Monday, January 4, 2016

A Hallelujah Moment

From my morning and afternoon devotions: this morning’s devotion really touched my heart in so many ways. It began, “Sometimes it feels as if God isn’t listening to me.” Yes, I often feel that way. I felt that way even more so when I prayed and begged for God to heal Mac and God chose not to do so. The scripture and commentary were a blessing to my heart. If you’d like to read it, you’ll find it here:

My day became busy and it wasn’t until after lunch that I was finally able to sit down for my daily ‘through the Bible in a year’ reading. The New Testament portion was Matthew 4 where we read of the temptation of Jesus by Satan. I’ve read this many, many, many times over the years, but today I had this exciting moment. I have come to call these “Hallelujah!” moments because it’s a moment when God opens my eyes to something in the Bible that once I see it, I wonder why it took me so long to notice or learn this lesson, and I have this desire to shout “HALLELUJAH!” Okay, when I’m home alone I actually do shout. Well, do you want to know what it was? Okay, I’ll tell you; but first you need to read Matthew 4:6. I’ll wait.

Did you see it? The devil quotes from the 91st Psalm! (vs11-12) One of my favorite Psalms, and one I just re-read a few days ago. Christ rebukes the devil for misapplying God’s Word, and that was a good reminder to me to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit as I study.

It totally thrilled my heart to read those words, to see how Christ responded, and to finally connect the dots from Old to New Testament. 


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Feathers and wings

My devotions this morning came from Psalm 91. I cried through every word. This Psalm is precious to me for many reasons, not the least of which is because it’s God’s Word and in this Psalm He assures me, comforts me, gives me direction, and shows me His love.

This is also the first Psalm I memorized as a new Christian. The complete story of how I came to memorize this Psalm is one for the story books—but not for today. We’ll just say that I had gone to pick my late-husband up from work, and he was being held over for a bit, so I had time to wait. I didn’t want to risk running down the car battery by listening to the radio, so I grabbed the little Gideon’s Bible we kept in the car and began reading. I just picked passages at random, and then I decided to read the Psalms from the last few days devotions. One of those was Psalm 91. It had always touched my heart, but that night I found it even more appropriate: abiding under God’s shadow, being covered by His feathers and hiding under His wings, not being afraid for the terror by night, and lots more. I decided this would be a good Psalm to memorize, and that’s what I began doing. Reading over and over, and then reciting a few words, reading, reciting more and more. By the time I was heading for home, I knew the whole Psalm.

The next morning I had hubby read while I recited. He corrected a few things, and for the next week we worked on this Psalm until I knew it perfectly. Over the next 30 some years, he and I would often recite this Psalm together—seems he learned it along with me. ;) 

Over the last year of Mac’s life I recited this Psalm to myself many times: while sitting next to his bed in hospital rooms; while sitting in waiting rooms; while sitting at home watching him struggle to sleep, eat, breathe; and sitting with him as he lay in the hospice bed. After he was home with the Lord, I read this Psalm over and over and put it into practice. I let God become my refuge and my fortress. I trusted Him for every moment of every day. I found trust and security “under His wings”, and I was not afraid at night. God has truly watched over and protected me this past year, and I know He will continue to do so.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust...