An encouraging excerpt from the devotional Arise Warrior Princess by Lisa M. Prysock
Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7
1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
I’m sure you will agree that this is an encouraging Psalm! Because we are grafted into Zion, we can find many of God’s promises to us in the Bible. Right away, the first verse in this Psalm tells us that our foundation in Him has been established. The words comfort and remind us of how much the Lord delights over us when we then share the gospel with others. When we actively do our best to bring more souls to Jesus and turn hearts toward Him, He is very pleased. We can’t take fancy cars or homes to heaven, but we can bring souls!
My grandfather used to have a saying I heard him repeat often: “What a privilege it is to serve the Lord!” Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of this, especially when we feel ourselves growing weary of the many things we do to help bring in the harvest. It is so important that we take time to refresh. They that win many souls will shine bright as the stars of heaven.
I am also reminded that the Lord gives us everything we need to accomplish what He calls us to do for the Kingdom of God. He provides the water, the sunlight, and the seed. Yet in His graciousness, He makes a way for each of us to find and have an active role in serving Him. This passage reminds us of the way He celebrates when new souls are brought to Jesus and come into the Kingdom of God. The Lord doesn’t just notice; He actually writes down who had a part in this taking place! What a tremendous comfort to each of us!
I also notice that the Lord speaks of the singers and players on instruments being there. He delights so much when we worship Him. He inhabits our praises and we then become more aware of the river flowing from us as we learn to rest in Him and worship our King. That spring is Jesus! He is living water! It bubbles. It flows. It winds. It ripples. It brings life and healing everywhere it goes. My friend, that river is inside each of us who have accepted Him! Likely you have heard the verse John 7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. May we carry it to bless others everywhere we go.
About the Author:
Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”
“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”
Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”
Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.
Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.
She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com