Today’s Worship Walk: Psalm 61:2-4

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“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.”

Psalm 61:2-4

King David understood the power of calling out to God. So many of his Psalms include passages that express loneliness or fear or even anger. But then there are places where he proclaims God’s promises, and I can almost feel his mood lighten.

These three verses describe the God David knows: firm and unwavering, able to withstand any storm. And David knows that if he stays close, God will provide shelter, protection and a foundation nothing can destroy.

I want to be able to give that kind of testimony, to be so sure of God that I have no doubts about my safety with Him. The more of my life I trust God with, the more I’ll have to declare about His grace.

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Psalm 66:20

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Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love for me!”

Psalm 66: 20

For most of my life I’ve struggled with feelings of rejection. I could search my childhood to try and trace the beginnings of it, but I’d rather spend my energy on moving forward in a healthier way. It hasn’t been easy, though. I’ve let the roots of this run deep and grow firm. Each proceed slight, each over-reaction to criticism, each unreturned call – I’ve used them to strengthen my sense of wrongness.

The truth is that I don’t have the ability to cut those roots on my own. But God has more then enough power to do it, and wants me to be part of the process.

How? Well, first by reading his Word. Absorbing passages like this one in Psalm 66 started the healing. Being more securely founded in His love has led me to question my habit of expecting rejection. My negative mindset has begun to change, and I’m assuming the best of others, whatever seems to be happening. It’s a much better direction to be heading in!

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Today’s Worship Walk: Ephesians 1:17-19

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I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

Ephesians 1:17-19

The Apostle Paul felt compelled to pray for people he wrote to. His letters are full of beautifully written passages where he lifts his readers up. And notice, he doesn’t usually pray for material things or even healings. No, Paul prays for our hearts and minds.

In this passage, he addresses how vital it is that we grow in our knowledgeof God. Paul understands that to live our lives as God calls us to, we need to hold on to the hope, riches and power He possesses. We must also believe that God wants to use those on our behalf.

I’m reminded to be aware of what I pray for. God certainly wants to give us good things, but He is especially pleased when we seek more of Him first.

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Psalm 37:7

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Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret...”

Psalm 37:7

Here’s a list for those of us who often ask, “What should I be doing about this situation?” That question implies that we ourselves have the power/authority/smarts to make an outcome we want. So, doing something means actively jumping in to change things.

But most of us have to admit that working that hard mostly just wears us out. How much better for our health if we can slow down and follow the steps this Psalm clearly lays out:

Be still” – calming our body and mind, and breathing in His peace

Wait patiently” – opening our ears and hearts to receive His leading

Do not fret” – trusting, not in our efforts or those around us, but on the One who holds our lives

Not easy, maybe, but so much more effective than any works in our own strength.

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Matthew 11:28-30

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Come to meall you who are weary and burdenedand I will give you rest.

 

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heartand you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Just reading this verse calms me. When the noise of life gets too loud, when the busyness becomes overwhelming, I can find a place of peace. It’s not a matter of dropping everything and running away, though that can be tempting! No, this peace can go with me through my loud and busy day.

Jesus promises to be a continuous source of rest. So how do we find Him in the middle of our daily to-do list? All we have to do is ask – a quick prayer, a verse, a word of thanks, and we are connected again. It’s that simple – really!

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Isaiah 40:30-31

 

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Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:30-31

If youths can grow tired, how much more can I?!

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the middle of a prolonged situation, namely selling our house and moving, and it has been quite a rollercoaster. It’s a positive thing, but it feels like we’ve been in the thick of it for a very long time.

If you can relate, then you’re familiar with what Joyce Meyer calls “the messy middle.” That can be the hardest part of any project, or season of life – and it can feel like the longest part as well.

Unfortunately, as we make our way through these times, fatigue can set it. That’s a danger zone, where we can stumble and fall if we’re not careful. Negative thoughts can lead us to discouragement and then doubt, even derailment.

But God knows our tendencies, and offers us a way to find refreshment and renewal right in the midst of a messy-middle time. As I spend time in prayer, reading His Word, even singing a hymn or chorus, I sense His presence. Just realizing again how close by He is energizes me, and helps me move another few steps ahead.

 

Prayer Note: Remembering the events of September 11th leads me to pray for first responders, not just on that day, but every day all over the world. Let’s keep them lifted up.

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Worship Walk: Psalm 121:1-2

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“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

If you’re ever feeling anxious or wondering where God is as you go through a difficult situation, reread this Psalm, even memorize it.  Within these 8 verses you’ll find lots of reassurance that God is not only close to you, but is actively involved with your daily life. 

Here’s a sampling:

He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber.” (v.3)

The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand.” (v.5)

The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life. (v.7)

Feeling a little more secure now? You’ll experience that every time you remember the truth of God’s steadfast love.

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Psalm 62:11

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One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard:
Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love...”

Psalm 62:11

When I was younger in my faith, I still carried around an old image of God: the stern taskmaster who was powerful enough to destroy people and nation’s who refused to follow His Ways.

This verse, and others like it, helped me to learn the more balanced truth – that God’s power is directed by His love.  Yes, we see His might displayed in Scripture, sometimes to tear down walls, other times to defeat armies. But in many of those cases, God was either protecting His people or correcting them after many warnings.

The closer I grow to God, the more evidence I see that His heart is always with and for His children. Knowing that makes me less afraid of His power, and more grateful for how He uses it.

 

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