I’m a lover of poetry at heart and as such I love going to the book of Psalms to mediate on the Psalmist’s beautiful poetry. One morning, with the intention of doing just that, the Lord led me to a chapter in Psalms that began so beautifully that I read on to the next chapter. But by the middle of the following chapter I found that the words became a stark warning about what happens when we don’t examine our own hearts. When we allow the roots of unbelief and fear to reside there unchecked and unchallenged against the Word and the character of God. What a danger it is to forget.
The beginning of this chapter serves as both parable and proverb. It tells of the ways that God revealed Himself and His faithfulness through the Israelites and their desire to pass these lessons on to the new, rising generations.
The hope for this rising generation, living the way God intended, was to break the past bondage of their forefathers. The parents and grandparents who rebelled, whose spirits strayed from God, who took idols and refused to love Him with their whole hearts.
In much the same way, we are called to break the bondage of past generations so that we can move forward in more freedom. There is so much that weighs in the balance for the future and the generations of women that will come after us. For the spiritual and mental health of these
women and the families they will create that will carry on we are called to face down the shadows of the past.
I believe this is much of the reason why we feel such a great urgency and pull towards purpose. But before we can dive in to do the work there is so much inner work the Lord wants to do within our own hearts. We cannot neglect that inner work, and this story- both parable and proverb-illustrates why:
Take your time to read through. Mediate on a different translation. Take the time to journal and ask the Lord to speak to your heart in this time. To search your heart and make known the places in your life where the seeds of unbelief exist.
“Although they were all EQUIPPED warriors, each WITH weapons, when the battle began, they retreated and ran away in fear.” Psalm 78:9-12 (TPT)
“They didn’t really believe the promises of God.” (Psalm 78:10)
What was the result of this unbelief?
“…they refused to trust Him and move forward in faith.” (Psalm 78:10)
“They FORGOT his wonderful works and the miracles of the past. Even their exodus from Egypt, the epic miracles of His might.
“They FORGOT the glories of His power at the place of crossing over.” (Psalm 78:11-12)
“They turned away from faith and walked away in fear; they failed to trust in HIS power to help them when HE WAS NEAR!” (Psalm 78:22)
But we forget the power we have when the Lord fights our battles for us and cave into fear – I talk about this more in my next post but take some time to really think about where fear is showing up in your life today. What steps can you take to shift your focus?