February 3, Sunday

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Looking to the Lord”

Psalm 63:1-8

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

As the psalmists describe God’s greatness, we can find an awesome opportunity to look to the Lord instead of ourselves. Personally, this is very restful for my soul because some mornings are challenging to be grounded in the Lord.

Every day, I wake up, get ready for work, and go onto my commute. From the time I wake up to the brisk morning walk to the train station—though my body moves with the daily routine—it is easy for anxiety and busyness to muddy my heart. By the time I’m finally sitting in the train, my mind catches up and then a sense of emptiness sets in. Though I am very thankful for my job and to be working, there are days when my heart feels “off.”  But it’s not until I meet with the Lord that my heart is filled. As I look to the Lord, the work I need to do for the day doesn’t go away, the backed-up projects don’t finish by themselves, difficult situations and people to face don’t suddenly get resolved, but as I rest in God’s greatness and love, my soul is strengthened for what’s ahead.

Worshipping the Lord and experiencing His faithfulness is where our hearts are meant to be. When we seek the Lord and find Him in worship, just beholding Him in His power and glory, it is powerful—we do not need to earn, but just behold. Unlike possessions, no one can steal or take away His steadfast and unfailing love that is available to us.

No matter how empty may we feel it is true that our souls can be satisfied as with fat and rich food—for true soul food is found in the Lord! The Lord has been faithful to us and has helped us. Our help comes from the Lord, and the One who made all the heavens and the earth—who knows how intricately everything works together—He is the One who secures us. He is fully aware and at work. He is the One who keeps His people through the highs and lows.  It’s God, not money, health, or people that keep us blessed and protected—He is the One who is keeping us.

Our God is steadfast. He is our hope and stay. Though the day ahead might be heavy, let’s not muddy our hearts by fixing our gaze on the day, but let’s meet with the Lord and behold Him in His power, glory, and steadfast love!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for who You are. You are powerful, glorious, and loving. Lord, the day ahead may be busy, so we especially want to rest our souls in You. You have been our help and so we cling to You. Holy Spirit, please help our hearts to behold Jesus this morning. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Genesis 39

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