Worship Wednesday- The Lord is My Salvation

I was hoping to post this morning after spending some time blogging last night. But I never got to blogging last night. Real life kicked in a bit. I'm sure you know what I mean. You plan to work out, get your gym bag all ready, and then you get sick that morning, or a child gets sick, or a work meeting goes late.

I used to beat myself up a bit about missing those self-imposed deadlines. I'd feel terrible for missing a morning quiet time or not blogging when I meant to. But you know what I've learned? You probably already know this, but salvation doesn't lie in checking off everyday of McCheyne's "Read the Bible In A Year" calendar. It doesn't lie in posting on your blog and getting tons of hits. It doesn't lie in being a pastor or having the wife, 2.5 kids, and a dog. Salvation is found in the Lord alone.

excuse me...be right back  ...    ...    ...    ...

Sorry about that. You see, my basement is flooding. If you live down here in Chattanooga, you know we've gotten some rain, like a lot of rain. So, my basement floods. That's some of the real life I was dealing with last night and today. One of my best friends also took a trip to the ER last night, and God was gracious enough to show me the alert while I was right next to the hospital. What a blessing to spend some time with he and his wife. So, between those excursions, fixing a broken door handle on my car, a kitchen sink that mysteriously came apart, and doing the normal dad stuff of cooking dinner and hanging out with the kids, I've been a little busy.

I don't mention all those things to pat myself on the back. We all deal with real life, every day; the ordinary things that we want to do or need to do because of the roles God has given us. I'm no different than many of you who do this kind of thing day in and day out. But it was harder dealing with it all today. It's still hard doing so much alone.

In all fairness, Moriah helped me out with some of it. Yes, we're trying to make the friendship thing work post-divorce. It was helpful having a second set of hands fixing the door on my car. She's great getting the kids settled after school. But it isn't the same, you know? I really appreciate the help, but often it makes me miss what we had, miss doing life together with someone.

You see? You see how quickly I slip into trying to fill that gap of loneliness with something or someone? Things get a little rough and the urges come right back to post on social media about it, complain to my ex or about my ex, message people to try and get sympathy for my hard life. How quickly do I run to the Lord? How long does it take me to open His Word?

The Lord is My Salvation. So many times this song came up on my playlist when I was looking to other things for salvation. I longed for a strong marriage, then a job, then a church family, then a better job, then solid friendships, then secure finances, then then then.... all good things to long for, yet salvation is found in none of them.

Today the struggle was wanting soul-mate again (and honestly, a dry basement... definitely a dry basement). Someone I could share this all with before writing it up. Someone who would give me a hug and remind me not to worry. What's a little rain after all you've been through? How quickly I forgot that I already have that. The Lord is with me. How sweet it is to chat with him while I shop-vac my soggy carpet or make dinner or do a dozen other ordinary tasks.

Lord, may I run more and more quickly to you and never forget where my true salvation lies.

Excuse me again. Need to shop-vac a bit more and hang out with my Savior. Enjoy the music!

The Lord Is My Salvation
by Keith & Kristyn Getty

The grace of God has reached for me
And pulled me from the raging sea
And I am safe on this solid ground
The Lord is my salvation

I will not fear when darkness falls
His strength will help me scale these walls
I'll see the dawn of the rising sun
The Lord is my salvation

Who is like the Lord our God?
Strong to save, faithful in love
My debt is paid and the vict'ry won
The Lord is my salvation

My hope is hidden in the Lord
He flow'rs each promise of His Word
When winter fades I know spring will come
The Lord is my salvation

In times of waiting, times of need
When I know loss, when I am weak
I know His grace will renew these days
The Lord is my salvation

And when I reach my final day
He will not leave me in the grave
But I will rise, He will call me home
The Lord is my salvation

Glory be to God the Father
Glory be to God the Son
Glory be to God the Spirit
The Lord is our salvation


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