7/26/10

The Lord is our Refuge

Psalm 5:11-12
But let all who take refuge in You rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread Your protection over them,
that all who love Your name may be filled with joy.
For You bless the godly, O Lord;
You surround them with Your shield of love.

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 18:1-3
I love You, Lord.  You are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my protection, my Savior.
My God is my rock.
I can run to Him for safety.
He is my shield and my saving strength, my defender.
I will call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I will be saved from my enemies.

When so many things are troubling your heart, it is reassuring to know that a refuge exists.  Sometimes we have so many worries and anxieties that it seems so overwelming!!  We look to other things to cope with it all.  Not only does a refuge exists, it is the only True place we can find shelter and comfort.

When I am abiding in Christ, my days go so much smoother.  My heart is far less troubled.  My emotions are much more in check.  I lose sight sometimes of how to abide as well.  I read my Bible, but it doesn't hold the kind of power that it has had in the past.  I pray, what seems like empty prayers.  Yet, it is these two things that hold me to Him.  I think getting into a routine of reading scriptue and praying takes away the meaning and strength.

Lately I have found that music has stirred my heart toward God and Truths about Him.  It helps me push away the distractions that cloud my mind and helps me to focus on Him.  I think that it is a wonderful thing that God has given us to bring our hearts closer to Him (as long as the music is God-honoring and uplifting). 

So, my prayer for today is in a form of a song by Bebo Norman:

Sometimes at night

I am afraid
I cover my eyes,
Cover my shame
So here in the dark
Broken apart
Come with your light
And fill up my heart

The wind of this world
Can push us around
Folding us up
Backing us down
But here in the dark
I’m not alone
So come with your strength
And carry me home


Oh great light of the world
Fill up my soul
I’m half a man here
So come make me whole
Oh great light of the world
Come to impart
The light of your grace
To fill up my heart

O Lord,  I pray that I can take refuge in You today.  Fold me up in the shadow of your wings and hold me close to Your heart.  Strengthen me.  Comfort me.  Protect me. Give me Joy. Cover me. Remind me of Your faithfulness.  I love You. Amen.