It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute,
And on the harp,
With harmonious sound.
For you, LORD, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.
I love these verses because they show that we are to thank and praise God through music. Sometimes, we find ourselves letting the choir do it but it is also our responsibility to confess that God is good through songs and instruments. After all he has done for me I couldn’t let another day go by without asking Him to fill my heart with songs of praise to his holy name. Won’t you join me even if you do it just between you and God? He still appreciates it.
Have you ever wondered why sometimes the very thing you seek, you often do not find? For instance, many people have said that once they stopped looking for someone special, that’s when they actually found them. Some people have spent their entire lives seeking wealth only to have it elude them. Yet, many others who were just simply following their passions have unintentionally stumbled upon fame and fortune. When our desires are out of harmony with the will of God, our most painful experiences can often be linked to what we crave the most. The lack of something I could care less about doesn’t hurt me but throw my hopes, dreams and desires into the mix, and raw emotions, passions and pain bubble forth. The enemy is an expert at using our desires and twisting them into something toxic and lethal. Mercifully, the antidote is found at Luke 11:9 where Jesus said, “…seek and ye shall find…”. There are so many things in this world that may elude us, but God is not one of them. He invites us to look for him wholeheartedly and then he promises that we will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). The amazing thing is that once we have found Him, we won’t need to search for anything else because he becomes our everything. Now, I admit that I have spent my fair share of time seeking things that were not God’s best for my life, but instead of letting those experiences go to waste, he uses them to draw me even closer to himself. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek the kingdom of God above all else and live righteously and he will give you everything you need.” So when you find yourself seeking “something”, seek God first, because it is only in him that you shall find.
Today my daughter hugged me and I hugged her back. Immediately afterwards, I simply told her to take a bath. She hesitated not wanting to stop what she was doing. So I said, ” You have to be clean especially since you are a hugger.” Then she replied, “Well, I guess I won’t hug you anymore.” I admit, I chuckled and thought what kind of sense does that make? She would rather avoid closeness with me than to do something I’ve asked her to do. Later, as I was doing the dishes, it hit me that many children of God are the same way. Remember that children are children and they tend to do the things that children do. For example, we know that God initially tells us to come as we are and that in the process of growth we are expected to allow him to deep clean every area of our lives over time. Growth is a process and how much we grow is in direct connection with our proximity with God. Sometimes we come close enough to mark off our checklist of things a Christian does and then we are satisfied, but Our Father wants us to come even closer. We think, “But haven’t I given you this or didn’t I do that?” He wants it all. Let me be the first to admit that as a born again daughter of the king, there are times when I shy away from the closeness with which God has called me to walk. God will put something new in my heart and there is a rush of excitement, and then fear and anxiety will began to knock on the door. I think it is because He declares things in our lives that we can’t even imagine. He calls it forth before we can see it in the natural. We try to hang on to good enough and right now, while he tries to lead us to what’s next according to His will and purpose. Let’s take a minute and listen to the heart of God at Isaiah 55:3. Here the Lord says, “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.” Isaiah chapter 55 makes a plea for us to come to the Father so He can accomplish his will through us. It is by drawing close to God that ministries are birthed and we impact this world for Christ. May we come so close to God that we embrace all that he is by completely submitting to his love and walking side by side with him until we finally reach our heavenly home.