It has been WAY too long since my last Bible Study. Life is too fast, but that is an excuse. I just need to properly reset my priorities for time. I hope to get better.
I didn’t even get half way through the Psalm and I was jolted by a song. Verse 5 and 6. As I am reading them, I am hearing the song by Third Day, Your Love Oh Lord. I immediately Google the song and behold, Third Day wrote the song about the Psalm. And I didn’t even know it.
So I start the Psalm reading again, refocused. And read it with a better heart. And I listen to the song again, with a critical heart and mind. And I am finding peace and focus. The lyrics to the song are super simple yet astounding. Two paragraphs. One, a direct quote from the Bible, and the second, answers the question, what are you going to do about it. Or more importantly, what am I going to do about it?
Your love, oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide
I will lift my voice
To worship You, my King
I will find my strength
In the shadow on Your wings
So. . . What AM I going to do about it? I don’t have a great voice, so most people won’t want to hear me sing. What voice will I use to worship You my King? I really meditated and prayed on this a bit. And then I realized my voice is part of my job. I really want to help churches use the power of digital marketing to grow and spread the Word of God. My voice is this blog. I felt compelled to write my Bible Studies public. Everyone has a different voice. And it doesn’t have to be vocal. It is basically using your gifts to worship God. If you are a photographer, you can worship God with your work. If you are a janitor, you can do the same thing.
This brings to mind something I try for all the time. Everything I do, should be as if Jesus were my boss. I tried to take Colossians 3:23 into my heart a long time ago.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
My voice is my actions. Both passive and active. People are watching me. And I hope that I am a great example of a Christian. I have found strength today in my Bible study. The Psalm continues with “refuge in the shadow of Your Wings” (in the song too.) A “feast on the abundance of Your house,“ to me that is never ending love and peace and joy. Continues with a “drink from the river of delights,” now that is just awesome.
Being a bit disjointed here. But that is how a Bible Study and sometimes go. I just realized I never read the study notes. They highlight Love-Faithfulness and Righteousness-Justice. I didn’t put those together in my reading. Just putting those words side by side increase the power of the study today. This is part of the raw essence of Jesus. And I find I want to worship God even more. I don’t want to just lift my voice, I want to shout.
There is more. Much more. God is a God of wonders. Complicated yet simple. How can some people not see it? I take the strength I didn’t know I needed and feel invigorated. I have drunk from the river of delight. His glorious word in my study today. And really wishing I got to this over a week ago like I should have. “His fountain of life” sustains me. Invigorates me. Inspires me. Strengthens me. Excites me. Loves me. Causes me great joy. Makes me cry with gratitude.
My word joy is not explicitly stated today, but it permeates the Psalm. It’s everywhere. I definitely ended today’s study in a much more Joyful mood. Thank you God and Jesus and Holy Spirit.