I remember finally getting pregnant after a miscarriage and almost two years of infertility. I even got an extra blessing when I found out we were having twins ten days before they were born. Another time one of my daughters was very sick as a five-year-old and almost died. God was so fully present with me during that time, and His Word was truly alive and active during our fifteen-day hospital stay. More recently I’ve seen God part the waters in helping us walk through my teen daughters’ alopecia, providing for my son’s college, and giving this shy girl the confidence to speak in front of crowds.
We must remember the times when God shows up in a huge way so that during the awful and ordinary times we don’t forget how amazing He is.
Worship is one way we can keep God’s love and power on our minds no matter what kind of day or season we are experiencing. While I was writing my new Bible study on Numbers, two hundred women across the country agreed to participate in a pilot Contentment Project Challenge. As part of that challenge, each woman spent five minutes each day focusing on God’s character while being still and listening to a worship song or hymn, pushing aside all invading thoughts. After the challenge ended, I received such positive feedback from the women, saying that the experience had fostered contentment in them as they praised. Worship helps us to curb our complaints knowing that our powerful God is on our side. He will rescue us from whatever we are facing if we will rely on Him.
The Israelites did just that after they saw God’s display of power. The Scripture says, “They put their faith in the LORD and in His servant Moses” (Exodus 14:31). Then the whole community sang a song. Imagine over a million people—and who knows how many flocks of livestock with them—worshipping God at the edge of the wilderness! I can imagine it was a sight to behold.
In Exodus 15:1-18, the people sang about many things, but notice their mention of God’s right hand in verse 6: “Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power. Your right hand, O Lord, smashes the enemy.”
When I picture God, I don’t envision Him with arms and hands. We are created in His image, and we have arms and hands; so I’m not sure why I’ve never thought of Him that way. Whether this is a metaphor or God truly has some killer biceps, the picture of God’s powerful arm and hand is repeated throughout the pages of the Bible. Let’s look at just a few examples.
“So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders.” (Deuteronomy 26:8)
“Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.” (Psalm 89:13)
“I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong.” (Psalm 89:21)
“But LORD, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of trouble.” (Isaiah 33:2)
“O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!” (Jeremiah 32:17)
By resting in God’s strong arms, I know He will deliver us from whatever trials are threatening to overtake us. He is calling us to stay calm and lean hard into His strong and loving arms. Nothing is too hard for Him. He may ask us to stop standing around and get moving when the enemy presses in, but He is coming to our rescue. As we fix our minds on Him in worship, we will rediscover the awe and wonder of Yahweh’s amazing power and presence!
Would you like to join me and women around the country for a 7-day Contentment Project? This free project is September 4-10 but you need to sign up! Get all the info and sign up here: http://melissaspoelstra.com/contentment-project/ Please share this info with your friendsand family!