Monday, January 28, 2008

Deja Vu

Psalm 139:1 O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar, 3 you discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O Lord. 5 You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. 19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Isn't that awesome? To think that He loves us that much! I was praying this morning, and I asked God to give me a visual picture of His love. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that He knows us so intimately ("for I know the numbers of hairs on your head..."). As I was trying to picture just how much He loves us, He gave me that visual that I had asked for. Imagine having something so heavy, and so awkward in you, that you just can't carry it anymore. You try to carry it a little further, though, because we're all stubborn, and you only go a few feet and have to stop and rest. Try as you might, you just can't do it. So, Abba Father (which translates into "Daddy") reaches down and takes that load from you. You can now walk without the aches and pains that carrying that extra weight gave you! Sound familiar? The picture that came to mind was of the grandson/grandfather team on the Amazing Race. (Yes, I believe that God can work through something as mindless as a tv show!) I just kept seeing how that young grandson would stop and ask his granddad if he was okay. The granddad would always say, "Yes", remember how stubborn we all are, but the grandson would always stop and say, "Here, let me take that for you." And guess what? They would always be able to walk faster because the granddad didn't have that extra load!

I don't know why I thought of all this today, but I do believe that God has a purpose for everything, including every thought. So maybe someone needed this today. If you are the one who needed it, leave a comment. If you know of someone else I don't even know that could use this, send it to them. Leave a comment for me, though, because I also prayed that God would use me in a mighty way today, and that would be an incredible answer to my prayer!

Bill, remember our conversation about deja vu Saturday night? And you quoted part of these verses in Psalm? I didn't realize that those verses were from one of my most favorite chapters in Psalm! I love it! Love to all and have a blessed day!

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