Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Returning to battle

The battle for joy has returned.  I found this Psalm of David (as he's running from Saul)very encouraging as I battled to get out of bed this morning.

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.

I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.

He will send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches him who tramples upon me.
God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.

My soul is among lions;
I must lie among those who breathe forth fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows
And their tongue a sharp sword.

Be exulted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They dug a pit before me;
They themselves have fallen into the midst of it.

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!

Awake, my glory!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens
And Your truth to the clouds.

Be exulted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

~ Psalm 57

1079.  A God who is smaller then none.
1080.  A God full of lovingkindness.
1081.  A God I can take refuge in.
1082.  A God who gives me cause to praise Him even on my darkest days, simply because He loves me.
1083.  A strong man that gently pushes me to wake enough to read the words of my Creator.

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