Lord, I prayed. Why is my world falling apart?

Written 2007

Psalm 27

 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
       whom shall I fear?
       The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
       of whom shall I be afraid? 

 4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
       this is what I seek:
       that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
       all the days of my life,
       to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
       and to seek him in his temple.

 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
       Your face, LORD, I will seek.

 10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
       the LORD will receive me. 

 13 I am still confident of this:
       I will see the goodness of the LORD
       in the land of the living
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Have you ever really stopped to ponder the depth and breadth of Psalm 27?  For me it is an anchor of faith.  I have thought and pontificated upon this Psalm many times.  I sometimes question how many of us actually let the Word of God richly dwell in us and take root in us.  For all of you who feel like you are being test with out end, don’t lose hope.  God is always, as ever, faithful

God will test and prove our hearts.  Where does your loyalty lie?  Do you really mean what you pray like David does when he say, “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek;” or have you ever desired to be drawn near to God; or do you do simply offer up vain and empty words expecting nothing in return?  God will often take us up on our prayers.  Don’t be angry or upset when your life is turned upside down and inside out.  God is at work actively answer your prayer to draw near, to dwell in His secret place, and to be made more like Him.

We don’t get to define what the answers to our prayers will look or sound like; yet we can have the heart of David in Ps. 27:3:  “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.”  He was calm and cool in the midst of the storm.  He willfully chose to believe God had the best for him even though Saul sought to destroy David, and even his son rose his hand against him in dishonor.  David was rock steady in his faith.  He didn’t waver.  In the moments of stress, strain, and pain, we gain the joy of the Lord.  We gain God’s strength in our weakness.  We press in and sit at His feet.  We hear His heart beat and feel His breath upon us.  We can feel His eyes lovingly watching over us—gazing on us as a mother does to her newborn.  We can praise him every chance we get.  Live.  Live.  Live. 

So today—right now—are you ready for God to make good in His promise to hear your prayer?  Get ready.  It may not look like you wanted, but God will be faithful to draw you near and call you beloved.  Run to the secret place.  Dwell in the shadow of the Most High God.  He will never let you down.  He’s waiting and watching for you.  The next time you ponder God’s word, remember…He always makes good on His word.  He keeps his promises.

 

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