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Friday, December 9, 2011

Is He Reaching Out to You?

I started my day today with my Bible studies.  Even though I wrote yesterday I still feel compelled to share this with you.  There must be someone who needs to see this since I sure can’t get it off of my mind.  I am doing a study on creativity which asked if I had a favorite Psalm and I knew right off that it was Psalm 27.  And the study asked why, to which I wrote the first title of "God is All Powerful and Steadfast", to this post.  But, then I read through the Psalm in the New King James Version, which is my favorite, and I was surprised at the verse that stood out the most to me.
*Psalm 27
1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

4 One thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the LORD will take care of me.

11 Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
The first verse just always stands out due to it being my recognition point of this Psalm.  But as I read through it, it was “8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”” that stood out to me and just is so endearing to my heart.  He reached out to me.  In my times of trouble, He sought me to come to Him. In my book “Beyond to Better Things” I wrote of a time not long after being arrested in 1988 where I had turned on a TV church service on Sunday morning and during this service I remembered feeling God’s presence as though He was filling my whole apartment.  He reached down to me.
Is He reaching down to you right now?
And, a song that has gone through my mind the whole time while writing this is another one from the Our Hymns cassette tape that I learned to love while in prison.  I wonder why?  Enjoy:

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