After a long week of snow days, excuse me-days off of work due to inclement weather, snow only occurring on one of those days, today is supposed to be normal. I thought today would be just fine to hop back into my routine. 4:20 rolled around, that alarm went off, I sent out a text saying Crossfit was the worst idea ever and I was going back to bed (even though technically I had never left the bed). Sadly, I couldn’t go back to sleep. This hopping back into the routine thing is going swell.
So naturally, I watched Grey’s Anatomy. I did some life pondering. Then I took a shower, got dressed and cooked eggs (I don’t like eggs but whatever…). So I danced around my kitchen to country music. Again I say, this back to the routine thing is going swimmingly. So then I decided, “Hey, this would be a fabulous time to go read your Bible. You are in a wonderful (NOT) mood right now and you should probably go spend some time with the Lord. Like NOW. What else are you going to do? Go mow the lawn? That fits into the routine….” So I listened to my own advice and opened up my Bible, scouring the pages because I finished Nehemiah and haven’t started anything new yet.
This is what I read:
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 evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: 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 seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
What stuck out to me the most was the part about “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. I am not a Bible expert. Heck, I don’t even know if I could name all the books of the Bible. This is when I start claiming, “I didn’t grow up in church like everybody else” <bad excuse, I just haven’t taken the time to learn all of this information. I digress. When I read that verse though, I kept thinking, maybe David is talking about how he is going to see God’s goodness here on earth. Ya know, like God’s going to show him favor or something. I mean this is David, a man after God’s own heart, so surely that’s what he’s getting at. But it didn’t seem right and I remembered all of a sudden that this, this world is not the land of the living. This is the land of the dying. You are only restored to life through Christ, and until then you are dead. Also, everything on this earth is going to pass away, but those who know Jesus will have eternal life, so the land of the living is heaven, not here. But since I’m not Bible expert, I found someone who I consider to be a bit more knowledgeable than I and read his thoughts on the matter.
Hope is heaven’s balm for present sorrow. In this land of the dying, it is our blessedness to be looking and longing for our fair portion in the land of the living, whence the goodness of God has banished the wickedness of man, and where holy spirits charm with their society those persecuted saints who were vilified and despised among men. We must believe to see, not see to believe; we must wait the appointed time, and stay our soul’s hunger with foretastes of the Lord’s eternal goodness which shall soon be our feast and our song. . . Wait on the Lord. Wait at his door with prayer; wait at his foot with humility; wait at his table with service; wait at his window with expectancy. Suitors often win nothing but the cold shoulder from earthly patrons after long and obsequious waiting; he speeds best whose patron is in the skies. Be of good courage. A soldier’s motto. Be it mine. Courage we shall need, and for the exercise of it we have as much reason as necessity, if we are soldiers of King Jesus. And he shall strengthen thine heart. He can lay the plaister right upon the weak place. Let the heart be strengthened, and the whole machine of humanity is filled with power; a strong heart makes a strong arm.
Charles H. Spurgeon “Treasury of David-Psalm 27”
He kills me with his words. Seriously. Spurgeon confirms my belief that David is not actually speaking about this earth, but heaven. What a gift it really is to have the hope of heaven. In my own heartaches and those places of hurt and emptiness, the hope of heaven fills my soul. Too often, I cling to this earth and all that I hold dear here, as I think we all like to do. This place is so comfortable and we love people here so dearly, so so dearly. Yet, heaven is our home and it awaits on the other side of all of this. This life is good, it is so very good, but I know that it pales in comparison to what is to come. “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 seek Him in His temple.”
I added Spurgeon’s notes on the last verse, because that last verse is just like the kicker, the one that stops you and keeps playing over and over in your head all day. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Be strong or as Spurgeon quotes, “Be of good courage”. Our lives are to be lived in such a way that courage and strength are necessary. This life, this oh so good life, is not meant to be easy. It will be hard fought, there will be trenches and pits, there will be storms and battles, and we will need courage and strength for it all. That courage and strength can be found in God. He can strengthen us with His love, His confidence, His power. We can find courage and faith in who He is and how He has loved us and His promises to us.
We will wait on God and allow Him to strengthen our hearts with His love and His power. We will hope for heaven. We will have courage and strength in the face of whatever comes. We have nothing to be afraid of.
I hope this encourages you or at least makes you think a little bit about waiting on God and having courage. I could probably write a whole ten page paper on this Psalm because it’s just well, awesome. So if you want to add anything please do! Have a happy Friday! 🙂
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