Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sometimes Life Is Hard..

...and I don't know how to carry on.  Thankfully I serve a God who meets me where I am and helps me back onto my feet when I fall.  His word is what I need, when I need it.  It keeps me focused on where I'm going, not where I've been.  I invite you to approach the Lord with me this evening, handing over all your troubles, and rejoicing in His goodness while reading the following passage:

Psalm 71

God the Rock of Salvation
 1 In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
         Let me never be put to shame.
2 Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape;
         Incline Your ear to me, and save me.
3 Be my strong refuge,
         To which I may resort continually;
         You have given the commandment to save me,
         For You 
are my rock and my fortress.
4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
         Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5 For You are my hope, O Lord GOD;
You are my trust from my youth.
6 By You I have been upheld from birth;
         You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.
         My praise 
shall be continually of You.
7 I have become as a wonder to many,
         But You 
are my strong refuge.
8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all the day.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
         Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies speak against me;
         And those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together,
11 Saying, “God has forsaken him;
         Pursue and take him, for 
there is none to deliver him.”
12 O God, do not be far from me;
         O my God, make haste to help me!
13 Let them be confounded and consumed
         Who are adversaries of my life;
         Let them be covered 
with reproach and dishonor
         Who seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually,
         And will praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And Your salvation all the day,
         For I do not know 
their limits.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
         I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
17 O God, You have taught me from my youth;
         And to this 
day I declare Your wondrous works.
18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
         O God, do not forsake me,
         Until I declare Your strength to 
this generation,
         Your power to everyone 
who is to come.
19 Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high,
         You who have done great things;
         O God, who 
is like You?
20 You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
         Shall revive me again,
         And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 You shall increase my greatness,
         And comfort me on every side.
22 Also with the lute I will praise You—
And Your faithfulness, O my God!
         To You I will sing with the harp,
         O Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You,
         And my soul, which You have redeemed.
24 My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long;
         For they are confounded,
         For they are brought to shame
         Who seek my hurt.

Thank you God for your word!!