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Immerse: Poets - Week 4

I know I’ve mentioned before how emotionally raw the psalms are. David and others wrote them at their highest highs and lowest lows. In them we are finding prayers of vindication, prayers of praise, and prayers of desperation. In my opinion, the psalms express and warrant vulnerability like no other book of the Bible.

As I read through week 4 of Immerse: Poets (page 70), I couldn’t help but pause and praise over the truth in Psalm 68.

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.

I’ve experienced God placing me in families again and again. He made some of the possibly most lonely times not lonely because He surrounded me with others. Here’s just a few examples.

In Romania it was the Suciu family. They invited me to their home on many occasions on Sunday after church for a meal, a game, a nap and a cup of coffee before we went back to church on Sunday nights. He also gave me many other dear friends while I lived there.  

After a season of ministry burnout, it was Christ’s Church Fleming Island. God gave me deep connections and restored my soul (Psalm 23) through the people there like never before. Through both friendships with staff members and small groups, He gave me a church family when I had been disconnected from church for some time.

When the world shut down (with the pandemic that shall not be named) and everyone was lonely, He orchestrated me meeting my future husband. (I guess that counts as an engagement announcement! Now we’ll really see who reads the ECC blog). If that’s not God setting the lonely in families, I don’t know what is!

The heart of our God is to take care of those He loves. He’s done it for me, and I know He will do it for you also. It doesn’t always look like we think it should. In fact, it rarely does. But I hope you’ve noticed over and over how the psalms refer to God’s unfailing love. He’s going to keep loving you and keep coming through for you, through all of your life.

Take some time this week to reflect on that love. Take some time to praise the God who has met your needs. Take some time to recognize the freedom and joy He has brought into your life. Perhaps write a psalm of your own, praising God for His work in your life.