I have always been a person who related strongly to God and others through my emotions. As I have grown older the “drama factor” of my personality has declined (thankfully!) and one of the greatest lessons of my daily life with God is learning not to depend on my feelings in relating to Him. Actually feeling God’s presence is an experience that surpasses all others, but feelings can be fickle so it is important to trust God in our lives no matter what we “feel.” For me, it has been somewhat confusing at times because as I continue to walk with Jesus I seem to have less of the “feelings” that I love but as a good friend pointed out to me a couple of months ago…”maybe you are just growing more stable.” Wow!! What a novel idea! Stability on the inside that isn’t based on feelings…thank you, Jesus. So, as I read the 19th Psalm this morning a big grin shaped my face. I hope you love it as much as I do! If you have never really “felt” God’s presence before or you have difficulty trusting your everyday life to Him…if you are facing circumstances right now that are beyond anything you can work out on your own…or maybe you just could use a sweet reminder that the greatness of God never changes, even when our feelings do…read on and let Him “warm your heart to faith.” The assurance of God’s presence in our lives, the promise of His provision, is not to be found or verified in feelings. The Truth of who He is can be seen from sunrise to sunset all across the sky…the certainty of His care and direction for our lives can be found in the pages of our Bible. The evidence of Amazing Creator, Loving Father and Faithful God is on display through the “unspoken truth spoken everywhere.”
Psalm 19 (the message)
God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
Their words aren’t heard,
their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth spoken everywhere.
God makes a huge dome
for the sun–a superdome!
The morning sun’s a new husband
leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The daybreaking sun an athlete
racing to the tape.
That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
warming hearts to faith.
The revelation of God is whole
and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear
and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right,
showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain
and easy on the eyes.
God’s reputation is twenty-four carat gold,
with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate
down to the nth degree.
God’s Word is better than a diamond,
better than a diamond set between emeralds.
You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring,
better than red, ripe strawberries.
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins,
from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them
on the morning altar,
O God, my Altar-Rock,