I sometimes spend more time dreaming, wondering, fretting, and catastrophizing, rather than seeking answers in God’s Word. (Maybe you can relate?)
It’s easier to be upset; it’s also exhausting.
As I reflected on this verse, I felt God drawing me to relinquish worry, instead quiet myself as I prayerfully read the Word and listen for His voice.
“My eyes grow weary
looking for what You have promised;
I ask, ‘When will You comfort me?’”
Like the psalmist, we may find ourselves wondering,
“Why haven’t I seen these dreams fulfilled?”
We know God is fully aware of our dreams and desires.
When they intersect with His plans,
we know He will keep His promises to fulfill His plans for us.
Sometimes, we see the fulfillment right away;
other times, we may not recognize it, because it appears different than we imagined,
or it may not happen on our preferred timeline.
In the waiting, we can look for the Divine and Holy in the midst of our now.
“Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke,
I do not forget your statutes.”
Forty-plus years into my walk with Christ, I can easily forget the fresh love, joy, and rebirth I experienced in the early days of my salvation. Life has a way of drying out the “wineskins” of our souls; yet I know God will never abandon me.
When we feel cracked and brittle, we are invited to refresh our weary souls with His presence, softening these vessels so they can hold fresh words, anointings, and callings. (Luke 5:37-39)
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“How many days must Your servant wait?
When will You execute judgment on my persecutors?
The arrogant have dug pits for me;
they violate Your instruction.
All Your commands are true.
people persecute me with lies—help me!
They almost ended my life on earth,
but I did not abandon Your precepts.
Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love,
And I will obey the decree You have spoken.”
Daughters of the King, when we feel surrounded by enemies or suffering or lies,
we can hope in His promises of true justice, faithful love, and life everlasting.
ל Lamed (Psalm 119:89-96)
“Lord, Your word is forever;
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
Your faithfulness is for all generations;
You established the earth, and it stands firm.”
Isaiah 40:8 echoes, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God remains forever.”
Throughout the generations, God remains steadfast. The same God who cares so tenderly for me will lovingly hold my great-great-grandchildren!
To every generation, He reveals Himself anew
as Jehovah Nissi, our banner or protector
as Jehovah Jireh, our provider
as Jehovah Rapha, our healer.
“Your judgments stand firm today,
for all things are Your servants.
If Your instruction had not been my delight,
I would have died in my affliction.”
My afflictions, my offenses, my sins were great. Yet even in my humanity, my stumbles, my failures, You are there. You draw me close. You forgive me and wash me clean.
“I will never forget Your precepts,
for You have given me life through them.
I am Yours; save me,
for I have studied Your precepts.
The wicked hope to destroy me,
but I contemplate Your decrees.
I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but Your command is without limit.”
I will call upon You day or night, for You alone can still the storms within and around me.
I am Yours; save me!
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Line upon line, precept upon precept. Lord, let me cling to Your promises, meditating on them. I must seek You and Your word daily.
[Listen to the lyrics of “Word of God Speak” by Mercy Me!]
“I have more insight than all my teachers
because Your decrees are my meditation.
I understand more than the elders
because I obey Your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path
to follow Your word.
I have not turned from Your judgments,
for You Yourself have instructed me.”
I will praise You even in the midst of my questions. As I meditate on Your word, You bring true understanding to my heart and guide my path.
“How sweet Your word is to my taste—
sweeter than honey in my mouth.
I gain understanding from Your precepts;
therefore I hate every false way.”
A generation after Israel’s king David penned these words, his son, Solomon, wrote in Proverbs 24:13-14:
“Eat honey, my son, for it is good,
and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate;
realize that wisdom is the same for you.
If you find it, you will have a future,
and your hope will never fade.”
The delight and sweetness of Your word draws me near again and again.
Thank You, Lord, for Your life-giving Word!
Worship XI Day 9
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