May 8, 2009

A song for these troubled times

Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God.

Lord, I really need to know someone is listening to me today.

Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

Are you listening? I think you might be the only one who can help me.

How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?

Many are distraught in our world today, Lord. Many lie to themselves because truth is so hard to face. I am one such person. Help me be courageous.

Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

This is the truth I stand upon. It will not fail me.

In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

How many are angry these days! How many are stressed and anxious and un-silent! The world clamors in its misery, but the Lord asks me to be still and quiet before Him.

Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.

Look, Church, the Bride of Christ! Your Groom does not want your money or your time. He wants your heart.

Many are asking, 'Who can show us any good?' Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.

We know there are none good, except God. May we not be led astray. Help me not give in to despair.

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.

Real life, vivid, alive, and exuberant life, has nothing to do with a failing economy or tight purse strings. The joy in my heart is a choice that I make. Day by day. Moment by moment.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

A promise I will claim, every time I am worried, stressed, or anxious. The Lord is my security, before all else.

~~ Psalm 4, a psalm of David

1 comment:

LeAnna said...

Amen, sister! Thank you for sharing this.