Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
As I read these two precious verses this morning I am reminded of Liz, a dear sister in Christ. She was a spiritual mum to me in my youth; she taught me more about worship and prayer than anyone else. She was not a great scholar or theologian, but she lived her Bible as well as reading it. She applied it to her life each day, often sharing it with great excitement what the Lord had shown her that day. Our Father God draws us alongside such precious souls to guide us along His Way for the road ahead.
After a few years we parted company as God took me to Stockton-On-Tees, but thanks to Liz I was prepared for what lay ahead of me. As the years advanced I learned to rely upon His presence and lovingkindness regardless of any trials; He assured me in the dark times, and I was able to sing His praises regardless of circumstances. Yet in the darkest times, when I had no voice to sing I silently lifted my hands in surrender to Him. I remember them even today, the overwhelming comfort of His presence reassured me beyond any words I could write for you. It was the presence of His Spirit beyond any doubt.
Dear reader, your Father God loves you beyond measure! Make that the rock that you cling to in darkness of your trials; and sing His praise audibly. There is power in your voice (for both good and bad); lift it up in adoration of Him. Lifting up Holy hands to Heaven is simple but an effective guide to your heart. Your surrendered heart will be seen and heard, and His Spirit will draw near to you.
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