“Your ways, O Lord make known to me; teach me your paths, Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.” (Psalm 25)
Oh what a beautiful prayer. I wish I sounded that eloquent when I prayed! More often than not it sounds more like this:
Yeah… hello? God? You wanna show me what the heck it is I am supposed to be doing here? … Any day now big guy. I am ready for you to speak from the clouds like you did in Bruce Almighty. Hello? Is anyone there?
Pretty much the same thing… right?
This year, advent has seen me uttering all different variations of todays psalm. Sometimes I am asking Him to show me the way. Sometimes I am wondering where the heck He is. Sometimes I am offering Him my hands, allowing him to use me as His instrument. Sometimes I am just crying out you are my king, my savior!
That all sounds pretty tumultuous, and honestly at times it has been. Saying yes to God can be a strange, yet marvelous adventure. I have learned so much about the constant presence of God as I await his arrival. It’s easy to sing His praise when you know He is there. But it’s always been more difficult for me to sing His praise when I didn’t feel Him. But through this advent season I have come to see the times where I don’t feel Him as a time of waiting, not a time of abandonment. And that is a gift I could not be more grateful for from this God of the universe who is coming down to earth so soon.
Today’s song is written by a dear friend of mine. The refrain is one of the very first songs that I learned how to play on the guitar in a praise and worship setting. It wasn’t until I left for college that I learned there was more to the song, but once I found out, I loved it all the more. I play the refrain to this song at pretty much every holy hour I play at, because it helps me to praise Him in the good times, and to praise Him while I am waiting out the storm. I hope this becomes a song that helps you to praise Him in all things too.