Month: December 2014

Let the King be Enthralled By Your Beauty

Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house. Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. (‭Psalm‬ ‭45‬:‭10-11‬ NIV)

For much longer than I care to admit, I have struggled with my appearance. Proverbs 31:30 can only encourage an insecure girl for so long. We exhaust ourselves with all the self talk that we’re beautiful on the inside, and character is what really matters. But then you get another wedding invitation from another pretty friend (inside and out), and you’re left alone wondering, “is beauty really vain?” After all, if I’m such a wonderful person, why don’t I have it – whatever “it” is?
Psalms 43:11 reminds us that The King of kings and Lord of lords is ENTHRALLED by our beauty! We don’t have to try to fit into some cookie cutter mold that the world thinks we should resemble in order to put a ring on it. We just need to be who He created us to be, and honor him with the bodies and gifts He gave us.
I wish I could say that I am cured of this toxic thinking, but I have to remind myself of this passage everyday. If I want to overcome this way of thinking, I need to be intentional about retraining my brain to think and to see me the way that the King sees me. I need to forget the lies I heard in the past. The King is enthralled by my beauty. And his opinion is the only one that matters!


Psalm 12 & 13 – The Refiner

The words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. (Psalm 12:6 NASB)

It is so hard to find honest people. It seems like everyone puts a spin on their stories to boast in themselves; I am just as guilty. Why can’t we be people of our word? God detests a lying tongue, yet we still lie.

May the church rise up, and stand for integrity. May we be people of our word. In so doing, may we attract others to the refiner!

But not only does the refiner have the ability to refine our lips, but he can burn away the chaff of our hearts to allow renewal to take place. Many times in my life’s have identified with the psalmist when he said, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?” I wore myself out praying for breakthroughs, and never seeing them. I prevailed in prayer, just to feel like a cloud has sucked up all the sound coming out of my mouth. Has he forgotten me? Is he hiding from my constant begging?

But God wants to bless me more than I could ask or imagine! He uses those times of discouragement to draw me near to him. He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future. It’s my job to ask for the desires of my heart (or something better), then trust him to do it!

It’s also important that I don’t continually go to God with a wish list. He is not my genie. He is Almighty God, and I’m to serve him, not the other way around.

How the enemy wants to place doubts in my heart – throwing accusations and insecurity as I’m trying to reach the finish line. When the battle of the mind isn’t working, he throws temptation – old tricks that worked. He doesn’t relent. That’s why I too will not relent. I will put on the full armor of God, and stand firm against the attacks if the enemy. The war is already won – the battle belongs to The Lord. I will sleep in peace knowing that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has got me. My heart will rejoice in his salvation. “I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me.” (Psalm 13:6 NASB)

Psalm 11- God of Righteousness

For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face. (Psalm 11:7 NASB)

David must have been so scared, hiding from the king during a new moon (1 Samuel 20). Would he even be able to see Saul’s men if they advanced? Of course, God used that dark sky to protect David from being spotted by them. I wonder if David found encouragement knowing that the new moon could work in HIS favor just as easily as it could Saul’s. how quickly though to we see the hinderance to our situation, and not see that it is equally hindering our enemy. Just like the sun shines and the rain falls on everyone equally, the darkness of night can keep us from being seen by our attackers.

God anointed David as king, and now he’s running from the king? How’s THAT for a plan?! Oh the doubts that must have been plaguing David’s mind! Maybe I’m just having these thoughts on David’s behalf, because they would’ve been mine. God makes me a promise, and situations in life that counter that make me doubt Him. In fact, my trust issues often deceive me to believe that my helper will betray me. But God, YOU are my refuge! Even when I run scared to the mountain where you directed me. It may be far from my Jerusalem, but it’s where I need to go to ensure that I make it to Jerusalem in one piece! You test and love the righteous. May I pass your test with flying colors, so that one day I can behold your face and hear, “well done, good and faithful servant!”

Psalm 10 – Supreme Vigilante

He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate. He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net. He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones. (‭Psalms‬ ‭10‬:‭8-10‬ NASB)

I have read through the Psalms many times. I typically have trouble identifying with David when he pours out his heart on the enemy pursuing him. I have never been a military leader – and never will. How does it feel to know that some is lurking around trying to overtake you? I haven’t the foggiest clue. Or do I?

I Peter 5:8 states, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” He crouches around waiting to overtake us – whether it be current bondage, guilt from the past, or evil in the world.

When I witness the hate in the world, I want to play the role of vigilante. But your word says, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19 NASB). You will see to it that justice is served for those who have oppressed your children. You will take care of those responsible for the rampant spread of human trafficking.

God, may the church rise as your ambassadors to rescue those who cannot help themselves. Instead of spewing hate at the evil doers, may we overcome evil with good (1 Thess 5:15).

The wicked will soon find out that there is a God, for every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. May they realize this while there is still time for their redemption. May they receive your grace, forgiveness, and salvation. God you do not wish for any to perish but for ALL to come to repentance.

Psalm 8-9 Wonderful Savior

Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the Earth!
My first recollection of this song was sung by Sandi Patti. Who has a more majestic voice than Sandi Patti? You do! As I would listen to her sing that psalm, I would imagine that your voice sound similar when you called things into being. Oh the pomp and circumstance that mug have occurred in Heaven during the first week of Earth.
But as glorious as the Heavens and the Earth must have looked that week, Your glory is greater still! Your glory and creativity is so great that I wonder why You even give me a thought. But not only do you think of me, but You also have crowned my with glory!
I love how The Message ends the psalm, “God, brilliant Lord, Your name echoes around the world.”. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! How awesome is that?!
God, as I stare at the stars in the night sky, i wonder how fast are they moving when we see them sparkle. How much more lies beyond this galaxy that only YOU will see. It’s way to take pride in the planet of my birth. That the Texas Bluebonnets are for me, the harvest moon of August is also for my viewing pleasure. But the vast expanse of Outer Space? That is for you, and you alone! Your glory expands distances that I will never see! Yet you entrusted me with some life here. Creation to tend, people to love, dreams to chase, and experiences to treasure. Why? Why to you trust me? I’m so unworthy compared to your measure of expanse!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1 ESV)

I will thank you oh Lord with all of my heart. You are my salvation, my strength during the last set of chest presses. You are my endurance when my lung capacity doesn’t want to run anymore. You carry me through the last mile. You are my peace when I’m tired of waiting out life’s storms. You have filled my heart with an everlasting joy – one that I never knew possible.

I worship you for your unconditional love and for being “I Am!”. When I think of you, I want to sing. Hosanna, You are high and lifted up! This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.

My enemies don’t stand a chance against you. They may strike me down, but they cannot destroy me, because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world! The nations may think that they have the last laugh by removing you from their logic and mandating mistreatment toward your followers. But your sovereignty will prevail! Just like past nations have crumbled for abolishing you, so will future nations. You think they’d learn from history!

You are a stronghold for the abused and mistreated. Those who know you, trust in you. You will make them soar high with wings like eagles!! Praise the God of Zion through proclamation of his great deeds. He does not forget the cry of the hurting.

You are good, and your love endures forever! He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the almighty! You are my rock and fortress (Ps 91:1-2a). If I dwell in you, and place my trust in you, you will be my shield against my enemies just like your word says. What can mere humans do to me (Ps. 56:4b)?



Psalms 6-7 Righteous Redeemer

Return, O LORD, rescue my soul;
Save me because of Your lovingkindness. (Psalm 6:4 NASB)

When I think back on the bondage of my thought life, I stand amazed at how greatly you rescued me. I lost sleep over meaningless paranoias. I cried out “where are You, God” when You were there all along. When I think of how I’ve been my own worst enemy, not trusting in your power to sustain me, I feel so foolish. You even extend a relieving invitation to us: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NASB) so many times though I wear myself out trying to will myself to think differently, and beat myself up for not overcoming my weaknesses. But Your grace IS sufficient for me, and I will BOAST in my weakness, because it is then that you unleash your power to make possible the impossible!

Be gracious to me for doubting your willingness to do exceedingly, abundantly more than I could ask or imagine! I believe; help my unbelief. Forgiving me for questioning the sovereignty of the all-knowing God.

When my enemies were great, and my distress was overwhelming, you rescued me. I see that now, though I didn’t at the time. Thank you for a lovingkindness that is greater than my faith. You are the immovable rock in my unsteady world. You ain’t going anywhere! “On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”

I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. (Psalm 7:17 NASB)

Try my heart and mind for you are the righteous judge. Let my heart not harden to your laws, leading me to my own pit of destruction.