Saturday, December 08, 2012
Sometimes I am just overwhelmed by how awesome my life is. It's the same life I had yesterday, when I happened to be feeling a little blue. Nothing circumstantially has changed since yesterday. I just started counting my blessings... oh, the shift that occurs when I do that!
I remember once at a youth event being asked to think about what Bible character I most identified with and why. I think most of the girls were supposed to pick Ruth, Esther, Mary or Martha. I don't remember who I picked to be honest.
Today I'd have to pick David. He was so flawed, so selfish, so whiny when things didn't go his way. But when he got his praise on, look out! =0) Things shifted.
David was raw and honest in his approach to God. I think everything David ever said to God was said straight from the heart. He didn't sugar coat his complaints when he felt God was being unfair. "Why do my enemies get ahead but all the bad stuff happens to me???" (Insert foot stomp here!) But when things shifted, when David got back into his thankful place, he speaks from the tenderness of his heart. "I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live." "My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God."
That is why I'm David. When I hurt, I cry out. "Why do I have to go through this? Why is my path harder than the paths my friends walk?" I'm whiny, I'm selfish, I'm flawed. But, I've also been blessed with a thankful heart. The storms don't last long, they can't! I'm too blessed to stay in the valley for long. I've come too far, been through too much, seen God's hand at work in my life too often to NOT be thankful. And I think my praise is all the sweeter to God for what I've gone through. I think true worship comes when a price has been paid, a test has been passed, a trial has been endured.
So my blue day is behind me, and my mouth is once again filled with His praise. My inner self thirsts for the living God and I will sing unto Him as long as I live.