Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Voice of the Lord

Have you ever planned out something, an event, something rather important in your life and then have it either get cancelled or just not work out? Today I had plans. Plans I had been considering for six months. All the various ways it could have turned out. But I woke up this morning, looked at the date, the 29th, and I thought about what I was going to be doing today.

Quartet rehearsal at 10.

Grandparents coming in to stay for the week in the afternoon.

Leading worship for the Young Discipleship Group tonight at 7.

Where had my plans gone? This occasion that could have been life-changing was nowhere to be found. As I lay in bed I started to feel uneasy. Almost a little sick. Realizing for the millionth time that I have zero control over my life. I can hope to do things, I can wish for events to happen, I can plan all I want to. But in the end God has sovereignty over my life and will take me in the direction I need to be taken.

So then, what should my reaction be today? How should I act today? I think I need to fall back on the word: Contentment. I need to be content. Seek God's greatest will in my life and not my own. Stop worrying about what will happen and listen to God.

I posted not too long ago about the Still Small Voice of God. How if we just keep calm, pray, and seek God He will speak to us. Well, God in His incredible work showed me Psalm 29 this morning. The psalm for the day of the month. I had a small freak out when I read it, because not only does it tie all of these rambles together, but it once again gives me hope that God will lead me down the path I need to go. I can fear not for God is with me.

Psalm 29:  A Psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. 
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. 
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. 
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. 
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, "Glory!" 

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. 
May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

The Lord is powerful. He is beyond powerful. I think we should take up the charge of David and live with the moto: May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

We may not know what lies ahead, we may create plans that fall to pieces, but God is at the helm. He is leading us through life, through battle, through peace-time. God is with us. Listen to His voice, follow His guidance, and we will all one day stand at His glorious throne.

If God, who's voice is more powerful than any mortal army, is with us, then who can stand against us?


Hanna said...

Actually, I had just been praying through that Psalm yesterday, though I couldn't remember it all or which one it was. Good words, Justin. Just what God wanted me to hear!

JustinK said...

Praise God! Glad to hear my fellow Christians are on the same page as I am. Thank you for commenting!