Today I went over to another lady's house in the mission to watch the introductory session to the new Bible study I am doing, Stepping Up: a journey through the Psalms of Ascent by Beth Moore. The group actually meets during school hours, but she graciously offered to let me watch the videos at a time convenient for me. I am so grateful because I can get some good fellowship and some sound teaching from my girl Beth. Anyways, today was just the introduction, but I am already so stoked. I absolutely LOVE the Psalms. I find myself going back them more than any other book in the Bible. So to do an in-depth study on the Psalms of ascent, which are Psalms 120-134, is such a sweet delight.
Beth said something to me that really spoke to my heart, and I just had to share it with you. She was talking about feeling down, and how sometimes when we feel down, we just can't seem to see our way out of the darkness that seems to surround use. She then went on to share this truth:Psalm 84:5, which says "Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage." The Hebrew word for "blessed" in this particular verse is asher, which means "happy." Beth went on to say that as Christians, we usually like the word joy better, because happiness is circumstantial. But this is the Biblical promise she shared that stems from this verse: Your circumstances will feel much happier if you allow yourself to remember that you are only passing through this moment.
I was just sharing with my students the other day how God can see the whole picture, and we cannot. (And of course I forgot that little tidbit of truth within a couple days.) Our lives are like a little dot on a never-ending line of eternity. And He sees it all. When we have life in Christ, we can know that this is not all there is. There is so much more waiting for us on the other side. Wow. What freedom there is in His truth!