Facing A Storm?

Many of us are facing a storm. You may feel: left outside with a flapping shirt and no rain jacket, afraid that the winds of change will tumult you, overwhelmed by the force of all you cannot handle coming at you, convinced you will not weather the storm in your marriage or certain that you will ‘make it’.

I assure you, you will — make it. You must know — with God, you WILL make it.

Psalm 57 is a place of safety for your storm-torn heart. Let’s take a look at it:

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who vindicates me.

He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;
I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet—
I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path—
but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.

Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

Notice, in Psalm 57, we need mercy and help — God gives refuge.
We cry out — He sends forth love and faithfulness.
We are in the midst of lions — but, we can still praise.
We praise — our heart becomes steadfast.
We become steadfast — our certainty of his love and faithfulness carries us.

Steadfast your heart today.

The rain is here in the morning but gone mid-day. The lightning strikes for a second then passes by. The hail hits hard yet passes on.

You may be in a storm, but Jesus is above it, not asleep. Exalt God, then watch everything become a speck in comparison to His splendor and majesty! Lift Him higher and begin to trust Him.

My prayer for you: God, revive hearts today. Lift up the weary soul. Encourage those who are losing faith. Call back those who are distant from you. Make way for your glory. May we bow low so that we can see you come in from high places with power and strength. Everything is by you, from you and for you. You have good plans. We trust you today. Please equip us with fresh faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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