for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness."
My soul is hungry.
For this, I am thankful.
In our 'Soul Care' class at church yesterday we looked at the Spiritual Discipline of Examine - "the practice for discerning the voice and activity of God within the flow of the day. It is a vehicle that creates deeper awareness of God-given desires in one's life." (Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Calhoun)
In our time of discussion we looked at Psalm 139.
In Psalm 139 the author David clearly expresses the soul's invitation to God to guide the self-examination process.
As I've spent time reflecting on the well-loved passage I feel deeply encouraged by the truths embedded within.
I am grateful for the reminder of God's astonishing love for me, and that He intimately knows me through and through.
Recognizing that God knows me completely makes me feel sorely exposed and at the same time compassionately sheltered knowing that the One who knows me perfectly loves me as I am.
This is a ringing affirmation that no matter where I find myself - in the heights of heaven, in the depths of the grace, or even in the depths of the sea, God's guiding and sustaining presence is a safe harbor for my soul.
I am blessed by these truths as they shed light on a dark area of my soul. As I wrestle with the truth and the ways that God desires to transform me I am thankful that I am not called to do it alone. Surely God leads me and holds me close to Him.
Thank you Father for the truths of your Word.