Whenever I am Afraid
Psalm 56:3-4 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
I’ve recently gone thru great change in my life, and in this change I’ve found myself at times trying to figure out where my place is. Most of the time , I am confident of the knowledge that the Lord is making a place for me. But there have been stimes where I have felt forsaken, left out in the cold , so to speak. Wanting to rush in and make things happen. Oh, how I manage to stumble when I do this.
Most of us, have this innate sense built in us of needing to be accepted and drawn in by others into an inner circle. When we find ourselves sitting on the outside of these circles, it can often be a very lonely place. This word speaks to me very clearly in this time, that I need to trust in God. That He is making a way for me, this is the time when He wants to be my “best friend” a shelter that I can run to when I am afraid. My dear Heavenly Father wants me to rest in Him and not to strive to be accepted, and make a place for myself that makes me feel important.
Here is the question I’ve had to ask myself. Do I value my flesh, my pleasure, my ministry over the will of God. Jesus said if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me. So instead of letting my wants and my will take precedence , I need to die to my insecurities, that His purpose might be fulfilled in me, That what others ore drawn by is Christ in me.
When things are going good, I feel confident but when they’re not it is a true test to remain in that state of confidence. This time of testing and the hurt I’m feeling is only for a little while.
Ps 30:4-12 Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried out to You, O LORD; And to the LORD I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me. LORD, be my helper!” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
This time of testing will soon pass, but the work that God is doing on my heart is for an eternity.
vs.8-9 (My version )
Oh, Lord that You would so captivate my heart with your love. Let you words fill my mouth and my lips speak of your goodness and tender mercies. My ears long to hear your voice for my heart rejoices when I hear you call my name. You number my wanderings and my tears you keep in a bottle. My enemies are turned back when I cry out to You. How I love You Lord from the depths of my being. For this I know because You are for me and not against me.
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