In this place of waiting,
In these days of God’s own leading,
In this season when pain tries to direct,
My Lord has asked me to look up,
and to remember.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10
The Lord asked me to take a brave step this week, and sing for you the song He gave me many years ago. It was a private gift, given for my own hurting heart. But maybe your hurting heart feels too lonely and raw to think about a song of your own. Could you pause and let Him sing His words, gathered from His Scriptures, for you now?
“Open wide your mouth and I will fill it,
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
Seek and you will find,
Knock and the door will be opened unto you.
Never stop praying,
Never stop praying,
And I will come to you.
Ask for wisdom
Ask for mercy
Ask for the riches of My grace,
And I will come to you.”
This Spirit Song was given to me during a time of prayer and Scripture reading in the spring of 2000. The days were long and lonely walking through a deep soul surrender and breaking of relationship. I had obeyed God, but the relationship still ended, and bitter soul pain brought a darkness to my days. Into the midst of that very darkness, God sent His Holy Spirit to write these words of hope into my soul.
But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. John 14:26 Amplified Version
He brought me back to these intimate words of hope last month, on the day before my last RA infusion, when this time it would be my body that was plunged into an overwhelming darkness. I had asked for enough strength and time to make an art journal page that night, not knowing how the next few days might look. I wasn’t expecting this word of hope, but He knew the Scriptures that my heart would need to cling to.
Oh, Beloved, God’s timing is not like ours. No, HIS timing is perfect. He knows when the hope within us is almost ready to die, and He calls us to live again in Him!
Are you in a place of bitter pain? Perhaps He would sing to you through the words of His Scripture. Could you pause once again before Him now, and let Him give voice to the Words that He is planting in your own heart today?
Dear Father of our hearts,
Thank You for the Living Hope that You have granted to us through Your son, Jesus Christ, who died and rose again so that we could have new life. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for sending us Your Holy Spirit to be the Comforter that You knew we would need. Would You help us to pause and listen to Him now? You see our hearts, and the pain that threatens to swallow us whole some days. You see the burdens that have tried to crush our spirits. We ask You to help us hear Your own voice singing over us now. We long to be filled with the gift of YOUR new life within us again. Wash away our heaviness, and lift us up to Heavenly places with You.
In the sweet name of Jesus we pray,
If a song, or even just a phrase of a tune is born, I would love to hear how He spoke to you. We can be brave together in HIM, as my friend Mary Geisen wrote about in her book, Brave Faith, a 31 Day Devotional Journey. Jesus asks us to share the gifts He has given to us, because they were never meant to be hoarded. He has a gift of sharing for each of one of us to enjoy, for each one of us to pass along.
And if you are longing for a fresh infusion of hope-filled words, then check out my dear friend Joy Lenton’s new book Embracing Hope, offered now at Amazon. Joy writes online at both Poetry Joy and Words of Joy. You can find my review of her precious words of #Devotion and #Poetry by clicking here.
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