Scripture encouragement: Psalm 40:1-2

“Higher Ground”

(sequel to “Butterfly Wings”)

I wanted to try my fluttering wings,
fly freely with joy and peace!
Yet I couldn’t seem to loose myself
from a confusing pull toward grief.

Why is this so, was His teaching wasted?
I wondered with dismay.
Why have such wings if I’m still lost,
unable to find my way?

“Wait, my child!” I heard Him say,
my spirit at last aware,
“I have a purpose for your life,
and I will lead you there.”

“Bidding good-bye to former ways
is difficult to do.
You cannot do this on your own,
but I AM here for you.”

“First we’ll seek out higher ground,
so you can begin to see,
the things I have prepared for you,
as you surrender in trust to Me.”

©Poem by Robin Lybeck

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”

Psalm 40:1-2

God’s direct encouragement to me through this scripture…

After God showed me the way in which I had been working against Him (shared in the post “Butterfly Wings”) this is the next encouragement He sent me.

When I read this Psalm, I felt hope surge within me. It told me that I was not left alone to figure out how to love and encourage my family in a way that honored Him and them. He had heard my cry. He had pulled me from the pit of destruction. He had set my feet upon a rock. He would put a new song within my mouth.

God, in His wisdom, had not revealed the harm our family roles caused—and why I needed to relinquish mine—until He had given me a new foundation for my life—Him.

He first assured me of my status before Him because of Jesus. I wrote about this in the post titled “Why, Jesus?” Only then did He urge me to know this truth: when I was baptized into His family, He became first in my life. It didn’t matter that I’d spent years without understanding this, thinking instead that my family and protecting our family secret came first. His promise to show me the way I should go was as fresh as it was on the day of my baptism. At last, He was able to take my hand in His. I surrendered in trust to Him and we began the journey to His higher ground.

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Image: original color pencil drawing by Robin Lybeck: Higher Ground

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