Praise the Lord!

How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments.

Psalm 112: 1

 

Fear and blessing wrapped up in one sentence seems like an odd fit at first look. Yet there is no doubt in my mind that I have experienced many blessings that have come from God through His active involvement in my life, and that sort of closeness with God leads inevitably to a state of reverence and respect that is biblical fear. He is an awesome God who is powerful beyond any other and who is due all thanks and praise for the essential nature of His being. Still, the Lord does interact with my world in ways that make Him known to me, and He continually brings His wisdom, understanding, and grace to the place where I am currently living. Additionally, there are other ways that God blesses me, and these are also very important to me, for they help to draw the complete picture of who, how, and what God is for me.

 

It is truly interesting to note that as I seek the Lord and as I align my thinking toward being receptive to His communication with me, the essential aspects of my life seem to improve. This may not be manifest in a change in a difficult situation or a noticeable turn around in a hard circumstance, but my ability to deal with it all is dramatically impacted. Thus, my comprehension of the blessed state that God has placed me in is enhanced. It is through the process and the practice of focusing on God and on the deeply life enhancing nature of His truth, that my core attitude, my heart, if you will, becomes aligned with God’s will, and I can live in the center of the peace that comes from knowing and understanding His loving grace.

 

This process of allowing Christ to align my thinking with God’s truth starts with me on my knees before God. It is necessary for me to humble myself and to get my own ego and self-generated understanding of life out of the way first. Then, in my personal quiet and contemplation, I start to hear the voice of God as His Spirit speaks to my heart. Christ blesses me with His life and true love, and He implores me to touch my world with these same blessings. During these times of worship and praise the eternal truths of God’s Word flow into me as a healing stream of peace, comfort, and joy.

 

Praise the Lord!

How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments.

Psalm 112: 1

 

Fear and blessing wrapped up in one sentence seems like an odd fit at first look. Yet there is no doubt in my mind that I have experienced many blessings that have come from God through His active involvement in my life, and that sort of closeness with God leads inevitably to a state of reverence and respect that is biblical fear. He is an awesome God who is powerful beyond any other and who is due all thanks and praise for the essential nature of His being. Still, the Lord does interact with my world in ways that make Him known to me, and He continually brings His wisdom, understanding, and grace to the place where I am currently living. Additionally, there are other ways that God blesses me, and these are also very important to me, for they help to draw the complete picture of who, how, and what God is for me.

 

It is truly interesting to note that as I seek the Lord and as I align my thinking toward being receptive to His communication with me, the essential aspects of my life seem to improve. This may not be manifest in a change in a difficult situation or a noticeable turn around in a hard circumstance, but my ability to deal with it all is dramatically impacted. Thus, my comprehension of the blessed state that God has placed me in is enhanced. It is through the process and the practice of focusing on God and on the deeply life enhancing nature of His truth, that my core attitude, my heart, if you will, becomes aligned with God’s will, and I can live in the center of the peace that comes from knowing and understanding His loving grace.

 

This process of allowing Christ to align my thinking with God’s truth starts with me on my knees before God. It is necessary for me to humble myself and to get my own ego and self-generated understanding of life out of the way first. Then, in my personal quiet and contemplation, I start to hear the voice of God as His Spirit speaks to my heart. Christ blesses me with His life and true love, and He implores me to touch my world with these same blessings. During these times of worship and praise the eternal truths of God’s Word flow into me as a healing stream of peace, comfort, and joy.