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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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From My Journal

May 20, 2013

There are days like yesterday where God allows me a clearer, unemotional glimpse of truth. Well, I should say a clearer glimpse of truth unclouded by my own wayward emotions.

Then there are days like today where I wake up, something happens and then my emotions react and are so distracting I sit up and slap the mattress.

Now back to square one: recognizing and believing that God’s truth from yesterday didn’t change just because today’s circumstances did.

So, as I sit in bed, sip coffee and prepare my heart to get into the Word, I long for God to grab my heart and eyes and force them on Himself and his beauty. But sometimes He doesn’t do that.

Sometimes, like now, it becomes painfully obvious that it’s my choice to either look at the circumstances or to the sovereign and righteous Ruler who is worthy of my complete and full attention.

Oh God, be Thou my vision.

I don’t want to see anything or anyone but You. I long for a deeper glimpse of Your heart and I consciously choose to look away from a human and human situations and fix my gaze on the heavenly and the eternal. But I need Your grace and help even to do that. Help me to see You for who You really are.


Capture and captivate my heart, God, and strengthen my resolve so I will not chase lesser pleasures when I could have You–the ultimate satisfier. 

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