Pilgrimage OLS — Week Three #2

Can there be a song in the night? When you are experiencing what you may consider the worst case scenario for yourself, is there hope? The answer from the Lord is a resounding yes because God is greater than any circumstance you face today. Not only is He greater, but He has the answer for every question mark in your life. It is not as though He is holding on to the answers waiting for you to find a way to lay hold of them. No, instead He has a plan. And as strange as it may seem, and as unexplainable and impossible as your circumstance may appear, God is causing all things to work together for good. He promises in His Word, especially in the great promise of Romans 8:28.

We have short memories and feel at times that we are on the brink of losing it all. And perhaps we are on the brink so to speak. But God’s Word encourages us to never give up and to trust in God AT ALL TIMES (Psalm 62:8). David learned this lesson of an all-consuming, all times kind of trust when he was on the run for his life, in danger from the most powerful man in his world at the time, King Saul. He finally had to run into enemy territory to escape certain death. And while on the back side of the Negev desert, he cried out to God:

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
Psalm 13

These are the words of a man after God’s own heart singing in the dark night of the soul. In Week 3 of Pilgrimage of the Heart, we studied these words in-depth. Oh how I loved each of the days of study, focusing on the truths that though we may feel like the trial lasts forever and we are forgotten by God, we are not going to be in it forever and we are never forgotten by God. We need to learn to act on the truth of God’s Word when the ocean of our emotion is tossed to and fro by an unruly wind of circumstance. God is at work, and we must gain a new and deeper trust, as David did.

It is very necessary to be brought to the stage of trust in our experience of suffering; perhaps we are brought to it most acutely when we have to look up mutely to God and say, “I don’t understand it at all, but go on with what you are doing.” That marks a real stage of learning to trust in God, and it is a step towards something still further on. Spiritual experience has begun; suffering has already deepened the soul.
Oswald Chambers

A fire was raging in the mountains near the desert. The wind blew the ashes and dark clouds of fire our way. And as I walked to my car I looked to the west and saw this bird, a red vermillion flycatcher, sitting calmly in a tree, looking on but untouched and unmoved by the circumstance. I pulled out my camera and took a series of photographs, recording a lesson of trust from the Lord. Have you discovered this deeper trust and learned to sing even in the nights or twilights of life?

Your assignment for the next few weeks is to continue on in Pilgrimage of the Heart Week 4, Days 1-7.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

What is God teaching you? How did studying the Song of the Pilgrim encourage your heart? How are you learning to trust God? What meant the most to you in your study of God’s Word this week in your quiet time?
Please comment.

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