Sunday's after our church services I feel as though I can take on the world. Having been with the body of Christ, being filled with the Holy Spirit, in the very presence of God, I am energized.
Psalm 63:2 "So I have looked for You in the sanctuary. To see Your power and Your glory."
The sanctuary, in any true house of the Most High, is where He meets us. There amongst His chosen and elect God reveals Himself.
During the praise and worship time God is revealed, by the praise of His people in song as we proclaim His worthiness.
"Thou are worthy LORD God Almighty.
You who formed the heavens and the earth.
You who spoke the stars into being and named them all.
Great are You who formed my inward parts
and breathed into me the breath of life."
Think about the cross. That wonderful cross.
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.
Jonah the prophet thought on these two things ( grace of God & the works he was called to do) as he spent three days in the belly of a whale. Jonah, looking at his own situation, set his heart toward God.
Because of his own disobedience Jonah wound up in an unlikely prison, but he knew God was still God.
"You have cast me into the sea, the waters tossed me about and covered me. I have been cast away from Your sight." Jonah 2:3-5
Jonah though greatly discouraged, finds hope within. He remembers the times he spent in the presence of God in His holy temple and remembers His goodness.
Instead of looking at the darkness all around him and smelling the stench, he cast his eyes inward to the Light, the LORD his God. Jonah began to praise God. That sweet savor reached the ears of God. And God was pleased. Jonah repented.
God knows our comings and goings. He knows our joys and sorrows. Praise Him.
We need not be confined to a prison of our own choosing forever. Praise Him and be restored.
Just as God spoke to the great fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land, God will speak to your situation and you will be placed once again on solid ground. A firm foundation.
Once we have found our footing and direction, we must continue to honor our vow to God.