[v.1] I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
[v.2] O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
[v.3] O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
[v.4] Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
[v.5] For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Before you answer that let me take a crack at guessing…… (1)To grow closer to God and expect great things from him in 2013 and (2) get in better shape (mostly physically). Odds are I’m correct about this. I recently went into a LifeWay book store and found many books on sale, mostly the ones that will help one to grow in his relationship with God. Unfortunately no text books were on sale My reason for going). Other stores follow the trend by lowering prices on Gym membership, exercise equipment, and weight equipment. All because ……???? Yep you guessed it, they are well aware of the New year’s resolutions trend.
I too would like to do both of the above. Originally I thought getting in better shape was definitely going to be the harder of the two. But I was wrong! After deep thought, I realized that the only thing stopping me from getting in better shape physically is me! But the only thing stopping me from growing closer to our father in heaven is Satan. In Psalms 30:1-5 David reminds us that in order to expect great things from God we must:
- Verse 1:Extol the Lord for what God has done in your PAST! (glorify or lift him up ON PURPOSE!)
- Verse 4: Sing and give Appreciation for what he done for you and through you in 2012 Present! (This is an imperative sentence! Not an option God commands us to sing and praise his name!)
- Verse: 5: Trust God and Expect Great things! Future! (Joy comes in the morning!, God has never let us down!)
After a long day of work or playing we always fall flat on our beds. Trusting that the mattress, box spring, and frame will support us. Sometimes we fall hard because we have no energy, sometimes we politely sit and then lay. Never having any doubt. But after some time (this varies) eventually the bed will give. And then it’s time to get another one. The bed starts off really soft and comfortable but end up raggedy. God is the Same all the Time! He’s ready to catch you when you’re tired! He wants yall’s relationship to be top notch. He his kept you safe in you past, protecting you presently, and is ready to do something mighty with you in the future. Just trust him the way you trust your bed.
2012 was a year of Change at Desire Fellowship. Nevertheless we are still giving him the praise for the weeping season, trusting God and Expecting Great things and joy in 2013!