Today I spent a good amount of time with the Lord. It was so great because I am really trying to use my time wisely when Harper is napping.
I wanted to share what I studied today and hope that it can encourage all of us during good and bad days. We are reading in Psalms/Job for bible study and we just finished Psalms 21-40 before we move on to Job. As I finished I was reminded of the way that David continually uninhibitately vented and expressed his emotions both good and bad (frustration, fear, anger, disatisfaction, satisfaction, thankfulness, fill in the blank emotion) to God. Amazingly David always went back to the character and promises of God and put his faith in His character. Today I decided to make a list of who God is and what God does for us.
Here it is (Just a summary, read the text for further exploration, I also have the scripture references but didn't feel like typing them if you want them =): What God Does For Us (Psalms 21-27): Gives us strength Gives us victory Grants us the desires of our heart Does not withold Welcomes us with rich blessings Gives us life Grants us eternal blessings Makes us glad with the joy of his presence Loves us Unfailingly Is faithful through generations Saves us and hears our cries Does not disappoint Can't be shaken Quick to help us Delivers us Rescues us Has not hidden his face from us Listens to our cries for help Helps us not be in want Lead us besides quiet waters Restores our souls Guides us in paths of righteousness Makes me lie down in green pastures We do not have to fear evil for he is with me Comforts me Overflows my cup Goodness and love follow me all the days of my life We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever We will not be put to shame Enemies will not triumph over me Shows me his ways Teaches me his paths Guides me in his truth Remembers us according to his love, not according to the sins of my youth or my rebellion Instructs sinners in his ways Guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way Is loving and faithful Forgives our iniquity though it is great Instructs us in the way chosen for us Confides in those who fear him Makes his covenant known to us Turns to us and is gracious to us when we are lonely and afflicted Frees us from anguish Takes away our sins Guards my life and rescues me Integrity and upright Reedems me Merciful to me Gives us level ground to stand on Our light and salvation Keeps me safe in his dwelling place Conquers our enemies Gives us confidence and helps our hearts not to fear Does not hide his face from us Helper Does not reject or forsake us Recieves me Leads me in a straight path Teaches us his way
What an awesome God we serve. I am humbled by the fact that such an awesome God could love me; such an imperfect person that could never measure up. It still amazes me that God does all of these things for us yet only requires me to acknowledge my need for him and believe that he loved me enough to die for me (A small ask considering all he has done for me)
I was so encouraged by these truths because I have been really struggling with finding my significance in others. I often put so many expectations on others and get frustrated and angry when people don't respond the way I think they should or when things don't turn out how I expected, relationally, circumstancially, etc. The reality is that when I put my hope and satisfaction in people or things they will always end up letting me down. Only God can meet my every need. My hope needs to rest in him alone. Praying that all of you will do the same.