Right now, these WOTD posts are probably a pretty cumbersome read for most.
It’s an exercise… a public exercise that is part of a private journey. But, briefly to describe the hopes I have for this, as the private journey gets more solidified in its purposes I believe the public side (these blog posts) will become more directed and less of a “Scripture dump” – as I’ve been calling them. Not that they are bad, but honestly I have to be more intentional than that. To look up a single word in an online Bible search and then produce a blog post containing passages using that word will quickly become mechanical and habitual instead of having real thought and purpose behind it. I won’t be going this route as a rule.
Today’s word (which I may end up writing more about later) is “Rescue”. A lovely cousin posted “Psalm 38:14” in response to a very sad Facebook status of mine today.
Psalm 34:18 (NLT)
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
This is/was me today. This week. This year, at times. The brokenhearted. The crushed.
My spirit feels crushed. I just kinda feel crushed. But that can be a good place to be. I just have to allow it to be, I suppose.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NIV)
7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
When we sing “I’m Trading My Sorrows” the bridge section comes (in part) from that 2 Corinthians passage.
I’m pressed but not crushed persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed
I’m blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure
And his joy’s gonna be my strength
Though the sorrow may last for the night
His joy comes with the morning
Did I mention I feel crushed? Rescue sure would be great. Definitely feeling pressed on every side. And perplexed. A smidgen of persecution. And definitely struck down.
Maybe I need to piggyback on the words of another blogger… http://www.gospel.com/blog/index.php/2010/07/01/todays-devotional-faithfully-waiting/
God has already planned our deliverance. God knows how to rescue us from trials.