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Prayer Journal Entry
Your throne is high and lofty; who can ascend Your holy hill?! (Psalm 24:3) Surely not a sinner like me, but in the same breath, I dare not speak against Your Word that says You condemn none in Christ, which means I’m welcome here in Your Throne room. Simply Unfathomable Grace and Love!
I’m so undeserving to bask in Your presence, to sit awash in Your ocean of comfort, joy, and peace made possible because of Your forgiveness. Yet, You have given me the “right” to be Your child, called as Your own.
Refresh my heart, restore my soul, O Shepherd, as I worship in this place of mercy. Let me glimpse Your glory and be forever changed just a little bit more to look like You! (Romans 8:29)
Worship Through Song
El Chuwl; The God who gives birth. Is it strange to think of God as “one who gives birth”?
Consider the real, messy realities of birth. Bloody. Insides coming out with great travail. Nearly a year of growing a babe (or few) inside, pregnancy comes with its own struggles including heartburn, sleepless nights, hot sweats, stretching skin, painful ligaments tearing under distress, internal organs becoming smashed, and a once-lithe body now awkwardly laboring under a cumbersome load.
Birth comes with wails, pain, grit, tearing, and then, wonderfully, life. Mama weeps with joy as she listens to the most beautiful sound on earth, a newborn’s feeble cry, and strokes the best feeling in the world, silky baby skin, while taking in the sweetest scent known to humanity, freshly birthed life. Now consider, El Chuwl, The God Who Gives Birth.
Take in the incredible humility of this God who authors life, brings it forth, and tenderly holds life close to His divine chest to nurture newness with His own breath.
Behold the beauty of El Chuwl and drink in the truths of this God who cannot forget the work of His hands, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or lack compassion for the child of her womb? Even if these forget, yet I will not forget you. Look, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands…” (Isaiah 49:15-16)
Challenge yourself to carry the image of the Lord as He describes Himself to us as El Chuwl. Decide to remember Him as the God who gives birth and refuses to forget you!
Rebekah commented that the name, Jehovah Tsidkenu, was a “balm to [her] soul” and “near and dear to [her] heart”.
What names of God are special to you? Slow down to think about and articulate with spoken words why a particular name of God, or trait of His character, is particularly special to you. What need or ache do you recognize in yourself that is healed and satisfied in the heart of God? Pause to praise Him for that now; be specific! Psalm 47:6 exhorts us, “Sing praise to God, sing praise; sing praise to our King, sing praise!”
Rebekah’s faith story includes how self-reliant and self-righteous she was until she was faced with the reality that even her good deeds were brought with sin-stained hands, rendering them sin-soaked. She needed a righteousness completely outside herself; we all sit beside her in this.
Melodye wrote of Christ as the “righteous Branch” who would not only make His people righteous, but Who would prepare a city of righteousness for us to dwell with Him. Christ’s blameless righteousness offers to cover our sin-sick wretchedness! Perhaps this name of the gracious, kind Lord is near and dear to you also!
I’m a mama of 8 Treasures. When they were littles and I pushed them in a stroller, I would often hear comments about how great it would be to be handed snacks and pushed around effortlessly. Who wouldn’t agree?!
Being a mama, a grandmama, a co-worker, a wife, a daughter, sister, or aunt are each challenging in their own ways. When life becomes especially overwhelming, don’t we all wish for the image of that peacefully sleeping little one perfectly cared for and guarded?
Malinda and Stacy’s dive into the Shepherd Psalm reveals that the Almighty God is exactly this kind of kind, attentive, perfectly loving parent for us. Watching for our well-being, leading ahead of us, guarding us against enemies, providing for our needs, even simple ones like food and water.
How have you seen Jehovah Rohi today in your ordinary life? Air, water, food, sleep, relationships, safety, comfort? Have have you seen the Shepherd today? Praise Him for the love you have seen, and then ask Him to open your eyes to see Him in fresh ways! It’s certain He is actively shepherding; will you see Him?!
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