My heart is steadfast, O God!
I will sing and make melody with all my being!
2 Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
3 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
4 For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!
6 That your beloved ones may be delivered,
give salvation by your right hand and answer me!
7 God has promised in his holiness:
“With exultation I will divide up Shechem
and portion out the Valley of Succoth.
8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim is my helmet,
Judah my scepter.
9 Moab is my washbasin;
upon Edom I cast my shoe;
over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Have you not rejected us, O God?
You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
12 Oh grant us help against the foe,
for vain is the salvation of man!
13 With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes.
We lived for four years in Nice, France overlooking the Mediterranean. In the summer, the skies were beautifully blue, the sun set regally as purple with gold lights left from the town. Each summer day the terra cotta roofs were beautiful and the stucco buildings were snowy white surrounded by Palms and beautiful fruits and vegetables. The city looks the same after 50 years, probably even 150 years before and 150 years in the future.
And we lived for 4 years in Emporium, Pennsylvania where Lake Erie leaves ALL the snow meeting the end of the Appalachian Mountains. And for 9 months, the earth sleeps with grey tree trunks, snow or left over snow, grey skies - early end of the day about 4:30 p.m. as the mountains let the sun travel on. And in the summer, Edward once commented on a Pennsylvania forest saying he disliked earth photos trying to look like Heaven. And Pennsylvania forests with wood ferns, cascading Mountain Laurel and then, Wild Blueberries - do just that.
Life does this. Everything appears pretty grey. Oceans churn and look like ocean winter. Skies have clouds and cloudiness. Winds toss the ocean to be wild. And we know Spring has arrived and Summer will be here. Crowds will return, beaches will be packed with all ages.
Why we doubt anything different with seasons of life - because we hold the events and the people dear to us - much more seriously.
When the sun shines - You are in Charge.
When the skies are cloudy - You are in Charge.
We lift up the people we love. Even when they irritate us. And we still love them. And the people You have given us.
Knowing Good News - is far more important. Jesus Christ Loves us and hears our prayers. For Health, for provision, for jobs, for opportunities. And know our prayers go Far.
In Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †