1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Anyone else waste time worrying? This past week has been a personal struggle for me. As a single mom, although I’m pretty sure we all do it, money and bills are always on the forefront of my mind. I even blogged about it not too long ago. And then I read this and man, these words do something to me. Because, y’all, He’s got this. He’s got every last bit of whatever version of ‘this’ you have going on in life. Maybe, the key to understanding what this means exactly is spending less time worrying and more time being completely and utterly grateful for Him. Because according to these words, we don’t have to worry. And that alone is a blessing worth celebrating.
Lord, I am completely overwhelmed by these words and your actions. Completely taken back by what you do for me. Lord, thank you. Thank you for allowing me not to worry about anything. Thank you for allowing me just to spend time loving and worshiping you. Lord, help me. Because this is not easy for me. Because I love the idea of not worrying, but Lord, I struggle. I struggle laying it at your feet. Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me to completely lean on you and to leave my worry at your feet. Lord, remind me that worrying is a choice. Help me to choose to spend my time in gratitude instead of worry. Lord, I pray these things in your name. Amen.
This week write down 1 thing that you are worried about and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you give that thing to God. To completely lay it at His feet. To give you peace that surpasses all understanding. And to take that worry from you for good.