Tuesday, September 11, 2012

double blessings in psalms

last night as i was slipping into my covers 
and getting ready to say good night to the world, i was stopped. not physically stopped, but paused to listen to my heart. i heard a simple phrase, you should read your bible. hmmm...i thought, i usually don't read before bed {because i often fall asleep}, so i continued to wrap myself in my comforter but it just didn't feel right and i heard that soft whisper again. that's when i knew, this must be a God thing. i relinquished my sheets, jumped out bed and grabbed my bible. i began thumbing though the pages with this sweet girl, not really sure what i was looking for. i stumbled upon the book of psalms, david always seems to have good stuff to say so i began reading at psalm thirty`five. much of the next few chapters were beautiful and comforting reads about how big our God is. the verses were highlighted, underlined with squiggles and the occasional heart from my past reads. as i was going through psalm thirty`seven, i immediately had a dear friend come to mind and a tugging on my heart to share these verses with her. and i did just that, i shot her a quick text in case she was sleeping. ready for the God story? she wasn't sleeping, within minutes i received a response. at that moment she was looking up verses about giving fear to God and she had goosebumps that He laid that on my heart to share with her. how incredible is our God? how He goes out of His way to comfort and gently remind us that He is in control. ready for God story number two? then today on my break between student teaching and work, i read this passage again and God unraveled things in my own heart that needed change...double blessing. so glad i had faith in that soft voice and grabbed my bible instead of my pillow last night c:

psalm 37:1-9
do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither, 
like green plants they will soon die away.

trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
take delight in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart.

commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, 
your vindication like the noonday sun. 

be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways, 
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

refrain from anger and turn from wrath; 
do not fret - it only leads to evil.
for those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. 

psalm 37:23, 24
the Lord makes firm the steps
of those who delight in him;
though they stumble, they will not fall,
for the Lord upholds them with His hand. 

hmmm...how many times did he say, 'do not fret'? and how often am i fretting about everything. at the end of verse eight it says, 'do not fret - it only leads to evil'. the very moment i begin to worry and agonize is the same moment i begin to doubt, question, blame others and/or let it affect my attitude...all of which leads me farther away from God. i especially love and take comfort in these words, 'though they may stumble, they will not fall'  because i am an imperfect person and i stumble and get stuck in routines often. i am so incredibly thankful that God scoops me up and gets me back on my feet every time, every day. 

1 comment:

  1. Love this. Love you. Love God. Love your faithfulness.
    xoxo Your favorite