"Now stand here quietly before the LORD as I remind you of all the great things the LORD has done for you and your ancestors." (1 Samuel 12:7)
As I read those words this morning, my heart caught. How often do I stop in the busyness of my life and remember the great things the Lord has done for me? Do I daily acknowledge the grace and mercy He has poured out in my life? It’s good to remember the lessons He has taught me through the years, the disasters He has rescued me from and the dark valleys He has walked me through. It builds my faith to remember His greatness, His goodness, His kindness, His faithfulness, His mercy, His love. It is even more important I remember that I was created for His pleasure. He wants relationship with me.
As I prepare for a rather intense period of writing, trying to catch up for the time that went into other (important) endeavors in recent weeks, I also want to remember that my time with the Lord is the key to everything else.
I was up before sunrise,
crying for help, hoping for a word from you.
I stayed awake all night,
prayerfully pondering your promise.
In your love, listen to me;
in your justice, GOD, keep me alive. (Psalm 119:147-149, Msg)
To paraphrase A. W. Tozer in God Tells the Man Who Cares: I need to pray more than I talk or write. I need to meet with God in my secret place before I put my fingers on my keyboard. If I do, the words that I write will have merit; if I am in prayer first, the fountain of words will flow and not dry up because they will be His words meant for His service. If my heart is open to the inflowing of His Spirit, then I won’t be exhausted by the outflow of words into my work in progress. If I cultivate the acquaintance of God more than the friendship of others, I will have an abundance of "bread" in my books to give to the "soul hungry." My first responsibility is not to my readers but to God and my own relationship with Him.
And so this morning, I focus on my first responsibility. I turn to Him in worship and praise. I look to Elah Elohim, the Lord of Lords and God of Gods, to Adonai Elohim, the Lord God, to Elah El Elyon, the Lord God Most High, to Adonai El Shalom, the Lord of Peace, to Elah El Olam, the God of the Ages, to Adonai El Ro’i, the Lord of my vision, to Elah El Kavod, the God of Glory, to Adonai El Yeshu’a, the Lord of Deliverance, and to Yeshu’a Immanuel, the Redeemer, God with us.
I love You, Lord, and I want to stand in Your presence and remember…