My 31 Days of Encouragement from the Lord series is over. And I’ve had a little break. I’m ready to see what the Lord would have me share here in my little corner of the internet. A few years back, I did what I affectionately called “Monday Meditations”. These were lessons I learned during the sermon on Sunday, verses the Lord had brought me to during my quiet time, or simply things I had on my heart. I’m giving them a go again. I’d love to hear what the Lord has taught you on Sunday or the previous week.
I’ve been working my way through Psalms for some time now. My process is to read the passage, list attributes of God that are mentioned, write down verses that stand out, and then I pray those verses back to the Lord. One morning last week, I was in Psalm 74. The Psalmist is asking the Lord to remember His people and then he describes destruction of God’s sanctuary. He speaks of the people of God being treated badly. He pleads for God to destroy the enemy that is reeking havoc on the temple. Then in verse 12, he says:
Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
I had to read that one again. I’m burdened by so much that goes on in our world today. I don’t want to list events or details but the bottom line is that there is much to be concerned about. And I certainly don’t want to go down the political road, but our nation needs prayer right now for the election tomorrow. Psalm 74:12 gave me comfort. A reminder that He is still on His throne…in control. He calls us to Him. We just have to answer. He compels us to pray. We just have to obey.
A few weeks ago, one of the high schools in our town held a “Fields of Faith” event. It was sponsored by the school’s FCA group. They held it on a Wednesday night and invited all churches to bring their youth there for service that night. There were over 250 kids, and a handful of adults, on the field that night. I listened to high school students lead worship and share their testimony about who God is in their life. It was very encouraging. I felt the presence of the Lord on the field that night. I left there wondering what would happen if these kids really stood up for their faith. What difference would it make in our city, county, state?
Later that day, I saw a video come across Facebook. I love the song “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. This video is Matt and his band playing in Times Square. I was brought to tears watching thousands of people worship the Lord. I can only imagine that the presence of the Lord was felt right there, in the middle of Times Square.
As I’ve thought about both scenes for a few days, I’ve considered that I don’t give enough consideration to Him being in my midst all the time. Not just in the walls of the church. Not just at a concert. Not just on a football field when teenagers are praising the Lord. And not even in Times Square. He’s with me all the time. I want everything in my life to be based on being in the presence of the Lord.
How about you? I’d love to hear how you have experienced the presence of the Lord in your life?
In the mean time…
Joy to You!