Dear ones, sometimes I strive so hard and get caught up in my own works that I forget that I have a God who fights for me and loves me desperately. I’ve been doing a devotional called “Victoriously Frazzled: The Frazzled Female’s Guide to Restoring Her Sanity”. It’s not very long but today I was struck by one of the verses in Psalm 57.
Note: This picture has nothing to do with the message, but it’s appropriate for today.
You see, I have someone so dear to me that when they struggle I struggle too. I often feel like I have this Holy duty to defend those closest to me. Usually I’m calm with strangers but when you hurt someone in my inner circle I become a tiger. It’d surprise you to see how quickly I’m like night and day when this happens. So I’ve been angry over how this dear one was mistreated and in my mind I’ve had thoughts of vengeance. My thoughts of vengeance are usually silly because I’m actually rather wimpy in body and I can’t do much in this situation at all.
So I’ve been worried and angry over the whole situation. I’ve got a dozen things rolling around in my head, like teaching homeschoool, fall crafts I want to do, writing in the blog, finances, planning my best buddy’s baby shower, church, writing my book, cooking supper, cleaning, and other things. Not to mention that my personality type INFP (aka introvert) mixed with OCD makes it hard for me to watch the news because I obsess over things. When I see public injustice I get really worked up and lately my hubby has got on to me. Then I get mad at him for telling me to calm down when I’d much rather stand in my pulpit and fuss! Being an introvert, I’ve found that it’s actually normal for my type to have an ongoing inner monologue. Often I want to tell my inner voice to shut up so I can have some peace. I distract myself with media because silence equals “her” talking too much. Maybe I sound like a fruit basket but this is my life.
So I was struck by the verses below. It’s a two-fold revelation.
- First that God is for me and that in the Secret place (quiet time with Jesus) I find peace from the chaos around me and within.
- Secondly the revelation is that God often gives me revelation (wisdom) when I take time to be with Him.
I was reminded that God will fight my dear one’s battles. Instead of getting puffed up with anger, I should’ve stopped and immediately prayed with that person. It’s not my job to fight the battles. God is in control not me.
Psalm 57 KJV
1Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
Dear ones, I pray that you find peace and wisdom in the Secret Place this week. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover