two little words…

Help, Lord” Psalm 12:1

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In the whole realm of the English language, can there be two more important words than these?  There are times when prayers just won’t come, and words cannot seem to be fashioned to define a problem that is so troubling and confusing.  Take heart – these two words are sufficient.

“There is much of directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of utterance in this petition of two words; much more, indeed, than in the long rambling outpourings….  The Psalmist runs straight to his God, with a well considered prayer; he knows what he is seeking and where to seek it….

“The answer to prayer is certain…the Lord’s character assures us that He will not leave His people; His relationship as Father and Husband guarantee us His aid…and His sure promise stands, “Fear not, I will help thee.”  Spurgeon

Pray always” Eph. 6:18

Two other words I have been musing over – I am afraid in our legalism we find condemnation in these two words, thinking it is to be used as a measuring rod to score you in the prayer department.  What a shame.  These two words tell us that we have a God who loves to hear us!  Always!  He never tires of hearing your prayers, dear one!  NEVER!  He always listens!  He never tires of hearing you as you come to Him, whatever state you are in!

Open wide

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Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.” Ps. 81:10

A very trusting sparrow decided to build her nest in a bike helmet hanging in our carport.  We have been anxiously waiting for the babies to hatch, and we now are the proud godparents of 4 little birdies.  I never tire of going outside and watching as they hear me, thinking I am their Mommy or Daddy bringing food.  Mouths wide open, squeaking, helpless as all get out to do anything to protect or feed themselves.  Their parents don’t ever get tired of their neediness – why do we think God does?  Open wide.  Pray always.  “Help Lord ”.  Really, you need to do nothing else.

Take heart.

But when he was still a great way off, his Father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”  Luke 15:20

Our Father gave us imagination for a good reason – not to picture the depravity that a prodigal may be living in, but to imagine what the reunion will look like.  And this is a gem of a phrase that can help you do just that – this little phrase that holds such promise in it, that shows the Father and His character, especially to those prodigals of His.

July 2009 116 family hike C.R. ticksYour prodigal may be a long, long way off, and you can’t see any movement out of the sewage into the Light – but take heart!  The Father has different eyes and vision than we do – picture Him seeing His lost lamb, still a long way off, and bringing him home…

Ezekiel 37:23: “they shall not defile themselves any more with their…detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I WILL save them out of their dwelling places, and from all their backslidings in which they have sinned, and I will cleanse them.  So shall they be My people, and I WILL be their God.”

Our Father is in the business of rescuing us.  Always, always, always.  Distance is no concern to Him, for “when he was still a great way off” the Father sees and has compassion and runs to the prodigal!  Defilement is no concern for He is in the business of cleansing.  Depravity is no concern, for He Himself says he will “save them out of their dwelling places (the pig sty)”

Take hope, dear friend.  that child you are agonizing over is seen by the Father.  Even when they are still a great way off.

Break me???

April 2009 wheat and cloudsI couldn’t sing it at church last Sunday morning…those praise songs with the words “break me…break my heart…”  what are we thinking?  The past few years for Tom and I have been times of serious pruning…deep pruning.  And never, NEVER, EVER again will I ask Him to break me.  How flippant and arrogant we have become.

This past week I have been mulling over this, and looking more deeply into this to make sure I am thinking correctly: that our God is a consuming fire.  Loving – yes, of course.  But this whole idea of asking Him to break you?  Do you think He will answer that by turning up at your door with a dozen roses and a box of chocolates?

I used Strong’s Concordance to see if there ever was a prayer asking God to “break me.”  Never,  Nowhere.  Not surprisingly the word is used by Job frequently – but NEVER as a request!

Job 13:25: “Will You break (harass, frighten, dread, fear shake terribly) a poor helpless leaf driven to and fro, and will You pursue the chaff of the dry stubble?”

Do you really want that to happen to you??

or Job 19:10: He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone; my hope has He pulled up like a tree.”  Did you see the footage of the Oklahoma tornado? Trees being pulled up?  the violent, deadly, horrifying power that ripped trees from their roots?

This really does matter, I think.  I just wonder if in our current culture, we have become “too familiar” with God.  And this is dangerous on several levels.  If we don’t see Him as He truly is, we will have little appreciation or gratitude for how He “restrains Himself” when dealing with us.  His mercy will become cheapened if we have cheapened His awesome and terrifying power.

David experienced His “breaking”, after Bathsheba, and wrote about it in Ps. 51. Do you want THAT?

Aren’t you GLAD He promises “A bruised reed He will not break.”?  Isn’t His bruising enough?