Lonely? Psalm 25 day four

 Today I want to finish our exploration of loneliness and how David overcame it in Psalm 25

Let’s start with  verse 21: “May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.”  This integrity and uprightness can refer either to the character of God or to the things that God has built into David’s life.

Either would be right.  There’s no question about it – we can rely on the utter integrity and uprightness of our God.  He will never do that which is wrong.  We can be absolutely confident that he will always treat us in utter righteousness.  Therein lies our protection.  As God instills a sense of integrity and righteousness in our hearts, they become the greatest possible defense for us in our times of extremity.  So David has great hope.

 The basis of David’s hope and of ours is this: The cure for loneliness and inner turmoil is to look to the Lord, reaffirm our trust and confidence in Him, and begin to live in obedience.

And as we live in obedience, it is inevitable that we begin having a heart for people outside ourselves.

 Everybody knows that sooner or later the cure for loneliness is people!

 And the cure for the inner turmoil of the heart is to become less absorbed with our problems and more concerned with those of others.

An old Chinese proverb says, “I grumbled when I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet.” I think somebody who doesn’t have shoes has cause to grumble. But I think the person who sees the man with no feet will stop grumbling and begin to recognize how fortunate he is to have feet.

Do you find yourself lonely? Do you have a troubled heart?

Do you know where to turn?  Do you know the Lord?  Are you convinced that He is trustworthy?  Do you believe that He’ll deal with you in mercy?  Are you absolutely rock-bottom certain that He knows what is best for you?  Do you take the time to reflect on Him and what it means humbly to come before Him, discover His righteousness, trust Him, and obey Him?  And even in the midst of the maelstrom of your feelings, is there that UNDERGIRDING sense that God is bedrock there, and that one of these days the feelings will be better but the thing that won’t change is who God is?

 When you can answer those queries positively you’ll discover that He is helping you to look out to other people.

You’ll be on the same tentative note of triumph and of concern as David: “O Lord, do something about the people around me as well. Don’t let me become totally absorbed with me.”

The point to ponder is very simple: When I experience a troubled heart, to whom do I turn first? Notice the word first?  I phrased it that way for one very simple reason.  A lot of people turn to the Lord last with their troubled heart.  What’s the difference?  The nature of our relationship with God!

When something is really bothering you who do you call first: an expert on whatever is bothering you or a friend?  Get the point?  Is God someone with whom you are intimate and therefore someone you let inside your pain or is God that impersonal expert that you go to when you’ve exhausted all other options?  He won’t turn you down when you go to him last, but how sad and how unnecessary that we stay alone in our pain so long.

With David and all the saints since let us affirm today: “To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.

 

In that affirmation is found the answer to overcoming loneliness: knowing that the Father is always with us, always loves us, always desires us, and is always ready to embrace us when we run to him!

Lonely? Psalm 25 day 3

The humble man acknowledges he has no claim on God but that God has a total claim on him.

Sometimes in our pride, we come before God and demand our rights. The humble person knows he has no claim on God at all, that God would be perfectly within his right and perfectly consistent with his nature if he brought judgment to bear upon us and gave us no grace at all. The humble person knows he exists only because God initiated him and continues to perpetuate him.

How God relates to the humble person, we read in Psalm 25:9,10: “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.”

The covenant was simply this: God takes the initiative and says to Abraham and his followers and his progeny, “I will be your God. I invite you to be My people. The only two things I ask of you is to love Me with all your heart and all your soul and all your might and all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” To amplify that, He gave them ten commandments.

Those are the demands that God puts upon His people.

They are designed to show that we love God and that we are prepared to humbly serve him.

The essence of our spiritual walk with the Lord is obedience.

David in his dark night of the soul comes before the Lord and reflects upon the fact that God has called him into covenant and is leading him into a life of obedience. There’s always the possibility that when we’re in the dark moments, we will slip into disobedience; there’s always the possibility that we will seek no longer to walk in the path he’s chosen for us – which, of course, is the next thing that David talks about.

Look in verse 12: “Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.” To fear the Lord is to reverence Him, to have an aspect of awe that is transformed into a lifestyle fitting the way chosen for you.

Do we believe that? I wonder about myself sometimes. Do you believe that if you’ve come into a relationship with the living God through Jesus; that you’ve been saved by grace through faith, in order that you might fit into the pattern of good works that God has planned for you?  Even in your loneliness, even in the dark night of the soul, when your troubles are multiplied, do you honestly believe that you’re actually walking through a path the Lord has chosen for you with good intentions?  Believe it!

David knows what to do in this time of intense disappointment and discouragement.  He knows he will spend his days in prosperity and his descendants will inherit the land.

That means that he will begin to know in the practical aspects of life the blessing of God. In verse 14 he says, “The LORD confides in those who fear him.” That means literally that they’re invited into God’s inner circle.

Think of that – at the time of our loneliness, at the time when we’re in total turmoil, we can turn from our solitude and commune with the Lord.  We discover the secrets of the Lord.

We discover access to his inner circle.

If we are able to practice solitude that allows us to reflect on the Lord and what He says, and if we make that a prime factor in our day, we will begin to discover the communion of the inner circle of the Lord. That’s how we handle the inner turmoil of the soul.

David reveals his troubled feelings. I’m sure many of us will relate to his feelings of great need. “Turn to me and be gracious to me.” In other words, “Lord, I feel so inadequate. Help me turn this to good.”

St. John of the Cross said that grief and loneliness are “the knocks and rappings at the door of your soul in order that it might love more, for they cause more prayer and spiritual sighs to God.”

I read once about a man whose father encouraged him to pray.

He said, ” I am so discouraged and depressed. I can’t pray.”

His father said, “Just groan. Just groan.”

The Spirit of God can take these inner groanings and translate them in the mind of God, and he will be gracious to us. At the moment of our deepest need,we need to recognize the knocking and rapping on the door of our soul inviting us into a deeper communion with the living God.

David reveals feelings of tension in verse 17 & 18: “The troubles of my heart have multiplied.” So much is going on in his heart that he feels it’s going to burst.  Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.”

That’s the third time David talk about his sin in Psalm 25.  Maybe there is sin we’re harboring. Maybe there is sin that we have not admitted. Maybe there is sin that we’re intent on continuing.

David is saying we need to deal with the sin to overcome loneliness. Sin is the blockage. Sin is the hindrance to enjoying communion with God. Sin is why we don’t  find our souls filled at the moments of extremity.

Maybe David is onto something here. Maybe he needed to say it 3 times before he would get around to admitting the real problem: “There’s stuff going on that has gone on for a long, long time; and I’ve known it shouldn’t, and I know it should stop. I’ve grumbled that my spiritual life wasn’t what it might be. I have felt deprived. I have felt that these things were far inferior to what I might long for, but I’ve hung on to this cherished sin.”  I can relate. Can you?

Here is a good prayer for us to pray when we are depressed and lonely: “… take away all my sins. See how my enemies have increased and how fiercely they hate me! Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.”

Lonely? Psalm 25 day 2

I’m blogging about beating lonliness by paying attention to David’s experience recorded in Psalm 25.

Even though he is feeling desperately alone the psalmist reaffirms his faith. He believes the Lord is worthy of his trust: “To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.”  This lonely man reaffirms one fundamental thing.  He is unequivocally convinced that the Lord is worthy of his trust.

“Do not let me be put to shame,” says the psalmist.

To paraphrase: “Don’t let me be embarrassed, Lord, by the fact that I trust you. Plenty of people look at my circumstances and say, ‘Where is your God?’. They’re going to delight in the opportunity to increase my loneliness, Lord. Do not let me be embarrassed. Don’t let me down.”

He goes on to say, “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me our paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

He believes the Lord shows the way to those who are willing to follow.  He firmly believes that the Lord guides into truth all those who are willing to learn.  He is absolutely convinced that the Lord delivers from trouble all those who trust him.

Yet in this dark night of the soul, as St. John of the Cross would describe it, he has to remind himself of these things because the darkness comes flooding in.  Maybe if he’s not careful, he’ll lose sight of what he truly believes.

He also believes that the Lord is merciful: ” Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.”  He believes the Lord is merciful because he’s proven himself over and over and over again in the past.

David is a member of the covenant people which means he understands that God has chosen Israel to be his unique people.  God chose Abraham.  God chose that out of Abraham would come a people for himself through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed.  He took an initiative and established a covenant with these people, and he had been merciful to them.  They had gone down into Egypt, but he led them out.  They had wandered in the wilderness, but he provided for them.  He had taken them into the Promised Land and defeated all their enemies.  He had given them riches they didn’t earn.  He had given them bountiful crops they couldn’t grow.  The Lord had proven himself merciful over and over again.

In the dark night of his soul, in his loneliness, in the intense inner turmoil of his heart, David reflects on the fact that God has proven himself merciful.  This is what we have to do.

He also remembers that the Lord is merciful to forgive the repentant.

Isn’t it interesting that when he’s concerned about his loneliness, when he’s distraught, he is concerned about the sins of his youth: “Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways.” I have no doubt that he’s confessed these things many times and realizes the damage they have done to his own life.  He’s come before the Lord and sought the Lord’s forgiveness in them.  But in the dark night of his soul, the Evil One is reminding him of these things.  And he says, “Lord, remember not those things. As far as the east is from the west, remove my sins from me.”

When you’re down, the devil is no gentleman.  He’ll kick you.

One of the ways he’ll kick you is to remind you of all the things you impulsively do while you’re young.  Even if you’ve confessed and been forgiven for them all, he’ll go on dragging them up.  He’ll say, “The reason you’re in this fix is because of all the bad stuff you did in the past.”

Jill Briscoe, a Christian speaker and writer, recounted this imaginary conversation with the Lord: “Lord, do you remember that awful thing I did?”

God said, “No.”

She said, “Lord, you absolutely must remember this.”

The Lord said, “Listen, you are perfectly free to go on remembering that. I have chosen to remember it no more.”

And that, of course, is what forgiveness is all about.

The psalmist is being convicted again.  He’s been reminded.

He needs to ask the Lord to be merciful again. He says, in effect, “Please assure me at this time of my intense inner turmoil, of my loneliness, of my affliction. Assure me that I still matter; I’m still significant; you still have something in mind for me.” It’s a healthy thing to know where to turn to reaffirm our faith.

Let me tell you one of the most important truths about overcoming lonliness.  In the midst of loneliness and turmoil we need to hold to these three beliefs:

  1. The Lord is worthy of trust.
  2. The Lord knows what is best and is working what is good in our lives.
  3. The Lord is merciful.

Ignore evidence to the contrary and hold to these affirmations during the dark night of the soul!

In verses 8-15, the psalmist takes time to reflect on the Lord in two ways:  He reflects on how the Lord interacts with sinners and how he interacts with those he calls “the humble.”

“{8} Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.” 

How does the Lord relate to sinners?  The two words used to describe the Lord gives us the key here: “Good and upright is the LORD.”

Because the Lord is upright, because he is righteous, because He is pure and holy, He is separate from sin and cannot look upon iniquity.  Because He is upright, he cannot ignore sin.  Because He is good, He can forgive sin.  We must always hold those two truths in tension. 

David imagines that his sin may have brought on this dark time, but he also reflects on how the Lord relates to the humble.  The humble knows that he has no claim on God but that God has a total claim on him!

We’ll start with that principle tomorrow.  In the meanwhile, don’t let Satan trick you into thinking that God doesn’t care about you because nothing could be farther from the truth.

Lonely? Psalm 25 day 1

For many Christmas and the “Holiday Season” from Thanksgiving to New Years is the loneliest time of the year.  I was thinking about that and, to be honest, feeling a little lonely myself, so I read Psalm 25 again and decided to write a little about loneliness from a Shadowlander perspective. 

Dring World War II the allies had planned Operation Overlord, the code name for D-Day, for years with vast armies gathered, an incredible navy collected, and enough arms stored to release Europe from the tyranny of the Nazi regime.

In charge of this massive war effort was an American, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. As the logistics expert, he envisioned the whole thing. He pulled everybody together. He got the fractious allies moving in the same direction. He even tamed the British generals, which was no mean feat. The day was set; the moon was right; the tides were right; the weather was all wrong. Eisenhower was the only person who could make the decision.

Then a royal Air Force meteorologist came in to say he predicted a break in the weather. Eisenhower said, “Okay, Let’s go!”

All the generals, the admirals, and the air vice-marshals who had been with him in the room, promptly left Eisenhower alone.

Suddenly, he had nothing to do. He sat down to write two news releases. In one he explained why the operation had failed and accepted full responsibility himself. The other announced that the operation had succeeded and thanked everyone who had participated.

Can you imagine the loneliness and inner turmoil of Gen. Eisenhower at that moment? Casualties of 75 percent were predicted in some areas of the attack. I hope that none of us will ever be in the position of Dwight D. Eisenhower on D-Day. I hope we never know that kind of loneliness.

But we all have felt loneliness and inner turmoil.  I have a friend who worked at a company for several years and returned from Christmas vacation to find a note asking him to come to the boss’s office.  He thinks he’s going to get a raise, but he’s unceremoniously fired. Suddenly the rug is pulled from under his feet. Have you ever felt that kind of inner turmoil of the soul?

Some of you know what it is to await surgery. I do.  You’ve gone through a whole succession of tests and heard all kinds of promises. One by one, your hopes have disappeared. It’s obvious that you must have the surgery. You think you’re prepared. In a quiet moment when you’re totally alone, your heart is in turmoil.  Have you ever experienced that emotional rollercoaster?

Have you experienced the horror of seeing your family split apart by divorce? You knew things weren’t what they should be; you knew your marriage was struggling. Out of the blue, the divorce comes and you are alone.

Or maybe you have experienced the searing pain of seeing your parents snipe at each other until there is nothing left of either and then they divorce. The people you most depended upon all your life have suddenly decided to go their separate ways, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Your loneliness is palpable.

This is where the psalmist finds himself as he writes Psalm 25.  He is quite open about his condition:   “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.” (vs. 16,17) 

The psalmist admits his need, but he has somewhere to turn.

He turns to the Lord. We’d expect that, but it’s easier said than done.

Do you know the Lord well enough to turn to Him?  We need to be clear who this Lord is to whom we turn.

We need to be sure we have the kind of relationship that allows us to turn to him. Some Christians would say we should never be lonely. Some Christians would say we should never have inner turmoil. Some Christians would say we should always be rejoicing – everything should be great, and we shouldn’t be concerned.   To them I say, lovingly, “What planet are you from?”.

When I hear malarky like that I figure those Christians must not have yet faced any of the experiences I’ve just enumerated. When they do, they’ll soon change their minds (or eliminate themselves as Christians because they experience negative emotions).

Let me give it to you straight, from a Shadowlander who has been a Christian most of his life: Christians go through the same trauma as other people.  The difference is that if our spiritual life is together, we know where to turn.  The psalmist does that in Psalm 25.

Psalm 25 is a acrostic psalm.  Each verse begins with the succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. If it was in English, the first verse would begin with the letter A, the second with the letter B, the third with C, and so on. There is artistry and literary genius here. This is a psalm of David.

David has a roller-coaster experience. He starts out by reaffirming his faith. Then, it’s almost as if some of the doubts come back; some of the inner turmoil begins to bubble to the surface again. Then he gets back on track.

David is very open about his feelings: he feels alone and abandoned. But then, interestingly enough, notice that the very last verse of this Psalm says, “Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles!” The fascinating thing about it is that here’s a psalm dealing with his troubles, but at the close he’s concerned about everybody else’s troubles.  I believe that speaks volumes about the answer to loneliness.

 I am going to be blogging about the answer to loneliness shown in Psalm 25 over the next couple of days.  I invite you to join me on the journey.  I would love to hear your thoughts along the way.   If you want a blessing read Psalm 25 each day while I am blogging about it.

The Way Out of A Slump

Eight years ago I was in a slump. God seemed very distant from me.  I was tired.  I had been taught and had taught others that we can live with the assurance that everything that happens in our day-to-day life will work out for the best…for God’s best which is ultimately for our best.  I knew God’s promise that  He would take care of me.  I had experienced God lifting the burden off my back, and Him carrying it for me.  I had experienced God’s peace.  But at the moment none of that mattered to me.  I was in a slump and God seemed very distant from me.

What was wrong with me?  It wasn’t my faith.  I knew and even believed the right things but slowly, over time, I had closed the door of my heart to God.  I had relegated God to a safe place in my intellect that allowed me to say and teach the right things, to do my job, without the principles I was sharing with others impacting my own life.  My problem wasn’t my faith it was that I had forgotten that  what really mattered was my relationship with God not how much I knew about God.  I needed to reopen the door of my heart — and my life — to God. 

Some of you need to do the same thing I did.  I had to humble myself before God and say, “Jesus, I give my entire life to you.  Thank you for all you did and do for me.  Take the lead and I’ll follow.”  But hadn’t I done that before?  Oh yes, and I have had to go back to that relational square one many times since.  The wonderful thing is that no matter how often I retreat to my intellect Jesus is always there ready to gently welcome me into relationship with Him once again.

Maybe you have been following Christ for years, but, like me, you stubbornly keep putting yourself back in charge.  As a result, you find yourself trying to do everything on your own.  You’re attempting to build your own house, and watch your own city — and you’re discovering that what Solomon said in Psalm 127:2 is true:

“In vain you rise early and stay up late.”

From experience I can tell you that when you try to do it on your own, you find that there’s just no peace.  You find no peace no matter how hard you work, no matter how great your accomplishments, no matter how much you possess, no matter how much effort you put in your relationships, or in anything else.  There’s only one place of peace in this world: living everyday — all day, day-in, day-out, in dynamic relationship with the living God.

Being in relationship with God is different than our normal human relationships.  It is not a 50/50 arrangement.  We’re not equal partners with God.  To put it in sports terms (sorry, but that’s the way I roll!) He’s the coach; we’re the team.

When Vince Lombardi took over the Green Bay Packers in 1959, they were at the bottom.  They had won only one of twelve games during the 1958 season.  As the players arrived for camp in June 1959, Lombardi greeted them with this speech: “Gentlemen, we are going to have a football team and we are going to win games.  You are going to learn to block, run, and tackle.  You are going to outplay all the teams that come up against you. And, most of all, you are to have confidence in me and enthusiasm for my system.  Hereafter, I want you to think of only three things, because only three things matter: your family, God, and the Green Bay Packers!”

Lombardi was probably the best coach who ever lived but our Coach is infinitely better!  I want for you what I have: full confidence in God and enthusiastism for His “playbook”. 

God’s promise to each and every one of us is: Enter into relationship with Me through My Son.  Follow My lead, and I will make you more like My Son than you ever thought you could be!

The Presence of God 3

Yesterday I missed church because of illness.  In my quest to practice the presence of God I have given God responsibility for my life therefore God is the one to blame for me not going to church.  Right?

Of course not! Giving God responsibility for our life doesn’t relieve us of responsibility for our free will actions.  

Psalm 127:1…”Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”

Read that again.  The builders keep building, even though God is in charge of the house.  The watchmen keep watching, even though God is guarding the city.

This principle applied is that we are to keep doing our jobs, even though we’ve given control to God.  We give our career goals to God, but we still show up for work.  We give our academic goals to God, but we still study.  We give our relationships to God, but we still spend time with friends and those you love.  We give our health to God, but we still work hard to maintain it.

If giving God responsibility for our life doesn’t eliminate our responsibility, what does it do?  Something much more exciting! When we give God responsibilty for our life He empowers us to obey and frees us from the bondage of results — because even though we’re still working hard, we’re no longer trusting ourselves for the results, we’re trusting God for the results.  He is there with us to empower our obedience!

Have you ever seen the bumper sticker that says, “God is my co-pilot”?  I never was a fan for some reason but there is a variation of it that I like a lot better.  It says, “God is my pilot.  I’m just the co-pilot.”

This is more than just a matter of semantics. It’s a matter of who’s in charge.  Our attitude shouldn’t be “God, this is what I’ve decided to do, now bless it.”  It should be, “Father, show me what You want me to do, how You want me to do it, and enable me to do it so I can do it in a way that brings You honor.”

God wants to be in charge of our responsibilities.  But, giving God responsibility for our life doesn’t relieve us of responsibility, it just puts us in the position of co-pilot and Him in position of pilot on the journey of life. 

The Presence of God 2

When Herman Cain took over as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, the company was in the midst of a severe financial crisis.  Within one year, he brought the company into profitability.  When he was asked how he did it, he said, “The secret to my success is my faith in Christ and God almighty — and they are no secret!  I have to give God the glory in everything I do and in every success I’ve achieved.”

Whatever it is that we’re responsible for, God wants to be in charge.  God wants to choose your major.  God wants to decide on your career.  God wants to watch over your relationships.  God wants to be in charge of our responsibilities. 

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”

Among other things this psalm teaches that whatever it is we are doing God wants to be involved.   It doesn’t have to be as grant as building a house or guarding a city.   If you’ve got classes to take, God wants to take them with you.  If you have a job to do, God wants to do it with you.  If you’ve got friends that you’re concerned about, God wants to guard them.  If you’re wondering what to do with your life, God wants to guide you.  If you’ve got a family that you don’t understand; God wants to be the Lord of your family relationships.  Get the idea?  God wants to be involved in your life. 

There’s nothing about our life that is unimportant to God. Sometimes we may wonder, “Is God really concerned whether or not I pass this class?  Is God really concerned whether or not I meet this deadline?  Is God really concerned me finding a job?”  The answer is, always, “Yes!” 

But it may not always feel that way because whatever it is we do, God not only wants to be involved; He wants to be in charge. 

God wants to be involved in our responsibilities — and not only involved; He wants to be in charge.  Whatever it is we have to do, God wants us to do it His way.  There’s a good reason for this: His way, though often not our way, is always the best way.

So, as we approach our responsibilities in life, we are to surrender them to God’s control.  We’re to say, “God, I’m giving You control of my career; build my future for Your glory…God, I’m giving You control of my relationships, I’m giving You control of my family; build my relationships, including my relationship to my family, for Your glory…God I’m giving You control of my future; build it for Your glory.”

 God wants to be in charge of our responsibilities, for one simple reason, because His way is the best way.  The more we nourish a relationship with God the easier putting God in charge of our responssibilities.

The Presence of God

A little more than 300 years ago a middle aged man named Nicholas Herman entered a monastery in France and lived the remaining 30 years of his life as a cook. (I guess you could call him a French Friar.)  Though his life was lived in obscurity, he accomplished one thing that destined him for greatness. He sought and eventually achieved the ability to walk continually in God’s presence.

As he approached the end of his life, he wrote about it in a book that came to be called “The Practice of the Presence of God.”   This book, written by an obscure monk, has influenced countless Christians over the centuries, helping them discover the joy of living day-in, day-out in God’s presence.

In one of his writings, he said: “If I were a preacher I would, above all other things, preach the practice of the presence of God.  For there is nothing in the world sweeter or more delightful than a continual conversation with God.”

I believe that!  I love talking about it and preaching about it! The problem is I so seldom consistently have a “continual conversation with God.”  How about you?  Do you practice the presence of God —  do you experience God in your life on a consistent basis?  If you do you can go read your Bible because this post is for the rest of us who struggle with experiencing God in all of life here in the shadowland.  I don’t claim to have it all together but the times when I experience God most all start with this first step:  Taking God from a doctrine to a person.  Not only realizing the personhood of God but making him your partner in all you do.  That means liking God as well as loving Him.

Whatever it is that you do with the majority of your time – whether, you’re a student, or you’re in the marketplace earning a living, or whatever your situation may be — God wants to be your partner in all of  it.  That is why Jesus came to the Shadowland!

Psalm 127:1-2 can be applied to any area of life — academic, family, relationships, work, all of it.  This psalm teaches us that God wants to be involved in every area of our lives because everything we do is important to Him.  Read this several times today and see if God doesn’t use it to make you see the areas where you “labor in vain”

(1) Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.  (2) In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for He grants sleep to those He loves.