Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Moment of Realization

"And David realized that the LORD had confirmed him as king over Israel..." 2 Samuel 5:12

Do you ever wonder why God has placed you in a specific position? Do you ever question a circumstance that He allows, confused by His purpose? Are there times when you don't realize how God is going to use a situation or why it has happened? "All things" working together for good seems like a cruel cliche. Tears flow unchecked, from a heart overcome with feelings of abandonment as eyes ask, "Where are You Lord?" Understanding is limited to what we can see and right now the way isn't clear.

I'm sure David, as a young shepherd boy must have wondered why God had chosen him to be King. Such a high calling on one so young. Destiny determined, not by genealogy, but by God.

In today's reading we see, "David realized that the LORD had confirmed him as king over Israel". David encountered an 'ah ha' moment. The light bulb came on. Suddenly it all began coming together. This was God's plan for his life. All the stones of 'no's' and 'yes's' that scattered his pathway led him to this very moment in time. Pieces began falling into place. The stone that symbolized slaying a giant was just the first of many stepping stones along the way.

Do you ever encounter those moments? Suddenly the last piece of the puzzle is put in place and the picture is complete. With this piece, perceived perplexed perception pales. Light luminates living. It truly wasn't missing. God's Hand has been holding it all along, waiting for the timing of His revelation, all the while building trust in Him. Beth Moore writes, "Sometimes we stand to learn the most about God from the situations we understand the least."

During difficult times we have to hold on to what we do know. We may not know why, but we can know Who. Our adversities are God's universities. He is teaching us to place our confidence in Him.

Even though David's life didn't instantly change at this moment, I believe his heart came to a place of acceptance. Outwardly battles still raged, but a peaceful, blessed assurance filled his soul. He was no longer fighting against God's calling, but breathing deeply in the full knowing that he was in the center of the Lord's will for his life.

Oh to experience that moment of realization in my life today. This IS where God wants me right this time. Father may I know Your confirmation over me.

I wish I could find the following song on You Tube, but my search has been in vain. May the lyrics still minister to your heart.

All Along

Time just drifts away and I look back on the years
With memories of happiness and bitter tears
Through it all there is a common thread that cannot be ignored
You were there, making me Your servant Lord

All along Your hand has been guiding me
Shaping my life to be a beautiful song
All along You've led me through
Things that You knew would make me strong
Your love has been there all along

Every joy and pain had a reason of its own
Now I realize that I was not alone
The changing seasons of my life were not left up to chance
Lord I know You were working to fulfill Your plan


Tomorrow when I turn around and look back at today
I will understand Your purpose and my thankful heart will say

All along Your hand has been guiding me
Shaping my life to be a beautiful song
All along You've led me through
Things that You knew would make me strong
Your love has been there all along

(1996 Rebecca J. Peck and Mark Lanier)

***For all of those who comment requesting this sheet music, I wish I could help you.  I only know the song and lyrics from enjoying the CD.  Here is a link to a video now posted:   My son (working on his Masters in Music) could play it by ear.  Sorry.  Hope you're able to find it.

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Laura said...

Such good words, Joy. I love that quote by Beth Moore. So true. One day we will know in full. But for now, we must trust Him through many things.


Lori said...

Yes, I do wonder at times, "why?"
Nothing is happenstance with God. So reassuring to know that all along we've been in His Hands. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow...a nice feeling, especially in today's world where nothing seems to remain constant. I'm one that does not like change; I am more comfortable with famiiarity. So comforting to me to know without a doubt, that my God will never change! His Word remains the same!

Loved the words to the song!

Love, Lori - AZ

lisasmith said...

So true, Joy. Love Beth Moore's quote and think it's very fitting. I realized that David finally got it here, what we take knowing in hindsight for granted. God appointed him as king of Israel.

1 Thessalonians 5:24
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

Been pondering this myself lately.

Chela said...

can you tell me where I can get the sheet music for All Along on the internet for free? Like, how I can print it up? I need it for my singing group. e-mail me at: =)

Dianne said...

This is an AWESOME song!! Where can I find the sheet music for this?


ladyh said...

Also looking for the sheet music. Can you email me at

ladyh said...

Where can I get the sheet music? do you know? Email at

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Lhien Mesoga said...

Hello .. :) can I get a sheet music? email me at or Thanks. .

Anonymous said...

Need All Along sheet music. Any ideas where to find it? Thanks!

Rebecca Hill said...

do u know where i can find the sheet music for this song?

Anonymous said...

Hi i really want to sing this song. Could you please send me a sheet music of this song “all along" really appreciate. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I've been scouring the internet trying to find the music for this song. I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know where to find the sheet music!

Joyful said...

For all of you looking for sheet music, please see added note to blog post above. Sorry I'm not able to help you. Wish I could direct you somewhere. Hope you find it.