Be still, and know that I am God…
~ Psalm 46:10 ~
When your life feels like this:
“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
This has been a week of diving deeper into the presence of God. My heart has felt like this trailer looks; a flood of sorrow sought to overwhelm, tear apart, and drown me. But as I poured out my heart to my Beloved, His love and comfort washed over me and my head was lifted up. Truly, “many waters cannot quench His love and rivers cannot overwhelm it.”
He brought hope, insight, and encouragement through a pastor sharing about the events in the reign of King Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29-32):
It is in the valleys that God reveals Himself to us.
It is in the valleys that we allow joy to be taken from us and we lose our strength.
It is in seeking, praising, and worshiping Him before deliverance comes, that He is exalted and we are blessed.
It is in offering a sacrifice of praise that we have the peace and joy He has for us and we are strengthened.
It is in being still before Him that He is shows Himself strong on our behalf. Hezekiah knew this:
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
~ 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 ~
Already good has come through the pastor’s teaching — hope is alive and His peace is guarding my heart and mind in Christ Jesus my Lord. He has strengthened me and joy has displaced heaviness of heart. This is my prayer:
Father, without You we would despair of life; thank You for being with us and for us. We have no idea where You are taking us, and though our hearts may cause us to stumble, we will remember the encouragement to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
When our hearts and minds are restless, help us to be still before You and know that You are God. Thank You for being mindful of us. Father, be blessed and glorified in the work You are doing in our lives, “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.” (Psalm 115:1) In Jesus’ name, amen.