Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Look Up

Job 39:1 - Psalm 8:3

"In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee,

and will look up."

(Psalms 5:3)

The morning began with a prayer.

The gratitude.  The asking.  The pleading.

Before the routine of the day began to flurry all around me, I directed my prayer unto Him.

It was then that I remembered the last two words of counsel I had read the night before...look up.

"What does that mean?"  I wondered to myself as I raced up the stairs to quickly edit Meg's paper before her ride came.  I pondered it again as I drove Grace to school in the early dawn hours before the sun peeked over the mountain.  It was on my mind as I went for a walk around my neighborhood.  Still there as I rotated the laundry, folded warm clothes, and hung them in the closet.

"What is that verse trying to teach?"

I pondered it still as I read through the letters from two missionary sons.  Thought about it as I wrote grocery lists for two different stores.  Considered it as I grabbed my phone, and my keys, and my list of things to do.

It was as I was driving home from the grocery store that the prompting finally came...why don't you try it?

Look Up.

I really wanted to learn the lesson, so I pulled the car over right that second and parked.  I stopped looking at the course ahead of me, the list down in my lap, the phone sitting next to me.  I opened the car door, stepped out, and looked up.

"But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy..." (Psalm 5:7)

The looking up allows me to consider His blessings.

The blessing of His mercy... the multitude of His mercy.

I have experienced that mercy.

Many times.  Too many to count.

A multitude of mercies.

Look Up.

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:

let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them."  (Psalm 5:11)

The looking up allows me to consider His blessings.

And I wonder to myself, do I rejoice in the knowledge that He defends me?

I have experienced His deliverance.

Many times.  Too many to count.

But when was the last time I shouted for joy?

Look Up.

"Let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."  (Psalm 5:11)

The looking up allows me to consider His blessings.

I love His name, but do I see it in everything around me?

His signature upon every beautiful thing, the touch of His hand everywhere.

I realize that I might have neglected to see it there.

Many times.  Too many to count.

I have missed out on the joy.

It is in that instant my focus changes.  I have learned the lesson.  I am spending far too much time looking ahead, looking down, looking aimlessly.

It is not often that I find myself looking up.

My good friend Kris Belcher gives wise counsel in this regard.  "We must live vertically."  I love the thought of that.  To live vertically will require us to look up.  Heaven focused.  To look to God.  The looking up allows us to consider His blessings.

To consider Him.

These looking up moments are the moments that will lead us to "Stand in awe."  (Psalm 4:4)

I need more moments like that.

"In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee,

and will look up."

(Psalms 5:3)

Emily Freeman