Words from the Heart for Monday July 3rd, 2017
But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
Psalm 73:28 (NLT)
How Good it is to be Near to God
What a privilege to draw near to the Lord. When we make that choice and trust His ways we find a shelter. Today watch for the opportunity to tell at least 3 people about the wonderful things you have seen Him do.
As we continue to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. William McDougall was born near York, Upper Canada (now Toronto) in 1822, the grandson of United Empire Loyalists. McDougall had traveled to the United States to meet with President Lincoln to negotiate a Reciprocity Treaty, and the two became close friends. President Lincoln invited McDougall to travel with him to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where Lincoln had been invited to give a speech following the Civil War Battle there. He was with the President on the train when Lincoln penned the words to the speech that would become one of the most famous in history. He was also in Gettysburg to hear the speech delivered. He served as an MP following Canadian Confederation.
Not all the Psalms were written by David. In fact, only 73 of them were. The rest were written by men named Asaph and Moses, the sons of Korah and Solomon. Asaph is credited with writing Psalm 73, in which he speaks to how it appears from the world’s perspective that the ungodly seem to travel through life easily while the godly suffer. It was only as he drew close enough to the Lord to see the world through God’s eyes that he began to understand that God will bring about justice one day and those who turn their backs on God will perish. After getting that fresh perspective, Asaph writes this in Psalm 73:28: “But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.” What a privilege for the follower of Jesus to be able to draw near to the Lord. No matter what we are facing in life, no matter how challenging or painful, we have the Lord to run to, to draw near to, to find shelter in. And through God’s eyes, Asaph saw that those who seem to be prospering face the same pressures as the godly do, but without the joy of drawing near to God and finding the peace that only He offers. It is one of the great privileges of being a follower of Jesus. Take advantage of that privilege today.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’