Days Twenty Eight & Twenty Nine – #30DaysOfTheWord
Thursday, October 30
OMG tomorrow is Day Thirty! Nooooooo I don’t want this to end! Where did the all the days go?
As for the recent ‘sandwich’ posts, I must explain: my schedule this week was extremely tight. I usually did my readings (except yesterday, sadly) but just couldn’t find time to post. Yesterday was an exception though, as I did not do my reading. That is all corrected now *smiles*. School’s been hectic but I’m loving it!
Lamentations 1:1 – 2:22, Philemon 1:1-25, Psalm 101:1-8 and Proverbs 26:20
The book of Lamentations begins today and it feels like a continuation of Jeremiah (I just did some googling and discovered Lamentations was most likely written by Jeremiah! I could feel the flow – same brooding personality!). The name gives it away too – this is another book of tears and sorrow. 2:18 speaks to me though, about praying desperately when things aren’t going right in my life, as was the case with the people of Israel and Judah.
“Cry aloud before the Lord, O walls of beautiful Jerusalem! Let your tears flow like a river day and night. Give yourselves no rest; give your eyes no relief. Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer…(NLT)”
During really dark times tearful prayers are sometimes all I have to offer up, but as someone who grew up in the Pentecostal church I always feel as though if I am not confessing, declaring and ‘skabashing’ (speaking loudly in tongues), I have not prayed an effective prayer. However sometimes my soul is so heavy that the only way it can express what my spirit wants to say to God is through tears. I see now that the form does not corrupt the content, and God does not judge tearful prayers as less effective. As this verse says, sometimes God actually requires pouring my heart to him in liquid form!
Lamentations 3:1-66, Hebrews 1:1-14, Psalm 102:1-28 and Proverbs 26:21-22
Lamentations has some soul-stirring words in this chapter! The writer is lamenting, as usual, about the sufferings he is going through because of God’s anger, and then all of a sudden, starting from verse 31, he says:
“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him…(NLT)”
The popular song culled from this verse is a staple in my repertoire of ‘christian choruses’, but I don’t think I have ever read it from the Bible in context. It is another beautiful reminder of God’s bottom-line goodness.
When I saw that the book of Hebrews starts today, I was excited. I love Hebrews – it is like Paul’s masterpiece – and I can’t wait to discover it for myself on a consistent, daily basis!
Peace, Love and Close To The Finish Line,