Monday, April 22, 2013

The Lord that delights in me

"If the Lord delights in a man's way, 
he makes his steps firm;
though he stumble, 
he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand."
Psalm 37:23-24


Lord, You saw me; chained by my sin.  
Helpless.
Alone.
Doomed for eternity.
You left the comforts of Heaven...all the praise...all the worship...all the beauty.
 And you came to me.





I've refused You.
I've mocked You.
I've asked You to prove Your love for me.
I've surrendered all to You.  Only to change my mind when I caught a glimpse of what "all" really was.
I've turned away from You and questioned Your goodness.


And You, knowing all of this; still came to me.
You saw me refuse You and felt the sting of my words and You waited.
You whispered tenderly.
You pursued me passionately.

When my sin turned to shame You called me; "Beautiful" "Blameless" and "righteous."

Who are You Lord?!
How can You love like that?!


How do you take such delight in Your broken children?

You see me, not as who I am, but as who You are shaping me to be.

Like a loving parent restrains his child from running into the road, You forcefully save me from what my flesh burns within me to do.

There is no one on Earth like You!
I adore You for Your compassion on my wicked, broken soul.  And for Your gentle Hand breaking off my rough edges and making me beautiful.

This post is born out of pain and doubt and guilt.  A wrestling with the God I am learning to adore.  For more on learning to look up and adore check out this blog:  everybitterthingissweet.com

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