Friday, May 2, 2008


Oh how I love the book of Psalms! The one I read today (Chapter 118) is a psalm of thanksgiving. I have little musical notes drawn in several places throughout these verses because they are reminders of certain songs, and it keeps the melody fresh in my mind.

The first place I noted was verse 1 - it says:"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; his love endures forever". That was a song done by a current Contemporary Christian artist named Chris Tomlin. It's a constant reminder that no matter what - God's love towards us is forever - without end.

Reading down, the next note is at verse 24 which says:" This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it". Sometimes it's hard to rejoice when we don't feel good, when people are ugly to us, when our finances are stretched, when we lose someone we love, when we have health issues - the endless list of things that I call "rocks in the road" that try to trip us up. If we stand up and face all those issues with the attitude of "I'm going to rejoice in the LORD to get me through this", He will make sure that He walks through the day with us. Think about the popular poem called "Footsteps".

"Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

No matter what life throws you today - carry an attitude of REJOICING in the LORD, and although it might not change the situation you're in, He sure will be right there with you and carry you through it.

Have a wonderful Friday!

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