November 29 @ Psalms 137-139

Psalms 137-139 (NLT) 

Discover His heart:  He knows everything we do and everywhere we go

While traveling by car around the city of Vienna, Austria, Tom and I greatly appreciated the Global Positioning System (GPS) that was provided for us.  I don’t understand how it works, something about a satellite up in the sky and…I don’t know.  How that little box can pinpoint my location and direct me to my next destination is a mystery to me.

I nicknamed our GPS Helga because she was a no-nonsense kind of girl, and really, she wasn’t very pleasant.  No offense intended to all the Helga’s in the world, but she never offered a please or thank you when we complied.  However, for the most part, she got us to our destinations, and we often thanked her for it.  Helga discerned traffic patterns on route to our destination and was able to redirect our course when necessary.  What a gal!

On occasion, the GPS would signal an alarm, but we had no idea what we should be alarmed about.  After the fact, we learned that Helga was informing us about radar detection boxes that were located throughout the city.  She was so attuned to our location that she was able to guide us through what could have been challenging situations, and she was there for us, guiding and directing our steps.  Thanks again, Helga, for a great ride! 

@ Psalm 139
“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.  You know when I sit down or stand up.  You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.  You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.  You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me.  You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!” (1-7)  Like the workings of the GPS, I don’t understand the omnipresence of God, how He goes before me yet follows me, and I don’t understand His desire to do so.  It humbles me.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it.  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (13-16)  How could we not trust our Creator who has been with us from our very beginning, the One who planned our course and direction?

When we’re going through a difficult time, we often wonder where God is.  Has He left us? Abandoned us?  Sometimes our GPS was silent when we needed her most because of a tunnel or obstruction, but eventually, she came through for us.  Unlike our GPS, God is infallible, but sometimes He is silent, and we question His whereabouts.

David understood this position when he wrote, “The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.  Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” (138:8)  We can trust that God will come through for us, “I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.” (138:2)  Now that’s quite a backing!  GPS units like Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom may be helpful, but they don’t hold a candle to the Name of the Lord!

David ended his Psalm soliciting God’s guidance, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (23-24)  Find my position, Lord, beam your radar deep within my heart and signal the areas of concern.  Lead me along this life to my final destination of eternal life with you.  I trust your Name! 

Moving Forward:  Led from above today, I can trust His guidance and direction because they are backed by the honor of His name

Tomorrow @ Ecclesiastes 11-12

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