Tuesday, November 27, 2007

God's Word at Work

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
(Psalm 22:1)

Words to Live By, Hope                             by Debbie DeWitt
Words to Live By, Hope


You're already aware that Jesus quoted this verse when he hung on the cross.

Aside from it being a prophetic utterance, it was still an agonizing and honest question voiced from the gut of the Son of Man as he died.
  • What is amazing is that our Lord, even in the time of his deepest agony, was showing us the way.

The way in suffering is to keep voicing the Word of God.
  • Something suffering-shaking happens when we handpick a psalm or some other portion of Scripture to give expression to our heart-wrenching questions.
  • "For the word of God is living and active" (Heb. 4:12). Our words become alive and active because they are God's words. We are speaking God's language, echoing his own vocabulary back to him. When we wrap our heartache around a biblical psalm, it's a way of searching for Him. And when we seek, we will find (Matt. 7:7-8).

Gut-wrenching questions honor God.

Despair directed at God is a way of encountering him, opening ourselves up to the one and only Someone who can do something about our plight.

And when, with our questions, we either collide with the Almighty or merely bump up against him, we can never be the same. We never are when we experience God.

If you have something to voice to God today, borrow your words from a passage of Scripture.

God delights in his children when we speak his language.
  • "Is not my word like fire,' declares the Lord, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?" (Jer. 23:29). God's word is powerful. Even the angels are moved into action at the mention of his Word (Ps. 103:20).
  • Encounter the Lord today through his Word!

If I'm to speak your language, Lord, I need to know your Word. Direct me today to those passages through which I can voice my questions, gratitude, petitions, and praise to you. I'm looking forward to encountering you in your Word.
Joni Eareckson Tada

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11 comments:

Julie's Jewels said...

I love your new look!! But why wouldn't I? I love lighthouses too!! LOL!!

Cathy said...

I love that, Mimi, by Joni, speaking the scripture to God. The Word is indeed powerful.

Maxine said...

We had a sermon once about praying God's words back to Him. For a while I was quoting Scriptures to God and then praying about these words. It was a blessed experience which I think I'll try getting back into again.

Everything is so pretty here, Mimi. I see where Jodi gets it from. I like it that you are giving good thoughts to your children and grandchildren here. Thanks for letting us in on it. :-)

Daughter of the King said...

Wonderful post...very convicting....
WE must be women of the WORD....
Everyday...
Deby

Mimi said...

Julie,
thanks for commenting on my looks...I dressed up special for all my blog friends!!!
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Cathy,
I also love Joni's books... she is a wonderful example for all christians...
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Maxine,
I think it is a blessed experience to pray God's words back to him.. and I also need to get back into the habit of doing more of this...
thanks for your kind comments...
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Deby,
you are so right... as women we should hide the word of God in our hearts... because we are the "Heart of the family"

hailey's beats and bits said...

hi mimi! hope to hear from you soon. you have inspiring blog ...as always.

Be Inspired Always said...

Beautiful lighthouse :)

I love your blog, I just found it today. Very inspirational.


Please feel welcomed to come and visit mine.


Happy Holidays
Jillian

Mimi said...

Hi Hailey,
Thank you so much for your sweet words about my blog... I always love to see your little name on my comments and know that you have been to visit...
You have a wonderful day....
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Hi Jillian,
thank you for visiting with me today and for your kind words...
I am going to stop by your blog for a visit...

Saija said...

isn't it amazing how if we really do pray & speak God's word, the power there is!!!

i ask myself, "why don't i do that more often then?" ... no good answer to that one!

blessings on you!

p.s. no we don't make snowmen - not yet anyway - the snow isn't the sticky warm type, it's the granular cold type at the moment!

Mimi said...

Saija,
I have to ask myself also "why don't I do that more often".
we always fall so short of our great plans to be more like Him don't we?

I guess your snow doesn't get wet and soppy enough to stick together for a snowman until around January...huh?

Jodi said...

Well, you already know I love this post! The children and I read somewhere that George Washington used to spend hours each day in his study on his knees before a chair with the Word of God open before him ... praying. *sigh* Wouldn't it be something to have another President like that?

I had to laugh reading your comments ... Do you even remember what wet, soppy snow is like? ;o)