Deep Waters

This post is simply a collection of verses to revive those going through deep waters…

“Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭69:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Rescue me from the mud; don’t let me sink any deeper! Save me from those who hate me, and pull me from these deep waters.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭69:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“The mountains watched and trembled. Onward swept the raging waters. The mighty deep cried out, lifting its hands in submission.”

‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!”

‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭18:38‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Reach down from heaven and rescue me; rescue me from deep waters, from the power of my enemies.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭144:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters.”

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What do these verses mean to you? To me they are a promise of deliverance and God’s protection.  Take Isaiah 43:2 (one of my favorites and one God has been sending me a lot lately.)  God doesn’t promise us a life free from hardship.  What He does promise is that He is with us through every hardship we have to endure.  He also promises that none of those hardships will ever destroy us because He won’t let us drown or be burned up.  Nothing that is not from God will consume us because we are protected in the wings of the Lord.  Adversity that comes from God definitely will not destroy.  The hand of God is only meant to refine us.  The process of refinement is painful but just like the labor pains of child birth, the end result is something beautiful created by our Heavenly Father.

Isaiah 43:2 is exceptionally special to me as it was sent to me last summer as a means of encouragement that God will always be with me.  To the person who sent it to me-thank you for the encouragement.  God is still using this verse to remind me that I am covered and protected and He is never going to let the devil destroy me.  I hope this verse strengthens you as well should you ever find yourself traveling through another pit of despair or going through deep waters.  Stay in the trench no matter how deep the water rises.  We have both learned it’s safer to be in the trench then to ever leave and fight the battle on our own.

With These Broken Wings

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I do not respond well to rude or arrogant men. I do not respond well to anything that I interpret as rude, arrogant or controlling especially if it’s a man that displays it. I am not a man hater, nor am I a feminazi. My reactions stem from my experiences with men who repeatedly did not act as a man should.

I grew up with a single mom. My biological father abandoned us when I was only two. When I was three years old, my mother married the man I called “daddy”. For four years I felt the most love and security I have ever known. God blessed me with a man who chose to raise me as his own child even though we had no genetic ties. I firmly believe it’s the reason I love so many children as as if they were my flesh and blood. But my daddy died. And I spent the remainder of my childhood and teenage years being raised by a single mom.

I grew up around alcoholics and abusive men. One of these men screamed at me so much that I vomited. Another took me into a room, turned the lights off and started yelling just to scare me because he knew I was afraid of the dark. I never had a male teacher that I liked or respected. To this day I struggle with male authority because I am simply inexperienced with it.

After my daddy died I longed to feel loved and secure again. My mom did her best and she worked hard to provide for us. I know she loved me and she made a lot of sacrifices for me. She’s the reason I have the strength to persevere through the trials I face as a single mom. But she couldn’t replace the love I lost. She couldn’t give me the amount of love two parents give. After all, that’s humanly impossible. So when I became a teenager I chased after that love through boys and dating relationships.

Most boys I had crushes on didn’t give me the time of day. The ones who did tended to be trouble with a capital T. My senior year, I was blessed to meet a young man who became my boyfriend all through college. He was funny, kind, loving and very protective. He definitely seem to be the answer to what I had been missing. But we were young, immature and hadn’t the first clue on how to make a relationship work. Our relationship eventually ended based on the decision that we were better off friends than in a romantic relationship. When it ended, the void began again.

Over the next few years I found myself drawn to men who had zero desire of settling down and making an actual commitment. They were mostly looking for a woman who wanted to party in various forms. Time and time again I was left disappointed and feeling undesirable. Yet I kept chasing after this desire to be chosen. I defined my self worth based on whether a man would choose me or not. Because I was rarely chosen, I convinced myself I had no value.

Since that college relationship, I’ve had two other long term relationships. One produced my two children. The other occurred a few years ago. Neither filled the void, made me feel loved or protected. Both brought more insecurity than I was able to handle. One was dangerously toxic and consisted of years of being emotionally torn down. The other should’ve never happened because I was incredibly broken and hadn’t even begun healing from the first one. A bird who tries to fly again with broken wings only ends up hurting itself more. That’s exactly what happened in the latter relationship.

Bitterness engulfed my heart like a neglected garden overtaken by weeds. I grew critical and more distrusting of men. I closed myself off to dating. To be honest, I also had some very angry moments with God. Many times I asked God what I did wrong to deserve such maltreatment. After all, suffering can be the result of our own mishaps. But it can also be something that God allows to happen or even brings upon us as part of His refinement process.

Through the years God has tugged at me to begin the healing process. That starts with laying down my brokenness and surrendering my past completely to Him. That is not an easy thing to do. As exhausting as it is to carry around heavy burdens, they’re a constant reminder to stay guarded and work as a shield to keep me from getting hurt or broken again. But God won’t heal me if I’m not willing to tear down the wall and lay my burdens down. He beckons all of us to come to Him, weary and heavy laden, and promises to give us rest. (Matthew 11:28).

Another part of the healing process is confessing my bitter heart and choosing to forgive those who have wounded me. But I don’t want to. I don’t want to forgive the man who abandoned me or the one who yelled at me. I certainly don’t want to forgive the one who cheated, the one who lied, or the one who was only interested in me for “one thing.” I don’t want to forgive the one who continues to text me harassing messages and just recently admitted to “hating my guts”. But want to and have to are two different things. I don’t want to forgive them but God tells me I have to. Not for their sake, I have to forgive them for my own. I also have to forgive them as an act of obedience to God. (Ephesians 4:31-32.) Right now I’m at the stage where I can confess my unforgiving heart and seek God’s help in changing my desire to choose forgiveness.

Once I choose to lay my past down and practice forgiveness, I then have to face my fear of getting hurt once again. This doesn’t mean I start chasing after relationships or become a serial dater. This means I seek discernment in establishing healthy friendships and even professional relationships with men. This also means learning to understand and decipher how men communicate to avoid becoming easily defensive or even shutting down. Too often I’ve assumed the man I think is offending me is like the others from my past. Eventually, God willing, it will mean opening my heart up to the man He will send me who will choose to love, respect and protect me. If that happens, it also means not punishing this man for the mistakes of those from my past.

Lastly-and this one is key-God has been teaching me that no human being, male or female, parent or spouse, can provide the love and protection I truly desire. He is the only One who can. (Jeremiah 31:3; Deuteronomy 31:6) No one I chase, nothing I seek comfort in will ever fill the void I have like Jesus can. Chasing after anything or anyone else is idolatry and God

refuses to have any other gods before Him. (Exodus 20:3)

When a bird breaks its wings, the wings can be immobilized and the bird is ground bound. Although tying the bird’s wings down keeps the bird’s travel abilities restricted, its a necessary part of the healing process. When the wings are healed, the restriction is lifted and the bird can soar once again. When the human heart is broken it becomes immobilized too. It can shut down and even become paralyzed,metaphorically speaking. It’s in these moments we need to allow God to wrap Himself around us and heal us from the inside out. His healing brings wholeness, renews our spirits and strengthens us to soar on wings like eagles.

Currently, my heart is still immobilized because I have chosen the path of self healing instead of walking through the process God’s way. He remains faithful though. He has sent me a handful of kind, godly and selfless male friends who have been encouragers, and helpers. He even blessed me with an older gentleman who treats me like one of his own children teaching me how a man should father a daughter. God never ceases to awe me that’s for sure.

Has your heart been broken? Do you feel crushed? Have you been abused or treated harshly? Do you struggle with relationships with the opposite sex? Are you longing for the freedom of walking in His healing power? Is your past keeping you bitter? Is fear holding you back from letting go or choosing forgiveness? Take a step toward the healing process by simply confessing to God exactly where your heart is, admitting to carrying around old wounds and trust Him to remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

I Will Not Be Moved!

“As for me…I said, “I shall never be moved.’”

Psalm 30:6 AMP

One of my favorite warfare songs is I Will Not Be Moved, by Natalie Grant.  This song epitomizes my life just in the first lyric, “I have been a wayward child, I have acted out.”  Anyone who knows the story of David knows this lyric is quite fitting for him also.   In Psalms 21-30 we see a lot of praise and lot of David claiming innocence, but in chapter 25 verse 11 David confesses this, “For Your Name’s Sake, O Lord, pardon my wickedness and guilt, for they are great.”  Later in another chapter David will speak of his integrity and character noting that he does not sit with deceitful men but here we see him admitting he too has faults.  Don’t we all?  I think it’s David’s awareness of his faults that allowed him to offer grace to his enemies (and by grace I mean he chose not to kill Saul when he had the chance but instead trusted God to deal with Saul accordingly for the one who pursued David’s life with a jealous vengeance.)

The second verse to Natalie Grant’s song is, “Bitterness has plagued my heart, many times before. My life has been like broken glass and I have kept the score. Of all my shattered dreams and though it seems, that I was far too gone.  My brokenness helped me to see, it’s grace I’m standing on.”  We see bitterness in David in Psalm 22.  David begins with, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?  O God, I call out by day, but You do not answer.  And by night, but I find no rest nor quiet.”  Psalm 21 is full of praise and worship to God but Psalm 22 throws the reader deep into a pit of bitterness.  Why?  Because even David, the man after God’s own heart, the man God anointed personally to be king, wrestled with bitterness.  It’s human nature.  The enemy’s best darts are bitterness, despair, and hopelessness.  If he can hit us with any of those darts he knows he can get a stronger foothold to drag us right down into anger, fear, depression, resentment and the biggest faith killer-doubt.  The best way to combat those darts-do like David did and turn that despair in to praise.  Toward the end of chapter 22, David writes (in verse 26), “The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; those who [diligently] seek Him and require Him [as their greatest need] will praise the Lord…”  That is the perfect example of the last line in verse 2 of Natalie Grant’s song-“My brokenness helped me to see, it’s grace I’m standing on.”  Psalm 22 starts out showing David’s brokenness.  But it ends with David praising God.  And in Psalm 26:12 David declares; “My foot stands on a level place, in the congregations I will bless the Lord.”  David stood on the Rock, claimed God as his Redeemer and never took his eyes off his Savior.  That’s a true example of being immovable.

The reprise of this Natalie Grant song goes like this, “And the chaos in my life, has been the badge I’ve worn. And though I have been torn, I will not be moved.”  David wore a badge of chaos for most of his life.  It’s evident when Saul became jealous of him and pursued his life.  He literally hid in a cave for safety.  It’s evident when he became king and fought many battles against many nations.  It’s evident when he had an affair with Bathsheba and tried to cover up her pregnancy by having her husband Uriah killed.  It’s evident by the many wives he had and the dysfunction that took place between his children.  David lived a chaotic life.  But one thing remained throughout it all and it’s most evident in Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my Light and My Salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life-whom shall I dread?”  We see evidence again in Psalm 27:13 when David writes, “I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”  The one thing David did amidst all the chaos in his life was stand on God’s promises and trust in God for deliverance.

God calls us to do the same.  The scriptures are not written just for those who lived during that time.  In fact, these Psalms were written while David was in the midst of his storms.  He didn’t have the gospel to turn to for wisdom, solace or as a reminder of God’s faithfulness.  David only had his faith to rely on and God’s wisdom speaking directly to him.  His ability to hear God’s voice (along with God’s use of prophets in David’s era) and to choose to trust in God is what made David a conqueror over all his enemies.  God gives us the same ability.  In today’s age of the internet, media, cell phones and busyness it’s a greater challenge for us to hear God but He still speaks to us daily and like David tells us in Psalm 27:14, God wants us to, “Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage.  Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.”

That’s easier said than done when you’re in the throws of a hurricane, right?  If that’s happening to you right now, I want to encourage you to try this (and I’m going to put it into practice too.) Meditate on Psalm 23 reminding yourself that God is our shepherd, we have nothing to want.  He leads us beside still waters, He restores us and refreshes.  Even when we walk in times of darkness and evil, we do not have to fear for He is with us.  He is our Shepherd, thus, His rod and staff bring us comfort.  Goodness and mercy are with us and we will dwell in God’s house someday.  Once you’re done with Psalm 23, meditate on this passage also from Psalm 30 verses 11 and 12; “You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.”  While you’re meditating on these passages, remember this.  David didn’t thank God after God delivered him.  David thanked God while he was in the eye of the storm, while he was hiding in a cave, while he was grieving the death of a child and while he was battling some pretty severe enemies.  David didn’t wait for God to answer, he knew God would answer and that was cause enough for him to praise Abba.  Please take the time to read Psalm 21-30 and see for yourself just how David again used praise and worship to stand on God’s promises and increase his faith.

What Happens When We Praise Him in the Storm…

“You lift me up on the wind and cause me to ride [upon it]; And You toss me about in the tempest and dissolve me in the storm.”

Job 30:22 AMP

As I was writing my previous post on praise what I had intended to say and what came out turned out to be two different things.  I had intended to simply write a post on praising God but the Holy Spirit led me to start a study on the book of Psalms focusing specifically on how David praised God during some pretty intense storms in his life.  Today let’s explore Psalms 11-20 and see again how David praised, trusted and fully relied on God in the eye of every hurricane he endured.

Psalm 11:  David starts out right away declaring that he takes refuge (and puts his trust) in the Lord (verse 1.)  He reminds himself (and the reader) that although the wicked are striking, God is on His throne-David is notably pointing out that amidst the danger he was facing, his God (and ours) is immovable!  He then admits that God tests the righteous and the wicked but God himself remains righteous and loves righteousness (vs 7.) The last sentence of this chapter is priceless-David writes, “The upright shall see His face.”  Think about when you’re in driving in a bad storm.  What’s one thing that brings the most fear or concern?  For me-it’s visibility. Not being able to see where I am going definitely heightens my anxiety and fear of getting into an accident.  But in this last sentence David is declaring we shall see God’s face.  Take that a little farther and think about this-when we focus on the face of Jesus and not the storm that’s huffing and puffing around us, we remain steadfast and at peace under His protection.  It’s when we take our eyes off Him and focus on the chaos that we allow fear, doubt, anxiety and worry to set in and feel like we are spinning out of control/heading for a ditch.

Psalm 12:  This chapter is talking about gossips-an enemy who seeks to destroy us by spreading false rumors.  Even more, it’s talking about people who can deceive us by speaking false flattery to our face all the while plotting evil in their hearts (vs 2-3.)  But David again keeps his eyes on God and declares in verse 6 that “the words and promises of the Lord are pure words…” and in verse 7 he adds, “You, o Lord, will preserve and keep them (godly people), You will protect him from this evil generation forever.”  Even though he ends this chapter with a bit of a rant about how pompous the wicked are, the important part of this chapter is how he combats his enemies lies by reminding himself that God only speaks truth (pure words.)

Psalm 13:  This is a short chapter and starting out a reader might think David has given up or lost hope.  How many of us can related to the question he asks in verse 1-“How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?” Again he asks in verse 2-“…How long will my enemy exalt himself and triumph over me?”  Triumph over him?  What?  That doesn’t sound like David.  Not the David who continuously declares God’s victory over all of his circumstances.  Well it was David and clearly his faith meter was running low when he started out this chapter.  I can definitely attest to praying similar prayers and even struggling with feeling as though my prayers aren’t going any further than my living room ceiling.  There are times and circumstances where many just lose their faith and wonder if God is really taking care of us.  It’s in those times we need to do what David does at the end of this chapter when he says, “But I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your lovingkindness and faithfulness; My heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”  Clearly David is struggling and even feeling forgotten by God.  But he doesn’t get angry.  He doesn’t turn from God.  No he digs his heel firmly in the trench and he declares that God is dealing with him bountifully.  If that isn’t a heart that can give thanks in all circumstances, I don’t know what is.

Psalm 14:  David begins saying no one is good or faithful.  He even describes those who believe there is no god.  He again describes the wicked as those who eat up godly people like they eat bread (vs 4.)  But he refutes the plan of the wicked by reminding them they can come after the poor but God will protect the poor.  He also declares salvation, restoration and a land that will rejoice when God redeems His people from captivity.  Think about if you were held captive or taken into slavery?  Could you declare God’s redemption over such dismal and hopeless circumstances?  This passage definitely shows why David was a man after God’s own heart.  His faith was definitely bigger than his environment in this chapter.

Psalm 15-This entire chapter is filled with declaration of absolute truth describing who is permitted to dwell in the presence of God.  Because this was written before Jesus’ existed (and therefore before His crucifixion and resurrection), we have to keep in mind that people of David’s generation had to present themselves in the purest of form to be in God’s presence.  Thus, David declares those who walk with integrity, strength of character, work righteousness, speak and hold truth in their heart, refrain from speaking slander or doing evil to their neighbor and does not take up a reproach against a friend are those who may “Dwell continually on His holy hill.” (vs 1-3.)  David continues to describe godly characteristics that we all should pursue and strive to live daily.  This chapter may not directly reflect praise but in the midst of that storm in our lives, perhaps it’s a great eye opener to put ourselves in check and see if our behavior, actions, and choices did anything to start or stir up the wind that swirls around us.  Personally I can confess that I have been a contributor to many of the tornados and hurricanes life has thrown at me.  I haven’t always started them but my reactions to them have surely contributed to gale force winds and got in the way of Jesus calming the storm.

Psalm 16-Just 3 chapters ago we read David expressing feelings of being forgotten by God.  In chapter 16 we read the opposite.  Here, David overflows with praise by exalting God.  In verse 2 David says, “…You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.”  Later in verses 5 and 8 David states, “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance, my cup [He is all I need]; You support my lot…I have set the lord continually before me, Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  He ends with verse 11 declaring God “will show me the path of life, In Your presence is fullness of joy, In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”  Reading this you might think, “I guess God delivered David by changing his circumstances and calming the storm.”  Not necessarily!  Remember that David endured many hardships and this Psalm is simply another example of David choosing to stand on God’s redeeming love as the way to withstand the evil plotted against him.

Psalm 17-Reading this passage I pictured David in two possible positions-one he’s standing or pacing, looking up in the sky waving his finger and telling God what to do.   Why do I get that from this chapter?  Because I’ve prayed similar phrases like verse 1 “…listen to my loud [piecing] cry, listen to my prayer…” in the same position and from an angry heart.  Everyone has a breaking point and when I reach mine I tend to yell at God with very angry prayers.  Not my finest of moments and I am sure the devil has his best laughing moments during these rants.  Nonetheless it is something I am guilty of and later have to humbly seek God’s forgiveness for being so belligerent to our Heavenly Father.

When I read Psalm 17 a second time though, I picture David in a different posture-I picture him kneeling, head bowed, humbling himself before the Lord, boldly praying and speaking to God directly.  David reaffirms with God that he knows God has searched his heart and found no evil, therefore David knows God will redeem him.  David also asks God to “keep him [in God’s affectionate care, protecting David] as the apple of God’s eye…” That’s exactly where God keeps us as well.  As parents we cannot always protect our children from getting hurt.  God, as our Heavenly Father, doesn’t always keep us from getting hurt either.  But He is faithful in protecting us from being destroyed and He always affectionately cares for us-even during times of discipline and when He puts us through the Refiner’s Fire.  During these heated moments in life it’s best to remember we are always the apple of Abba’s eye.

Psalm 18-This Psalm is longer than the first 17.  In fact, it’s made up of 50 verses.  Most of this chapter is praise filled.  David describes how fierce our God can be.  In fact, his description includes earthquakes (vs 7), fire (vs 8), hailstorms (vs 12), thunder (vs 13 and lightning (vs 14.)  As David details God’s wrath upon his enemy, he shows no sign of fear or anxiety.  How many of us could remain calm in the midst of this type of description, even knowing it was coming from God?  I don’t think I could.  But David doesn’t bat an eye.  He continues to describe God as a mighty warrior similar to Mel Gibson’s Braveheart character.  He also offers praise to God-not once, not twice but approximately 14 times.  He describes that not only did God fight for him, God empowered David to fight for himself.  There are storms in our lives that God will want us to be still and trust him to fight the battle.  But there are also storms in our lives that God will arm us and deliver our enemies into our own hands.  It’s through wisdom and discernment that we can know which direction God is leading us-to fight or to be still.

David also describes being blameless in chapter 18.  In verses 19-27 David reminds us that we are called to remain blameless.  David did not act as his enemies did.  He did not react to Saul’s pursuit to murder him.  In fact, he refused to kill Saul when he had the power to do so.  Instead he followed God’s leading and when Saul was killed, David grieved.  That’s the heart Jesus wants us to have for our enemies.  We cannot expect Him deliver us when we harbor hate and unforgiveness toward those who bring us harm or hurt us.  We cannot expect Him to calm the storm if our actions/behavior are fueling the fire.  It’s a tough thing to not react.  It’s one I personally struggle with.  And it’s an area God continues to humble me in.  I need to follow David’s example and choose to forgive, choose to show love (Matthew 5:44) and choose how/when to respond but never to react.  Sometimes the best thing we can do is not respond at all.  That’s the time when we need to trust that God is fighting the battle for us and calling us to just be still.

Psalm 19-David spends most of this chapter describing the awe of God.  In verse 1 he tells us, “…the expanse [of Heaven] is declaring the work of His hands.”  In verse 7 he reminds us that “The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless). Restoring and refreshing the soul…”  But then David gets more personal.  In verses 13 and 14 David asks God to reveal to him sins (hidden faults) that he’s not aware of.  He also asks God to keep him from deliberate sins.  He ends asking God to keep the words he speaks and the things his heart meditates upon pleasing to God.  These last two verses clearly show how sold out for God David truly was.  These two verses are the perfect prayer for each of us to lift up to Abba every day.  It’s certain to humble any heart and is the exact reminder needed to remain in His word and to keep our eyes, speech and heart focused on God.

Psalm 20-This chapter is written as if someone else is praying for David.  I believe David is merely referring to himself in third person.  He is asking God to rescue him in the day of trouble (vs 1) grant the desires of David’s heart (vs 4) and to fulfill all of David’s petitions (vs 5.)  In verse 7 he points out that some put their hope and trust in things (horses and chariots) but David chooses to “remember and trust in the name of the Lord our God.”  He’s clearly seeking deliverance yet again but also choosing to focus on God’s faithfulness fully knowing he will be delivered.

David endured a lot of turmoil and this is evident in these 10 chapters.  Each one has a few common themes including; David is in trouble, he has some very hateful enemies, but he trusts God for protection and deliverance.  God calls us to do the same.  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God has plans to prosper us, not harm us.  Some people believe this verse promises only good for us and thus bad stuff cannot come from God.  That’s a false belief.  God’s plans for us include the good and the bad. When we go through storms in life we can feel as though God abandoned us (like David did in Psalm 13.)  But remember this-God uses forest fires to actually regenerate the forest.  Pine cone seeds remain dormant until a forest fire melts the protective layer around them.  It’s after this layer is melted that the cones pop open and their seeds spread.  God’s refining fire for us works the same way.  It’s in the process of burning that God can melt down the layers we have that are keeping us from being all He made us to be.

***Please note, I am not a bible scholar.  This study into Psalms is my own interpretation of what David is going through and speaking of.  If you read commentaries on the Psalms you will get way more in depth explanations of the book of Psalms.  I want to give this disclaimer as it is not my intention to mislead anyone with this study nor speak falsely.  Thus, if you find yourself reading something and feel you have a different interpretation please share it in the comments section. I welcome the conversation and differing perspectives.