Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Shalom! Like many of you, I love to read the Psalms.
We can identify with David and the psalmists when they share their hearts with Abba, sometimes in ways that sound a lot like my 'kvetching' when things don't happen the way I think they should. They struggled when it looked like the enemies of God were prospering and getting their way, much like we do when we look at the upside down world we live in and in our hearts cry out, "God, why don't you do something!" Then, we see a subtle shift as they begin to direct their gaze heavenward, upon the majesty of an eternal, just and righteous Father, and understanding comes into their hearts as they recognize the temporal nature of the world around them.
nd then we hear the words of the psalmist as they become testaments of faith and hope such as: BLESSED IS ONE WHOSE STRENGTH IS IN YOU, IN WHOSE HEART ARE THE PILGRIM ROADS. PASSING THROUGH THE VALLEY OF BACA, THEY MAKE IT A SPRING. THE EARLY RAIN COVERS IT WITH BLESSINGS. THEY GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH - EVERY ONE OF THEM APPEARS BEFORE GOD IN ZION. ADONAI-TZVA'OT, HEAR MY PRAYER, GIVE EAR, O GOD OF JACOB. SELAH (Psalm 84:6-9).
We know that this world is not our home, we are pilgrims looking forward to our eternal dwelling with Him! Interesting, the only reference in the Scripture to the Valley of Baca (literally translated 'weeping') and God makes it a spring of blessing! We are strengthened in times of struggle and disappointment if we allow Him to work in us. Be encouraged, brother and sister, as we navigate through these dangerous times together, our hope and our strength comes from Him and He's "got this!"