... is not always bad, when that good thing, that GREAT thing, is God.
Last night, after a day of my real job, my ministry "job", and my Beth Moore bible study group, I finally got to spend some extended time alone with God. Yesterday, my morning quite time just wasn't enough. I am constantly reminded more and more about the importance of being with God rather than always doing things for God. Without the time with God, I cannot continue doing things for God as effectively. Think about how much an athlete needs to fuel his body because he is using it so much. The same is true with our spiritual selves. The more we "work out", the more of God we need to keep us going.
So, on that note, I'm going to share with you my precious time with God late last night. In the stillness of night (12:30AM is still nighttime, isn't it?) before I went to sleep, I prayed this prayer, totally from the scripture of the Psalms.
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. (Psalm 42:1) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalm 63:1) Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. (Psalm 123:1)
Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. (Ps 119:159) Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. (Ps 119:27) Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. (Ps 40:11) For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. (Ps 86:5)
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. (Ps 18:49) I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. (Ps 18:1) I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. (Ps 86:12) For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. (Ps 86:10).
Now that I've prayed that prayer, I need to live up to it, huh?