“He cuts right to the heart of man to the heart of the matter.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 4, 2022
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1
Yesterday morning, I woke with a nasty toothache. A few hours later, I realized that I had an abscess in a tooth which was crowned just a few months ago. This did not make me a happy camper.
After I prayed and asked God to remove my pain and immediately heal me, I cried I river. I know . . .maybe a little overdramatic, but I was disappointed. For the last four months, I have been eating all God’s good food to get my stomach back in balance: greens, lots of veggies, yogurt, no dairy, no sugar, no flour—and as my husband jokes, “no fun.”
When I realized I would most likely need to take some antibiotics before having my tooth pulled, I sobbed. This would most likely mean going backward in my health endeavors. I cried and was angry because I have worked so hard to get healthy.
Then, I heard the Lord’s small voice in my spirit, “Can you praise me?”
Don’t you just love Him? He can speak just one word or a short phrase and transform a perspective. He cuts right to the heart of man to the heart of the matter.
Praise you? Yes, I can praise you, Lord.
So, I decided to sing of His goodness that I spontaneously made up and belted out.
“Lord, you have been so good.
You have been so good.
You have been so good, so good to me.
I trust you, Lord, now in this moment, God.
I rest in you, knowing you care for me.
You have been so good. So good to me.”
In that moment, I experienced what Scripture promises. He indeed inhabits the praises of His people. My spiritual eyes shifted from my problem to the answer. They moved from my fears to His power. I moved from fear to trust—and in that moment, I experienced peace.
How easy it would be if we would remember to immediately go to Jesus with our problems rather than languish in our troubles? How much joy we would experience in communion with Him if we would trust Him quickly rather than go to Him as an afterthought.
Over the years I have become faster at going to Him rather than panicking or overreacting. But I still have a lot to learn. In the coming days, I want to work on immediately turning my eyes to Him and praising Him rather than allowing myself to languish in unbelief, fear, or doubt. Will you join me?
“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30).
Lord, I praise you! You are the God who is in control, who is good, who is loving and who loves me! I trust you with my life today and every day. Thank you for loving me, Jesus. Amen.
The next time you experience trouble, immediately turn to Jesus for help.
Alan Jackson: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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