Deeper Day 88: The Wilderness (Psalm 34)

No matter what the wilderness looks like, God is good.  I think in the wilderness He teaches us to lead disciplined lives.  When we navigate the wilderness, it can be so stretching, but at the same time it strips us down to what we truly believe about God and how He interacts with us and in our lives.

What do you believe about God?

This is an extremely important question, because everything you do extends from this foundation.  If we truly believe in God’s sovereign goodness, then we will not fall into the ways of the world, the fear and intimidation.  We will resist the spirit of poverty and will walk abundantly in every season.

In what feels like a worldwide wilderness season right now, I see an opportunity.  An opportunity to reflect upon God’s abundant provision, and to see that He is calling us to something deeper, not punishing us.  He is inviting us into a season of refining.  A season of remembering how to stop and listen.  This is an opportunity to learn the art of heavenly tempo again.

As I have often done lately, at God’s instruction, I want to leave a Psalm for you to read and reflect upon today.

I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.  My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together.  I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.  Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.  This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and He delivers them.  Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.  Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing.  The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.  Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.  Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.  Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive their cry; the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.  The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.  Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.  The Lord redeems His servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in Him.  Psalm 34

Prayer Moment:  Close your eyes and ask God to show you the end of this wilderness season.  Ask Him for a glimmer of hope.  Then trust what He shows you and hold onto it as a seed for the blessing of the future.  He is near.  He is faithful.  You can trust in Him.