I have gotten in the habit of waking up, getting some breakfast (whether its homemade waffles or pancakes or a bowl of cereal), sitting down in my big over sized chair, and flipping on my iPod player. This morning was no exception. However, when I woke up, I had no desire to get up and face the day - even though the sun was shining in all of its beauty. I just couldn't figure out how today was going to be any different than yesterday? But, grace for today...right?
So, when I sat down, I skipped some songs and got to one and pressed play.
Ps 27 (don't know the name of it) by Hillsong. I just sat amazed at this psalm - which I fell in love with via Chris Gaynor who quoted it often at the Summit.
Such a precious psalm and one that is loved by me!
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? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: 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 inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.”My heart says to you,“Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Here's a little bit of commentary - not that it needs any:
Lately I've been doing a lot of listening to myself instead of preaching to myself (go read some Jerry Bridges and CJ Mahaney). It has just been a tough couple of days. But, then listening to this - raising my hands to this - singing it this morning (quietly) as I walked through Norton on the way to work. Wait for the Lord and be strong!