A gentle whisper from the LORD...

"Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." 1 Kings 19:11-12

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I Am Desperate

I once heard it say that a mountain is big from a distance. But as you stand at the base of the mountain, it is enormous! That is how God is. From a distance, he's pretty neat. But as you grow closer to Him, He is glorious, magnificent and all-powerful. When you are close to God, you begin to realize just how small you are.

I've often wondered if I am becoming a worse and worse person as I grow older or, as I grow closer to God, am I realizing just how sinful I am! I am a sinner and in desperate need of God's grace and strength. Somedays, I'm overwhelmed by the sin that haunts me. Sin seems like a stubborn cancer that invades my life. As I read through God's Word this morning, I saw how David was desperately pleading with God to rescue him from his enemy. God whispered to my heart that my enemy is my sin. I encourage you to read through God's Word and allow Him to reveal His glory and faithfulness to you and remind you how small and sinful you are. I am deeply thankful He still loves me, even when I am chased by my enemy and knocked down to the ground. God is so faithful!!

"Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
Don't put your servant on trial,
for no one is innocent before you.
My enemy has chased me.
He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like
those in the grave.
I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
for my depression deepens.
Don't turn away from me
or I will die.
Let me hear of your unfailing love
each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.
For the glory of your name, O Lord,
preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me
out of this distress.
In your unfailing love, silence all
my enemies
and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant."
Psalm 143

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