I’ve read the verse dozens of times. But somehow I never really noticed it until tonight…
The Holy Spirit must know I need this verse now. So He pointed it out. And it resonates with me so much I wrote it inside the cover of my prayer journal…
“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with Me,’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.'” Psalm 27:8 (NLT)
I compared it to the New King James Version. “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ My heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.'”
I don’t know why I didn’t notice this verse before. But it touches my soul now. God is saying, “Come and talk with Me. Seek My face.”
I’ve always been taught and have known that God wants us to pray. And I do. But I think too often I have a long list of people and concerns to pray for and I sail through it. I’m trying to be faithful. But does it too often become more of a task to finish?
The words, “Come and talk with Me,” give me a completely different picture of prayer.
“Come and talk with Me,” God says. He isn’t saying, “Come and read your list to me again.” He is inviting me to fellowship, to share my soul, to listen.
He’s valuing our relationship. He’s loving me and wanting to spend time with me. He wants my heart, not just my words.
He is our God Almighty. Sovereign. Omnipotent. King of all Kings. Holy and worthy. And still He says to me, and to you, “Come and talk with Me. Seek My face.”
I remember how Mom used to call almost every day when her mind was healthy. And then Dad took her place when she couldn’t. And he’d ask some form of “How is my precious daughter?” He’d want updates on all my kids and my friends and my life. And he often had projects for me to do for him and wisdom to offer. I miss Mom and Dad and their calls and constant love and concern.
But I still have an Abba Father who whispers “Come and talk with Me, my precious daughter.” And maybe He’s prompting me to stop just “praying the list”. Or at least not to use it every day. He wants to hear my spirit. And He wants me to hear His. He calls me to talk with Him, not to Him.
I need to slow down and hear His promptings and meditate on His wisdom. I need to take a deep breath and have the courage to ask, “What do You have for me to do today, Abba?”
I need to settle down deep in the comfort of His presence and enjoy time with just Him. I need to let praise and thanks for Him well up until I burst out in song, or grateful tears.
He says, “Come and talk with Me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I’m coming.”
A great reminder Cheryl! I always forward your blog posts to all my siblings. They help and encourage us as we navigate Alzheimer’s with our dear mother. Your words have often brought me great comfort and encouragement. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and keep you in His loving care ❤️ Roslyn
Wow! I love that you forward my posts! That blesses me so much to hear that they help and encourage you and your siblings! May God bless and strengthen you as you help your dear mother.
Thank you Cheryl, such a great reminder to sit with Him and have conversation…rather than just talk. Love your analogies and honesty!
Thank you, Lynn!
Thank you! I so need that reminder and beautiful illustration.
Thank you for taking time to encourage me with your comment, Jocelyn. 🙂