We all need strength for the journey. We all struggle some times. We all feel weary and are tempted to whine or complain. Today, I need strength for the journey. Today, I am weary and tempted to complain or sit and dwell in anger and frustration at my circumstances and the lack of control over them. But this morning, I woke with these psalms in my heart. And I'm turning my heart toward the Lord. It's not easy and I'm already (at only 11 a.m.) having to consciously choose to keep doing so. But this is what I choose: I will rise up and lift my eyes to the Lord. Whatever you are facing, whatever you have in front of you to tackle today, JOIN me in choosing to rejoice and trust in THE LORD.
- Psalm 33:20-22 "We wait in hope for the LORD; HE is our help and our shield. In HIM our hearts rejoice, for we trust in HIS holy name. May your UNFAILING love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in YOU."
- Psalm 46:1-3 "GOD is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will NOT FEAR, though the earth give way and the mountains fall in to the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. SELAH"
- Psalm 46:10-11 "Be still and know that I AM GOD; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD ALMIGHTY is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. SELAH."
- Finally, Psalm 71:1-4 "In YOU, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. DELIVER me, O LORD, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men."
*(caps and emphases mine)