“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.'” – Psalm 27:8 NLT
Weary and despairing, we are quick to utter a cry out to the God of our salvation.
We believe He hears us, but do we believe He is present, alive, and actively engaged with us? Do we believe He longs to commune with us, in every moment of our angst? And do we believe He can move the very mountains standing in our way of victory?
At Christmas, we reflect and remember that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s redemptive love story with His Creation.
Jesus left His throne in heaven to lie as a babe in a manger, to walk the earth for 30 years, experiencing the same joys and sorrows we do. His love was perfect, completely sacrificial.
Despite the pain and heartache of living in a sinful world, despite being betrayed and sentenced to a horrific death on a cross – He lived fully engaged; showing us the Way, Truth, and Life found in God’s Kingdom through grace.
Jesus is Immanuel, God dwelling with us. Before returning to heaven to prepare a place for us in glory, He told us He would be coming back soon and promised the Holy Spirit, God’s continued presence with us day by day.
What a beautiful thought!
Even now, God longs to continue the communion. He’s knocking on the door of our hearts. He’s calling, “Come, talk with me!”
To remove ourselves from the external and choose precious moments with the Creator, Redeemer, and Lover of our souls, is to find
Peace in the Storm
Joy in the Sorrow
Comfort in the Fire
May our hearts hear the knocking, and open the door. May we know with assurance that when we seek God in His Word, we will find Him. We will find love. Complete, Satisfying, Perfect love.
Come. Lay it all at His feet, and find freedom once more.
WHY SO DOWNCAST, OH MY SOUL
Why so downcast, oh my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in the Lord –
For I will yet praise Him; my Savior and my God.
The time for despair has passed
Put on your garment of praise.
Dust off the ashes that left you lifeless and burdened
And straighten your crown of beauty.
Everlasting joy is yours –
For the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord God – Creator of the Earth – Does not grow tired or weary.
Though you yourself are tired and weary
He gives you strength and increases your power.
You shall soar on wings like an eagle
For Your Shepherd came to give you life abundant
That the wolf had tried to steal.
For though your sins were like scarlet,
You’ve been washed white as snow.
Though your sorrows last for a night,
Joy comes in the morning.
So forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See – He is doing something new in your heart and life.
Do not fear. Do not be dismayed.
Your God will strengthen you and help you.
He holds your hand as you walk forward.
Sing to Lord a new song.
Rejoice! For He dwells right here with you.
He is a wall of fire that surrounds you,
And He is the glory in your midst.
Bless the Lord, oh my soul.
Let all that is within me bless His holy name.
Great is the Lord!
For He delights in blessing his servants with peace!
Now, in this moment –
Let all that I am wait quietly before the Lord
For my hope is in Him.
He alone is my Rock and my Salvation.
He is my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge; a rock where no enemy can reach me.
Oh, my soul, trust in Him at all times.
Pour out your heart to Him –
For God is your refuge.
**For a list of Scripture references from the poetry, reach out to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or, do some digging and experience the promise of finding God in the search. 🙂
You are seen, known, and loved. Relentlessly. Blessings in the journey.