I’ve been seeking to put Psalm 145:1-3 into practice. Especially the “I will bless You every day” part. Analyzing my day, I recognized that one of the missed opportunities to praise God was when I was driving. So, I have been worshiping on my way to the office.
One song that has been particularly meaningful on that daily journey is Jared Anderson’s “Beauty of the Lord.” In response to the love of Christ, the chorus says: “So I will declare the beauty of the Lord. Nothing compares to the beauty of the Lord. Jesus Your love it takes my breath away. Now I'm living everyday for the beauty of the Lord.”
One morning, admiring a flock of birds in the clear blue sky, I wholeheartedly voiced, “So I will declare the beauty of the Lord...” At that very moment, my windshield was splattered with aviary waste. This was no little white sprinkle. This was the aftermath of a multi-colored, multi-textured diet.
The contrast between what I was proclaiming and what I was seeing was further highlighted when “it” began to run down my windshield while I was singing “…nothing compares to the beauty of the Lord.” Thankfully, this mess was no match for a full washer fluid reservoir and recently purchased wiper blades.
I chuckled at the irony of wholeheartedly declaring the beauty of God’s breath-taking love while being showered with something rather ugly. But then sensed the Spirit remind me of a simple Truth: the beauty of God is not negated by ugly circumstances.
I know… that’s easy to say when it is just bird droppings on a windshield. However, in the face of challenges that set themselves up against our knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5), it is a bit more difficult.
Perhaps there are circumstances that have literally postured themselves in between you and your knowledge of God. The prophet Habakkuk offers us a gift of faith… a beautiful “Even Though…Yet I Will Rejoice” prayer that I believe can help us take our thoughts captive. He writes, “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights (3:17-19 [NLT]).
Why not take some time and write your own “Even Though… Yet I Will Rejoice” prayer knowing that “…the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you” (1 Peter 5:10 [AMP]). Amen.