Daily Archives: August 14, 2011

1 Samuel 4; Romans 4; Jeremiah 42; Psalm 18

“He brought me into a spacious place. He rescued me because he delighted in me.”

Psalm 18:19

David did his time in dark caves, hiding from enemies.  How wonderful a sensation to be led out to the sunlight, safety and an open plain to be able to see as far as they eye can see. This verse sums up what God has done for me. I have been led out of dark and stale places and given a view of life with God,  free and expansive. 

This has all happened not because of my worthiness, not because of what I do, not because I have deserved it (far from it), but because He delights in me.  Plain and simple.  Grace.

Much of the time, I do not truly believe this, and I head back for that dark closet of operating out of self righteousness and effort. The familiar walls close in.  The air quickly turns rank, but Jesus opens the door, invites me to breathe in the fresh breeze of his presence. He extends his hand and leads me out to that wide open space. I stand on that high mountain and drink in the beauty of his wild, extravagant grace at work in this fallen, broken world.

So little and yet, everything is asked of me when I leave that dark place. I leave the confines of  familiar habits, the illusion of control and step into the wondrous, mysterious world of faith and love. Oh, but the view… One day, when He says it’s time, I will see His face. Thank you Lord, thank you.



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