I have contemplated this new year more than I have ever in the past. I always have scoffed somewhat at resolutions. They always seem trite and silly to me...knowing I rarely have the self-control to stick with them. But there is something about this new year...starting fresh. Ripe with hope and unbridled joy. Unexpected blessings and pain awaiting us I am sure, but I cannot wait to live it.
I have been studying the Psalms in the new year. One thing I am praying for this year is a heart of worship. A heart that is pure, full of fear and awe of my God, a heart that is clean. I love the Psalms and what I am learning about Him through the praises of these famous poets. The words have been hitting me with such intensity. I find myself digging in my dictionary to get a better grasp on the words already written. Just like today. I was studying Psalm 3. Verse 3 said, "You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head." I started to think through what word pictures all three of these images painted for me of my God. As a shield, He has always gone before me, extinguishing the arrows of the enemy and letting those arrows through that He intends for my good. My Glory. This is where I sought the dictionary. Splendor, majesty, magnificence. What a beautiful reminder that all that is good within me is because of Him alone. This is also where I want to resonate this year. Basking, meditating upon, studying... His splendor, His majesty, His magnificence. I want His Words to become like water and food. That I feast upon it all day long, and long for it before all else. And the beautiful image, the lifter of my head. That tender action in moments of defeat, brokenness, despair. He alone lifts the broken and brings beauty from ashes. I am living it. I love the Jeremy Camp song I have playing on the playlist right now. The words are so indicative of my heart. So listen if you have time. Or read the words below. Sweet, sweet Words. Even sweeter God.