My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.
"Today's Thought" is a collection of daily reflections on the Lord as I spend time with him each morning on my walks. Thanks for visiting. Please feel free to share comments and thoughts-Rob
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
5 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
These five verses capture the heart of our relationship with the Lord. We need to look to Him, remember all He has done for us, thank Him and actively worship Him in heart and voice. I believe we will then truly appreciate the rivers He sends our way, even as we trudge across the hot desert sands and dry times of life.
1 Corinthians 13:12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
This morning the weather is perfect...temperature about 70 degrees, a brand new blue sky and sharply etched trees in the low-humidity air. My favorite pond was calm and glassy, disturbed only by mild breezes and the ripples of turtle heads popping up like submarine periscopes. The bald eagle perched motionless, as if modeling for a stamp artist, and there was a blanket of peace over all. I thought about the reflection that the pond surface made of the trees along the edge. At first glance it appeared a mirror image...but then I realized that the minor disturbances of the watery table top caused an imperfect picture that wavered and didn't precisely picture the surrounding scene, despite the calm conditions. I thought about this life and our experiences in it. We have a pond-like mirror of Heaven as our world reflects the hand of its Creator. The ripples and disturbances of our natural world and of our personal lives make a perfect reflection impossible...but we do see Him, however unclearly. One day, when days no longer define our lives, and eternity is fully realized we will no longer see Him in reflected glory. We will see Him face to face, because we will be with Him with nothing between. For now, we study Him in the puzzle of His reflection and we know Him in part. But just as a mirror only has two dimensions while direct vision sees in depth, so we will see Him in clarity and depth...on the far side of this pond.
7 "But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish of the sea inform you.
blessings to other fishermen (whether you're an eagle or a heron),
26 They skim past like boats of papyrus,
like eagles swooping down on their prey."
blessings (hope your day is more joyful than Job's!),
The passage above stood out this morning as I navigated through Psalms 36-40. I thought about the emphasis we have on strength, health, vitality and youthfulness and I realized that it's more important to have a grip on the temporary-ness of our lives and our inherent weakness. We tend to roll from day to day, not wanting to face two truths: "We are going to die one day" and "There is nothing we can do about it". But if we come to grips with those realities and move past them to the greater reality that we can be with God forever, we can begin to focus on developing our relationship with Him now.
Psalm 39:7 "And now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in You."
The strength of weakness is that it can lead us to embrace His strength, and find our Hope in Him and not ourselves.