Friday, September 23, 2011

visceral encounters with the Father

"O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is your name in all the earth.
When I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?"
Psalm 8:1, 3-4

I have been made speechless before the Lord.
All I can think of is the verse above.
All I can say is that when people talk about having a relationship with the Lord, they mean it.

I think of Genesis 32 and how Jacob wrestled with the Lord.  Physically.  And how we, too, are meant to wrestle with the Lord.  Sometimes it is very physical.  Sometimes you will feel that you are stretched beyond your ability to stretch.  You feel thinned out; you want to run.  But you don't.  You stay and have it out -- encountering God in a visceral way -- a type of suffering that is bound to bring blessings because you are encountering your heavenly Father as if He were right there in the room with you.  And He is.

And when you start coming out on the other side, praises are on your lips -- praises that you cannot even name or word because there are no words.  There is only awe.

"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth."

It's in these moments that I feel so small.

"What is man that you are mindful of him?"

And all I can do is sit before the Lord and be.

"The son of man that you care for him?"

To be still and know that He is God.

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