Today, if you feel like you’re in a fog of fear, stop and get into the cloud of His glory. Put on some worship music and turn your heart toward the Father. When you praise Him, He shows up and lifts the fog of fear so you can clearly see the good plan He has in store for you!
…stand and see the salvation of the Lord…
2 Chronicles 20:17, NASB.
So many people today run from anything that’s hard. They run from their problems. They run from responsibility. They run from people they don’t like. They run from the past. They run from anything that makes them uncomfortable. Instead of facing the issues and dealing with them, they just take the easy way out and go down the path of least resistance. But if you’re going to live in victory the way God intends, you have to learn how to face your challenges head on.
Notice today’s verse doesn’t say, “Keep running until you see the salvation of the Lord.” It doesn’t say, “Bury your head in the sand until God delivers you.” No, God wants us to stand strong, set our faces like a flint, and fight the good fight of faith. And the good news is that you don’t have to do it in your own strength! He’s equipped you with His supernatural power to overcome every obstacle.
Make the decision today to stand strong and face the challenges in your life. Be bold and dare to conquer! As you stand in faith, you will see the salvation, the deliverance of Almighty God in every area of your life!
Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts (via nonelikejesus)
Psalm 5 is a morning prayer that expresses the unwavering confidence in the Lord’s help and protection. David asks for and awaits God’s response. He talks about the schemes of the wicked in detail, but at the same time doesn’t get lost in his circumstances. He knows that the wicked cannot coexist with God, and he finds refuge and comfort in knowing that God covers us with His shield of love. He doesn’t demand God’s grace, but places hope in it.
"God guides those who are obedient, submissive, and patient in waiting for him to lead, provide, and protect them, NOT those who expect God simply to endorse their own decisions." [NLT study bible]
I encourage you to read through this psalm, and personalize it as your prayer this morning. God wants you to vent to Him about those who are untruthful and deceptive in your life. Seek HIS will for you today, and remember His shield of love is always protecting you.
In Christ, Alexa.
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"Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
How long will you people ruin my reputation? How long will you make groundless accusations? How long will you continue your lies?
You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to him.
Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the LORD.
Many people say, ‘Who will show us better times?’ Let your face smile on us, LORD.
You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.” - Psalm 4
This beautiful psalm essentially consists of 4 parts: a prayer for rescue (v.1), a rebuke of the adversary (v.2-3), an exhortation to the godly (v.4-5), and an expression of confidence (v.6-8). It begins with a cry out to the Lord for answers, and I think that, as a follower of Christ, awaiting that answer from Him allows for growth in patience because I think everyone would agree that waiting for God’s will to be shown to us is not an easy thing to do. I know I am always eager to have things planned out, and seeking answers from the Lord is sometimes tough for me. But at the same time, it is a very necessary thing to do because it refines our living faith and makes it stronger.
Moving on in the psalm, David expresses in the next few verses how unfairly he feels he is treated by some adversaries. He feels that because of the actions of others, his honor as a follower, or even the Lord’s honor as well, is at stake.
I feel like the next verse (v.4) is extremely important and addresses an issue many people in the Church disagree on. But I strongly believe this verse shows ANGER IS NOT SINFUL, but letting anger control us can lead us to sin. If you recall when Jesus was on this earth, he got angry/frustrated often. He was human, just like everyone else, and felt those emotions naturally. However, the way he controlled them glorified the Lord. He was always putting his faith first and never doubted His fathers power. Never once did Jesus sin out of anger, though He clearly felt it. That is a powerful example to us, as believers, of how we should handle negative emotions we experience. That being said, verse 4 also expresses another good point in saying how instead of acting on our emotions, the godly should think about their circumstances overnight. Although we may be disturbed as we sleep, the silence opens our hearts to trust in the Lord. This is a very important thing to keep in mind for us.
This psalm just has so much good material to dwell on, and I know this post is rather lengthly, but stick with me please - because it’s amazing how we can learn from studying God’s word and how we can also learn from each other. It’s really, truly special.
Now in verse 5, it addresses another matter that is very important, and a common struggle in the church because it challenges the intentions of our hearts. Obviously we don’t have to make traditional sacrifices in our day in age, but we do often have to make smaller sacrifices in order to represent Christ here on earth - whether it is giving up a certain sin, turning from a certain group of people that weaken our faith, or giving up a particular lifestyle choice, they are all considered sacrifices. And, as this verse reads, the importance of those sacrifices lies within the intentions of our hearts and that we are in the right spirit when making them. When we go to make a big decisions, we need to make sure that first we redirect our emotions toward the Lord so that we may not reflect too much on ourselves in our actions. As humans, it is very easy to care too much about our self-image; I know it’s something I struggle with a lot - not because I am really confident in myself (because, usually, I am the very opposite of that), but I just care far too much what people thinks and tend to want to please everyone around me. So, making sure we are always in the “right spirit” is very, very important.
In verse 6 the wording may seem kind of odd, but I think in saying that David wants God’s face to smile on us, he is seeking the favor of the Lord - which is something that should be a top priority for us as Christians. This favor and peace has the power to turn darkness into light. ("The Lord is my light and my salvation - so why should I be afraid?"Psalm 27:1) Confident trust in the Lord is an antidote to anger, resentment, jealousy, and materialism - which are all huge issues everyone deals with to some extent.
Now verse 8 is the one I chose to put in this typography post because it is particularly special to me. For a long time I struggled with insomnia, and it was 100% because of worry. I was always anxious about something, and it was a huge weakness and really held me back in a lot of ways. When I was looking up verses for peace on evening, I found this psalm and was drawn to this verse. It gave me the assurance I needed to know God was in control, and that I should be able to find peace in that. While I do still struggle sometimes with worry, it certainly has gotten better. I wrote this verse down on a notecard and taped it on my wall and it is a great reminder of the peace God provides and knowing that peace comes from God’s blessing and unfailing protection over me. So I encourage you to do the same if you find yourself struggling with worry, anxiety, or even insomnia.
Thanks so much for reading! Let me know if I can pray for you in anyway. I’m always here for you guys.
In Christ’s love,