“DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.” Psalms 119:25
This verse is pretty descriptive isn’t it? It makes me picture a fella with a dusty face flat on the ground with his eyes rolled upward looking for help. I’ve been there both spiritually, mentally and physically – haven’t you?
The psalmist was just talking about trusting and delighting in God’s Word, but now here he is, down and needing help. I wonder if the commandments of God made him see himself for what he really was and how much he needed God to help him?
Tonight I was shaken after hearing from my husband that he had wrecked the car after hitting a deer up in WV. I am down here in Florida trying to finish my youngest’s final exams so he can graduate from High School in May, so getting a text that said, “911” wasn’t a calm moment for me.
After I found out that Mark was okay, I drove a rental car over to a church 20 minutes away to hear my former pastor preach. I was praying as I drove and asked God to use His Word to help me continue to trust Him in all that He is doing.
Dr. Andy Bloom stood in the pulpit and preached one of the best sermons I have ever heard on prayer. I furiously jotted down the references he gave as he taught us how to pray for our pastors.
After the sermon I told the lady in the pew in front of me that I felt completely stupid after hearing what he taught because Pastor Bloom had pulled some thoughts out of the Scripture I had never thought of or even understood. We laughed, but it was the truth.
God used His Word to “quicken” me. That word is interesting because it means to make alive or revive. Parts of me needed some spiritual CPR tonight and His Word resuscitated my spirit.
God didn’t just encourage me by His Word, His Holy Spirit went straight into my heart and soul and did some powerful poking around!
Where is His Strength made perfect?
2 Corinthians 12:9 says it is in our weakness.
Paul prayed in Colossians that the Christians would be “strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power..” (1:11a). That means they would need to be weak in themselves to see God’s strength made perfect.
So if the psalmist was cleaving to the dust and wanting to be quickened, he sure was in the perfect place for it! He was without his own strength…he was weak and he asked God to quicken him with God’s word.
I felt weak tonight, and that was prime ground for God to show His strength. And He did so through His Word and the rightly dividing of It.
This proved to me all over again that I can SAFELY trust in the Scripture at all times. Even when the world makes me feel like all hope is lost, I can reject that lie and keep on keeping on as a child of the King.
So, here is my advice to myself and to whomever is reading this post today: Trust God’s Word. Read It and listen to a good preacher preach It. It will help you when you find your soul cleaving to the dust.
Don’t let the world and other distractions keep you from a daily dose of reviving power written between Genesis and Revelation. That strength you find in God will lead you to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit! (Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness faith, meekness, temperance)
We just might get to the point where we say: “I can do all things through Christ which strentheneth me.” If we will look to Him when we are weak!
Let God be glorified in your life by you turning to Him and His Word….FIRST!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 23 / Isaiah 61 – 62 / Psalm 107 / Luke 3