Psalms for the Journey
When God returned His people to their homeland after the Babylonian captivity, even the Gentiles neighbors confessed, “The Lord has done great things for them” (v. 2 nkjv). What has the Lord done in your life that might bring a similar response from unbelievers who know you?
For me, it has been many different blessings that God has poured out, undeserving but full of mercy and grace. We pray for God’s glory to be seen in our lives every day. He answers that prayer in saving Randy’s life from a terrible illness that almost took his life. When the results of that illness left him weaker, God intervened again on other occasions to save his life. Our life of serving God continued.
When we were having financial challenges, I won a car and not just any car. This car thrilled my dad who was living us at the time who was depressed because of the loss of mom. God’s glory seen in my life gave him the boost he needed in his life. After driving around in this pristine 1966 Mustang convertible for a couple of months, we sold it and paid off our bills. God’s glory seen! Our neighbors took notice of this. We were the talk of the town. We praised God, calling the car, “The Blessin'”, so that He received the glory. We had nothing to do with that incredible experience other than putting my name on a card. Another God-thing…the tithes from the sale of the car went to help a family in Haiti build a home. God’s glory seen, yet again! This was a blessing that just kept on giving, even to who bought the car!
Sometimes we are held captive by our own mistakes or life challenges. We are set free when we look up, repent and pray for God’s glory to be seen in our lives so that others will know Him, too. We pray for our work in “planting seeds of faith” in others to yield a harvest of salvation in Him. Then, we realize, He delivers armloads of blessings daily if we just stop and count. Mm. I could go on and on and on…yes, armloads of blessings from God…
Psalm 126, The Message
A Pilgrim Song
1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
when God returned Zion’s exiles.
We laughed, we sang,
we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations—
“God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
we are one happy people.
4-6 And now, God, do it again—
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you. Just thank you. Even in our struggles, Your glory can be seen.
In Jesus Name, Amen