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Let My Soul…

“Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.”
Psalm 119:175-176 (ESV)

let my soul

Yes, Lord, seek your servant.

I so often go astray. I so often waste time trying harder instead of resting more.

I am nothing, I have nothing, I can do nothing apart from You.

Let my soul live and praise You.

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{Day 16} Praise in the Midst

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 9:1-2 & 9-10 (ESV)

From the journal . . .

I’ve been reading through the Psalms again this summer. Slowly. Sometimes reading barely a few verses before stumbling on a promise that I so desperately need to hear and savor.

Barely twenty chapters in, I have noticed again just how much praise and thanksgiving the Psalmist offers to the Lord in the midst of despair, heartache, fear, unknown, tragedy, and legitimate danger – even possible death at the hand of his enemies.

How easy it is in the midst of such hard circumstances to turn our eyes away from the Lord and focus all our attention on the circumstance itself.

But as we cry out in desperation, as we turn to the Lord with our complaints and frustrations and anguish, may we never forget to praise in the midst.

And in that praise, as we surrender once again and allow the Lord to take over our hearts and lives, as we acknowledge His continual presence in every circumstance, as we recognize His hand that guides, may we find perspective restored, soul refreshed, and trust renewed.

The Back-up Plan

That’s what it is, right? A back-up plan.

The one that’s comforting and secure. Kinda.

The one that makes it a little easier to breathe today. Kinda.

But it’s all wrong.

Oh, the plan is good, and rational, and logical, and makes so much sense.

And yet it completely lacks trust in and dependence on HIM.

The One I read about almost every night in Psalms right now.

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock in who I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

– Psalm 18:1-2

My Rock, my Refuge, my Deliverer, my Help.

Yes, this back-up plan, the one born out of hurt and fear and urgency and unknown…

Is really just a lack of trust.

So I surrender {again} to His sovereign plan.

I take up my cross {again} and follow.

Knowing … trusting … that I’ve taken the next small step in obedience and I don’t have to know the rest.

Because He knows the rest … and He’s known it all along.

He alone holds my future, and He knows exactly where I’m headed.

Because He’s the One who established the steps to begin with.

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way.”

– Psalm 37:23

And whatever the outcome, whether close to the back-up plan or a world apart, I’ll be placed where He wants me … fully surrendered to Him, asking Him to work in and through me for His fame and for His glory.

His plan is better than my best back-up plan.

Every. Single. Time.

“He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”

– Psalm 40:2

5 Things

1. The beach is pretty much my favorite place. Ever.

2. This here blog has a new look. Nothing too drastic, but if you usually read through a feed reader or via email, you should click over and check it out!

3. There’s just something about watering plants on a Saturday evening that makes me want to embrace my inner child and play in the hose.

4. This makes my heart happy and is just plain goodness:

“Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”

– Psalm 28:6-7

5. I’m currently eating a bowl of cocoa puffs (yes, at 10:30pm) and watching the season premiere of Covert Affairs (love that show!), so I’m gonna get back to that now. . .good night!