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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 85 – A Letter to My Soul

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(The following is an unedited prayer based on Psalm 16 from April 9, 2014)

Dear Soul,

You have no good apart from the Lord. The holy, blameless Lord who created you, redeemed you and is even now crafting you more and more into the image of Jesus Christ. Take refuge in Him and Him alone, Soul, for the sorrows of those who run after another god multiply. That relationship or acceptance or validation might look enticing, but it never returns its promises in full. Only Jesus does that.

Soul, put your hope in the Lord and in Him alone. Delight yourself in Him and in His body, the church. He is your chosen portion and cup. Whatever He chooses to put in that cup is up to Him but by His grace do not try to force anything in that cup that doesn’t belong.

Wait for the Lord. His promises are good and His ways are steadfast and sure. He has a beautiful inheritance for you. Be faithful to the work to which He has called you and trust His hold on your life.

Bless the Lord, Soul, for He shepherds your heart and gives you counsel. He leads you in both day and night and when the sun is hidden, it is He who lightens your darkness with the pure blaze of His glory. Set the Lord before you and you won’t be shaken. Place Him at your right hand and your heart will be glad and your whole being will rejoice.

On top of that, you will experience the security you’ve always longed for. He won’t abandon you to hell and He won’t allow corruption to pass before your eyes.

Rest in His Truth, Soul. Rest and be revived. He makes known to you the path of life and in His presence there is fulness of joy. Did you catch that, Soul? No shortage, just complete, full joy. At His right hand are pleasures forevermore. Soul, find your true satisfaction, hope, security, love and joy there. You won’t find it anywhere else.

Anything else you might find is cheap imitations that are fleeting and meaningless.

Oh my Soul, praise Him for He is Thy health and salvation.

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