WOTD: Rescue

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.

WOTD – Word of the Day

Long story short – right now I am on a journey where I am getting to know God better by diving into the Bible in search of a word.

At first I wasn’t sure if I would share this journey publicly.  Then I decided it would be a good exercise in accountability to be sure I do this for a few weeks at least.  And perhaps hear from others various verses and thoughts that I might otherwise miss.

So, I’m calling it my WOTD – Word of the Day.

Yesterday’s word was “SEEK”.  (And the sub-word ended up being “heart.”)

And the result of that search for me?

1 Chronicles 16:8-11 (NIV)

8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.

9 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.

10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

11 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.

1 Chronicles 22:19a (NIV)

19 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God.

Psalm 24:4-6 (NIV)

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.

5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

Psalm 27:8 (NIV)

8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek.

Psalm 69:30-32 (NIV)

30 I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.

32b you who seek God, may your hearts live!

Psalm 105:4 (NIV)

4 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.

Isaiah 26:9a (NLT)

9a All night long I search for you;
in the morning I earnestly seek for God.

Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)

6 Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.

Hosea 10:12 (NIV)

12 Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the LORD,
until he comes
and showers righteousness on you.

Zephaniah 2:3a (NIV)

3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land,
you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility…

Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

7Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.