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Psalm 85:8  “I will hear what the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people and to his saints, but let them not turn to folly.”

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Psalm 85 is a prayer of the psalmist. He begins this prayer to the Lord feeding on God’s faithfulness, remembering the mercies He had shown them. Then the psalmist goes on to tell the Lord what is currently going on. It is after this that we get to verse 8. Here we see that the psalmist waits and listens for the Lord to respond. He waits to receive an answer, to receive understanding and help.

How often do we find or take time to listen, to receive from God? How often do we wait with expectation to hear from Him? One of my favorite lessons on this is from 1 Kings 19 about Elijah. Elijah had just come off of a mountaintop experience with the Lord showing that He is the One True God. But following that Elijah’s life is threatened, and he becomes distraught. In fact, he is totally ready to give up, asking the Lord to let him die. Instead, the Lord meets him in this place nurturing his body with the food and drink he needs. The Lord also gives him the rest he needs. The Lord knows our frail humanness. The Lord asks Elijah what he is doing there.  Elijah tells Him all that has been going on. The Lord responds by telling Elijah to go to the mountain, now it is the time and place for God’s lesson. There, on the mountain, when God passes by, there is a great wind that even breaks the rocks, and then an earthquake, but the Lord is not in either of those. Next, there is a fire, but the Lord is not in the fire either. Often we expect that the Lord will do some great powerful thing in response to our prayer, but I am learning that more than anything He is in the business of changing our hearts. The Lord whispers to Elijah in a still small voice. Again, Elijah is asked to tell the Lord what is going on, why is he there? Elijah repeats his story. It is then that the Lord gives Elijah direction as what to do.

The Lord wants us to remember Who He is in the midst of our problems. He is Almighty God, Who can change things with a word. He saw Elijah’s desperation and neediness. He listened and listened again, then showed Elijah His power and might. Elijah’s problems had taken front focus in Elijah’s mind, it seems that He had lost sight of Who God is. I know from experience that I allow the same thing to happen to me. It is in Elijah’s desperation, in his almost giving up on life that he finds his way back, God does not fail him. The Lord tells Elijah what he needs to know, but gives him more than that, He gives him a reminder of His omnipotence. It is as if God says, put your problem alongside My power and see if you still have a worry.

Elijah was desperate. Many of my prayers do not come from a place of desperation and I think in that I lose sight of my true need for the Lord, as well as, my need to receive from Him. Too often, I don’t look for a response, but I am learning the importance of receiving from the Lord. Receiving wisdom, receiving conviction  receiving comfort, receiving direction, receiving whatever He has for me.

Habakkuk 2:1 “I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.”

I am learning that He desires my wholehearted presence before Him, He wants me to wait with expectation. He desires me to know Him more intimately, and in listening to Him, I am also learning to know myself in a deeper way. He is showing me “great and hidden things” that I didn’t know. These things help me to live more wisely and respond more lovingly. He is renewing my mind and changing me.

The Lord desires to speak to us. He desires to speak peace to us, He gives a gentle answer. He sets us on the paths of righteousness, He wants us to follow a sure way and not return to folly, to sin. Are you receiving from Him? Are you waiting expectantly? He waits for you. He waits to restore your soul with His windwords to your heart.

 

Connection:  How is your soul being restored as you receive from Him?

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