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Feb 19

Lord, the sun is not up, yet I am up, hurting and too lonely to sleep. Father, I ask you to help me be humble, and not take my pain out on anyone around me — including myself! Oh faithful Shepherd, I lift my heart to you and ask you to comfort me in my sorrow. Restore my strength and make me stable, resting on YOU. Help me to remember that you alone are ENOUGH and I really do not need any human or their words or their touch or even their understanding, in order to be STRONG. All I need is you. Thank you for sustaining your people and giving us all that we truly need, Father. Thank you for allowing me to rest upon you. Amen.

Psalm 118:14-24 ERV

The LORD is my strength and my reason for singing. He saved me! 
You can hear the victory celebration in the homes of those who live right. The LORD has shown his great power again! 
The LORD’S arm is raised in victory. The LORD has shown his great power again. 
I will live and not die, and I will tell what the LORD has done. 
The LORD punished me, but he did not let me die. 
Gates of goodness, open for me, and I will come in and worship the LORD. 
Those are the LORD’S gates, and only good people can go through them. 
Lord, I thank you for answering my prayer. I thank you for saving me. 
The stone that the builders rejected became the cornerstone. 
The LORD made this happen, and we think it is wonderful! 
This is the day the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be happy today!

Lord, I can feel my heart stiffening, building a wall of protection around myself. That doesn’t seem right. I don’t want to be angry and push others away. I desire for humility to keep me supple and open and warm and loving. I know I may very well get hurt — again and again and again. I may continue to be betrayed the rest of my life here on this earth. But that will end when I am finally called home to you. I will not always suffer or be alone. And while I am still here, I have opportunities to show others your love, your acceptance, your heart for them. Help me to lay aside my own heart and take on yours, Shepherd. Help me to be a better reflection of you and not close myself off in bitterness and fear. I lay down rejection and betrayal at your feet, Jesus, knowing that you laid them at our Father’s feet as well. Help me to carry the burden of life using YOUR strength, not my own self-preservation. You are my strength and my reason for singing. You save me. Thank you, Lord.


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