Today marks our first “Thirsty Thursday” post. As I write this, I am completing a day that has been wrought with emotional wrestling. Wrestling with goals, wrestling with fears (both the fear of failure and the fear of success), and wrestling with who God says that I am.
So, for our first Thirsty Thursday, we explore through prayer and meditation, one of my favorite texts for receiving encouragement and strength from God, Psalm 121.
Psalm 121 (NIV) A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
Sweet Jesus, sometimes, my heart just aches. Sometimes I see the mountains in front of me and all I see are the challenges rather than You and Your great love for me. I see the very real (and sometimes imagined) difficulties I face rather than the beauty that surrounds me. Forgive me. Turn my eyes to You.
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Lord, You are working things out for me. You are the creator of all things. You are the creator of me. You, Lord, are MY helper.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Lord, this is Your promise to me today, just as it was Your promise to the Israelites all those years ago. You are amazing and unchanging. You do not sleep. You are watching over me – Thank You! Lord, keep me from all harm, watch over my life. You are my King. You are my rock and my refuge – my source of strength – my comfort in my weakness. I praise You for Your mighty ways. You are good and You are wise. Come into my life this day – this moment – and, despite whatever my circumstances may be – grant me Your abounding peace. Grant me a certain strength of heart that only comes from Your love – fill me with Your love – that I may radiate Your goodness and mercy wherever I go and upon whomever I encounter. Lord, let Your Kingdom come. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
May you be blessed beyond measure with the peace and strength of God this day, sweet friend.