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Delighting in my God, I desire to dwell in His pleasure and to help others experience true delight.

"Delight Yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your judgment as the noonday.  
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;..." Ps 37:4-7a

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I Will Praise Him in This Storm


I will praise Him in this storm, for He is my refuge and my strength, a very present help in trouble.  God is sovereign.  Whom shall I fear?  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.  To whom else shall I turn?  There is great joy and comfort in the Lord.  In Him alone will I seek my treasure.  He is my Rock and my salvation.  In the midst of any storm, I am safe in the cleft of the Rock.

A Storm over Liberty


And what does the Lord require of me?

“He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8

We can rejoice in the God of our salvation and know that whatever He determines, He does to fulfill kingdom purposes.  If we align ourselves with His kingdom purposes, then whatever happens, we can look to Him for the answers and for the questions.  Lord, what do you want me to learn in this storm?  Lord, where do you want me, us to go from here?  What’s next Lord? 

As we seek Him, His wisdom, His knowledge, we can then get excited about the answers and direction He provides.  No matter what is happening in the world around us or in our own little microcosm of that world, He is with us.  He is leading.  He is in control.  Yes, we can praise Him in this storm as we walk humbly with our God and greet Him with gratitude.

Part of my devotional this morning was Isaiah 12:

  
Thanksgiving Expressed 
Then you will say on that day,
“I will give thanks to You, O Lord;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.

“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”

Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.

And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”

Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.

Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

The Lord knew I would read this today. The Lord knew I would need this today.  The Lord knows His plans, and they are far above mine.  I will praise Him in this storm.


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9 comments:

  1. My husband and I love to visit churches for Mass whenever we travel. I cannot tell you how many times we have visited a church and something was heavy on my heart. And that days reading and homily was just what I needed to hear to lift that burden. It's as if God took me by the hand sat me in that pew and opened my ears to his words.
    HE is amazing.

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    1. I praise Him that the longer I walk with Him the more amazing I see He is. I am humbled that He takes the time to speak to me, to comfort me, and to meet me right where I am. Thanks Jen. God bless.

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  2. "Make them remember that His name is exalted." That should be our goal over the next few years.

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    1. I am so grateful that we can be there for one another to encourage each other in the midst of our storms of life. Yes we will look for ways to help others know the joy of exalting Him. Thanks Heidi. Be blessed today.

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  3. Thanks for sharing! It is hard to praise Him in hard times, it is a nice reminder especially the way the election went. So many of us were greiving instead of lifting up His name and praise Him that He has a great plan for His people.

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    1. Amen. And He inhabits the praises of His people. So in our praise we will find comfort. God bless. Thanks for your comments.

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  4. Sorry, I found you though Wholle hearted blog

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  5. Do you live around the area where Hurricane Sandy hit?? I'm not asking you to say exactly where :-) but I was just wondering if these were the verses you read as the storm hit?

    Thanks for linking up this week over at WholeHearted Home this Wednesday. This post was a blessing.

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    1. Hi Judith. Here in Virginia we did receive some of the fallout from Hurricane Sandy, but we were not hard hit, mostly just fallen leaves and branches in my neighborhood. I thought the photo, though fabricated, was a good representation of the storm many of us feel is threatening our liberty. God bless.

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