Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Psalm 109

A little about me (for those of you who don't know me (you're the lucky ones).  I am 38, have three daughters and a great wife!  I was born with a defect in my aortic heart valve and have had 2 open heart surgeries.  The first one was when I was 3 and the second one I was 31.  In addition, 2 years ago I had a stroke.  My twins were 2 1/2 when I had open heart surgery and my third daughter was only 6 months old when I had my stroke.

Looking back (which I try not do because I usually walk into things), I realize that I suffered these things so I can tell my story as it relates to the Lord.  There were 3 chances for me not be alive.  But yet, I now know that the Lord let me survive all 3 so that I can share His word!!  It took a while for me to realize that, but even a slow learner like me can catch on!!

It's timely that my pastor in church said on Sunday that when we become a Christian we don't do it a little at time or tip toe along (I am paraphrasing - trust me, he said it far more eloquently than I).  We go all in.

Soooooo, with that being said, here I go. I was looking at Psalm 109 on my church's website.  Psalm 109:30 stood out.  It says "With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng I will praise him."  So this is my "throng."  Granted I wish there were a lot more people reading, but that will happen on His time!! But, it's out there.  :)

So in prayer I thank God for all he has done for me and I will praise His name whenever I can!


Patti said...

Beautifully written, Michael.

I'm going wno to read your previous post.

Love the guy with the megaphone. ;-)

I guess that's you?

Patti said...

* make that now, not wno!

Ed Derry said...

Excellent My Brother. This will be a great journey to follow you on.

Ralph said...

Yes, what counts as a burden for most can be the most enlightening for us who have the issues. God's will will be done - are we ready to meet the challenge despite our burdens? I think of Psalm 73, those with sleek bodies seemingly have no issues and 'pride is their necklace'. Perhaps our issues compel us to feel humbled by God so we can better serve his will - certainly I am not St, Ralph, I do not like the burden every minute of every day. But ask for the guidance to work the divine will that can be empowering to others...