Growing Roots ~ Week 19
Have you ever read that ONE verse that seems so simple yet is so profound that it rattles you to your very core? While I love when that happens to me like it did this week, it also leaves me feeling so weak, confused, and desperate.
This week, one of the Psalms I read was Psalm 89. I have read this Psalm countless times before, but just like every other passage I read and reread, it can take on new meaning or application depending on I am experiencing in life and the health of my spiritual walk. Psalm 89:1 says: “I will sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.” Now, here is what I heard when I read this verse: “I WILL sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord FOREVER; To ALL generations I WILL make known Your FAITHFULNESS with my MOUTH.”
Ok…let me dissect this and try to explain my convictions and emotions.
“I WILL sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever”. This is not an option. This is something that MUST be done every day. This is something that I must do intentionally. So, do I sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord? Well, honestly, I don’t. I may listen to lots of podcasts and read lots of books (including the Bible), but I don’t praise the Lord like I should.
“I will sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord FOREVER.” Again, this is something that happens continuously, or at least should. This is not a “one and done” experience. This is present tense and future tense. I should always be praising God for what He has done and is doing in my life. I shouldn’t let a day, hour, or minute go by without thanking Him for what He is doing and for who He is.
“To ALL generations”. This is one of the parts I was most convicted about. ALL generations…not certain ones. I need to reach out to ALL generations: those younger than me, my peers, and those older than me. I can learn something from them and they can learn something from me. But none of that learning can happen if I’m not sharing God with others, regardless of how difficult or awkward it may seem to me.
“I WILL make known”. Not a suggestion. Not a good idea. But a resolution. A promise. A promise from me to God. I need to make Him known to all generations.
“YOUR faithfulness”. This can be difficult. I need to make GOD known to others, not my accomplishments, achievements, ambitions, or thoughts. My life needs to be centered on God. My words and intentions need to be focused on Him and sharing Him.
“Your FAITHFULNESS”. God is faithful in the good time and bad times. I need to proclaim Him and His faithfulness in my life in all situations, even in the hard times of discipline. I need to be sharing (with all generations) what God is teaching me as I continue to grow in Him. He is faithful to me even when I’m unfaithful to Him. He never leaves me or forsakes me, even when I walk out on Him.
“with my MOUTH”. “From out of the heart the mouth speaks”, right? So, if I’m to proclaim His faithfulness and His lovingkindness known to all generations, then I have to have Him in my heart so that He comes out of my mouth. My heart has to be centered on Him and it will overflow through my speech. But I have to actually use my mouth! This means communicating with people in PERSON, not just online. This means sharing God in PERSON, not just online.
As I been meditating on this verse, God has really been speaking to me, reviving dreams/goals/ideas that I had buried deep in my heart. I remember reading “You’re Made For A God-Sized Dream” by Holley Gerth and praying about what God was leading me to do, the BIG thing that I was afraid to do. Unfortunately, I was too cowardly to act on any of those things. But after reading this Psalm 89:1 and praying for days, I am even more convinced about what God wants me to do.
The question is: WILL I OBEY?
My hesitancy is summarized in one word: HOW? How am I supposed to do this?
My answer is also one word: TRUST. Trust God to open doors and provide the way.
I’m so concerned about being rejected by people and being perceived as a failure that I’m delaying and, inadvertently, disobeying God. This is a scary place to be. This is an uncomfortable position to stay in. This is an exciting predicament to ponder. (I wonder if this is what it feels like right before you’re ready to BLOOM?!?)
This is where I move forward, trusting God to provide EVERYTHING I need…time, energy, willingness, opportunity, and FAITH.
Will you pray for me? Will you go before God and plead with me for courage to obey?
How can I be praying for you? What step of faith is God calling you to take? Leave a comment or send me a message and I will pray for you.
Grow your roots deeper in Him, friends. Stay strong in His Word and trust Him to guide your paths.
Psalm 89:1 – “I will sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.”