March 13, 2009

Psalm 84

I have loved this Psalm for a while now, I read it weeks ago and daily the Lord brings it to my mind.  We serve an incredible God.  In the midst of such a blessing of being pregnant, my health situation remains as a constant anchor for my eyes…to be fixed on Him. I have no choice.  In my eyes it makes no sense why this blessing would come at such a time but in God’s timing, regardless of my understanding, it is the perfect time.  I have a choice every day to “make springs in the valley of Baca”.  When we suffer or are in pain, we can choose to not let the circumstances concern us and oh this is hard at times.  But like this Psalm says, “the autumn springs will come and cover, what once was a dessert, with pools of living water.”  I was reading in Oswald Chambers “My Upmost for His Highest” (which I love), and he made a statement that has really stuck with me.  “Showing no concern for the uncertainties that lie ahead is the secret of walking with Jesus.” Real, authentic, total surrender to our first love, regardless of the valley -  sometimes its a feeling but sometimes its simply a choice.

Psalm 84
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
  at a place near your altar,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
4 What joy for those who can live in your house,
    always singing your praises.

5 What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
    who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
6 When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
    it will become a place of refreshing springs.
    The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
7 They will continue to grow stronger,
    and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

10 A single day in your courts
    is better than a thousand anywhere else!
  I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
    than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
    He gives us grace and glory.
  The Lord will withhold no good thing
    from those who do what is right.
12 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
    what joy for those who trust in you.

3 Comments So Far...

March 13, 2009 Lisa

i love this. thanks for the encouragement!

March 16, 2009 Kaitlyn

I went to your website from the link on your sister’s website.  I appreciate reading your story and your thoughts.  Thank you for your honesty and the way you describe what goes on in your relationship with God.  I didn’t read everything but there is such a theme of God being glorified throughout your entries.  I feel like reading this points me to Him.

March 16, 2009 Kaitlyn

AND I praise God with you that you are pregnant!  After having a miscarriage my first pregnancy I also wrestled the second time with when to tell and God led me in a similar direction, teaching me that new life is so precious and to be rejoiced in and cherished from the moment we know!  Praise God for the new life in you!  May God hold this little one safe.

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