Words Of Inspiration | Beside Still Waters

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 31-01-2012

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He Restoreth My Soul

Psalms 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for his sheep, and they must not question nor doubt, but trustingly follow Him. Perhaps He sees that the best pastures for some of us are to be found in the midst of opposition or of earthly trials. If He leads you there, you may be sure they are green for you, and you will grow and be made strong by feeding there. Perhaps He sees that the best waters for you to walk beside will be raging waves of trouble and sorrow. If this should be the case, He will make them still waters for you, and you must go and lie down beside them, and let them have all their blessed influences upon you.
H. W. SMITH.

Dear Friends – May these words of encouragement bless you this day. May you become keenly aware of God’s love and tender care of you. As a shepherd tends to his flock, so God gives us direction at every turn. At every crossroads in life our Savior is there pointing the way. Often we do not listen. Too many times we think that just can’t be the path we have to walk as it is not what we feel is best for us or even where we wanted to go. Ah, but here lies the sweetest of truths. Just as the above quote by H. W. Smith says, the places God chooses for us may not be our choice, but God is able to still those raging waters, calm His children in the midst of trials and tribulations, and alas, there are “blessed influences” we would certainly miss by going our own way.

In reading the Shepherd’s Psalm I am comforted by the deep and abiding care that is expounded upon. In reading it at first glance it seems perhaps the norm in life until one takes the time to meditate on each verse, to delve more deeply into the rich truths of the Psalm. In the first verse, if the Lord is our shepherd we will not want, one could stop right there and be filled with so much of Christ our world would most certainly change. For the job of a shepherd is to lead His sheep where they may drink of the water of life, have adequate food, protection from harm, etc. He speaks to them and soon they recognize his voice and they follow him because they trust him.

Oh that we had that kind of childlike trust in our Lord. Green pastures, still waters, yes, but His green pastures, His still waters. There’s where the schism comes in at times. But in staying with Him, trusting at all costs, all your paths will be paths of righteousness, how blessed! And we think perhaps we don’t want to go where He leads at times?

Verse 4 speaks of walking through the valley of the shadow of death fearing no evil. One thing that jumps out of that passage of scripture is the word shadow. I feel it is a time in life where we may feel threatened in some way, certainly fearful, but it is only a shadow, not real, for God is standing so close to us the Light of His love will drive the shadow away. Another of the major keywords in that verse is THROUGH of course. One must keep going, keep trusting, keep putting one foot in front of the other until this season of the valley experience has passed. We know that a valley is a low place, usually with mountains on either side. One could be in the lowest of places in life, but see in the distance where they could be, would like to be, perhaps are trying to be. Keep going forward, beloved. Let God lead you in His way and be truly changed, uplifted, awakened to all the beauty that is the life God has prepared for you.

As you remain under the care and leading of the Great Shepherd you will soon learn that trusting Him and letting  Him lead becomes easier and easier. His rod and His staff are more than comforting, for with one He corrects us and with the other He leads us. And by staying on His chosen paths where do we end up? Alas, He prepares a table full of His bounty just for us and in the presence of our enemies, in the presence of all those that said we’d never make it. Yes here we are because we chose to trust Him, our head is anointed with oil, that’s feeling as if we could accomplish anything and have His power to do so. Our cup is running over, yes we have more than heart could wish. And ultimately, goodness and mercy are right behind us 24-7. Think of God’s goodness and mercy following you wherever you go, in all that you do, every circumstance. Goodness and mercy, goodness and mercy. You trusted God and now because of your faithfulness you have received a rich reward. What could not be accomplished in our lives if we knew of a truth that goodness and mercy were forever with us for there is no limit to God’s goodness, no end to His mercy?

Receive it and be blessed today, my friends. Stay with the Lord no matter what. If your path is not what you would have chosen and the Lord has seen fit to lead you there, think on those “blessed influences”. For all the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth  unto those that have made Him the Lord of their life (Psalms 25:10).

Beloved if you don’t know this One called Jesus, God’s Son, take a moment and ask Him to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness, then by faith believe He has done so. Commit your life, your way, your dreams and desires to Him and begin to follow Him wherever He may lead you. You will soon realize you are walking on His paths of righteousness for His name sake.  For scripture says in Psalms 25:8 good and upright is the Lord and He wants to teach you in His way. If you are overwhelmed in life right now, if your life is broken and in disarray, if you feel lost and alone,  let God show you a true and better way, let God show you His way. Remember the “blessed influences”, the cup that runs over, the bountiful table prepared especially for you in the presence of your enemies, and the great goodness and mercy that will be ever with you.

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace…Num 6:24-26

In His Love,

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Words Of Inspiration | The Songs Of The Morning Stars

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 27-01-2012

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The Darkness Before Dawn

Psalm 18:28 – Lord, you have brought light to my life; my God, you light up my darkness.

Dear Friends – Step out into the early morning hours and look up at the stars. They seem to be shining brighter in the darkness before dawn. It is as if each one is dancing across the cosmos to its own rhythm. Each star is melodiously hanging there in all its glory, singing songs of their creator, songs in the night that  only God can orchestrate. So it is with our lives and circumstances. When the darkness seems overwhelming and the black closeness would seem as if we are smothering in pain, brokenness, confusion and turmoil, listen with your heart to the songs of the morning stars. For it is in this quiet oneness with yourself, your Creator, and beneath the starry deep displayed overhead that God speaks to us. Let these words of hope, these words of encouragement touch the pain and brokenness in your life and awaken in you the knowledge that with God truly all things are possible.

God is ever speaking to us of Love. His arm is outstretched to us in want of a loving embrace if we will allow it. His love is there for us as we call on Him in desperation for deliverance, for relief from oppression, and direction when we seem to have lost our way. His Spirit speaks softly to the brokenness. His healing balm flows over the schism in our bodies, the confusion in our minds, reaching the very core of mankind, inspiring one to arise and soar with Him. His will is not that we suffer and die in a tormented state, but rather that we turn and let ourselves be healed.

Turn today, beloved, and let the songs of the morning stars ring loudly in your spirit. Let the darkness before the dawn become a beacon of hope as you allow His love to lighten your life, His strength to lighten your load, and His way become your way. So much time is wasted in worry and concern. So much time we could be spending with God, sharing our thoughts, our longings, our innermost pain, and yet we avoid this closeness as if our Savior is not concerned about the smallest of issues in our lives.

Truly if one could only grasp this agape love and it’s most basic meaning so many lives could be transformed from darkness into light. For He loved us when we were not lovable. He sent His Son Jesus into the world to save us while we were yet sinners. We have no words for our defense. There are no works we can do or merits we can earn to open the door to so great a love. All we need do is ask Jesus to forgive us our sins, to come into our hearts and be the Lord of our lives. Lay it all on His altar of sacrifice. Lay down your heavy burdens for scripture says His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Make that switch today. Why continue to carry a load that is much too heavy to bear?

In one of my poems I used the phrase “I sense my smallness standing neath a starry moonlit sky”. It is humbling, yet exhilarating, to just take a moment to look up at the Cosmos, all its vastness, all its beauty, and know that God that created this Universe created each one of us. The God that hung every star, called them all by name, calls each one of us by name as well. He calls us precious, beautiful, His beloved, His bride. He gives us counsel, comfort, love, encouragement, inspiration, hope in failing times, motivation in times of lackluster existence. He gives us strength in our times of weakness, the oil of joy for the spirit of mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. He stands by us when others walk away. He stands with us in times of loneliness. We come before Him as walking wounded and He stands ready to help and to heal. He has sent His Holy Spirit to come alongside, to aid us in our time of need.

Yes, beloved, He never leaves us or forsakes us. It is not by our righteousness or by any works that we have done but through faith in Him we have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Take your eyes off the overwhelming problems and brokenness in your life today and place them on Jesus. Focus on His love and His care of His world and we as His dear children. We will not always have the answers to our petitions as we had hoped. Our questions may still be staring us in the face. But in the gift of another day, gazing up at the twinkling stars, let us be reminded that our God is still in control of our lives. He is still very much aware of the pain and lostness. Yet for just a moment let your mind be at rest, your troubled spirit find solace in the starry space, your loneliness and sorrow be replaced by the overwhelming Love hanging in the heavens and the absolute truth that the God that created such a beautiful existence for the whole of man is still working miracles and opening doors to greater destinies than our finite minds can grasp. Our God, through faith in His Son Jesus, waits to pour this Love into each heart that will open unto Him and allow Him to begin a work of grace that will change us from the inside out.

The answers will come in His time and not ours. We may not receive what we had hoped for, all wrapped up and tidy, hand delivered before we get up off our knees, but we will receive the greatest love that man has ever known. We will receive grace to help in time of need, a renewed strength for our journey. Meditate on His unconditional love. Meditate on His grace and His unending mercy. Meditate on His unfailing forgiveness. Listen to the songs of the morning stars and be reminded that nothing is too difficult for our God. No path is so dark that He cannot send out His light and show us His way. No problem is beyond Him, no need He won’t supply. Believe it today, dear friends. Look up for your redemption draws nigh.

In His Love,

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