Driving down Academy this morning I was listening to Shane & Shane on Spotify. Their version of How He Loves popped up. I’ve heard this song a million times. Heck I’ve led it a billion times! But while looking at the fog that veiled the top of Pikes Peak, these lyrics pierced my soul.
“All of a sudden
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful You are and how
Great Your affections are for me.”
In that moment, I grasped the gravity and weight of that verse. I even skipped back to listen to it again. God sees my trials and shadows them with His immeasurable magnificence and love. That doesn’t always mean my pain and hurt goes away. It means He stands in front of my sufferings and gives me a choice. A choice to look behind His brightness and focus on my affliction, or to see His glory and daily new mercies.
I came home and opened up Psalm 34, my favorite Psalm and the place I typically run to in every season of life. Verses 18-19 proved to speak life-giving words to my soul once again.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all”
I love that I can listen to a song I’ve heard over and over and still pull something new out of it. It proves to me that the Father continues to pursue my heart and teach me new truths. I’m so thankful that God uses the moments when I’m stuck in traffic, sweeping the kitchen for the 10th time in a day, folding laundry, or building block towers with my son to reveal Himself.