For me, the book of Psalms are like a soothing lotion on my sunburn, or a cup of cool water flowing down my parched throat. I just want to engage with the words and appreciate them—allowing them to sink in and stay alive in my mind.
Soothing! Refreshing! Healing…Comforting—that is the Book of Psalms for me. No matter where I am on the feelings barometer, there is a psalm that speaks personally to me, and Psalm 86 is a favorite of mine. I challenge you to read all seventeen verses. You will find them all delightful!
For this week, let’s look at verse 12, and concentrate on these three words: ”my whole heart.”
You know, God is always looking for us to mature in our faith, to grow, to advance, to get
stronger in our trust and thanks to him. God is not interested in a fraction of our hearts. He desires our “whole heart” in complete surrender to him! And then, thanksgiving will be easy, for our whole heart will see the blessings, even in the difficult times of sorrow and heartache.
There was a time in my life that I thought NOTHING good would come out of Matthew’s death. But I have now experienced something precious that God has provided. In just a few weeks, “Finding Peace After a Suicide Loss” will be sent out worldwide, and I know, without a doubt, that God’s name will be glorified! I know that readers will be led to understand the beautiful message that God’s Grace always wins. I know that healing will happen.
“But you, O LORD, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:16
Sending my love,