Oh, how I pray this. The distresses of life are just so overwhelming sometimes!!!
Verse 3 ..."Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him."
Who am I?
I am HIS.
I am a child of the Living God.
He is my Abba Father! :-)
Verse 4 ... "In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent."
One thing that jumps out at me about this verse is that it doesn't say to NOT be angry ... it says to NOT sin.
There is a time, a place, and a way to be angry.
For me - most of the time it means the second part of this verse - Shut up and pray!
God has been saying that to me a lot lately.
Guess that is becoming my "mantra" - shut up and pray.
Sometimes it is the easiest thing to do ...
more often than not tho, it is the hardest thing to do!
My first response is to lash out, or to defend myself.
It is hard to just shut up and pray ...
especially when I feel like I am being taken for granted, or neglected, or walked upon. Or when it feels like everyone around me is treating me as a child who needs to be told what to do, where to go. Sigh.
I know that God has my back, He is my Defender and my Protector. But, I also know that His ways are not my ways, His thoughts are not mine.
Which is where it becomes a choice of trusting Him or acting on my own.
**Lord, help me always choose you!**
Verse 7 ... "You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound."
"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet
like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights." Habakkuk 3:17-19
Just think on the FACT of who we are ... we are the children of the Living God!
To live this life so that God is greatly honored and well pleased with me.
Praise God! Thank you Jesus!
Help me LIVE this today.