Saturday, April 28, 2012

Come and Listen

This morning I was reading and came across this scripture...

Psalm 66:16

16 Come and listen, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell you what he did for me.

More than likely I have read this before but today it just jumped out at me. My thoughts were that this is what we should be doing. Drawing people into our world...talking to them and telling them what Jesus has done for us and what He is still doing for us.

Then I read the rest of the chapter. It's all good but this morning I particularly like what follows vs. 16.

Psalm 66:17-20

17 For I cried out to him for help,
    praising him as I spoke.
18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.
19 But God did listen!
    He paid attention to my prayer.
20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
    or withdraw his unfailing love from me.


When reading this passage I was reminded of what the Lord has just done for me this past week. Even though I was in trouble...flailing about in my soul...and feeling that God was not even anywhere near me...He was just waiting for me to cry out to HIM!! God does listen for us, and He listens to us, when we do call. I know this and yet at times I act as if I'm in a world devoid of Him. Devoid because...

I choose to not listen to His voice...I choose to not ask for His help...I choose to not confess my sin...I choose to not praise Him...I choose, to put it simply, to separate myself from Him.

Ohhh...Praise God! When we do fall before Him and call out in sincerity...He is there with His arms open wide just waiting to pull us back into Him!

As verse 20 says...He does not withdraw His unfailing love for us.

How great is that? Just to know that He never ignores us or takes His love from us. For me today that speaks volumes. I need to know that He loves me and that He won't let me go. Family may walk away, and friends may walk away, but the Lord will never leave me. 

The same holds true for you. If you know Him...He will never leave you.

Deuteronomy 31:8

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

If you don't know Him...search for Him...and you will find Him just waiting for you.

Jeremiah 29:13

13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.




10 comments:

Child of God said...

What a wonderful lesson on His love and faithfulness.

We need to daily choose to follow Him and it can be so hard sometimes and so tiring but it is worth it because the reward He gives is a deeper knowing of Him and His love which is so rich and complete.

I am at the spot in my walk that all I want is to be in His presence. I want His face shining on me and to feel His love but there are still some things that keep me at a distance of this. My desire for His love is growing stronger and I hope soon I will be able to make that full leap of faith into Him.

Blessings hon,
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Never Forsaken said...

Hi chelle,
Wow those scriptures sure ministered to my spirit today. I am going to copy them down so I can read them often!
Thanks for sharing this today.
~God Bless You~
Your sis in Christ,
Lisa

Rhonda said...

excellent post....so thankful we can trust him to not ignore us or abandoned us ....enjoyed your posting tremendously

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Carole in the UK said...

'He does not withdraw His unfailing love for us' - what comforting words Chelle.

It's wonderful how the Holy Spirit will always illuminate previous read scriptures, to us, at the time we need them the most.

Awesome!

May our lives be such, that we will draw others to him.

Have a great week Chelle, I look forward to your next uplifting post

Desiray said...

See how much of a refreshing His word is to us each day no matter how long you might of read it, it will always be like it's the first time..His word is a refresh and renew to us. it brings life..thanks for sharing your story Chelle..God bless you sis.

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Just Be Real said...

Chelle, thank you for such a insightful post. Very comforting and refreshing. Blessings.

Tracy said...

Hi Chelle - I love the psalms. Its often that I read something I've read before but it jumps out at me this time. Great scriptures and great post. God bless friend
Tracy

bluecottonmemory said...

It is been a flailing week for me, too - He never fails - but I do - and He is the only one who can settle me down, remind me that He is there! Your voice makes a beautiful chorus!