Saturday, August 1, 2009

Rest in Solitude

A few years ago, Stephen found this short message by SM Lockridge called, That's My King. It was so encouraging for me to revist the message this morning! The summer has flown by SO quickly. God is continuing to guide and direct us one step at a time into what He'd have us do and where He'd have us go within the next few months. Just last night at our Bible study, our group was talking about why each of us individually try to carry around our burdens and refuse to give them over to God. What makes us dread "solitude" and that alone time? Or why do we busy ourselves in order to avoid that one on one face time with the One who created us? I am so guilty of this. It's easy to do the "good works" but quieting my heart, getting alone, and being honest with God is a challenge at times. It's been great to minister along side my husband this summer, but over the past two weeks I've been playing this avoidance "game" with God. We have been so incredibly busy and I've been trying to do everything on my own...in my own strength. Taking time out of my already busy schedule to quiet my mind (that is running 100mph) as been really hard. Ironically, over the past two weeks our small group has been studying solitude and how even Jesus would go up into a mountain to be alone. God knew exactly what I needed to hear and has provided times for me to get in a quiet place to just have a "date" with Him. I still am amazed at how much lighter I feel without the load of worries and concerns that I thought I had to take care of on my own. God is so good! "Come unto me all who are heavy laden and I will give you REST..." What a loving Father I have in him. I don't have to stress about the upcoming plans because it's already been taken care of...all I have to do is, "Trust in the Lord with all my heart...not lean on my own understanding, but in all my ways acknowledge him and He will direct my paths." Yes, "easier said than done", but is it really?



This brings me to the message by SM Lockridge, I listened to it again this morning and was so encouraged because Lockridge reminded me of who my God really is! You can read it (below) or listen to it...I reccomend listening at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX_7j32zgNw


THAT'S MY KING

The Bible says my King is a seven-way king
He's the King of the Jews; that's a racial king
He's the King of Israel; that's a national King
He's the King of Righteousness
He's the King of the Ages
He's the King of Heaven
He's the King of Glory
He's the King of kings, and He's the Lord of lords.
That's my King. Well....I wonder, do you know Him?

David said, "The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.
My King is a sovereign King.
No means of measure can define His limitless love.
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply.
No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings.
He's enduringly strong...He's entirely sincere
He's eternally steadfast....He's immortally graceful
He's imperially powerful....He's impartially merciful
Do you know Him?

He's the greatest phenomenon that ever crossed the horizon of this world.
He's God's Son....He's a sinner's Saviour....
He's the centerpiece of civilization....He stands in the solitude of Himself...
He's august....He's unique....He's unparalleled....He's unprecedented....
He's the loftiest idea in literature
He's the highest personality in philosophy
He's the supreme problem in higher criticism
He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology
He's the cardinal necessity for spiritual religion
He's the miracle of the age
He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him
He's the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Saviour
I wonder if you know Him today?

He supplies strength for the weak
He's available for the tempted and the tried
He sympathizes and He saves
He strengthens and sustains
He guards and He guides
He heals the sick....He cleanses lepers....
He forgives sinners....He discharges debtors....
He delivers captives....He defends the feeble....
He blesses the young....He serves the unfortunate....
He regards the aged....He rewards the diligent....and He beautifies the meek.......
I wonder if you know Him?

Well, my King....is the King....He's the key to knowledge....
He's the wellspring to wisdom....He's the doorway of deliverance....
He's the pathway of peace....He's the roadway of righteousness ....
He's the highway of holiness....He's the gateway of glory.......
Do you know Him?


Well....His office is manifold....His promise is sure....
His light is matchless....His goodness is limitless....
His mercy is everlasting....His love never changes....
His word is enough....His grace is sufficient....
His reign is righteous....and His yoke is easy, and his burden is light.
I wish I could describe Him to you,

but He's indescribable....He's incomprehensible....He's invincible....He's irresistible.
Well, you can't get Him out of your mind....You can't get Him off of your hand....
You can't out live Him, and you can't live without Him....
The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found out they couldn't stop Him....
Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him....
The witnesses couldn't get their testimonies to agree....Herod couldn't kill Him....
Death couldn't handle Him, and the grave couldn't hold Him.
Yea!!!, that's my King, that's my King.
Father..."Thine is the Kingdom....and the Power....and the Glory....Forever"....and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever. How long is that? And ever...and ever...and when you get through with all the forevers, then.... AMEN!....AMEN!

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