“O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit. Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”
Psalms 30:3-5 NASB
Years ago there was hit song “Wind beneath my wings” I heard it everyday, everywhere. When we think about it, many of us have had that person that helped us put it all together. The voice of reason that intervened at the just right time that kept us from bad decisions or choices could have had life altering consequences.
In Christian life we know where the wind comes from. God has been my constant companion through thick and thin. Many of the thin times were such because of my own sinful doings in the midst of rebellion where I thought I was as good a judge of what is right for as God was. I felt a loss of His fellowship when that happened. He was far away. In reality He has not moved, I strayed. I can know that His anger is but a short consequence compared with the eternity I will have with Him. I know that eternity will be filled with joy and gladness.
The joy that is there in the morning when I fall into sin in the evening refreshes me. I bring it God quickly. Until I do I struggle because that real joy isn’t there and I find myself in situations where I feel like I’ve had this major loss where the God that I love seems no longer there and not a part of what I’m going through. The absence is enough to cause to grow and limit the moments when I have the potential to fall. I focus more on Him and His word, on prayer and solid fellowship.
When I finally remember repentance I am taken back to earlier times when I turned away from the horrible thing I’ve done, which really has no value, and turned my heart toward Christ. The joy is renewed and I am refreshed. the faithfulness of God wipes the tears away.
As I have matured in the faith I have learned that is not good to find yourself away from God. I strive with increased resolve to be close to him and I put aside things in my life that are against Him. Many of things bring momentary good feelings, but ultimately lead to heartache. My Lord is far far more important, I cast those things aside.
I love each day seeking after him and every moment to share him with others and I try not to end my day without having at least one moment where I can tell someone about the loving grace of Jesus Christ
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