A wise brother once said that if you’re having trouble sleeping, you should check your heart. I am most anxious when I am trusting my efforts. The people of Judah were surrounded by all kind of threat. They gathered and looked to the Lord… He answered
“And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 ESV http://bible.com/59/2ch.20.15.esv
We too may look to the Lord rather than dwelling in anxiety over this or that. I know. Anxiety can grab us an paralyze us. But we can look to the Lord…
Let’s learn from the psalmist…
“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” Psalms 127:2 ESVhttp://bible.com/59/psa.127.2.esv
Rest in the Lord, when sleep won’t come marinate in the word and He will bless you with rest. Rest in His care little sheep.
(Man, you gotta love ridin the MCeyne train.)
A week ago I was blessed to be on a retreat on top of a Virginia mountain with 45 other guys from our church. It was a great time of rest, fellowship and good teaching that had the reorienting of ourselves to the Lord as our focus. It was at this retreat that I saw the video I posted earlier this week. I took this picture of this tree as I was reminded we’re all branches and God is our source, Father, Son and Spirit.
On the drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway (that’s the road in the background) I read Psalm 119. All of it. Twice. I was struck by it in a way I’d not noticed the joy about God’s word that is so deeply ingrained. This week the M’Cheyne train has had me reading sections of 119 each morning. This morning I was struck by these words:
“Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Psalms 119:129-130 ESV http://bible.com/59/psa.119.129-130.esv
God’s word is indeed a wonderful marinate for us to soak up. May it give us light and understanding of the greatness of God. Like the roots and strong trunk of that great tree bring nourishment to the branches, let us soak up the word every day.
In my reading plan this morning, I ran across a song we sang long ago in chapel at Covenant. It was a favorite of our lead worshiper. Today it has a more significant meaning for me as I walk alongside folks who are struggling with the things of this life…
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 ESVhttp://bible.com/59/zep.3.17.esv
Indeed as it says across the front of St. Istvan’s in Budapest (above), He is the way, truth and life. Remember the Lord is in our midst as we walk with Him. May we rejoice rather than fear when the enemy surrounds because the Lord is in our midst! As fellow disciples of our Master let us point one another to this truth!
This is a thought provoking video from the Skit Guys.
I was challenged by it last Saturday on a retreat with guys from my church in Charlottesville.
It is really worth your time.
Click here and take twelve.
Dusk at Skylark as we prepared for communion on the mountain.
A month ago I promised some folks that I’d put my bibliography on the blog for their reference. These folks were at the disciple making seminar in Budapest that was hosted at this awesome Bible college:
I promised the bibliography in response to great questions about the books I read as I did my research.
So, I promised the bibliography would be posted the first week of April but now I’m posting it the first week of May. Oh well.
Based on my opinion, I’ve quickly noted three types of books: * helpful to topic; ** especially helpful to topic and me; *** must reads.
Click here to view the Google doc.
Many apologies that this is SO late.
This has been an important text for me over the years:
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.”Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV http://bible.com/59/hab.3.17-19.esv
It was on my reading plan this morning and is an important reminder for us.