Tuesday, May 15, 2018

All that I Am

 (Just FYI: Today I felt led to share the same post for both Blogs: SALT & HOPEFUL HEART. If you are subscribed to both, I am sorry for the same message but felt I needed to share to both groups of readers)

Good morning!  Hope you are doing good today!  I was wondering if anyone could use some encouragement this morning.  I sure needed some and God delivered!

During my quiet time this morning, I poured my heart out to God.   I told Him of my concerns and  burdens.   I told Him how weak I felt and how unworthy I felt to share with others. (as if He didn't know) Finally, I opened my Bible and the pages fell open to Psalms 103.  As I began to read, God's Spirit strengthened my soul.   Psalms 103 is packed with awesome encouragement.   I want to challenge you to read it today!   However, several verses really spoke to me.

Psalms 103:1-2 (NLT) says:

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.  Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.

What jumped out to me in that verse was "all that I am".  All that I am!?  You mean the sometimes moody, emotional, grumpy Melaina?   You mean the Melaina that sometimes forgets to be thankful?  You mean the Melaina that sometimes lets anxiety win over faith?   The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and answered my questions:  Yes, even then....ALL that you are praise Me.  It's not about perfection, it's about faithfulness and love.   I was instantly encouraged because sometimes I feel I'm such a mess I don't know where to start praising God.   However, God reminded me to just come to Him mess and all!  If you are feeling like a mess today, don't let the enemy make you think you need to hide from God.  Adam and Eve tried that and it didn't work!   On the other hand, RUN to Him and give thanks for His faithfulness.  Cast your cares on Him because He cares for you! (1 Peter 5:7)

Psalms 103:11-14 (NLT) says:

For His unfailing love towards those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.  He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.  The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.  For He knows how weak we are, He remembers we are only dust.

Wow!  God is so good.  Do you remember who wrote this Psalm?  David did!  David certainly was a mess at times and needed much forgiveness and mercy!  These verses remind us of God's amazing unfailing love and compassion for us.  We are also reminded that we can be forgiven from our sins and He removes them from us!  Praise God.  Sounds like our God knows we are messy and still offers love and forgiveness.  In fact, He knows we MUST have it!

Are you trying to impress God today?  Are you trying to hold it all together as you go before Him?  I want to encourage you to run to Him, just as you are.  Let Him refresh, forgive, and restore you. He knows our weaknesses and still loves us!  He's waiting for you!