Enlarge My Heart

Monday, January 07, 2019

Marathon runnersI have heard stories of people being miraculously set free from addictions, disorders and depression. God is able to do such things, and often does. Yet for many of us life seems like a marathon.

We place our trust in God and He sees us through, one day at a time, one challenge at a time. Sometimes I think it’s better that way. We are forced to trust the Lord moment by moment, day by day or give up.

The psalmist describes this attitude in the fourth stanza of Psalms 119. It opens with a scene of despair, a soul cleaving to the dust. But he knows God is able to revive him. Through these eight verses the writer describes grief, misdirected steps, fear of being ashamed and a willingness to press on in pursuit of the life giving Word of God.

As we seek God’s will in our lives, His relief from our trials, our hearts grow when we fill them with His word. Much as a marathon runner’s muscles grow as he trains, pressing himself a little further and faster each day. God’s word strengthens us and helps us face and endure each new day.

I’ll share from this portion of Psalms 119 during this week’s Midday Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

Mon 01/07               Psalms 119:25 – 26
Tue 01/08                Psalms 119:27
Wed 01/09               Psalms 119:28 – 29
Thu 01/10                Psalms 119:30
Fri 01/11                  Psalms 119:31 – 32

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