Encourage One Another-Battle Hymns

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How long O God? How long will You forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? Psalms 13:1As we head towards the end of the week I suspect many of you, like myself have been fighting battles in one way or another. Sometimes it is easy to see Gods hand in our struggles, other times we wonder as the psalmist did “Where are you God, how long before you answer?” I read this in my devotional this morning and wanted to share it with you as a way to focus not on what God has not yet done, but to remember what He has done.

“In the early verses of Psalm 13, the psalmist called out to God and heard nothing in reply. What could he count on to carry him through that bleak moment? He reached deep within and pulled out memories of the times God had rescued him in the past, times he had his back against the wall, and had seen the hand of God move. Times he had felt abandoned and later discovered God had been working behind the scenes in ways that were miraculous. It was these memories that allowed him to sing of God’s goodness in the midst of overwhelming circumstances. Sometimes we may wonder where God is when we are in the middle of the battle, but it is the memory of past victories that allow us to sing and praise Him while we wait for Him to rescue us!”*

LORD, I can’t help but praise you when I remember all the times you have rescued me in the past. There were times when I felt alone and realized only later that You were there all along. Help me to trust you for what I am facing today. Amen

*Cheri Fuller “The One Year Praying Through the Bible”

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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2 Responses to Encourage One Another-Battle Hymns

  1. Pingback: My Article Read (7-25-2015) | My Daily Musing

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Praise God , it is well with my soul because we serve the mighty God.

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