Friday, November 09, 2012

Psalm 119:49-55
Remember your word to your servant,
    for you have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.
The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
    but I do not turn from your law.
I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
    and I find comfort in them.
Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
    who have forsaken your law.
Your decrees are the theme of my song
    wherever I lodge.
In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
    that I may keep your law.

Lord, My God, My Holy One!
Thank You for writing Your Words of hope on the tablet of my heart. My comfort in these troubling times is this: Your promise, to those who say with their mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in their heart that You raised Him from the dead, preserves my life. No matter what happens in this nation or in the world, I will not die! Jesus is the most wonderful life-giving, life-saving, almighty Name. In Him, I am safe, sound, and secure forever. I am absolutely confident that NOTHING can come into my life without first going through You, then through Jesus, and when it gets me, it finds me full of Him.

The arrogant who mock You unmercifully will also hold me in utter contempt, but I will not turn from your righteous instructions. Puffed-up, self-promoting politicians with people pleasing agendas make me mad. Living large and loving it, this nation is like a cemetery full of stiff, cold cadavers. Lord, in Your wrath, remember mercy! Etch Your ancient words on my mind so that I can quickly recall them and remain calm when You unleash Your fury.

While this country is corroding, and corruption is erupting all around me, I believe You are filling the whole earth with the knowledge of Your glory. According to Your promise, You work ALL things for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. I believe You love me and have called me; therefore, though the economy fades, my financial portfolio collapses, my job is eliminated, and the government steals my money to subsidize slackers, I will sing joyfully because I know Your Name will triumph in the end. To You be the power, honor, and glory forever and ever. Amen.

As the days get darker, in the pitch black of night, the name of Jesus is my light and my salvation. Knowing His powerful name is my hope, my joy, and my peace. The name of Jesus means, "God saves." Jesus is the very Word of God. (John 1:14)

Difficult as it is for a middle-aged woman losing her mind, I have finally memorized powerful, promise-packed Romans 8 in its entirety. I recite it every single day - when I get up in the morning, when I'm driving my car, when I lay down at night, when I'm cleaning the kitchen and walking the dogs. When you see me out and about with my lips moving and wonder what in the world I'm saying, know that I am standing on the promises of God.

Next up Psalm 27 ... The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom will I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom will I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh; when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. The one thing I ask of the Lord, and this is what I seek - that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to seek him in his temple and gaze upon his beauty so that in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle, and set me high upon a rock. Then, I will be exalted above the enemies who surround me. At his tabernacle I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Are these not vibrant, life-giving words of hope? Will you join me on this journey, beloved? God's Word is our only hope, joy and peace.

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