by: carole l. haines
8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. (Psalm 65: 8 NIV)
Someone recently said to me, as I confided my struggle with playing music anymore, that I should just play alone for God. I have been doing just that, and as I have, He has given me new songs in my heart. He is calling forth songs of joy again. They’re not full songs, like they used to be, just bits here and there. But it’s a start. I just love how the verse emphasizes what my friend said, Where morning dawns, where evening fades, You call for songs of joy.
Sometimes we stumble in our giftings, or we are deeply hurt. Perhaps we lose our way and need encouragement back onto the path God had placed us on years ago. I have been reading a wonderful book while on vacation. It is called, LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF ETERNITY, by K.P. Yohannan. Here is a quote I read yesterday.
Jesus did not train His disciples in a classroom; He taught them through example. He lived His life before them and then willingly laid it down. No wonder that, after the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, they remembered Jesus’ words to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. And every one of them laid down his life for preaching the Gospel. (pg. 34)
These believers yielded their lives unselfishly to communicate this message. When they were misunderstood, mistreated, persecuted, stoned and beaten up, they did not go around mourning their losses and licking their wounds. They went right back out and preached the Gospel—and not just the apostles, but the believers, the everyday, “normal” people like you and me. (pg. 35)
I realized that I had been sitting around mourning my losses and licking my wounds, instead of getting right back out there and preaching the Gospel. God blessed me as I strolled the California shoreline early this morning and marveled at His creation. I spied a dolphin fin going up and down, and then there were two. There was a man swimming right towards them, coming from the opposite direction. I watched from the shore to see what would happen, just in case he needed help. They swam right past each other. The man stopped swimming, looked around and then swam on, continuing his normal routine. What an encounter. A Kiss from God, and an encouragement from Him to get back up and get in the thick of doing His work again. I can do no good just sitting here licking my wounds. Another quote from the book:
When I let Jesus live in and through me, my self is no longer the one that directs and dictates to me. Now it is Christ, His will and desires, living and acting through me. This is why the habit of compartmentalizing our lives must end. All of me, all that I am, belongs to Christ. (pg. 54)
Truly, The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders, and sometimes we swim right by, or walk right by them. Father, help us to move on from past hurts and to see you in all the ordinary things of the day. Open our eyes to behold your wonders. Fill our hearts with songs of joy because of Your great love and care. I want all of me, all that I am, to be fully yours.