In the Shadow of the Almighty

Psalms 91:1‭-‬16 NKJV

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord , who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

When I Don’t See (Song)

SONG STORY: “When I Don’t See” was written when I was wrestling over why I couldn’t feel God in my life at the time. I had based by relationship with Him on feelings and was in a panic that I couldn’t “feel” him. I was experiencing spiritual dullness and apathy and God ministered to me that there will be times when I feel Him, but more often than not, it was a life of FAITH!  Be encouraged! I invite you to comment and share how the song ministered to you. [This is a rough demo]

Let Love……

Your love.

Deeper than the darkest ocean. Touching my depths.

Healing the wound that came when hearts turn away from you.

Healing the hurt I never knew owned so much of my soul.

It has to be deep, love,  to go down so far.

To go down into the lost places.

lost hope.

lost love.

lost sight.

lost heart.

How deep love has to be to go down into the darkness.

he blackness of rage.

the emptiness of striving.

How deep your love.

It stops at no limit.

It know no bounds.

NO darkness is too deep…

too far…

too gone….

For love to touch.

Not plastic love.

Not pretending love.

Not superficial or photoshopped love.

Not touched up or made presentable.

Because what is found in the darkness is not presentable at all.

Not to human standards.

But, of course, we are not taking about human standards.

Human standards are religious, sterile, harsh, unforgiving, merciless, without affection and without compassion.

God standards are relentless, searching, patient, hopeful, kind, generous- SO GENEROUS, full of mercy and glorious beauty.

No wonder King David looked to God for consequences when he sinned and not man.

Man would have crushed him but God redeemed him.

Isn’t man still doing that?

Crushing us.

Heaping on us burdens we can never carry?

Bu love- God- wants to take our burdens.

He wants to look at them.

Redeem the one who has carried them, identify with our suffering and heal us.

All God has ever wanted is to love us, commune with us, give us his life, tell us his story and call us into it.

Love- so deep – so misunderstood and mis-reperesented.

Love save us!

Love awaken us!

Give us the courage it takes to live in this love and extend it to others!

It takes courage.

takes letting go….

takes surrendering control….

But we fear.

And fear has kept us away.

kept us at bay….

caused us to decar to a godless place.

Hearts hard and cracked.

Hearts concrete and brash.

Protective, closed off and isolated.

Love never meant this.

This is not loves way.

LOVE IS OPEN!

Love is wide!

So wide.

So open.

Nothin hides in love because love doesn’t hide.

It invites, it comes into, it welcomes.

It holds and take us into itself- himself.

It’s not afraid.

It’s not afraid.

It fears nothing.

No one.

Fear cannot exist in love because love is not capable of fear- the fear that destroys.

Just as turning on the light dispels darkness,

So love dispels fear.

It’s impossible for both to occupy the same space.

So…..

Let love…

Let love in….

Let love heal….

Let love love….

Let love care….

Let love live…

Let love!

 

Featured photo credit:Jez Timms

Crisie