Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tuesdays Together

Welcome to Tuesdays Together in the Word.  We are a group reading the bible together and sharing each week the nuggets that the Lord's Word has left with us.  Join in with us, wherever you are.  Please  visit DeeDee for more Tuesday Together posts.

In my reading this week,  I wanted to linger a bit in Psalms and Proverbs.  In Psalm 39,40, and 41  I  could really sense David's despair and his frustration.  His awareness of his own inadequacy  is overwhelming here.  There are scourges and weeping, wicked enemies, and slimy muddy pits.  There is shame and foolishness.  There is slander and betrayal.   Then, Here comes the best part.  David exalts the Lord. 
2) He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;  he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
3) He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
4) Many, O lord my God, are the wonders you have done.  The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

In Proverbs 10 there is reassurance for those who trust in the Lord.

24)What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.
25)When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

All through the reading I imagined David and his despair and then his freedom.  I was reminded of a scene in a movie that so impressed me that I openly wept in the theater.  The scene is from a Lord of The Ring's movie.  I went to see all three in the theaters when they were released.  The scene I thought of this week involved the great trees with their strong roots.  A  flood of rushing water comes to "wash away" the underworld that has been created and where an oppressive evil army is born and prepares for battle.   The waters rush over the land and over the edge into the pit and you see the trees clinging to stand firm.  All around them is destruction.   The trees do stand, because they are the only ones with roots deep and strong enough to withstand such a destructive force.  My emotions at this point in the movie just overwhelmed me and I cried.  As the great rushing waters leveled the playing field, I could not help but get emotional.  The symbolism was not lost on me. 

Are you planted firmly on the right foundation?  If you are, do you strengthen your roots through His word? Do you trust in the ONE whose wonders are "too many to declare"?  I surely hope so.  When Christ died for us, he secured our place in eternity.  Once we belong to Him, we cannot be pulled from him.  
Prov 10:30 The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.
2Tim.2:19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his...
Psalm41:13  Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.


  1. Meredith, Such beautiful and comforting thoughts that nothing can up-root us and pull us away from the love of God. When we belong to Him we are grounded, (or rooted in Him).

    Even if the floods come through and wash away everything, we will still be firmly standing.
    God is so faithful! He keeps us! We can never be snatched out of His hands!

    Glory! This is our security,...He is our security.

    Thanks for sharing all of this.

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits (I wrote a poem called "The Storm", which is my way of saying we can have peace and security in Christ! I hope you will stop by my blog.)

  2. Beautiful post, Meredith...so grateful our hope is secure in Jesus...so grateful that the storms cannot uproot us or tear us away from His loving arms. So grateful for His grace. I, too wrote on these verses from Psalm 40 today. Thanks for sharing your heart on this...

    Blessings to you...

  3. Beautiful Post Meredith.... (also so glad that I am able to read AND comment - wonder what changed???) thanks for this picture... deep roots - that is what I want.
    Sweet Blessings!

  4. Very beautifully said! I, too, love the mental picture of the deep roots:)

  5. I love the tree and root analogy. It gives me a good "picture" to always remember. Thanks!