Living with God

The two verses in Psalms 26 & 27 that totally stood out to me were verse 4 and 14. This entire Psalm makes me desire the love affair between David and God. Here’s what I know: God is the same, so it’s David’s desire and relationship with God that makes this love affair what it is, because I know God desires to have this kind of relationship with all of us! Through reading these Psalms, my heart is that I begin to mirror David and God’s relationship, so that one day when I meet God face-to-face I want Him to describe me as a woman after His own heart. I think that’s why verse 4 so captured my heart, “one thing I crave from God…the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer.

Both of these Psalms shows us David’s faith in God and the foundation he’s built in good times and trials. Because we’re all going to face hard things, we will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but what foundation are we building to stand on? Maybe some of us won’t face death, but what about the death of our finances, death of a relationship, death of a marriage, death of a career, death of a dream, etc. We will all inevitably walk through the valley of the shadow of death. So what do we do when we walk through the valley?

Thoughts from Psalms 26 & 27 in the Passion translation

Because I grew up inside of church with my dad as the pastor, I saw a lot of death and I got to see how people handle it. What makes some walk through it to the other side, and what makes some sit and camp out in the valley? I would ask my parents a lot of questions, and the biggest thing I learned is that none of us know what’s around the next corner of our lives. Because of that, we must build a foundation of faith in God. What is your foundation? Who do you say God is? Do you find sweet loveliness of His face? Are you filled with awe of God, or question whether He is who He says He is?

In the book of John we see Jesus call himself “I am”, just as God did with Moses in the burning bush. I am. Isn’t it amazing that God is who we need Him to be in every season and situation of our lives? While reading the Psalms, we will see how David craves “I am” and how that looks different for him in different seasons and situations. In Chapter 26 we watch David praise God because He is faithful and for his love. David knew who God was and that God will forever be “I am”. Today, I encourage you to begin to see God as your “I am”. God is exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.
Joy Handley

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