Scripture. There are days when the Word of God leaps off the pages and floods my mind. I have focused, for a long time, on Psalm and Proverbs. These books feed my soul on every level.
I hope to, one day, post about each book of the Bible. Some books are boring, in my opinion. God-breathed, yes…but they can put me to sleep (ie Numbers). However, there are other Scripture that I used to find dull and now…WOW!
For several months, I posted a Psalm and/or Proverbs passage and then I would write down my thoughts and what stood out to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it because it kept me buried in the Word.
Frankly, I need more time like that instead of doing the mundane things that I put before filling my tank.
In Psalm 70. These passages most definitely speak for themselves without any really jumping out at me. They are, of course, written by David. It is a constant prayer. First, RESCUE ME. Then, COME QUICKLY. Finally, the ever-constant prayer of HELP ME. How many times have you said that, in the last week? Honestly, these are some of my daily phrases when I have had my belly full.
1 Please, God, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. 2 May those who try to kill me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. 3 Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” 4 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” 5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O Lord, do not delay.
1 Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. 2 Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. 3 I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me.
Keeping my eyes above the waves...that is the phrase I have used a thousand and five times. Now, I know where that phrase was derived from for that song. This is how I feel 99.5% of the time. Like I’m one wave away from drowning.
I mean, people have gone through much worse than I have in their lives. Honestly, I cannot imagine the pain that some of my friends are continuing to walk through. Loss of marriages, children, spouses, jobs, etc. It is almost more than my mind can bear. Yet, we have gone through a lot the past 5 yrs (well, the past 14 if you wanna get technical LOL).
I know that my lack of trust is a factor in my drowning feeling. I’m learning how to talk about things but I still keep things very close to my heart. I share, but it is not a complete sharing, does that make sense? Share enough to get my point across but not enough to bare my soul.
4 Those who hate me without cause outnumber the hairs on my head. Many enemies try to destroy me with lies, demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.
5 O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you. 6 Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me, O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated, O God of Israel. 7 For I endure insults for your sake; humiliation is written all over my face. 8 Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me; they treat me like a stranger.
Recently, I have had to have some introspection going on with some issues. Social media can be the root of evil. Honestly, a lot of it is. Yet, I have learned the art of the “unfollow” button but more importantly the reporting ads function.
I am so sick of seeing half-naked women on there wanting me to buy bras, underwear, or shapewear. My husband and I have a joint account. He certainly does not need to get on there and see that crap. Learning to report the ad has stopped those ads. That has been one issue resolved.
I have my own thoughts with politics but I do not discuss them. It is not worth getting into a war or words with another human. I choose to “hide” a discussion or “unfollow” until a certain election is over. It just keeps peace in my heart.
The Real Issue
Recently I have been on the wrong end of the stick with someone. This is a person that I have held dear to my heart and for a reason that is foreign to me, I have upset this person. Enough so, she has “unfriended” me. A year ago, that would have upset me so badly.
This time, however, it truly does not bother me. I cannot control the perception of this person. Then there is the choice to not bait in the feeling of satan pushing that “you aren’t good enough for this person” bruise. The issue is not with me, it is a personal thing that really I have no part of.
I still love this person and her family, but what she is walking through is between her and God. Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight your battle. You simply have to be silent.” I choose silence.
Remember Life Before CellPhones?
Not my circus, not my monkey type of thing. I’m beginning to remember what it was like to not be available to the world 24/7 (thanks to cell phones). I don’t really care what people think of me (thanks to social media). It just is what it is. I keep my phone ringer on vibrate. I’m going to delete the apps on my phone. When I do get on social media, it will be Jesus or blog related or to ask a question.
Perspective. I’m gaining perspective. This is a good thing and I hope that my children hold onto that and do not become a slave to cells or social media. If we read the Word more than we scrolled…what would our lives look like?
9 Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. 10 When I weep and fast, they scoff at me. 11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow, they make fun of me. 12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip, and all the drunks sing about me.
13 But I keep praying to you, Lord, hoping this time you will show me favor. In your unfailing love, O God, answer my prayer with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mud; don’t let me sink any deeper! Save me from those who hate me, and pull me from these deep waters. 15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me, or the deep waters swallow me, or the pit of death devour me.
16 Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful. 17 Don’t hide from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble! 18 Come and redeem me; free me from my enemies.
He does answer my prayers, just sometimes not the way in which I would want Him to answer. That is hard for me. I see the “blinder” version of my life. While He is in a helicopter and He sees from beginning to end. May I learn the art of trusting and obeying.
19 You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace. You see all that my enemies are doing. 20 Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me. 21 But instead, they give me poison for food; they offer me sour wine for my thirst.
22 Let the bountiful table set before them become a snare and their prosperity become a trap. 23 Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see, and make their bodies shake continually. 24 Pour out your fury on them; consume them with your burning anger. 25 Let their homes become desolate and their tents be deserted. 26 To the one you have punished, they add insult to injury; they add to the pain of those you have hurt. 27 Pile their sins up high, and don’t let them go free. 28 Erase their names from the Book of Life; don’t let them be counted among the righteous.
29 I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.
30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving. 31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle, more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves. 32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged. 33 For the Lord hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people.
34 Praise him, O heaven and earth, the seas and all that move in them. 35 For God will save Jerusalem and rebuild the towns of Judah. His people will live there and settle in their own land. 36 The descendants of those who obey him will inherit the land, and those who love him will live there in safety.
1 Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies. Let those who hate God run for their lives. 2 Blow them away like smoke. Melt them like wax in a fire. Let the wicked perish in the presence of God. 3 But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. 4 Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord— rejoice in his presence!
5 Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy. 6 God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Verses 5 & 6 bring me such joy for some reason. Father to the fatherless…defender of the widows, that is my God. He fills the holes and the gaps in the lives of people. The hope that He is astounds me. There are many widows and orphans in this world. God sees that and He fills that role for them.
7 O God, when you led your people out from Egypt, when you marched through the dry wasteland, 8 the earth trembled, and the heavens poured down rain before you, the God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. 9 You sent abundant rain, O God, to refresh the weary land. 10 There your people finally settled, and with a bountiful harvest, O God, you provided for your needy people.
11 The Lord gives the word, and a great army brings the good news. 12 Enemy kings and their armies flee, while the women of Israel divide the plunder. 13 Even those who lived among the sheepfolds found treasures— doves with wings of silver and feathers of gold.
14 The Almighty scattered the enemy kings like a blowing snowstorm on Mount Zalmon.
15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic, with many peaks stretching high into the sky. 16 Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountains, at Mount Zion, where God has chosen to live, where the Lord himself will live forever?
17 Surrounded by unnumbered thousands of chariots, the Lord came from Mount Sinai into his sanctuary. 18 When you ascended to the heights, you led a crowd of captives. You received gifts from the people, even from those who rebelled against you. Now the Lord God will live among us there.
19 Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. 20 Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death.
21 But God will smash the heads of his enemies, crushing the skulls of those who love their guilty ways. 22 The Lord says, “I will bring my enemies down from Bashan; I will bring them up from the depths of the sea. 23 You, my people, will wash your feet in their blood, and even your dogs will get their share!”
24 Your procession has come into view, O God— the procession of my God and King as he goes into the sanctuary.
For each day, he carries us in his arms. Let that marinate. He carries us, daily, in His arms. There are SO many times I do not see that or feel that. Over the last 5 yrs, I have felt very alone. Honestly, abandoned is the word. I am thankful that I have had great prayer warriors who interceded because I simply can’t speak, or don’t want to speak.
When I read this, it humbles me. I am positive I have read that statement over and over throughout the years, it has never resonated with as it is right this section. So, just thinking through the highlights of my life…where I felt abandoned…He carried me.
*Struggles with kids
*Struggles in my marriage
25 Singers are in front, musicians behind; between them are young women playing tambourines. 26 Praise God, all you people of Israel; praise the Lord, the source of Israel’s life. 27 Look, the little tribe of Benjamin leads the way. Then comes a great throng of rulers from Judah and all the rulers of Zebulun and Naphtali.
28 Summon your might, O God. Display your power, O God, as you have in the past. 29 The kings of the earth are bringing tribute to your Temple in Jerusalem.
30 Rebuke these enemy nations— these wild animals lurking in the reeds, this herd of bulls among the weaker calves. Make them bring bars of silver in humble tribute. Scatter the nations that delight in war. 31 Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metals; let Ethiopia bring tribute to God. 32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth. Sing praises to the Lord. 33 Sing to the one who rides across the ancient heavens, his mighty voice thundering from the sky. 34 Tell everyone about God’s power. His majesty shines down on Israel; his strength is mighty in the heavens. 35 God is awesome in his sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
The verses in Psalm 67 are a praise song to God. They were written by David. We should all praise Him simply because he is the great I Am.
1 May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.
2 May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. 3 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 4 Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world.
5 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6 Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. 7 Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.
I have a lot of thoughts on these passages in Psalm 66. Yet, I have a migraine that I cannot even describe. So, if my words seemed jumbled or a thought not completely coherent, know that I am hurting.
1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! 2 Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Your enemies cringe before your mighty power. 4 Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.”
I think I talked about my incomprehensible thoughts on “everything on earth will worship you” yesterday. Like the thought of rocks, trees, flowers…all standing up and praising Him just puts my mind in a space that is hard for me to define. Can. You. Even. Imagine?
5 Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! 6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea, and his people went across on foot. There we rejoiced in him. 7 For by his great power he rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance.
8 Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises.
9 Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. 10 You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. 11 You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. 12 Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance.
13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you— 14 yes, the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble. 15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you— the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma, and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats.
Just a statement, in regards to this section of passages. I could *never* have lived in Bible days. They would have already stoned me because the amount of law and sacrifices…wow…that’s a lot.
16 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. 17 For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19 But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. 20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.
One day, I will write about my journeys in life. Our adoption with Jude. Hunter’s illness. So many things that I need to say about what He did for me. I cried out to Him and He heard me. He heard my prayers and He answered according to His will, not mine.
That is hard. What I see as a good solution is not His idea of THE solution. I have all these “plans” and I’m sure He is up there laughing at me. If I would just TRUST and let it go, He will answer things in a way that I would have never dreamed.
Sigh, free-will is hard…so it trusting.
My head is POUNDING. Everything seems to be flooding together, so I’m stopping.
1 What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you, 2 for you answer our prayers. All of us must come to you. 3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.
Let’s camp out verse 3. I actually talk more about it in section 3, but this is the first mention of sins in this chapter. Honestly, I can think back about all the stupidity of my life and think “why does He even bother with me?” I am not worthy of His sacrifice. Every single day of my life, I screw up.
I am overwhelmed, YET He forgives. Not just one or two of my screw-ups. He forgives every stinking solitary one. I am SO thankful.
4 What joy for those you choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts. What festivities await us inside your holy Temple.
5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.
6 You formed the mountains by your power and armed yourself with mighty strength. 7 You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations. 8 Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.
9 You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so.
Let’s just read and read these verses. He FORMED the mountains with his power. QUIETED the raging oceans. Those 2 verses alone send chills down my spine. I cannot even fathom His power. Like, if He commanded, rocks would stand up and praise Him. Rocks. Seriously people, rocks.
When I read the second part of verse 8, it reminds me of how He deals with our sins. In His amazingness, it says in Psalm 103:12 “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
I have always been TERRIFIED of dying because I know that we will stand before the throne and answer for all the things. Freaking terrified. Then, I read that verse and instantly my fear turns towards praise.
10 You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops. 11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. 12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. 13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy!
In Psalm 64, we are looking at the protection of those that believe in God. How we are completely dependent on His mighty hand. People think they are sly in how they speak to or about another person. Yet, God knows. He knows their words and thoughts. Chew on that for a while.
1 O God, listen to my complaint. Protect my life from my enemies’ threats. 2 Hide me from the plots of this evil mob, from this gang of wrongdoers. 3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows. 4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly. 5 They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask.
God always knows….He knows all the thoughts in your head before you think them. He knows all the words on your tongue before you speak them.
Marinate on that.
6 As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.
7 But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down. 8 Their own tongues will ruin them, and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. 9 Then everyone will be afraid; they will proclaim the mighty acts of God and realize all the amazing things he does. 10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him. And those who do what is right will praise him.
1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. 3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! 4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. 5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.
How beautiful the thought of knowing He is my helper. I sing in the shadow of His wings. Can you even imagine? Have you ever seen an eagle soar? Their wingspan is amazing. Can you imagine sitting under the protection of those mighty wings? My brain cannot even conjure up that imagine. I guess I will just use my glorified imagination until I see it firsthand, in heaven.
9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin. They will go down into the depths of the earth. 10 They will die by the sword and become the food of jackals. 11 But the king will rejoice in God. All who swear to tell the truth will praise him, while liars will be silenced.
1 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.
3 So many enemies against one man— all of them trying to kill me. To them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence. 4 They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts.
How many times have you praised someone to their face yet talked about that same person behind their backs? I can easily turn that around and name people who have done that to me, but that is their cross to bear, not mine.
It really is easy to see the speck in someone else’s eye yet not the plank in my own. This is something I have worked really hard on. Seeing people through Jesus’ eyes. People who have hurt me are usually people that are hurting. Vice Versa as well. When I hurt inside, I hurt with my words.
That is not a justification, just a fact. One that I need to try hard and remedy.
5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. 7 My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. 8 O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
Wait. Hope. Salvation. Fortress. Refuge. Trust.
I struggle with the concept of hope and trust. Oh, and wait. I struggle with waiting.
It has been *so* impressed on me about my lack of trust. I cannot even begin to tell you how much that crimson thread is running in and out of my life. Again, a work in progress. As I fall more in love with Jesus, I know that trust will come.
He is my fortress, my refuge, and my strength.
9 Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind,
and the powerful are not what they appear to be.
If you weigh them on the scales, together they are lighter than a breath of air.
10 Don’t make your living by extortion or put your hope in stealing. And if your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life.
11 God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times: Power, O God, belongs to you; 12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours. Surely you repay all people according to what they have done.
1 O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! 2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, 3 for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. 4 Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!
5 For you have heard my vows, O God. You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name. 6 Add many years to the life of the king! May his years span the generations! 7 May he reign under God’s protection forever. May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him. 8 Then I will sing praises to your name forever as I fulfill my vows each day.
Again, these Scriptures in Psalm 61 speak very clearly that if we, as God’s children, cry out…He does hear. He does respond. Thankfully, He does what is in line with His will.