Recently, we spent a week in Kings Canyon National Park. As we drove in to the canyon, we saw towering sequoias, the white, roaring Kings river, cascading waterfalls and majestic snow capped mountains. While driving along, our playlist beckoned us with song after song with repeating lyrics:
"Come on my soul, it's time to look up; come on all you sick and weary, lay your burdens down; come to the table; lift up your face"
Again and again, we were beckoned to life our eyes, lift our faces, lift our souls. What a wonderful invitation we received at the beginning of our vacation! And, God met us with his presence during our time away.
But - we don't have to drive to the mountains to receive this incredible invitation from God. We have it on Sundays when we gather for corporate worship. We have it right here. Right now. In this place. With these people. We don't have to go searching for God in the mountains - he's here in the valley too!
God's spirit is inviting us to lay our burdens down, lift up our faces and souls and LOOK UP to Him - to commune with Him.
Micah 7:7 - But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
Psalm 123 - To you I lift up my eyes- my eyes look to the Lord our God.
We look to God:
- the One who hears us in our distress and delivers us
- the One who rescues us from our enemies
- the One who saves, sustains and empowers us
I believe God's spirit is inviting us to LOOK UP / to lift up our eyes, our faces, and our souls.
Do you feel too weak to lift your face? He's got you covered! Psalm 3:3--He is also the "lifter of our heads!" What a gracious God we serve!