August 21st, 2012 | Tags: • angels, attentiveness, dance, doves, forever, God, God’s story, goodness, grace, hallelujahs, hear, hope, Jesus Christ, John R. W. Stott, joy, Judah, listening, love, music, praise, prayers, Psalms, quotes, rejoicing, sing, spiritual practices, Zion
Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.
— John R. W. Stott
We pondered your love-in-action, God,
waiting in your temple:
Your name, God, evokes a train
of Hallelujahs wherever
It is spoken, near and far;
your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action.
Be glad, Zion Mountain;
Dance, Judah’s daughters!
He does what he said he’d do!
Circle Zion, take her measure,
count her fortress peaks,
Gaze long at her sloping bulwark,
climb her citadel heights—
Then you can tell the next generation
detail by detail the story of God,
Our God forever,
who guides us till the end of time.
— Psalm 48:9-14, The Message
Doves cooing outside our bedroom window is a commonplace occurrence this time of year. Still, I can go for hours at a time without hearing them, simply because I’m not listening.
It’s only when I stop focusing on other things and turn my attention in the birds’ direction that I realize their sweet songs have been there all along.
Lord, how easy it is to tune out Your love and grace as my attention turns away from You toward my thoughts, concerns, and surroundings. I want to look and listen more often for You; I’m not taking any of this day for granted. Open my ears to your music and fill my heart with Your songs — in Christ, I pray.