I start reading quite a few “one liners” if you will, and this one catches my eye.
“Women are not to wear men’s clothing, and men are not to wear women’s clothing; the Lord your God hates people who do such things. – Deuteronomy 22:5 GNT
It caught my eye because it immediately brought to me to a place of prayer. I felt a bit like Moses standing in the gap knowing that it was my place to stand and pray for a people that needed me to care. Here is another that caused me to pray.
The Lord said to my lord,
“Sit here at my right side
until I put your enemies under your feet.” – Psalm 110:1 GNT
This one made me pray for myself, that I might be the person who will meet God one day, face to face, and He will know me as I am known, and see Jesus there instead of my sin.
What a sense of relief to hear His voice welcoming me with joy.
Sing, heavens! Shout for joy, earth! Let the mountains burst into song!
The Lord will comfort his people;
he will have pity on his suffering people.
So the Lord answers, “Can a woman forget her own baby
and not love the child she bore?
Even if a mother should forget her child,
I will never forget you.
Jerusalem, I can never forget you!
I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Kings will be like fathers to you;
queens will be like mothers.
They will bow low before you and honor you;
they will humbly show their respect for you.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
no one who waits for my help will be disappointed.
Then all people will know that I am the Lord,
the one who saves you and sets you free.
They will know that I am Israel’s powerful God – Isaiah 49: 13, 15-16, 23, 26 GNT
And the encouragement keeps coming as the work of Jesus is described so gloriously.
She has been given clean shining linen to wear.” (The linen is the good deeds of God’s people.) Then I saw heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True; it is with justice that he judges and fights his battles. The robe he wore was covered with blood. His name is “The Word of God.” On his robe and on his thigh was written the name: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”- Revelation 19:8, 11, 13, 16 GNT
Father, I know you when You look at me You see nothing other than the righteousness of Your Son, Jesus. May I be faithful in sharing Your plan of redemption to others who need to know. Thank You for Your Word that has never failed me. You are restoring me – thank You.
I catch my breath in the opening verses.
Then the Lord said to Job,
2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?
You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”
Job Responds to the Lord
3 Then Job replied to the Lord,
4 “I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers?
I will cover my mouth with my hand.
5 I have said too much already.
I have nothing more to say.” Job 40:1-5, NLT
In Job’s trials, he talks to his friends, he talks about God, but in the end of his book he talks to God–and then Job listens. This is a fresh reminder to me to get back to basics. To talk to God and then be still and listen.
Last weekend my husband and I looked back at 2015 and how God has worked in our lives. I admitted God had given me direction, and I didn’t listen. God had the answers; he knew things about this year that I couldn’t know. As I look back in reflection of this time, I see God’s love for me, even when I didn’t follow his leading. He walks with me through the hustle. He is good.
Lots of nudges have been coming my way about prayer. About praising God. About trusting him. About seeking his will, and not my own. About listening.
Psalm 150 is all about praise and it underscores the prompts.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:1-6, NLT
Revelation 22, the words stand out, and I can’t help but remember Greg’s post back in October.
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. Revelation 22:17, NLT.
Lord, your word teaches me so many things and I don’t want to stop learning. Thank you for your word in my hands and in my heart. Thank you for walking with me through difficulties and showing your love for me in the most unexpected ways. I praise you for your sovereignty and power, and I’m grateful for your patience and grace. Forgive me, Lord, that I put my want ahead of your leading. You are so good to redeem this time. Thank you that when I am thirsty, you call me to come and let me drink freely.