The Long View
In the business world, it is sometimes said that paying close attention to the daily details is the path to long-term success. The concept certainly applies to running a farm or operating a small business or even managing a household.
Much of the time we think of the Psalms as belonging to that daily grind. We think about King David facing off against all sorts of challenges.
Among the most well-known verses begin the twenty-seventh Psalm.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 esv
Psalm 46 is also familiar. It begins...
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3 esv
These words come to our hearts and minds when life brings seemingly insurmountable difficulties. The faithful soul knows the balm of God’s comfort and the support of His strength when things which are truly out of our control attack.
Though our Heavenly Father stands with us from day to day, though He pays perfect attention to the details, the focus is the long view. I wonder if Paul was led by God through many of the Psalms when Paul wrote,
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 esv
God’s 'long view' blessing is so clearly testified in the Psalms. Let's consider these:
How could our prayers be more?
“Look on my affliction (my sin, the worst affliction) … take all my sins away.”
“I long to dwell in your tent forever ..”
“You are my God. My times are in Your hands.”
So shall our prayers ever be. Heavenly Father, keep us for this day and bring us to the blessing of the long view. Through our Lord Jesus, Who has made that view reality for us.”
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-Meet Pastor Rod-
Pastor Rod, a life-long Lutheran, graduated from the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary.
As a ‘retired Pastor’, Rod stays busy serving local pulpits, leading worship in Senior resident facilities, and writing for the blog.
Pastor Rod lives in Savannah with his wife Deb along with their four- legged furry children (their doggies of course).
With Deb, Pastor Rod especially loves to travel spending time with children & grandchildren.
But most notably, Pastor Rod looks great in a hat!