Feb 03

Ancient Words

Let Me alone be your God, and never seek another. In other words, whatever you lack of good things, expect it of me, and look to Me for it; and whenever you suffer misfortune and distress, creep and cling to Me. I, yes, I, will give you enough and help you out of every need; only let not your heart cleave to or rest in any other.
-Martin Luther
We sang two songs before our pastor walked to the front that really moved me. Then we opened the ancient words of God, and I was truly blown away at the mercy of the Lord. There was a line in one of the songs that said, “Our cold and ruthless enemy his pleasure is our harm, rise up, O Lord and he will flee, before our Sovereign God.” Wow.
As I have talked to a few friends off and on this week, I have noticed a lot of people have asked why my blogs have seemed so sad lately. There are so many things about walking in our shoes right now that are just hard to explain, but I do know that God is good and the church is such an avenue for healing.
I felt early on like everyone was trying to make me not go to church to spare me from the pain, and Dan and I took a few weeks off, and we quickly went back. We craved worship, fellowship, and being in the Lord’s house. I tell you one thing, it has been very painful to walk through the same doors Sunday after Sunday that we held our baby girl’s funeral at, yet it has been the greatest gift to us.
The Lord does rise up, and our enemy will flee.
We have been studying the Ten Commandments, and of course, I have always looked at that list a little prideful. I tend not to murder, steal, cheat, or worship other gods very often. Well, actually, let’s go with never, yet this study has opened my heart to how I actually do all of those things on a daily basis. 
Today we focused on having “no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).  It was an eye opener to the passage in Revelation 3, “You are neither cold nor hot…. So, because you are lukewarm… I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” I realized how many times that I have and currently do have idols in place of the Lord, and those idols lead to being desensitized to the things of God. 
The opening line of the sermon said that we never violate commandments 2-10 without violating the first one. What a beacon of truth and a charge to rid of idols. As we rid of idols, the enemy loses his hold on us. This is why we keep walking into those doors each Sunday and trusting in our King.
song recommendations from today: Our Great God, Ancient Words, and O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus