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Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.
– Psalm 119:105
– Psalm 119:105
For the Glory of Your name deliver us… Psalm79:9
Humm…that’s a thought! How many times have we asked to be delivered from something? Maybe we ask to be delivered from an illness an inconvenience, a temptation or danger. We ask God to rescue us from situations all the time. I don’t know about you, but I’m usually asking to be delivered from something because it will make things easier for me. If I pray for deliverance it’s all about what God can do for me.
I was sitting in mass with my twenty little lovelies Friday morning and for the first time in 5 weeks I felt like I could truly settle in and focus. The difference between a September first grader and an October first grader is huge. They are getting used to the routine and they know what to do during mass so my eyes aren’t continuously scanning the pews to make sure everyone is “ok” and “in-focus”. As I tuned in, I heard these words from Psalm 79 and they had all new meaning to my ears and my heart. I guess I had always
pictured people being delivered for their own good and not really for God’s
glory. There have been plenty of times I’ve been delivered and I have spoken to God with a grateful heart but still, it was all about me! This Psalm made me realize sometimes God works in ways designed specifically to make people take notice of His greatness.
The next time I feel the need to be delivered from something I will remember to give God permission to work through the situation for His glory. That means I might have to wait a little longer for Him to deliver me…which means I have to be patient…and trusting…and understanding! Boy He can be so bossy can’t He! I suppose if I look at it with new eyes, I’ll realize that being in a situation that I need to be delivered from is sort of a privilege because through that situation I have a chance to glorify the God who loves me and will most certainly deliver me in His perfect timing. I guess when it all boils down to the bottom of the pot it looks something like this; We get in a pickle…we ask God to deliver us…then we wait patiently for His delivery…He delivers us in an amazing way and in the meantime Glory is given to God Almighty, which by the way is the purpose we were created for anyway. I guess if we do it right, that makes us not just the distressed and delivered, but the glory helpers too.
Thank you little lovelies for being so calm and prayerful at Mass that this message could hit my heart!
A Seed To Plant: The next time you need to cry out to the Lord for help, be sure you tell Him you’d be happy to help bring glory to Him through your situation. Let us know how that turns out!
Blessings on your day!
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