When the Doctor said “have patience” again,
I felt that my life was in Re-run phase.
When the doubts rolled in like November clouds,
I saw my heart settling in to the fog.
When the pain flowed in and trickled out,
I heard my soul losing the song.
But when Jesus stepped in with His merciful grace
I gave Him my life,
I opened my heart,
and I searched my soul
For I found His dear giving
filled every dark corner
sent all I was needing
supplied every lack.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing. Psalm 34:9 NIV
On a day when the weight of my doubts seemed too close for comfort, and my heart felt the lack of my own abilities so deeply, I heard the Lord whispering that word lack right back to me.
Have you ever heard Jesus whisper your own questions, but as an answer back to you?
O fear the Lord, ye his saints. Fear of God, a reverent and godly fear, will always accompany trust in God, such as God approves. The saints of God both love and fear him (comp. Psalm 31:23). There is no want to them that fear him since God supplies all their wants.
Oh those words brought a conviction to my heart. For it is in the reverent trusting that He wants to show us that everything we lack is right where HE meets us with His perfect supply.
And then I read the verse immediately before my searched-out question and answer:
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.Psalm 34:8
What causes me to look away from God’s goodness?
Where does the shift begin?
Isn’t it that ancient fault of pride? . . .
“Did God really say ?” . . .
As long as I am settling into my own perspectives, focusing on my own doubts, and staring at my own lack, I am not able to do the one thing that will shift my focus. He invites me to come in with Him, to taste of His goodness, and to find His perfect refuge of grace.
There is no lack in Him.
I shall not want.
For He supplies my every need.
Where I see endless lack and fear within myself, Jesus invites me to humbly offer up my lack to Him. For in that place of surrender I find my trust renewed, as I taste of the goodness He will bring to me.
When I shared my thoughts for this post with my good friend, Anna Smit, she shared with me the beautiful artwork that our sweet friend Gayl Wright had just shared, and the confirmation that it was. (You can see Gayl’s art on her Facebook page by clicking here.) And then Anna reminded me of words that God had given me for an entry in our upcoming podcast, “Treasures From the Sands.” Into a day of such desert feelings many months ago, Jesus had already prepared the words in my journal that would meet me today:
Would you join me in this prayer, taken from the podcast and book that my friend Anna and I are preparing?
We come before you feeling spiritually and physically dehydrated from
the heat of this desert. We offer our cries up to You here, asking for
nourishment for our starving souls. We have looked back, and we have longed for our kinds of filling. Will You forgive us for closing our hearts
to Your own filling? Open our eyes to see You here, and open our hands
to receive the gifts that You want to bring to us here. Stir up our hearts
to long for the Manna that will fill our empty souls, the bread that only
You can provide. In the precious name of Your son, the Living Bread,
I love this song by Shane and Shane taken directly from the praises of Psalm 34. I pray that your heart will be stirred to see His dear goodness today also:
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