How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
I loved being challenged by Elizabeth’s post yesterday, to turn my heart to the Lord and be refreshed in practical ways. (and being challenged to STOP singing groove is in the heart). Yesterday morning I also read Psalm 84, and realized how much my yearning for the Lord had been stifled in the past two weeks. I started my summer internship two weeks ago, and quickly succumbed to the morning rush – slash- post-work/class zone-out – slash – other lame excuses that distance me from my Father. I was reminded that I am a less effective wife, friend, law clerk, driver, etc. when my heart is malnourished. The past several days I still listened to worship while driving and prayed with Scott before we parted ways for work, but nothing beats the solitude and reflection that Elizabeth mentioned yesterday. Even if others don’t notice a difference in whether or not I sat before the Lord on a particular morning, I notice that my joy throughout the day is so much greater when I am meditating on His presence and truth.
God has much to reveal and much to pour into me, if I would only connect my heart to his. Dallas Willard, speaks about the easy yoke, referenced yesterday in Matthew 11, that “…in our efforts to avoid the necessary pains of discipline we miss the easy yoke and light burden.” We may have to discipline ourselves to be still or to pray continuously, but it is through those disciplines that we get to experience the love, authority, and wisdom in Christ. Yes, you must take time to make an appointment, commute to and pay the salon to get a mani/pedi, but that doesn’t negate the benefit of said pampering.
Reading Psalm 84 also reminded me of our dwelling series in March, and how I was able to process that teaching through journaling and music. Writing out and meditating on verses is a powerful method for me to silence all but God’s word. I wrote a song about what I was learning at that time and in responding to Psalm 62:1-2 that says “ My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
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been here some time, it’s been a while now. thought this was my home. but things are changin doors are closin round me. it’s time to move on from the comfort of stagnancy. things are changin doors are opening
my soul finds rest in you alone, you are my fortress, my salvation
i’ll pour out my heart to you, my refuge, i’ll not be shaken
you’ve spoken softly to guide me through these wanderings. found peace in what i cannot see. and there’s hope abounding in your presence, oh clarity. found peace beyond understanding
…pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above…