Daily D – Psalm 73:23-26
Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever. (NLT)
Still is a flexible helping word.
It makes negatives moreso:
* “Are you still smoking?”
* “Are you still here?”
* “Are you still alive?”
It accents positives:
* “Are you still losing weight?”
* “Are you still married to that supermodel?”
* Are you still going to South Africa this fall?”
Among my favorite uses of the word is found in an eponymous song from Lionel Richie. (Eponymous is another favorite word. I remember looking it up and thinking of ways to work it into a conversation. This may well be my second attempt ever. It is not nearly as flexible as still.)
Look back to Psalm 73:23: “Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.”
If you belong to Jesus, this is a verse for you to commit to memory. It provides hope and confidence, comfort and assurance, relief and realization, wonder and delight. What other thoughts and prayers does it initiate?
At the beginning of the day, “I still belong to you.”
In the big middle of my daily messes, “I still belong to you.”
At the end of the day as I lie down to rest, “I still belong to you.”
When God holds you safely in his grip of grace (Thank you, Max Lucado), you can always and everywhere proclaim with confidence, “I still belong to you.”
Maybe more Famous Last Words should include still. Ponder that thought. It might come in handy someday. Until then, let’s live this day in the brilliance of moments illuminated by heaven on earth and the realization that we still belong to our Father in heaven.
I will live in the increasing appreciation of a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus.
Our Father, I still belong to you. You have not, and will not, give me up. You do not let go. You do not cast me aside. Hold my hand. Guide me with your counsel. Lead me to a glorious destiny. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”