More Than Halfway

Psalm 34 (the message)
I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with praise.
I live and breathe God; if things aren’t going well, hear this and
be happy:
Join me in spreading the news; together let’s get the word out.
God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears.
Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings
from him.
When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot.
God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see — how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his
goodness.
Young lions on the prowl get hungry, but God-seekers are full of God.
Come, children, listen closely; I’ll give you a lesson in God worship.
 Who out there has a lust for life? Can’t wait each day to come
upon beauty?
Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth.
Turn your back on sin; do something good. Embrace peace — don’t let it
get away!
God keeps his eye on his friends, his ears pick up every moan and groan.
God won’t put up with rebels; he’ll cull them from the pack.
Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you.
If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked
in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time.
He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone; not even a finger
gets broken.
The wicked commit slow suicide; they waste their lives hating the good.
God pays for each slave’s freedom; no one who runs to him loses out.

My older girls are at grandma’s house.  Leighton had an uncharacteristic 5:45 am bottle (fun!) but is now fast asleep.  As I sit at my kitchen table this morning, coffee at hand, all I hear is the quiet.

I was reading a bit from a Lysa TerKeurst book on motherhood (that sounds really great except I’m reading it cause yikes!  I need help!) and a scripture reference for Psalm 34 caught my attention.  In the NIV, verse two says, I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  This is what tagged my heart this morning…let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  And then when I read the entire chapter in The Message it was just so good! I believe, just like me, someone else needs to hear about the kindness of God in the midst of our very messy human experience.

My deepest motive as I write is that others might see in all my ordinary stories and ramblings…my experiences of falling and getting back up…my longing for the nearness of Jesus in everyday life…the glory of a God who would rather pick me up and brush me off than ever give up on me.  The glory of a Savior who would die for for me rather than discard me.  The glory of a Creator who takes pleasure in molding and remaking me rather than leaving me the way I am.  And I hope that in my sharing, in the many (many!) words I type, those afflicted, hurting and wounded would hear and rejoice.  For there is nothing He does for one of us that He won’t do for all of us.

As I often share, I grew rather tired of trying to project the image of the God-loving girl who had crossed every spiritual “T” and dotted every spiritual “I” when in reality none of us is so perfect.  I deeply began to crave something more, some way of relating to God that would actually impact my life forever.  My everyday life.  So, if you are hurting, angry, hopeless, confused, apathetic or even far too comfortable, hear and rejoice.  No matter what, God is on your side.  If you look upon your life and see insurmountable odds or gaps far too wide, hear me.  God is ready to meet you more than halfway.  He wants to.

As you discover and live out the absolute realities of this chapter in your own life, God’s kindness and rescue-readiness, glory in Him.  And let the hurting around you hear and rejoice.

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