Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What Would We Do?

Photo by Marleah Joy (Flickr)
“Father, I have no idea how to handle this.”

I picked up my Bible from the nightstand and sat on the edge of the bed. Flipping through the pages, my heart pounded when I began reading Psalm 18. Actually, for several minutes, I couldn’t get past the first verse.

“I love you, O LORD, my strength” (NIV 1984).

Tears flowing down my cheeks, I repeated those very words over and over again. Then I added to my prayer, “Father, I love You very much. Thank You for giving me Your strength so many times when I needed it. Now, Lord, I’m asking You to help me to actually see You as being my strength during this stressful time.”

Then I began repeating again – from the deepest part of my being, “I love You, oh Lord, my strength.”

During the next several weeks, I will continue this true story in my opening as we make our way through sections of Psalm 18.
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David wrote Psalm 18 after God delivered him from huge trials. As we spend time on this Psalm, consider how the verses relate to the issues you are facing. You might even want to journal some of your thoughts.

Your might write about the times you witnessed God’s strength when you felt overwhelmed or threatened. The times God made you stronger – stronger than you ever thought possible – to face a crisis or unfair circumstances. The times you now see (as you look back) when you did experience Him as your strength.

Think about how thankful you felt each time. How did those seasons change your relationship with the God of all strength?

Consider what you would do without Him – and without His mighty strength.

How would meditating on loving God and declaring Him as your strength give you a different perspective regarding everything you are facing today?

Would you consider memorizing this short verse? Let me know what happens in your circumstances if you do, okay?

Would you like to discuss this further? If so leave a comment or email me (see About tab for my email address).

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2 comments:

  1. It is certainly the tough times that grow us up and shape our character. It is during these times we come to lean we can depend on God if we stay with Him and lean on Him. To often we run the other way rather then falling on Him for our refuge. David has taught me a lot about how to handle depression and oppression.

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    1. I so agree, Barbara! David was really good at expressing his true feelings, that's for sure. I've always admired his ability to get his comfort from God, even during the worst of times.

      Thank you for dropping by!

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