February 13, 2010

In His Presence, There Is Fullness of Joy

Today we fly out to Pittsburgh, hurray!

But quickly I've turned to worry to "comfort" me: Brian woke up at 3:30 & this will mess with his nap schedule; I currently have a seat assignment and Elizabeth does not; I have a painful lump on my forehead from hitting it yesterday on the playground. So, as I sat complaining to the Lord this morning, He reminded me to be thankful, that He is in control, and that in His presence there is fullness of joy. That line is a different translation of part of verse 11 below. Worry was not actually comforting me (surprise, surprise!), worry only works me into a tizzy. But the Word, God Himself, now HE comforts, convicts, forgives, sustains, encourages, protects, loves, and gives us all that we need in each moment.

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus." That is what this tired mommy needed this morning and will endeavor, with the Spirit's help, to remember in those less-than-they-way-I-want-it-to-be moments throughout the day!

This psalm is so beautiful in the ears of a believer that I will let it speak for itself.

Psalm 16

A miktam of David.

1 Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.

2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing."

3 As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.

4 The sorrows of those will increase
who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.

5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

11 You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

1 comment:

  1. i too woke up early worry that we would not get all packed, that people would be here to help us move and i would let them down...talk about a people pleaser!! i thought about a verse i am teaching hannah, "do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. i appreciate hearing that you not only thought to not worry, but to think about the counselor who directs our path and instructs us. the only one able to take our worry and change our hearts! thanks for sharing! i hope your trip goes well, that the flight is smooth and that you find rest this trip (at some point!).