Cling

 

baby under blanketI love watching children when they are small and starting to walk. Some children will carry a blanket around and hold it close. In Charlie Brown, Linus had his blanket and it was a security blanket of sorts.  As I was reading in Psalms this morning I came across the word cling that reminded me of security blankets. Check this out…

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:1-8 NIV)

That word “cling” jumped out to me. I want to know the Lord deeper each day. I want to love how He loves. I want to think like He thinks. I want to know His heart. I love how David reflects on the Power and Glory of God. I am so grateful that God has been with me just about my whole life long. I feel like I know Him better today than ever before. I like that word cling because I feel like I cling to Him all the time. Over the years I’ve had to cling to Him during a job loss, a divorce, a church divorce, a company merger, a kid who survived cancer, a kid who survived a 40-foot fall to name a few. Less than 45 days ago, I learned my brother in law has cancer – I’m clinging to the Lord. I don’t know what else I can do. I believe the Lord wants to be the One I cling to. He wants to be my “security blanket” – He’s more than capable to keep me close when I’m scared and unsure what is next. I will cling to Him all the time. I will sing to Him all the time. I will trust in Him. I will find peace in His Presence.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Safe & Secure

LKR032459I have a security system in our home that will warn us audibly if there is an intrusion into our home. It works well we our brain skips a synapse and we forget to turn it off before going outside. The alarm is a serious violation to my ear. I originally installed the alarm so that my wife would feel safe when I’m away traveling. I should confess that over the years I’ve gotten used to having the security system in place when I lay down at night.

Security and safety are important to me. I feel responsible to protect my family and keep them secure. I’ve learned that the Lord has a way better protection/security plan than a simple alarm system. Check this out…

1 Keep me safe, my God,

    for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;

    apart from you I have no good thing.’

7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;

    even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

    With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

    my body also will rest secure,

11 You make known to me the path of life;

    you will fill me with joy in your presence,

    with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:1-2,7-9,11 NIV)

There is something about this passage that relaxes me. I find comfort knowing that I have protection and security with me all day every day. It’s not simply a physical protection, but spiritual protection as well. The spiritual threat feels way more significant to me than the physical threat.

I have come to realize over the years, that without the Lord – I am nothing. With Him, I am somebody who has value and can bring value to others. He has made me who I am today. It’s been a bit of a crazy journey with some detours, but I’m here now and The Lord is in charge of every area of my life. He leads me through the simplest or the most complex decisions. I can’t imagine my life without Him. I don’t want to try. My role at this point is continuous surrender of areas of my life that I’m still trying to hold on to. The Lord has the best security system on the planet. He knows every threat to me and He’s handling each of them.

Pressing On!

Dwayne