
God is gracious-it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.
I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”
I’m striding in the presence of God, alive in the land of the living! I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, despite giving up on the human race, saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”
What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me? I’ll lift high the cup of salvation-a toast to God! I’ll pray in the name of God; I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it together with his people.
When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. Oh, God, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God. I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it in company with his people, In the place of worship, in God’s house, in Jerusalem, God’s city. Hallelujah!
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