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Practicing our Faith

Wouldn’t it be great if we had this type of direct communication with God?

Wouldn’t it be nice to hear right back from Him?

We may not get an answer right back as though we are using a megaphone, or even in the way that we want it to be delivered, but we will get an answer.  If we could talk to Him directly and have Him get right back to us, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to practice our faith.

When I make my needs and wants known to God, I would love to get an answer TODAY.  Sometimes, TODAY doesn’t happen and I find myself pleading for an answer tomorrow or by the end of the week or by the end of the month (please!) or even by the end of the year!  That’s when I have to put my faith into practice. Psalm 27 SCREAMS faith. I’m going to cut and paste the whole passage below, and I bet you probably already know bits and pieces of it. I want to encourage you to read this Psalm (the whole thing) over and over again if you have to – memorize it – pick it apart.  It speaks to every anxiety-driven issue I have had/am having/will have.  Okay, here it is:

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. 4 One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. 6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. 7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8  When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” 9 Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me. 11 Teach me Your way, O Lord, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. 12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence. 13  I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (New King James Version)

Just a little reminder that He’s got YOU and ME and whatever situation we find ourselves in!  Sleep happy!

Peace and Blessings!