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Psalm 119 – I Have Put My Hope In Your Word

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I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me? I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees. How long must I wait? – Psalm 119:81-84a (NLT)

They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments. In your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your laws. – Psalm 119:87-88 (NLT)

Sometimes we get so caught up in our troubles that we have a hard time knowing God is there. We have a hard time feeling His presence, hearing His voice, holding onto His promises – and we feel worn out from our waiting. I appreciate the Psalmist’s honesty in these verses because I think that so often we feel guilty for feeling like God is not with us and beat ourselves up when we feel trapped in our circumstances but it is totally biblical to cry out to God and tell Him how we’re feeling. A lot of the time though, we wait around in hopes that God will speak and that we’ll hear His voice or see a sign when in fact, He has already spoken and His voice is right there in His word. When I am discouraged or need an answer about something, I go to His word in prayer. The truth is that while God does speak to us through His Holy Spirit, sometimes we need to be proactive by searching for His voice in the word. Everything in the Bible is God-breathed – every single word. So when the Psalmist says “BUT I have put my hope in your word”, “BUT I have not forgotten to obey your decrees”, “BUT I refuse to abandon your commandments” he is fully acknowledging that God’s word is a direct line to the throne. I understand that we get stuck in a rut of not feeling like what we read in the Bible is encouraging or helpful, and that is why I ask God to reveal Himself to me through it before I start reading. It is the most encouraging thing you could do – to open your heart and mind to what God might want to show you. The Bible is so relevant for you and I, but it’s not going to read itself to us. We have to seek God through it, we have to hear His voice through it, we have to learn from it and acknowledge/apply its truths to our lives.

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What a Week! Edition 2

This is what has been getting me through this week, and I hope these verses can provide some comfort for you as well. Everyone is going through something, it’s okay to feel the burden of a struggle and ask for help.

“God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. God will protect it.” – Psalm 46:1

“Yahweh is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble: He knows those who take refuge in Him.” – Nahum 1:7

“And this is our confidence, that if we pray according to His will, He will hear us, and give us what we ask for, because our desires are in agreement with His thoughts for us.” – 1 John 5:14-15

“Since He himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested.” – Hebrews 2:18

 

5 things I’m grateful for this week

I’m struggling to find things to be grateful for at the moment, which is PRECISELY why I’m forcing myself to do this week’s 5 Things.

– Great books such as The Bible (obviously!), Third Culture Kids, Two Caravans, and The Power of a Praying Woman; all of which I’ve been reading recently and thoroughly enjoying.

– My new tattoo :) and my parents’ surprisingly calm and gracious reaction to it!

– The fact that even when I’m feeling bored and fed up in the place I’m in at the moment, it’s where God wants me to be for now and thinking about that gives me a renewed sense of purpose and destiny.

– The opportunity (again) to learn more patience. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard and frustrating at times but a lesson I need to learn. And will probably still be learning for the rest of my life!

– Our corner shop near the office doesn’t sell Skittles anymore and it might actually help to wean me off of them! (Don’t know if that’s something to be grateful for though?!)

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