Brenton, we were just talking about this!
This was from the intro to my devotions this morning. Great timing!
“God Is for Me”
You have recorded my troubles. You have kept a list of my tears. Psalm 56:8
God knows you. He has written your name on his hand and keeps a list of your tears (Isaiah 49:16; Psalm 56:8) … God knows you. And he is near you! How far is the shepherd from the sheep (John 10:14)? The branch from the vine (John 15:5)? That’s how far God is from you. He is near. See how these four words look taped to your bathroom mirror: “God is on my side” (Psalm 56:9). And his kingdom needs you. The poor need you; the lonely need you; the church needs you … the cause of God needs you.You are part of the purposes he is working out in the world (Ephesians 1:11). The kingdom needs you to discover and deploy your unique skill. Use it to make much out of God. Get the word out. God is with us; we are not alone.
-from “Cure for the Common Life” by Max Lucado
If I didn’t read God’s Word every day and spend time praying to and listening to God, I would be a mess. I am so curious and experiential, I would be distracted by God’s paintings, style, medium, method, and means, and not even know the Artist. I would be distracted by His beats, rhythms, lyrics, and presence, not actually knowing Him.
I can’t know Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Van Gogh, Monet, etc., but I can KNOW God.
“Bach gave us God’s word.
Mozart gave us God’s laughter.
Beethoven gave us God’s fire.
God gave us Music
that we might pray without words.” – from the wall of a German opera house.