You Are Not Alone
by Suzanne W.
Hey you.... yeah you. Right now... I just wanted to tell you. I see you. Yes you. You know, I think about you. I pray for you. Not weird. God. God asked me to do so.
I know today was a hard day. The last couple of years. H.A.R.D.
I just wanted you to know that you aren't alone. I know it feels like you are. Maybe a prison of your own making or of someone else's. But I need you to know - that it won't last forever. You do your part. Yes. You have a part. A step to take.
And God - He does His part.
Do you know what His part is? Oh - so many things. He even wrote a book about it. We can talk about that if you want.
He knows you by name. Did you know He created you? That He formed you in your mother's womb? He handcrafted every good thing in you. Your call. Your gifts. Your talents. He even gave you a special language - it is how you understand things. It is unique to YOU and Him.
Did you know if you ask Him to open His Word (The Bible) He will speak to you personally in it? He will. And He will take that special understanding or language and open up things that you have never seen before?
Oh - you tried once? Maybe you could try again. Just ask Him to let you know Him. To open your eyes. Feel silly - that is okay. So did I at one time. Especially to try and talk to someone I could not see. That I could not imagine. That doesn't exactly answer me back. But just ask in your head. You don't have to talk aloud. He can hear you.
Don't know what to say?? That is okay - He gave us a bunch of templates. They are throughout the Bible. Don't know where to read. Don't start in the beginning this time. Don't start in the end. Let's open to Psalms. You can pick anyone. Or pick today's date (April 24) - so that would be Psalm 24. Let's look at it together:
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.
<<That means EVERYTHING....did you know that today is Arbor Day in the United States - so that includes the trees! The people! >>
2 For He laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.
<<He is the master Creator. He set it all out. Land. Sea. Sky. All. Don't believe it? Ask Him>>
3 Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in His Holy place?
<< Oh - He is talking to you.... want to know how to stand there - go to #4....>>
4 Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols and never tell lies.
<<So yeah...don't stop here. Listen. That #4 stings. We all have been unpure. That is why Jesus had to die for you. We all have had idols. Things we put in the place of God. Women. Men. Sex. Money. Jobs. Stuff. Oh and the lie thing... well we have ALL done that one too. It began in the Garden with Eve and Adam. And well simply put - it has continued because the "father of lies" lives on earth and messes things up and we believe him instead of the God of the Universe. Creator. Father. Yahweh. So how can we climb the mountain if we have done all of this and our hands and hearts aren't pure?? Simply put - Jesus - His Hebrew Name is Yeshua/Yahuahah.... no one actually knows anymore for sure how to spell it or even pronounce it - but HE, HE KNOWS who we mean! And HE - well HE is the Savior of the World. And He came to earth and He was a man (well first a baby) and then He grew up just like you and I have been doing. But He showed us how to perfectly live and love and walk and then, well then HE laid down His life for YOU! So HE is how we can climb that mountain and stand in His Holy Place - He goes before us so we can be in the presence of the One True God!>>
5 They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior.
<<So - it is simple and yet not. He intended it to be so available that not a fool could err in it. Look - He became my Savior and has put me in a right relationship with Him as my savior. I need to be honest - it is a lot more than some prayer. It is relationship. Which means I don't just get to call him (pray) and dump all my crap and anger and junk on him and then hang up without listening. A relationship like that would NEVER work. Even more - He isn't my sugar daddy and I don't get to make demands of Him and what I expect all the time. It is a reciprocal relationship. I can be free to talk and be real. But I have to stop and listen (and read His Word) so I can make sure I am hearing Him (and not some counterfeit>>.
6 Such people may seek you
and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob. Selah.
<<So - this is one of my favorite things about knowing Him. I get special invitations to come and sit with Him. He talks to my heart when I do that. He renews my mind. He refreshes my soul. He even gave me a standing date/invitation. The Bible calls it Sabbath. It means Rest. See that word there - "selah". It means rest. Pause. Pray. On the 6th day God created man - you and me. This is the #6 verse of this Psalm.
A Psalm is a poem written to us. He used people like King David to write these. He still uses people today - especially "such people who may seek Him and worship in His presence". So when they do that...it means they are pausing and resting their busy life, own opinions and all the racket of this life - to read His Word because that is how we get to KNOW Him. And since He wants that....if we ask HIM for that....and we do #4 & #5 above then we can get to #6 here! He does things in order. Kind of like a golfer. If you jump to the green and don't hit the ball in order - well you are cheating.
7 Open up, ancient gates!
Open up, ancient doors,
and let the King of glory enter.
<<Wow so then - He comes and gates and doors are opened into those deep, hidden and ancient things in us....because He is going to do some amazing things. And, while that might sound scary.... He opens HIS ancient gates and doors to us. We get the grace and privilege to begin to understand what He was saying to Noah and Joshua and King David. We even get to see Him do the SAME in us as He is allowed to enter into all parts of us and our lives!
"He does things in order. Kind of like a golfer. If you jump to the green and don't hit the ball in order -
... simply put ... you are cheating."
8 Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty;
the Lord, invincible in battle.
<<Oh - did you know THEN He goes before you to fight for you?? Yep. He is Strong. He is mighty. He is INVINCIBLE in battle! That addiction - it doesn't stand a chance - because once you give HIM the KEY to your gates and doors - HE gives you the KEYS to unlock freedom. It starts with Jesus. It starts with Verse #1 above and goes through every step to this one! So many don't realize they don't have victory because they haven't actually properly ASKED Him to fight their battles. And they walked around all entitled that He automatically does it!>>
9 Open up, ancient gates!
Open up, ancient doors,
and let the King of glory enter.
<<Um - He wants to make sure you know it takes ACTION on your part... He wants you to open ALL the gates and doors! ALL. And how does He do that? By our surrender. By our repentance for opening doors into our lives that were NOT HIM and shutting doors that were actually Him. By our obedience to His voice, His Word, His ways. It begins with prayer. You talking to Him. You being still and silent and listening to His voice. Open every gate and door of your heart, mind, soul and spirit - to Him and watch Him enter.>>
10 Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—he is the King of glory. Selah
<<Oh friend.... He and HE alone is the King of glory. He and HE alone is the Lord of Heaven's Armies. He and HE alone is the King of glory. Rest. Pause. Pray. Surrender and Obey.>>
.... Amen and Amen.