Cover to Cover

Note:  This is a re-post of a piece I wrote a little bit ago…we read many wonderful psalms this past week as we concluded our time in the Old Testament.  The 121st Psalm ministered to me a few weeks ago and it was a blessing to read what I wrote…what I believed and felt…now facing some of life’s struggles…it crystallizes what I believe into what I know with my whole being…God is there…wherever you are today…He is there…and He is altogether sufficient for your each and every need…the deep places of God are just that deep…we will never reach the bottom…

Now is a perfect time to join in as we begin reading the New Testament chronologically.  Just click here for information from Bev about reading list and to read other recaps.

Have a blessed week,

Helen

KEEP YOUR CHIN UP…

Do you remember the Bette Midler song “From a Distance”? 

It was a big hit…back in the day…it had a catchy tune…and most likely to some the lyrics were catchy as well…some probably even thought they were accurate.

Bette Midler sang that God was watching us…from a distance.

If we focus on what is happening in our world this very day…I am sure many feel that God must we watching all this pain…from a great distance.  It is tempting to feel like God is not involved in our lives when we find ourselves in a valley or taking up residence in the wilderness.

But I am here to say…God is most definitely watching…but it is not from distance.

I want to tell you to keep your chin up…and not in a “buck up little camper” kind of way…

Keep your  chin up because when you do…it changes your line of  vision…placing your eyes where they need to reside.

This morning, I read such a familiar psalm:

  “I lift up my eyes to the hills—
       where does my help come from?

  My help comes from the LORD,
       the Maker of heaven and earth.

  He will not let your foot slip—
       he who watches over you will not slumber;

  indeed, he who watches over Israel
       will neither slumber nor sleep.

  The LORD watches over you—
       the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

  the sun will not harm you by day,
       nor the moon by night.

  The LORD will keep you from all harm—
       he will watch over your life;

  the LORD will watch over your coming and going
       both now and forevermore.”

   Psalm 121

These thoughts were scattered over the pages of my journal this morning:

  • Lifting my eyes removes me from my world, my problems…
  • My help will never come from looking around me…within me…below me…
  • My help comes from the One who has made EVERYTHING…that’s some help…
  • My help comes from the One who made the very earth that I am standing or on somedays, lying on…as well as my future home…the hope of heaven…
  • God never sleeps…
  • This psalm is only 8 verses long and yet it tells of God watching us 5 times…
  • God provides a shade when my life gets hot…
  • He won’t let anything harm me by day or by night…
  • God is watching over my life…
  • He is watching both my coming and my goings…today and forevermore.
  • Just how much is God watching me…all the time…how is that possible…I have no idea…it’s too big to comprehend or explain…but My God is Big…and defines understanding…
  • Today, I will call Psalm 121,  my adversary buster…whenever I am prone to think I have been forgotten…I will remember…I will recall…I will reflect…I will get down on my knees…
  • Whatever I need for each moment, each day, each season proceeds from the very hand of God…He is near…He is present…He is God…that means that not just His protection but the fullness of God rests upon me…if I need Him to be my Healer…He is a Healer that watches over me…I consider it done…if I need a Friend today…I can look up and find the Friend that sticks closer than a brother…if I need hope…the God of all Hope is lingering over me…

If you have read a few posts that talk about Caleb, you probably know by now that he doesn’t lack much self confidence.

This morning he showed me something that he had made…I admired his handiwork…to which he replied:

“I am really great at that!”

In walking with, trusting and believing in God we can have that bold confidence…

We can say without flinching…

“God…He’s really great at______________________________”

Just fill in the blank and it will be true!

Keeping my chin up…won’t you enjoy the view with me?!

 

Helen

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2 thoughts on “Cover to Cover

  1. We must have been in similar places this week to both find this beautiful psalm our refuge and our comfort. So many beautiful aspects to His provision written in such succinct prose. I love your reminders, and Caleb’s cofidence–we can trust God like that, and pray Caleb continues to feel he can be great at anything God gives him to do. Love, Annette

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  2. I think you can post this any time as a reminder. My help comes from the Lord and I can rely on Him to take care of me and mine. He is my comfort and refuge during uncertain times.

    (I love the fact that Caleb doesn’t lack self confidence. I hope that he continues that way as he grows.)

    blessings,
    karen

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