Right Words at the Right Time

Since the start of the year, the Lord has been bringing me to an entirely new level of “faith stretching” (a term I’ve been learning to deeply love and appreciate, by the way). It’s so painful, yet the joy of knowing Him more is utterly incomparable.

By God’s grace, I’m in a process of learning to yield to His will, not mine (though I’ve still got a long way to go).  And tonight, as I press on in the midst of struggles, this psalm spoke to me in a way I’ve never experienced before.

I am left floored by how perfect God’s timing is. Like a very dear friend, He surely has a “knack” of saying the right words at the right time. I’m just thankful for how He ministered to me this evening.

So whether you’re experiencing victory or you are in a posture of pain, may Psalm 46 bring profound encouragement to your heart. 🙂

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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

An Out-of-Town Date with the Lord

At this crucial phase of my waiting season, I had the opportunity to spend a brief time to have a date with the Lord the day after my disciple’s beach wedding at Laiya, Batangas.

I enjoyed the scene, the fresh breeze, and the calmness that the sea brings forth as I sought the Lord early that morning.  He heard me, and He answered my cry by bringing me back to who He really is.  Here’s the part of Scriptures that totally pierced the very core of my being.  And, I would just like to share it with you. May His Word minister to you as well.

“At this also my heart trembles
and leaps out of its place.
Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars;
he thunders with his majestic voice,
and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
He seals up the hand of every man,
that all men whom he made may know it.
Then the beasts go into their lairs,
and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
the clouds scatter his lightning.
They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them
on the face of the habitable world.
Whether for correction or for his land
or for love, he causes it to happen.
“Hear this, O Job;
stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
Do you know how God lays his command upon them
and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
you whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind?
Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
hard as a cast metal mirror?
Teach us what we shall say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
Shall it be told him that I would speak?
Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?
“And now no one looks on the light
when it is bright in the skies,
when the wind has passed and cleared them.
Out of the north comes golden splendor;
God is clothed with awesome majesty.
The Almighty—we cannot find him;
he is great in power;
justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
Therefore men fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
— Job 37 (ESV)

Wonderful. Beautiful. Glorious. Matchless.

A week of “busy-ness” was it. Yet now, I’m not here to tell you how fruitful my week has become, but to tell you of the God we could take refuge in. Here’s a song that has spoken to my heart this entire morning as I took time to “recharge” in His presence.  It is not a new song for some, but it was a timely reminder in my current time and season. And, that may be the same for you.

I confess that I was all-the-more in tears as I listened to this song after reading my bible, knowing full well that I had to release the burden that I carry to our Lord — the One who controls and sustains all things. Call me “emotional”, but it’s just me being transparent before the Lord. Besides, He knows our every detail, hence no reason for pretense.

It’s an 11-minute video.  It’s not that long, so I hope you’d take this opportunity to pause — it could mean letting go of your phones for a bit, putting down your pen, leaving your workspace for a moment, or simply setting aside the rest of that things that pre-occupy you.

I personally do not know what’s going on in your life, but I pray that you’d take refuge in our Lord — the only God who is wonderful, beautiful, glorious, and matchless in every way!

Here in Your Presence

Verse:

Found in Your hands, fullness of joy
Every fear suddenly wiped away here in Your presence
All of my gains now fade away
Every crown no longer on display, here in Your presence
Heaven is trembling in awe of Your wonders
The kings and their kingdoms are standing amazed

Chorus:
Here in Your presence, we are undone
Here in Your presence, heaven and earth become one
Here in Your presence, all things are new
Here in Your presence, everything bows before You

Bridge:
Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way!
Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way!