Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter [spring] rain.
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone.
We have a CD with this verse put into song. I’ve heard it dozens of times, but never really thought about what it was saying.
Read it again. Does anything strike you as odd?
It says to “Ask the LORD for rain.” When? In the time of drought or famine?
No! It says to “Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain.”
In the season when rain is expected and practically assumed to come – ask God for rain.
Don’t take your blessings for granted. Remember from Whom they come, and consider that it is in His power both to give and to take away.
Dear God, save me from my trouble and sin!
For the floodwaters are up to my chin
And I’m quickly sinking in the quicksand,
Unable to find a footing on land.
Lord, restore the Joy of my salvation
Revive the pure Joy in my soul again.
Forgive; usher me into Your presence
Holy, righteous LORD,
You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords, our great High Priest, our perfect Lamb. You did no sin, committed no crime, and yet suffered as if You had. When You were reviled, You did not revile in return. When You were struck, You did not strike back – but You turned the other cheek and offered Yourself up for further blows – though it was in Your power and Your rights to obliterate Your enemies. You, Who had every right to be angry at the perpetrators of injustice toward Yourself, remained silent. You, Who had every reason to defend Yourself as innocent, breathed not a word. You, Who had every cause to lift Yourself up in pride, chose to live – and die – in the utmost humility. You, Who are worthy of the entire earth’s servitude, came instead as a Servant to all – and invited us to serve with You.
And how we have failed, LORD.
How I have failed! Continue reading
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life (Psa. 139:23-24).
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults (Psa. 19:12). Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psa. 19:14). Continue reading