Thursday 8 October, 2020

Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” 7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. 12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

V 7 – “I will reveal the eternal purpose of God”

V 8 – “Ask me and I will give you the nations and I will do it”

V 10-11 – “Learn your lesson….serve and worship”

V 12 – “but many blessings are waiting, for all who turn aside to hide themselves in Him”

As I read this Psalm in The Passion Translation, the above verses jumped out at me.

As I write this we continue to journey through this “COVID” season, it has reminded me of the movie “Groundhog Day”.  The story of a reporter who wakes up and relives the same day over and over again.   At times, this COVID season feels like that.  As the days roll on, they seem similar!!  The news is the same, constrictions remain, recommendations come continually, etc. 

Then it made me think about the computer and how at times it becomes slow and is in need of “rebooting” and “refreshing”.

I wonder if in this season you are feeling flat, feeling that your prayers haven’t been answered, maybe feeling that God has become distant, you haven’t heard words from Him afresh.

God wants and desires to speak to us daily.  He desires that we would have open hearts and hear from Him.

I know that in my life and in my spiritual life I have been here before.  It has required me to “reboot”/”refresh” myself. 

So how do I do this?

I ask myself some questions:  Where is my heart at present?  Have I become stale in my walk with Jesus?  I spend some time reflecting on where I am at.  Then I think of what needs to change – I hit the “Refresh”/”Reboot” button of my soul:  What can I change?  What shall I start new?

I pray:  Come Holy Spirit, fill me afresh with your love and grace.

Come and overflow into my dry areas and bring your peace, your presence and your mercy.

Jesus you have eternal purposes for my life.  Reveal to me afresh your love.  Help me to learn your lesson at this time.  Revive in me a desire to serve and worship you.  Help me to hide myself in you at this difficult time.

Thank you that you love me and you promise to reveal to those who ask, will receive.

In Jesus Name.  Amen  

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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