Her head lay low…

This morning, as I pour over Psalms, I am reminded of Esther. Her account is told in the Book of Esther. I am reminded about how God took a young Israelite girl and caused a ruthless King Xerxes to find favor in her.

It was her demeanor and the way she held herself. It was the path that God lay for her.

I especially remember when she was summoned by the leaders of her people to go before King Xerxes, a charge punishable by death. She had to go before her king to save her people from Hamman.

In the movie, she walks in and begins to walk toward the king, head down, humbled posture. As she approaches the king, all is watching as many demand she be executed. But then, King Xerxes raises his sceptor, a sign to let her go. With head down, she is allowed to speak.

Esther requests that if it pleases the king might she prepare a banquet for him. He grants her request.

King Xerxes had a soft spot for Esther. She was humble yet full of knowledge. He was intrigued by the ways she presented herself. She did not adorn herself with gold and things of the world. She presented herself as lowly and with sentiment. Esther did not present herself as one equal to the king but as lower. It was a sign of respect for his position. It was a sign that she cared about how she held herself and how that she would be interpreted before the king. As a result, she found favor with King Xerxes like none other.

Esther reminds me of how we should approach the Lord in our times of prayer and petition. While God answers our prayer under many circumstances, it is our humbleness that softens Gods heart and leads him to do what seems impossible for him to agree to. Esther faced a great challenge to save her people from Hamman, because Hamman was an advisor of the king.

But it was Ethers humbleness that allowed her to approach the king, and it was his love for her that caused him to grant her requests.

It makes me think about how I might approach the Lord. What really touches Gods heart? In light of Esther’s story, what do you think will prick Gods heart to do the unimaginable?

Go forth and be blessed, my friends.

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“The Lord will hear me”

In these days, I am certainly in need of spiritual nourishment. The world is divided on all sides that even the elect struggle to see eye to eye.

Where are the elect, because from where I sit, they are nowhere to be seen. Why does my Gods people hide from me. Why am I not included in their assembly? They have no time for me.

My friends, to those who feel these things, remember Psalm 4:3 (NIV):

Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

Sometimes God pulls us aside so that we spend more time with him than with others. When we are use to being around people, this can be a difficult thing. I suppose the best thing to do is to take advantage of the opportunity to be with God and learn whatever there is that needs to be learned, because God has a purpose for that time.

Loneliness is a very real thing in these times. I experience too, but I know that God will hear me when I call to him.

Psalm 4:5 (NIV) says,

Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.

We should consider if our life is offering up the right sacrifices. We are told in Romans 12:1 (NIV):

Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.

Are our actions following the creed that God has set for us? Are we exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galations 5:22-24?

Then we must trust in the Lord. It is what helps us to endure. If we do not trust God, then we have nothing. It is the Lord that will get us through. Jesus understands what it is like to live in the flesh on this earth. He experienced it all.

I leave you with Psalm 4:6-8 (NIV):

Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety

O Lord, you are my peace, and it is you that placed where I am in safety. Help me to not step outside of that hedge of protection. Help me to understand from your perspective what it is to be safe in these times. Thank you Lord for your provision. You are a wonderful, mighty God that loves us. There is no greater love than the love of Jesus. May I live a life worthy of your Lord. In Jesus’ name.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.