This morning mommy needed the restorative waters of God’s Word– the rest and peace. Here is what I read and said to my children this morning.
Would you like to hear a poem mommy likes a lot? [I didn’t say, but I thought: it doesn’t matter; I’m going to read it anyway!]
It’s by King David when he was in a dry desert. The land needed water. [Since we live in the desert, our children understand when everything is parched and without rain. They know what it’s like to be powerfully thirsty.]
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
King David is saying that being in the desert and seeing the land all dry, and wanting water really really bad, is just like the desire that he has to know God.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
King David wants to see the power of God in his life. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that makes a Christian to be like Christ.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
What did David do when he was awake at night? He thought about God. What do you think he thought about? He tells us.
7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.
He remembered all of the times that God has helped him in the past. That helps him to be sure that God will be faithful to help him in the future.
I like what he says about rejoicing in the shadow of God’s wings. King David is saying that when he remembers how God is faithful to him, he feels just like a baby bird in his nest, safe and warm and happy under his mommy’s wings.
[That’s where the attention waned, breakfast was done, and the day started rolling faster than I can keep up. I didn’t even have time to read it again to them, without stopping. But I’m still safe and warm and happy, knowing that God loves me and takes care of me.]