This morning I awoke to worry—about our world, my children, my friends and the future. I know I shouldn’t start the day this way, so Lord I look to You. Thank you God for Psalm 22—a prayer from the lips of one facing trouble (who probably woke up to worry too). I looked to Your Word and Psalm 22:4 NIV caught my eye.
In you [God] our fathers put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
O God, in Psalm 22 things are bleak, the oppression is real and the situation looks hopeless. But the psalmist made a choice and looked to you. That is what I must do. And then, in my online prayer time with Daniel Henderson, I heard this:
In troubled times we have to make a choice how to respond—will it be based on what we feel, on what we see around us, or on what we know to be true?
This made me think of Hebrews 11:1 that says,
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and confident of what we do not see.
There is no feeling or seeing included in this verse—it is all about trust and confidence (faith) in what we know to be true. And what is true is Jesus, the Word of God, God’s love for us, and the power, presence and help of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Jesus is my rock, shelter, fortress, helper, provider, savior and Lord. God I need you!
A cry brings God. A cry is mightier than the polished phrase. —Samuel Chadwick
I will not worry. I will pray.
Lord, I trust in You today, I look to You today, I call upon You today.
I cry out to You today, in Jesus’ Name!