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Psalms 3

January 3, 2010

Lord how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God” (Psalms 3:1).

I know there’s a plan for me for sure. At times it seems like everyone wants something and nothing is going the way I think it should though.

But You O Lord are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head (Psalms 3:3). I have in the past and well honestly still have some level of difficulty swallowing all that implies. When I have cried to you, I know You have heard me. But it really stinks when we “go through”.

I’m sure we all feel that way. How are we supposed to feel protected when life is not what we expected it to be? There are crazy people at work…working on your nerves, a dollar doesn’t seem to go far no matter how many different ways you try to stretch it, relationships with family and friends are not where you want them to be, death, war, and lies are being perpetrated everywhere..and to top it off you are still single with a butt that doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller no matter what you do.  It’s hard to keep focused when we perceive things are going up in smoke all around us. 

How do we as Christians wrap our minds around the fact that God is our shield?  We want punishment and we want it now.  We want change and we want it now.  But that is not how He works.  We are to hope and wait expectantly for You to do “Your thang”.   He is able to do all in His will. We are never going to fully understand God…we can search and search but will never know the fullness of Him (Psalms 145:3, 147:5). But we can know still know pieces of Him.  We know God is love (1John 4:8); He’s righteous (Romans 3:26) and He wants us to know those things about Him (Jer 9:23-24).  These are just a few things we can discover about God.

I for one know You hear me and will help me.  The help may not be the way I want, but I know you do help me and will continue to do so.  I know this because all I need to do is go back and remember how You saved my life at least two times if not three that I can remember.  I’m sure there are more times, but these times stick out.  All I need to do is to remember You telling me that everything would be okay and it was…in some instances the next day and in some the next year.  What do you remember about God? What has He done for you in the past?  What has He showed you? How has He blessed you when you cried to Him? We can all think of at least one thing that will generate a spark of  hope that will sustain us through our troubles.

I refuse to let sleep leave me and worry to set in even though it appears to me that my life isn’t what I expected.  I choose to lay my burdens down at the feet of the One who can move mountains just by the command.  I am assured in my spirit that all my prayers have been heard and answered by You in the way You see fit.  Your ways afterall are much better than mine. 

Thank you for listening to my complaints, concerns, praises and worship…all the while still loving me and blessing me.