Grace and I were preparing our "last meal", so to speak, before this period of fasting while listening to one of favorite songsters, George Rowe. The song, My Prayer. I've blogged about this song before - it moves me; makes me want to be more like Jesus. And the word "surrender" is right there in our face. Gracie is singing along, picking up what words she can and she got stuck on the word surrender. What's that mean mom, surrender. What a kitchen moment we had there about giving ourselves completely to God - throwing wide our arms to release and to receive. The conversation ended up talking about the fast. She has her own little fasting calendar. I'm proud. I'm excited about what God is doing in our family.
So, the word for today as my time-to- get- ready alarm sounds...
3 Also draw out the spear,
And stop those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation.”
(Psalm 35:3, New King James Version)
nothing else can saves nor satisfies
All my bones shall say "Who is like you; delivering the poor?"
Who is like the Lord? NOBODY!
13 But as for me, when they were sick,
My clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled myself with fasting;
And my prayer would return to my own heart.
14 I paced about as though he were my friend or brother;
I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.
(Psalm 35:13-14, New King James Version)
And the commentary...cause that part about "when they were sick...I was humbled with fasting" really got me. Didn't really talk about that like I thought....but I found something better; something I can generalize to many "when they were sick" situations.
Call a man ungrateful, and you can call him no worse: this was the character of David's enemies. Herein he was a type of Christ. David shows how tenderly he had behaved towards them in afflictions. We ought to mourn for the sins of those who do not mourn for themselves. We shall not lose by the good offices we do to any, how ungrateful soever they may be. Let us learn to possess our souls in patience and meekness like David, or rather after Christ's example.
Hmmmm...good stuff. Though this feels incomplete and not a good place to stop, it's all the time I've got. So, I must stop. Yes, I can just stop right here. To be continued...