Week 6 Wednesday

A Glad Heart

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 15-17

Key verses: Psalm 6:9-11

Heartburn is no fun.  I have plenty of experience with this because I have a bad habit of skipping breakfast, eating a “fast food” lunch, and guzzling lots of coffee all day.  That’s a prescription for heartburn that can set a house on fire.

But there is another kind of heartburn that is even more serious – the spiritual kind.  Confronted by the challenges of life, we can too easily find ourselves burning with frustration or self-righteous indignation.  We can feel put ourselves firmly in the camp of the victimized and abused.  We can too easily forget that, for all its difficulties, life really is beautiful thing – at least for most of us.

That’s when it is helpful to hear the Psalmist say something like this:

“….my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you (Lord) will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.  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.”

When we have an awesome, loving God who will not abandon us to the realm of the dead; when He is so faithful to make known to us the path of life; when He is so willing and able to fill us with the joy of His presence – well, what room is there for spiritual heartburn?

I don’t mean to be trite.  Life can be excruciatingly difficult.  As a pastor, I am all too aware of that.  But I also know it can be indescribably beautiful.

So rest in God’s presence and give thanks for all the good there is in each day’s walk of faith.  And go easy on the coffee.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you will never abandon me.  I praise you for a daily walk of joyful companionship with you.

AMEN.

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