Thursday, September 15, 2016

Love by Day-Song by Night

Daily Gratitude Year 4- Day 259: Today, I am grateful for the direction of His love by day and His song in the night.

This is a world that is anxious. I feel it every time the news comes on. I am sucked into it, when I watch videos, read a little more or follow a particular issue. 

I wonder if we have too much information swarming us like bees, all of the time. The internet has endless information. Not all of it truthful or accurate, but it is endless. 

It can overwhelm us. 

I think David's Psalm's are so meaningful because, he knew the weight of the world. As king, he was one of the most informed men of his time. He carried with him the challenge of leading well, protecting his people, listening to God's voice and all the temptations that came with wealth and power. 

I know he blew it... and he blew it big time. Still, for most of his days from boyhood to King, he sough the Lord from a heart heart hungry for a closer walk. 
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers  have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love,  at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. -Psalm 42:7-8

This is a beautiful passage. The deepth of our souls calls out to the deepth of His love. No waves or fears can sweep over us that His love cannot calm. Sometimes he lets the waves rise up... but in the stillness of the night, "his song is with me". His song.  By day, the Lord directs us with His love. 

David knew the truth and the calm that his soul felt when he prayed. Prayer is a powerful thing. "All we can do is pray" is kind of a silly thing to say. I've said it. Most of us have. Still, we can do better.  "Let's pray and see how God chooses to move in our midst." is much more sensible. 

Another favorite passage of mine is from Daniel 3:16-19. 

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. - Daniel 3:16-19

It acknowledges who God is. What he is capable of. But, recognizes his sovereignty and the possibility that his answer may be "No". Yes, they got the big miracle... but what stands out to me is the "but even if he does not" in their commitment. 

Sometimes, we tell our children "no" because the big picture is more important than their current desires. Did they feel His love as the approached the blazing furnace? Did the carry His song in their hearts? Their courage amazes me to no end. Their confidence in the God they knew calmed them. What a life lesson! 

No fire, wind, wave or natural disaster is beyond where His love can reach us or His song can calm us. No matter the trial ahead. He is able! 

Today, I am grateful for the direction of His love by day and His song in the night.

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